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PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

EARLY AND OFTEN
light Training is one of the few magazines that I pretty much read cover to cover soon after it arrives. I am a recent pilot— I earned my sport pilot certificate on my sixty-ninth birthday in a taildragger a little more than a year ago—I find the articles invaluable supplements to my need to learn about flying, and flying safely.
One comment on David J. Kenny’s article “Early and Often” (February 2011 Flight Training)—we are taught go-arounds, we demonstrate them during the checkride, and then…not much. I have made two go-arounds in earnest, recovering from bad approaches, and have practiced a few. Am I in a minority? Did those pilots that thought too late to go around do recent practice? I find that sometimes I understand the theory of a flight maneuver quite well—or so I think—but the execution leaves something to be desired, until I get it down through practice. What is the distance to get airborne once we push the throttle forward? How far down the runway can I go before I realize getting off is not going to happen? When do I react to a bad approach? Only with practice followed by analysis do we learn to understand. Hermann Gucinski Fairview, North Carolina David J. Kenny’s article “Early and Often” was very good. One of the things I ask my students to do when downwind is pick a point on the runway. If the main wheels are not on the ground when they get to that pre-determined point, it is a definite go-around. Be realistic; don’t pick a point 10 feet beyond the threshold and don’t forget to tell your passengers what you are doing when downwind; that way they won’t be surprised when you go to full power. Tell them if you’re not down by the predetermined point, “We’re going back up and try it again.” I tell my students they could be one foot off the runway going 65 knots and they will float quite a ways down the runway. Pete Kempe Morristown, New Jersey
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Flight Training - April 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Flight Training - April 2011

Flight Training - April 2011
Contents
President’s Perspective
Right Seat
Flight Forum
The View from Down Low
This Weekend
Tech Tip What It Looks Like News
Training Products ASI News
AOPA Action
Since You Asked
Final Exam
Member Products
Success Story
News Member Products
Insights
Flying Carpet
REVVING UP THE REVIEW
EXIT STRATEGY
TECHNIQUE
Weather
Accident Report
Flight Lesson
Flight Deck Roles
Career Advisor
Career Pilot News
The Owner/Mechanic
Male Students
Say What?
Advertiser Index
Debrief
Flight Training - April 2011 - Flight Training - April 2011
Flight Training - April 2011 - Cover2
Flight Training - April 2011 - Contents
Flight Training - April 2011 - 2
Flight Training - April 2011 - 3
Flight Training - April 2011 - President’s Perspective
Flight Training - April 2011 - 5
Flight Training - April 2011 - Right Seat
Flight Training - April 2011 - 7
Flight Training - April 2011 - Flight Forum
Flight Training - April 2011 - 9
Flight Training - April 2011 - The View from Down Low
Flight Training - April 2011 - 11
Flight Training - April 2011 - This Weekend
Flight Training - April 2011 - Tech Tip What It Looks Like News
Flight Training - April 2011 - Training Products ASI News
Flight Training - April 2011 - AOPA Action
Flight Training - April 2011 - Since You Asked
Flight Training - April 2011 - 17
Flight Training - April 2011 - Final Exam
Flight Training - April 2011 - Member Products
Flight Training - April 2011 - Success Story
Flight Training - April 2011 - News Member Products
Flight Training - April 2011 - Insights
Flight Training - April 2011 - 23
Flight Training - April 2011 - Flying Carpet
Flight Training - April 2011 - 25
Flight Training - April 2011 - REVVING UP THE REVIEW
Flight Training - April 2011 - 27
Flight Training - April 2011 - 28
Flight Training - April 2011 - 29
Flight Training - April 2011 - 30
Flight Training - April 2011 - 31
Flight Training - April 2011 - EXIT STRATEGY
Flight Training - April 2011 - 33
Flight Training - April 2011 - 34
Flight Training - April 2011 - 35
Flight Training - April 2011 - TECHNIQUE
Flight Training - April 2011 - 37
Flight Training - April 2011 - Weather
Flight Training - April 2011 - 39
Flight Training - April 2011 - 40
Flight Training - April 2011 - 41
Flight Training - April 2011 - Accident Report
Flight Training - April 2011 - 43
Flight Training - April 2011 - Flight Lesson
Flight Training - April 2011 - Flight Deck Roles
Flight Training - April 2011 - Career Advisor
Flight Training - April 2011 - 47
Flight Training - April 2011 - Career Pilot News
Flight Training - April 2011 - The Owner/Mechanic
Flight Training - April 2011 - 50
Flight Training - April 2011 - Say What?
Flight Training - April 2011 - Advertiser Index
Flight Training - April 2011 - 53
Flight Training - April 2011 - 54
Flight Training - April 2011 - 55
Flight Training - April 2011 - Debrief
Flight Training - April 2011 - Cover3
Flight Training - April 2011 - Cover4
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