Mongena Lodge Fly Away

Central Flying Academy Monthly Breakfast Fly Away

On the 27th of February 2016, the CFA Team and Students alike took a trip to Mongena Game Lodge. Located north of Pretoria, Mongena is a beautiful game lodge with Zebra and Nyala herd living within the gardens, which can be viewed from the Breakfast Table.

On a wonderful morning, 6 aircrafts took to the sky for the 1 hour flight to the private strip at the lodge. Upon landing we were transported via game vehicles from the airstrip to the reception area. Greeted by friendly staff, we were lead to the location of our buffet breakfast.

After a delicious meal, we went to relax and enjoy the view, while some took part in one or two friendly games of pool. As noon approached, so did our departure and we made our way back to Rand Airport, ending yet another successful Fly Away.

Wings and Dihedrals

Wings and Dihedrals
Wings and Dihedrals

WHY DO YOUR WINGS HAVE DIHEDRAL?

If you look closely at the wings on most aircraft, they’re tilted up slightly. Why would they ever do that? It’s not because you pulled too many Gs on your last flight. It’s because of a design feature called dihedral.

FIRST OFF, WHAT’S DIHEDRAL?

Dihedral sounds like one of those words you cringed at in math class, but it’s actually pretty simple. Dihedral is the upward angle your aircraft’s wings.

See how the 777’s wings angle upward? That dihedral makes the jet more laterally stable, or in other words, more stable when it rolls left or right. And it’s not just large jets that have dihedral like this. It’s found on almost every aircraft out there.

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Power-off Landing

Power-off Landing
Power-off Landing

HOW TO HANDLE A POWER-OFF LANDING FOLLOWING AN ENGINE FAILURE

When you think about power off landings, there are probably a lot of things that go through your head, like finding an airport within gliding distance, finding an off-field landing site if there aren’t any airports, and last-ditch efforts to get your engine running again before you’re out of altitude.

In 2013 alone, there were thirteen fatal accidents related to power off landings, according to the NTSB. You’re faced with some very serious decisions during a power off landing. But after you’ve run your checklists and determined your engine isn’t coming back to life, handling a power-off landing really comes down to three simple things: aviate, navigate, and communicate.

MAXIMIZING GLIDE RANGE, OR TIME ALOFT?

The first question you need to answer in a power-off landing scenario is this: do you want to maximize the distance you can glide, or do you want to maximize the amount of time you can stay aloft?

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A great short field take-off

Short Field Take-off
Short Field Take-off

HOW TO MAKE A GREAT SHORT FIELD TAKEOFF
Taking off from a short runway? Does your runway have trees or buildings at the end of it? Then it’s time for you to dust your short-field takeoff skills. Here’s how you’ll do it.

HOW SHORT FIELD TAKEOFFS ARE DIFFERENT

How does a short field takeoff differ from a normal one? It starts by creating a short ground roll, and then climbing at the best angle you can to clear obstacles (vx).

Why? By keeping your ground roll short, you don’t use as much runway. And by climbing at vx, you more easily clear obstacles beyond the runway.

So what are the steps of a good (or great) short field takeoff? We’ll break it down into three phases: takeoff roll, liftoff, and initial climb.

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Flight Controls Check

Flight Controls Check

WHY YOU NEED A FLIGHT CONTROLS CHECK BEFORE EVERY FLIGHT

The Cessna 172 started its takeoff roll, but just a few seconds in, the pilot knew he had a problem.

He tried aborting the takeoff, but just seconds later in a light crosswind, he departed the right side of the runway. The aircraft went through the grass, and eventually into a group of trees.

Fortunately, the pilot only had minor injuries, but the same couldn’t be said about the plane he was flying.

HERE’S THE NTSB’S ANALYSIS:

The pilot reported that during the takeoff roll, he tried to abort the takeoff because he had not removed the bolt he had placed in the yoke for a gust lock. He reported that the crosswind pushed the airplane off the right side of the runway into the grass, the airplane impacted trees, and sustained substantial damage to both wings and the empennage. The pilot reported that the accident was due to him not removing the bolt in the yoke.

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