Trim: The 5-Second Rule

Here’s a link to my first Tip of the Week for Pilot Workshops:

How to Set Pitch Trim in One Shot

I’ve previously written two Pilot Friendly┬« handbooks (Garmin GTN 750 and GTN 650) for Pilot Workshops, and I’m a contributor to the IFR Mastery Monthly Scenarios that the company produces.

Formation Practice

Here are clips from a recent formation practice flight out of Boulder City, NV (KBVU). I was in my Extra 300L flying as wingman to lead in his RV-6A. Lead is a fomer Air Force fighter pilot and instructor who has been my primary mentor for formation flying.

First, basic practice flying off lead’s wing.

Next, pitch-outs and rejoins.

Finally, close- and extended trail. Extended trail is a lot of fun.

A Dose of Vitamin G

I recently escaped the gray skies over Seattle and made a quick visit to Boulder City, NV to fly the Extra 300L. Here’s video of one aerobatic session, a warmup to help me reset my personal G-tolerance and practice several basic aerobatic maneuvers.

Lincoln Departure at KBFI

Air traffic control has revised the Lincoln Departure at Boeing Field (KBFI) in Seattle. It’s one of the VFR procedures used at to provide an orderly flow of traffic below the Seattle Class B airspace and to avoid TCAS alerts in airliners descending over KBFI into KSEA.

The Lincoln Departure almost always begins from runway 14R. It now requires a climb straight ahead to 800 ft., then a level 180-degree turn into a close-in right downwind over the Duwamish River, remaining at 800 ft. As you approach the South Park Bridge, almost abeam the control tower, turn left toward a school bus parking lot and parallel the main streets that head west over the ridge. As you reach the ridge, climb no higher than 1000 ft. Continue on a track between the north tip of Vashon Island and Blake Island. When you cross the SEA 323 degree radial, you can climb to 1500 ft. At the shoreline, you can continue to 2500 ft.

KHQM: RNAV Approach and Landing

I took advantage of a CAVU day in the Pacific Northwest and flew the A36 Bonanza from Boeing Field (KBFI) in Seattle to Hoquiam, WA (KHQM). To practice using the avionics, I flew the RNAV RWY 06 approach in VFR conditions.

Here’s video of the descent, approach, and landing.

Descent and approach to RWY 06 at KHQM

Beautiful Day in the PNW

Here’s video from a short flight on a beautiful autumn afternoon in the A36 Bonanza from Boeing Field (KBFI) to Tacoma Narrows (KTIW) for a late lunch at the Hub restaurant. Enjoy the scenery.

Wingtip View

Seattle Scenery

On a short flight from Arlington, WA (KAWO) back to Boeing Field (KBFI) in Seattle, I enjoyed views of Puget Sound and downtown Seattle. Here are some video highlights.