Steven’s PPL Diary 7: Turning

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Day 6 – Back to Normality
Turning, straight and level (with turning), climbing (with turning), descending (with more turning)

[Exercise 6,7,8,9]

Well, as I’ve had Sam proof reading, uploading and adding his possibly world renowned photoshopped images to my oh-so many entries (Cat’s out of the bag, I don’t upload the diary myself) there’s still nothing new that I can point my many millions of fans too.

This week the pre-flight briefing included a look at the various angles of bank required at various times, and this time I got the answer to the question wrong.

Oh dear Steven.

Oh dear Steven.



Nevermind, out to the aircraft we go and it’s ‘my’ aircraft and the wind’s coming in from the right direction; everything’s back to normal. Checks completed, taxi out on to the runway, throttle all the way forward and off we go. It’s a lovely flying day, cloud at around 4,000ft, cool air, very smooth (Makes trimming so much easier).

Now to the manoeuvres. Straight and level turns, easy enough in principle; turn the controls, pull back a little, keep the nose at the same attitude and around you go. But you have to make sure you keep the bank angle about right, not too much, as Cherokees don’t fly very well inverted and not too little.

Inverted Cherokee. The idea I flipped an image is simply absurd.

Inverted Cherokee. Bow down to my immense Photoshop skills.

The climbing turn has a similar method except you have to pull back more and turn less. The descending turn – again simple; turn the control column but with no heavy pull back. It all sounds so simple and it is, in theory, actually flying it can be a little more difficult. Fate was on my side and it was smooth flying day, wouldn’t have liked to have done those with a bit of wind.

My time’s almost up, which is a shame, it really is a nice day, and we head towards the now very familiar white blob, with various 360º turns, then following a heading, fly over the airport, and set up for the landing, I get to fly using the throttle as he handles the control column, much less scary now the approach, throttle to idle, touchdown and roll down the runway.

Next time – Introduction to Exercise 10: Stalling.

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