Techniques to Brush Up On
Most visiting pilots could stand to brush up their skills in a couple
of areas before beginning an inter-island touring flight. Because of the
relatively strong winds that usually blow in Hawaii, the ability to use
crosswind taxiing techniques is a must. Besides knowing where to place
your controls while taxiing, you can also help avoid a tipover by remembering
to taxi slowly. Most planes upset during taxi are those proceeding downwind
at a higher than normal speed at the time a turn is attempted.
If time permits, you may also want to work
on improving your abilities as a tour guide. Your audience may only consist
of three passengers in a plane, but they'll certainly appreciate your
efforts. Learn your material. Instead of just reading in Flying Hawaii
about the sights you'll encounter during your flight, study the book.
Memorize the names of volcanoes, waterfalls, and historical sites along
your route. If you put enough time into your preparations, you can sound
like an old-timer as you describe the sights.
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