Monday August 9th, 2010|
Instrument flying in the RV
Tonight I had my first instrument lesson. It was about what I expected -- which was I sucked it up pretty good. Actually it wasn't *that* bad. I did OK but I need to get more proficient at manipulating the Dynon heading bug feature (which is done with soft-keys -- not ideal). I also finally used the Dynon timer, which was surprisingly user friendly.
Right now my first impressions are that the altitude on the RV can run away on you in a hurry. I also had the old death grip on the stick and Scott had to remind me to keep a loose grip.
We also flew down to PDK. Scott is based there and lives very close to there so I will be flying down to pick him up quite a bit to save him the drive up I-85.
On the way back we shot the ILS into LZU and I shot it to minimums with the needles nailed. I did get a little high once but a slight reduction in power got me back on the glideslope. I'm sure that is beginner's luck and probably the best I'll do an ILS for quite a while.
The Dynon has a cool feature that makes the ILS easy, which is it displays GPS ground track on the heading tape. You can just bug the runway heading and fly to put the GPS ground track in the bug and you'll go right down the middle.
I am using the Sporty's ground school course. I bought the DVD edition. So far, so good!