Saturday, September 27, 2003

Emergency landing

9/27/03 - Two flights with T.

First takeoff was perfect! Boxed the wake well; it took quite a bit of aileron to get out of a vortex. Straight stalls, turning stalls, sequential slow 720's just above stall speed. No lift (early in the day) - just a little bubble as we flew through a small flock of crows at about 1500'. Near-perfect landing, but a bit short. Gotta remember to pull the stick back after touchdown!

Second flight, I was expecting T to pull a rope break but he instead had the tow plane wave me off at 300'. My first simulated emergency landing was pretty good - I kept speed up in the turns, and got back with plenty of height, although the ground definitely looks close! The only issues I had: I misread the runways and was heading too far right until T pointed out the space between the correct runways; T detected a slight crosswind and was pushing the upwind wing down, but I kept trying to level it out. Other than that, it went pretty well. He said I did about 85% of the landing and was in control of the plane all the way.

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