I was planning on making my first solo cross country flight yesterday but the weather didn’t cooperate. The winds were gusting as high as 30 knots in the area and occasional snow showers were popping up along my route to Janesville. Instead, we decided to make this a dual flight out to the practice area for some hood work and then back into the pattern for a few crosswind landings.
Once outside the Waukegan Class D airspace,
Eventually, of course,
After the unusual attitudes,
Back home, we stayed in the pattern for crosswind practice. The winds weren’t as gusty now but were still around 15 knots. I did three OK landings and one go around. My biggest problem this time was getting the airplanes nose to high. I have to maintain the proper nose down attitude all through the pattern and use the throttle to control my descent. I know this but sometimes I don’t do it. I have to concentrate on it more.
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