Sunday, August 25, 2013

Hot and bumpy approaches

Plane: Cessna 182 RG
Route: MGY, Local (Approaches at ILN, I66, MGY)
Weather: Clear, 83 degrees, wind 090 degrees at 4 knots

Mike needed to knock out five more approaches to maintain his instrument currency so he decided to knock them all out this afternoon. We met at Wright Brothers around 2:00 and headed east towards Wilmington. It just kind of works out that the missed approach off Runway 4L at ILN puts you in position for the initial approach fix for Runway 21 at I66 - and vice versa. So that was the plan - two of each, followed by an approach at MGY.

It was hot, sticky, and bumpy this afternoon. Needless to say, Mike wasn't overjoyed to be under the hood for most of it. Neither of us have ever gotten airsick (and certainly didn't today) but we both felt a tad nauseous mid-flight. It was just downright unpleasant up there. I flew for a few minutes while Mike stared out the windows between the last approach at I66 and initial approach fix for our return to MGY.

We flew the approach for Runway 2, breaking off about a mile short of the runway to enter the pattern and circle to land on Runway 20 behind a departing twin. As much as I love to fly, it felt great to be on the ground again. Both of us popped open our windows and enjoyed the hearty breeze!

Today's Flight: 1.0 hours (SIC)
Total Time: 286.8 hours


  1. I'll tell you what, though. I did a lot of hot and bumpy approaches during my IFR training early this summer and, if you can do them precisely when the atmosphere is having its way with your airplane, you can do them anytime! :-) I will say though, knocking out five in one session is probably quite a workout.

    1. Yup, no doubt it was good for the practice aspect! We were both quite happy to climb into our cars when we got home, though.