Recorded on 18 November 2012, there are quite number of flights I had already, recorded myself 10 hours and 15 minutes on flying experience. But it's considered as hardship as well. No pain no gain from here. You will always be screwed up by almost all of your flights. My instructor is as if he's the tiger in the cage, ready to release in any moment. (Sorry if you as instructor is looking at this blog >.<) Simulators in my computer could only enhance my check to be perfect, but not the skills, due to perfection and ideal in the simulator. On the other hand, weather in Langkawi changes every single minute. It might be very good suddenly and it might be bad suddenly as well.
What are the air exercises I had learnt so far?
Effect of Controls (EOC)
Straight And Level (S & L)
Climb And Descent (C & D)
Descent 2 (D2)
Medium Turn (MT)
Stall 1 (STL 1)
Stall 2 (STL 2)
Circuit 1 (CCT 1)
Circuit 2 (CCT 2)
Those air exercises, it might be easy as it looks. But don't judge the difficulty by its words. It has techniques to develop those flying experiences. Although I haven't master those techniques, it takes some time to learn about it. But yet, day by day, I had to improve myself a lot. A quote from our flying instructors, 1 hour of flying costs RM 900, 1 minute costs RM 60, so 1 sec costs RM 1, where can you get such money earning with this rate. Therefore, I advise for students or cadets to study very hard and do not waste your parents time, because parents really work hard for you to get education into flying. Think thrice before you made you final decision to fly.
If you guys notice about one thing, flying in the sky, you can roll, pitch and yaw. What about on ground? You can't roll, you can't pitch, you can't yaw the aircraft. On ground, it works like a car moving on the road. But notice about one thing, take a closer look to the nose wheel. You could see the aircraft nose wheel is like trolley wheel in the supermarket, where you push your shopping cart around. To tell you the fact, this aircraft is self castor wheel. You can't steer the wheel nor control the wheel. Oh Gosh, can't even steer the wheel, and can't even control the wheel. How are we going to control the aircraft movements on ground?
Relax, there's braking system in our aircraft that will help our aircraft to manoeuvre on ground. Let's say we would like to turn right, we will step the brake on the right wheel and let the left wheel run, isn't the plane will go to the right, provided no force apply on nose wheel? That's how our Diamond DA-40 ground movement works. But here's a little tip for newbies, and it always screw up. Why? Most of us here, I believe you had quite number of experiences on driving the car around. I believe most of us uses right leg to control your brakes, right? In aviation world, braking on the aircraft doesn't apply to right leg, but both legs. This is called differential braking system to steer the aircraft on ground.
Flying is never meant robotic, it's live, it's changing. Every decision we made have to be very cautious and demanding. ATC ask you go there, you gotta obey. You don't obey, that might be your end of your pilot's story. I fly with the ATC, reactions from them are like they are busy, they are dizzy to us, and they are sudden. Training Area, Datai, Langgun, Telaga, Simpang Gunung Raya, Cincin. So many places in this place, but there's one similarity when you listen everyday. It will be always the same procedure to entry and exit. Soon or after, you will get used to the situation.