Landings

This flight we went over landings. I was in a different plane today, although it was the same make and model. Instead of the red N811JD, I was in 53R. The airplane was still a Cessna 172M, but it felt a lot different. We had trouble starting the plane, so Tom, the owner, had to come and help us out. Once we got started, we taxied to Runway 22, and we took off. My CFI flew the first pattern around the airport, teaching me what to do. I learned that after takeoff, climb to 600 ft above the airport, and turn 90 degrees to the right. After checking if the turn was clear, make another 90 degree turn for the runway. While flying across the runway, Tomaharu handled the radio, while I climbed to 1000 ft over the airport. Once I reached 1200 ft, since the airport is about 200 ft high, I leveled off and slowed to 2000 rpm. Once abeam the numbers, I decreased power to 1700 rpm, put in 10 degrees of flaps, and started a 500 ft per minute descent. Once I was 200 ft below the traffic pattern, we turned and put in 20 degrees of flaps. Finally, we were able to see the numbers and made our last 30 degree turn to final. This is when we put in the rest of our flaps, while trying to get the speed at a constant of 75 mph. I learned that if we wanted to go faster, I had to use the yoke, but if I wanted to change the speed of descent, I had to use the throttle to control it. When we had crossed the runway thresh hold, we cut power and let the plane bleed out its airspeed. The plane had a natural tendency to point up at the end, and that indicated that we were ready to land it. After doing about 7 landings, we called it a day and headed back home. Although none of my landings were perfect, I improved everytime, and I look forward to my next lesson.

Before landing, we used the checklist, LCGUMPS:

L-Lights
C-Carbheat
G- Gas
Undercarriage
M-Mixture
P-Primer
S-Seatbelts