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That one simple instrument can save your butt.

- Bumblebee
The least used instrument in the cockpit by way too many pilots. I finished up my instrument ticket with IPC and we flew so much partial panel IFR that I developed a real A game at it. And then proceeded to not practice it nearly often enough to count on it. I started swapping approach practice rides with a good friend who was a CFII and he'd always drill me on partial panel. I lost my HSI once on approach in IMC. It was only the constant training I'd done flying no-gyro approaches at Andrews AFB that saved me that day. I decided that when I wasn't flying enough IMC (or practicing it enough to have that A game) that I stopped launching into hard IMC. I eventually got ride of the Columbia 400 and was having more fun flying the Pitts anyway.

Speaking of the Pitts, Bumblebee, did you know that you can use the ball when it's inverted? There's an air bubble in it that functions just like the ball when you're flying inverted :)
 

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Speaking of the Pitts, Bumblebee, did you know that you can use the ball when it's inverted? There's an air bubble in it that functions just like the ball when you're flying inverted :)
This is information I did not know. I have a Citabria 7ECA, so although it's aerobatic, upside down with negative G's are only for a short time only.

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You guys are killing me. I dislike flying in light aircraft a great deal. I have 400+ military and sport parachute jumps and many were out of small aircraft. Getting out of the damn things was always a relief.
 

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I went up on a 4 seater last week for the first time, at night! Talk about cramped. I was taking night photos for a friend. They wanted to capture light pollution. It was amazingly still and smooth. We had zero wind...

First time in a 4 seater, not flying...

Kam
 

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I guess I took this way off topic. I never did finish my flight instruction. A few years later I did do a few training flights in sail planes, first few in a Sweitzer(sp?) 233. Then a few in a 2 place Janus. Those are great fun, all except the tow. We could stay up longer than my bladder could stand, flying from thermal to thermal with the hawks.:smile2:
 

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I guess I took this way off topic. I never did finish my flight instruction. A few years later I did do a few training flights in sail planes, first few in a Sweitzer(sp?) 233. Then a few in a 2 place Janus. Those are great fun, all except the tow. We could stay up longer than my bladder could stand, flying from thermal to thermal with the hawks.:smile2:
I haven't flown a sailplane for a while. I need to, it really recharges the soul.

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I guess I took this way off topic. I never did finish my flight instruction. A few years later I did do a few training flights in sail planes, first few in a Sweitzer(sp?) 233. Then a few in a 2 place Janus. Those are great fun, all except the tow. We could stay up longer than my bladder could stand, flying from thermal to thermal with the hawks.:smile2:
Now we've done it for sure. Once the pilot stories start you might as well change the name of the forum >:)

Got my glider rating at Minden Tahoe in Grob 103A ships and there's an interesting story there of an actual rope break on my very first solo in a glider - at 140'. Wasn't supposed to try but made it back to the runway. Got to do a 300 km cross country down to over Baron Hilton's ranch and back over the mountains to Minden. That flight topped out at 23,000'.

Got my sea plane rating in Moose Pass Alaska from Vern Kingsford there at Scenic Mountain Air. Look him up online - that was a bucket list trip of mountain flying in Super Cubs on straight floats and fly fishing on tributaries off the Kenai.
 
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