Wednesday, June 24
Flight 29: Practicing Short, Soft Field Landings
By Brady Lane at 8:00 PM
Flight log to date Hours flown: 31.5 | Days since I started: 253 | Cost: $4,766.80
I am on the homestretch of my training, so now I am focusing on areas where I need a little more practice.
Short field landings have been hard for me to do consistently, but I'm starting to get it. The FAA Practical Test Standards (PTS) say a sport pilot must be able to touch down at or within 200 feet beyond a specified point. Right now I can do it one out of every three tries or so, but I'm getting more consistent with practice.
The Remos G3 loves to fly and I'm still getting used to how much it floats in ground effect. The advice left on this blog is really helping me get it - especially the tip to aim at the beginning of the runway, so once I flare I'll touch down on the numbers (my aiming point). I'm also learning it's OK for these to not be super-smooth landings. I naturally want to make smooth landings, but it's more important on short field landings to put it down on the aiming point.
Over the course of my trianing, Jason and I have become good friends. Which makes me curious—how many of you became friends with your instructor during the process of learning to fly? Have you kept in touch?