It was a break from cross countries yesterday to do some work on tracking VORs and working under the hood.
Runway 32 was in use so it was a bit more of a taxi. I get in line for the runway, there is another plane in front of me, so I normally wait until I’m number one to call Tower. A Legacy jet comes up behind us, holding off of A5 just in case he gets pushed ahead of us, and he calls saying he’s third in the sequence. The plane in front of me takes off, I call Tower saying I’m number one at the runway on the Alpha side. Told to hold short and I do. It’s a busy day and lots of traffic is landing, lots of jets. The controller tells the Legacy to move up to A to take off from there. So the gap is closed. She then tells him to line up and wait. His response was “I’d love to but there is a little 152 is front of me” Did you really need to add little? And who you calling little, you’re no Gulfstream either! (I’m not really offended.) I had to cross the active and turn around to be at the Gulf side.
I get cleared for take off right after the Legacy, the controller said be aware of weight turbulence. My CFI said to me, “good luck with that!” It wasn’t terrible. So I requested a frequency change and started talking to NY Approach, it was much better this time! But my instructor ended up taking over it because I put on the foggles and we just tracked the Deer Park VOR over and over again. I got better at keeping a heading and my altitude under the hood. I got use to how the VOR acts and better at intersecting it.
We went off to the south practice area and worked on descending and climbing turns with foggles on. I cheated just a bit and looked up a bit so I could see the horizon because after that long I just wanted to see something to know where I was. We were over ocean and with a blue sky, I became so disorientated. In our climbing turn, I said after I finished with it I had to take the foggles off. They were also pinching the side of my head because I have to put them under my headset so it was becoming hard for me to concentrate. It was 0.8 instrument work, he was trying to get to an hour but I couldn’t do it. But now I do have 1.1 done, only another 1.9 left!
We did some emergency review. I like that he lets me get super low. We got down to about 500 ft before I started to climb again. We headed back to the airport. He asked if I was up to solo to the practice area again after my scheduled lesson, but I was feeling a bit too tired.
Coming in there was a pretty good crosswind. I haven’t done a crosswind landing in a while, or ever a solo worthy one. I let the correct go too soon so it was a pretty sucky landing. Good thing I wasn’t going to solo! I’ll definitely need to work on more crosswind landings. It was good lesson. Next lesson is my long cross country!
Lesson Time: 1.3 hours
Total Time: 33.6 hours