Lesson 49: First Solo (Or was it my second?) | 10/11/16

I soloed for the second time today and I felt even better about it than the first.   My radio calls were on point, my landings were smooth, safe, and short with no screeching on the tires, and I generally felt more confident as pilot in command.   It was pretty similar to my first solo however (hence the title) as I did the exact same thing (3 takeoffs and landings) and in the same amount of time (0.7 hours).   We began the lesson similar to how we had on my first solo, flying northbound.   We practiced holding headings, picking out landmarks, and theorizing about emergency landings spots.   We then turned to the southwest and reentered Caldwell’s airspace from the west instead of the north as we usually do.   After doing a few touch and goes on runway 4 Bob asked for a short approach on runway 10 (I had never landed on runway 10 before)  and we taxiied back to the ramp.   Bob got out of the plane and wished me luck again.   My first landing was pretty normal but as time progressed the pattern started to get more and more busy until it got to the point where on my second downwind I was pushed all the way to a 4 mile base leg behind 4 other planes (one of which was flying the opposite pattern).   I landed fine however and by the time I took off for my final go around the traffic pattern it had quieted down a bit.   My Mom was there watching and she took a bunch of photos so I’ll upload those once I get my hands on them.   I also am going to bring a shirt to my next lesson because Tom told me he would cut the shirt tail off and draw 1JD on it to commemorate my first solo.

Logbook Entry N811JD (C172)

Flight Details

CDW-CDW
1.5

Landings

6

Additional Notes

Traffic pattern entry, normal takeoffs and landings, simulated engine failure, second supervised solo - 3 takeoffs and landings solo