For the last 6 months I’ve been training for my Instrument Rating off and on. I had been signed off by my CFII to take the practical for a couple weeks. Weather and scheduling issues prevented me from doing the flying portion. Yesterday finally worked out and I passed my checkride.
It has taken away build time here and there, but it was worth it. Not only did I want to get the instrument ticket, but I also wanted to regain some proficiency in general before the RV-10 was completed. Both goals are now checked off. I am a much better pilot than I was before starting the training. I also flew my entire training with a Garmin 430, so I now know how to navigate that piece of equipment. The stress levels were at some times high studying for the written and oral, but have dissipated immensely as of today.
Next up is a few sessions in an Archer III to learn how to do coupled approaches with an autopilot and a Garmin 430W which will give me an additional head start with my avionics.
Now back to pounding… errr… wiring… errr… sanding fiberglass…