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LETTERS
LONG TRIP

ZEN LESSONS

account of the ferry flight from
eastern Washington state to Maryland
( " Transcontinental Flight Training, "
January/February Flight Training)-and
the hopeful lesson that politics needn't
deter us from working together to
achieve a common goal.
Marc Beauchamp
Redding, California

always looking to improve my flying. I
have to say Dave Forster's article " Zen
Lessons " should be required for all pilots. I
found the article helpful in all respects, but
especially where students were introduced
to an accelerated stall and its potential
application to a base-to-final turn stall. I
believe these lessons will make every pilot
a more aware and safer pilot.
Robert Sanborn
Auburn, New Hampshire

I REALLY ENJOYED DAVE HIRSCHMAN'S

I THINK DAVE HIRSCHMAN MIGHT BE

mistaken in being skeptical about the utility of the trip for the student pilot. As he
acknowledged, the trip clearly energized
the owner and opened his eyes to the
potential uses of the airplane. That alone
would have made the trip worthwhile.
I am a CFI myself, and too much of the
training that is given, and mandated by
Part 61, does very little to either stoke the
student's enthusiasm for flying or prepare
them for the real-world use of the ticket
once they pass the checkride. Indeed,
too much of the training is frustrating,
sometimes humiliating, and often seemingly abstract enough to appear to be an
exercise in pointless rote learning.
On the other hand, this trip did both of
those things for the Cub's owner. It opened
his eyes to the real reason we fly airplanes
as well as exposing him to the real-world
decision making that applies so much of
the seemingly abstract aspects of the training syllabus: weather, performance, weight
and balance, fuel consumption and availability, field requirements, route selection,
altitude choices, and airspace considerations, to name a few. I don't know how
much of that he might have actually done
himself, but even if he merely heard
Hirschman discuss the decision making,
saw how another pilot used the planning
tools, and implemented the decisions
reached is utterly invaluable. The fact
that he only had a handful of landings is, I
would argue, secondary to the acquisition
of that ultimately far more valuable and
difficult to attain experience.
Pete Lehmann
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

I AM AN OLDER 1,500-HOUR PILOT

TECHNIQUE

PERMIT ME TO CORRECT A MISSTATEMENT

by Ian J. Twombly in the January/February 2021 issue, in the article " Technique:
Autorotations. "
Under " Spin Free, " Twombly
describes " a sprag clutch that automatically disengages the engine from the
drive system any time rotor rpm drops
below engine rpm. " You won't ever see
such a " drop, " because rotor rpm is
always well below engine rpm whenever the engine is driving the rotor.
For the R22 depicted, main rotor rpm
should be about 530 when engine rpm
is 2,650.
I believe what he meant to say was
that if the speed at which the engine
would be driving the rotor is slower than
the rotor is already turning, a free-wheeling device (which could be a sprag
clutch, but might be another structure)
will permit the rotor to keep spinning
at the higher rate. It's like pedaling very
slowly while a bicycle is coasting quickly,
so that you're not providing the driving force to the wheels, but the wheels
continue to turn. Perhaps one could say,
" when engine percent rpm is below rotor
percent rpm the free-wheeling unit will
permit the rotor to continue spinning at
the higher rate. "
I appreciate the effort to put the idea
in simple terms, which obviously isn't
easy, but it didn't come out quite right
this time.
Jon Stark
Castle Pines, Colorado

CHILLING
ADVENTURES
I READ JILL W. TALLMAN'S ARTICLE

" Chilling Adventures " (January/February
2021 Flight Training) and it was spot
on. But I also want to mention that this
applies year round, not just in the winter.
I tell all of the people I fly with that they
should dress as if they may need to walk
home from the site of the off-field landing
or crash. I always cringe when I see people
wearing flip-flops and shorts. This goes for
passengers as well. It can be a long walk
home through woods. How many military
pilots do you see dressed casually? They
do it for a reason. Survival!
Larry Randall
Ruckersville, Virginia

LAST FLIGHT

KUDOS TO DAVE HIRSCHMAN FOR HIS

fine column " Unusual Attitude: Last
Flight " (March/April 2021 Flight Training). It takes courage and respect to tell
a senior pilot it's time to hang up the
headset (at least as pilot in command).
It's a topic that usually gets avoided. At
79 I find myself thinking about when it's
time for my last flight.
Thanks to Hirschman for breaking
the silence on a tough decision, which
we all have to make at the right time.
Bill Gerhard
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

ERRATUM

" IFR TIP: GET READY TO GO NOWHERE "

(March/April 2021 Flight Training)
incorrectly described flying the inbound
leg of a hold on the 90-degree radial
as tracking the 270-degree radial to
the station. Although one selects a
270-degree course on the CDI, the airplane is tracking the 90-degree radial.
Flight Training regrets the error.
We welcome your comments. Please email
flighttraining@aopa.org. Comments will be
edited for style and space.

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