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Self-Evaluation - Confidence in Flying Your Aircraft

By Bill Evans, President, EAA Chapter 266

Iíve been on the lookout to rate my flying as my aircraft is agile and sensitive. Yes, some people do find themselves at a 9 in some advanced or sport aircraft. My first flight was an 8, and I had some difficulty flying.

May I suggest that you be both honest and kind to yourself and use this to improve your flying skills based on your own analysis of your needs.

Letís advance the art of flying our aircraft. I work to improve some area of my flying on every flight. However, donít place yourself in danger, especially at low altitude. Mental paralysis may include muscle paralysis. Should you find yourself at a level (perhaps 5 or 6) that requires training, find a suitable instructor and aircraft.

Level of Confidence
  Maneuver


Very Comfortable
1
Mostly Comfortable
2
Somewhat Comfortable
3
Slightly Stretched
4
Moderately Stretched
5
Highly Stretched
6
Moderate Panic
7
Highly Panicked
8
Mental Paralysis
9
Moderate Speed Taxi (0-40 Knots)
High-Speed Taxi (40-70 Knots)
                 
Takeoffs
  • Takeoff Roll
  • Liftoff (Hold
  Centerline)
  • Climbout to 900
  feet
Short-Field Takeoffs
                 
Left Crosswind Takeoff > 15 Knots
Right Crosswind Takeoff > 15 Knots
                 
Climbing Turns
Gradual Turns - Level
                 
Medium Turns - Level
Steep Turns - Level
                 
Descending Medium Turns @ 1500 rpm
Descending Medium Turns @ Idle
                 
Climbing Steep Turns
Descending Steep Turns
                 
Pre-Stall Buffet
Stalls - Cruise Power
                 
Stalls - 2000 rpm
Stalls - 1500 rpm
                 
Stalls - Idle
Spins Induced at Stall
                 
Spin (Medium Turn)
Spin (Steep Turn)
                 
Gentle Sideslip
Moderate Sideslip
                 
Steep Sideslip
Forward Sideslip
e,g. On Final Basic Aerobatics (Explain)
                 
Airspeed Control in the Circuit (Large Power Changes)
Turn Onto Final - Engine = Idle
                 
Final Approach
Flare and Touchdown
                 
Rollout and Braking
Left Crosswind Landings > 15 Knots
                 
Right Crosswind Landings > 15 Knots
Other Maneuver - State
                 

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