Diary update: Another circuits lesson, this time at Duxford for the first time. It was great to be able to drive in at the staff entrance and park next to the tower - I've only been there once or twice before as a paying member of the public! Started off with a briefing about the new circuit to learn - left hand, but with a two-part final (diagonal approach before straightening up for the runway on short final). There was a longer upwind leg than I was used to from Cambridge, such that the turn to crosswind came at 900-1000ft typically, meaning some combined turning and levelling off / throttling back which took a bit of practice! Also there is a gas venting station to avoid (but keep close) before turning base. It was an overcast day, which meant no worries with glare from the sun, and there was only a gentle crosswind from the north-west. There were some other things that were new to me, too: the aircraft (another C152 with nearly identical kit to the usual, so nothing to worry about there) and the AFIS rather than ATC that I'm used to.
My instructor handled the radio for the first couple of circuits, which made things a lot easier, although I still didn't get the circuit headings exactly right and let the track drift a bit, including descending 80-100 ft on downwind in one or two circuits due to not paying enough attention. In fact, I just looked at https://www.flightradar24.com/data/airc ... a#2a90c2d5
and it doesn't seem too bad after all, though I can see that on upwind I didn't quite maintain the runway heading a few times due to the crosswind - something to work on.
I took a bit of time to get used to the approach and especially the right height on final - did a couple of good landings when using full flap, then tried some flapless landings which previously had gone well, but I was consistently about 5 kts too fast on approach this time. Also, when doing the radio calls, it was quite a lot to fit in especially as there seemed to be a lot of traffic and took a while to get a word in edgeways at times! On the plus side, the landings weren't terrible, I think my flare height is improving and there was only one that had a bit of a "thud". Fingers crossed that this persists to next lesson... hopefully tomorrow, back at Cambridge!
I've also booked in for the next few theory exams (Met, Aircraft General and Principles of Flight) tomorrow before the lesson, so will need to hit the mock exams a bit later today...