Another beautiful winters morning, have my lesson booked for 9:30, so I arrived at 9 and did all the checks on the plane, refueled it, topped up the engine oil and checked the plane log book.
When Dave came, I talked about radio calls, the ones you make when coming back into the circuit, so I can write them down.
The plan for today is more circuits and more “landings“, and I assume more solo. And yes at some stage Dave mentioned he was going to sit in the plane for one circuit, but he ended up sitting with me for 3, when he said (after we landed and I was about to apply full power again) : “I will have the controls”.
So he turned of the runway, got out and said, just go and fly circuits ! 🙂
I looked at my watch, it was 10:45.
So I crossed the runway, to get to the taxi way and taxied back to the beginning of RW25. Checked for traffic, went across again!!!! and did my final traffic check, my “lining up” radio call, went on the runway, and my “rolling” radio call. Here I go !!! 🙂
In the end I flew solo for more then 45 minutes, around and around. Most of my landings were pretty good, but the last one went a bit wrong:
I suddenly remembered from last week that during the last landing we flew a bit further before landing so you don’t have to taxi that far back to the hangar. So I thought while I was landing, sort of at the later stage of the landing: Oh yes get a bit more power and fly a bit further. Then after 10 seconds or so I put the engine to idle again to land, when I had a quick glance at my air speed. That was VERY low. To low really. I should be falling out of the sky at that speed, so I started pulling the stick.
This all happened, I don’t know, maybe 1 meter above the runway,so no disaster, I landed maybe a bit harder then normal but nothing to be worried about.
BUT what I have learned from this is that this went wrong because I suddenly changed my mind about what I was doing. Especially during landing and when you are not experienced, you DON’t do this. Think of this in advance and prepare !!!!!
And when you see that the airspeed is that low, you don’t pull the stick, BUT apply more power !!!!! That’s probably the biggest lesson for today 🙂