Flight to Cradle Mountain

Cradle MountainAustralia has some rugged terrain – as can be seen in this short, 3-minute time-lapse video of a 70-minute flight from the north coast to Cradle Mountain in Tasmania. Many thanks to Foxbat owner Gary McArthur for the video.

Gary is Principal Consultant for McArthur Ore Deposit Assessments Pty. Ltd. (MODA), a Tasmanian-based mining and geological consultancy, specialising in ore microscopy, mine geology and assessment of underground base metal projects.

Click on the picture to link to the video.

Deadstick landing training in A22LS Foxbat

Alina deadstickA short and useful video from Peter Reed, CFI at SkyFlyte ULA in northern Tasmania. Student Alina Herrmann is seen handling the aircraft with the engine shut down, including stalling, turning round a point and an approach and dead stick landing.

At present, this kind of training is allowed to be conducted by a CFI in controlled conditions for the purpose of advanced emergency training as detailed in the RA-Australia Operations Manual.  (See RA-Aus Operations Manual, Section 3.02-2 paragraph 9) Do not try this without an appropriately qualified instructor on board!

However, in the not too distant future, RA-Australia will be withdrawing this aspect of training and intentional engine-out practice like this, even under the supervision of a CFI, will become illegal. Which seems really stupid to me and a backward step in safety improvement. Aircraft behave differently when the engine is actually stopped, as opposed to just throttled back, and practice/training with the engine off should be an essential part of the syllabus – after all, if/when the engine really stops, you’ll have enough to handle without learning how to fly a glider.

Ukraine deadstickFinally, during my visit to Ukraine last year, I was at the Aeroprakt airfield, where instruction is carried out for club members. Part of the training is dead stick landings and here is a rather low-quality photo of the last one of the day….