UPDATE: Now that I’ve earned my wings, I’m still flying and learning. This blog will
remain open and active for those interested in the flight training process, however, if you want to see
what I’ve been up to since becoming a pilot, please check out my columns in Sport Aviation magazine. - Brady
It was in the high 90s in Oshkosh today and well over 100 degrees inside the cockpit. Even though I grew up in Texas, I'm not used to those temperatures anymore. I knew the heat would have an effect on airplane performance, but I underestimated the effect it would have on me as a pilot - both physically and mentally.Toward the end of the lesson I started making mistakes I don't normally make. I was drenched in sweat, mentally sluggish and physically exhausted, so after an hour I finally admitted to myself it was time to call it quits for the day.It was a good lesson for me to learn my personal tolerances.This was the first time I've flown in these temperatures and I wasn't used to it. I'm sure those of you who fly in warmer climates are a little more acclimated to it, but it was a tough flight for me. I'd be interested to hear some of your experiences flying in temperatures different than what you normally fly in. How was the flying different? Did it affect you physically/mentally? I will definitely drink more water before trying to fly in those temperatures again.
Posted by Robert Van Meter
@ 10:51 PM, June 26
First, thank you Brady for doing this blog. It has inspired me and I am now on my 12hr of flight training.I totally know where you are coming from regarding the heat. I live in Frisco, TX just north of Dallas, and the temps have been in the high 90s and 100s. At the end of an hour, I am tired, hungry, and ready to call it the day.My instructor and I have actually been opening the windows on the plane while aloft to get some ventilation. It is exhausting enough with the heat, but this time of year there are also winds that regularly are blowing 15 - 24 knots so its also a rodeo.I am originally from the Northwest and this heat is really something. I can't say that airplane performance is any different as all of my lessons have been in the heat. I will have to report back when the weather cools to give a good comparison.Thanks again for your blog I anxiously await every new post.
Posted by Randy Dallas
@ 11:36 PM, June 26
Hey Brady.I'm doing my training in Central Florida, at First Landings located at the Apopka-Orlando Airport (X04), and we have been 92-100F degrees for the last week and a half. In fact, when I went up with another instructor, as part of my pre-solo evaluation, we were reading 94deg outside air temp at 2500'MSL...That's crazy! Now since I now spend most of my time in Northern Italy, I'm no longer used to this brutal Florida heat but have managed to handle it without too many issues. I just tend to go through a couple of sets of clothes a day!I think where I feel the high temps affect me the most is the thermic activity and unstable conditions associated with high heat and high humidity. It is quite choppy near the surface and can feel like a roller coaster ride when flying under the towering cumulus clouds that turn into the evening thunderstorms Florida's famous for. It's funny, I was talking to my instructor about how it seemed in your videos that you were not experiencing the choppy conditions during landings that I have been seeing here and how I thought that the cooler/thicker air, like you have in OSH would be nice to train in. Of course It could always be that you are just a lot smoother than me...lol. But It will be interesting to fly in cooler conditions to see the difference.
Posted by Russ Hearn
@ 01:34 PM, June 27
Brady, we have had 100+ temps here all week in middle-Georgia and I am just not that interested in flying lessons in the afternoon right now. To crawl into an airplane that 140+ degrees and go out just ain't inspiring. I hope we get a break in the heat soon, the grass looks like it's wilting away.
Posted by Jessica
@ 03:56 PM, June 27
Hey Brady! I live on the other side of Wisconsin, in Eau Claire, and was out for some check ride prepping with my instructor on one of those crazy hot days. I made sure to take a Gatorade with me to help combat any exhaustion I may get from loss of fluids, but I still experienced the same mental sluggishness like you did...hard to think when your that hot.
Posted by Garrett
@ 11:32 PM, June 27
Hey Brady, Yup I know what you mean. We have been having 100+ days down here in Texas. I think today was our 5th straight. Density alt was like 3,800 today and our field elevation is 1,300. It was HOT!!! anyway.. I had a great flight this morning myself. I am just a few away from my solo!!! I am ready.....www.mypilotchronicles.com
Posted by Michael B. Dorna
@ 05:22 PM, June 28
Hey Brady!What you are doing here is awesome. I've been meaning to follow it more closely, but I've been busy. I took my check ride the day after you had the "hot flight" - under the same exact conditions! Talk about sweating! I fly out of Waukesha (KUES) and did my cross-country to Oshkosh. And you are correct sir, that first solo cross-country is when you really start feeling like a real pilot. Oh, by the way, I passed! Keep it up man! You'll be there before you know it. Hoping to run into you at AirVenture this year ... Mike Dorna
Posted by Ron H
@ 09:12 AM, June 29
As you have discovered, Remos shortfall is the lack of ventilation. All that glass that provides such good visibility allows the sun to make it very hot. We've talked to Remos execs and the delivery center in Arkansas about this and they assure us it's been addressed in newer models. Living in the southwest, we routinely hit 100+. The only way we can fly the Remos this time of year without dangerous heat levels in the cockpit is to take the doors off and keep IAS at 100 or less. Try it, you'll like it! It takes a little fiddling with the squelch to overcome increased wind noise and you have to make sure everything is put away so it won't blow out.
Posted by Brady Lane
@ 09:33 AM, June 29
I have a whole new respect for those of you training down south in Texas, Florida, Georgia, etc. Randy: There is a noticeable difference in smoothness with cooler air. You're going to love winter flying!Garrett: I just watched your latest video. It's fun seeing your landings improve with each one. Looks like you just about got that sight picture down - and to do those landings in 100 + temps is impressive.Micahel: CONRATULATIONS on your certificate! That's awesome. I will definitely be at AirVenture and would love to shake your hand. Any tips for me as I prepare for my checkride?Ron H: I've been curious what it's like to fly the Remos without the doors. I think it would be a blast. How windy is it? Any noticeable drag difference?
Posted by Ron H
@ 05:43 PM, June 29
Brady, there isn't any noticeable difference in the handling of the Remos with the doors off. We all enjoy flying it that way too. The only wind issue you'll have is setting the squelch on the intercom. And I did have one passenger try to point something out to me by sticking their arm out into the slipstream. Not a good idea!Just have someone hold the door in place from the outside, pull the little clip that holds the hydraulic ram on the ball in the door frame, pop it off the ball then pull the red handle forward to free the pins that hold the door in place.
Posted by Deno
@ 06:44 PM, June 29
Real lesson here!
Posted by Michael B. Dorna
@ 01:45 PM, June 30
The best advice I have in regards to taking the check ride is to relax. I know that sounds overly simplified but that's it in a nutshell. That morning, I drove to the airport slowly, I mean under the speed limit slowly. When the test began I never let anything rattle me, I just took my time with everything. Everyone I talked to told me to do this and it worked very well. I'm sure you'll be well prepared for the oral so just remember to relax and try and enjoy the process. I'm sure you'll do great!
Posted by Frank
@ 07:08 PM, July 01
Winnebago County (WFRV)- A plane had to make an emergency landing in a field in Winnebago County. No was injured. The small plane came down in a farmer’s field just north of Highway 44 near the intersection of Knott Road and Ripple Avenue.An EAA spokesperson said an EAA flight instructor had to land her plane because she had some trouble with it. At the time, she was flying with an EAA student. EAA official Dick Knapinski told Channel 5’s Angenette Levy “Pilots usually train for emergency landings but it’s something you hope you never have to execute. The big thing you hope to execute in an emergency landing is get the airplane down and land the airplane safely.”The NTSB and the FAA will investigate the landing. Was this the plane you fly? This station will not storeWinnebago County (WFRV)- A plane had to make an emergency landing in a field in Winnebago County. No was injured. The small plane came down in a farmer’s field just north of Highway 44 near the intersection of Knott Road and Ripple Avenue.An EAA spokesperson said an EAA flight instructor had to land her plane because she had some trouble with it. At the time, she was flying with an EAA student. EAA official Dick Knapinski told Channel 5’s Angenette Levy “Pilots usually train for emergency landings but it’s something you hope you never have to execute. The big thing you hope to execute in an emergency landing is get the airplane down and land the airplane safely.”The NTSB and the FAA will investigate the landing. Add a Comment(0) Comments Ads by GoogleWhat's this?$49/Hr Job - 132 OpeningsRealistic $49 Per Hour Home BasedJobs No Fixed Schedule Great Paywww.officialjobsfromhome.com$300/Hr NBC Home JobWork Online For NBC From Home.Guaranteed Work. Start Today!consumerreportingusa.org/Single and Over 40?Meet Older Appleton SinglesEveryone is Serious and Screened.Matur
Posted by Fred
@ 12:17 AM, July 02
You probably have already answered this question in the past. If so, apologies. What is the recording (video and audio) setup you have?Regards.
Posted by Brady Lane
@ 11:57 AM, July 02
Frank: The plane that made the emergency landing yesterday was not the plane I'm using, but another Remos G3 being used by EAA's AirAcademy program. Apparently the Air Academy instructor flying the plane made a great emergency landing and nobody was hurt. I am of course interested to learn more about what happened when that information becomes available.Fred: I am using two lipstick cameras from raceoptics.com for the video and an audio recorder from Edirol to record audio. I then sync the audio to the video after the flight. I'm sure there are better units available now than what I'm using. But if you want to know more about my setup, here's a post I did on it a few months back...http://www.eaa.org/apps/blog/learntofly/75/Default.aspx
Posted by Brady Lane
@ 12:01 PM, July 02
Michael: Great tip about how to stay calm during your checkride. Like most people, when I get nervous I start rushing through things. I will make a note to remember to do what you did - drive to the airport slow that day and take my time. It's simple tips like these that go a long way. Thanks!
Posted by Frank
@ 06:30 AM, July 05
Hi Brady, Looks like your ready for your license.I enjoy watching your training video's. GreatJob!