CPL/IFR Seminar 11: Transitioning to a New Type

Know Your Airplane

  1. How do you learn about your new airplane type? Before you fly it? On your first flight? After each flight?
  2. What do you ask about each of the aircraft systems? Where do you find the answers?
  3. In order of importance, what are the aircraft systems you have to know about? (Hydraulics, Electrics, Landing Gear, Flight Controls, Avionics, Heat and Air Conditioning, Flaps, Fuel, De-icing)
  4. How do you put these in order of importance?
  5. What is (are) the authority (ies) for this knowledge?

Flow and Cockpit Knowledge

  1. What is flow?
  2. How do you get familiar with a new cockpit?
  3. Where do you get your checklists?
  4. How do you integrate checklists and flow?
  5. How do checklists and flows work in a two-pilot crew?

Flying Technique (and a bit of test-pilot stuff)

  1. Does attitude flying work?
  2. Does flying by the numbers work?
  3. What does control harmony mean?
  4. What is roll moment? Can you tell before you fly it if an aircraft is going to have high roll moment?
  5. What is pitch moment? Can you tell before you fly it if an aircraft is going to have high pitch moment?
  6. How does a high roll or pitch moment affect the pilot?

Scenarios

  1. What can happen if I switch tanks right before takeoff?
  2. What would prompt me to switch tanks right before takeoff?
  3. What other systems do I lose if I have a complete electrical failure?
  4. What other systems do I lose if I have a complete hydraulic failure?
  5. How do I try to avoid landing gear up?
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