How to Comment on an EASA NPA

EASA seems to be working at wide open throttle in order to change its approach towards general aviation. You can help shape the regulation with the comment response tool (CRT).

45h IR – Instrument Rating, done!

So there it was, finally in my hands, the temporary airman certificate. I am an instrument pilot now, it says. But as always, it is just a license to learn and I stand at the very beginning. This spring was quite eventful, as I tried to get the flight training done before I got married….

39.8h IR – I Follow Roads

“Cessna 43L, cleared into Class Bravo airspace at 7’500, follow interstate I-25 to Centennial”, Denver Center told me while flying in simulated instrument conditions. The sky was blue but I had to wear foggles, glasses which restrict the view outside. While trying to fly IFR, with vectors from my instructor, I had to follow a…

38.3h IR – Phase Check

My flight instructor scheduled the examiner for next Wednesday and I was on the final stretch. I arrived at the flight school for a phase check with a senior instructor. First thing I heard when I arrived was: There was a regulation change by the FAA. Regulation Change On December 3rd the FAA changed its…

37.3h IR – Partial Panel

Today we had another standard session of ILS, localizer and GPS approaches at Front Range and Centennial. This time only the ILS with full panel and during the latter two approaches I had a simulated vacuum pump failure. Or to make it sound less dramatic, my instructor put sticky-notes on some important instruments. On the…

34.2h IR – Written Exam and Long X-Country

“We don’t have an instrument test scheduled for today,”, the lady at the test center said, “but in that case we schedule one for 15 minutes from now.” At 10.0015 my written test began, thanks to the American can-do attitude, and I noticed there was a whole book with figures I had never seen before….

21.8h IR – Half Way Through

The 20 hour sim-time regulation came just in time and now I am half way through the training. I am looking forward to fly the airplane starting with the next lesson until I am at the 40 hours of simulated instrument time required for the test. I like it how the pieces come together –…

19.6h IR – Trust in Instruments

Can I trust an instrument that is filled with schnaps*? I admit, until now I believed the magnetic compass and turn coordinator were instruments that randomly tumbled around. The magnetic compass has so many errors, I rather only used it in cruise to reset the directional gyro every 15 minutes. During the last flights I…

16.4h IR – When Everything Fails

This double lesson showed clearly what I am capable of and of what I am not. The full panel approach into Aspen went smooth and precise but as soon as I lost my directional gyro on a simple approach I got into trouble. Today’s approaches into six airports were exhausting – on the last approach…

41.2h – Learning Plateau

Heute war ich solo unterwegs. Ich musste mich besser an das Flugzeug gewöhnen. N67991 ist in der Werkstatt und jetzt fliege ich N805W, welches einen anderen Propeller hat. Der Prop ist für Steigflüge ausgelegt. Der Schub beim Start ist viel grösser und ebenso die Nebenwirkungen. Propellerflugzeuge wollen beim Start immer nach links drehen. Bei 805W…

39.9h – Last Progress Check

Ich bin noch nicht so weit. Aber fast, immerhin. Heute flog ich mit David. Vor dem Flug waren aber noch all seine Fragen zu bewantworten. Er sagte, er ginge heute viel mehr ins Detail, als an der Prüfung, sodass es mir dann einfacher vorkommen werde. Ich hatte es nicht einfach und wir erkannten ein paar…

38.4h – Feinschliff und Föteli

Gestern auf dem Flug durch die Berge war wieder mein Fotoapparat dabei. Leider kann ich die Bilder nicht auf den Laptop laden. Deshalb folgt jetzt eine Diashow  mit Webcam-fotografiert-Kamerabildschirm-Fotos… haha. 😀 Heute war der Himmel wieder blau, es war ein wunderschöner Tag zum fliegen. Es wird nun langsam ernst. Ich war heute Pilot in Command,…