I’m back in the air! Felt really nice too. I had a 4 hour block scheduled, but was only able to use an hour of it. I rolled over in bed and checked the weather around 6am, broken clouds at 800-900 ft. I decided to sleep until 7am and check it again, I could still make the 8am train if it was better. Well, it wasn’t. I rolled back over and went to sleep until 8am, texted my instructor that the weather looked not good, but looked better in the afternoon. So we planned on me coming in at 12pm. I got up and got ready and 10am rolls around, I’m leaving my apartment and she asks when my train there is and I reply 10:25am and says it’s still bad but should clear up. I let her know I’ll check the weather before I start walking from the train station just in case.
I get there. Preflight, I’m starting up the engine and it suddenly fails. I wasn’t really sure what happened because it looked alright and I continued on the checklist. We tried to start it again, no dice. We waited a few minutes, gave it another prime and started it just fine. My instructor thinks that maybe I pulled the power back too quickly (I had it around 1500rpm vs. 1000rpm when it started) and fuel hadn’t gotten to all cylinders.
Continued onto the checklist and then the radio wasn’t working. Well, this plane is 10 years older than me so it can get beat up. The volume knob wasn’t really working. My instructor turned it a bunch of times hoping it would catch and it did so off we went.
During run up we left it at idle a bit longer just to make sure the engine was okay. Took off and there were clouds near by, but not too bad. Do a regular pattern (no one was in the pattern, well, maybe 2 people but that’s RARE) and my first landing is almost perfect. It felt great. All three phases were there, flare was good, touch down was nice and soft.
Second one, I was cleared for touch and go before I even turned in the crosswind. My instructor asked for a short approach, was approved, and pulled the power on me. It was the first engine out one we’ve done due to the business of the airport. I didn’t do too bad, I feel to use my trim more to keep 60 knots, but I made the runway and the landing was pretty good. A little bit crooked, but not unsafe or bad.
I got in 4 more landings after that. I learned that big puffy cumulus clouds are terrifying when flying at them, unlike the fun cirrus looking clouds we were near before in another lesson. I’m also not use to normal patterns, so I was coming in a bit high because I’m not use to turning so early on base. A lot of my landings were good, sometimes a bit crooked because the wind was straight down the runway and my instructors thinks at least once the wind came suddenly from somewhere else and it wasn’t enough time for me to fix it. For the most part, after 3 weeks off, I was pretty happy with my landings.
A thunderstorm was rolling in and we could see if inching nearer and had to stop after only an hour. I’m hoping tomorrow brings good weather and better landings!
Lesson Time: 0.8 hour
Total Time: 23.9