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Flight 19 at SpanaFlight
(Total: 22.3 Dual, 1.3 Sim IFR, .2 Night, 67 Landings)
Today was both fun and extremely
frustrating. Matt and I had planned on possibly doing some ground
reference maneuvers, and some high altitude work, but the weather was
fairly crappy, and we decided to just do the takeoffs and landings
instead. Not that I didn't need the practice.
Took off from 16 and stayed in the
pattern. I made an effort to extend my crosswind leg on the first go
around, and in doing so, I was too far out. There was a light
crosswind from the southwest, and I set up a crab to compensate.
Turning to final, I undershot the turn, and had to shorten it. At
least it wasn't like last time where I was too close and didn't have
enough time to turn. I lined up on the runway, and landed.
Still landed pretty hard, but still seemed better than my first
attempts. There was some wind shear about 200 feet AGL and that
threw me some during the landing though. We did a full stop and
taxied back to the runway.
The second and third times resembled the
first time nearly exactly. My pattern work was fair at best, and I
turned too soon for final. My altitudes and airspeeds were better
though. These were also full stop landings.
Now Matt has told me that under normal
procedures, the solo was 3 full stop landings dual, then the instructor
gets out, and I do 3 more full stop landings solo. I also knew that
my landings were still sucking pretty badly, and that I would have a coronary
if Matt hopped out after the third stop. Thankfully, it was pretty
obvious how crappy these landings were, and he stayed seated the whole
The fourth time, I did significantly better
on the flare and touchdown. even though the turn to final was short
again. Full stop there too.
The rest of the landings were a little better
than the first 3, but nowhere near as good as the fourth one. I even
bounced the plane once. I wondered if I should have counted that one
as 2 landings. :) We finished up and taxied back to the parking
area. I feel as though I am still learning things on each landing,
but I'm very frustrated that it isn't improving as fast as I wanted it
to. Next time we will continue the landing practice until I start
getting it right more consistently. I sure hope this starts
More next time....
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