Weather was marginal when I left the house at 0900. scattered at 1800, overcast 2400. It improved when I got to the airport at 0945.
Preflighted the plane, then a quick briefing, a stop at the desk for a hood, and we taxied to the end of 27 and did the run up.
Wind was 240 at 10. Scattered at 2000 ceiling at 2400.
A good takeoff, and departed to the north. Climbed to 2400 just so I could see what it was like, then descended to 2000 and I put on the hood. (damned thing didn’t fit very well).
Flew simulated instruments for about a half hour at 1800. It wasn’t too hard to hold level flight, but straight was a bit of a challenge. I kept drifting ’cause of the wind. Smaller control inputs helped. But I got that figured out and we flew a bit instruments only, then turned back south and found the airport.
Entered the pattern and flew a good approach. Wind was 260 at 11, steady.
I flew a good final and did a good landing. Without the wind gusting, I did OK and so we did another takeoff and went around again. Good approach, but I wandered a bit after the flare and didn’t stay as straight as I should have (gotta pay attention to the rudder!) once on the ground. (hey, it’s a wide runway, why not use all of it?) Took off and went around twice discussing what I did wrong. There was another plane that entered the pattern close in front of me, so I went long before turning base and then I was low. Intercepted the glide path lights at about 1500 and flew a good final approach and a decent (much better!) landing.
Taxied off the runway and to the ramp.
Without the gusts, I could pay attention to the actual approach and flare. I finally got it right. More than once, in fact.
I’m much happier today. Gotta pay more attention to the pattern altitudes and speeds, and I need a LOT more landings.
But this time, Ma Nature chose to smile upon me and give me less complicated landing conditions to deal with. I’m still overcontrolling, but not as much, and I’m much happier with myself.
1.5 and 3 landings.
I’m beginning to think I can do this.