Had a really interesting flight today ! Rang Dave last night to say I was going to fly early this morning, and this is what he told me to do:
Fly to the “Loburn training area”, find a nice paddock and “almost” land there !
So yes this morning I took off, in the direction of the Loburn training area, climbed to 2000ft and started searching for a nice paddock with no animals on it and away from houses. Now that’s not so easy, lots of lifestyle blocks everywhere, so in the end I picked a paddock with no animals, flew over it, reduced the engine power to idle speed, and started gliding down at 60mph. Dave told me to fly as if I was in a left hand circuit so I can see it all properly.
Now the trick is to space the circuit out so that when you go into finals (about to land) you have the right altitude aiming at 1/3 into the paddock. The last thing you do there is apply the flaps, to slow down, turn of the two magneto’s to stop the engine, switch of the main power switch and close the fuel valve to reduce the risk of fire.
Relax 🙂 I didn’t land and turn off the engine, just simulated it by touching every control or switch. When I reached about 200ft (60m) I gently applied power and climbed up to 2000ft again, and did this whole exercise two more times.
Was fun in the end, all about estimating height, speed, distance, so that you can safely reach the spot where you are going to land.
After that I flew back to the home base NZRT and did 2 glide approaches, also simulating a engine failure landing, but this time in the circuit.
So yes all went really well, HAPPY !!
Here is a link where you can see what I did, just in case you are interested 🙂 wed31aug2016