Back in the saddle...

Discussion in 'Pilot Training' started by Scottman, Sep 7, 2019.

  1. Scottman

    Scottman Filing Flight Plan

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    After nearly 28 years, I've decided to get back into the cockpit. Had my first BFR “lesson” yesterday and it felt pretty good. Flying around Los Angeles is a lot different these days and I felt a bit behind the curve in knowing my boundaries around the B and D airspace and flying in a cockpit with gear that didn’t exist 28 years ago.

    I felt in command of the plane which was the best part. My slow flight was good, poweroff stalls were ok (though with my 1st recovery I attempted to correct p-factor with ailerons. :eek:). My landing was a C- as my mains were on centerline but my nose... not so much.

    All in all a lot better than I thought I’d do, but a long way to go still before I’m a good pilot again.
     
  2. Van Johnston

    Van Johnston Cleared for Takeoff

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    Congrats. I came back about 7 years ago after at 20 year hiatus, so sounds like we stopped about the same time. I was in SoCal too. My last flight was to Thermal so I could log a below sea level landing.

    My re-currency experience was similar. Flying the plane was the easy part. GPS, engine monitors, and the new airspace names were all new to me.
     
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  3. CharlieD3

    CharlieD3 Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Love to hear tales of getting the rust off. Joining you soon, congratulations!
     
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  4. Kritchlow

    Kritchlow Final Approach

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    Sounds fun!!

    I’m curious to know how your mains were on centerline, but your nose was not.
     
  5. frfly172

    frfly172 Touchdown! Greaser! PoA Supporter

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    Congrats and welcome to the group.
     
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  6. Scottman

    Scottman Filing Flight Plan

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    Yeah, I didn’t have auto pilot checks on my old checklists. And a simple altimeter change now takes 3 instruments and about 6 steps.
     
  7. Scottman

    Scottman Filing Flight Plan

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    Well... I should’ve said I straddled the centerline on touchdown, just a little too crabbed. :eek:
     
  8. luvflyin

    luvflyin Final Approach

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    That's about how long I went before getting back in. I'll see your correcting for P-factor with aileron and raise you I was steering the plane when taxiing with the steering wheel(yoke.) Don't know what gear in the cockpit you had that didn't exist 28 years ago, but you're gonna love a some moving map gadget that shows B, C and D airspace even if it's just on a phone or Ipad. Welcome back.
     
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    luvflyin Final Approach

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    There's a word for that. Welcome to Buttonology
     
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  10. jonvcaples

    jonvcaples Ejection Handle Pulled

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    Congratulations, welcome home!
     
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