By carlson on May 29, 2008
I'm posting this a bit late, as I've had a couple of busy weeks.
I mostly needed to get rid of some of the rust that had accumulated since doing my night work, so I headed out to the practice area by myself for a little practice, taking off from runway 14.
I started with two clearing turns, then did one standard-rate 360 degree turn to the right, and then one to the left. I had planned to do some steep turns, but it was getting a bit bumpy, and I was unsure of myself, so I skipped that.
I then headed down to 1000 feet AGL, just west of Plum Island, while listening to the CTAF. There's a nice blue water tower that's by itself, and I did several turns about a point with the tower as a reference. There was some wind from the southeast, so this was good practice.
I then went south to do some S-turns above I95. Nothing special there, but I did what I could to make my transitions between turns smooth and on-time.
It was time to head back to LWM. The tower gave me a left downwind to 14, so I entered the pattern near the cat-in-the-hat water tank. My approach was less than perfect, and I was a bit high on final. I put in 40 flaps and just brought it down.
The whole time I was out there, I just felt a bit off. Partly, it was the time since the last flight. Another big part was the time of day -- afternoon rather than morning. Still another was the heat; it was stifling. But it was just one of those days.
I need to get some time with Tim, do some more hood work, and practice up for the test.