I woke up this morning and immediately checked the METAR for CDW in anticipation for my late morning flight:
KCDW 091353Z AUTO 00000KT 10SM CLR 08/01 A2998
Finally, this looks like the day I will solo! I got to the airport, the weather looked like this:
KCDW 091453Z AUTO 25003KT 10SM CLR 11/01 A2997
Still looking good. However, on my way out to the ramp to preflight the plane, the winds picked up. After calling CDW Ground for taxi clearance, we were given the updated winds (290 at 10 knots, with gusts I can’t remember but were significant) which made both Tom and me groan. Unfortunately, the crosswind component would be too strong for me to use runway 22 which made it impossible for me to solo today.
Tom and I then made a game time decision to do something else and we proceeded with the curriculum. Today, we would practice flying the victor airways. Using VOR, we headed towards the Sparta station, intercepted a highway that heads towards Huguenot station, flew to Huguenot, then tuned to the radial that connected Huguenot with CDW and used that to aid us back to CDW. At CDW we did a touch and go and full stop on 28 which gave me the confidence to know I’m ready to solo.
The only question is, when will the weather gods have pity on me and allow me to solo?