pilot's retrospective from my training

 pilot's retrospective from my training J.F. 20.3.2022

Since I got sick and had to cancel all my plans for the weekend, I decided to read your article " Pilot Training - Emergency Landings I." and I have to say, it's a blast for me.

This is also due to the fact that many of the situations you describe I had the opportunity to actually experience in training with you. I didn't always get them right, but as time went on I became more confident in at least getting down and it not hurting, or just that confidence that as long as I'm gliding and have the ability to push slightly and maintain my speed and see where I'm going to put it, I'll just get there. Using everything I know or you've taught us.

Even during training I was really always looking to see where I could sit because I didn't know when you were going to drop the magneto [:-D] and over time I would at least keep my hand on the throttle [:-D] which I actually still do. That was obviously to lighten it up. But it confirms your emphasis on giving us pilots an experience that may one day save our asses. For example, when flying over a large forest, add altitude or skirt the edge of the forest. Just the same, on approach, expect wind shear or turbulence and keep your throttle fuse on, etc.

After my idea to do a GA at a school I'm sure I don't need to name, it was a big surprise that the emergency landing was done in theory rather than practice. And on one botched approach I corrected the altitude by slipping, turning with the wing into the wind, leveling on axis and landing on the surface. The instructor was completely surprised at what I was doing, why I wasn't repeating the circuit. He basically told me afterwards that he knew what I was trying to do, but that he had never done it in his training. He had only been told and he didn't expect it from a student at all. The overall observation was that with the turnover of students, the instructor did not even have a chance to know and read the habits of the students, and therefore relied on strict adherence to the manual and theoretical simulation of non-standard flight modes. (less work for the instructor and elimination of damage to the aircraft).

I like your article. Reading it not only reminds me of a lot of things you taught us, but it's also a good advertisement for your school. Which I personally don't mind at all. After all, any future student can go through other schools and see how they teach there (the instructors' approach, the condition of the aircraft and even the follow-up after training). It also does a lot to ask the students for their opinion about the school. I mention this because I'm also following what has been the debate behind the other articles you posted. My opinion is that anyone who doesn't know you and hasn't tried flying under your tutelage simply doesn't believe you because they haven't been given the chance elsewhere.... You just do it differently and emphasize safety and preparedness for that DAMN MOMENT when you are really going for survival. I also like the way you explain technical things in casual conversation. When I'm intrigued by something on your plane your response isn't "yeah it's new, it cost so much and it's awesome", but you also tell me how it works and why you put that particular thing on there.

I would add to the article maybe a photo or a hand drawing of a real situation (area) with directions and description. It would liven up the article and make it more concrete for the " non-believing Thomas" [:-D] On the other hand, I also understand the difficulty and amount of time involved in such a drawing, as not everyone has local knowledge. J.F.


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