T o: DIPLOCAT Judith Bradt
Sounds as though
you had a good time in the simulator. I think that most people get
rattled because they lack the simple organization you refer to;
they make it too difficult for themselves mentally beforehand; and/or
they don't think OR plan ahead.
I thought that out -- sat on the couch with a stopwatch and visualized
scanning and flying the whole square pattern with the curlicues
on the corners -- it started to organize my thoughts.
make the mistake of doing such a visualization -- if at all -- in
only two dimensions, forgetting the third and fourth dimension of
altitude and time, respectively. You had a stopwatch: did you remember
to visualize the pattern with respect to altitude?
you allude to, that is, forcing yourself (gently) to THINK and visualize
what you're going to do will be something which will serve you throughout
instrument flying. With practice, your flying will improve because
you build experience in planning more quickly and accurately.
that if I got to 2000' before the two minutes were up, I still
had to hold the course for two minutes; but if I finished the
turn early, I needed to start the next leg of climb, descent,
or other action as soon as I reached the target heading.
There's a wonderful
pleasure of self-satisfaction that comes from doing the pattern
A and B in such a way that the timed leg and the rate climb/descent
end at exactly the same time so that the "airplane" is
constantly changing on all three axis in all four dimensions --
but accurately. You get the sense that you're beginning to master
the airplane instead of being a passenger.
There's a way
that you can extend your awareness. Next time you go out and jog,
try to observe everything that you can: paper in the grass, a piece
of glass on the street; the hair color of the driver who just passed
you and the license plate of the car. Were the hubcaps all there,
and were those you could see in good condition? What colour was
the bird in the tree you just passed? What clouds re visible, and
what do they indicate? You don't have to memorize them -- you should
just simply be aware of everything you passed, or which passed you.
your stopwatch, one seperate from that which you use to time your
jog. Start the stopwatch while you're taking in all the details
(expanding awareness stuff): try to estimate how many seconds have
passed since you started the watch (don't count!). The purpose of
the exercise is to include another variable into your consciousness
without -- repeat, without making it a separate activity.
importantly, I got out of the need to memorize the exercise patterns;
I flew the "B" pattern -- which I had looked at before,
but not committed to memory -- one step at a time. The only part
that needed special attention was looking at a 45 degree turn
and figuring out what the target heading was supposed to be. I
had been doing some mental practice at addition & subtraction
on compass headings while in the car, but not recently, and only
doing 180 degree shifts.
card (DG) is much more accurate at estimating target headings than
you can ever be. Go figure...(I'll be gravely disappointed in you
if you can't figure this out, Judy. <g>)
importantly, I am learning to be patient and make small changes
and wait. And also, the self-talk I use to guide me through the
exercises is generally much more warm and positive, even when
I make mistakes.
definitely fun, and I was so much more relaxed, rather than burnt
out, after this session...
telling you to tell yourself that "Flying is fun"? By
George, I think she's got it!
of agreement I think you can (and should) figure out for yourself.
For each manoeuver, there is ONE or TWO primary instuments, and
at least two secondary instruments. Please tell me:
what are the
primary instruments for --
ending a climb
ending a descent
ending a turn
(flaps and/or gear)
starting) a climb or descent while in a turn
starting) a turn while climbing/descending
ending a climb/descent and turn
would support the PRIMARY in these manoeuvres?
Once you get
the idea of what is primary and what is supporting, you ALWAYS use
at least THREE instruments to INITIATE, MAINTAIN, and TERMINATE
all manoeuvers, to monitor flight progress, or to perform an instrument
If you've ever
heeded anything I've related to you, this is something you should