NWA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 1200 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 11 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1419 times:
I know that we are always told things about flying, lessons others have learned that they tried to pass down. Today, a bit of aviation knowlage proved true. My college has an older skyhawk, and its not the easiest to fly. So, to fly it solo, few get to, you have to have your instructor say ok, and have him give you a few lessons in it. Well, today, I got to solo it. The winds were not bad, 10 knots. SO, I took off from runway six and the wind was blowing at 070. Went south and did a few stalls, and steep turns. I cam back to do some landings, and I got cleared to land runway 14. The wind was now from 011 and at 18 knots. The plan is hard to fly, IMO, and slows down VERY fast, VERY easy. This was a stiff crosswind, but not once did I think to question her about the choice of runway. I fought the plane the whole time, and for the first time ever, I had to do a go-around that was not requested. The mess got bad fast, from trying to keep 65 kts in to being crooked and getting VERY slow. I must say, I got a little shaken. I came back, and the second time landed right. I cut my time short 30 min and decided that I would head back to the college, 18 knots of wind was something I was not ready for. So, again, I headed back and called it a day. Lesson learned? Small things turn into big things, fast, and things compile. There was an urge for me to stay out and keep going, but if you don't feel right in the current situation...You're not safe. Thought I'd share my first.....Scary, kinda, experience in a plane.
23 victor, turn right heading 210, maintain 3000 till established, cleared ILS runwy 24.
Bragi From Iceland, joined May 2001, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1318 times:
Good that everything turned out well.
It´s important to learn from your mistakes (and other´s for that matter).
If you find yourself in that kind of situation again, just keep on going-around (fuel permitting) until you are comfortable with your approach.
Pressing on when your common sense is telling you otherwise can be deadly as we have seen too many examples of.
-Crosswind landings require special skills, and those skills require a lot of practice.
Good luck with your training
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