now that I gained over 200 hours of flight time and that are only six weeks remaining, I started with the flight training for the commercial licence and the multi-engine rating.
Training isn’t very different form the that for the private pilot licence. Your doing steep turns (though with a higher bank angle), power off stalls and power on stalls. BUT the emergency procedures are completely different. While in a single engine aircraft in case of engine failure you try to land the plane with the least possible damage, in a multi engine airplane you still have a second engine running if the other one quits. And due to the fact that the engines aren’t located on the aircrafts center line each engine produces a turning moment. If both engines are running the turning moments are compensating each other but if one engine fails the other one tries to turn the airplane which the pilot has to compensate for with the rudder. So first thing to do is maintain directional control; after that you can see whats wrong and if you have enough altitude you can try to restart it. That’S what makes multi-engine flying so different from flying single engine planes. And therefore while doing multi-engine training you spend a lot of time flying with just one engine and the other either with zero thrust setting or even completely shut down.
It’s challenging but also interesting and a whole lot of fun.
On monday I will take the written CPL exam to get that out of the way so I can focus exclusively on the flying.
Today I was riding in the back of the Seneca as passenger and I took a few photos and a video which I might upload next week or so. I have to see how the turn out.
So that’s all for today, talk to you next time.
it took a while but here are the photos of our stop in San Francisco.
It’s a really nice city. So much atmosphere. Not like so many other US cities.
But photos speak mor than a thousand words so here we go:
like I promised here are the photos I’ve taken in Las Vegas.
Please keep in mind that these are only a few selected photos. I have taken dozens of pictures but obviously I can’t show them all here.
Enjoy and stay tuned for the upcoming photos from San Francisco.
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Good morning folks,
to start at the beginning, my flight from Germany to Atlanta went fairly well. With just 9h30min it was not as long as it was supposed to be. But it was very bumpy every now and then.
The connecting flight to Orlando, FL didn’t went that good. We had two hours delay because of a aircraft change and they had to fill up catering which took ages. But the flight itself was fine. Just one hour of flight time with beautiful weather in Orlando. Bit of haze but not a cloud in the sky and the sun was just going down.
My flight instructor picked me up at the exit of the gate, we grabbed my bag and took the car to get from the domestic terminal to the general aviation parking area. We entered the Cessna C172S on which I’ll be doing most of my flight training and arrived at Flagler County Airport 45 minutes later.
It was a very long day for me so I finally just fell into bed.
The next day we flew to Daytona to get the fingerprints done for final TSA approval for my flight training. We had lunch there afterwards.
On our way back to flagler we did a bit of airwork. Climbs, descends, standard rate turns, flying just 500 feet above the atlantic ocean and trees at the shore and stuff like that.
Later that day we visited St.Augustine which is a nice little city with cute little houses near the waterfront and we had dinner in a nice irish Pub at night.
The weather here in central Florida is really nice. It’s warm and the sun is shining all day long. Today are two flights on schedule for practicing steep turns and slow flight.
That’s it from me so far. You guys enjoy your weekend and I’ll speak to you soon.