Single pilot IFR Napa to Orange County

Discussion in 'Cleared for the Approach' started by Peter Anderson, Sep 13, 2021.

  1. Peter Anderson

    Peter Anderson Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Join me as I fly my RV9A into some imc! One of my most challenging flights so far. A lot of vectors in the muck. I made some mistakes and learned a ton!




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  2. luvflyin

    luvflyin Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Dontcha just love it when approach tells ya max forward speed and then the tower tells ya there's traffic holding on the runway and then they tuck a cirrus in in front of you:). I liked the way she started to to put the citation on the runway after you and slowed her speech rate way down waiting for you to cross the threshold before finishing the transmission. I know you welcome constructive criticism so here goes. About 16:25 they give you heading 070. 18:20, 060. 19:05, ten degrees left which would be 050. It didn't look like you did it. 19:40 you checked in heading 070.
     
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    coma24 Line Up and Wait

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    Echoing my YT comment here:
    At around 17:30, 121.30 is listed as the final approach frequency, you should be expecting to be sent to that at some point (ie, it would be a indicator that once you're on that freq, that's who is going to issue the app clearance, therefore, it would be reasonable to get the tower freq into stdby once you're on that freq). Later, when the controller issues the freq, you didn't read it back. Reading back numbers is generally considered good practice. It prevents basic miscommunication, and selfishly, simply SAYING it helps the pilot to cement it into short term memory.

    Case in point, you didn't read it back, then you needed the replay feature to recall it, and then you didn't enter it correctly. Just like accidents are made of chains of events, so to are mistakes with freq changes. And THOSE can lead to stress and additional workload.

    Definitely consider small changes like this to improve your efficiency. I can all but promise that the flights will go smoother and your workload will drop.

    Final point, when you dial in a freq, say it out loud. LOOK at the numbers you're dialing, making sure that what you're saying matches what you're dialing. This is a technique that Rod Machado teaches, and he's spot on. It all be removes the possibility of this sort of thing happening. Great video, btw! Please don't take the comment otherwise.
     
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  4. asicer

    asicer Final Approach

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    Yeah, he was 060. ATC said to turn 10deg left. Instead, he turned 10deg right. And he seemed to admit to that when he overlaid the left/right hand thing in the video:
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    As well as the shruggie:
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  5. luvflyin

    luvflyin Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Ah. I missed that finger pointing and the shrug thing the first time through.
     
  6. Peter Anderson

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    I certainly mixed up my left and right on that one! Thanks for the feedback and giving it a watch fellas!!!


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  7. 422Phil

    422Phil Filing Flight Plan

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    Pete, Noticed you installed a CO monitor on the panel. I did the same recently. Works much better than the old tabs in a plastic sleeve.
     
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    Peter Anderson Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Way better than the old yellow dot for sure! I listened to a podcast with a guy in a Mooney of it of Minnesota that crashed due to carbon monoxide and lived to tell the tale. All I can say is he is the best CO detector salesman of all time! Thanks for giving the video a watch!


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  9. asicer

    asicer Final Approach

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    How much does it cost to calibrate and how often does it need to be done?
     
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    The model Pete has installed in his RV9A (GZAIR SA103) self calibrates for 2 mins when initially turned on. They run approx $100 on Amazon. There’s a YouTube video floating around that demonstrated 3 or 4 CO portable monitors compared to the yellow dot card. The yellow dot card failed miserably. Whereas the potable CO digital monitors, including the model Pete installed in his RV9A, did very well.
     
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  11. asicer

    asicer Final Approach

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    The reason I ask is that I have something similar to this stuck to my ceiling and the operating instructions says that it only has a 10 year lifetime. After that, it ceases to function. I was wondering your device has similar restrictions.
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  12. Peter Anderson

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    I don’t think it does. It gives you a direct read out of the levels in real time. If the CO2 levels start to rise it flashes a red light. I do have to replace the batteries once every six months or so.


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