Flight Lessons: back to Van Nuys

Today the weather was pretty bad again — hot in the valleys and overcast along the coast. We just barely got out of Santa Monica under VFR and to do that we had to use runway 3 (the opposite of normal direction). It was over 90°F in Van Nuys which made the plane fly a little differently because the hot air is less dense. There was a pretty decent cross wind, so I got a some more practice with that. I’m really messed up the first few but by the end I was starting to do ok. I’m still having trouble straightening out at the last second before touching down. We had to go to IFR on the flight back (even though we never flew through any clouds), but I still got to land when we got back.