Pilot hacks

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  1. rpayne88

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    Just a thread for any useful tricks, tips, advice, ect. related to aviation.
     
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    Oh.... I thought you meant pilots that were hacks. I'm a hack pilot.....
     
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    I'm a decent pilot, but a hack golfer! I spend a lot more time flying than golfing. :D
     
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  5. Clark1961

    Clark1961 Touchdown! Greaser!

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    fly in the middle of the sky - not close to the edges
     
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    When flying inverted, remember to chant "Down is Up, Up is EXPENSIVE"
     
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    SixPapaCharlie May the force be with you

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    If you turn your transponder off that whole airspace system thing goes away.
     
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    Cavorter Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Always file a flight plan. Otherwise if you crash they say nasty things about you on the news.
     
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    Old Fart Pre-takeoff checklist

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    If you fly 50% of your time inverted, the whole low wing vs. high wing debate is moot
     
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    whifferdill Line Up and Wait

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    When your ass starts hurting on a long x-country, fly inverted for a bit.
     
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    thehulk06 Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Freezing rain is just rain.
     
  15. Clark1961

    Clark1961 Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Wait a minute...I know someone who does (or did) that!
     
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    If she doesn't wash her feet, she probably doesn't wash her ***** either.:eek:
     
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    Important tip: The young gals at the expensive FBO don't actually think you're cool....
     
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    Neither do the strippers at the expensive strip clubs! or the cheap strip clubs for that matter! :rolleyes:
     
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    Clark1961 Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Wait a minute...I think they think my money is cool....
     
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    Alcohol makes the chicks look thinner, the mountains look smaller and the runways look longer.
     
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    IOW, a 2 at 10 becomes a 10 at 2 :yikes:
     
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    Nothing more useless than the runway behind you,the sky above you,or the fuel you didn't take.
     
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    "I just recycled the transponder"
     
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    Clark1961 Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Best thing to do with a NARCO....
     
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    I broke out right at minimums.

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    It was working just fine when I took off.
     
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    It's amazing how things only break on the last leg of a trip before a crew change, never in the middle of a trip at an out-station... :dunno:
     
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  30. James331

    James331 Ejection Handle Pulled

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    No matter what keep flying the plane
     
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    ebykowsky Cleared for Takeoff

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    Fly certified. Homebuilts always seem to shed a wing at the most inopportune time.
     
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    A real hack: Your sectional is 34 nm across a short fold, 71.5 nm on the long fold and 80 nm on the diagonal. Makes it easier to calculate distance for a diversion if you remember that.
    Also: Turbulence increases geometrically with your need to use the pee bottle.
     
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    1. Lean forward if having trouble clearing a departure obstacle.
    2. Try to get compliments on the accuracy of your instruments.
    3. According to the boards, the following AC have the following flaws
    a. Cirrus AC explode on impact
    b. 182's all have bent firewalls from being nose heavy
    c. Tigers wings fall off due to delamination of glue
    d. All experimental accidents are pilot error as they spent too
    much time building and none flying
    4. Most of the "experts" around here fly 4 hours every 2 years
    5. CFI stands for Can't Fly Inverted
    6. ATITPPA is frowned upon by GA < 2500 lbs but approved for
    AC > 12500
    7. "Line up and wait" is now used at the FBO counters when requesting
    service
     
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    It is better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than the other way around.

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    When you are sitting there dead you will have lots of time to think about how you could have waited.
     
  36. Mistake Not...

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    Actually, there are some legit hacks I've read on here, but I either can't find them or don't know enough to repeat them accurately (still working on instrument rating).

    For example. There seemed to be several tricks one could use, legally, to get a desired routing that had to do with filing multiple flight plans, or filing from a point, or something. This is a "hack" in the sense that it exploits a behavior of the system in a way that's beneficial to the pilot.

    As a VFR only pilot, one hack I like is using the OBS mode on the 430 to give me an extended runway center line. Helps even coming in to the home field when I can't see the airport yet. "Expect straight in 18R" means to me to intercept the centerline a few miles from the airport and go straight in.

    Based on my (limited) experience, I found going to KORL (Orlando executive) to be much easier having already been on flight following. This is a hack (again, exploiting properties of the system in novel ways) because getting FF before I got to KORL meant I didn't have to worry about the busy airspace as much. Everyone along the way was expecting me. Can you do it without? sure. But man, it made it easy.

    I'm sure there are others, and I'm intentionally omitting rules of thumb and shortcuts for calculating things. IMHO, what's being asked for here are ways to work the system that are legal, and safe, but not obvious.
     
  37. timwinters

    timwinters Ejection Handle Pulled PoA Supporter

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    Using the DG for a "landing calculator" and saving $20.00

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  38. ebykowsky

    ebykowsky Cleared for Takeoff

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    Imaginary like button clicked. :thumbsup:
     
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    VFR-only pilots don't get routings, they give them. :D
     
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    JBrown243 Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Here, I'll give you some real ones.

    - Use sectional charts as sun shades. Unfold and place it above the glare shield. Instant sun shade. This beats buying those expensive foil ones.

    - Seat belt as a control lock. Don't have a control lock? loop seat belt around control yoke to hold in a rearward one aileron down position.

    - Bungee cord as a control lock. seat belts are not long enough to use? connect a bungee cord around the two yokes

    - Forget a checklist? Take a picture of your checklist, then its always with you on your phone.
     
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