by Fred J. Calfior and Douglas W. Miller
Set ZOOM to "1.0"
Set TIME to "1400"
"I sure do enjoy our flights together! And isn't it a unique challenge to be working the details of the IFR environment, while at the same time sharpening up your instrument scanning pattern? When flying the T-2 Buckeye and A-4 Skyhawk in the Navy, one of the first lessons that had to be accomplished before getting into the airplane was to pass a blindfold cockpit check. Sitting inside the cockpit, you couldn't see anything and the instructor would ask you to point to the airspeed indicator, so you would. NAV 1 receiver - you would. Air conditioning switch - you would. Well, I won't have you do that, but it's not a bad idea to know exactly where each of your gauges are, so that your scan will be smooth. Let's use the pre-taxi clearance program, and get our clearance on one two five point niner."
1) Tune COM to "125.9" (Lindbergh Clearance)
"LINDBERGH CLEARANCE, CESSNA 9413MIKE, EAST TERMINAL, IFR. I'D LIKE TO ACTIVATE MY IFR FLIGHT PLAN FROM SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL TO LOS ANGELES, PLEASE."
"CESSNA 9413MIKE, LINDBERGH CLEARANCE, CLEARED TO LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AS FILED. MAINTAIN SEVEN THOUSAND. SAN DIEGO DEPARTURE FREQUENCY WILL BE ONE TWO FIVE POINT THREE, SQUAWK SIX FOUR FIVE TWO."
"NOVEMBER 9413MIKE IS CLEARED AS FILED. MAINTAIN SEVEN THOUSAND. DEPARTURE ONE TWO FIVE POINT THREE, SQUAWK SIX FOUR FIVE TWO."
"READBACK CORRECT. ENJOY YOUR FLIGHT!"
"You remember what our ‘as filed’ is now, right? This is your first attempt at a Standard Instrument Departure, SID, and it's a beautiful one! I can't tell you how thrilling these instrument flights are to me! When I instructed in the Navy, I used to trade my spin flights for another instructor's instrument flights. Two reasons! One, I loved the puzzle challenge of the instrument world of flying. Two, I hated spins!"
1) Tune COM to "134.8" (Lindbergh ATIS)
"SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, LINDBERGH FIELD, INFORMATION PAPA, TWO ZERO FIVE FIVE ZULU WEATHER, ESTIMATED CEILING ONE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED OVERCAST, VISIBILITY ONE TWO. TEMPERATURE FIVE EIGHT, DEWPOINT FOUR EIGHT, WIND TWO FOUR ZERO AT SIX. ALTIMETER THREE ZERO ZERO NINER. LOCALIZER RUNWAY TWO SEVEN IS IN USE. LANDING AND DEPARTING RUNWAY TWO SEVEN. ADVISE ON INITIAL CONTACT YOU HAVE INFORMATION PAPA."
"Okay! We know runway two seven, so look over the HARBR TWO departure from runway two seven. You'll need Oceanside VOR to get where you want to go, and interestingly enough, Mission Bay to identify certain fixes. What's the first heading you are interested in once you get airborne? Check your SID _______________________________(5 pts)
And what is the first critical altitude you want to be aware of?
2) Set "Altimeter" and "Heading Indicator"
3) Set XPDR to "6452" (assigned IFR code)
4) Tune NAV 1 to "115.3" (OCN)
5)Set NAV 1 OBS to "334"
6) Tune NAV 2 to "117.8" (MZB)
7) Set NAV 2 OBS to "298"
8) Set the DME to "NAV 1" and "DIST"
9) Check CARB HEAT is "OFF"
10) Check GEAR "DOWN"
11) Turn STROBE "ON"
12) Check LIGHTS are "OFF"
"We've got our clearance, we've got ATIS, we've got our navaid panel set, and we've got us about to go flying! I can tell Ground is anxious to see us depart because I see the signal flag being flown, ‘Go 13MIKE!’ Actually, that's the emergency Quebec flag to warn the airport users we're just about ready to fly! Ground is on one two three point niner - remember I told you not all Ground frequencies are one two one point something?"
13) Tune COM to "123.9" (San Diego Ground)
"SAN DIEGO GROUND, CESSNA 9413MIKE AT EAST TERMINAL, READY TO TAXI TO RUNWAY TWO SEVEN WITH INFORMATION PAPA. NORTHBOUND DEPARTURE."
San Diego Ground:
"CESSNA 9413MIKE, SAN DIEGO GROUND, TAXI TO RUNWAY TWO SEVEN."
"RUNWAY TWO SEVEN FOR 13MIKE."
"So, you'll need to turn right and proceed down along the south taxiway until approaching the hold short line at the very end with a snappy left turn. A safe rule of thumb is to taxi no faster than a fast walk, just to stay in absolute control at all times. I'd like for you to always abide by that safety procedure."
"Don't ever depart from any airport with blinders (like a race horse) on. Be knowledgeable of its idiosynchrasies. Let's see what you know by way of utilizing your San Diego Lindbergh Field airport diagram!
** 1. What is the variation around this geographic area to the nearest whole number?
2. What is the length of runway 9-27?
3. What is the elevation of the approach end of runway 27?
4. From where you're sitting here at the ramp, is the control tower in front of you and to the LEFT, or in front of you and to the RIGHT?
5. What is the name of the north taxiway paralleling runway 9-27?
6. The alignment of runway 27 is actually what magnetic course?
And away we go, Alice! Isn't that something Jackie Gleason said in the Honeymooners? Am I dating myself or what? What! You're a diplomat!"
1) Set brake (hold down to prevent aircraft from moving)
2) Advance power to about "1800" RPM
** 3) Select CARB HEAT "ON", record RPM drop__________________(5 pts)
4) Select CARB HEAT "OFF"
** 5) Select "LEFT" Mag, record RPM drop________________________(5 pts)
6) Select "BOTH" Mags
** 7) Select "RIGHT" Mag, record RPM drop_______________________(5 pts)
8) Select "BOTH" Mags
9) Reduce power to idle
10) Set FLAPS to first notch (10 degrees takeoff configuration)
"Are you committed to excellence? Enjoy the view on takeoff for about one thousand feet, because it looks like that's all you'll have to sightsee! Handle our Tower communications then on one one eight point three."
11)Tune COM to "118.3" (San Diego Tower)
"SAN DIEGO TOWER, CESSNA 9413MIKE IS READY FOR IFR DEPARTURE RUNWAY TWO SEVEN."
San Diego Tower:
"CESSNA 9413MIKE, SAN DIEGO TOWER, HOLD SHORT. TRAFFIC IS ON THREE QUARTER MILE FINAL."
"13MIKE, HOLDING SHORT."
"Man, oh man! That's a nice approach they're doing! I try to recommend to all my students that they sit somewhere by an approach end of an active runway, and watch incoming aircraft. You can so easily see high landing attitudes, low landing attitudes, power juggling, wind effects, so many, many great things. It can get downright scary, I'll tell you!"
San Diego Tower:
"CESSNA 13MIKE, RUNWAY TWO SEVEN, CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF."
"CESSNA 13MIKE, TWO SEVEN, CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF."
"You go through the drill! Flaps - yup! Ten degrees. Fuel is topped. Yeah, that takeoff trim setting sure is vital. Green oil temperature and green oil pressure. Oh, that beautiful runway length and it's all ours! Light the afterburners and let's show them 13MIKE's awesome two hundred and thirty five horsepower output!"