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Joint Ops Virtual Flying school - Part 4 & 5: Tests, Bogie Attacks and navigation

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yarn! I am tired.

I just finished two bad weather night navigation flights. The first one was mandatory, but since I did well and we had plenty of time Mr. FunFlak asked if I was game
Guess what...
It is hard to resist flying at night with clouds at less than 1000m, lightning striking the ground all around you; With rain hitting your windscreen

As part of the exercise I had to do the usual comm with the tower while doing a touch and go. Since I knew the route I came prepared with notes on airfields, elevation and headings. But on the second one I had nothing and to take notes on the fly....did you get it (Its late here )
Did I say I passed them both


Well, well. Maybe I should start from the beginning.
Both lessons started with a written test, but if one read the course material, rehearse it when one are alone and have some moments for himself....notch, notch
The tests are not difficult and you are allowed to have the material close by, but if you don't know what you are looking for you are lost anyway.
Today's test was about the compass, headings and compass directions.
I screwed up during mine. I had forgot to print one of the papers from the course material and since I never use compass-headings with ,5 degrees and the test requires the pupil to be exact, so I missed them. So instead of a score of 100% I got a score in the 80% range...Not great. I have only myself to blame.
I might be a bit hard on myself, since I can hear that they are both (instructors) happy with my results.

After that we went on doing the usual comms, and landing exercise with the usual Bogie interference attack/Defend.

Friday seems to dedicated to formation flying. I have got better over the years, but still nowhere Mram, Stone, Hans, Stuntman, Apollo, Jimmi, Nepe, Walty, MonsTTer, Mikke, ...............
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  1. Apollo_EAF331's Avatar
    It is hard to resist flying at night with clouds at less than 1000m, lightning striking the ground all around you; With rain hitting your windscreen
    Now imagine the wind is 40-50 degrees off your nose at 20 gusting to 30 knots coming over the hills creating turbulence so you have a hard time seeing your instruments. And for good measure, you're not in the confines of your room in front of a monitor, but in the cockpit after a long day of flying.

    Kind of sucks sometimes.
  2. Starfire_EAF331's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Apollo_EAF331
    Now imagine the wind is 40-50 degrees off your nose at 20 gusting to 30 knots coming over the hills creating turbulence so you have a hard time seeing your instruments. And for good measure, you're not in the confines of your room in front of a monitor, but in the cockpit after a long day of flying.

    Kind of sucks sometimes.
    I sounds like you have had the displeasure of landing at Kai-Tak

    I just looked at youtube. I get a chill down my spine everytime I see a landing on that closed airfield
  3. Starfire_EAF331's Avatar
    I did let out a few other things but that was because it was hard to write about so late in the evening.
    I like it because it challeged me, just as flying a damaged a/c home in a SEOW.
    I have to be at my very best at both flying and navigating.
    During my first navigation flight yesterday I made several mistakes; I misjudged runway altitude made a hard landing.
    I almost forgot my gear on one of the landings. On the second the my aircraft slided sideways on two of my Touch&Go's.
    This made my pamls sweat.

    Had I been doing this for a living I would have prefered clear skies ;)
  4. Apollo_EAF331's Avatar
    I love fair weather flying mate! I don't mind a crosswind though. Wish I had flown to Kai Tak, but was never that lucky. Been to Narsaruaq and that was a blast!
    Updated 2012-10-11 at 14:52 by Apollo_EAF331
  5. Nepe EAF51's Avatar
    Great report, as usual.

    Now that you are full of good ideas to improve our own navigation training it would be a good time to go through that stage, don't you think? ;-)