Category Archives: Landings

The Home Field Advantage

Another day of practicing landings but at my home field today.  I have a 7pm flight tonight; I love flying this time of day.  The sky is spectacular and the weather has cleared from all the rain this weekend.  I arrive early just to take it all in; I love just being at the airport.  There a few friends just finishing up flying and a few fixtures sitting around out front talking about the weather and today’s flying adventures.  It’s a great place to connect and just build on each others experiences.

Sunset after my flight tonight
Sunset after my flight tonight

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Determination and Practice

It’s time to figure this landing thing out and get it down. I told Robert to work me and help me get this done. I want to know what I’m doing wrong and how to make it right.  He was correcting me and honing my skills and definitely working me tonight.  I did nine landings total when all was said and done.  He asked me on the eighth one if I wanted to do another one and I responded that I only had one left in me and that would be the one back at Wilgrove. Wow, that was quite a workout.

Training is being determined to accomplish a task.
Training is being determined to accomplish a task.

 

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Getting the Hang of It

Another nine days have past since my last flight.  I tried to go this week but the weather was truly uncooperative and I had a vacation to the beach that was waiting for my arrival.  I didn’t want it to be this long between flights but sometimes you just can’t help what happens.

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And Still I Practice

My flight on Tuesday got cancelled due to some bad storms that rolled through the area.  It was a good call because we had some serious flooding with trees down and pea size hail thrown in as well.  The best thing is we had been sitting near 100 degrees for several days and now the humidity has lowered and the temperature is back around 84 the last two days. It’s perfect weather to fly in today.

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Frustration with landings

Awe, the fog, she be the devil today.  I was scheduled for an 8 am flight but Robert called early and rescheduled me for 1:30 pm because we had such poor visibility this morning. I miss the early flight but will be glad to be back in the air today at least.  It’s been seven days since my last flight, partly because of the weather and partly because of scheduling issues.

The color of my mood.
The color of my mood.

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Just Like I Remember

I’ve been waiting my whole life to do a ‘touch and go!’  I used to watch the planes at night while sitting near the runway on base doing touch and go’s when I was in the Air Force.  The C-5’s practiced at Sheppard AFB back when I was there for training and I was amazed at how slow it looked when they were coming in and landing and taking off again immediately.  I’ve never forgotten what that looked and sounded like back when I was there.  The C-5 is a monster of a plane.  I got to walk into one at an airshow once.  I remember there being a ladder to the cockpit that looked like it was stories above the deck.  I have been in awe of them for their sheer size for as long as I can remember.

Check out this video of the C-5 taking off, what a beast!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCC6ZbZvG8I

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