I was finally able to get up in the air today, right before I’m forced to take a long break due to work.
I was super tired today and falling asleep on the train which is a first for me. I must not have been getting good sleep the past few nights, especially since I’d wake up check the weather, go back to sleep and repeat an hour later for two days. The walk woke me up though.
They were using runway 19 so we’re right there, but had to wait for the oil to warm up before doing the engine run up. Went straight into the pattern to work landings, and it was so nice having only a 8 knot wind pretty much down the runway.
It’s been awhile since my horrible landing and I haven’t flown since due to scheduling and weather, so this was my first landing after it. I got nervous right before. You never realize how long a second is and how much you can think in that second until you’re waiting for a plane to touch down. It was one of those moments I drew in a sharp breath (I wanted to close my eyes but didn’t!) and going through my head was, “What the heck are you doing?! You’re crazy!” but it was fine. It wasn’t a perfect landing but much much better. It took me another landing to get more comfortable and not afraid before landing the plane.
After a bit, my instructor told me to do all the talking and she would stop talking. That is exactly what I needed. It wasn’t terrible. I wasn’t particularly proud of any of my landings today but they were all 10 times better than the progress check, and they definitely were better than safe. Sometimes just a bit off the center line and we worked on that.
During the first few take offs, we had low clouds in the left crosswind. I know it technically wasn’t “legal” but we got around them just super close. It was fun for me to fly that close to clouds so I enjoyed it immensely. We requested going to the right to avoid clouds after they weren’t moving.
On the last landing, some Piper really screwed up and turned a weird base in front of me. It was definitely scary to see someone crossing right in front of me, even pointed just slightly towards me, only a mile ahead. My instructor took the controls for that part because we weren’t really sure what he was doing at all.
I did 9 landings, I was definitely exhausted an hour into the lesson so only did a couple more after that point. We debriefed, she was saying how what she heard from the other instructor about my landings and what she has seen in the past/saw today is night and day. She just believes it was nerves and we’ll make sure I’m ridiculously comfortable with landings soon. So I can only hope! I can’t believe how long I have to wait, it’s such a bummer but after I’m done with this event I think I’ll be able to take the rest of July off and hope the weather is good for flying!
Lesson Time: 1.5 hours
Total Time: 23.1 hours