Attempt Soloing At Troutdale (#2)
My last flight was around the middle of last month and I finally flew again yesterday making my second attempt to fly solo at Troutdale. The winds looked good and I was ready to fly…so I thought.
There happened to be a direct 5 knot crosswind which took some time to get the feeling and understanding of again since most of my flights have been in strong headwinds. Well after a few landings, I wasn’t doing what I needed so my instructor and I took a bit to chat. We then were about to take off again when all the sudden we see fire trucks and as we made an effort to reach the tower for departure clearance, we didn’t get a response. We feared the worst as we thought the person running the tower perhaps had a heart attack as he was older.
Well we found out after taking time to park the plane and figure out what was going on that we actually somehow accidental turned the volume off. Whoops!
Right after we went back up and in the 20-30 minutes we were grounded, the winds had picked up and were nearly up to 12 knots of wind causing me to be unable to solo. Damn you wind! You got me again.
Well here’s hoping that the third time is the charm!
December 7, 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