Yes it was going to be a perfect day for flying. Arrived at the airport (NZRT) at 0700 to get the plane ready.
Dave briefed me about his plans for today:
- Instead of Touch and Go’s I am going to do Stop Start’s. This is when landing, so you come to a complete stop. The aim is to get more really low speed experience, as this is were directional control is hardest.
- Do more side slipping, a powerful tool to drop altitude while on final (=landing)
Had a really good lesson !! 🙂
As always, initial landings are a bit hairy, wasn’t that bad, but I noticed that I was making big improvements. The biggest thing to control is airspeed. Making sure that it drops down to 55kn during finals and 50kn just before roundout, dropping below 50 down to 47kn or so when rounding out. At the same time if there is some wind from the side, using rudder to keep going straight, before “dropping out of the sky” and landing.
Taking off and raising the tail soon after making some speed is good for getting more visibility and keeping the Kitfox on the ground before pulling the stick at the right speed to take off again 🙂
The side slips are going well, although I always stop that a bit earlier then required to give me time to prepare for the landing. While side slipping it’s not just maintaining the right direction and keeping an eye on my altitude but also slowly dropping the air speed to around 50kn with the same stick I use for directional control, that’s if the rudder is fully right.
Still feels a but strange as I am hanging into the door, well feels like that !
But yes I am happy, and Dave thinks I am making good progress. Been flying the Kitfox 9.7hrs now. A little bit more and I think he is going to make me do a solo flight, well in a few weeks, maybe a month or do 🙂 🙂