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I have flown nearly 100 hours since the first of the year. The… - Tina Marie's Ramblings
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I have flown nearly 100 hours since the first of the year.

The average privately-owned plane flies 24 hours a year. Granted, those 100 hours aren't all in my plane (in fact, 2/3rds are in the twin), but still - this is going to probably be my most-active flying year ever.

On the downside, my intercom in the Tripacer seems to have bit the dust. The whole electrical rewire I did over the last week was supposed to fix it, but either I forgot to hook up the intercom wire, or it's dead from some other cause. I'll probably get under the panel this week some time and check it out.

This was another good flying weekend - Mike and I went to Oklahoma (DUA) to spend time at the observatory. The observing wasn't good - it was overcast and rainy all weekend. But the flying was great - it was overcast and rainy all weekend. :) We went up right in front of a line of thunderstorms, getting 1.7 hours of actual IMC out of a 1.9 hour flight. The way home was less thunderstormy, but we got another .5 or so of actual.

I mind IMC so much less in the twin. It's so nice to be able to consider Memphis or New Orleans as alternates...

I'm starting to think about an MEI instead of a CFI-G as my first flight instructor rating. It would be nice to let people log the time they're flying in the twin with me, and I'm capable in the twin, even capable of giving reasonable instruction while flying. But I don't feel that way about gliders. I'm guessing it's because I'm a bit slow to gain confidence, and I only have 15 hours of glider time, spread out over 5 years. I have nearly 150 hours of twin time, most of it recent. It's a big difference. And I think I'd probably be more competent then the flight school guys, who have 15 hours of twin time. In fact, I think that's why I'm considering the MEI first - my exposure to MEIs has mostly been to the 15-hour-types, and I know I could do better then them. My exposure to glider CFIs has mostly been to hundreds-of-hour-types, and I know I couldn't be that good. Hm.

Trouble is, I have to find a twin I can get past the FAA inspectors. That's easy to do with a glider, but much more difficult with an airplane. I'm going to talk to the local flight school this weekend, though, and see if they'll let me try.

And, of course, this means I have to take two written tests. I'm doing the first one this weekend, and it's the same for the MEI and CFI-G, and it's good for 2 years, so I don't have to make a decision tomorrow....

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skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: May 31st, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
IMC - Instrument Meterological Conditions. It's the formal FAA term for "flying inside a cloud, where you can't see anything and have to trust your instruments to keep you upright". The opposite is VMC, Visual Meterological Conditions.

If you're flying in IMC, you have to be on an IFR flight plan (Instrument Flight Rules), and be talking to a controller of some form. They keep you from hitting other airplanes.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: May 31st, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
While I'm at it:

MEI: Multi-engine instructor
CFI-G: Certificated Flight Instrutor, Gliders
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