On this lesson the winds were gusty and variable so we decided to stay in the pattern and practice some crosswind landings. My first landing was a little precarious; I experienced wind shear on the entire approach which only worsened as I sank below the treeline because the wind was stirred up by the trees. I expected the winds to calm a bit as I entered ground effect but suddenly I hit a lull in the wind just above the runway and the airplane dropped. I flared just at the last moment and the plane touched down surprisingly smoothly but it was a jarring introduction to the flight to say the least. The rest of my landings were similar; all turbulent but most were decent. Days like this don’t come around very often so I was lucky to be able to practice with such challenging conditions in a controlled environment rather than experiencing them for the first time by myself.
Logbook Entry N811JD (C172)
Traffic pattern, normal + crosswind takeoffs and landings