For an upcoming article, which includes a research study by a pilot from ERAU (Embry Riddle Aeronautical University), and the thoughts of an experienced captain flying the caravans in India, we at The Flying Engineer would like to understand how many of us have a glass experience, and how many analog (traditional) instrumentation exposure, as a pilot. We wish to understand the exposure you had, when undergoing flying training for a CPL.
If you do have airline experience, please limit the responses to your training period only.
Please take a minute to fill up this simple survey. Please make sure your selected choice is honest, as the results gathered here will be displayed for all to see, giving valuable insights.
Usually, pilots from a particular flight school have a single type cockpit experience (example: NFTI, Chimes, GMR-APFT), where they have an all-glass fleet. Pilots from IGRUA, for example, are mixed: some are mostly analog, some have an equal mix, and some are mostly glass experienced.
A Flight Instructor entering the Piper Seneca IV, a twin engine.
I am at Chimes Aviation Academy, (Dhana, Madhya Pradesh; ICAO: VA1J) and the weather, skies, airplanes and people have made possible some very beautiful photographs. Here are a few shots, for your enjoyment!
Chimes Aviation Academy boasts off the largest G1000 equipped Cessna 172R fleet in the country (Fleet: 7 Cessna 172R + 1 Piper Seneca IV), as well as having the distinction of being the flight school where aerospace-major Honeywell sends its engineers for flying training, for a Private Pilot’s License.
The hangar, all lit!
A student taxiing into the apron just before sunset.
The Garmin GNS 530 on board the Piper Seneca IV
The two bird types that make the Academy fly.
A second to touchdown? Not really. She ballooned.
A Cessna 172 backtracking Runway 35.
Leaving terra firma…
A student cuts his engine after a solo.
A Cessna 172 longing for the skies.
Open fields, nice weather, and a nice airplane make a brilliant setting!
A 5 month sabbatical from my website (I continued to write for my print magazine, Airbuz) was well spent. I engaged myself in the design and development of a General Aviation Flight Simulator. Either click HERE to know more, or visit my section, “Projects”.
I must thank my readers who were both patient and concerned. I hope you like the simulator!
After spending a good number of years at Honeywell, I tendered in my resignation recently. Very soon, my service with the company will be in the book of its former employees.
The time spent there was worth every minute. I learnt so much, and I must say, it’s an excellent place to work. The flexibility I saw was tremendous, and I go to work on Flight Management Systems, Aircraft Exterior Lights (both as an electronic and optical engineer), and on Flight Simulators (both as the integrator,and as the “Chief Pilot / Chief Instructor”).
During the course of these years of service, I also filed a United States Patent Application. You may view that here:
Things have been regrettably slow on the blogging/article front. This is primarily due to two reasons. One, I have submitted 4 articles to the magazine I print for, SP’s Airbuz. A lot of effort was spent in writing these articles, but till they get it published, I can;t publish it here. Of course, I can modify the content and paste it, but that is unnecessary effort.
The second reason is my resignation. Although I leave Honeywell armed with relevant aviation experience, I now am starting off on my own. To brave oneself into this takes some homework, and courage. I spent my efforts towards these.
So what am I upto now? I will be entering the field of Flight Simulators, and Aerospace Education. These two ventures will allow me to exercise my rich aviation experience and put it to practice: for others to benefit, that is, the younger generation.
Of course, quality articles will follow. But you all must remember: I never sacrifice quality, and quality comes at the price of time.