Sunday, February 04, 2007

Twin Trouble

They say that the purpose of a second engine on an airplane is to take you to the crash site if the first one fails. Having passed my instrument flying progress test I'm now onto the twin engine phase of the training with one of the major objectives of this being to learn to fly the aircraft with one engine out and thus ensure that my opening statement doesn't come to fruition.

My first flight on the Seneca (pictured) is later this week. It cruises at about 140 knots (compared with around 95Knots for the warrior) and has quite a few more buttons to press/levers to pull/dials to watch/things to break so I now have my head stuck in checklists and a pilot operating handbook to prepare me for the higher workload and greater speed of the Seneca.