Flight Training - June 2021 - 20

PREFLIGHT ASK AOPA

BY CRAIG BROWN

Q: Would you recommend a pilot receive
training in, say, a tailwheel airplane, just
for fun? I have no practical use for it in
my day-to-day flying career, but is extra
training a good idea?

JUST FOR FUN

YOU CAN LEARN NEW SKILLS-
AND HONE THE BASICS-
BY TAKING ON A DIFFERENT KIND
OF FLYING

A: Absolutely! Any type of training a pilot
can receive is going to benefit his or her
flying by adding new skills or challenges.
Let me tell you about a student I had
many years ago. Let's call him Paul. He
was a captain for a major airline, flying a
McDonnell Douglas MD-80. Every day he
went to work he flew from Washington,
D.C., to Dallas and back. Several times a
week. Many times a month. You can imagine Paul knew the route inside and out
and was seldom challenged on his flights.
According to Paul, he felt more like a bus
driver than an airline pilot.
One day Paul showed up at my flight
school and said he wanted to take some
aerobatic training. I asked him what he did
for a living. I understood at that moment

why he was here. Knowing that he never
had, I asked him if he ever banked that
MD-80 more than 30 degrees. His answer
confirmed what I thought. I told him that
we were, indeed, going to have a good time.
Paul really got hooked on inverted
flying. Every time we went out, he just had
to roll inverted to see how long he could
maintain it. To him, that was the greatest
challenge in aerobatics-seeing just how
long he could fly inverted while holding heading and altitude, or performing
precise turns left and right. That was his
airline discipline, but the maneuvers were
pure general aviation.
Paul had a blast and learned some
new skills that would last a lifetime and
also had practical applications if he ever
found himself in an emergency situation.
My advice? Go for it!
pic.aopa.org
CRAIG BROWN is a senior aviation technical
specialist in the AOPA Pilot Information Center.

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