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Frustrations? They can be overcome!

I have run into my first, and only real road block as a student pilot: landings. In my opinion, this is the hardest part of the flying so far. But they are necessary to solo...which I really want to do soon since I just turned 16! 

What happened was I booked a new instructor because my regular was full for almost two weeks straight. This new instructor, Jon, asked what I needed to work on. So I explained to him that I pretty much had the traffic patterns down pat, but my landings needed help. I went up with him and he showed my a different way of landing. And this worked for me!

So when the next lesson came around with my regular instructor, Michal, I informed her of my new learnings. But when I tried to show didn't turn out as planned. They were still pretty bouncy, which is not good, and not safe enough to allow me to solo. So after numerous touch and goes, I became pretty frustrated. Michal was great because she told me all of the things I was doing right, and broke down the specifics that I needed to work on, which didn't turn out to be that much. This was a set back for me since I still need to continue going up with her reviewing the basics, until my landings improve more. 

BUT thats okay! I am willing to practice practice practice so I can perfect my landings and make the best of my soloing, which will be one of the most exciting days of my life. Practice is all it takes to understand the basic concepts of flying, and I love practicing this in particular.

So basically what I'm trying to say is, frustrations may arise but DON'T GIVE UP! Don't ever give up because one day everything is going to click and it will all be worth it in the end.


Happy Flying!

9 Responses to “Frustrations? They can be overcome!”

  1. Heck, I think most of us had trouble learning to land. Good airspeed management in the pattern usually leads to a good roundout and flare, so planning ahead is important.

    Good luck with your training, it sounds like you're on the right track :)

  2. Hi,
    I also struggled with landings as well at first. They do finally sink in... so to speak. You will soon be kissing that asphalt with your main gear in no time! I have included my own blog from beginning, really the time I started up again, til the day I finally got my PP Cert.

  3. I also had trouble with landings. As Kyle mentioned good airspeed management is important. Transitioning into a flare with smooth touchdown was the bigges hurdle in my training. The way my instructor helped me understand this was to make me truly understand airspeed control. We would practice power off stalls somewhat differently. Instead of recovering from them at PTS standard, he would set a specified altitude, usually 200 feet or so below our current altitude. I was to stall the airplane at that altitude, which simulates a landing flare. I must say...It worked for me.

    Before you know it, you'll take off for the first time and notice the right seat empty, and say "oh S*&t" on climb out. i.e Solo

  4. I had a hard time at first. My instructor called me his Navy Pilot because I would slam it on the deck! The key is to look down the runway and not at the nose of the aircraft. I'm sure your instructor has pounded that in by now but it is the key! just keep at it friend! Just remember, take offs are optional, but landings are mandatory.

  5. Keep up the hard work. Sounds like your on the right track.

    Don't forget to have your instructor demonstrate proper pitch, power and trim settings in the pattern before you try again. Get that "Sight Picture" in your mind and see the results of a great landing in your mind before you touch down.

    Land on the mains, and protect that nose-gear with
    smooth elevator control pressures and maintain directional control (center-line) with coordinated rudder.

    Never forget to have fun flying!

  6. You might notice a theme here...Nearly everybody has trouble with landings! No doubt it's the toughest skill to develope because you have to practice until you really feel what the airplane is telling you. I got so frusterated I quit flying for a year. Whe I started again (with a new instructor), I made the best landing I had ever made and got my ticket a month ago!

    Hang in there, your solo will be a blast!

  7. I flunked my first check ride because my soft field landing nearly jarred the fillings from my teeth (and more importantly the examiners)and then landed the return to home base at 100 knots! I aced everything else so I guess landings were most difficult for me too.

    What I had to focus on was; look down the runway, don't rush it and trim for airspeed.

  8. Thank you all for your wonderful advice! It means a lot to me to hear many pieces of wisdom from the more experienced, and I will take each bit into consideration. Next lesson, I am going to log on here and show my instructor these tips and see what we can work on based on what you all have provided me, along with her teachings. Thanks again so much, and keep the input coming, it really helps a lot!

  9. Hi Lauren! I'm at about the same point in my training too. I've got a 1 hour ground school, 1 more refresher flight, my stage check, and after that it will be solo time. I was gettting a little frustrated too but my instructor just kept telling me it wasn't something he could teach and that I just had to get a feel for it. I agree with the other posters too. Airspeed is key! 5 kts can make a big differece. The last couple of flights I've found that I've been very relaxed. I know I have the knowledge needed and I know what needs to be done. Along with being more relaxed I found that my landings are suddenly much easier, on me and the plane! :), and I'm much more in tune with what the plane is telling me. My instructor was right too. Now I have a feel for what a good landing is and I know I'm ready to solo now. Just be patient with yourself and I'm sure your landings will be great real soon!

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