Saturday, May 9, 2009
I've been putting in quite a bit of flying time lately. This afternoon I did a solo cross-country flight of a little over 200 nautical miles, which took 2.8 hours. The landing at the first airport I went to was a little hairy because due to the wind I had to land on a runway that had some hills just a few hundred feet off the approach end, so I came in high and fast, and did a forward slip maneuver, where you turn the airplane one direction and roll it the other, to rapidly decrease speed. Other than that, it was fairly uneventful. I flew through some mountains and the desert, and saw a solitary cloud floating at 8000 feet in the middle of nowhere.
Here are some pictures I took on a solo flight where I stayed local.