I am a student on the Post 9/11 GI Bill at Upper Limit Aviation. Last time I posted was in late December after finishing my Turbine Transition lab in a Bell 206B3. Since then I have flown 50 hours and am nearing completion of my Commercial Cross Country lab. At 50 hours, I am beginning to feel comfortable in a Bell 206B3. When I first transitioned to the 206, I was a bit overwhelmed by the start up. Over-temps can happen very quickly. However, I now have a good flow during startup and have become much quicker. Certainly not as quick as I’ll need to be when I fly EMS, but I’m getting there!
The most exciting part of my Cross Country lab has been the off airport landings. The canyons and snowy mountains offer endless pinnacle and confined landing zones. As easy as professional pilots make it appear, orbiting around your landing zone while being surrounded by rising and falling terrain is very challenging. As terrain rises or falls beneath me, I often find that I am following it. It is almost painful to fly toward rapidly rising terrain and not climb. I find that spending a bit more time on the VSI during my scan helps fight the urge to follow terrain. But your eyes shouldn’t linger too long in the cockpit. Your landing zone is outside!
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