I believe I can fly...I believe I can touch the sky...I think about it every night and day....Spread my wings and fly away.
After my preflight and ramp rendition of I Believe I can Fly Chuck walked out on the ramp and we talked about 679er, her maintenance, engine time, who works on her, who owns her and some general upkeep on my girl. Really good questions since he is going to trust his skin in this bird. We climbed in and I went through my normal procedures flowing through my checklists pre start and pre taxi. ATIS info noted, everything set and taxi instructions noted. I ask Chuck if he would like to try a brake test on his side then I followed suit. We are taxiing to runway one nine as I perform my taxi checks. I notice on my sweep through the gauges that the altitude is not reading correct. I pull up to do my run up and give the altitude indicator another look. The indication is maybe sixty to eighty feet off so prior to calling for clearance I run through my ATIS once again. I entered two niner niner zero and the ATIS noted two niner niner niner, now it's reading correct. Now I'm all set and get my clearance to depart and turn on course south west.
It was time to shoot an approach. I was around 14 miles south west of the DQO VOR and tracked to intercept the 025* radial for the VOR RWY 19. Tracked real nice, held altitude and had some very good discussion on instrument flight. Chuck made the initial call to Philly for the practice VOR approach. Philly asked if we wanted vectors or to fly the approach, I responded we'll fly the practice approach. Now flying the 025* radial we passed the station and I started my turn out for the procedure turn and caught that I needed to pass WILEA intersection first. Right bank, back to 025* and all is well. At the 5.5 DME mark I turned outbound to 355* for my teardrop procedure turn. One minute passed and I started my right turn back to intercept the 205* radial. As I came to my heading the CDI was coming in on time and looking good. I did get a bit heavy handed as I followed the localizer but tracked in ok and hit all my altitude as I passed each point. I passed WILEA and started down from 1900 feet. Calling altitude and course I leveled off at 700 feet (decision height 660). I did get a call from Philly to keep the speed up a hawker jet was number two to land. I did my best and that was the last I heard. Once given the ok to look up I saw runway one niner just off center but dead ahead. Flaps set for landing double check on fuel, pump and lights has me ready bring 679er in. Not a bad landing with a short roll out to taxiway Kilo to clear for the hawker and off to red eagle.
GREAT lesson, 1.1 hours of fun stuff and I feel I can still fly. I honestly was starting to wonder if this rating was going to work for me. I'm up again tomorrow at 8 am and should get some actual....very cool stuff!!
If I can see it, then I can be it
If I just believe it, there's nothing to it
Hey, cuz I believe in me, oh
If I just spread my wings I can fly