Landings Again

Morning visibility was terrible. It was so awful that I almost lost any hope to fly today, but in the afternoon it improved, and the weather became flyable. Let’s go!

Today we are moving on. We fly circuits, but sometimes the instructor sets power to idle and says “emergency landing”. Usually he does that when I do not expect. Depends on altitude I should either turn around towards the runway and land downwind or find a suitable field and continue straight in. If I have enough altitude, the best option is turn and land upwind on the runway, but for that I have to be at least on a downwind leg.

Then the instructor simulated partial panel. Now we have only altimeter, VSI and engine instruments. No airspeed indicator, no CDI, no attitude indicator. To be honest, after about third circuit you can understand that in basic VFR it is not a problem: a familiar aerodrome and a good visibility allows to fly visually. Exactly what my instructor wanted. But initially I was confused. And turn coordinator really helps.

My landings are much better, my altitude estimation is also improving. I still cannot use to descend with flaps 40: I still feel that we fall like a rock. I think that it is because we rarely use flaps 40 in a normal landing because of a long concrete runway. I definitely need more practice.