- Jul 2, 2007
- London/ Kilifi Kenya
- Gyrs, RAF 2000/Mgni/Bnsn/Hrnet/Mrlin/Crckt/MT-03/Lyzlle AV18-A/Prdtor. Pax ArrowCopter
- Total Flight Time
- 100+ gyro, 16,000+ other
The importance of a good pre-flight briefing.
Some time ago I had a friend who I will refer to as Bob who lives a long way away find a way to stop by Santa Maria on a road trip.
The picture is not Bob and Bob is not his real name.
And lo and behold ‘Bob’ was I...if I am not mistaken Vance, on flight which I thoroughly enjoyed and certainly a top gyro flight for me.
If not, then someone else followed my mistake with the mike button, but pretty sure I was the one, much to my chagrin. It was unfortunately easy to inadvertently press
The episode with the mixture is an old but good one, if you do something that results in matters getting worse...reverse what you did. My mistake in not putting to rich for TO.
Luckily my first instructor was a very experienced Instructor from RAF Central Flying School, ie an Instructors Instructor who delighted in 'fan stops’ every lesson, and in a variety of ways. Later on quite near the ground just after TO, just to keep me on my toes.
It was very good training and really sharpened one up to something happening in one the the most critical phases of flight. Thing is to keep calm and, if all else fails, keep control, fly the machine, and land in the most suitable area you can find.
You remained very calm, and I do not think either of us was going to die, unless me of embarrassment if I had not had a restart, we had good spots ahead. I had had so many of those it was almost like a repeat of my initial training, and, as I practice those a lot in my gyro flying as well.
I think almost every flight can be a learning process. I think there remains a large amount of learning by my mistakes because few flight are completely perfect, and most will contain something for me to reflect on.
Enjoyed the ribs later as well.