So I flew an Arrow for the first time Wed. ‘Twas a different experience.
Now, previously I had flown Cessna products.
But I wanted to get my Complex endorsement, and this is the only plane at the flight school with retractable gear and a constant speed prop.
Now, learning the systems isn’t that hard. Nothing too complicated about any of the systems, really. Gear is pretty straightforward, as is the propeller and its’s controller…. (apparently, some folks have a hard time figuring out the prop?….It is pretty simple,and works like every other governor I have seen, except the prop is controlled instead of a throttle).
Thing is, Pipers are VERY different from Cessnas…..I’d rather have flown (and landed) a Warrior or something first, rather than the (relatively) massive change to the Arrow and learning how to control all those systems as well as learning to land in an aircraft with an entirely different approach profile.
I’d have cancelled this lesson except that they are very busy at the school, and getting a time slot is difficult enough right now….So I took it, even though my mind wasn’t really where it needed to be. I probably should not have flown, but I did alright. Plus I had an instructor to keep me out of trouble and coach me…
All told, I did OK. 3 landings, and really, once one gets used to the different attitude on approach, it wasn’t that hard….Although it is easy to get behind the aircraft when one is not used to the different checklist.
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