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How difficult it is to REALLY fly an airplane?

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  • From: Vancouver, the "wet coast"
Posted by castelnuovo on Monday, June 15, 2015 10:25 PM

Gentlemen, thank you for the insight, especially from the pilots. I was always wandering just how it is to be in the cockpit. I did take an intro flight 3 or so years ago in a Piper Cherokee. It was super cool, the instructor let me taxi the plane and take off, maneuver in the air, he only did the radio comm and the landing. But flying a big plane form many hours and for many years would be a very different ballgame and that is what I was curious about.

Thanks again and happy flying...

Cheers....

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 8:29 AM

Well, yes, there is the boredom factor.  There is the old saying- "flying is hours and hours of boredom, mixed with moments of sheer terror."

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 9:06 AM

I enjoyed my time in the left seat and would go back to it in a heartbeat, but could not pass the medical anymore.

Pipers, not the old cubs and Tri-Pacers, might be nice aircraft, but as an old Cessna single guy, I have to ask- Have you ever seen a low wing bird?  And I mean the feathered version 1.0.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 9:28 AM

Good point GH.

I used to own a 150 myself. Cheep to own operate and maintain, especially since I was current with my A&P at the time.

Not much in the way of performance though, just fun.

Steve

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Posted by Archangel Shooter on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 3:58 PM

So easy even a caveman can do it....just watch that the earth doesn't smack you coming down.

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Posted by patrick206 on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 5:09 PM

Flying is easy.

One: The number of arrivals should match the number of departures.

Two: 24 hours between bottle and throttle.

Three: When I was a young Flight Engineer and wasn't sure about something, I only had to look to my left and there were the Captain and First Officer, they would help.

When I was a young First Officer and wasn't sure about something, I only had to look to my left and there was the Captain, he would help.

When I was a young Captain and wasn't sure about something, if I looked to my left, there was my reflection in the side window. All crew members are there for a purpose, talk it out, work as a team.

Four: If you can't taxi off the runway even with full power, you forgot to lower the landing gear.

Five: The basic flying principles are so simple. You just pull back on the stick to go up, keep pulling back to go down.

Patrick

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  • From: Lancaster, South Carolina
Posted by Devil Dawg on Thursday, June 18, 2015 1:42 AM

stikpusher

HAAAAHHHAHAHAHAAAAHHHAAAA!!! That's a good one!! I was wondering how long before you weighed in, stik! Funny stuff!

Devil Dawg

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, June 18, 2015 8:23 AM

patrick206

Flying is easy.

One: The number of arrivals should match the number of departures.

....

Patrick

Depends on whether you count each bounce as a seperate arrival :-)

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by tankerbuilder on Sunday, June 21, 2015 9:49 AM

Funny Thing - Flying that is :

Even after my prior comments I still lean back in my recliner and remember the times that all that training and practice never readied me for .There were times flying to Europe That I would see the most gorgeous sunrises and flying the other way smackingly beautiful sunsets .

     This is a side effect I will never forget !

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 2:49 PM

How easy is it? I don't know. Try for yourself. LOL!

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 3:35 PM

I've sat next to some of my friends in the cockpit. They get pretty serious.

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