New Airport (Grove) with 360s!
As I get back into flying, I always love getting to fly to a new airport. Today, I flew and landed at Grove Field (1W1) for the first time. Funny thing about it is that it’s the closest airport to KTTD (Troutdale Airport), and I just landed their today. It was a pretty calm day and it gave me a chance to fly into a short runway airport that I haven’t done in quite a while. My pattern work, slips, landings, and take-offs were all pretty great. I was quite pleased with my work today.
The flight started with a departure to the north towards Grove. Once I arrived in the area, I realized that I failed to get the landing pattern for the airport, so I pulled up the sectional got my radios and my traffic pattern (left traffic to runway 25).
Landing at Grove was pretty smooth and after a full stop and clearing the runway, I got configured for a short-field departure. This is the one where you apply brakes, go full power, and release the brakes until roll-out speed. Once off the ground, fly Vx (75mph), and once clear the obstacles, pitch for Vy (90mph).
We only did one here, and I pretty much nailed it minus a slightly lower take-off angle than I wanted. I then flew through the pattern to come in for another landing, and after flying through the pattern, I felt I was a bit high, so I did a go-around. Once I did this, Steve just had me return to KTTD as he was pleased with my choices.
Once leaving Grove I positioned myself to return over Lacamas lake for an arrival back to KTTD. Troutdale was busy at this time, which made for some new experiences I quite enjoyed.
During my return, and first landing, rather than a standard pattern, I was requested to do a short approach. The idea here is to get down and land as soon as possible to allow for the tower to be able to bring people into land. The idea here is to do more of a horseshoe landing rather than a standard rectangle. Instead of taking power down to 1500 rpms, I took it back to closer to 1000 rpms and brought in my flaps much quicker with a steeper decent. The landing was great. One I’ll hopefully have more chances to do as they’re a lot of fun.
Following this, I had an extended down-wind landing which included a 360 degree turn in the pattern to allow for another plane to takeoff between my base and final legs. Another maneuver which I enjoyed. You have to increase flaps (if below 20 degrees) and increase power to avoid losing too much altitude while rotating. Once the 360 was completed and I was back on final, I was cleared to land.
The flight was finished with two more landings in the pattern using side slips to correct for the wind. Steve and I were both pleased with how the entire flight went which led to him mentioning that tomorrows flight will consist of a few landings in the pattern and getting soloed once again here at KTTD!
One thing I’ll start doing is linking my flight to be viewed by anyone interested. You can see my first logged one here:
August 16, 2014 / Jason / 2
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