11 years ago
throttle on left stick) and helicopters in mode 2 (collective and tail
rotor on left stick). I have tried to convince myself that switching
from plane to heli (or back) was just a matter of five minutes of
getting adjusted. I am now starting to realize it is not that simple.
Or maybe I am just getting old.
For months now, I have been flying a plane (a PBY Catalina) that likes
lots of rudder, and a bit of *opposite* aileron in the turns. I am now
getting ready to fly heli again, so I hit the simulator to brush up on
the skills a little. To my amazement, I couldn't keep the damn thing
in the air, and I crashed it at least ten times before I realized what
was happening: In a left turn, my Catalina reflexes added lots of left
rudder and opposite aileron. This, of course, was in reality more left
bank and right tail rotor, resulting in a characteristic tail-first
crash every time.
So now I have decided to re-learn flying planes, this time in mode 2.
I am prepared to spend the necessary hours on the simulator before I
go fly a real plane again. I have already started practicing, and I am
now in a situation where I can fly just fine, but when something
unexpected happens, the old, incorrect reflexes kick in and make the
unexpected situation worse, in stead of resolving it.
Has anybody tried doing this switch before? How long should I expect
to have to practice before I get good enough to at least avoid
crashing. How long before I can start instructing again?