I've just got a plane here. He's going to go shortly I believe.
Just got to let our engine warm up. Maryborough Traffic Microlight 6257 taxis
for the grass for runway 12 for a local flight Maryborough
Ok Here we go OK Today we are going to do some examples
of landings and take offs. I hope the grass has been mowen.
So those landings might include softfield, shortfield, turbulence, crosswind, and that
applies to landings and take offs. Could also be dodging the black hawks - the
birds that hang around here. Could also be a go around, because the situations
weren't good. Temperature's 49c and we are ready to enter
roll line up and take off. Maryborough traffic Technam Microlight 6257
are you ok if I enter backtrack runway 12 and do a takeoff once you get down the threshhold
of 17? Maryborough Traffic technam 8006 that is fine
for me Maryborough traffic. Alright I'll let you know when I am about
to take off, and I am entering back tracking runway 12 for local circuit flight.
So the first thing we are going to do is a normal takeoff.
Maryborough traffic microlight 6257 lines up runway 12 and holds for the technam.
Maryborough traffic Technam 8006 crosses runway 12 Maryborough traffic.
Maryborough traffic microlight 6257 lines up rolls runway 12 for a circuit Maryborough
traffic. Here we go. OK. We are 300 feet. Maryborough traffic microlight
6257 is airborne runway 12 climbing through 400 for 500 feet for a circuit runway 12 Maryborough
traffic. Righty Oh. We are now at our circuit altitude.
Maintaining runway heading. We'll wait for the Technam to get airborne.
Maryborough traffic microlight 6257 turns crosswind runway 12 and will extend crosswind
until the Technam is clear. Maryborough. Maryborough traffic microlight 6257 turns
downwind runway 12 for a touch n go Maryborough traffic.
Alright this first landing is going to be a nice smooth normal approach depending on
what the wind is going to do to us. Ok so we are just about at the end of our downwind.
The Technam is airborne. We're at 500 feet. Maryborough traffic microlight 6257 turns
base runway 12 touch n go. Maryborough. So this is a normal kind of an approach. And
we check that there is nothing incoming on runway 12, we try and visualise where the
Technam is. Maryborough traffic microlight 6257 turns
short final runway 12 touch n go Maryborough. So here we are we're on descent 500 feet per
minute aiming for the threshhold of runway 12.
[dropping!] Add power. Hold hold hold hold hold hold And we're going.
And we're up. That rotor is interesting! Power off, wow we've got some lift going on.
So this time that was a feely normal landing, little bit of a gust and a rotor there. You
will only get a dead smooth landing in the early morning around Queensland I tell you.
Little bit of wind activity and thermal going on. Not too bad.
Soft field approach this time. So we've just done a feely normal takeoff there, and climbing
out at 800 feet per minute. Maryborough traffic microlight 6257 is airborne runway 12 turning
crosswind for another circuit runway 12 Maryborough traffic.
Ok so here we go. Going around again this time as I was going to say we're doing a short
field landing. Now that's coming in low and killing the power at the threshhold of the
runway, and that means that we can land nice and short and I will land short as I can.
So we are going to turn downwind here. Because we have got a tail wind in downwind
we actually going pretty quick ground speed wise, so our circuit time downwind is minimised
and when we turn base we have to turn slightly up wind to maintain our square base turn.
Alright so we are at 650 feet so we should be a little bit lower. Now normally a circuit
depending on the aircraft speed, would be either a 500 foot circuit or if you are in
a faster aircraft a thousand feet. Here we go, turning. Maryborough traffic microlight
6257 turns base runway 12 full stop Maryborough. Ok we are going to full stop this time because
we are going to do a nice short abrupt landing. What we are going to do is we've got to come
in nice and low. We've got to hold that crosswind upwind turn.
Ok Maryborough traffic microight 6257 turns short final runway 12 for a full stop and
a backtrack runway 12 Maryborough. Alright we are lined up. We're coming in low.
Low low low low low. What we are trying to do here is we're going to keep our speed up
because we don't want to have any issues of gusting dropping me. Alright so we are going
to come in nice and low. Nice and low. Nice and low. Nice and low. Really low, really
close to the ground. And as soon as we get over a fence or something we can kill the
power, and hold it off. On the brakes and look at that I've stopped short of the threshhold.
Perfect - ok. So now I can demonstrate a short field takeoff.
Now a short field takeoff is basically we want to make sure we get airborne and all
the weight off the wheels as soon as we can, which means we hold the wing forward, we give
it full power with the brakes on, and with the brakes on once the power has come up,
we release the brakes so we a going. We'll be airborne very quickly, before the bituman
runway especially with this headwind. Ok so short field or soft field takeoff here we
go. Power. Go. Holding the wing, holding the wing.
And the wheels are light. We're airborne. We're not even halfway to the bituman. Ok,
so let's just hold this and make sure ok over the rotor. Ok so turbulence, I was going to
demonstrate turbulence... 500 feet. We are at 500 feet, before we got to the end
of the circuit (runway). Maryborough traffic microlight 6257 is now airborne runway 12
turning crosswind runway 12 for another circuit Maryborough traffic.
Right so 500 feet turn crosswind. Now we've done a short field, we've done a shortfield
landing and a shortfield takeoff. We've done some take offs in turbulence, I think you've
seen enough of that. But I'll do a low one, what we normally try
and do is accelerate, we'll do one. Maryborough traffic microlight 6257 is turning
downwind runway 12 for a touch n go Maryborough. Now we are going to do a turbulent takeoff
off which means we are going to hold it low and then get some speed and then we are going
to blast out of there, so that we are above the tubulence nice and quickly. I've got my
hands full today! But it's not too bad, we still flying and we're enjoying ourselves
aren't we. There you go see a bit of work there.
It's a wonder, you wonder where it's coming from.
Alright we are at 600 feet on downwind always better to be a little bit higher than a little
bit lower. Always watching for traffic and listening to the radio for other traffic.
Now we're coming over some roofs it's a little thermal. It's quite warm today.
Maryborough traffic microight 6257 turns base runway 12 touch n go Maryborough.
Alright we are on base turning over the dump which is always dirty and we are going to
do a turbulent landing. Now this means we come in quite quickly ok so we are going to
maintain some power on. Maryborough traffic microlight 6257 turning
short final runway 12 touch n go Maryborough. Right, power on, hold the bar in slightly.
Keep that power and speed on because if there is a gust we could stall ok if we didn't have
enough speed. The speed that we have now means that we have inertia or speed to maintain
our flight and not stall. Ok so I am coming in pretty hot, ok I've got power on making
sure that I make the runway and make it back to the ground safely. And we're going to kill
the power and the aircraft immediately tries to dive, and we're on the ground and we're
on the brakes. And we're going again. And we are going to
do a turbulent takeoff here we go - up, hold it hold it hold it hold it and we're going
up. We've got speed we can blast out of here. Ok there you go. Now another technique I didn't
mention with the short field, landing paticularly, we tried to land, especially if it's muddy
or gravelly or something like that, we try to touch down as close to the end or to the
taxi area as we can so that we are only taxiing or running along the dirty gravelly runway
for the minimalist time. Alright so that's turbulence.
Shall we try a crosswind? I'm not confident but we will give it a go.
So normally we come in we've got to - I'll have to check the crosswind actually. Let's
just turn around. Maryborough traffic microlight 6257 is turning
crosswind runway 12 Maryborough. Alright so we are going to do a landing on
runway 17. Maryborough traffic microlight 6257 is downwind runway 17 for a touchngo
Maryborough traffic. Now in this landing and takeoff, we'll do
it all together. We'll have a crosswind landing and a crosswind takeoff and you'll notice
on landing that we will be crossed up and we won't be pointing straight down the runway,
but we will be travelling down the runway, we will be travelling along the white line.
We will straighten the trike up by lowering the aircraft until the first wheel that will
touch straightens the aircraft. Once we are straight and we're happy we can put the nose
wheel down and then stop the aircraft. Takeoff. Takeoff is just basically a matter
of dealing with the crosswind and maintaining the runway heading by turning the aircraft
into the wind. Ok. Maryborough traffic microlight 6257 turns base runway 17 for a touchngo Maryborough
traffic. Righty so this is base checking for traffic
All good and now we are going to turn short final. Maryborough traffic microlight 6257
turns short final runway 17 TouchnGo Maryborough traffic.
And around we come we're at 500 feet. Doing everything today at 500 feet. Normally I would
do it at 1,000 but we don't want to waste all our time climbing right up there.
So you'll notice as I come in I'll make this a normal approach except we'll be coming in
slightly crossed up. And the wind is from my left. Ok so at the moment we're looking
practically down the runway. Ok the nose is to the left. We're pointing slightly to the
left. We're just trying to maintain our track, now I am going to land long. I am actually
going to go out of here. I am not liking this, trees. I've just realised there's mechanical
turbulence above these trees. So I am going to land past the trees. And we are now going
to recommence descent. Ok here we go, so we are going to come down, should be past the
mechanical rotor off the trees, now I am going to hold some power on because we have turbulence
and I'm having a fight with a bird, and we've still got crossed up stuff going on. Now we
are going to hold it off, bird right here. We going to hold it off, hold it off, let
the wheel turn it and then we are on the ground. And we are taking off again - that was not
pretty. And we're up. Now remember what I said. Hold, hold the crosswind, turn into
the wind slightly, and maintain heading. And you'll notice that we are not actually straight
down the runway but we are travelling in the direction of the heading of the runway.
Well we're at 300 feet. Now we've got to watch for circuit traffic. Now the next one is like
we're ... Maryborough traffic microlight 6257 is airborne
runway 17 turning crosswind for 17 for another circuit Maryborough traffic.
So we basically just track out allowing for the crosswind as we depart the circuit as
we track out from the runway. We are at circuit height so we can do another turn downwind
now. Maryborough traffic microlight 6257 turning
downwind runway 17 Maryborough. This time we're holding a right hand turn.
I did mention earlier. We're holding a right hand turn to compensate for that crosswind
so we maintain our distance from the runway otherwise we'll end up over the top of it
and we won't have enough room to turn our base and final. I did mention earlier as well
last video I did some tests, last video we did some tests of the Gopro resolution. At
the end of this video you'll find how I've set the microphone.
We're going to land long this time allowing for that crosswind and the rotor off the trees
again but we're going to dive in this time. We're going to do a 2-stroke microlight type
engine out fail safety arrival as if we had no power, but we're maintaining inertia speed
to avoid problems with turbulence and gusting as we always fly then ... so here we go. Maryborough
microlight 6257 is finals runway 17 touchngo Maryborough.
Alright so we are going to maintain this altitude and we are going to come to slowly actually.
We just about over the threshhold of 17 and we need to maintain airspeed so we do not
stall with these gusting kind of conditions. And we are going to start diving it in now
so here we go. Notice the descent is quite different, we've got a lot of speed. We're
doing 65 knots airspeed. We're crossed up as usual because we've got that crosswind
going on. Ok we're compensating for that rotor. Now we've got to round out because we've got
all sorts of stuff going on. So we're rounding out just above the ground, and because of
that turbulence the landing is rubbish. Ok we're taking off again - straighten the wing.
Get that bird off the runway. Hold it hold it hold it hold it... I'm having trouble ... go.
And we're off. Ok we're out of here. So that's a dive approach with a lot of compensation
for other things that were going on. Now the last....
The last thing I want to demonstrate is 'S' turns on final. Maryborough traffic microlight
6257 is turning crosswind runway 17 for another circuit Maryborough. This time we'll be using
runway 12 Maryborough traffic. Ok so we're coming around we're at 700, we'll
just drop a bit. Now we're on crosswind for 12 now, we have arrived at the 12 crosswind.
We're looking at the windsock, the windsock is straight down.
This time we are going to do 'S' turns. Now this occurs when we are too high, too close
to the circuit. They can be used just because you've stuffed up the approach if you are
too high and your not going to stop in time by the end of the field (runway) if it's a
short one. So want to make sure you land as soon as you can.
Ok So 'S' turns are also used when your engine stops and you finally got to your aerodrome
or your airfield for landing but your too high. You don't have the opportunity to go
around when you don't have engine power, so the idea there is to bleed off your height
by doing 'S' turns. Now you'll notice that I can pretty much hold my position with this
headwind today. It's not that bad, it's just going to help with the 'S' turns to lower
my altitude. I'll come in with no power. Maryborough traffic microlight 6257 is turning
base runway 12 for touchngo Maryborough. Right so we going to come in, we're basically
900 feet, we'll arrive no power, but we're going to leave the engine on of course. And
we're going to now turn final. Maryborough traffic microight 6257 short final
runway 12 touchngo Maryborough. Right so we're on short final runway 12. We're
high, powers off, now if I continue my glide here, I'll probably make it. Best keep going.
Alright so now if I continue my glide, I would probably overshoot the bitumen, so we'll power
off, pull the bar in and we'll do some 'S' turns. And you'll notice this time that I
will fall short of the threshhold. I wouldn't before though. I wouldn't before. I would
have overshot the bitumen. And now we're going to hold off, we're on a stabilsed approach
almost, hold it hold it hold it, ok, and there's a beautiful landing. And now we're going to
touchngo, wing in, go, blasting off. Lift off avoid the lights, and up we go again.
Over the rotor, turbulence, welcome to the adventure flight today. As I said... oh ahh,
I'm in control, microlights can handle this, if the pilots up to it. I'm feeling comfortable
today. I just like a bit of turbulence sometimes, othertimes I just like to relax and have a
smooth flight. That today concludes our video. Thanks for
joining me. I hope you enjoyed it, I hope you got something out of it, watching me get
pummeled around. I got to go and have some fun.
Maryborough traffic microlight 6257 is airborne runway 12 and departing out to the south at
1,200 climbing for 2000 Maryborough traffic. Alright we're ready for our afternoon flight,
and some of you have been asking how I set up my cameras. Today is actually the first
time I am using two cameras for a while, and I've put one up the top here on the mast which
is actually using the mode that I filmed in last week in the test, which is superview.
So it's super wide angle, and that's my Hero 4 black. That's also got a microphone connected
to it, you might be able to see the camera there.
And then on the control bar on the wing here I also have a second camera which is just
a secondary camera to see into the cockpit so while I am flying I might be looking at
that camera to talk to so that you can look at my pretty face. Now the other thing that
you'll be noticing is this microphone here. Some of you have been asking how do I have
my audio recorded on the camera. I don't actually connect it into the radio or the intercom
aircraft. All I do is put this microphone into my headset,
which then of course hears everything that is said on the radio frequencies and with
the passenger in the back seat, and of course everything I say. So that microphone just
sits in my ear, it's got a little wind block on it which is a bit of a comfort thing for
my ear, and that helps me to, well just plugs into my ear basically, in my headset and listens
to the headset, everything that is said on air. So just again. there is the control bar
camera and up the top here we have a mast camera, which is my super wide view, which
will give you a view out the front, over the cockpit of the view going forward.
And that's the setup.