But when we started the winds were light and variable. As the afternoon turned to evening the winds became more steady from the south so I decided to use RWY 16.
The challenge was coming back in. I wanted to land beyond the new irrigation line but prior to the asphalt. We like challenges.
Video here: Irrigation
Practice Precautionary Emergency Landing (PPEL) or Emergency Landing Pattern (ELP). This procedure can be used when you suspect an engine problem. Its still running but something isn't quite right and it could quit at any time. The idea is to turn toward the nearest runway and climb at best speed (Vy) to get to a point where you can glide to a "High Key", a position over the runway 2000' above field elevation. Then use a gentle spiral to reach a "Low Key" at Traffic Pattern Altitude (TPA) and adjust as necessary once "the field is made". I can use more practice as my pattern was a bit too tight (e below). Try this sometime.
- It was darker due to cloud cover and time of day. I was glad to capture the glass panel.
- I tried using "Picture in Picture" for the first time.
- I got a haircut (Tom, not military but close enough)
- I ordered a prop filter from Aircraft Spruce. That may cure my exposure problem (or make it worse).