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It’s been awhile but was able to finally get back in the air the other day. The long break was due to vacation and then when you’re flying with someone you live with it’s so easy to become complacent and not schedule things out. We’ve vowed to fix that and hopefully get a more consistent schedule going!
Winter is creeping into Northern California and morning fog sticks around until the afternoon so some lessons were cancelled and this one was close. It was a gloomy day but the visibility was good and the ceiling raised to allow for pattern work.
This lesson was working on soft and short field landings, which it has been a long time since I’ve done though and was definitely rusty! It definitely taught me to work on these all the time. Also, flying out of a grass strip for awhile I was pretty confident I knew how to do a soft field. But then I forgot I was doing it in a tailwheel and switching to a nosewheel is a bit different. I find it harder since with a tailwheel the plane just wants to do that and you HAVE to fly it that way, while a nosewheel you don’t and it will still fly.
I did three of each takeoff and landing and Jake was being very critical of my pattern work as well trying to refine it since I do have a tendency to get sloppy. I feel much more confident with my pattern work now and all of my landings.
I got discouraged during the lesson, but that’s also since Jake is a much more critical CFI. Not saying my last one didn’t teach my properly or wasn’t amazing (because he was), but Jake just holds me to a very high standard. It makes it difficult sometimes though since I’ll feel I did really crappy during the lesson but he was satisfied with it just always wants me to do better. I’m curious to know how he is with his other students since our relationship is outside the normal student-teacher realm. I know at the end of the day he just wants me to be the best pilot I can be.
Overall, good review and will continue to switch it up between soft field, short field, and normal takeoffs and landings on a regular basis so this doesn’t happen again!