View Full Version : My first 1 and a half flying hours ^_^

08-25-2009, 05:55 PM
I've been wanting to do this post for a while and I've finally got round to it! Go me ^_^

It all started about 4 months ago...

My good mate Max (full name Maximilian Alcock (Y) aka All **** no Balls http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif) decides he wants to be a Pilot in the RAF, joins the Air training Core, or ATC otherwise known as the "Air cadets" and invited me along. I'm pretty nervous about it but go along and really enjoy myself http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif It's pretty hardcore as far as my 16 going on 17 lifestyle goes but soon I've got the hang of Ironing my uniform, managed more than one lap of the Assault course and got my Berry shaped ^_^ As soon as the words "free flying" were mentioned I was signed up! Amazing I though, a chance do some real flying! Myself and about 14 other cadets along with the CO and some other staff to keep us in check headed down to RAF Cranwell where we were greeted to the sight of 6 Grob Tutors lined up by the runway. We got our safety briefing and got kitted up in olive green jumpsuits, helmets, shades and a parachute, just in case! All the Pilots are RAF or ex RAF and the guy who took me up was an absolute Legend! He talked me through the basics which having played this sim I was pretty familiar with. We then covered shallow climbing and diving and banking and turning left and right. All of which i got to try out. After this we did some Aerobatics. He put us through a Loop and a Barrel Roll. It was amazing! It's hard to describe the forces you experience but I think Max put it well when he said. "I'm never gonna call the IL-2 Pilot a puff again!" It's pretty intense and these were all fairly low G manoeuvres.

My Second flight in a Grob was a few weeks ago and it was even better! I'd told the Pilot (another absolute Legend (Y)) that I'd like to do some Aerobatics and after checking I hadn't thrown up last time he said "sure". As soon as we took off he handed the controls to me and told me to climb whilst maintaining 80 knots and head for a gap in the clouds. He was impressed that I managed to do this well. He said "most people pull up too step and we loose too much speed" I think that was my IL-2 experience helping me out http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Once we got to 4500 feet he demonstrated a wingover whilst getting me to follow through on the controls. He then casually said, "you try" I was pretty damn nervous at this point! If you don't know, a wingover involves diving to gain some speed, then climb vertical up and rolling so that one wing is facing directly down and you sort of drop round as if pivoting on the wing. It's hard to describe but it looked tricky. But he talked me through it and it all went well. He then got me to do another one and then a couple slightly more complicated ones that involved more rolling. After the 3rd or 4th time he said "that was Flawless" I was, obviously, dead happy! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif After that he got me to fly back to base and then he landed, it was a bit windy so we had to come in a bit an angle and then kick the rudder to level out just before the touch down.

Both experiences were really good and I would recommend joining the Air Cadets to all of you! Aerobatics are awesome! It's interesting to compare real flying to IL-2. Both times the Pilots seemed quite impressed that I knew what I was doing perhaps more than some of the other Cadets and I think that is mostly because of reading Denkers guide and playing IL-2. I think that the only thing that really separated real life from IL-2, apart from obvious things like not being able to "feel" g force and gravity, is the lack of turbulence and wind. Both tiems I flew the weather was good but there was plenty of rising and falling as we entered hot and cold pockets of air. Obviously a grob tutor will be more effected by these than a much heavier P-38 or equivalent but I'm still hoping Storm of War will have some decent turbulence and wind etc. Anyway I'm rambling.

Just really wanted to share that experience with you guys, sometimes I tell folks at school about it and how it's the best thing I've ever done and their don't seem that bothered, I think rather go to a football match or watch Eastenders. I'll post some pics next time I'm on the PC, not the laptop. Thanks for reading. Sorry if i rambled I'm not the best when it comes to Gramma and Spelling and whatnot...


08-25-2009, 06:35 PM
What a neat experiance for you. Thank you for sharing it. I enjoyed reading it.


08-25-2009, 07:01 PM
Excellent reading. My 14 yr old just joined the Air Cadets here in Canada in May. No flying yet but he has just finished a course in Aviation Technology and took part in the re-building of a 1947 Aeronca Chief aircraft.

08-25-2009, 07:45 PM
Good post. I've only managed to get my license by strictly flying civil aircraft, no aerobatics http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif but I'd like to try it out sometime. I think my first flight was helped along a little bit by CFS1. But when I started doing heli's my CFI told me I was a 'natural' and 'could get my rating in 10 hours though the minimum is 30', but I've not had the opportunity to try a heli sim. I think it's because we're young and absorb everything http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

08-25-2009, 07:51 PM
PS: And BTW, that first flight is really something huh? I remember my face was getting sore from grinning from ear to ear. I got a little happy-face sticker for it and for my check ride in my logbook http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

It's going to be one step towards an obsession http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Good luck in your adventures and I wish you safe and happy flying! Or as Rod Machado says: "May your landings be like that of a butterfly with sore feet."

08-25-2009, 08:11 PM
haha im jealous. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I haven't had the opportunity to actually do the flying yet. Though its one of the things I want to do more than anything else. But my family might be getting an ultralight in a few years so thatll be good since i could legally fly it by myself. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

But yeah good for you on being able to do it. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

08-25-2009, 09:38 PM
Fantastic post, please keep them coming!!

08-26-2009, 03:17 AM
Wow, Thanks! Glad you enjoyed reading, I'm no Shakespear! Nice to hear some of you guys are getting airborne too! Keep it up ^_^

08-26-2009, 03:21 AM
Yep, the atc is awesome. Im too old now, but a few people i know have been able to go on glider courses and even go solo.

08-26-2009, 03:50 AM
Excellent! I wish I had realised at such a young age that I wanted to fly. I never even thought of it at school or until long after.

If only I had thought to say to that careers woman 'I want to be a pilot'! it all could have been so different#!

08-26-2009, 01:17 PM
Haha, I've been considering a career as a pilot but it isn't that easy! RAF is incredably demanding and about 100 people apply for one place. Also a comercial pilots corse at Uni, including a pilots licence cost abot 50,000 a year, or something rediculess!

There's a girl at my Caddet squadron that trained to be a qualified glider instructor all for free. When we go to glider camps she's one of the instructors that takes the caddets up http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Lucky her, If i'd joined sooner I could've done that! Pitty I've joined so late, I've only got to the end of next year http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif Oh well! Enjoy it while I can, should get at least 5-6 more flights easy.

08-26-2009, 02:38 PM
Yeah, but theres always UAS if you got to uni


08-26-2009, 03:19 PM
Originally posted by AllorNothing117:
I think that the only thing that really separated real life from IL-2, apart from obvious things like not being able to "feel" g force and gravity, is the lack of turbulence and wind. Well I hope in 10 years from now, this will improve for IL-2 as well. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
With all those UAVs flying around, big military budgets will be spent on simulating this as well. Although the real thing will always be different.