It has been over ten years of aviation involvement, and even a longer period of time a technologically-always-connected-to-the-Internet, and just now I am proud to finally present this as my first blog entry. I do not intend to bore you the visitor with mundane irrelevant topics such as what I had for lunch or how hot the weather is in Dubai during the summer. What I will present though for your amusement (and hopefully true amusement with insight) is a daily snapshot of my teaching and training activities. So, seat belts fastened, engine primed, master switch on... let's clear the prop area and ignite!
Today there was one simulator lab session for the private pilot ground school. In fact, it was the last lab session for the student as this is now the last week of the quarter before summer holiday. We performed some basic attitude instrument flying and then concluded with an ILS approach to 31R at KBFL. I realize this activity might be more suited for an instrument student, however, all three students have performed admirably over the past ten weeks and I wanted to give them a challenging new experience before the long break. These students are part of the diploma program in air traffic management and hopefully will make fine air traffic controllers sometime next year.
This evening I flew approximately a half hour in Prepar3D and executed (and passed) the I-1 Rating Test on PilotEdge. This consisted of an IFR flight from KSNA to KSNA and flying the ILS 19R IAP. I received radar vectors from SoCal Approach during this flight and did not use the GFC700 AFCS (autopilot). The approach was therefore flown by hand... and boy it was a tricky one! I had practiced the approach the day before and had no issue, but today was a different story as the wind shifted directions 180 degrees left and right on final! The G1000 was reporting 6 knots from the left, then 6 from the right, then 5 from the left again. I found myself just trying to hold a steady heading and not let the needles deflect too much. At 200 feet from minimums everything smoothed out for an uneventful landing.
I realized also that I had not remembered to start the timer at LEMON INT/glide slope intercept - something to remember for next time!
Daytime Hours: 0.5
Approaches: 1 (ILS 19R KSNA)
Thinking Points: Timer from FAF, Checklists & Flows