WARNING: Don’t Takeoff With Full Flaps!
After a couple weeks without flying, I decided this last Friday to get some air time. My flight training for the day ended up being very short due to some unfortunate complications.
Taking off on a hot day, uphill, with little wind is trouble
The flight training today was in the Cessna 150, N66589. I ended up getting things pre-flight ready, listened for the weather, and went on to the taxi way. Listening to the weather, I found that the winds were fairly calm and in the direction to the south, so I chose to take off out of Twin Oaks in the direction of North. The winds were quite calm and the direction north is uphill so I found I didn’t have enough power in the Cessna 150 to be able to take off. I quickly pulled back the throttle and got off the runway to take off in downhill to the south. My first take off was great, though it had been quite a while since flying a Cessna 150 so the lack of power threw me off.
I ended up deciding to stay in the flight pattern and do a landing right away. The landing was nicely timed, and adjusting the controls to land went fantastic. The landing was very smooth.
I headed off the runway and found another aircraft about to take off. I decided to just follow suit and get behind him for the takeoff. He flew on out and I prepped for my own.
I took off down the runway and realized it was a tad bumpy; however I didn’t think much of it and began my assent into the sky. I found however that the plane just would climb. I checked to see if I left the carb heat on or if I didn’t have full throttle. Neither of these conditions were the case. Before I had time to check much else I heard my tail numbers called on the radio and the announcement that my flaps were in. I took a look and to my surprise and realization, I found I forgot to raise my flaps after my landing. As soon as I found things out, I began raising the flaps making sure I didn’t do it too quickly and dip down into the earth. Thankfully I didn’t have full flaps in on my landing; I really could have caused some structural damage to the plane, and if the worst case happened, myself!
A short day is a good idea
I flew the pattern and ended up landing, and getting the plane parked. I was quite thrown off with this mistake and realize that I MUST follow my checklists. This was a scary lesson that could have caused some major damage, therefore, something I will not forget anytime soon.
All in all, it was fun to get out and fly again, but for the next flight, I need to remember to plan ahead, think things through, and follow my lists.
What have you done lately that scared the s**t out of you?
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Flight Time: 0.5 Hours
June 7, 2011 / Jason / 5
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