A month or so ago when I flew with Len, he said something to me that I tried putting to use this evening. He rattled off a list of things I needed to work on and noted that you can really only improve one on each flight.
My plan was to work on my landings. But more specifically, I wanted to perfect one aspect that I've been fairly inconsistent about in the past. My goal was to get much closer to the right glide slope and make each turn without reference to the altimeter. That's it. Nothing else.
Flying N53893 (my new favorite Citabria) I managed to perform 11 touch-and-go landings in just over an hour. Each time, as I passed abeam the runway numbers on my downwind, I'd pull back the power to idle and setup my glide speed. Then I'd keep an eye on the runway, waiting for the right looking angle before making my base turn. On base, I'd slip to make minor altitude adjustments. Then on final, I'd do my last bit of fine tuning.
The results were pretty good. Only once did I need to use a bit of power. I ended up about 50 feet lower than I wanted to be when I was about 1/3rd of a mile out. All of the other landings required no extra power. I usually found myself using a bit of a slip on final, but had to aggressively slip only twice.
Next time around, I need to work on consistently hitting the same touchdown point. I did a reasonable job of that today but should really move it about 200 feet down the runway. I have a habit of landing shorter than I ought to.
Posted by jzawodn at January 12, 2006 10:23 PM