Sunday, November 18, 2007

Two Down, One to Go...

My sim partner and I had our Maneuvers Validations (MV) on Friday. It went really smoothly, we actually flew better than we did in our first five sim lessons. The MV is the AQP equivalent of a proficiency check, so in a traditional program we'd be done right now. Instead we have a couple of line oriented flight training (LOFT) modules, two in the IPT and one in the sim, before our Line Oriented Evaluation (LOE). That's scheduled for next Sunday since we have a few days off between now and then for Thanksgiving.

The end is in sight!

8 comments:

Russ said...
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Anonymous said...

I smell spam....

Anonymous said...

hiya, two comments/questions unrelated to your post

(1) would you ever consider atc? could you try weighing atc's positives and negatives against piloting?

(2) er, excuse the lewdness, but how do you deal with...flatulence in the cockpit (and other such things, say suddenly needing to go to the bathroom in the middle of the flight)

SloppyPilot said...

I bet back in the day there were lots of fuel dunping comments...

Continued good luck on the training.

Tom said...

Sam,
have you seen that ridiculous i-phone commercial yet with the pilot and his i-phone weather? Check out this hilarious parody:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EAQb2Fodbs

Turbo Tom said...

Here's a little game you might like...

http://www.dr.dk/skum/spil/_template/dash.asp?media=http://www.dr.dk/p3admin/dash/index.html&h=900&w=1050

Tim said...

what do you think about flying with a bicycle handlebar style yoke? hard to get used to?

Sam said...

anon 5:39-not gonna touch that one with a 10 ft pole!!!

tom-I actually liked the iPhone commercial despite the dubious narrative. I mean, most airliners don't have a weather downlink and are left dependent on their weather radar for thunderstorm avoidance...and you can't use that on the ground. If I was sitting on the tarmac during a ground stop with TSRAs around, I'd absolutely pull out the iPhone and use the radar imagery for situational awareness purposes.

Now, the actual scenario presented - "I saw the storms had moved past the destination, called dispatch so we could go early" - is unrealistic because there's nothing the dispatcher could do to get you to go early (short of changing your destination), gate holds are a FAA thing. If it was simply a matter of storms over the destination and not traffic congestion, the dispatcher would've had them in the air well before the storms cleared the destination! That said, I'm sure iPhones are being used in airliner cockpits.

Great parody, though! Hilarious...

turbotom-maybe it's just me but I couldn't figure out how to land the Dash!

tim- I mostly like it, it's very natural (I sometimes fly that way using a conventional yoke). The only problem is that it's uncomfortable using the trim switch, especially since you can't get a good grip on the yoke there due to the steering disconnect switch on the backside.