Lesson 20: Taking my cousin flying | 11/22/15

Last week my cousin was in town so I invited her to ride along on the lesson I was having that weekend.   She agreed so I filled out a weight and balance sheet to account for her sitting in the back and she came with us to the flight school.   It wasn’t a clear day but the clouds were well above the ceiling so we decided to fly to Greenwood Lake to show her the abandoned Constellation prop plane that had been turned into a restaurant there.   The flight there was uneventful and we landed behind another plane from Fischer.   My landing was smooth but the nose wheel touched down first which can damage the plane if done hard enough.   We went the full length of the runway so we could get a better look at the Constellation and then taxied back to takeoff.   We did one more landing at Greenwood Lake.   This touchdown was on the main wheels (good for the plane) but hard and a little bouncy (not good for the passengers).   After this landing we flew back to Caldwell and landed.   This time my landing was a mix of the good parts of my two previous landings; I landed on the main wheels first and the touchdown was beautiful, a nice landing to end the flight on.   My cousin loved it and I loved having her company – I just can’t wait until I get my pilots license when I can do things like this more often.   No GoPro feed this time.   Here is the GPS track:


GPS overview


Close-Up View of Caldwell









Close-Up View of Greenwood Lake

Close-Up View of Greenwood Lake

Logbook Entry N811JD (C172)

Flight Details




Additional Notes

Short and soft field takeoffs and landings, Traffic Pattern