Lesson 20: pattern work and landing

8 T/O — most of them went very smooth — trimmed well, rudders are good, climbing are stable. I am happy with my T/O. Bob was happy with my T/O, so he gave score 2 today. (1 is highest). Nice.

(Frankly speaking, I am no longer scared by T/O around my lesson 16. Now, today, it is my first time, I feel very calm during T/O — I even try to poke the golf club now. I guess anything if I can do it in calm, that means I am ready for it. So it’s still long way to go for my landing).

Another thing I feel quite calm is my radio communication — although when the traffic is heavy in the pattern and Tower gives complicated instructions, I still need Bob to help, I don’t feel nervous too much any more, that’s a good sign). Regarding Radio communication, the archive of liveatc.net is great — I typically find the one when I communicate with ATC, and figure what I did wrong, what I did right, and what I did right but still improve, in this way — by hearing myself back, I can easily find my own problem — one example, as a foreign, I try to speak fast to catch up people, but I speak too fast, faster than a normal native English speak on the radio, make my speaking harder to understand. After I heard it, I starts to calm down myself, and try to speak slowly, I think that helps a lot — it also helps the ATC gives me instruction slower (somehow, if I speak too fast, ATC also speak faster than I can understand).

Pattern work are also stable and mostly good. One thing need to be improved is that, after abeam the number, 10degree flap, ideally, I need get about 200-300 ft out before I turn base — but I feel I always keep there 1100~1200ft (900~1000AGL) with 1700RPM and no change of my speed or altitude unless I reduce power to 1500RPM (Did I trimmed too well?).

well anyway, mostly I have about 800~700 ft when I turn final (600~500ft AGL), I get there by reduce power almost idle on my base

Bob demonstrated soft-field T/O once today. I will try it next time.

The first landing, I almost got — however, I pulls nose a little bit more before settle — there was one bounce there.

Then the 2nd landing, higher, so I decided go-around before Bob calls — he thought that’s a good decision

the 4th one is full stop, and we taxi back to rwy 22.

the last 2 landings, I did all my self

During the whole pattern, I speak loud and clear each time I do any configuration change or maneuvers. In this way, I can remind myself the steps clearly. I think that’s good to improve.

 

Lesson 14: my first time instrument training

With hood, flying was harder than I expected. I always feeling I am leaning to right, so try to correct to left — but actually not, I feel the same way as the ball feels. So need to use rudder, instead of aileron to correct it. After about half hour instrument flying, Bob asked me to took off the hood, and the airport is right in front of me — was asked to do 3 miles straight in by Tower