Third lesson this week! I’m not too tired, but luckily since I’m between gigs right now this is all I’m doing.
The plane still doesn’t have the VOR so no instrument time. It should arrive today and be ready for my lesson Thursday or Friday. We went to the south practice area to do some stalls. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a power on stall and even longer since I’ve done an accelerated stall.
We started off with some slow flight. It was all good. Did a power off stall, it was good too. I’m the most comfortable with power off stalls. I do forget to start a descent and then pull up to stall the plane to simulate an approach better. Next was a power on stall, it was with a tailwind. I got off my heading a lot, it wasn’t breaking. I set it up and tried again. I wasn’t really on my heading again, I had a lot of right rudder in and it broke. Wing dropped. I made a sound and my instructor helped me fix it. We went over it and then moved onto an accelerated stall.
I hadn’t done accelerated stalls with this instructor. He knows I’m not a fan. It wasn’t too bad though. I’m much better at making the movement more abrupt. He did the first one with me and then I did the second one by myself. He did have to ask if I heard the stall horn when I did it. I did, I don’t like hearing it so I recovered at the first sign.
We were moving into steep turns. The horizon was much worse than yesterday, but they were much better. We have discovered my right ones are better. I lost some altitude initially, but recovered and stayed at the exact altitude the rest of the time around. Left was passing, we did another one just for good measure that was better.
He asked if I was feeling good, and I said I wasn’t too confident about my power on stalls so we did three more. First was with a tailwind, another wing drop. I let “oh god” escape with that. I felt stupid for letting my response be that strong. He helped me recover. Again too much right rudder. Again, another wing drop, but I recovered all by myself without a vocal response. I felt better about that. I told him how much difficulty I was having after adding full power breaking the stall and keeping my heading. We turned around and did one with a headwind. It was so much better. It broke much easier and no wing drop. I talked to Jake after my lesson and he told me I should add the power in more slowly with a more abrupt pull up and that’d help me get the stall to break earlier.
We came back in for touch and gos. Eight landings total. Three short field, two soft field, others were just cross wind landings. The first one was pretty good. I’m still working on keeping the center line better with a crosswind. It was different from yesterday though. Yesterday was a gusty crosswind, today was a constant variable crosswind. It was switching from 90 degrees to the right, to 45 degrees to the right, to 20 degrees to the left. It was all over the place.
During all the landings, rain was starting to fall. It was weird that taking off the rain would stop, landing it start to fall heavily. On the GPS, we were always in the green (light train), but sometimes would creep into the yellow (moderate rain). There was an orange section popping up right before we called it for the day.
My first touch and go was actually a go around. There was an Eclipse get that already went around in front of us (it would have been impressive if he made that landing) I was struggling with the crosswind, I touched down kind of hard and right as my wheels touched the controller told us to go around. My instructor helped me with it because it threw me. A go around can definitely happen at any moment. I’ve never had it as my wheels touched down. The jet landed right behind us.
The first soft field landing actually wasn’t a soft field landing. I forgot. I had a great approach, I was very focused. I touched it down and my CFI asked “What happened to the soft field landing?” Oops! The second time I said out loud two times “soft field” on final as a reminder. It was pretty good, still a bit right of the center line. The winds were normally coming from the right. We saw a Piper land left of the center line and my CFI pointed out “see he landed to the left, don’t do that” I responded with “I know, I land to the right!” being a bit cheeky with him. He actually said he would prefer that in case I got pushed at the last moment.
The last landing of the day was “dealer’s choice” he always likes to give me the choice the last time. We had just done two short field landings, the second one was good, but I knew I could do better so I picked that. The winds started picking up and getting gusty. It got kind of squirrely over the runway, I was being pushed all around. The wings were all over the place, it wasn’t too much of a short field. I almost said near the end I just wanted a regular landing, but I knew if I ever go to a short field I won’t have a choice. I stuck with it. I made it work, maybe a bit longer than it should have been, but it worked.
It wasn’t the best landing to end the day with, but my CFI acknowledged I was pretty getting tired after the lesson. I agree. I’m hoping the weather calms down tomorrow. I still have 0.9 solo hours to complete. Jake thinks I should save it for a bit closer. I’m just hoping some good weather will come soon, especially Wednesday! We need a little more work on my landings, I’m not feeling too confident on those lately. Just need a better day for them!
Lesson Time: 1.9 hours
Total Time: 59.8 hours