Apparently, this morning, my body still thought my lesson was at 10am because I woke up at 6am and had trouble getting back to sleep. I finally got back to sleep so when 8am rolled around I didn’t want to wake up. But I pulled myself out of bed and got ready. I checked the weather, fine but a little gusty. Made the trek out there, the planes weren’t back yet so I retook the pre-solo test and it was easy because I studied in on the train ride there.
When the planes got back around 12:20pm pre-flighted it quickly and set off for more touch and goes. No special take offs this time to start out. The wind was alright. It was bumpy in the air, but the surface reports were between 4-8 kts.
One of the biggest things I noticed was that after doing left traffic switching to right traffic for one touch and go felt very uncomfortable. It’s been awhile since I’ve done right traffic even though it’s the default at my airport. Next time we practice turns I’ll try to do more to the right.
My landings were okay. My instructor was happy with them and I’m getting the hang of them better. Lining up with the center line has gotten pretty good, but I wasn’t floating long enough today to bleed off my extra speed. One time I definitely jerked up on accident and dropped us hard on the runway. That was by far one of my worst landings, but at least I knew exactly what I did wrong.
I also had a short approach by request of ATC. That was fun and didn’t go too bad, it was fun losing a lot of altitude fast.
My last two landings felt like I was landing really early on the runway. I asked my instructor about it and she said it was only 50-100 ft off, not as terrible as I thought it was but it was because I was coming in low to begin at the start and adding power.
Radio work, I thought, was a lot better. I felt confident in all of it, except I did make a mistake at the end because when I switched to ground after landing she called me before I could call her and wasn’t sure what to say right away. My instructor explained my mistake.
When checking out at the desk, one of my favorite employees was surprised we got in 6 landings. He said “You’re going to be tired later,” and I responded “I’m tired already,” which was completely true. I ended up having to take a nap because I was too exhausted to function.
I just need a day with good winds (I’m beginning to think that doesn’t exist) to really get landings. Now, my CFI is saying 2-3 more lessons before the progress check, or it included it (?) I’m not sure. If the weather stays how it is forecast for tomorrow we’ll go over maneuvers one more time and then back to landings, but it looks very windy tomorrow with possible rain showers moving up earlier in the day. Fingers crossed this week’s weather is good to me.