Another successful day today. I logged 1.5 hours, so that brings me up to 3. The weather was bad up to around 1 pm so we didn’t get in the air until 1.30. We did lots in the hour and a half. We took off, climbed to 3500 ft around 3 miles off the coast and we started our checks.
First maneuver was a steep turn – two left, two right. The tolerances for the CPL are +/- 100ft (which is not so bad) and your speed must be +/- 10 knots, which is the hard part. Both of those went okay. We started another constant speed descent back over the coastline and Bill asked me to track the 330 radial outbound from Ormond, which was done ok.
After that, he gave me an engine failure, so I ran through the checks and set up for a field. There was a farmer cutting in the field next to us, I think he’s still wondering what was happening.
We got back up to 2000 ft again and he told me we had an engine fire. So, back through the checks again, only he kept saying the fire wasn’t out, so we proceeded with an emergency descent: flaps 40, 45 degree bank, and pitch for 100 knots. The fire went out… Back to the crash checks and set up for another field.
I’ll try post some pictures tomorrow, I’m just too lazy when its 35 degrees out to be going around with a camera!
Bye for now…