Touch and Go’s…a little out of practice

Aircraft: C172 N52654

Flight Time: .6 hours

Total Hours: 34.5

We had a break in the weather, so I decided to take advantage of the clear skies and get in some takeoff and landing practice. With my cross country flights taking up most of March, it had actually been almost a month and a half since I spent a dedicated hour doing touch and go’s in the pattern.

As soon as I came around for my first landing and bounced, I realized just how out of practice I was. I brushed it off and concentrated on the next approach, but it wasn’t much better than the first one. Nor were the next few. I floated. I bounced. I swerved on the runway. What I didn’t do was put it down nice and smoothly just like I’d been taught.

It was more than a little frustrating and after a half hour, I decided to quit. I figured that it was no use in paying for plane rental time time when it wasn’t going so well, so after landing #6, I came to a full stop and taxied back to the hangar, trying to analyze exactly what happened. I couldn’t really put my finger on it, so I did what my instructor told me to do, which was to call it a bad day and put it behind me.

I remember having a pretty bad day right before my solo, too. I’ll take his advice and look forward to my next lesson.

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