So after my lesson the day before I was exhausted from the landings. I was going back for another lesson and was excited to have two lessons so close together, finally.
I have no luck with the wind. Absolutely none. It was pretty windy that day, but at least we could still go. And I studied my radio script so I could do the talking to ATC this time. We always went over what I was going to say before I said it but it felt good to talk to ATC.
Probably the most embarrassing part of the lesson was the taxi to the runway. My rudder skills use to be better but they have deteriorated, especially in a crosswind. I was going slow and doing pretty well and in control. My instructor said to look what was behind me and it was a private jet. She said I should maybe hurry up a tad bit. So I did and then I was all over the taxiway. And jet pilots were watching! I got far enough ahead and slowed down and was able to get in control somewhat. The wind was still pushing me around somewhat and it didn’t look pretty, but thankfully I was at the runway.
After the lesson the day before, I felt pretty confident with my take off. We took off and headed to the south practice area because it had the better visual references to use today.
This lesson I was having some trouble with trimming the plane. I just wasn’t able to do it like I had done before. I felt my altitude was a bit all over the place. I should have just told my instructor to give me a bit and get the plane trimmed before going into turns but I didn’t. I felt like I was trying to constantly keep up with the trim. I think I was over controlling the plane. Nose was too high then too low. We did our clearing turns and went over finding the direction of the wind. Once that was established and we found the downwind leg of the rectangular course we set I started the maneuver.
The rectangular course was interesting for me. I got the crabbing into the wind and when to have steep turns vs shallow turns but sometimes I did overshoot and got my wing tip too close to the outline. I was able to fix it when I noticed it though.
Turn around a point was next. This was hard for me. The wind was strong and I kept getting too close to the point with my wingtip again. We did more then 2 this time, we did 3 or 4. Good news is that I didn’t feel sick at all as I’ve heard people do feel doing that maneuver. My instructor said that the first time around is just a practice and they will judge me more on the second one.
S-Turns is where I felt the best though. We did two. My first one was fine. My second one was tight but when talking to Embraer Boyfriend he said that was good.
Overall, they were hard for me. I struggled with my altitude a lot. It was between 300-400 feet off sometimes. My instructor said I did well but I left the lesson feeling I could have done better. I want to work on my altitude control more. I think it may have stemmed from me not trimming the plane properly in straight and leveled flight. Oh well, the next lesson I will do it correctly!
Lesson Time: 1.1 hours
Total Time: 5.3 hours