Daily Pilot's Journal

Read the complete day-by-day flight log of an actual student pilot, from the first takeoff to the signing of his private pilot's license. Written promptly at the end of every flight, each entry is completely unedited - detailing the successes, failures, and mistakes we all encounter along this long road.
Day 21 - More Hood Training
Monday, 7/24/06 7:00am - Beautiful skies, no wind. High drama last week as Jerroll almost quit flying with Stan... they had a bit of a falling out but I think they worked it through. Tropical storm Beryl rolled in and killed my night flight, so I didn't get to fly again until today.

More hood training this morning, as Stan foggled me on the climbout toward Northport. Seemed a shame to fly blind on such a beautiful day, but by the end of the flight I'd be a lot better at holding altitude and heading during instrument flying. Northport to Bridgeport went quickly with Stan operating the radio, once cleared to enter left downwind on runway 29 I turned in and made a short field landing. I came in a bit steep at the end and once again I landed on the left side of the runway. Second landing was a little nicer and by the third I came in smoothly on the numbers. Each time we asked for the option (I didn't know you could request it) and practiced two short field and one soft field takeoff, plus we'd done another short field takeoff back when we'd left Farmingdale. Not wanting to beat me up today Stan instructed me to fly back to Long Island (foggled all the way) where I smoothly transitioned into the pattern and touched down featherlike in the middle of runway 32.

The weather was so good Stan asked if I'd be ready to fly my long cross-country tomorrow (FRG → POU → GON →FRG) and I told him yes. I've been procrastinating that flight plan so I'm going to have to do it tonight. I really hope the skies remain unchanged because flying today was so smooth it was incredible. I'd love to spend more time up there on a day like today.

Flying hours today: 1.2       Total: 27.7

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