Landing with a Smile
Today was my first flight to Valley View Airport (5S9) near Estacada, Oregon. This flight ended up being one of the most enjoyable and successful flights I’ve had in a long time!
My departure from Troutdale was south using the Boring departure to navigate to this tiny runway. At only 32 feet wide and just over three thousand feet, this airport wasn’t the easiest to find. However, once I was able to find out where it was, I got myself into position and had a few landings in the area.
My first was a wide pattern landing where I stayed high rather than low throughout and was able to have a much better site picture with a good landing. The next two were a bit tighter of an approach doing my best to do a continuous descent landing which I’ve been missing in my previous landings. The last landing I had was by far my best. After Rick showed me a landing, I took over and had probably my best landing ever. It was controlled, and smooth the entire way all the way to a good stall-warning landing. Damn, did that feel good or what! Rick knew I was happy with it as during the landing itself I had quite the smile trying to sneak out.
We finished out by departing back through the Boring arrival to Troutdale. This was again a good landing, though I was high when flying over the bluff entering left base so it caused me to have to correct a lot more to get into position for the landing. I pulled it off however and had another smooth landing.
When things go right, it feels amazing. Definitely a flight that used a number of good practices and made me a lot more confident!
Flight Time: 1.5 Hours
February 4, 2013 / 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