Saturday, 30 July 2011

Lesson 25: Pactice Force Landings

It was a lovely day today with scattered cumulus clouds and lots of nice warm sunshine. A gentle wind from the north saw runway 34 in use but as I had been given Papa X-Ray and with the circuit busy I headed off with my instructor to do some Practice Forced Landings (EX16) . 

This was the first time I had covered this drill and it was certainly very interesting. We went off over the Isle of Grain and then Isle of Sheppey and carried out numerous drils. Papa X-Ray seemed very underpowered so it took time to climb back to 2200ft to repeat each exercise.

My instructor Mike was very good in getting across the (lack of) glide range of a C-152 and by the end of the hour I was getting a reasonable feel for "what field" I would go for!

Coming home we were hoping to practice a glide descent but was not to be as somebody was on final approach so we went round from overhead and did a normal circuit. 

I need to complete my solo circuit work and the longer this is hanging over me the more it will feel like another first solo again, so I'm keen to get this out the way and also start some cross country work. 

Speaking with my instructor in the car park afterwards I assume the first one to be Rochester, Canterbury, Ashford, Bewl Reservoir and back home to Rochester.

I have a lesson booked for Wednesday. Not sure which aircraft it will be in again but hopefuly it will be back in India Victor. The other problem (aside from the power) with Papa X-Ray is the radio. At times it was very difficult to make out Rochester Air Traffic Informaiton Service.

It was great to be back in the air again today. Some interesting information on emergency landings (and especially metrics on airline passenger survival rates) can be found on the wikipedia link below..

25.30-07-11 C152 G-CEPX EGTO EGTO 15:05 16:15 1:10 1-1 EX16

02:25 SELF

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