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ADVANCED PILOT ACCIDENT ANALYSIS
BACK TO SCHOOL
HOW MUCH DO YOU REMEMBER SINCE YOUR LAST CHECKRIDE?
BY DAVID JACK KENNY
YOU DON'T HAVE TO SUFFER THROUGH
courses in educational theory to recognize
that knowledge and skills erode with disuse.
Flight reviews assess the candidate's competence
to safely exercise pilot-in-command
privileges, so appropriately focus on the
kinds of flying that pilot does. Having flown
most of my career straight and level, either
going cross-country or practicing instrument
procedures, I wondered just how far
my airmanship had slipped.
Fortunately, in moments of doubt I can
call on good friends-in this case Bravo
Flight Training's Brenda Tibbs. She's flown
with me for the past decade. I hope that's
proof that she doesn't scare easily, not that
she doesn't learn from experience. I asked
her to take notes as she put me through a
series of private and, depending on how
badly those went, commercial maneuvers. I
think the results surprised us both.
Quoting from her debrief notes, steep
turns were " beautiful. " OK, I do practice
those, having struggled mightily to master
them during private, instrument, and
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(again!) commercial training. Conditions
were calm, but even so, I was working!
S-turns: The second roll-in was late-I
was asking a question-but otherwise not
bad. Turns around a point: Also not terrible,
maybe even within the tolerances of the
airman certification standards.
Slow flight: Needed more right rudder
throughout, especially on the left turn. Altitude
and airspeed control were acceptable.
Lazy eights: One rollout was about 30
degrees off heading; otherwise, not much
worse than usual. Eights on pylons: I forgot
the prescribed entry on the diagonal and
lined up outside the closer pylon. After that,
no worse than a typical day of sloppy commercial
practice.
I'm not a natural stick-and-rudder pilot,
but in 19 years, I've put nearly 2,000 hours
on my 1967 Arrow. Maybe that experience
carried over in ways I never expected.
Maybe yours has, too. Whichever the
answer, wouldn't you prefer to know? FT
DAVID JACK KENNY is a freelance aviation writer.
DOUG JOHN MILLER
http://efirc.com/ft

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