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Feeling At One With The Aircraft

Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:11 pm

Can there ever be a more sublime moment than when pilot and machine become as one? I'm sure that anyone who's been flying sometime can appreciate this. There just comes a moment when the aircraft feels natural to you. It's something that can be compared to first learning to ride a bike on two wheels - though obviously a few notches higher in terms of complexity and scope.

I'd really like to hear your positive stories about what it felt like to finally get your wings and be at one with the aircraft.
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RE: Feeling At One With The Aircraft

Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:50 pm

I can definitely relate to what you're saying, probably any pilot on here will tell you the same, there is a time when you mesh with the airplane in a sort of way that is hard to explain, you kinda know what the plane needs or wants without it asking you for it, kinda like a bit of thrust when its losing a little energy, more drag otherwise you'll be left to high or too much sinking when on an approach, the term "flying by the seat of your pants" comes to mind, which by the way was the toughest thing to understand back in my flight school days probably because I didn't have the experience nor the knowledge to just Feel at one with the Aircraft as your title says.
I have been on the Airbuses for the past few years and I have found it a little more difficult to become one with the plane though, In my opinion it's probably because of the FWB, non moving thrust levers and no feedback on the side-sticks that have made me feel that way, having flown Boeing's and MD's that had no FWB, for me it was much easier to "feel" the airplane.
Also I think that "Felling at one with the plane" may not always be flight related, there also comes a time when you feel really comfortable with the airplanes procedures (normal and abnormal), checklists and cockpit flow scans and everything else.

Just my opinion.
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RE: Feeling At One With The Aircraft

Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:43 pm

My first solo would be that moment, to me.

Just you and the aircraft, no one else involved (directly). She did what I wanted her to do, because I wanted it, not someone else.

On a side note, I have not flown another aircraft since.
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RE: Feeling At One With The Aircraft

Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:02 pm

It is a matter of having complete spatial orientation in regards to your relative position, and where the aircraft needs to go (runway). In addition you have complete awareness of aircraft abilities to make it to that point with the given conditions.

One of the most satisfying experiences I have had was starting at FL270 and reducing the power to idle and maneuvering the jet airliner to the runway without adding power (maintenance flight without any pax). It was a lot of luck, and a lot of stuff you cant put into words, but awesome at the same time.
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