Micromouse wrote:how many takes offs and landing did it take for it all to 'click' during your training?
I was about 8 logged hours from first circuit to first solo, of which 2 weren't circuits. So lets say 6 hours, over 8 sessions. Each session had 5-10 mins of non-flying (taxying, runups, etc), so let's say 5 hours. I could usually reckon on about 4-5 circuits an hour.
So roughly 25.
But this notion of it 'clicking' is a false premise, at least in my experience.
After I went solo, I got into nav, and everything went to pieces. I couldn't fly S&L, couldn't land, I couldn't remember my own name, almost. This phase passed of course, but for a while you'd have been forgiven for thinking that I was doomed to failure - and for a few hours, I thought exactly that. Once I'd flown a couple of hours solo in the circuit, I thought it had clicked, but it hadn't.
I seem to have everything apart from gauging the right about of pull back in the bit after the flare..... holding off the right amount for the right amount of time just doesn't seem to click... thoughts?
Ah yes, the 'trying not to land for as long as you can' bit.
Unless there is an absolutely constant wind, and you flare at exactly the same airspeed every time, there is no single 'right amount of time'.
If there's a gust, then your airspeed will increase, and the rate at which you can gradually pull back as you hold off will be less - or even require an easing forward to avoid going back up again. Conversely, if there's a lull, your airspeed will decrease, and you'll need to pull back a bit more if you want to avoid it banging down.
It doesn't need to be very gusty for the hold-off to require several - possibly even numerous - adjustments as you gradually bleed off airspeed and eventually touch down when the wings can't fly any more. These adjustments require an awareness of what the aeroplane is doing, and a subtle touch that have to be learned.
So as the wind is constantly varying, and as there's always slight variation in your airspeed as you start the flare, it will be different from circuit to circuit. That's just the way it is.
I don't think you can expect this to 'just click', at least during early training. It's a finesse that gradually builds, leading to the ability to land reasonably well in increasingly difficult conditions. As you get more practiced, you'll become more sensitive to the moment-by-moment nuances that landing well involves.
All I'd suggest is, pay attention to every second. And don't stop flying the aeroplane until you're at taxying speed.