Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:07 am
I flew a Rutan Long-Ez for a few years with internal glass fuel tubes linked straight into the tanks.... if i didn't lean as soon as straight and level at any altitude I could see how fast it went down, and after leaning, how little it used. Just a matter of thinking about power at the lower altitudes, not altitude per-se.
UK training is an environmental disgrace in this area when you think about it.
I only taught ab-inito PPL for 3-4 years in the 90s, since, other than a bit of FI cover, it has been mostly post-ppl. For those three years I taught leaning non-aggressively as a natural part of learning to fly, it can not be done perfectly in a PA28-140 but it can be done to embed it as a natural thinking process.
I remember in a PPL Masterclass where I pass around fouled plugs and a clean but insulator-broken one for inspection when mentioning power checks and how to try and clean the fouled ones, and half of the 8 UK qualified pilots didn't know fouled plugs might be cleared - they would not have tried, but the 3 SA pilots there couldn't believe that a bad power check could be due to plug fouling - it certainly wouldn't be with them back home, as from day one they lean before releasing brakes and lean again as they vacate the runway before taxi-ing back. It was a revelation to them that the aircraft they are renting might have been taxied back to parking last time without leaning.
Irv Lee - (R/T & Flight Examiner)
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