December 5, 2004

Back in the Saddle Again

After a three-week hiatus I found some time to get back in the cockpit of the trusty Cessna 152. This is the longest break I have had between flights so I decided I would spend the day in the pattern re-familiarizing myself with the plane and work on my landings.

As I expected, my first few landings were sloppy. In each case I found that I was too fast on my final approach, causing the plane to bounce a little on the first landing and float longer than planned on the second landing. Realizing the problem was my speed in the pattern, I made a conscious effort to fly a slower pattern the next time around and made a much better landing. I continued to improve on the next three and was completely satisfied with my final landing of the day.

It was great to get back in the air and I hope I will be able to fly again this week. With this flight I completed the fourth page in my logbook. I thought now would be a good time to summarize some of the statistics:

  • Total hours flown: 63.3 hrs
  • Dual hours flown: 37.1 hrs
  • Solo hours flown: 26.2 hrs
  • Cross-country hours flown: 13.5 hrs
  • Night flight hours flown: 5.6 hrs
  • IFR Hood flight time: 3.2 hrs
  • Landings: 206
  • Airports flown to: 15
Posted by at December 5, 2004 5:52 PM

I bet it's just like riding a bike ... you never really forget how to land! (thank goodness).

I hope you have good weather for this week so you can go up up and away!

Posted by: CJ at December 7, 2004 1:07 PM | Reply

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