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Wednesday – 11/20/13 – Pattern work

by on Nov.24, 2013, under Flying

On tuesday I realized I had a unmovable conference call which would have interfered with flying so I rescheduled with Mark for 1pm. Once I got to the airport I just got a major headache and I just wasn’t feeling flying today. After a half hour it subsided enough that I felt good enough to go out and  I pulled out the trusty new ipad air that I recently bought and loaded up ForeFlight. I filed a briefing for us to fly out to Windham. Today I decide I am going to try the radio. I get on the radio “Brainard Ground, Cherokee 569 Foxtrot Lima at Midfield Taxi with Information Sierra, Request to taxi to Runway 20” Ground repeats back instructions and I immediately had a brain fart. Mark begins laughing and takes over the radio.

After I do my post flight check lists and we get on enroute to Windham, I pull out the iPad to check out how ForeFlight worked in flight. I did like how it showed where we were on the sectional chart. I see this being a very handy tool in the future. We quickly arrived at Windham (8 minute flight) and there is no one in the pattern. Mark gets on the radio and announces our intentions. We proceeded to land on runway 9 and got off the first available taxiway. Once we got back to runway beginning of Runway 9, Mark tells me we are going to do some touch and goes. We run through the process of what we will be doing. I take off and reenter the pattern, I performed 2 touchs and goes and headed back to Hartford

Once we get back to Hartford, Mark tells ATC we are going to be performing touch and goes. We performed 2 touch n goes and then came in for a full stop landing. For some reason I really struggled with this today. Not sure why, but I kept coming in low for my landings. Mark commented that I did good right until the last 50′. Just need to get the confidence to pull the throttle back and land.

  This Flight Total
# of Take Offs 6 18
# of Landings 6 18
X-Country Hours 0 0
Night Hours 0 0
Total Flight Time 1.3 Hours 11.4 Hours

Airports visited so far: KHFD, KGON, KOXC, KHVN, KIJD

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