Wind Is So Fickle
Flying today was a learning experience to say the least. Rick and I were planning to solo me at Troutdale, but the wind was blowing SO hard that it wasn’t going to happen. Wind went from around 15 knots to 25+ knots.
I was shocked at how difficult it was to fly in such strong winds. Not that I didn’t do a decent job for never flying in such strong winds, but there is a lot to consider. Mainly, just how different it is to get the plane down. Rather than using full flaps, you only can really use around 10-20 degrees of flaps at the most. And rather than a nice smooth approach, the angle at which you land is quite a strong angle.
Though I didn’t solo today at Troutdale which I really wanted to do so that I could fly on my own from the airport, I did learn quite a lot about flying in the area and feel confident that I’ll be able to solo their shortly. Also confident that lower speeds of wind will be a cake walk.
November 16, 2012 / 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