Our plan was to head down to Frazier Lake airport for some practice on the big grass runway there. However, it was "airport day" at Reid Hillview airport which meant the airport would be closed from 1:30pm to 2:15pm. Since our plane was needed by someone else at 2:00pm, we couldn't just stay out late. So we decided to cut our lesson short and head to South County airport instead.
We took off on runway 31 Left and I got us up to 2,500 feed and followed highway 101 down to South County. I overflew the field to get a good look at the windsock while Dave pointed out the two pattern entry points (one for right traffic on runway 32 and the other for left traffic on runway 14). The wind was favoring runway 32 and it was time to try my first landing there.
I cut the engine back to 1,500 RPM on the downwind leg and Dave told me to cut the power back to idle when we were abeam the numbers. I turned base at the overpass, and then final when lined up for the runway. The first landing was pretty good. Once on the ground and rolling, I gave it full power again and we headed back up for another.
At 1,000 feet, I turned crosswind and then downwind to go for another landing. This time a Cessna was in front of us and flying a really big pattern, so I extended to follow him in. I wasn't quite sure when to cut the power. I made a guess on final and floated toward the runway. A quarter mile out I realized I was going to come up about 50 feet short, gave it a bit of juice, and then proceeded to bounce the landing.
I hadn't flared enough and came down a bit too fast. Then I swerved a few times after applying full power (more right rudder!) but managed to make it off the ground before ending up in the grass. Upon reflection, I figured out what happened. On my second landing I had actually been thinking about what I was trying to do instead of just doing it.
Once back in the air, I headed to UTC, chatted with some glider pilots, got the ATIS, and called the tower for a landing clearance. The landing back at Reid Hillivew was a bit more professional.
For the next lesson, we're again planning to head down to Frazier Lake to land on the grass strip.
Posted by jzawodn at September 24, 2005 07:22 PM