A bit of a Southerly this morning, beautiful day ! KNZ all back operational. The problem we had last week, apparently is not so unusual. With all the fast taxing, the plane bounces a bit and the float in the carburetor drops down at every bump, allowing the fuel level to rise a bit more, every time when this happens. This higher level, makes the mixture richer.
By making a drain at some higher level I think, this is now fixed. But if it ever happens, while on the ground, I just close the fuel valve for a little while to drop the level in the carb 🙂
OK back to today. Did 3 fast taxis. During one “we” were told of by one of these GA guys who think they own the airstrip…. When I started that fast taxi, we couldn’t see any traffic and didn’t hear any radio calls, but by the time we were about at the end of the runway, he was behind us and having to do a “go around”. Its just a matter of sharing the facilities I suppose!!
After that it was time for circuits. The one main thing I learned was raising the tail after landing before taking of:
When landing you flare by pulling the stick more and more to raise the nose, until it stalls and lands. Then for taking off again, you apply power, and go faster and faster. One, for now unnatural thing to do, is pushing the stick forward, to raise the tail. This automatically gives you full vision ahead and because the speed increases, directional control is a bit better. Then when fast enough, you pull the stick and off you go, in the air…
So yes Dave showed me this once, and I did it later, getting better and better. Still more practice required, but I know what to do now and know what it feels like, so yes happy with today’s lesson !!! 🙂
Oh yes during one of my landings, I got a compliment over the radio: “nice landing Gert” so that was nice !