Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Speed, altitude, field ?

We are at 2500 feet QNH level flight 60 knots, flying the aircraft in football mode like we say. Football mode is used in low speed flight, so we are flying on the rudder pedals.
Look outside my instructor says, I'm checking out the airspeed, in fact my eyes are stuck on the airspeed indicator. Speed is life you know. 

I'm doing a 360° degrees to the left in football mode.

Me: _What was my initial heading ?
Instructor: _I don't know...

Ok I have to estimate my starting heading and find a visual point on the ground.  Yes I tend to forget some times I'm in Visual flight rules. Flight sim's fault.

Me: _Oh I remember the road !
Instructor: _Good now same thing to the right.

Gotta get myself in a football club I think.

2mins Later...

Wings leveled at 2500 feet, flaps up 55 knots angle of attack near 14°

Instructor: _keep level flight ! Keep level flight ! OK no ease on the yoke !

Full throttle, rudder to the right, 70 knots pull up, climb !
Wow, a first stall for me. We lost 300 feet. The left wing stalled before the right wing. A mini spin recovery. The tomahawk is not the most forgiving in stalls. 

Flaps 21 , throttle idle, level flight.
Full throttle ! Rudder to the left, more, more, more to the left, flaps up 70 knots pull up and climb.
The tomahawk is definitely not forgiving much in stalls. This makes it fun to fly.

2500 feet, 90 knots, engine failure. 
Whisper: Speed is life, speed is life, speed is life. 

Look for an open field in the wind. Wait, where does the wind come from ? SPEED ! Ok wind 220/11 knots. Downwind leg, 
Check engine instruments
Fuel pump...on,
Carburetor heater...on,
Monitor engine instruments, it will not fire back up. 

Get the speed back to 70kt.

Take off the headset
unlock doors
prepare for impact

I'm saying to myself, turn, no too high too fast... Ok now.

Instructor: _ You're sure we're gonna make it ?
Me: _ Uhhh..., yea..., no... Yes !!!

Flaps 21, full flaps. Go around, flaps up, climb at 70 knots.

2 seconds later...

later engine failure, there is a highway just ahead 200 meters, yea but there are high trees on the way. We won't make it. 
Ok go around.

10mins later...

_Charleroi tower, OO-VNI, with information Zulu, ahead of thuin at 1500' request landing instruction.
_OO-VNI, roger, report overhead thuin, QNH 1018, enter left hand downwind rwy 25.
_QNH 1018, left downind rwy 25, we will report overhead thuin OO-VNI.

I was able to fly the VOR. Trying to stay on the radial.

_We are overhead thuin, OO-VNI.
_OO-VNI, report on downind.

_On downwind, OO-VNI.
_OO-VNI you are number 1 call back on final.

_On final, OO-VNI
_OO-VNI, you are cleared too land rwy 25, winds 190 at 7.
_Cleared too land, OO-VNI. 

One hour and six minutes of pure work, I loved it. A really fun flight we did.
But back home I had to catch some few winks.

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