What the hail?! Yes, if your from Ohio you know what I mean when I say this. With torturous weather yesterday, also came hail. As I sat home alone with golf ball size hail hitting my homes windows at 100 mph I was in disbelief on how my homes windows wouldn’t give in and shatter under this extreme pressure! After about 10 minutes of hail coming down buy the buckets full, it finally let up and I was able to go outside to asses the damage. Ill let you look on your own:
Luckily the airplane I fly wasn’t outside during this terrible storm, or I feel like it would been in very poor shape!
Today, I had a lesson and we went over more GPS and VOR/RNAV approaches. As we went over them and flew them in the Redbird FMX simulator I started to feel very confident in my abilities to fly these approaches. I have learned the flows that go with flying instruments, as well as the Garmin G1000 flows and buttons. I think the reason for being able to transition to pure instrument flying so easily would be the Flight simulator background I had already coming into real flying. Picking up a copy of Microsoft Flight Simulator (FSX) is one of the most valuable tools to a pilot, and especially an Instrument pilot could do to better their flying skills. With most systems very well portrayed on the FSX aircraft your able to fly approaches just like you would in the real aircraft or in your schools simulator.
I have began to realize over the last month that when I do a GPS approach it seams to be a more simplified, easier approach than any other I practice. With that being said, I know that it will be the most popular one I will use in the Cessna 172sp or any aircraft for that matter. With GPS growing in popularity stronger and stronger each year it will be soon that all the navigation will go to GPS based systems. But for now I will sit back and learn all the different types of approaches for instrument flying. We also practiced a lot of ATC to Pilot communications so I can get a feel for relaying commands back to the Air Traffic Controller. Getting communications correct is a vital part in instrument flying and you truly need to be efficient, so you don’t make a vital error in the long run. The difference between relaying back 3000 feet and 3500 feet could mean the difference between life or death in some cases. So taking communications lightly is not a option.
I plan on having my next lesson in the real aircraft, I am getting pretty antsy to try my hand at all these approaches I have practiced in the simulator and put it in the real world! But for now I will work on this website and start up the old flight simulator on my computer to have a little fun practicing what I have learned.
Until Next Time,