I was happy to fly today after being grounded yesterday.
The weather looked good, clear skies, but a little windy. I trekked out there and
I always like to see what runway the planes are landing on my walk, it was runway 19 and I was happy to then check the weather on my phone and see it was reporting winds at 190. That’d be amazing for touch and goes! So I was a happy girl so far.
I did the pre-flight, waited for my instructor to get back from her lesson before me (due to the train schedule I’m always 20-30 minutes early). We went over things on the ground we hadn’t. The tests the plane needs to have (AV1ATE) and she quizzed me about airspace, documents I need, procedures of the airport, and went over landings.
Ready to rock and roll after getting in the plane, taxiing to runway, running up the engine. Nope, of course not. We’re not receiving Tower’s transmissions. We do a radio check with Ground, do some troubleshooting and we finally get them again and it’s fine. Take off with a crosswind now and head to the new practice area I’ve never been!
We get to the area and call up New York Approach…..nope. Radio is acting weird again. My instructor is doing some turning on and off of it while I prep for the first maneuver.
I do power on and off stalls and accelerated stalls. My altitude is still not too good. I’m also still nervous about stalls but at least my back pressure is better than before, and I actually make a stall occur by myself. It’s something we’ll still need to work on before I solo though. I also can’t wait on my instructors approval, I’m in that bad habit again. I slip back into it when uncomfortable doing things is what I’ve noticed.
We revisited steeps turns which turned out to be kind of difficult in this weather. There was a bit of haze now and we did not have a clear horizon so I had to rely a bit more on my instruments (at least for a turn out point). Overall, I think they had improved. Keeping my altitude was a lot better and the same rate of turn throughout was good too.
So time to head back! Switch to Tower (oh yeah, New York Approach was working now) and nothing. We have traffic in our area going into FRG, so we’re hoping to hear them contact Tower, but absolutely nothing. I circle while she tries to troubleshoot again. I ask if this is technically a radio failure and she said yes. I do 2 circles and she resolves to call Tower on her cell phone. Thankfully she had their number! They know we’re coming in and are approved for straight in and also set the squawk for 7600. Half way in the radio starts to work again and we let them know and change our squawk back to 1200. It’s straight in so I have plenty of time to worry about flaps and lining up with the runway.
It’s pretty windy now we are over the ground and we’re being pushed around a lot and I try my hardest to keep the plane in one place. I’m keeping the center line pretty good, a lot better than the simulator. I’m understand how to crab correctly now. The VASI doesn’t look right or isn’t working, so I just choose to ignore it, which is probably a good thing since it seemed to be the thing messing me up the most when Embraer Boyfriend and I did sim work. I get everything in place, and just look down the runway and continue to correct for some crosswind. I flared at the right time, and held it even after the main wheels touched down. It was my best landing thus far. And the first one I’m proud of doing. It made me leave the lesson happy, even though we didn’t get to do touch and goes due to the radio problems.
I’m hoping that tomorrow is good weather as well so we can do more landings. Inside, we went over that she wants me to get my stalls, steep turns and landings better before soloing but those are it. She’s comfortable with my ability to do everything else. I really need to trek out to EWR to get my medical done for a reasonable price.
Lesson Time: 1.4
Total Time: 9 hours