Wasn't much of a flight tonight. The plan was to go and do some upper air work, since I hadn't done any in a long time. We got into C-GTQL and found that it was having a really bad day. There was some interference in the radio that gave us a constant loud noise on the Red Deer radio frequency. It was just enough to get on our nerves in a bad way. Spent a little extra time on the run up because there was a higher than acceptable drop in RPM on the magneto check, this ironed itself out. By the time we took the runway for a short field takeoff, we were both off our game. The take-off took longer than a normal takeoff and climbing out thing just weren't feeling right. Once we got to 4,500', we saw a lot of haze making the horizon indiscernible - really need that for things like steep turns. We opted to abandon the flight and returned to land on 11 (tower gave use the option, 16 was active). I came in on a long final and thought it was going well, I had been flaring a little early lately so I held off a bit - too much apparently. Touchdown was really hard with a bounce, hard enough that the force advanced the throttle that I had my hand on. I think I touched nose wheel at the same time as left wheel. I got the plane to settle down quickly and got off the runway. We'll give this another try on Monday. 0.6h in C-GTQL.
- Time this flight: 0.6h dual
- Time to date: 38.2h dual, 15.1h solo, 53.3h total