|One of the landings from my first solo|
It was pretty choppy, probably the choppiest air I've flown in, yet. The sky was full of puffy cumulus clouds, which guarantees there will be some turbulence. I usually fly early in the morning, and the ground hasn't had time to heat and form convective currents. I will try to schedule more afternoon lessons to get more experience in chop.
I didn't get lost or get anywhere near busting the Dulles class B airspace and SFRA, which were my primary concerns. And I tried to keep my head on a swivel for traffic. But the maneuvers were really bad: I couldn't maintain heading control due to insufficient right rudder during slow flight. I made the mistake of pitching down to break the power-off stall, which you absolutely don't want to do because the manuever simulates a stall occurring close to the ground in a landing configuration (you must minimize altitude loss). My steep turns were passable: I held my altitude, but I overshot the heading on the first one because I intended to do a 360 instead of a 180 degree turn.
My landings at Warrenton and Manassas were atrocious. The approach at Warrenton was awful--airspeed control on the base turn again--and at Manassas, I initially locked on to runway 34R before turning final (that's the fourth time!).
I don't know how, but I passed without requiring any additional remedial instruction or restrictions (you really have to work to outright fail). That feat was accomplished by the skin of my teeth. I'm frustrated because I think I should be more competent during the final approach and landing at this stage of training. I will persevere, though. There is no doubt that flight training is one of the more difficult things I've attempted.
Flight time this lesson: 1.1 hours dual
Total time to date: 0.5 hours solo, 13.7 hours dual, 1.0 hours simulated instrument