Sometimes I have the impression that if I am doing only cross country flights, navigate and do one landing, I am a little loosing the practice of stall recovery, emergency procedures, side slips, short traffic pattern landings, etc… Flying for a hour or two above the sea is sometimes boring, it is mucho more fun to make approaches, take offs, or landings…
So on my last flight last week with Piper P-28A Cherokee Archer ii (reg. EC-JMT), I have decided to practice stalls, touch and goes and some other manouvers and to have fun. The weather was perfect, wind calm and it was a very nice experience. And I feel safer again. I have made a lot of stalls, recovery with or without engine, steep turns and also a zero gravity flight.
One of the landings I wanted to practice was with short traffic pattern, and actually I was lucky, because after take-off there was some traffic that should be departing in the next moments, so I have been cleared for touch and go with short pattern. Descending to the field without flap I have passed a centerline a bit, but finally I have lined up with the runway centerline and touched down. This is the result:
After this take off the ATC has notified 3 planes arriving, so I have proceeded to the visual point November for manouvers. After some manouvers I came back to the airport for more touch and goes. In total I have made 5. My second landing was just a normal approach on the glideslope with 1 point flap.
The third one was planed with side slip. So I have stayed simply to hight on the downwind when turning on base and on final. Side slip consists of crossing the controls, yoke into the wing and the opposite rudder; this causes you drop faster without accelerating the plane. It is not my favourite manouver, since you approach the runway from the side, like with heavy crosswinds. The altimeter was showing a rate of descent of 1.000 feet/minute. Not bad 🙂 Here is the video:
The 4th touch and go was with full flap; I have decided to stay to high again in the pattern, and have performed a full flap landing. You can see it in the video, that I was to high. But with 3.400 meter long runway, there is enough of space to practice 🙂 This is the result:
Of course, normally nobody does this kind of landings with passengers 🙂 Safe landings!
And did the girl at the CT noticed anything special this time 🙂
I heard only a scream “yeaah”! 😉 and I was gone 😉
Thank you! 😉
Once again I wish I had a GoPro. 🙂
Sure once you will have it! 🙂 But better buy the SIlver or Black edition, I am quite sure, they are better (mine is the white, not bad, but could be better)… 😉
I only fear the time I would have to spend editing! 😀
Btw, I forwarded your site to my Dad who visits Tenerife every year. He liked your videos too. He’s coming over again in week.
You are right, it takes sometimes a lot of time to edit it! But it is a nice way to “live” once again the whole flight and improve your errors to fly safer.
I am glad that your dad liked the videos as well 😉 Is he a pilot as well?
Yeah, I suppose the effort would be worth it. No, he’s not. Just excited about my training. 🙂
I am sure he ust be proud of his daughter! 🙂 I hope they will enjoy their time in Tenerife again.
I have made a video about island trip, maybe he can recognize here better some places on the island: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vy01o9HifA 🙂
I think that was the one he mentioned. 🙂 It’s a great one.
Thank you! 😉