June 14, 2004

Logging Some Solo Hours

After a flying-free weekend, I returned to the airport for some solo flying. I knew today would be challenging in that it would be the first time I was soloing without first flying with my instructor. My two previous solo flights were conducted after first flying with instructor for a little while then dropping her off at the airport.

When I arrived at the airport, I conducted the pre-flight. The plane was a little low on oil so I took a quart from the FBO's office and filled it back to 5 quarts, a safe level. When I was satisfied the plane was airworthy I started the engine and taxied out to runway 24. I departed the pattern and flew north of Blue Ash to the practice area where I did a few 45° turns. Then I decided to return to the pattern for some continued work on landings.

I am not sure if my concentration was lacking or if it was my confidence but today I conducted three landings, none of which I was happy with. I think in tomorrow's lesson with my instructor I will ask that we spend some time continuing the practice in effort to get more consistent with nailing perfect landings. I hope to also get some more experience in at towered fields in preparation for my long cross-country, which requires at least one towered field landing. My long cross-country is coming up in little over a week.

Posted by at June 14, 2004 8:57 PM
Comments

I know you're going to have a great flight tonight! =-)

Posted by: CJ at June 15, 2004 8:22 AM | Reply

Todd,
Just remember not to get too discouraged with landings. Remember the old pilot's adage..."Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing"

It took me a long time in the C-130 to feel comfortable with my landings--probably a year. Continue to work on it and ask the instructor for help or if she is noticing anything, but remember this too..."Some days you are Chuck Yeager, and other days you are his brother Steve (non-pilot)"
Tom Ulmer

Posted by: Tom at June 16, 2004 10:23 PM | Reply

Tom,
Thanks for the encouragement. I agree there are days you feel great and other days that are so-so. But, after a weekend off a flying like this weekend I realize how addicted to flying I am. I can't wait to fly again on Tuesday.

Posted by: Todd at June 20, 2004 8:29 PM | Reply

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