I completed my Stage I Check 2 weeks ago with Dave at my last lesson and it certainly felt really liberating. As yesterday’s lesson approached, however, I started to feel nervousness about the potential to do solo work in the pattern – real nervousness.
With the conditions I experience on the Stage Check Dave ultimately had to step in for the touchdown and it served to be a bit of a confidence crusher. So I felt the need to do more Crosswind training.
We stayed in the pattern RP off of 22 and did about 8 or so touch n’ gos. Conditions were choppy yesterday as well and Tom and I chatted about confidence, life, etc. It turns out that I did the landings all on my own because Tom had had his seat all the way back – I didn’t know this until the very end. It was as exciting as a day can get doing pattern work but felt very productive and exciting knowing that I was able to land in gusty conditions.
Things I’m reminded of:
4 finger site picture for a descent of about 500 feet
Airspeed is king
Pitch for speed and power for altitude
Aim for straight and level flight on the runway
You can’t land on a runway you can’t see
Sometimes you just have to reminder yourself no matter how often you do this. I filmed 3 minutes f yesterday’s lesson which I will attempt to post soon…..