|9. Farm Strip Landings|
Well. Today was my shittiest lesson so far. The window latch had broken, so we flew with my window open. The noise completely messed up our radio comms, resulting in a nightmare environment for teaching. To make matters worse, Bruce decided to expose me to cross wind landings on this lesson AT A FARM GRASS STRIP no less..(there were no decent cross winds at our airport). We performed several touch and goes...the experiences of which were not unlike first adolescent sexual encounters: clumsy and poor performance...
Bruce mentioned that many flight schools will not allow students to land on grass strips due to heavy wear on the wheel gear. I have come to realize he has a tendency to try to cover all potential scenarios in his training syllabus that other CFI's won't touch, ie. spin training, tight pattern / engine idle landings, grass strips etc. This approach I think is pretty cool, and I have a feeling that this sort of training exposure is not so forthcoming elsewhere.
I suppose the positive side of this crappy lesson was that I got some exposure to 'extrinsic annoying issues while flying experience' - which has to be a good thing.