|Operated two different piston twin types off ice yesterday. Hardest
part was moving them out of the hangar. Don't understand what
the big deal is, esp when you have differential thrust. Intentionally
spun the second one around on the icy ramp when I got home so
that it could go into the hangar tail-first. Pumped the inside brake,
outside throttle and around it went.
If you comprehend the tiniest amount of high school physics - a
mass in motion tends to remain in motion, and the difference in
the coefficient of friction between static and sliding - it's really
just a trivial physics problem.
Had an "engine failure" (if you could call it that ) coming home.
Descending out of 7.5, 200 mph on the ASI, 200 knots on the
GPS. Nice. Then THRUM THRUM THRUM. Poor guy in the left
seat just about went through the roof. I wasn't much help - I
was laughing too hard in the right seat. It's not like we had to
do anything in a hurry. With that much energy, if Bob Hoover
had feathered both engines, he could have done aerobatics for
a good 5 minutes before landing.
All that had happened was that the left engine had run the aux
tank dry - it just needed to be switched over to the main tank,
which had plenty of fuel. It's not like the prop was about to
stop windmilling, at 200 mph!
Most of the time, piston aircraft engines, if you feed them air
and gas, will burn it and turn the crankshaft. This did not occur
to the poor guy that stuffed the Comanche with the brand new
paint job into the fence at Rockcliffe, who simply ran a tank dry
and didn't bother switching to the other tank that did have gas.
Again, this is not rocket science.
I might be wrong, but in good weather, taking an aircraft off,
flying GPS direct, straight and level, to another airport and then
landing, should not pose an intellectual challenge if most of the
big pieces stay on the aircraft.
Free advice, worth what you paid me for it: fast hands, ablur
in the cockpit, make me nervous. If you're moving fast in the
cockpit, you're probably not doing it right. Plan ahead. Stop
and think about what's going on, and what you're going to do