I freely admit I was more than a little apprehensive going into this lesson. I was a bit nervous about basic stalls but that proved unfounded. This was to be the same I found out later, but the feelings in my gut I still remember clearly. The briefing went as briefings go, Paul went over the physics of stalls, I asked questions and Paul answered them well. Did the usual pre-flight and off we went. Had a small hiccup during the run up checks when the alternator decided it didn’t want to work properly. Apparently the overvolt cutoff switch had cut in when I had done the alternator check and the alternator hadn’t been switched back on. Once we fixed that, away we went although I realised much later that I had not completed all of the checks - another lesson learned about distractions.
Takeoff went well, we climbed to 2500 as we were allowed to (I levelled off at 2400 just to give us some leeway) and we flew out past
I really want to thank Paul for turning a jumbled mess of anxious nerves into a diehard thrill seeker... well not quite, but stalls hold no fear for me any more. Short of aerobatics I don't think any other aspect of flying training will scare me as much again.