Another flight doing circuits, some rust and some welcome remarks from my instructor.
Date: 2 mar 2021, 16:00 (UTC)
- METAR EBBL 031655Z AUTO 26003KT 9999 BKN110/// 14/06 Q1025 BLU=
Type: Touch and go
Flight time: 00:35
Apart from my short flight and single landing two days ago, I still have been on the ground for two months and it shows.
3 times I came in too high.
My instructor, who happened to be on the field, noticed, and gave me some tips on my last landing. Nothing I didn't know, but sometimes I need a trigger to apply it:
- Extending the down-wind a bit
- Slipping to lose more height
The first one was my plan in any case, but my instructor said to slip in a little. It's always a freaky thing to do, but very effective.
My last landing I landed quite nicely, with PLENTY of runway left in front of me.
After that, I met my instructor. He had two remarks:
- Adjust your circuit next time if you are too high doing the usual
- After take-off, make sure to not drift to the left. This I was doing too much
My plan for the next flight:
- At least do one slipping manouvre every flight, so that I am used to it
- Pay more attention to track after take-off (more right foot too)
- Watch the height during the circuit
I think there were several reasons I was coming in too high consistently:
- There wasn't a lot of wind, last time I had a good head-wind, this also means I lose less height over a similar ground distance
- I was sometimes too high in the circuit and had to
- I did not sufficiently adjusted my circuit the second approach
- I was out of practice for 2 months
The flight was OK for the rest, there wasn't a lot of traffic. But even though I got some remarks, I was happy to get some tips from my instructor.
I do have to say, when I heard my instructor on the radio (not talking to me per se) I did get a little more nervous, like I was being judged. Maybe that affected my concentration a little.
I am happy I have some things to work on for next flight.
00:35 minutes of flying time: € 59,50