Flight School Day 5

Today I flew in the pattern and practiced landings and takeoffs for about 45 minutes.  One of the landings (my seconds to last) was near perfect.  Aaron was really excited with it.  The rest were a little bit of everything.  My takeoffs got progressively better but I still have trouble heading straight down the runway.  The problem is made worse because I leave the airplane on the runway a lot longer than I should.  I know I’m forcing it down but I am hesitant to glance down at the airspeed indicator to verify I am at takeoff speed because I’m busy keeping the plane from driving off the runway.

We practiced some more side-slipping to reduce altitude on approach and that seems to be working okay just trying to get the right amount of rudder and aileron to keep flying straight.

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