East Coast NAAG
Another great flight yesterday. This time with Northern Adventure Aviation Group ( NAAG) a lovely bunch of Airmen, and a couple of extra passengers, so 5 planes joined us at Opotiki, they had come from as far as Auckland, travelling around the the East Cape and down to Gisborne.
I’ve been part way down that way when we flew to Egdecome after they got flooded a few weeks back, and while I recognised some things, it could have just as easily been a different flight part, there were so many things I didn’t see last time.
We landed at Opotiki as I said, and met up with the others, and took off one after the other, and carried on around the Cape, watching the other planes was interesting and fun, for me it was like keeping your eye on a bunch of young kids, each one seemed to want to look at something different. I only saw 3 planes at the same time, and a shadow another plane I couldn’t see, they were behind use, but thinking about it now, they must have been above or below, they were telling us where they were of course, but I couldn’t always understand the radio sometimes. Don’t get me wrong it was all very safe, just new for me, and gave me a taste of what its like to fly in a busy airspace, at least we were travelling in the same direction.
So we went out around the cape, the scenery was just awesome, I’ll never get bored looking at the views from the air. Once we got right around the coast, we headed down for Gisborne and landed.
I met a 3 of my potion Lynny’s Herbal Potions customers-friends, and we had a lovely time, my loud laugh ringing through the cafe more than once. I could never see the point in stifling a laugh, if its funny, let everyone know. ?
So I hand delivered some Kawakawa and Strong Pain Relief balms, and a couple of Magnesium Oil to them, and had a good old chin wag, with Margaret and her hubby, and Helen… All too soon it was time to leave. After 3 lovely hugs, and a look at inside the radio tower.
East Cape NAAG
the 5 planes took off in quick succession. I would have loved to watch it from the ground but of course that would mean I couldn’t have done the rest of the trip. We flew down to Mahia and had a look at the Rocket Lab, then headed down Hawkes Bay to Wairoa then inland up the Urewera’s to Lake Waikaremoana, places my dad used to talk about when I was a kid.
Just after we passed Lake Waikaremoana, we hit some really bumpy sky, so Cliff took the controls to show me how to fly them and make it less bumpy by slowing down. My leg started bothering me a bit later, not actually cramp but making me think it was going to cramp…
Not to self, Lynny should have stopped talking so much at Gisborne, and used your own Magnesium Oil on your legs… still that’s just a should, coulda, woulda situation, just do it with your next fights. Also you need to wear shorts in other flights, so you can rub the mag-oil into your thighs, tights are not a good option ?
I tried taking the controls again a couple of times but realised I was being pigheaded wanting to finish the flight, so about 30 minutes from Thames I ask Cliff to fly home. Which is quiet something for me to do, I like control, but it was good, becuase I got to have a good look around and learned a few more things.
Landing was a special treat, Cliff got me to stall the plane, and he glided in, it was so quite and peaceful,
Another Abracadabra Day. ? ? ?
Once we landed back in Thames, Cliff asked me what I had learned today, I was so tired I was like Cliff McChesney Dude really, you expect me to remember anything and think now, really… you are kidding right! lol. So here goes…
But after a rest, this is what I learned today:
1. Flying through a very small cloud is pretty unnerving, Cliff took control of the plane just to show me what it was like. Now it was a very small cloud, and didn’t seem very thick, but we went from total visibility to total whiteout for a about 3 or 4 seconds, and there is no way I’d want to get caught in a bigger one. It also a really good learning experience of how vital your peripheral vision is.
2. As a new flyer and probably and intermediate or experienced airman, If your instruments were to stop working, and you got yourself in a big cloud white out, you’d be in the $h!t Bigtime, so best avoid clouds even little ones. ?
3. I’ve got a heck of a lot of checking in and out of towers speak to learn, Because of my other flights I basically know what to say, but its still confusing what order to say it in.
After Opotiki there was a few bumps, and the further south we went it got worse nothing too bad before Gisborne or even down to Wairoa, but once we got into the Urewera’s wow, a wee bit scary.
3. Bumps don’t bother me at all, I actually find them exciting, and when they got really bad in one place Cliff took over and showed me how what to do to lessen them, slowing down makes a big difference, I already knew that, but forgot to use it, but also climbing higher to get over them sometimes works.
4. Watching the clouds is or smoke from the ground gives you an idea to me aware it might be getting rough.
5. I learn that just becuase one plane can be at 5000 feet, and they say its smooth up there, that by the time I got up there, it was still pretty bumpy.
6. How important it is to
a) have your radio turned into the correct channel,
b) Use your radio to call in your position, we saw a helicopter up in Tauranga airspace that didn’t say anything even after Cliff did, it wasn’t too close, but certainly close, but it definitely made me see how easily it could have been dangerous.
c) Even though the visibility was very good, that helicopter came from my side, I should have seen it out of the side window, about a minute before I did and would have if he had used his radio.
7. Flying later in the day when the sun is getting low, seems worse than driving a car at that time, and I have to get a pair of good sunnies and a hat with a peak. Gosh that burning orb is so strong. And best time to use your instruments to make sure there is nothing to fly into. lol…
8. I need to leave one of my magnesium oil’s in the car, and use it on my right rudder leg both before and when we stop, because crampy legs darn hurt.
9. Forcing the plane to stall (turning it off) and gliding into land at the end of a flight, is not scary at all, its very relaxing and quite, although it would be a bit different if I knew I couldn’t start the engine if the approach was too far back, or it was just a paddock or the side of a hill, but still its not something to panic about.
10. Finding an unfamiliar airfield, and just being told to find it, it really helps if you know where you are supposed to be looking.
A video taken by one of the others in the group.