Well, as you can tell its been bloomin` ages since i was up flying. I kinda had lost a bit of interest over the Xmas period to be honest and with the poor weather and dark nights, any flying would have been restricted to just the odd weekend.
But since New Year i have been determined to get back in the air again. After all this year I have to get enough hours under my belt to retain my license. So for the last few weekends i have been trying to get skyward, but have been consistently thwarted. Now i no my limits and 4 months out of the saddle is far too long a time to simple jump in, start her up and off we go. So i decided to re-unite myself with my old instructor Leif.
Today the weather was nasty. Low cloud at 2000ft, 13Knt crosswind and rain and snow showers in the area. I would have stayed in bed to be honest, but Leif was determined to get us up and sure enough at 9am i was back at the flying club prepping JAL for her flight.
The flight itself was good fun, i made all the radio calls without fault, remembered most of the checklists and performed the manoeveures pretty well. We did some stalls which i was well pleased with and also some engine out procedures, skud running over peoples houses at no more the 250ft!!
Back to Sola we went, and I was aware that I wanted to get my 3 landings in to get me current again to take passengers. This wasnt gonna be too easy, as it was very blowy, a 90 degree crosswind and bumpy. We did a normal landing, 2 engine off glide approaches and a full flaps with power landing. I pretty much nailed them all single handedly and without a hint of a bounce. Boy, does JAL land well, or is it just the pilot!
Next up is to get more regular with going up (cost depending), and Leif was also talking about heading upto Voss via Bergen, for a joint trip, sharing the P1 hours.....that sounded great, as Voss is stuck inbetween mountains on all sides and needs some serious side slipping to land on their short runway!
Watch this space, hopefully for not as long as last time!!!