Monday, July 18, 2005

Practice Approaches

Went flying today with a student working on the instrument rating. He has done a few cross-country flights, but really needed to do some local work, and grasp the procedures involved. So we headed out to shoot approaches in the DA40.

Started with the GPS approach to runway 5 at Shenandoah. Quickly, I realized he was not getting it. After a little discussion of proper scanning and pitch-power issues, he started to come around. Then we did two ILS approaches, both executed reasonably well, and called it a day. But not before giving him a simulated engine failure. No surprise, just a means of getting him accustomed to the plane.

One of the ironic problems I face with that glass cockpit during training, is that it is somewhat difficult to simulate instrument failures. I can't just cover up an instrument. A real failure of any significance is difficult to imagine though, with all the redundancy built in.


At 3:43 PM, Blogger brewsmith said...

Guess you could always pull whatever fuse controls the screen directly in front of the student, and force him to have to use the one in front of you, which you have set to mapview. . ..

At 4:29 PM, Blogger adr said...

Nice sidebar additions.


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