Pilotaydin From Turkey, joined Sep 2004, 2539 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2965 times:
Cessna 421, 15,800 feet and climbing, left engine started losing oil by the kg, and a small fire started, spreading to the wing, i was with another instructor but i was flying, feathered her, and brought her in, had to dump the gear at 200 feet due to go around performance, hot and heavy day with 7000 feet mountains at the departure end of the approach runway at the time...
lots of beer that night.... YES!!
The only time there is too much fuel onboard, is when you're on fire!
Britannia191A From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 262 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2891 times:
I was on my 2nd Solo flight out of Barton and during the downwind leg of the circuit , I didnt take into consideration the drift which I was encountering and it made me go across the airport rather then downleg. What didnt help was that it was a nice day but at 800ft it was very hazy and I couldnt see the ground very well. I ended up informing the tower that I was lost and out of the circuit pattern. I kept my cool but i then notified tower that I would turn around, descend to 500 ft and approach the circuit in the opposite direction to land straight in on the landing runway. Tower was very helpful and notified all other traffic to allow me to land 1st as priority and to extend the circuit pattern they were in. I could see a number of a/c on the downwind leg in front of me as I came in for landing, they could see me and obviously extended their circuit a little to allow me a straight in approach which was extended more then normal when i returned back to the field.
It was quite a nerve racking moment on my 2nd solo flight and its amazing how cool you become in situations such as that, you dont have time to panic and its obviously not a good idea.
Metroliner From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 1082 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2787 times:
the early solos are the worst, Britannia191A! my first time in a K-18 glider out of Booker, my right rudder pedal disconnected from its ratchet literally the second i came off tow around 2,000'. i lurched around for a few seconds trying to get the damn thing symmetrical with the left rudder, eventually succeeded, and landed about a half hour later thanking god it hadn't come out on tow.
my instructor bought me a beer after that one! i never flew the K-18 again. i demanded a straight progression onto the much more capable SZD Juniors...