Had a good lesson again.
Started with normal circuits, a couple, then Dave was going to show me an engine failure after takeoff. Basically when we reached 500ft AGL, he took the controls:
- Closed the throttle,
- pushed the nose down immediately, to keep flying, maintaining the right speed, 60m/h I think it was,
- we veered to the left a bit to get over the river bed,
- searched for a spot without plants and sort of level, and did glide down to very low level,
- where we applied full power again ( so didn’t land in the river !!! )
Pretty sure I will be doing this next time, I think. Nothing special really as long as the engine is still alive. Would be different if it was real. So hopefully will be practicing this a few times in the near future.
I think, but I will ask again, that he was doing this with no flaps, to get maximum distance. You would be applying flaps, to slow down at the end, and when you think you are going to miss your landing spot.
Then we / I did 2 glide landings, sort of an engine failure exercise:
- So here you fly at normal circuit height at 1000ft AGL,
- and when you reach the runway threshold, you close the throttle.
- Instead of making turns like in the normal circuit, you make a big gentle turn, and try to line up for the runway (without engine), and aim for 1/3 point into it.
- When you start the turn depends on how high you are, its all about aiming for the right point on the runway.
- When that all looks good, you apply all flaps, slowing you down,
- push the stick a bit to maintain speed, and aim for 1/4 of the runway.
- Then instead of controlling power, you just maintain speed with the stick, and land.
But because we had so much thermal lift we couldn’t get down in time, so we did a “go around”. This happened twice 🙁
“Rangiora traffic, Juliet Oscar Romeo, go around, Rangiora”
Next landing, normal landing this time, Dave told me to drop him off at the club house, so I could do some solo time !!
I did 3 laps around the circuits 🙂
While I was having my lesson, there was quite a bit of an Nor Easter wind, and the odd thermal, so all challenging for this young pilot student, with not so strong stomach…. Especially during the landings where you are trying to descend with the least amount of power, but really trying to maintain speed, so you don’t drop out of the sky.
All in all a good lesson again.