Decided to fly early Sunday morning. Yesterday we had strong North Easterlies, and the same forecast for today.
I arrived early, around 7, and yes the wind had already picked up. But after last weeks North West winds, I wanted to try it out again.
I was ready doing my pre-flight checks, and rang Terry. I assumed he would be home, but it turned out that he was on his way to the airport as well. Only 2 minutes. So yes when he got here, he gave me the OK to fly. I assume he wanted to see me fly, and keep an eye on me 🙂
I told him I wanted to use the shorter runway (RW04) as thats pointing nicely into today’s wind.
Yes I took of from RW04, and flew my circuit. The plan was to fly a few circuits, and then decide what to do, stop or go flying somewhere. When I left there was no one else in the circuit, but soon after I took off, I had someone, Victor Charlie Charlie I think, ask me what the vector (runway) in use was. Soon I saw him join the circuit. Never saw him land, he must have been behind me all the time…
Anyway, back to my flying….
I flew 3 circuits. The first two touch and go’s weren’t really a landing. As the runway is very short, I only briefly touched down, and then applied power again. I noticed I was drifting sideways quite a bit after turning into the “Cross wind” part of the circuit (first turn left), so yes a lot of wind up there. Apart from that flying went well.
As I was flying a different circuit as the normal one, it all looks a bit different, but that was OK. I started to feel comfortable and was making my decision to leave the circuit during my third circuit.
But then ……. during my 3th final, I suddenly had a big wind gust pushing my left wing down (right wing up…) I banked quite a bit. I did a quick check of my slip indicator, to see what correction I had to make. Luckily that was still in the center.
This is when I decided to stop, and land. The landing went fine I think, can’t remember anymore really. I know I got to a stop halfway on this short runway so that was good.
After I got back to the hangar, I spoke with Terry who had been keeping an eye on me. He told me I made the correct decision. If I would have continued and vacated the circuit, he would have contacted me on the radio, to tell me to come back and land.
So yes happy I did fly this morning. Was only 30 minutes, but feeling good about it. Lots of new experiences !!! 🙂