Guest drizzt1978 Posted November 16, 2009 Share Posted November 16, 2009 Sunday morning saw me arrive at Lillydale Airport for some Training in the AirTourer with David Pilkington. For some time now I had been concerned that my training would not be enough if things went wrong. Also I allways have felt very scared (yes i admit it) when getting a high angle of bank or practising stalls. I felt the best way to be more comfortable would be to experience some strange situations and do some mild aerobatics. Firstly David spent perhaps, 20 mins calmly asking me what I wanted to experience and then going over each situation in detail. Demonstrating at times with the model plane. David alo aked a few in depth questions; I realized at this point that my knowledge of why an aircraft stalls needs some work, when you start thinking of things like If i am in a 90 degree bank angle doing xyz is there any risk of stalling. It really made me think about how much my understanding of the stall needed more revision. I have to think more in the third dimension, I wont go into too much detail here for else this thread will be hijacked to the nature of the stall. We then went and got out the airtourer, did all the checks and spent time learning about the plane and all its "bells and whistles" The smell of the cockpit remined me of a 1969 Jaguar! After a quick stop at the fuel bowser, radio calls and pre take off checks. We then taxied up to the the runway, and away we went. My take off roll was ok, I was suprised at the lack of power to be honest and I pulled back a litlle early, stall warning blowing we were up, I put the nose down for some speed and then out we climb, little bit embarassing but overall not bad for a first go. At the correct alttitude and area, we started with mild stalls and then more agressive, with the interesting one being to yank the stick back mid turn. All very intresting. The calm manner in which it was all done was great. We then went into some Chandeles followed by some wingovers, after doing a few (exposure therapy is great) I quite enjoyed it and realized that there was no mysterys to it, all quite logical. We then went into some barallel rolls. At first I thought Oh boy here we go, but Davids first one was so quick and gracefull It hardly registered, I was like "wow is that it, that wasnt to bad....that was awesome" I was also suprised that we had only done just close to 1.5 g's. Helped me realise that what ever i throw at a Jab or the like is so far away from what it can handle in the g department. (no not aeros! Bad weather, step descending turns etc) We then did some Aileron rolls, once again David's demonstration left me very impressed. I gave it a shot and as we became inverted, something strange happened, the checklist/manual ended up on the roof, my headset tried to come off and i realized that we were invereted and diving, Then I could here a calm voice saying, "stick foward, foward, more foward, keep rolling it out, ok there we go" and then we were up the right way, headset came off, and i was a little shaken. David explained that the nose had been to low at the mid point and we had gone into an inverted dive, which he had showed me how to recover. (possibly helped cant remember!!!) We then decided that would be all and we went back home. I managed to get us back on the ground, A bit rough but all in all not bad. David then gave me a debrief and explained how a wing works when it is inverted, and what had happened in my little bit of excitment. David also went over the importance of balanced turns, and the relationship to stalling.... I am looking foward to my next lesson where we will look at the dreaded SPINS! I was once terrified but I am really looking foward to it. Overall this was an amazing experience. My confidence in what to do if something went wrong is greatly increased. I can recommend this to anyone who wants to see what can be done if need be (in the right plane) For me it was a matter of just experiencing these unusual attitudes and haveing and understanding that I can do what is required it need be; and the world wont come to a grinding halt when i am upside down... My only drama is, "Do I convert to GA for more!" I think the answer with this for the time being is to do a few hours of aerobatics every year or two with an instructor, for a freshen up. Take care All: Michael Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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