Fourth day in a row of flying. I feel like I’m flying like it’s my job. But sadly, it’s not. It’s still not ideal weather, windy and gusty. We went to Bridgeport today because that’s where I’ll actually be doing my landings for the checkride. I’ve been there twice, but my CFI wanted me to have a refresher.
I put KBDR into both GPS systems. I’m way more familiar with the Garmin GPS, but the other is a bit different and the past two days we’ve been getting me more familiar with it since the DPE is more comfortable with that one and using one of the GPS will be on my checkride.
It was pretty windy at 2500ft, it’s always kind of bumpy on the way to the Northport Stacks, but it was even bumpier than usual. I wouldn’t have gone up alone in this weather. There were a few clouds at 3000ft, if we were going on a XC I would have climbed above them and hopefully it would have been calmer.
We did 6 landings at KBDR, it was work every single time to land the plane. It was also work taking off and in the pattern. The gusts would change my altitude, it’s a lot more close attention to everything so in that something can change rapidly. There was a few times I climbed above pattern altitude by mistake, or on my descent turns I pointed the nose down too much and gained too much airspeed. It was a difficult day.
I did two short field and two soft field landings. My second short field was much better than my first, but both were within the correct distance. It was just the crosswind correction was better on the second. Soft field were fine, could have been softer and better crosswind correction. I took the correction out too early on my first soft field take off, I fixed it the next time. We headed back to KFRG after my second soft field take off.
As mentioned on Facebook, the best thing heard on the radio today was when departing KBDR. ATC: Runway 29, Cleared the option. Pilot: We’re requesting a touch and go, sir. ATC: Cleared the option. That’s one of the options… It was just a funny thing that made the day a bit better.
My landing at KFRG wasn’t so nice. It was quite gusty, and a 90 degree crosswind. We were using runway 32, maybe could have used 19, neither option was that great. My CFI did take over right before touch down. I was being pushed too far off the center line and I think he was worried about being blown off the runway. It wasn’t something that made me feel confident looking back.
I still need some more solo time, but with weather like this I’m getting worried about it. The VOR should be put in tomorrow too. I feel like I’m cutting it close. I’m also feeling a lot of self-doubt. My CFI quizzed me on the way back to KFRG on stuff, I’m fine with all the specifics of the plane, though I did blank on what Vr stood for, oops! It took me a bit to recall that the plane was 110 horsepower as well, but it finally came.
I think doubt is a normal part of my process. I feel I felt this way before my solo, before my written, and they went fine. It just feels like a bit of a struggle right now. I have to focus on studying more, I’ve been procrastinating because for some reason I feel overwhelmed. I have 3 more days of flying scheduled before my checkride. I may not use them all, we’ll see.
Lesson Time: 1.6 hours
Total Time: 61.4 hours