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LETTERS

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LET'S BE HONEST

REALITY CHECK, TIMES THREE

I

read Ian Twombly's "Right Seat: Plan A" in the December issue.
I enjoyed what he had to say. I know AOPA is here to support
aviation, but I feel we owe it to our fellow pilots who are seeking
a career in aviation to be honest to them about the pros and cons
about the first steps into the regionals. A lot of regional pilots are
walking around depressed because of
such a large investment and big responsibility of being a pilot and not being
compensated for what the job requires of
them, and the quality of life issues they
face. I thank you for being an advocate of
aviation but as the saying on the job goes,
"It's the best job once the door shuts,"
and it shouldn't be the only thing we talk
about. I would really appreciate an honest
report for the future generations on the
cons of being an airline pilot.
First Officer Erik Torrez
Topeka, Kansas
ARE YOU OUTSIDE IN, OR INSIDE OUT?

I've been fairly inactive as a flight instructor for the past few years, ever since I
landed a job flying wide-body Boeings
around the world. This past month, I had
some extra time off from work and one of
my friends who owns a local flight school
asked if I'd come help with some flight
training. I didn't have much else going on
at home, so I decided to go help.
The first flight I did with a student
was a presolo stage check. One of the
maneuvers I asked him to perform was
the steep turn. He followed all the proper
set-up procedures, cleared the area,
and then began making the turn to the
left. Rolling past 30 degrees of bank, he
proceeded to add a touch of power and
continued to roll to 45 degrees. Then he
started a slow descent. I kept thinking he
was going to fix it any second, but by the
end of the first turn, he had descended
200 feet! I asked what he was looking at
during the maneuver and he said he was
splitting his view from outside and inside
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to check his attitude indicator. I was
pretty sure he was spending at least 90
percent of the time focusing inside, so
I decided to try something different.
I took my sectional chart and covered up
all the flight instruments, and asked him
to do another steep turn. Since he didn't
have anything to focus on inside the
cockpit, he spent the entire time looking
outside. The steep turn with sole reference on the actual horizon was perfect.
I peeked underneath the sectional a few
times; the altimeter and airspeed needles
never moved!
I know many of the new training airplanes on the market these days have lots
of nice electronics and gadgets on them,
but it doesn't change the fact that the best
information available to the pilot is right
outside the window.
Darren Murphy
San Antonio, Texas
YIKES!

Phil Scott's "Aviation Speak" was very
interesting from the first sentence: "A
stall can occur at any speed [correct] and
any angle of attack [yikes!]." I am certain
I am not the only pilot that wrote about
this. I have been a CFI for a long time and
it is hard to believe that this made your
magazine. I believe it is collectively agreed
that a stall only occurs when you exceed
the "critical" angle of attack, not any angle
of attack. If Scott were correct I could
pitch an airplane straight down, build up
an airspeed of 130 knots, and the aircraft
can stall? Wow!
Mike Foy
Westfield, Massachusetts


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Flight Training - February 2014

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Flight Training - February 2014

Flight Training - February 2014
Contents
Member Benefits
Right Seat
Letters
Fun on the Water
Success Story News
How It Works
After the Checkride
News Abeam the Numbers
Training Products
News Final Exam
Asi News
News
Flight Lesson
Accident Report
Around the Patch
Flying Carpet
Flight Training Excellence Awards
Awards Recipients
All for You
Dream Maker
Weather
Career Pilot
Instructor Report
CFI to CFI
Career Advisor
Accident Report
Advertiser Index
Debrief
Flight Training - February 2014 - Flight Training - February 2014
Flight Training - February 2014 - Cover2
Flight Training - February 2014 - Contents
Flight Training - February 2014 - 2
Flight Training - February 2014 - 3
Flight Training - February 2014 - Member Benefits
Flight Training - February 2014 - 5
Flight Training - February 2014 - Right Seat
Flight Training - February 2014 - 7
Flight Training - February 2014 - Letters
Flight Training - February 2014 - 9
Flight Training - February 2014 - Fun on the Water
Flight Training - February 2014 - 11
Flight Training - February 2014 - Success Story News
Flight Training - February 2014 - How It Works
Flight Training - February 2014 - After the Checkride
Flight Training - February 2014 - News Abeam the Numbers
Flight Training - February 2014 - Training Products
Flight Training - February 2014 - News Final Exam
Flight Training - February 2014 - Asi News
Flight Training - February 2014 - 19
Flight Training - February 2014 - News
Flight Training - February 2014 - 21
Flight Training - February 2014 - Flight Lesson
Flight Training - February 2014 - Accident Report
Flight Training - February 2014 - Around the Patch
Flight Training - February 2014 - 25
Flight Training - February 2014 - Flying Carpet
Flight Training - February 2014 - 27
Flight Training - February 2014 - 28
Flight Training - February 2014 - Flight Training Excellence Awards
Flight Training - February 2014 - 30
Flight Training - February 2014 - 31
Flight Training - February 2014 - Awards Recipients
Flight Training - February 2014 - 33
Flight Training - February 2014 - All for You
Flight Training - February 2014 - 35
Flight Training - February 2014 - 36
Flight Training - February 2014 - 37
Flight Training - February 2014 - 38
Flight Training - February 2014 - 39
Flight Training - February 2014 - Dream Maker
Flight Training - February 2014 - 41
Flight Training - February 2014 - 42
Flight Training - February 2014 - 43
Flight Training - February 2014 - Weather
Flight Training - February 2014 - 45
Flight Training - February 2014 - 46
Flight Training - February 2014 - Career Pilot
Flight Training - February 2014 - 48
Flight Training - February 2014 - Instructor Report
Flight Training - February 2014 - CFI to CFI
Flight Training - February 2014 - Career Advisor
Flight Training - February 2014 - Accident Report
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Flight Training - February 2014 - 54
Flight Training - February 2014 - 55
Flight Training - February 2014 - Debrief
Flight Training - February 2014 - Cover3
Flight Training - February 2014 - Cover4
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