Before you went for your flight, there's quite number of things you need to prepare yourself. To give you some idea how you prepare for your flight, here are the things before you start your flight for the day:
1) Study & Learn The Topic
Study? Not again? But this is needed to prepare before your flight. There are quite number of topics before your flight. Study the techniques and the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is basically needed for your flight. For Example, Effect Of Controls, what are the effects of using aileron, elevator and rudder? Using such controls basically is important for your fundamentals to flying. There are primary effects of using those controls and as well secondary effect of using those controls. Study and revise them before you go for your flight, especially your flying manual given by your academy!!! SOP are basically your bible and laws flying around, which is applicable to every airline and academy, but remember, every airline and academy has their own SOP, please study through and revise it.
2) Eat Well, Sleep Well, Drink Well, Exercise Well
Well Well, what's the idea here? Eat Sleep Drink and Exercise are basic needs for a pilot. Eating balanced diet and sufficient food for all three main meals, especially breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast are the most compulsory and unavoidable meal for everyone. This is the meal that will absorb the most nutrients and vitamins. So eat well. For every pilots, Do Not SKIP any MEALS as you might collapse at any moment, especially flying.What if you collapse when you fly solo flights? You might not only kill yourself but killing other people on where you crash. Afterall, your near ones will be most suffering. Please Eat well before you go for your flight. Drinking also affect your flying if you don't drink enough. As you go higher, humidity become less and your skin starts to get dry. Therefore, drink plenty of WARM water and bring along the water bottle. In addition, sleep affects your performance on your day. Avoid any caffeine intake to disrupt your sleepiness. Sleep yourself in a comfort and relaxing way to maximize your performance on your day. Lastly, exercise yourself to keep yourself fit. There are plenty of exercises you can do, but I won't list out as I bet everyone have their own favorite sports.
3) Bathe Yourself, Makeup Yourself
Haha, I think most aviation enthusiasts like this part as a pilot. Yes, pilots need to bath themselves before flight to make themselves fresh and clean before flight. Iron their uniform, wearing their tie and wear on their bars before going out from their room. I'm sure you guys don't like a smelly and untidy pilot to go for flight. But to tell you guys, quite number of percentage don't wear tie for the flight because it is quite hot and crampy inside Diamond DA-40. But for me, I prefer myself wearing tie around for flying. Fragrance, deodorant and some sweets are basically needed for pilots to make themselves fresh. Thus, shoe maybe polished to look themselves better. A saying, makeup yourself better gives good impression to everyone.
4) Arrive Early
Wow, seriously? Arrive early for what? This word early, basically is a preparation for yourself actually. On time doesn't mean you will always get better result. Prepare yourself early perhaps in terms of your physical and mental. I saw some people rushing and gasping for the final time before instructor comes, which gave a very bad impression to captains and instructor. What's the deal if you arrive early? Let me explain what you have to do in our HM Aerospace? You might need to take airport passes each day if you want to access yourself to Hangar and Apron area. It needs your walking distance from hangar to the airport for daily passes.
Today I fly Whiskey, not the wine Whiskey but the registration mark is 9M-HMW. The letter W in communication code stands for Whiskey. Let me list out all the communication code here:
A - Alpha
B - Bravo
C - Charlie
D - Delta
E - Echo
F - Foxtrot
G - Golf
H - Hotel
I - India
J - Juliet
L - Lima
M - Mike
N - November
O - Oscar
P - Papa
Q - Quebec
R - Romeo
S - Sierra
T - Tango
U - Uniform
V - Victor
W - Whiskey
X - X-ray
Y - Yankee
Z - Zulu
So how you pronounce 9M-HMW? It's pronounced as Niner Mike Hotel Mike Whiskey. It's a registration mark for all the aircraft, just like the car plate registration. They are printed mostly at the back of fuselage and under the wing. Beside my plane is another instructor, Captain Wesley Tan, whom taught my batchmates as well, Ali and Kenny. They are using 9M-HMK though, the firstly screwed aircraft to me. So what happens is that they are being introduced on their flight, which is the FAM flight I covered earlier.
1) Airspeed Indicator (ASI)
green, white, yellow and red. I guess most of you heard a lot of V something with different variations. So let me explain what are those.
Green : Normal Operating Speed (Vno)
White : Flaps Operating Speed Range
Yellow: Caution Operating Speed
Red: Never Exceed Speed (Vne)
Vfe means speed with flaps extending
Vx means climbing speed with best climbing angle.
Vy means climbing speed with best climbing speed.
Normally our climbing will be using Vy for the best climbing performance, while Vx is used to clear obstancles in front of you.
So let me ask all readers about some facts about this airspeed indicator, and I bet this question is quite easy to reader as well. What happens if the pitot tube is blocked? What will happen to the air speed indicator? I will reveal the answer in this part of article, but I hope reader can make a good guess about this question.
2) Turn And Slip Indicator (TSI)
3) Directional Indicator (DI)
5) Vertical Speed Indicator (VSI)
So that's all for the topic today, but before I finish my blog, I would like to put this picture, which is very memorable that I had myself 2 hours on flying logbooks. Kudos and Congratulations to me.