Timing is critical in many real-life situations. It was Saturday morning at Warrington Field, a small airport off 309, northwest of Philly. This day we used a Cherokee D airplane. My instructor and I pre-flighted, taxied out and took off. A beautiful day. I did not realize that I was about to solo that morning. We went around a couple of times, and then, on one of the taxies to line up again, my instructor said to stop. To my surprise, he opened his door and got out! All he said was “You’re ready; take it up.” I was exhilarated to be alone in that airplane! OK. He said I’m ready. He should know. Let’s do this. Then the first time around, I landed high, recovering with throttle a little in, and nose down to re-flare and land safely. It worked. Later he would say that it looked good from where he was standing, watching me.
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