**I’m breaking this post up into two so you don’t have a novel to read. The fall out after the progress check will be posted tomorrow.**
I fear this is not the joyous post I was expecting this morning it to be. I had my progress check today. Weather looked good to start out with, texted my instructor about it last night and this morning setting the wind at around 12 knots. I was getting nervous last night. I was able to calm myself and sleep.
I got there early as always, texted my boyfriend some last minute questions, re-read some emergencies and chair flew on the train there. I pre-flighted and waited for the instructor to be ready, a little after 12pm we started ground. Ground only lasted about 30 minutes and he said I was perfect. I got everything right away.
We checked the weather, it was gusting a bit. I said how I feel like I don’t even know my limitations because we’re always doing crosswind landings. I said go up anyway because I felt confident about my lesson was in heavier wind two days ago and my instructor said I would pass with those landings.
Headed to the north practice area, went straight into slow flight. I think I was nervous and not paying enough attention and I lost 150 ft I caught it and said I was going to fix it. Entered slow flight fine after that into a power off stall. I couldn’t break the stall but he said that was fine, it wasn’t going to stall. We moved to power on stall, I broke that stall. Thankfully we didn’t do accelerated stall!
It was time for steep turns, I just barely stayed in the 100ft limit for the first one, going to the left I did worse. I said it was bad. He taught me a different way to do them and good visual points on the plane to look, I did both sides again and they were much better. He put me into an engine failure and I was happy how well I was staying in the 60 knot glide speed. I’m terrible about using trim but I was all over it today.
Then moved onto turns around a point, the only ground reference maneuver we would do. I thought it was absolutely terrible. I tried fixing the circle lots of times, I’d lose altitude, it was a mess I thought. I was feeling so bad about it and we went back to the airport to do some landings. I got the ATIS and headed back. He had me go a different way, we hadn’t gone that way so it looked like I was lost. I guess I didn’t have experience with that exact runway.
I didn’t drop down to pattern altitude quick enough because I was feeling lost. And then I had the WORST landing of my life. Absolutely worst. Too fast, flared too late, bounced hard and up again and didn’t even try to land again. In the debrief, he was saying when I turned final I should have seen I was too high and did a go around instead of trying to have a quick sink rate. I really need to know more about how to tell early that the landings will suck.
After that I was thrown, I knew I had failed. No possible way to recover from that. He said the next one would be a full-stop. I turned early, so the landing wasn’t terrible but off the center line. I also had to rush because someone turned their base early and I could see that horrifying white light heading straight towards us. He talked me through it going quicker, I had pretty much given up again. We taxied and he said he would call because it would be a complicated taxi (there’s still the sinkhole) I was just trying to hold it together so let him do it and just listened for what to do.
He said all the maneuvers were fine, just need another lesson or two to work landings. We had to come in after the first landing because he had to write it up because something in the plane might be broken.
We finished early, I could maybe catch the 2:35pm train but it was 2:15 and over a mile to go. I ran for it, I also just wanted to get out of there and not wait an hour. I ran with my huge bag, sweating, some guy pulled over and asked if I wanted a ride ran by yelling “No thanks, I’m fine!” After Ariel Castro said those women deserved it for getting in a car with a stranger, I stay away from getting a ride! I made it to the platform right as the train pulled up.
Lesson Time: 1.3 hours
Total Time: 21.3 hours