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The First Instrument Training Flight

by John M. White |

As I was searching for interesting information for pilots I ran across this blog post by Brian from Queensbury, NY. He had just taken his first instrument flight lesson and his reaction to the lesson. Brian points out that during his Private pilot training he received just a minimal amount of instrument training, typically mostly about recovering from unusual attitudes under the hood. Today they use "Foogles" which are kind of like sunglasses but they restrict your ability to see outside of the aircraft. Instrument Flight Trainer As with most training in aircraft instrument flight training starts with the basics: straight and level, turns, climbs and descents. All of these maneuvers were conducted without outside references and solely through the use of the aircraft flight instruments. One of the wonderful things about flight training is that it is a logical progression from the basics to the complex, and everything in between. If you have an orderly mind learning to fly is a breeze, if you are a bit scatter brained then it can be a real challenge. Over the years I have had a lot of student pilots, some quick and really good, others slow but competent. In the end everyone can learn to fly, and fly safely, but everyone has limitations and needs to understand what those limitations are and not to exceed them. I trained all kinds of pilots from women who started out afraid of the aircraft but determined to elderly gentlemen who thought they could never progress beyond the private pilot's license. All of them learned to accomplish much more than they ever thought possible, not due so much to my instructing skills but rather my patience and ability to let them learn at their own pace and in their own way. It is often said that aircraft accidents start on the ground with the attitude and/or decisions the pilot makes before ever climbing into the aircraft. There is a lot of truth to that. Instrument training, even if you don't get an instrument rating, is a very good way to increase your safety margin and make your flying safer. Not only can it save your cookies, but it will make you a better pilot as well. So next chance you get take some instrument training, or better yet get an instrument rating if you can. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7

There are no new types of aircrashes — only people with short memories. Every accident has its own forerunners, and every one happens either because somebody did not know where to draw the vital dividing line between the unforeseen and the unforeseeable or because well-meaning people deemed the risk acceptable.

If politics is the art of the possible, and flying is the art of the seemingly impossible, then air safety must be the art of the economically viable. At a time of crowded skies and sharpening competition, it is a daunting task not to let the art of the acceptable deteriorate into the dodgers' art of what you can get away with.

— Stephen Barlay, 'The Final Call: Why Airline Disasters Continue to Happen,' March 1990.

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