Well, Americans are really into their weather. They have a “storm” on the way with winds up to 45 mph. It’s all over the news every day and there’s nothing else on TV. You would think its the end of the world the way it comes across.
So I woke up at 7 am, got the place organised, cleaned the fridge because we didn’t know what we had. I made my way to the flight school as I had my first flight at 11 am. I was a little nervous as I hadn’t flown here in 10 months and I had forgotten all the procedures for checking out aircraft. Bill quickly went through everything with me.
So we took off, climbed up over the clouds and we started our general handling. This involves steep turns to 45 degrees, stalls, climbs, descents and medium turns. Once this was all complete we did a constant descent back down and followed the coastline. Joined a left base for runway 8 at Ormond. We did around 5 touch and gos, all of which went pretty smooth. The winds had started to gust up to 15 knots, which most of them were ok, but the last one I messed up. There was a student pilot up there and he couldn’t land the wind was so strong. He did around 4 go-arounds before he got down, and when he did he nearly skidded off the runway.
Oh sorry, by the way, I forgot to mention, I’m flying a PA28 160HP Cadet. It’s a great machine and the 160 hp really makes all the difference. I’ve got 20 hours to do in this machine and then 5 on the PA28R Arrow. So far today, I’ve got 1.5 hours done. Lets hope for 3 more tomorrow!