I went up with Marc today for my stage check. I had planned a flight to Albany, which we reviewed and set out for.
Off of Caldwell, I turned looking for my landmark, a road, where I set my calculated heading. It was going alright and the landmarks were matching up, but the were a bit to the right. So I tweaked the course a bit that way. When we came up at a major intersection, my over-correction was apparent, since we were on the right, instead of left, side of the road. We went back over to the left and it wasn’t long before we crossed our first checkpoint, a road on the 69 degree radial of Sparta.We were late by only about 1 minute – not too bad.
Marc asked for a diversion to Randall at that point. I turned to a heading towards Randall, and made an intersection using the Sparta and Huguenot VORs. It wasn’t easy to spot, but once I followed the road on the map, it was right where it was supposed to be. We flew over it to take a look at the wind sock and check the runway numbers. We flew a left pattern for 26. The crosswind picked up on short final, but that was corrected. The runway was hilly – no joke, like a wave. It threw off my flare, but we landed just fine.
We did a short field takeoff and headed back to Caldwell. After a minute or two I recognized a mountain near the onion fields and I knew where we were. From there, it’s a walk in the park.
We landed on 28 at Caldwell and that’s all there was to it. Millville FSS didn’t answer us, so we didn’t open our flight plan, which meant we didn’t have to close it. And tomorrow will be my first solo cross country.
Plane: N677DM (C172)
From: CDW – 06N -