Did my first “little cross country” flight.
Duncan, member of our club, lives at Forest Field (NZFF) organized a brunch.
I wanted to take this opportunity to fly only 20 minutes or so from NZRT where I am getting my lessons to this local airstrip, 4km away from our home. I am hoping to move my Bleriot into a hangar here sometime in the future.
With Dave my instructor on holiday, I had to organize another instructor. Luckily Tony from our club wanted to go to the brunch and didn’t mind coming with me, giving me directions, and teaching me a few more things.
All week I have been keeping an eye out on the weather, didn’t look good. Definitely not a nice High pressure system around. The forecast was for Southerlies, with a Nor-west and all sort of other bad things you don’t want….
But I wanted to take this opportunity so had to live with the turbulent air. Wasn’t to bad but still a bit to much for my liking !!! 🙂
So this morning I picked up Tony and drove to the club airstrip to hop into my club plane JOR. Below you see the full 22 min unedited version of my trip to NZFF.
Below is the edited version of my first cross country flight to the airstrip FF, not far from my home:
- Flying over Cust with cloud rolling over the mountains, with Nor-west turbulence’s.
- First sight of FF on the left at 1500ft AGL.
- Turning into the circuit at 1000ft AGL.
- Stretched circuit flying over the dairy farm just behind our house, with our house later on amongst the Manuka just to the left of the nose of the plane.
- On finals, landing at Forest Field
Oh yes what I learned :
– With turbulent weather, when pushed out of balance, don’t use ailerons to level the wings. Use the rudder to continually correct direction and nose back into the “wind”. This is leveling the wings, so that’s good 🙂
– The other thing we did is return into the circuit from the non traffic side. This is basically the same as returning from the traffic side, but you skip the entering at 1500ft AGL bit, and enter the circuit via the cross wind leg. When you do this you can see all the traffic in the circuit really well, so a safe entering method.