Thursday and Friday were suppose to be another chance to build some solo time. Thursday, the weather looked iffy. I ended up cancelling even though my instructor said it might get better and used it as a chance to study. I felt extremely guilty though that the weather was able to stay in the pattern when my flight time hit.
Friday was about the same, so I took the chance and went out there. It was good enough to stay in the pattern, but no going out to the practice area. There was also a good crosswind, so we worked more on my crosswind landings.
I was always doing crosswind landings with my other CFI and the winds have been so nice to me lately I’ve very out of practice and haven’t really done them since I got my landings down. So this was good to work on them during a crappy kind of day.
It was quite busy at the airport this time. Lots of people were staying in the pattern. My approach I was asked to do a 360 while in the downwind to wait for a jet to pass and not get extended further, then while in Final I got asked to do another 360 because a Mooney was behind us gaining fast. He must have been very close behind us because I couldn’t see him before I turned back into Final.
I was getting pretty frustrated how long the pattern was taking, and on the third one it seemed like there was more traffic and I’d get extended further again, but the controller a little after the numbers said “keep for the runway” kind of a weird thing to say I thought. I was expecting “keep on the downwind” but whatever, if I get to land sooner that’s better!
During most of my circuits there was a Cessna 172 in front of me. We spent a lot of time judging what he was doing wrong. I was getting to pattern altitude faster than him, he was all over on his altitude and would slow WAY DOWN on final which forced me to do S turns one time. I should have judged my turn to base better, but it was surprising how slow he was going. I’m sure I was that guy at one point. I asked my CFI that as an instructor do you let your student struggle like that. He said to a point, but you want to make sure they ingrain that sight picture in their mind.
My crosswind landings were rough at first. They were off the center line and I was having trouble figuring out the correct aileron/rudder input. I was over correcting a bunch. Each landing got better and better, closer and closer to the center line. It was awesome to see such visual improvement. I just had in my mind originally that you put in a lot of aileron/rudder deflection no matter what, but that’s not the case! It’s different all the time and adjusts constantly. I figured it out by the end and my last landing focusing on crosswind was perfect. We also fit in two soft field landings, which still need a bit of work, I just need to figure out the exact power to put in on the round out and hold it off more. I definitely want to get better at them so my instructor and I can practice at the real grass field!
Hopefully, Monday I can go to the practice area solo if the weather is good. I believe my instructor just really wants to build my solo time so I can be cleared for my first cross country solo. We’ll probably go to Poughkeepsie one more time before that happens. Fingers crossed! But also that means I have to taken the written very shortly then! I’ve been studying and hope I feel ready soon.
Jake believes my flight training is too easy now and I’m not struggling enough so he’s going to whip me into shape the next two days so I feel more overwhelmed….what a loving boyfriend. My instructor also offered that if Jake got checked out in the 152 that he could take on doing some of my dual cross countries with me since his CFI is still active. That’s amazing he offered that, not many schools would allow that. Even though I love that idea, we probably don’t have the time off together to actually accomplish that. Plus, then that whole I might kill him before the flight is over thing.
Lesson Time: 1.7 hours
Total Time: 39.9 hours