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Discussion in 'Pilot Training' started by motospeed9058, Sep 5, 2011.
bah the parkway is not all its cracked up to be.. speed limits!
What are those? You mean, red line in top gear?
Guess you were born a few decades after the previous poster. It's fairly obvious to those over a certain age.
In my town, when I was a pre-teen, very few cars went faster than 20 or 30 mph, and I lived on a major downtown street. Kids called "car" to get everyone off the street until we could resume the game. And if a kid ever got hurt (never happened) I'm sure every adult within earshot would have surrounded the offender. But that was late '50s, early '60s. Looked nothing like my present suburban neighborhood.
Of course, we NEVER broke the speed limit on the parkway! And if we did just happen to crack the throttle a little hard over the years and get a little horrizontal in about 3/4 of the turns, we never got stopped...........and if we would have, it would have been well worth the price of admission for all of our adventures. And the best part is, that it is a federal ticket, not a state, so paying the fine with no worry about it showing up on the record or points involved...............I've heard, makes it completely worth the risk for the fun had!
Of course, at the top of the parkway, you have Skyline drive, now that is state, and we all avoid that BECAUSE of the speed limits. BLAH!!!
Same for me in late 60's, early 70's within visual range of Manhattan.
During a biannual a few years ago the instructor watched me make the turn to crosswind and sighed. He said that he saw me look at the turn coordinator, which I did because I wanted to dazzle him by flying with a center ball.
He said "you just lost that for the rest of the flight." After a few turns he told me that "All you motorcycle guys fly the same by holding you head up in the turns as if you are on a bike." He told me that this transfers the weight to a hip instead of being in line and that us motorcyclists cannot feel a skid or slip like real pilots can. We worked on breaking this habit, but no way. It is to deeply ingrained after 40 years of riding. I could feel what he was trying to show me though. Who would have thought riding would make me a plane driver instead of a pilot?
This CFI was a 747-400 pilot, and is the guy around our area that gave War Bird checkouts and the like. He was no chump.