Back In The Real Bird

I had a flight lesson today and it was the first time up since December 6th. I was home for much of December, and had visions of completing the next several flights from the curriculum, but weather intervened. It was just not good flying weather for several weeks in these parts. Since the beginning of the year I’ve been on the road quite a bit, so I was excited today to finally get back to the field and go up. Ceilings were too low for maneuvers, and that was just as well because it’s pattern work that I wanted to do to knock the rust off.

And there was some rust, as the below flight track shows. My takeoffs and landings were actually very solid, but the pattern itself was shaky at first. Those first two legs that are way out off track from the others were the first two laps, and after that I settled in. I flew an extended downwind, a turn-to-final, and a power-off landing in three of final four laps, which is why the base legs vary a bit.

pattern

So I feel back in the groove, and it’s amazing how relaxed I am after being up. Flying an airplane requires real focus, but it’s a focus that relaxes me, and I love it. Next flight will be a long cross country with my CFI: Brandywine to Harrisburg to Wilmington to Brandywine. We probably won’t get that on the books for a week or so, and I look forward to planning, simulating, and then making that flight.

2 thoughts on “Back In The Real Bird

  1. So that was you I was watching out of my office window. I,m right in the flight path of Brandywine. I went up for my xcountry progress check Monday but the weather cut that short. I’ve been using you MQS scenery acticing since the weather has been so bad lately. I found your site by accident and it made me dust off the old TM cougar and try X plane again. Keep up the great work and I’ll see you out there.

    1. If it was a Piper Cherokee about 3:00-4:00 PM today, then yes, in fact it was! Great to find a local reader, and thanks for following the site.

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