I prefer to slip than to crab, I think. I find it a lot easier at the end.
5 good ones, and one where we miscommunicated and I thought I was stopping but was told to go around. So I rushed and applied power and took off accidentally with flaps. Which I chose not to change until I was at a few hundred feet of altitude. First time taking off with flaps. Came right off the runway in 50 degree weather and 800 foot field elevation with all those flaps. Lots of lift, and lots more drag.
Plus I gotta start my turns sooner. I over shot my base to Final turn twice ’cause of the wind.
And on the climb out at about 500 ft AGL, Bob pulled my hand on the throttle back just a bit, just enough to change the engine note. “Ok, engine failure. what now?”
“Straight ahead over the railroad tracks” says I ..”Nice field there”.
“What if a train comes?”
“Then we are screwed,” I answered. ” We will hit it”. “First ever midair with a train…..”I laughed. So did he.
Went around and landed again.
I need some practice, but I can do this. I finally realized that the runways are (generally) a lot longer (and most are wider) than I need, so there is lots of time and lots of space to land on.
Didn’t fly today, the winds were 200 10 knots gusting to 28.