The Daily Lex – September 24th

Qual Flight

So thanks for all the congrats and best wishes, they are truly appreciated.

It’d been a solid three days of looking mournfully at the weather, forecast and sky – a pilot’s ultimate “weather radar”. Listening into the briefs of the qualified guys to try and get a sense of the missions and mindsets. Listen […]

Originally published on September 24th, 2011.

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3 responses to “The Daily Lex – September 24th

  1. Old AF Sarge

    This bit brought back some painful memories, especially the last sentence:

    “It’s a good idea to remind the controller that you’ll be turning final at 190-200 knots, or else he’ll overshoot you for sure.

    They do it anyway, they just can’t get used to us. In the right hand pattern I rolled out left of final approach course each time due to late turns, and nearly every time went from “below glideslope” to “above glideslope going further above” without warning, because they have a hard time grokking an airplane that is approaching at 200 kts. I was backing them up on the Garmins, because the prospect of such control on a dark night in actual instrument conditions and at low fuel is a daunting one.”

  2. Bill Brandt

    Old AF Sarge – this was the one for me: I was backing them up on the Garmins, because the prospect of such control on a dark night in actual instrument conditions and at low fuel is a daunting one.

    I’m thinking “4,000 hours on Hornets, and 6 months after writing this..”.

    I don’t how much a simulator would have helped. It was just lousy conditions and out of options.

    • Old AF Sarge

      I hear ya Bill. My daughter (WSO, Super Hornet-type) has flown out at Fallon on a number of occasions. She was less than impressed with ground control in that neck of the woods. There were a few times when they wound up not lined up on the runway when the controller indicated they WERE lined up. And this was in CAVU flight conditions.

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