So your engine has stopped, you’ve run low on fuel, or you’re hopelessly lost; for some reason you’ve had to land somewhere other than
Do you know your safe approach and landing speed, and do you increment it for the prevailing conditions? Read on to find out what this means
They say nothing is impossible. That’s a great positive way of thinking, but I prefer to say that not everything is worth the risk. Sometimes you just have to accept that you are in this hairy situation, and you are going to have to accept some scratches in order to survive.
You walk inside the flying school and your instructor notices, with a quick “You’re here, let’s go fly”, and off to the flightline you
Lookout, See and Avoid – 15 Tips for Safe VFR flying in Aviation
Tailwheel flying will make you a better pilot
You might not think it, but there is an inherent risk in having more than one pilot in a single pilot capable aircraft. The ‘crew’ can become in danger of group think, as well as a false sense of confidence due to the presence of the other pilot; this is especially so if there is a cockpit gradient or assumed capability, skill or endorsement on behalf of the other pilot.
The stall is a greatly misunderstood and feared aspect of flying. Not just by student pilots, but also by surprisingly experienced ones. I recently read an article that pretty much said that stalls were dangerous, and because airline pilots didn’t do them, then there was no reason for General Aviation pilots to learn them. Therefore we would all be safer, happy little Vegemites, never straying away from the straight and level magenta line on our GPS. By that rationale, then we should never practise complete loss of thrust after takeoff emergencies, accidental penetration into IFR, or emergency diversions due running out of coffee.
They say any landing you can walk away from is a good one; and any you can use the aircraft again is a great one! We have all had our beautiful ‘greaser’ landings, and we have all porked a few, too. So whats the tips to keep your number of take-off and landings the same?
Getting your PPL is an awesome achievement, and alongside hundreds of hours of hard work studying, preparing and flying the aircraft, you’ll need to pass a couple of written theory exams.