Today I had an instrument lesson at my flight school. Finally my CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) was back from vacation and we are now back at it training again. What we focused on was ILS approaches today. Now I may have to remind you pilots with short term memory loss, that I am still flying in the Redbird FMX full motion simulator. So my instructor briefed me on the ILS approach we would perform and then we went in the simulator and executed just that. So I took off from our home airport and then once I was airborne he magically moved me to the airport that we would be performing the approach. So I dialed in all the approach frequencies I would need for the ILS (Instrument Landing System) and then we were ready to go for it. Since I am training on the Garmin G1000 I was able to find the approach on the MFD (Multi-Function Display) and activate it so I can visually see the approach to runway 27.
We practiced a vectored approach to the ILS fix as if ATC would give us vectors instead of us having to follow a certain fix to enter the approach with. With it pure white out of my “windows” I was totally relying on instruments to make this landing and approach. Once established we followed the glide slope indicator all the way down to minimums (1225). Once at minimums we confirmed that runway was not insight and I called out “Going Missed Approach”. I then proceeded to do the missed approach procedurs which was to climb to 3000ft and then left turn to the holding VOR.
Holding was yet another thing we worked on today. My instructor showed me how you enter a hold pattern and how you time and fly a hold. So far with just over 2 hours of instrument flight training the main points I would say I have gotten engrained in my head would be these:
1. Standard Rate Turns are key.
2. Its better to be high than low on altitudes.
3. Precision is a very vital part instrument flying.
If any instrument pilot follows these rules I am sure their flying abilities will be more than good. Since I am in a glass cockpit trainer I do not know as much about the old round gauge instrument training. But I would love to learn in one sometime soon. Sadly, my flight school only provides a Cessna 172sp G1000 cockpit airplane to fly. But I cant complain for training in one of the safest, and most technologically current planes on the market to date, now can I? Next lesson I plan on doing it in the actual airplane. Spending multiple lessons in the simulator all in a row can get very monotonous, and spoil the fun of real flight!
Until Next Time,