Training flight KTTA-KSCR-KTTA

Flew poorly this morning. It was my second flight in the Piper Warrior PA28. We had a more ambitious agenda–we were going to fly to KGSO and get some Class C experience in the plane. I was also going to work with the Garmin 650.

But we took off behind schedule. The previous flyer was late returning the plane, and I had a couple of preflight lapses that cost us time. I misplaced my phone, and I forgot to sump the tanks after they were refilled. In each case, we were inside the cockpit, but had to get out to attend to the problem. Huge time-suck.

We bagged the plan to go to KGSO and decided to focus on landings at KSCR. But I did three terrible landings at KSCR, and then we returned to KTTA. En route, Heinz pulled the throttle to idle, to simulate an engine-out emergency. That was fine.

Back at our home field, I continued to struggle to maintain control of the aircraft as I crossed the threshold.

More practice is needed.

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