DMarley wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:37 pm
People who strive to become good pilots don't confuse one mode of landing for another. People aren't that stupid.
It is really critical to establish a baseline in training. In hang gliding that baseline should be foot launched takeoff and landings on the training hill if the pilot intends to do foot launched takeoff and landings in their life time.
I offer the Fundamentals of Instruction because it is required knowledge by the FAA for all licensed instructors and USHPA rated instructors. A common accepted resource in the Aviation Community.
Pilots are going to do what they were trained to do. I have flown with many Naval Aviators. They were trained to land on the boat. That was their baseline. When tired or stressed they would revert to what they were trained to do, land on the boat. When landing on the boat, once you caught the wire and it did not break, you were done. When landing a regular airplane once the mains touched down (when tired or stressed) the Naval Aviator’s whole body would relax. They were done, what they were trained to do, but we still had another mile and a half of runway in front of us to roll out. The plane was not done. They were not stupid, just reverting to what they were trained to do. This would be exaggerated when they were tired or stressed. The Laws of Learning would be Exercise and Intensity for the Naval Aviator in reverting to landing on the boat.
There are down loads of the black box after airline accidents where the Airline Captain is trying to steer the airplane on the ground with the yoke. On the ground the nose wheel is steered with the rudder pedals or the tiller. Is this Airline Captain stupid or inexperienced? No, he is tired or stressed or both and is reverting to his baseline, because he learned to drive a car before he learned to fly.
Now the SR71 Pilots were thinking so far ahead of the airplane, we had to wait for the plane to catch up to us to land.
I never got to fly with the Space Shuttle Pilot, but the hall ways in the training center were considered holy ground after he walked past.
”DMarley” wrote:You could spout off similar outrageous accusations about training-hill flying if you were equally as belligerent towards that type of training.
You are correct. If your only goal is to fly off the cart and land on wheels, don’t bother with the training hill.
It is the same with scooter towing. Scooter towing is great for multiple cycles. The problem is the takeoff with scooter towing requires a slightly higher pitch attitude than a foot launched hill takeoff. So if initial training (Law of Primacy) or highly repetitive cycles (Law of Exercise) is etched into the memory of the pilot, the pilot is being set up for problems later on with a normal foot launch hill takeoff. This is especially true if the pilot is stressed or tired. They will revert to what they were trained to do subconsciously, a slightly higher pitch attitude which is not appropriate for a foot launched hill takeoff.
There needs to be a base line etched into the subconscious on the training hill of foot launched takeoff and landings. Everything else should be the exception from the baseline, unless of course you don’t care about foot launched takeoff and landings.
Go to YouTube and watch the Contest Competition Pilots try to foot launch off the hill. It is pathetic.
Namby-Pamby Pilots flying contests.