Despite the fact that there is still patchy snow and ice on the ground, the skies were clear and wind relatively calm today.
After checking out G-SACS it was time to leave.
My instructor Jonathan Anderson (centre) took some pictures while I was flying. The view is lovely. Especially seeing the little bits of snow still thawing in some of the fields.
There was an eight Knot crosswind at the surface, which is the limit for students flying solo. So I was pleasantly surprised when after three circuits, Instructor Jonathan, asked me to stop and carry on for another four circuits on my own.
Before Jonathan could escape though I managed to force my camera into his hands so he could capture the glory of a Pendlebury taxi and take-off. Haha! Basically that dot in the distance is me, on my own, in the plane.
I did four circuits (three “touch and goes”) and then landed. I still find it very surreal being up there on my own. Obviously I am getting more comfortable with it and having more time to relax and look around and enjoy it all. On days like this though, when the air is so smooth, it’s difficult to appreciate that you are up in the sky and not just sat behind the wheel of a car. Or even behind the comnputer on the flight sim.
There are huge difference really of course.
Really enjoyable stuff. Especially as all my landings were good. I am my own worst critic and if there were any problems I would admit it to myself that’s for sure. I suppose that minute for minute, the landing is the most difficult part of the circuit. It is also one of the most enjoyable parts too. Especially when you hear the wheels screech and you know you’ve landed well.
On the last circuit today my concentration was doubled (who would have though that possible) as there was quite a lot of other air traffic around. One guy who had no radio (we discovered later), was obviously trying to get in on final, I was ahead of him and lower than him. I just stuck to the rules which give the lower aircraft the right of way. There were three or four others queuing up for the runway too which means they all scrutinize your landing technique.
All went fine and I touched down and taxied back feeling great.
Then back into the club house where I would normally stop for a coffee but had to dash home today as there is much to do there.