Morse Code and more Dutch Roll Madness

C172 — N608DL — Santa Ana > (practice area) — Performance T/O, Stalls, Steep Turns, Dutch Rolls, Landing — 1hrs

The funny part about having lots of Sim hours, and only a few real-world Hobbs hours, is that I know the instruments cold, and tons of theory behind it, and yet there I am in the plane trying to get a feel for the rudder and pedals. Kinda like a college grad sitting in on 3rd Grade elementary school because he never took off the training wheels off his bicycle.

So, in my otherwise idle moments spent practicing Stalls, steep turns, and fun with more Dutch Roll madness, I'm tuning the VOR and learning Morse Code.

" -... .. - . / -- . " I said to the instructor. He gave me a blank stare. Never mind; just testing.

But the virtue is identifying the VOR as you tune them for navigation. How do you know you got the right one? Tune and listen.

Gotta head back to SNA in the fog? No problem. I tune 117.2 and listen. I hear:  . .-.. -...  Cool. That's El Toro, ELB.

With so many VORs in the LA basin area, it's an extra measure to ensure I got the right navigation lined up.

Confucius say: " - --- / -.- -. --- .-- / .-- .... .- - / -.-- --- ..- / -.- -. --- .-- / .- -. -.. / .-- .... .- - / -.-- --- ..- / -.. --- / -. --- - / -.- -. --- .-- / - .... .- - / .. ... / - .-. ..- . / -.- -. --- .-- .-.. . -.. --. . "