Waiting Reward: Perfecting Landings

Thunderstorms and heavy rain dominated the morning, prompting me to seize the opportunity for some much-needed rest. However, Florida’s weather is famously unpredictable. By early afternoon, the rain subsided, clouds dispersed, and the skies turned favorable for flying.

Upon reaching the airport, I discovered new puddles resembling lakes. Despite this, the runway and taxiways were clear, and the wind had calmed to zero. The only inconvenience was stepping into a large puddle while untying the airplane.

The tranquil conditions were ideal for honing various landing techniques — normal landings, short-field landings, engine-out scenarios, and sideslips. Testing the capabilities of the Cessna 150 with no wind, I confirmed its ability to takeoff and land from a 1000-feet runway. Utilizing runway threshold and aiming point markings, I was able to accurately determine distances: the distance between them is exactly 1000 feet.

It looks like that:

I know that Cessna 172, being a larger aircraft than the Cessna 150, has longer takeoff and landing distances. Additionally, factors like aircraft weight, wind conditions, and runway conditions play a role, so I definitely need to practice in 172 too later.


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Milestones

04/09/2017: My First Flight
04/25/2017: EASA PPL written exam (6 exams passed)
05/21/2017: Radio Operator Certificate (Europe VFR)
05/22/2017: EASA PPL written exam (all passed)
05/26/2017: The First Solo!
05/28/2017: Solo cross-country >270 km
05/31/2017: EASA PPL check-ride
07/22/2017: EASA IFR English
08/03/2017: 100 hours TT
12/04/2017: The first IFR flight
12/28/2017: FAA IR written
02/16/2018: FAA IR check-ride
05/28/2018: FAA Tailwheel endorsement
06/04/2018: FAA CPL long cross-country
06/07/2018: FAA CPL written
07/16/2018: FAA CPL check-ride
07/28/2018: FAA CPL ME rating
08/03/2018: FAA HP endorsement
06/03/2019: EASA ATPL theory (6/14)
07/03/2019: EASA ATPL theory (11/14)
07/15/2019: FAA IR IPC
07/18/2019: FAA CPL SES rating
08/07/2019: EASA ATPL theory (done)
10/10/2019: EASA NVFR
10/13/2019: EASA IR/PBN SE
11/19/2019: Solo XC > 540 km
12/06/2019: EASA CPL
12/10/2019: EASA AMEL
02/20/2020: Cessna 210 endorsement
08/30/2021: FAVT validation
05/27/2022: TCCA CPL/IR written
05/31/2022: Radio Operator Certificate Canada