I'm officially an instrument student!

Discussion in 'Cleared for the Approach' started by Rebel Lord, May 18, 2017.

  1. Rebel Lord

    Rebel Lord Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Took my first instrument instruction (albeit ground instruction) I'm really hyped and spirits are high! :)

    Anyone have story's from their instrument student days they want to share?
     
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    jordane93 Final Approach PoA Supporter

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    Get some actual IMC time. It makes a big difference.
     
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    luvflyin En-Route PoA Supporter

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    I was doing the NDB approach to SAN. It was straight in to RW27. Had it nailed, I was feelin good. Instructor says take off the hood and look. It was the Naval Hospital at Balboa Park. I'm wondering, how did that get way up here. We chatted about that a little. When scheduling the next lesson he told me to write 50 times "Thou shalt not descend below the minimum descent altitude until thou haveth the airport in sight" and bring it in. He was serious. I dideth it.
     
  4. AggieMike88

    AggieMike88 Touchdown! Greaser! PoA Supporter

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    What Jordane said. Flying in the goo is different enough than under the hood that the exposure to it as a student is valuable.
     
  5. Rebel Lord

    Rebel Lord Pre-takeoff checklist

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    My instructor is not afraid to go up into actual so I'm looking forward to my chance to go into the clouds.
     
  6. iamtheari

    iamtheari Line Up and Wait

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    Make friends with private pilots with current medicals (flight review currency optional) to be safety pilots. Don't use them to build hours until your instructor says you're ready to practice specific things with a safety pilot, but have them ready to go. My rating has gone really slowly between "learn it all with instructor" and "have enough hours for the test" because it's been hard to find safety pilots with free time to go blast holes through the sky. Maybe you will be able to get all 40 hours with your instructor in a reasonable time, and that should be your Plan A, but don't go in without a good Plan B in case your instructor gets busy. Probably most CFII's also have day jobs.
     
  7. somorris

    somorris Pattern Altitude

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    Another thing to consider is doing some of your training after dark.

    Congratulations and way-to-go in deciding to go after the rating. Even if you wind up not using it a lot, it makes you a safer pilot and helps you to understand the system. Fly as frequently as you can, but don't plan more than an hour or so at a time. You get worn out from all the mental and physical stress. I could really tell the difference in my flying on the gages if life got in the way and I missed a week or so. Study when you aren't flying, and have a good time.
     
  8. FlatPiglet

    FlatPiglet Filing Flight Plan

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    We're all instrument students...even after many years with the ticket :) Congratulations, you are on the next step of a fun journey. +1 to getting as much actual as you can. And a home sim, even a simple one, can be super helpful in learning procedures etc.
     
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    Ventucky Red Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Yes:yeahthat:

    Did all of mine after dark during the week... a.) my favorite plane was always available and never had to worry about getting it back for someone else, b.) my training was in the Los Angeles basin... ATC was not too busy and very accommodating (back-course into KSNA being one) c.) my instructor and I had regular daytime jobs and this turned out to be a great "happy hour" for me. With this, we got in some great actual time as well due the late afternoon early morning marine layer.

    Flying IFR under the hood is one thing, flying actual IFR another, but flying actual IFR at night... a real confidence booster for me. Nothing like popping out at about 600' with the runaway lights lined up and saying "land here - land here - land here"
     
  10. BigBadLou

    BigBadLou En-Route

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    Agreed, train after dark and go up in IMC as much as you can. The airplane still flies the same but the psychological factor is not negligible.
    And find out how well you can tolerate and recover from spatial disorientation.
     
  11. SbestCFII

    SbestCFII Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Good for you! You're lucky to have someone willing to go up in actual. That is the best way to learn. You should blog your instrument training experience.
     
  12. mtuomi

    mtuomi Pattern Altitude

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    Actual is fun. It also tends to be a lot easier than under the hood.
     
  13. MAKG1

    MAKG1 Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Depends on the actual. Moderate turbulence in actual is not easy at all. Marine layer is.
     
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    Moderate turbulence under the hood isn't easy either.
     
  15. EminiTrader

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    Make sure you do some 0/0 take-offs. Very interesting :)