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Where in SoCal do you fly? If you need someone to fly your plane for you while you are out of country I'm your guy.
I have never heard of any FAA reg to that effect. Maybe it is some sort of local ordinace or something. I know that to go on to the movement area of an airport you must be in 2-way radio comm with ATC.
If you truely want to know the answer to your question, call the FBO ask for the name of the FAA inspector that is enforcing this rule and then call the inspector directly. I bet he/she would be happy to answer any questions you have. If describe the situation to him/her and tell them that you are not aware of the regulation and ask him/her to explain it to you, I'm sure that they would be more than cooperative.
As an Air Traffic Controller, I have pilots ask me about rules and regs all the time. It makes my job easier when the pilots know what they are supposed to do. I would much rarther answer a few questions to a pilot over the phone that to fill out incident paper work or a pilot deviation report.
Hope this helps.
Being a little nervious is a good thing, especially for a new pilot. I'm willing to bet that nothing can get you killed faster than being cocky.
The mile stones in my training that gave me a sense accomplishment was obviously when I soloed. The next big accomplishment was when I did my long cross country. I realized that not only could I get the airplane into the air and back down, but I could also find my way around without getting lost.
I took my check ride with 40.0 hours logged, and I passed. If you instructor feels you are ready and the examiner agrees and signs you off, then I'm willing to bet you are ready. Most examiners tell students when they sign them off that they are not just giving them a PPL they let are giving them a license to learn on their own. You are not expected to know everything there is to know about flying. You are just expected to know the rules that pertain to you and your aircraft, and be safe.
Good luck with your check ride.
I have a palm V and the Rand McNally Streetfinder GPS. I use this with the FlightBuddy software. It works very well for what it is. It tells you your Bearing, Track, Radial, Distance, Speed, and ETE to whatever fix you have selected. This is the same information you will get from any entry level aviation GPS, such as the Garmin 315A. It does not have any map or moving map ability.
I have not tried any of the other software you have mentioned. I don't like to spend that much money on something that I don't know how well it works. I wish they would put out a demo version that I could try first, too see if I like it.
When the wind is more than 5kts we use the runway most aligned with the wind. We don't always change it right away. Normally we will wait a while to see if the wind is going to stay that direction before changing runways. Doing a runway change can be a pretty complex situation for the controllers, depending on how much traffic is out there flying. Sometimes we will wait till the traffic slows down a bit then change runways when it is more managable. Sometimes if it is approaching the time when we would normally do a new ATIS then we will wait till that time, that way we won't have to do another ATIS.
On the particular day you are talking about I got to work at 1:30pm at around 2:00pm we noticed that the wind was picking up. At around 2:30 we noticed that it was starting to change directions. It was pretty much a direct crosswind out of the west. A few minutes later it started to favor runway 34. We decided to wait a little while to see if was going to stay that direction or swing back towards 16. After about 10-15 minutes we decided we would change runways, but since it was now about 2:45pm and we normally cut a new ATIS at 2:50 we decided to wait till then. We stayed on runway 34 for about 2.5 hours then the winds changed back towards 16.
This is a normal situation for VNY in the spring and summer months. In the early afternoon (2:00-3:00) the winds turn around toward 34 this lasts a few hours till the sunsets then the winds die down and go back to 16.
If you have anymore questions feel free to ask.
Where do you fly out of, and who is your instructor? If you do decide to try a different instructor maybe I can help recommend someone. I know a few CFI's around the airport.
I had a simular problem when I was training. My instructor took me out to the practice area and had me practice putting the aircraft into a 30 degree bank and keep it straight and level at the same time. Try this in both directions. this drill will get you using you ailerons and rudder at the same time.