Landings, Landings, and More Landings
Yesterday, my instructor and I focused primarily on just landings. I flew with Emily again today who I found out has been an instructor for a couple years now and currently has ten students as a CFI (Certified Flight Instructor). She is a great instructor and really makes you think about what you’re doing when flying. I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity to have Emily sub in as my instructor while James is fight sharks.
The landings started quite rough, but as she had me practice doing landings without the use of the flaps, I was able to get a much better handle of using my throttle and pitch to slow down. On top of this I began to flare when I needed to when landing.
One thing she has me do is to look out towards the end of the runway when landing. This does a couple of things. One it allows me to realize how straight I am when landing, and two based on the horizon, it allows me to begin increasing the pitch so that I flare when I am supposed to do so.
The main reason it gives an indicator of when to pitch is that the horizon tends to stay stagnate as you go towards the runway and when the horizon begins to rise is when the pitching needs to happen for a good landing. Amazing stuff if you ask me!
We did around eight landings today and each one was better than the last (well except for my last one which was at Twin Oaks where there was a much stronger crosswind and caused me to bounce a lot more than I should have).
I was quite content with my performance yesterday and am really looking forward to Wednesday where we’ll go over some more landings and fixed referenced maneuvers.
On a side note – today I joined as an official member to the AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association)
Flight Time: 1.7 Hours
October 5, 2010 / Jason /
Categories: Private Pilot Completion
- Total Flight Time: 218.5 Hours
- Pilot In Command Time: 125.7 Hours
- Solo Time: 100.8 Hours
- >50NM Cross Country Time: 60.5 Hours
- >50NM Cross Country Time (Solo): 27.8 Hours
- Night Time: 7.1 Hours
- Simulated Instrument Time: 4.8 Hours
- Landings (Day/Night): 521 (499/22)
- Flight Training Received: 92.8 Hours
- Ground Training Received: 30.8 Hours