CPL/IFR Seminar 7: Cruise Flight

What is Cruise Flight?

  1. What is constant in cruise flight?

  2. Is pilot workload lighter in cruise flight?

  3. How about during a turn or a change of altitude?

  4. How do you spread the workload during cruise?

  5. How to you transition from climb to cruise?

  6. How to you transition from cruise to descent?

How do you make Cruise Flight low-workload?

  1. What technique to you use to hold altitude?

  2. What technique to you use to stay on track?

  3. Would you (switch tanks, lean the mixture, load the GPS) during a turn?

  4. Would you (switch tanks, lean the mixture, load the GPS) if you were more than 50 feet from your altitude?

  5. If not, why not?

Are these techniques useful during other phases of flight?

  1. Does the idea of equilibrium give us useful cues about workload and impending workload?

  2. Does it help a pilot if she is aware of her workload?

  3. Does it help a pilot if she is aware of what her workload will be a few minutes from now?

  4. Does it help a pilot if she is aware of what her workload will be if she adds an extra task now?

    Further Reading:

    1. Setting Cruise Power

    2. The Fixed-Pitch Prop Trap

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