Today started like a brilliant day when I woke up, no wind, blue skies, frost on the lawn. But I knew there were going to be nor-westers today. They are not nice here, very gusty.
Anyway, this morning I had a class first on human factors and the weather at 10 in the clubhouse, and that was all good and very interesting. But while the class was going I was keeping my eye open for the weather. I noticed the wind coming from the East and shifting all the time so was a bit nervous.
At lunch time I had my peanut butter sandwich outside watching the various planes take off and land, using a lot of aileron adjustments to keep level……..
And then not long after lunch Dave told me to hop in the plane. As he had just flown the plane with another student we didn’t check the plane, just the fuel tanks.
3.5 gallon on one side 4.5 gallon on the other side = 8 gallon, = about 24 litre. Engine uses about 18 per hour, so enough for our 1 hr lesson.
If you click on the button above you see what we did 🙂
Same story for take off, me on pedals for rudder and hand on the stick. Dave gave me the command to pull the stick, so I started pulling harder and harder. Next time I need to do that a bit “swifter” as it took a bit to long before the nose came of the ground. But when it did, we were off, into the air.
A lot of corrections with aileron to keep level, stick adjustments keeping the airspeed at 60 m/h, making a left turn when at 500ft AGL towards our “play area”.
So yes take off was a little bumpy and I thought Oooooh hhhhhhhw, but all calmed down a lot as soon as we got a bit higher.
Did a lot of turning left and right, descending and ascending. Occasionally getting into turbulent air so climbing a bit more or further away from those hills.
Feels like turning into the wind is harder. A lot more adjusting with the aileron tho keep the plane banking, or sometimes applying opposite aileron to stop it from going any further, but still banking the right way.
Also with the inconsistent wind speed “outside”, adjusting engine power frequently to stay at about 60 m/h and at the right altitude.
And finally going back to the airport, closing throttle, gliding down at 60 m/h, not to fast, not to slow.
Didn’t want to go back as it was going well, and didn’t like the turbulent weather close to the surface, but wasn’t bad this time. Dave took over for getting “into the circuit” and for landing, because it was not calm enough for me to do that yet.So all happy with today, had plenty of turbulence to get used to and control and adjust the plane, and not to much to feel uncomfortable etc etc. so yes HAPPY !!!