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by MichaelP
Sat Jan 01, 2011 12:04 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Tailwheel...?
Replies: 136
Views: 3755

Re: Tailwheel...?

I'm sorry I opened this can of worms that has lead to this dispute between people on this forum. It's a New Year, let's try to be positive, read and re-read what we write before we post so as to not be taking bad pokes at each other. My little poke at Hedley over the wheeler vs three point landing i...
by MichaelP
Fri Dec 31, 2010 10:52 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Tailwheel...?
Replies: 136
Views: 3755

Re: Tailwheel...?

I'm sorry Hedley but mine is bigger than yours! My first flight in the Stearman (a 450hp/985 version) was also solo, it had two Spandau machine guns over the front cockpit! But I'm not lazy, doing a wheel landing, I did it properly with a three pointer, so there :lol: The Citabria, Tiger Moth, Stear...
by MichaelP
Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:06 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Tailwheel...?
Replies: 136
Views: 3755

Re: Tailwheel...?

The F104 was just another simple nosewheel aeroplane, just that the approach speeds were a bit more... Why are we off topic on a "mine is bigger than your's" tangent? I don't feel the Citabria makes a good tailwheel trainer as it is a very docile plane to begin with. This written by Aerobat ? What c...
by MichaelP
Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:14 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Tailwheel...?
Replies: 136
Views: 3755

Re: Tailwheel...?

Michael P. Where do you guys train out of?
I'm at www.sealandair.ca
CZBB
For tailwheel and aeros I teach in the CFC Citabria and Super Decathlon
by MichaelP
Wed Dec 29, 2010 1:15 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Tailwheel...?
Replies: 136
Views: 3755

Re: Tailwheel...?

Let's not set the bar too high on this. Two of the three new tailwheel instructors here did not have that much experience (Class IV just) but they succeeded in doing the job through having a good attitude. As long as the 'student' tailwheel instructor keeps his/her limits simple to start with and ha...
by MichaelP
Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:06 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Tailwheel...?
Replies: 136
Views: 3755

Re: Tailwheel...?

Here at Boundary Bay we have had three nosedragger instructors convert to tailwheel instructors in the past two years. Heinz did a brilliant job of bringing these chaps up to speed. What was done was ten or so hours of tailwheel training in the Citabria followed by some solo experience and then they...
by MichaelP
Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:02 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Tailwheel...?
Replies: 136
Views: 3755

Re: Tailwheel...?

You might have an ATPL and 50,000TT but if you groundlooped and destroyed the airplane during your most recent landing, are you really better than a student pilot with 30 hrs who's last solo landing was a greaser? Most ATPL's with those hours I wouldn't trust solo in a little aeroplane of any type!...
by MichaelP
Tue Dec 28, 2010 12:01 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Tailwheel...?
Replies: 136
Views: 3755

Re: Tailwheel...?

Be aware that when converting a TriPacer to a Pacer the elevator stops should be adjusted. I flew a 160hp conversion and it wouldn't three point... Boing boing boing... I tried the Jungmann trick of jerking the last inch on the stick to force the three point attitude and this worked. Then I checked ...
by MichaelP
Sun Dec 26, 2010 4:24 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Sense Training
Replies: 22
Views: 1195

Re: Sense Training

I once started a thread about the wasp that was flying in the Decathlon's cockpit while I was doing aerobatics. Did the wasp complete a slow roll or perhaps an outside loop in order to stay level and oriented? Sense training... You have me confused somewhat... But if I read into this that you incorp...
by MichaelP
Wed Dec 22, 2010 12:23 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Ski flying
Replies: 3
Views: 746

Re: Ski flying

I think that might be a stall warning system modification... We didn't have them when I flew the Turbs and this aeroplane, while easy to fly, would bite you quickly in a power on stall! I saw one spin in from a climbing stall at 250 feet... The pilot broke a couple of ribs and his wrist. I like the ...
by MichaelP
Wed Dec 22, 2010 10:14 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Ski flying
Replies: 3
Views: 746

Ski flying

Many years ago snow was rare on our airfield, Redhill Aerodrome, so when it did happen, just an inch or two, we'd rush to put the skis on the Turbs and go have some fun. You could go almost anywhere and land anywhere... You could go to Biggin Hill; closed because of snow but open to us to the local'...
by MichaelP
Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:45 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Most important type of flying in aviation?
Replies: 75
Views: 3072

Re: Most important type of flying in aviation?

There are many many factors that have determined how flying training has changed.
Education has changed...
Life has become serious!

We can tolerate a lot, providing we concentrate on the good stuff we have and there's still a lot of good stuff out there.
by MichaelP
Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:35 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Most important type of flying in aviation?
Replies: 75
Views: 3072

Re: Most important type of flying in aviation?

Instruction

The most experienced pilots don't always make good instructors.
Good instructors that were are not necessarily good instructors when they return many years later.
by MichaelP
Mon Dec 20, 2010 5:26 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Most important type of flying in aviation?
Replies: 75
Views: 3072

Re: Most important type of flying in aviation?

The most important type of flying is that which leads to the safe completion of a mission through the employment of good (learned) skills and the practice of good PDM. If the completion of such a mission also leads you to having a smile on your face that is the cherry on top. Have a safe and enjoyab...
by MichaelP
Mon Dec 20, 2010 4:53 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Nice Touch
Replies: 9
Views: 1275

Re: Nice Touch

Thank you Sidestick... I hope your upsy downsy system worked in the RV on Friday :D
Happy Christmas Everyone.

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by MichaelP
Sun Dec 19, 2010 9:23 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: 75yrs of the DC-3
Replies: 13
Views: 1127

Re: 75yrs of the DC-3

But being a warbird guy, it just doesnt look or sound right to me.
There's a few turbine C47s in the Thai military. If you go to Phitsanulok you'll see a few of them.
So it's still a 'warbird'.
by MichaelP
Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:12 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: BBC, Battle of Britain article
Replies: 3
Views: 394

BBC, Battle of Britain article

This is a good item off today's BBC news website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11951642
by MichaelP
Fri Dec 10, 2010 3:46 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: asking questions on avcanada
Replies: 30
Views: 1713

Re: asking questions on avcanada

The person who posts a silly question on this forum is also a customer of this forum like the rest of us. So "Customer Service" in this context is what we write in response and the words we use. The thread could be said to have drifted a little, but not by much. Interpersonal relations is behind the...
by MichaelP
Thu Dec 09, 2010 5:45 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: asking questions on avcanada
Replies: 30
Views: 1713

Re: asking questions on avcanada

I will say that you're right that the instructor who made the student cry was uncalled for This is a difficult thing to judge on a forum over the internet. Much more information is required. My experience in China was of many many students there crying from time to time, it was common. ["write volu...
by MichaelP
Thu Dec 09, 2010 2:23 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: asking questions on avcanada
Replies: 30
Views: 1713

Re: asking questions on avcanada

Customer Service was discussed about an hour ago... When I got back from Thailand there was no milk in the fridge and most people take milk in their tea. Here we have a lounge with tea, coffee, a fridge, a table on which I place scones etc from time to time, a shelf with chockie biccies in it... I g...
by MichaelP
Wed Dec 08, 2010 5:02 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: asking questions on avcanada
Replies: 30
Views: 1713

Re: asking questions on avcanada

http://www.wing41.rtaf.mi.th/ I was watching the L39s circling around waiting their turns to land at Chiang Mai a week ago Monday... I once worked for one of those companies Hedley remarked on it was called British Aerospace and we were building Concordes, 146s, Tornados, A310 wings, and a variety ...
by MichaelP
Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:45 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Fueling with passengers on board?
Replies: 14
Views: 2871

Re: Fueling with passengers on board?

OK, agreed and I have corrected my post to "petrol fumes". And that is the difference between airline ops where single point refueling is done with passengers on board and the way we stick a nozzle into an open tank. As we refuel, the gasolene is splashed about and fuel vapour spills out of the fuel...
by MichaelP
Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:41 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: asking questions on avcanada
Replies: 30
Views: 1713

Re: asking questions on avcanada

One thing I have learned here is that Canadians are different people. They can be very intolerant. (I was shocked by CZBB ATC when I flew here in the early 90's). As instructors we learn "There are no stupid questions", when giving a lesson we are supposed to encourage questions regardless of how st...
by MichaelP
Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:03 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Fueling with passengers on board?
Replies: 14
Views: 2871

Re: Fueling with passengers on board?

the person closest to a fire extinguisher is the passenger, who has an extinguisher within arm's reach. It's like sitting close to a bomb with a fire extinguisher... I don't feel comfortable with any passenger who I'm responsible for the safety of being put in this situation. I had a friend who did...
by MichaelP
Sun Dec 05, 2010 5:00 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Burt Rutan Long-EZ
Replies: 21
Views: 4437

Re: Burt Rutan Long-EZ

England to Australia in a Long Eze this past three months:

http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-en ... /tpod.html

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