It’s All About The Foggles
I had to cancel my lesson today… it was going to be about instrument flying. There are two possible scenarios that the flight test exmaminer will ask you to use this technique:
1. Recovery from unusual attitudes. The examiner will put the plane into either a stall or spiral then ask you to recover using only your instruments.
2. Turning around. The scenario being that you accidentially flew into a cloud and you need to find your way out. The quickest way out is the way you came in! So you will have to turn the plane 180° using only your instruments.
So how do they avoid you from just looking outside the window? There are two types of “view limiting” (as they are called) devices. It will either be a hood or foggles.
This guy seems to be enjoying his foggles.
I asked my FI if it would be worth while buying either a hood or foggles. I will eventually be learning how to fly IFR anyways. So I would be using them quite a bit later in my training. She suggested that I just make my own. Buy a pair of safety glasses from a hardware store and just tape up top half.
So I’m going to build some sometime this week. The only decision I have to make now is if I should use opaque or solid tape.
The weather for my solo short x-country tomorrow looks good. *crosses fingers*