Monday, February 18, 2013
Enough politics. Let's talk flying.
Gas, undercarriage, mixture, prop. Basic verbal checklist pilots learn. Recently had a ride in a C 210, right seat, keep mouth shut kind of ride. Did speak up about twenty seconds from touchdown. Asked the question, "When do you put your gear down"?
"Oh Shit," as he executed a go around.
Back in the college days, our flying club was sponsoring a pancake breakfast fly in that included a spot landing contest. The winner was the owner of a pristine Navion who landed gear up. His prop strike was just inches from the spot line. Strangely, he didn't want his trophy.
One volunteer (non pilot type) wheeled his pickup out to the Navion and proceeded to wrap a long chain around the tail. Was rather offended when his help was rejected.
Only had one ride in a Navion, Greeley, CO to Logan, UT. Liked the plane. A&Ps loved them even more. High maintenance.