Ep. 1: Discovery Flight | FLY8MA.com Flight Training

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Hi! Jon here! Today I’m going to take you
on your very first flight lesson. We’re going to go over the very basics of
flying an airplane. Starting off with our pre-flight, moving on to our engine
startup checklist, and then after that taxiing around and taking off. We’ll go
through the four fundamentals of flying an airplane: climbs, turns, descents, and
straight level flight. And then circle back around for some scenic flying over
the beach. We’ll go ahead and make a landing with the help of your instructor
and answer any questions you have after the flight. If there’s anything else
you’d like to try on your flight, go ahead and let your flight instructor
know and they’d be more than happy to accommodate any where you want to fly to
or any different types of maneuvers you’d like to try. Let’s go ahead and
taxi out here. I’ll go ahead and release our parking brake down here and then
you’ll notice that I steer with my feet. To go left I’ll push on the left pedal
in to go right I push on the right pedal. We’ll make a right turn here with our
right pedal. At the top of the pedals there you can see those silver parts, those are
actually our brakes and we also have a brake handle right here. So from the
right side I’ll use my brake handle over here and from the left side you could
use those brakes. St the top those silver portions if we needed to stop the
aircraft these flight controls here do absolutely nothing for us on the
ground. They won’t turn or control the aircraft in any way. We’ll just leave
them alone as we taxi here or your flight instructor may place them in a
certain position to accommodate the direction the wind is coming from on a
given day. We’ll just go ahead and use our feet as we taxi around here use our
hand for our brakes and of course looking outside the
aircraft looking all around us making sure we don’t run into any other
airplanes while we’re driving around out here. Your flight instructor will walk
you through how to complete your engine run up checklist at this point. Before we
take off we’ll ensure our doors, windows, all those things are closed and latched.
That the engine is producing good power. We’ll even rev up our engine a little bit
to a certain rpm to make sure all our gauges are looking good and then once
we’re satisfied we’ll go ahead and get sub for takeoff. To communicate with the
other aircraft we use that little red push tock switch on the left side of the
control yoke and we simply just press that down and then speak into your
microphone and other people can hear us. As we’re flying along today we won’t
press that button and we can talk back and forth all day long without anyone
else hearing our conversation and of course when we’re ready to announce our
position we’ll simply press down on that button and let everyone else know where
we’re at and what we’re doing. As we pull up to the whole shoreline here that’s
the two solid e lines followed by the two dashed lines we’ll look around check
further traffic make our departure call announced everyone that we’re going to
be departing the runway and go ahead and take flight. Your instructor will work the
rudder pedals for you during takeoff and landing
as well as the throttle, but if conditions permit in the winds are calm
he may ask you to help him on the takeoff simply by holding the controls
neutral or in a preset position that he’ll talk to you about and then slowly
easing them back as we accelerate. We’ll be climbing out at about 85 miles per
hour today and we look at our airspeed indicator to read how fast we’re going
through the air. We look good here. Time to make our radio call: Looks all
good our pre takeoff checklist is complete our doors windows are closed
and latched our flaps are set and our trim is set our lights are all on we are
ready to go take off. W’ell swing the airplane around here onto the runway. Get
lined up all the way down it. As soon as we’re lined up we’ll slowly ease in the
throttle and as the power comes up we’ll check all our gauges everything’s
looking good and we’re simply just looking for about
65 miles per hour on airspeed indicator once we have 65 there it is will pull
back and we are up in the air. We’re looking for 85 on climb out here and it
is that quick and simple we’re already flying. As we fly along here the name of
the game is just keep the panel level. Keep that dashboard of that instrument
panel level with horizon the same amount of sky on each side of the airplane with
the relative to the wingtips and the airplane will go straight. As long as we
keep this level with the horizon the airplane will fly straight. If we want to
make a nice gentle banked turn we could simply ease the controls over to the
right a little bit set them back to neutral once we’re happy with the degree
of bank we have and now the airplanes in a right-hand turn if we wanted to go fly
straight we would turn our controls back to the left
get our instrument panel level with horizon and controls back to neutral as
soon as it is. So our controls here, our ailerons, set the bank angle of the
aircraft. While the actual bank in turn controls our turn. So now we know what makes the
airplane turn right and left now we can talk about what makes it go up and down.
So what ultimately makes your airplane go up and down isn’t necessarily tilting
up or down or raising the nose up or down it’s actually power think about it
like a bicycle if you want to go uphill on a bicycle you’re going to have to
pedal harder or use more power . If you simply just keep pedaling the same speed
or the same intensity you’re eventually going to slow down and the airplane
works exactly the same way. If we start to go uphill and we don’t add power
we’ll just slow down. If we lower our nose and start going downhill on a
bicycle or in the airplane we’ll start speeding up. So if we want to go up or
down we’ll actually apply power or subtract powers. Now as we’re flying
along we just want to stay level, all we’re going to do is just maintain the
same sight picture with the instrument panel in the horizon, so the same amount
of ground showing between the horizon in the instrument panel will give you a
level flight attitude and hold the airplane level. If you pull back or push
forward you’ll really just change the airplane speed and not really its
altitude. We use small changes in power to make
small changes in altitude say to go up or down just a
hundred feet. So once we’re ready to return to the airport and start a nice
general descent on towards the runway, we’d simply reduce power a little bit
and let the airplane lower its nose automatically. The airspeed will stay
exactly the same and the airplane will start a nice gentle decent about five
hundred feet a minute. So that means when you’re at 2,000 feet
it’s about four minutes or so until the airplane will reach the runway. As you
get close back to the traffic pattern your instructor will let you know when
you’re about two to three miles out and he’ll go ahead and take the controls of
that time and line you back up for a landing. At that time you can just enjoy
the beautiful view out your window in the last few minutes of your very first
flight. Thanks so much for coming out for your very first flight lesson with us. We
hope you found it interesting and educational. If you have any questions
all before come out to the airport for your first flight leave them in the
comments below of this video and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Remember we do this every day and you should too hope to see you soon! Thank you everyone!


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