Saturday, 11 June 2011

Lesson 22: Cut the grass

No flying last week as I fell foul of early morning mist impacting visibility. This week though though it was ok, and it was very quiet as I turned up for the first slot of the day. I was in G-BNIV again. The wind was from the west which meant facing my nemesis .... runway 34. Cloud base was found to be aroud 1300ft in scattered cumulus. Wind a gentle 10 knots.

The lesson was in two parts, one with my instructor Mike and the other part solo. We covered a practice engine failure and also performed a real go around to avoid wake turbulence (when a helicopter took of while we were half way down finals). The lesson was fairly uneventful really until the last landing when I had difficulty controlling the aircraft on landing, drifted off the main runway into the longer grass. All landings were ok although a bit flat so room for improvement there. I wasn't going fast on landing although the grass was wet, I have a feeling I must have been crabbing slightly when I touched down, possibly also touching one of the brakes too early. This may have caused the aircraft to swing/veer round. I'm not sure so I'll need to read up as to what could have caused this. Everything apart from that was, as I say uneventful.

Logbook Entry

22.11-06-11 C152 G-BNIV EGTO EGTO 08:45 09:25 0:40 5-5 EX12/13
22.11-06-11 C152 G-BNIV EGTO EGTO 09:25 10:00 0:35 3-3 EX12/13 SELF
02:25 SELF

I created this blog entry via email (sharing a track in Motion-x GPSLite) so what follows is what comes with an email.

11 June 2011

Name:Cut the grass
Date:11 Jun 2011 8:34 am
(valid until Dec 8, 2011)
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Distance:84.3 nautical miles
Elapsed Time:1:50:46
Avg Speed:45.7 kts
Max Speed:106.9 kts
Avg Pace:01' 19" per nm
Min Altitude:0 ft
Max Altitude:2,845 ft
Start Time:2011-06-11T07:34:07Z
Start Location:
Latitude:51.348253º N
Longitude:0.504096º E
End Location:
Latitude:51.347702º N
Longitude:0.503760º E
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