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Lesson 6 - Starting circuits

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Lesson 6 was meant to be on 23/8/09, but due to bad weather Tony decided to do an hours worth of theory instead. So for an hour we wet through the legs of the circuit, what's what, where to be, all of that sort of stuff. So I booked in for two weeks later, making it the 6/9/09. This lesson was booked in for 9am so we could do the circuits while it was quiet (with the new rules in place you can only have a certain amount of a/c in the circuit at one time) and was in the 152 MJG. Beautiful 152 this one, leather seats, a GPS, freshly painted...the perfect 152 :P So as soon as we hopped in Tony made the call to ground to request start for circuits (another new rule to go hand-in-hand with the above rule). This lesson was more focused on me flying the plane in the circuit and keeping an eye on where I am and where other traffic is. So hence why Tony made all the radio calls.

Taxied direct to 35R this lesson (alas, not using the run up bay) and once at 35R we did the run-ups while waiting for the plane in front of us (who was also doing their run-ups). Lined up on 35R, got the clearance and off we went. Man can this 152 scoot along. It was like we were rotating already after reaching the 3rd centerline! So climbing at 70 knots to 500ft (initial leg) and then a climbing turn onto our crosswind leg. Once at 1000ft reduce the power to about 2200rpm, level out and turn downwind (while Tony made the downwind call). Once we're settled on our downwind leg we do the pre-landing checks (Brakes, mixture, oil in the green, fuel on and sufficient, power set ok and tracking parallel to the runway at 1000ft). Once on a 45 degree angle to the threshold the carby heat goes on and the power is reduced to 1500 rpm. Now depending on the situation (speed, traffic) you can take the first stage of flap to slow down. Make the base turn and once on base take another stage of flap (whilst watching your altitude, speed, and where you are in relation to the runway). Then you judge when to turn final and take your last stage of flap. Then when on final you just make tiny adjustments, whether it be to turn your ailerons left or right, add a bit of power, etc. I took the plane all the way in until about 100ft off the ground and then Tony finished off the landing.

We did about 4 circuits (didn't get to land unfortunately :() and then Tony decided to head out to the training area to practice medium level turns. Got them almost down pat now, so all good (pretty sure that's why we went out there :D). Interesting thing happened on the way back though. When we got to Carrum I noticed a Warrior coming towards us about 2 miles away. We made the call at Carrum first so that meant they should have stayed behind us. So us being considerate to a faster plane speed up. We ended up flying towards YMMB at about 110 knots (told ya it's got some power ;)). However this guy decided to speed up as well to overtake us! So he got to about parallel to us on our left, just a tad faster and a little higher and decides to swing over the top of us! What a stupid and dangerous decision! This is how accident's are caused. A low winged Warrior crossing just over the top of a high winged 152. How on earth are we meant to see each other safely? We got to 3 miles and made the call after he did, the tower cracked it at him for overtaking, LOL! Probably should have filed a complaint/report...Anyway Tony landed on 35L and that was it for today's lesson. Quite exciting to say the least! Next lesson was booked in for 3 weeks time, topic is circuits again.

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