WTC - Transition Training
Session One: General Handling
Position the Aircraft in the vicinity of the WTC Terminal Building. The aircraft should be parked with the Engines Shut down. Use this time to familiarise yourself with the layout of the aircraft you are training in. Note the type of engine indications, where they can be found. The layout of the primary flight instruments, and the location of any stand-by instruments. In addition, make sure you know the location and operation of all the aircraft systems found on any sub panels.
The more time you spend on the ground familiarising yourself with a new aircraft, the easier your job in the air will be.
Start-Up and Taxi
Obtain the current ATIS, perform a standard Engine Start, and taxi the aircraft from the parking position towards the active Runway.
In order to get the aircraft moving, you might notice the aircraft requires more power than you are used to using . You may also notice greater distance is required to bring the aircraft to a stop. Make sure you take note of the position of the nose wheel relative to the cockpit. This will influence the visual cues you use to maintain the aircraft on the taxiway. The more fuel you have in your aircraft, the more marked these effects will be.
Taxi to the duty runway and hold short. Perform you pre-take-off checks and when ready, check for traffic and line up on the active runway.
Conduct a normal take-off according to the Pilot Operating Handbook. Mentally compare the take-off performance of this aircraft with others you are used to flying. You must also remember that Denver has a high pressure altitude, so your aircraft performance will be slightly less.
Climb and Departure
After take-off, maintain Runway heading until passing 10,000 feet. Turn and track the 090 Radial on the Denver VOR (117.9). Continue climbing to 15,000 feet and hold 250 knots. Proceed to the 50 DME training area and level out at 15,000 feet.
Once you are established in the climb and cruise at 15,000 feet, conduct some basic handling sequences. Disengage the autopilot, if you were using it, and hand fly the aircraft, maintaining straight and level until you are comfortable with this.
Remember to set an attitude and reference your aircraft’s performance from that attitude. Change the attitude and note the change in performance. DO NOT CHASE THE INSTRUMENTS.
Air Work Exercises
Try some medium turns in both directions. Ideally you are looking for a smooth entry and exit, maintaining your assigned altitude or nominated rate of climb throughout the turns. Remember the WestWind Airline Transport Standards are to ±10 degrees of heading, ±100 feet of altitude, ±5 knots of airspeed, ±5 degrees angle of bank and ±100 feet of vertical speed.
When you feel comfortable with these turns, conduct some steep turns, 45° Bank Angle and 250 Knots in each direction. Again you are looking for a smooth entry and exit, as well as maintaining the WestWind Airlines Transport Standards.
Slow flight and Stalls
When you are comfortable with the turning exercises, climb to 20,000 feet in anticipation of a series of stalls. This altitude should be sufficient for the safe recovery of the aircraft from the stall.
The reason we practice stalling is so that we know not only how to recognise a stall, but also deal with it with the minimum loss of height. This becomes critically important when the aircraft is operating close to the stall, near the ground, such as the approach and landing phase of flight.
Stalling an aircraft means that you are flying it close to the limit of it’s flight envelope. You will begin to develop an understanding of how the aircraft handles in this environment and consequently become much more comfortable with the aeroplane. This will also allow you to discover any odd handling characteristics the aircraft posses, at a safe altitude.
Gradually slow the aircraft and take note the handling changes that occur. You should feel sloppy controls and notice that they are far less effective at this slower speed. You may also notice the inertia of the aircraft becomes more pronounced in its handling, especially if you are chasing the instruments.
Lower the flaps, one stage at a time and observe the pitch and handling changes as you do so (maintain altitude and airspeed). Once you have lowered full flap and extended the gear and again observe the changes to the aircraft handling. Take note of the power settings and attitudes required to maintain the aircraft in this part of the flight envelope.
While travelling at this slow speed, be sure to experiment with some gentle turns in each direction. Do not use high angles of bank, as the aircraft will stall.
When you are comfortable flying the aircraft in this configuration, raise the flaps and gear, one stage at a time. Again, take note of the handling changes as you alter the aircraft’s configuration.
Having mastered the art of slow flight it is time to begin practising some stalls and their associated recovery. Ensure that the aircraft is established at 20,000 feet. Now would be a good time to check that there are no loose items floating around the cockpit and that your seat belt and shoulder harness are "nice and tight".
Our first stall will be conducted with the aircraft in the "clean" configuration with flaps and gear up.
Gently close the throttle and maintain altitude and heading. As the airspeed begins to slow you will notice that the controls become easier to move and much less effective. As the aircraft approaches the stall, you will hear (and in some cases feel) the Stall warning horn. If you hold the stick back the aircraft will "wallow around" and begin to descent at quite a rate. If you are lucky you may get a clean break at the stall and see the nose drop.
Attempt to recover the aircraft before the point of stall. You do this by, applying FULL POWER and adjusting your pitch to a level attitude. Once the airspeed has built up to a safe figure commence a climb back to the initial altitude. Take note of any altitude loss.
The correct recovery technique is (with maximum power applied) NOT to "shove viciously forward" on the control column, but rather un-stall the wings. I think the best way to describe this is to "gently but positively adjust the yoke until the Angle of Attack has been decreased to a figure less than the critical angle".
The next exercise is to continue these stalls but in different aircraft configurations. Try the first stall with the power leavers at idle and the gear and flaps up, then the next stall with approach power and approach flaps and the airliner in a gentle turn, then the final set of stalls with idle power, gear down with full flaps. You will notice the aeroplane behaves a little differently in each these configurations, especially as you add more power. Keep practising these stalls until you feel comfortable with these manoeuvres. Remember to pay attention to the symptoms of the stall and the behaviour of the aircraft.
Perform as many stalls as you feel you need until you are comfortable with the aircraft. Remember the point of this exercise is to learn the symptoms of the stall and be able to recover.
Arrival and Landing
Return to the WestWind Training Centre at Denver via the most expeditious means. Enter the pattern and make a normal landing based on the figures in the Pilot Operating Handbook. Taxi to the gate and shutdown.
This concludes Session One.