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Posted: 9/18/2009 11:50:31 AM EST
I've never flown before cause I am deathly affraid to. So my wifes dad called and asked if I wanted to go up in a small plane. I said yes. What am I in for?
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 11:51:23 AM EST
I dunno, but dibs on ammo.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 11:51:33 AM EST
Oh, this will be good.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 11:51:37 AM EST
Uncle has two. I got up everytime he lets me. I love flying.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 11:51:51 AM EST
A lot better ride than you would have in a large plane.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 11:51:59 AM EST
Works like a big plane, only smaller.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 11:52:30 AM EST
Dad used to have a little Cessna. Good time, better than the airlines for sure.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 11:53:39 AM EST
Not only will you do fine, but you will actually enjoy yourself.



Link Posted: 9/18/2009 11:54:02 AM EST
I knew a guy once that went up in a small plane, he didn't survive the crash.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 11:54:33 AM EST
Just remember that doors and windows open up in flight on Cessnas. Dont freak out over it like my girlfriend did. As long as you are buckled in you should not fall out.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 11:57:10 AM EST
Bring some gum and have fun. If you get the oppertunity behind the yoke do not pass it up
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 11:57:13 AM EST
It's a blast, completely different experience than flying in a big ol airliner.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 11:58:13 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 11:59:40 AM EST
Originally Posted By StandardDeviation:
I knew a guy once that went up in a small plane, he didn't survive the crash.


That's fucked up!
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:05:49 PM EST
Will it be on a treadmill?

Seriously, small planes are fun. And like someone said earlier, if you get a chance to take the yoke, do it!
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:07:58 PM EST
The only difference is that the takeoff angle is a lot steeper, so you will be really back in your seat looking up when you take off.
Other than that, its pretty much the same experience other than being more noisy and bumpy.











Only other thing is that small planes seem to crash a lot more often
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:08:12 PM EST
i'ts not scary at all if he takes off from a treadmill
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:08:15 PM EST
Originally Posted By StandardDeviation:
I knew a guy once that went up in a small plane, he didn't survive the crashlanding.


fify
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:09:07 PM EST
Ask the pilot to practice some stalls.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:12:55 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2009 12:13:15 PM EST by 87GN]
Fun...I flew this morning (in a small plane). It's a lot of fun.

Originally Posted By larkinmusic:
Ask the pilot to practice some stalls slips.

Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:13:30 PM EST
They fly fast enough to barely kill you when they crash.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:16:14 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2009 12:34:50 PM EST by dorobuta]
Ok, try this...


cut back on the power all the way. pull back on the yoke, and just as the nose breaks downward, step on the right pedal and hold it to the floor. It's a blast.

Just kidding (although spins are fun when you know how to enter and exit them safely)

You will have a lot of fun, you will gain an appreciation for flying...

you will probably start thinking about a pilot's license. That's what got me interested in flying.

(edited because I'm a dumbass)
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:17:08 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2009 12:17:33 PM EST by 87GN]
Originally Posted By dorobuta:
Ok, try this...
cut back on the power all the way. pull back on the yolk, and just as the nose breaks downward, step on the right pedal and hold it to the floor. It's a blast.


you keep eggs in your plane?
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:25:02 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2009 12:35:28 PM EST by EarlBypass]
orgasmic...

eta: First thing, relax... people do it all the time. Chewing gum will help with equalizing the pressure buildup in your eardrums. If you dive, you already know the valsalva maneuver... drop the jaw and pop your ears? Third, relax. Actually traveling in three dimensions is better than any video game.

Yokes are ok if it is all you can get, but I prefer the stick because it just seems more natural. Have fun!
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:30:00 PM EST
5lbs bags of flour, you can fig it out.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:31:14 PM EST
They smell like 30 year old sweat, and are a lot more bumpy and noisy, but they are very addictive.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:31:33 PM EST
If its not a bumpy day, you will enjoy the hell out of it. GO FOR IT.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:31:52 PM EST

Originally Posted By afmdss306:
I've never flown before cause I am deathly affraid to. So my wifes dad called and asked if I wanted to go up in a small plane. I said yes. What am I in for?

A fun time!
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:32:04 PM EST
Originally Posted By 87GN:
Fun...I flew this morning (in a small plane). It's a lot of fun.

Originally Posted By larkinmusic:
Ask the pilot to practice some stalls slips inverted spins.



Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:33:21 PM EST
take off to landing ratio needs to be the same
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:33:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By 87GN:
Originally Posted By dorobuta:
Ok, try this...
cut back on the power all the way. pull back on the yolk, and just as the nose breaks downward, step on the right pedal and hold it to the floor. It's a blast.


you keep eggs in your plane?
ROFL

Spell check won't catch all stupid errors

Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:34:47 PM EST
The landings can be quite exciting.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:36:27 PM EST

Originally Posted By huskerpower1:
take off to landing ratio needs to be the same

I'm unaware of any planes still stuck in the air....

All planes will eventually land.

It's the ratio of takeoffs to safe landings that need to be the same....


Just remember the old adage:

There are more planes in the ocean than there are subs in the sky.


Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:37:23 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2009 12:40:57 PM EST by GUNSFORHIRE]
Man I love small planes like the cessna 172...They have a glide ratio and are safer than some big rock of a jumbo jet that glides directly to the ground..

eta...I went through Private IFR and I whish I would have got my CFII
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:37:27 PM EST
Originally Posted By huskerpower1:
take off to landing ratio needs to be the same


I lol'd.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:37:53 PM EST
Flying in small planes is a LOT of fun. I don't think I've ever known someone who didn't like it.

Originally Posted By Chas8008:
5lbs bags of flour, you can fig it out.


Better yet, a few rolls of TP.






You should be warned, depending on what the pilot is doing, you could get sick. Don't eat heavy before the flight.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:40:25 PM EST
Just have a couple of stiff belts before you go....you'll dig it!!
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:43:22 PM EST
Originally Posted By dorobuta:
Ok, try this...


cut back on the power all the way. pull back on the yoke, and just as the nose breaks downward, step on the right pedal and hold it to the floor. It's a blast.

Just kidding (although spins are fun when you know how to enter and exit them safely)

You will have a lot of fun, you will gain an appreciation for flying...

you will probably start thinking about a pilot's license. That's what got me interested in flying.

(edited because I'm a dumbass)



Man I love it..

It is like a roller coaster of love...
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:43:48 PM EST
Originally Posted By pcsutton:
Just have a couple of stiff belts before you go....you'll dig it!!


Thats what I did in mexico para sailing. Love plane rides, hate ladders/ heights.

I think the FIL is going to pop him in the air, drop em out over bfe.

Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:44:02 PM EST

Originally Posted By huskerpower1:
take off to landing ratio needs to be the same


my ratio isn't

but thats the drawback to being a skydiver



flying a small plane is cool. if it wasn't so freaking expensive and full of regulations (now, compared to 20 years ago when I started)
I'd probably still be flying today.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:44:55 PM EST
Just stay within your performance envelope or this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUWcMWLOamg
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:47:52 PM EST
Ask if you can sit up front. Seriously, it is a far better, more comfortable ride.

Light aircraft seem frail and delicate, but in fact, they are pretty tough. Fairly reliable and foolproof also.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:53:59 PM EST

Originally Posted By Misery:
Just stay within your performance envelope or this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUWcMWLOamg


interesting
http://www.alexisparkinn.com/l-19_crash_documents.htm
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:58:31 PM EST
The REAL blast comes the first time you solo!
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:58:42 PM EST
its like being in a compact car going down a bumpy road on the side of a cliff. you feel like your going 10 miles an hour and the veiw is great , but its cramped and a little bit of roller coaster fun rolled into it.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 1:01:33 PM EST
Or, you can do this... magic!

Link Posted: 9/18/2009 1:02:40 PM EST
I like the ones that can barely get off the ground. Course everytime I was in one I was wearing a parachute.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 1:03:52 PM EST
You have life insurance, right?
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 1:05:01 PM EST
Originally Posted By GUNSFORHIRE:
Man I love small planes like the cessna 172...They have a glide ratio and are safer than some big rock of a jumbo jet that glides directly to the ground..

eta...I went through Private IFR and I whish I would have got my CFII


A 757 (or any other airliner) has a much better glide ratio than a 172, by a long shot (17:1 vs 9:1).


To the original poster, if you get the chance to go up, do it in the morning or the evening. The air will be much smoother and it will make for a better experience. You'll have a blast as seeing the ground from 500-2000ft for the first time is awe-inspiring.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 1:05:38 PM EST
Tell him to taxi over to the giant treadmill runway, and you will never find out.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 1:05:43 PM EST
You can look forward to either death-gripping fear... or a hell of a fun ride. It all depends on you.

I would do it again in a heartbeat if I got the chance.
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