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PROFICIENCY

We train our hand-eye coordination to flare for
landing or intercept a localizer. But without
periodic reinforcement, kinesthetic skill fades
and only visual memory remains.
eights; practice 90-degree, 180-degree,
and 360-degree power-off landings; determine power settings, airspeeds, and flap
positions for level flight, and 500 fpm
descents at your aircraft's instrument
approach airspeed; while holding a given
heading, altitude, and white-arc airspeed,
transition from no flaps to full flaps, then
back to no flaps; with a safety pilot or CFII,
practice partial panel maneuvers.
3. PRACTICING THE WRONG WAY SLOWS
PROGRESS

The busted checkride not only embarrassed
me; it fueled my resolve. "I'm a professional," I thought. "This is not supposed to
happen. I will fix it." Good intentions, but
after some practice sessions yielded little
improvement, I asked for help. A CFI from
another department revealed a different
perspective. I'd been practicing-and reinforcing-bad habits. He helped me replace
them with good technique.
To pursue proficiency, fly with an
instructor at least every year between
flight reviews, then apply his or her suggestions to your normal flying; look for
new perspectives on your procedures,
habits, and skills; read and apply appropriate sections of a proven flight training
manual (the FAA offers The Airplane
Flying Handbook, FAA-H-8083-3B for free
download). Discuss your insights with a
CFI/II.
4. LEARN THE BOX'S LANGUAGE

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While preparing for the instrument portion of my reinstatement, I met a new
(to me) avionics box. It displayed graphics of an entire flight's course and told me
groundspeed, headings, tracks, distances,
and when to start and stop turns. And, it
knew the approaches to every airport. My
new friend took all the work out of instrument flying.
98 | AOPA PILOT December 2020

But during a practice session, while
starting the missed approach for the
Runway 28R ILS at Boise, Idaho, ATC
granted my request for the GPS-B (also
westerly bound) approach to Nampa,
Idaho. That required an immediate left
turn for the very short leg to the new
initial approach fix. Surprise! I didn't
know that I didn't know how to leave
the missed procedure for one approach
and jump to a completely different
approach. My fumbling fingers yielded
a jumbled display as I flew past the fix.
The debrief revealed I was not fluent in
that box's language. So, I downloaded a
simulator app to my iPad, then practiced
every approach in the area until communicating with the box became second
nature.
To pursue proficiency, study-then
apply-each section of your avionics manual; download a simulator app for your
unit(s), then practice navigation, holding, and approaches (including the missed
approach procedures); fly the same scenarios in the aircraft with a safety pilot;
and investigate every button, menu, and
option.
5. A GOOD PILOT IS ALWAYS LEARNING

Piloting an aircraft demands mastery of
unique, three-dimensional skills that
blend art and science. We can't afford to
treat it like driving a car. There is always
something new to learn and, inevitably, an old lesson to recapture. As early
British aviator Capt. A.G. Lamplugh said,
"Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the
sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect."
AOPA
JAMES RUSH MANLEY is a freelance writer

and pilot based in Meridian, Idaho, with
more than 7,000 hours.


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