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Lesson 7 - First Landing

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Today (11/10/09) was my 7th lesson, which really should have been on the 27/9/09 but due to really bad weather was canceled :( So anyway, was booked in today at 11am in MJG again (yes, my favourite 152 now for sure). This time Tony wanted me to try and do everything. Although when we got in I was still writing out the info for the book and he got the clearance to start circuits from ground. So I started her up and taxied to the run up bay. Taxing has become a whole lot easier I can tell you. Practice definitely makes perfect ;) Did the run ups and then taxied to 35R. Interesting thing happened taxing down parallel to 35L, the nose wheel began to shutter violently. Apparently it happened to Tony before as well, and could be due to the weight put on it (as I found out further on). So stopped the plane to bring it back to normally and then continued on to 35R. Made the call at 35R and away I went.

The first circuit Tony helped out a bit in certain spots, and told me when to take flap and when to slow down at the end. However this time I did the landing. Was a pretty cool experience being in control and trying to land for once. Probably flared to much which meant I was floating along the runway, and then pulled the power to quickly and sunk. But hey, it was my first landing and I survived! The next 4 circuits were all by myself. Only thing Tony did was tell me what I was doing wrong :) By time I got to the last circuit all he said was how to stick her on the ground again. I felt really proud of myself, although came out sweating like a pig after doing all that hard work! :P Fighting a slight crosswind, keeping a lookout for other traffic (a Pitts special which was doing crazy circuits, really wide) and then flying the plane. But I made it, and was happy with one of my landings (almost perfect, just needed to bring the nose up a fraction more and it would have been right on the money). Only problem I had was when the nose wheel touched down it would start shuttering, so to prevent this we just moved the elevator up slightly to put less weight on it. Although one landing I pulled too far back and it went up in the air! Hehe, wheelies in a 152! :D

It was awesome to get back into it today, after having that 5 week break. Next lesson Tony wants to head out to the training area to do some advanced stuff, or if it's quiet enough, emergency procedures. Problem is that I'm not 16 for another 5 months so there's only so much I can do between now and then, when I can get my SPL. Although that said, I got the notes given to me today for the pre-solo tests, and Tony's said to get that done before I turn 16, as well as my medical (although not sure how old you have to be for that?) so when I get my SPL I can go solo. As Mr. Burns would say...E x c e l l e n t! :D Next lesson is in 3 weeks at 9am, in MJG again I think. So until then, happy flying!

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