Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Back on the Gauges

Yes, it's true. Inspired by my recent travels in conditions that were marginal for VFR travel, I have restarted training for my instrument rating. It's back to these old things.

Also, the partner at my firm who flies a Cirrus SR20, Jeff, has created a competition to help ensure that his associates are safe and well-qualified. The competition is between Amy, Calvin, and me. In order to win, Amy or I have to obtain our instrument ratings. Calvin, who is not a pilot yet, has to pass the patent bar examination. The really unfair thing about the whole thing is that because I've been a pilot longer, Jeff gave Amy a four-month handicap. Whoever wins, though, gets an expense-paid trip in Jeff's plane to the burger joint of their choosing.

One difference between last time and now is that this time it's my own plane and we're moving at 150 mph instead of 120. My instructor is Meredith Saini, and on our first lesson she really tested me. I expected to spend our first lesson just practicing flying the airplane, but that wasn't to be. Within a minute or two after taking off, she said something like, "Okay, Tiger 28244, I want you to proceed to the three three zero radial of the Westminster VOR and hold at ten DME, left turns." I kind of did it, although at 12 DME instead of 10. Then she said, "Tiger 28244, proceed to the zero three zero radial of the Westminster VOR and hold at ten DME, standard turns." I did this one even better. Then she told me to fly a "7 DME arc" counterclockwise to the 210 radial. She gave me a few tips as I headed for 7 DME, and then I did it!

Our GPS track looked like this.... Can you trace it with your mouse?

It was a really fun flight, and I can't wait for my next lesson this weekend.


Blogger Amy said...

Something tells me if I want a (veggie)burger in Montreal, I'd better get studying...

10:29 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

I don't usually double-post, but I failed to follow the "mouse instructions" the first time. Having now followed them, I would strongly encourage all others to learn from my mistake. It's well worth it. You will see Greg - formidable litigator and pilot extraordinaire - in a whole new light... :)

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm ... He's always been like that. Crazy.(I've known him since 1973.) Amy, consider a burger in Sanford, Maine. Good luck!

3:05 PM  

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