Another hot day, density altitude high. We took off from runway 28 for Northwest departure, but climbing very slow. Usually, we’d reach 900 feet way before route-80, but we barely made to I-80 today. It could be because we had 10 degrees flap for soft-field take off, but still, high temperature affects the performance.
With VOR tracking, we reached Sparta station. I need to remember to first intersect the VOR line, then correct for the wind factor while following the straight line to or from the VOR.
While at Andover, I tend to cross the power line before turning base. Bob didn’t like that, because then I add an obstruction on my final. I tried to do this because I thought with a longer glide path I could have more control of my descend. But instead, I could have just expedited the descend on base and final.
First time, I bounced, and had to recover from it by adding a little power, and as I settled, I forgot to retract flaps immediately and ended up using the full length of runway. The second approach was low, I got too close to the kayakers. But with retracted flaps, I stopped in the middle of the runway.
Short on time, we headed back immediately to Caldwell. We watched a plane turning base as we got ready for departure. While crossing Booton reservoir Caldwell ATC asked us to turn right follow traffic. I wasn’t sure why they put us behind because I thought we were in front. Maybe because they were faster, but because they turned downwind too late we ended up getting close. I slowed down immediately and squared my base. On touch down, I tried to make a soft field landing but was unsuccessful. I will keep practicing.