Entries for June 2009

Chinook

Since the first 2 introductory flight simulator session before Memorial Day, I’ve had first hand experience commanding the Chinook. For once, I’m not required to memorize the lengthy check-list except for those that requires me to do so! It takes at least 30 minutes to preflight the aircraft (that’s if you know what to check and how to open the numerous access panels) and another 30 minutes to run-up if you’re new to the aircraft since you spend half the time searching for switches in the cockpit.

I’ve since flown 3 flights within 2 weeks and I’m absolutely loving it! It’s amazing how tandem rotor system aircraft function, not to mention that I’m getting accustomed to the multi crew environment and the size of the aircraft. Gone are the days of checking clear for other traffic yourself and maneuvering the aircraft swiftly.

The learning curve is steep and the pace is fast. I’m enjoying every flight and exploring the capabilities of this aircraft though there are times when I felt lousy as I can’t seem to fly the basic parameters well. Come next week, I’ll be expecting maneuvers like slopes, slings, emergencies procedure and terrain flight. This is on top of having to improve on flying the aircraft with the Advanced Flight Control System (AFCS) turned off.

I like the environment and the way things are conducted here. The academics classes are one of the best I’ve attended in my flying career thus far, with professionals conducting the classes and sharing their enriching experience. Out in the flight line, one get to see and experience encounters that’ll never happen back home – how interesting indeed.

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