Unfortunately, once we were airborne things were quite different. I made a dumb mistake, I asked for clearance to depart to the west to
Made righthand downwind for grass 36, touched down and lifted off again, this time requested clearance to depart to the west over
Then we took off for Te Awamutu and that’s where I fell into the trap that Greg had set for me, well he didn’t but he wanted to teach me about being ahead of the plane. We were cleared to make a straight in approach for grass 36 (Te Awamutu is pretty much directly south of the airport) and we had to report overhead Ohaupo. Greg asked for 1500 on the way in so I maintained it as we came in. Then we had to report but it was quite busy with a lot of aircraft in the circuit so and I fell into the trap of not flying the plane. I should have slowed the plane and set her up for a landing but instead we blew past Ohaupo at 110 knots at 1500 feet and it was only when Greg reminded me that I cut the power and looked for the runway (second big mistake because our airspeed went up and that’s another no no) then I remembered what he said about setting a 60 knot descent with full flap and no power will give you a 700 foot per minute descent which will get us to where we need to be. Lesson two, slow is the best way to descend for landing approaches. I got us back down and we had a long debriefing in the plane where I told him I had taken it to heart and I am much wiser because of it. He has a nice saying which I repeat as a mantra, “you have to slow down to go down”.