22-04-05

OO-TML

This picture shows the part of the flightdeck situated between the two pilot seats. The most interesting features on this picture are the two red switches. These are the fuel selectors of the engines and are used to control the fuel supply to both engines. When set to the front position, the wing tank on the same side as the engine supplies the fuel to the engine. The lower position is the crossfeed position, and is used to feed an engine with fuel from the opposite wing. The middle position is the "off" position, which simply closes the fuel supply to the engine.
 
Since these switches are situated between the seats, they are not "in sight" of the pilots, but they are easy to reach. Therefore instructors sometimes use them to generate engine failures. When the student is busy with some task, the instructor might pull on of the selectors to the "off" position (without the student noticing anything). A few seconds later, the engine will start to "starve", run rough or intermittent, losing power. And then it's up to the student to react appropriatly...

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OO-TML

An overview of the flightdeck of OO-TML.

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OO-TML

More than three years after flying this Piper Seneca V for the first time, I finally had a camera with me to take some pictures. Here you see the aircraft parked in the hangar, waiting for the next students...
 
Note the aerodynamic shape of the engine cowling behind the propellers. The top section of the cowling has the same shape as a wing section. This design creates a lot of extra lift force in high power regimes when the "propwash" flows over the engine cowling at high speed.

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07-04-05

Sunset

Sunset creates a warm and colorful landscape, but also extra dangers. As you can see, you can get serious visibility problems. In this picture we are short final, not very high, almost ready for touchdown. Can you spot the concrete strip that precedes the landing strip? If you are not familiar with the strip, this might get you into trouble when trying to figure out where you exactly need to touchdown. Furthermore, if another airplane would be flying in front of us, and it would turn to the right, it would be impossible for us to follow it. It would "vanish".
 
The sun creates similar visibility problems when flying upsun with shallow fog or haze.

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Broadcasting tower

This tower is used to broadcast the tv signals of the national television (situated near Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, west of Brussels). It is 300 meters high and therefore a very dangerous object for airplanes flying in that area. Something to look out for...

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