Today was a great day to get my student in actual IMC. He hand flew the Navasota VOR A approach… starting w the published hold, then procedure turn, to minimums actual missed approach. No moving map… 😄
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The turbo was a quick fix and we were able to depart KAXH, test fly, and then land at Hobby where Aeroplus is going to be hard at work on the new interior. Ace and his guys at Temple Avionics did a great job on the panel!
Panel complete! Not quite ready to bring home as we had a sticking waste gate on the turbo to resolve. Returned home from KAXH in the 172… 15kt tailwind made it quick.
Part of becoming an instrument pilot is the requirement to fly 250NM to 3 airports and fly 3 instrument approaches w an instructor. I suggested to my student that we fly them at night and that we use all forms of receiving a clearance from ATC. Here, we’ve landed at Giddings, TX and with no control tower, we have to call ATC on the phone for an IFR clearance to San Antonio International. I included KSAT as a destination to provide the confidence of mixing with Southwest/United on an ILS approach into a big airport. He did great and it demonstrated that we, in small Cessna’s, can use big airports to get where we need to go.
Congratulation to Brent for earning his Private Pilot Certificate with DPE Pat Brown!
Panel fit up… panel is unpainted here still but progress!
It’s actually getting close…
The Cessna 421C is coming along.
Brandon came to me… he received his private certificate a few years back, flew some, but hadn’t flown in almost 2 years. We spent a few hours together getting him back up to speed. He asked to roll into instrument training (which allows a pilot to fly in the clouds). Here he is flying his second instrument approach. I fully brief the lesson on the ground so he has a good idea of what to expect and then let him do it. Here he is making his own radio calls while ‘under the hood (he can’t see outside). He did great and we were both all smiles when he landed.
Video 2… with the runway made, my student does a full ‘slip’… turning the plane so it’s crooked, creating lots of drag so he can descend rapidly without increasing airspeed. He also smiles at the end having brought us nicely to the runway with only an idling engine.
Sooo… my student finds me pulling power 100%… surprise!… now land… next video is touchdown.
421 transformation has begun… stay tuned for occasional updates.
Solo today for my student! He did great!
Finished my check out in the Cessna 421….750HP!
A day in the 421 simulator… incredible learning experience. Today I ditched in the San Francisco Bay…among other scenarios.
So proud of Scott who just passed his instrument check ride! Thanks to Pat Brown for a great check ride. I always learn as a pilot and a CFII from Pat!
It’s official… brought 3PJ home last week. We traded the beloved Baron for the fire-breathing Cessna 421C.
Logged some time in this Merlin… there is a lot to manage! Wow.
My instrument student got it all this morning in IMC… departed Hooks IMC to KLBX ILS..then…‘let’s stay south in this IMC… check out that DME arc on the VOR A at Calhoun County… take me there and fly it to Circle to Land… “, I said. Then RNAV at 11R. Then hooks RNAV 35. Picked up clearances at Clearance Delivery, called on the ground, then picked up in the air. He saw a lot today and did great!
Congratulations to my student Brent who solo’d this week. His first solo was 27 years ago but life got in the way of finishing all those years ago. He’s a great student and I was excited to step out and let him take 03V for himself!
My instrument student in good IMC… he knows when the weather goes IMC with 1000’ ceilings… he’s going to get a text from
me ‘hey… it’s go time, come up to hooks’. He did great! Shot the LOC at KSGR.
RNAV34 into KECP breaking out at 800’
Yesterday, my student Brent and I went hunting for clouds to get actual IMC practice. It lifted so no luck but we did find this sign (insert shameless political plug, please Like my page below 😀. If elected I promise $1/gallon avgas and lower airplane prices)
Returning from ft worth Sunday night.
On rt downwind when I discover I need to be at Hobby.. they had to wait for a gap between southwest airline landing to get us in. Hobby is a good trip for my students.
Flew to KSGR to see an interior shop. Realized on Rt downwind that their new address was Hobby Airport. Hard left turn and frequency look up… I was on my way to Hobby. Getting out of Hobby was much quicker than getting in… see screenshot
A little single engine work....
Maybe a new ride for 2022.... stay tuned...😀
Is Kevin Pate sleeping? He was aware it was my first multi engine turbine right seat flight....
Yesterday my instructor Zach Greene from United Flight Systems and I took advantage of the wide spread IMC in preparation for my CFII. He had me hand fly for 1.2 hours in actual; Full VOR-A at Navasota, down to minimums - unable to descend further, went missed to the published Hold, departed back to KDWH for the RNAV 35, Broke out at 900’.
I better appreciate what I will be asking new instrument students to learn. It’s an incredibly satisfying skill set to master. I still made little errors - forgot to start my clock at FAF (in case I lost DME - ugh) and failed to click the lights on navasota on that specific light controlled frequency even though I had briefed it earlier!
I have accumulated aver 150 hours of actual in 1800 hours of total time but it’s a skill that you never stop honing and Zach put me through the paces yesterday. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences and sharing what Zach is teaching me with my my students.
What a fun day! November 2020 was Scott’s second flight lesson with me. Yesterday Scott flew 03V to New Orleans to come get me.
I dropped off a Baron E55 after annual for the owner and instead of flying commercial back, I asked Scott to come get me. There was a serious weather front (see IPad!) on our return and I was able to teach Scott how to manage that situation and safely complete the return mission. Then he flew the RNAV35L into KDWH... he’s ready to start instrument training!
My student flew right seat to west Texas in the Baron. There was a large weather system just west of our destination. In addition, our destination had no available instrument approach and Houston Center radar is only good to about 4000’ out there. So many real world lessons about how to manage a trip like this along with the chance to hand fly the IMC in the baron.
I flew ILS into Hobbs which included the DME arc. I’ve got lots of experience in the radar environment in Houston but the Non-radar IMC flying held several teachable moments. I was asked to pick my initial approach fix, report my position several times, fly the dme arc... lots of good experience that I can pass on to my future instrument students.
Pablo is early in his flying lessons but that didn’t stop us from seeking out a little rain to fly through so he could experience flying through showery rain.
When studying for your instrument rating, all those questions about MEA (min enroute altitude), MOCA, Victor airways with minimum crossing altitudes (MCA) seem mundane and perhaps academic especially for flatlanders like me based in Houston. Me and my college buddies are turning 50 this year so everyone wants to go to Red River, NM. One of them needs to be picked up in Alamosa, NM. In under three minutes, I found a route the Baron can fly by picking airways with MEA’s that work for me. Makes quick work of it.
Returned from KCLL at night after visiting my middle son at A&M and got my first night flight post updated panel... the bezel lights Temple put in were a nice addition.....so I powered back, turned the new AP on and enjoyed the view out the window.
We installed all the Garmin but still ‘cover it up’. Here, my primary student who is practicing landings gets a ‘no airspeed indicator’ landing... both AS and AI with speed tape get covered. He did great!
Ace, Paul and the rest of the guys at Temple Avionics did a fantastic job in transforming this 1975 172M. I flew it home last night and although I’m very familiar with Garmin, even I was surprised at the extent of the integration of all three GI-275’s, GTN650xi, Garmin 650xi, Flight stream 210, and Garmin Pilot.
This is a perfect a great platform for my students and anyone renting it and going cross country, particularly new instrument pilots who are experiencing various IMC conditions for the first time.
I’m a big fan of Temple Avionics which is no surprise to anyone but they did it again. On time, on budget. The man-hours required to complete these projects successfully with fully integrated avionics and get them configured is significant. Temple Avionics understands what it takes to do it correctly.
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