CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 11

ASI mESSAGE
A friend who flies a high-performance turboprop is a data wonk. He
downloads data from his flights, graphs it, tables it, studies it, and
occasionally contacts me with some interesting observations about his
flying. His latest work came after watching an ASI analysis of a couple of
accidents where pilots in high-performance airplanes lost control while
obviously hand-flying during the two-minute drill in demanding conditions.
My friend began wondering about his own such proficiency hand-flying
in the two-minute drill and, with a reason for a new data hunt, he went
back through graphs of his recent flights. Aircraft performance graphs
revealed the exact moment he engaged the autopilot. On a typical threehour
flight, he was hand-flying the airplane for a total of about two minutes,
and even more concerning, those two minutes were usually in straight,
non-maneuvering flight. He typically hand-flew the aircraft straight out
on departure up to a few hundred feet, and then again on final approach a
few hundred feet from landing. The autopilot flew most of the maneuvering
on departure, en route, and through the approach and terminal phase. I
confessed that my profile-flying 4GA loaded with the latest Garmin
avionics and autopilot-would mirror his data set.
Certainly, proficiency in working advanced avionics and using the autopilot
as a supporting tool is critical in aviation's two-minute drill. Especially
so when flying high-performance aircraft where the tempo is fast and
crisp. Football teams develop their passing game, run game, and clock
management to exacting standards in the two-minute drill. Relying on
just one of those elements isn't enough. In aviation, our two-minute drill
requires proficiency to aviate, navigate, and communicate. We must
maintain our proficiency in hand-flying the airplane so we are comfortable
flying the aircraft exactly where we want it. Ironically, autopilots may
not be available under the most demanding flying conditions: circling
approaches, go-arounds into visual patterns, or strong turbulence, for
example. As ASI accident analyses have revealed, if we don't maintain
proficiency hand-flying in placid conditions, we will struggle to do so in
demanding conditions when the autopilot can't handle it.
Work on your two-minute drill. Maintain proficiency in hand-flying the
airplane through the departure, up to your final cruising altitude and again
starting descent, and through the initial approach fix, on approach all
the way to touchdown. The confidence you'll gain may one day prove vital
to success in a two-minute drill, in tough conditions where one critical
mistake could be devastating.
Fly safe!
Richard G. McSpadden, Jr.
Senior Vice President, AOPA Air Safety Institute
Richard McSpadden is a commercial pilot and CFI with more than 4,500
hours in 30 years of flying a variety of civilian and military aircraft. He is a
former F-15 pilot and Thunderbirds leader for the U.S. Air Force, and he has
extensive experience in aviation safety, including ground, flight, and special
event operations.
Email: richard.mcspadden@aopa.org

CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3

CFItoCFI Newsletter—Volume 13 Issue 3
CFI Notes
From the Editor: New ASI Programs
Aviation Spoken Here—Beyond Reciting the Phonetic Alphabet
Safety Webinars: Hone Your Skills—Be Well-Informed
Recorded Webinar: Mental Health—Insights and Guidelines for GA Pilots
ASI Message: Aviation's Two-Minute Drill—It Requires Proficiency to Aviate, Navigate, and Communicate
CFI News
CFI Tips: Back To the Basics—Be Prepared When Technology Fails
Checkride Checklist: DPE Answers for Students and CFIs
There I Was…: Weight, Balance, and Density Altitude
Chart Challenge: Don't Hit the Class Ceiling
From the ASI Archives: Takeoffs and Landings—The Ups and Downs of the GA Pilot
You Can Fly: See Yourself Through the Eyes of Your Students
Safety Quiz: PIREPS
CFI Tools: Early Analysis—Two Midair Collisions
Chief's Corner: Having and Using a Game Plan—The Benefits of AFTA
ASI Safety Tip: The 4 Ws of Communication
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - CFItoCFI Newsletter—Volume 13 Issue 3
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - CFI Notes
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - From the Editor: New ASI Programs
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 4
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - Aviation Spoken Here—Beyond Reciting the Phonetic Alphabet
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 6
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 7
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - Safety Webinars: Hone Your Skills—Be Well-Informed
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - Recorded Webinar: Mental Health—Insights and Guidelines for GA Pilots
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - ASI Message: Aviation's Two-Minute Drill—It Requires Proficiency to Aviate, Navigate, and Communicate
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 11
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - CFI News
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 13
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 14
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - CFI Tips: Back To the Basics—Be Prepared When Technology Fails
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 16
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 17
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 18
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - Checkride Checklist: DPE Answers for Students and CFIs
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 20
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - There I Was…: Weight, Balance, and Density Altitude
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 22
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - Chart Challenge: Don't Hit the Class Ceiling
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 24
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - From the ASI Archives: Takeoffs and Landings—The Ups and Downs of the GA Pilot
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - You Can Fly: See Yourself Through the Eyes of Your Students
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 27
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - Safety Quiz: PIREPS
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - CFI Tools: Early Analysis—Two Midair Collisions
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 30
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 31
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 32
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - Chief's Corner: Having and Using a Game Plan—The Benefits of AFTA
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 34
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - ASI Safety Tip: The 4 Ws of Communication
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