Day 8: Lessons 9 and 10 – 4th and 5th circuits lessons

Date: 10/03/2011

Hours flown Dual Command Instruments
This flight 2.20 0.00 0.00
Total to date 9.82 0.00 0.00

Today started off a bit strangely. I was meant to fly in Warrior X-ray Sierra November (XSN), but having fuelled and checked the aircraft, the seat belt would not fit comfortably over my 6’4″ torso! The shoulder strap just didn’t extend far enough. So I made the call that I could not fly in this aircraft, and we transferred to the club’s newest reconditioned Warrior, India Juliet Delta (IJD), pictured below.

Today was all about circuit consolidation, and also emergency procedures. These included:

  • Engine failure during takeoff roll (throttle to idle, pull back on control yoke, brakes to full stop)
  • Engine failure after takeoff but with runway remaining (nose down, throttle to idle, land on runway)
  • Engine failure after takeoff but with no runway remaining (nose down, glide speed, choose a suitable landing site within 30 degrees either side of the nose, do not turn back)
  • Engine failure after takeoff with minimum 1000 feet height (nose down, glide speed, choose a suitable landing site within 60 degrees either side of the nose)
  • Engine failure with ability to glide to aerodrome (practicing glide approaches).

All interesting and challenging stuff. We had use of runway 29 centre for 10 minutes to demonstrate the first 2 procedures, then we transferred to the circuit runway 29 left for the other procedures. Did them OK and will do plenty more of them I am sure.

Other than this, today was all about circuit consolidation. I started making my downwind radio calls, as an additional element of workload. My instructor is reasonably happy with all aspects of my circuits now, except the landing flare (which is probably the hardest part). This needs more work but I’m sure we can get it sorted out soon. Probably only 2 or 3 more circuit lessons before it’s time for first solo. So need to knock over the pre-solo exam as well. (Tomorrow’s weather may get in the way, so may use this time to prepare for exam and do some theory revision).

Feeling pretty good about the circuits now. By no means perfect, but I’m definitely getting the idea now. Keen for more.

One blemish. On late downwind my instructor sprung a simulated engine failure on me. I stupidly put my nose down to search for a suitable landing spot. WRONG! This was a situation for a glide approach back to the runway. Must get this right.

Insight #12

You need to be prepared for simulated emergencies, just as you need to be prepared for the real thing. Instructors can and will spring them on you at any time!

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One response to “Day 8: Lessons 9 and 10 – 4th and 5th circuits lessons

  1. Pingback: Day 8: Lessons 9 and 10 – 4th and 5th circuits lessons (via MidLifePilot’s Flying Blog) « Calgary Recreational and Ultralight Flying Club

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