Archives for September 2014

Extra 300 and Flying Update

Hello, everyone. Two updates. The first report is on my full scale flight training and the second on my maiden flight of the UMX Extra 300 micro flyer.

Gordon by Cessna 172 at Daytona Beach airport.

Gordon by Cessna 172 at Daytona Beach airport.

Full scale flight training is going very well. The time needed for this preparation is the reason there have been so few modeling updates to the website, as I am 100% focused to see if I can become a regional airline pilot. Hope to add more modeling updates in the very near future!

Cessna 172 on the ramp at Daytona Beach Airport.

Cessna 172 on the ramp at Daytona Beach Airport.

I returned last week from two weeks of flight training at Airline Transport Professionals flight school’s Daytona Beach location. I was most impressed with their setup at Daytona. ATP had numerous planes on the line to include the Cessna 172, Diamond 40 and twin engine Seminole model.

Garmin 1000

But the important item for me was the Garmin 1000 integrated flight deck in the C-172. This training, 27 flight hours over 12 days, was a perfect chance to sharpen my instrument flying skills while learning the procedures associated with employing the new Garmin 1000 “glass cockpit” architecture.

Garmin 1000 glass cockpit flight display

Garmin 1000 glass cockpit flight display

Between ATP’s thorough series of iPad training videos and the Red Bird simulator, I am caught up on what I need to know to fly under instrument flight rules with the new cockpit displays.

Next training event will be a 7 day Regional Jet certification course with the ATP folks at Jacksonville, Florida. That will begin on 18 Oct. Lots to study and memorize for this simulator training on the CRJ-200 aircraft. Airline applications will be submitted the first week of November. Looking forward to it!

Extra Maiden Flight!

Gordon showing the underside of the Extra 300.

Gordon showing the underside of the Extra 300.

I did get a chance to test fly my new E-flite UMX Extra 300 airplane as the winds had finally died down enough to allow an outdoor flight. Happily, our indoor flying will commence on Sept 22nd at the nearby Forest View Field House.

The Extra 300 is a new ready to fly model from E-flite. The well-constructed plane uses advanced built-in stability augmentation systems as part of the receiver, hence the AS3X descriptor of the model. It is a bit complicated to set this up as you need to ensure your transmitter has the appropriate switches to allow you to move between the various flight modes.

Extra 300 ready for an outdoor flight.

Extra 300 ready for an outdoor flight.

The AS3X modes make automatic and continuous control inputs that allow for steadier flight in light wind conditions as well as various “heading hold” and “hover assist” modes. Key item is that if you take off with the wrong mode set on your transmitter, unexpected flight responses will follow! I found this out the hard way on my initial flight.

Nice view of the Extra 300 inflight

Nice view of the Extra 300 inflight

 

 

On Monday I’ll make a few adjustments and chat with other Extra 300 fliers. Full flight report to follow. Key thing is the model flew very well, in quite bumpy wind conditions, on my first test hop earlier this week. Plus, the model has all the power needed to hover and do various vertical maneuvers.