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Bush and Mountain Flying Course

Manual V2.0

Author: CC Pocock

List of Contents

 

  • Introduction to Bush and Mountain flying.

 

Aircraft Operations

  • Short, soft, rough and unimproved field landing and take-off:
  • Getting to know your aircraft.
  • Optimum flap setting.
  • Maximum power for take-off
  • Stabilized approach.
  • Brakes
  • Ground effect (IGE)
  • Very short landings
  • Optimum speed at touch down.
  • Retracting flaps at touchdown.
  • Taxing
  • Unimproved surfaces
  • Soft and rough surfaces.
  • Tail wheel or nose wheel?
  • Tail wheel or nose wheel?
  • Tying down an airplane.
  • Short field take off.
  • Short soft field take off.
  • Short field take of over an obstacle.
  • Short soft field take off over an obstacle.
  • Short rough field take off.
  • Crosswind take off.
  • Short field landing.
  • Short field spot landing.
  • Short soft field landing.
  • Landing over an obstacle.
  • Dog leg and winding roads.
  • Density altitude.
  • Mountain flying:
  • Winds
  • Mountain Waves
  • Downdraft and updrafts
  • Mountain breeze
  • Valley breeze
  • Mountain ridges
  • Weight
  • False horizon
  • Weather reports
  • Bad weather
  • Flight planning and flight plans
  • Radio
  • Emergency landing sites
  • Aircraft
  • Safety
  • Low flying
  • Landing
  • Take off
  • Uphill / downhill strips.
  • Canyon turns
  • Emergency canyon turn.
  • IMC emergency descent through cloud.
  • Night emergency descent and forced landing.
  • Forced landing (Day).
  • Low level navigation & dead reckoning (The Bush Pilots VOR).

 

Survival

  • Tools, Survival and general equipment on board a bush plane.
  • Survival, ground navigation, signaling and communication.
  • First aid and emergency resuscitation procedures.

 

Aircraft Technical

  • The reciprocating aircraft engine.
  • Engine operation.
  • The 4 strokes and 5 event cycle.
  • Basic engine fault diagnostics and repairs:
  • Mag drop
  • Dead mag
  • Rough running engine after start
  • Extremely rough or vibrating engine after start.
  • General maintenance and repairs.
  • Oil and filter replacement. Wire locking.
  • Air filter cleaning and replacement.
  • Tire and landing gear repairs & maintenance.
  • Loss of brake pressure.
  • Propeller maintenance and repairs.
  • Airframe repairs.
  • Windshield cleaning and repairs.
  • Fuel, re-fuelling, AVGAS / MOGAS, testing for water and alcohol.
  • Electrical and avionics, fault diagnostics and repairs .
  • Master switch fails to activate aircraft electrical system.
  • Engine fails to start when the starter switch is engaged.
  • Avionics circuit dead.
  • Battery not charging.
  • Battery not holding charge or engine difficult to start.
  • Radio and intercom problems.
  • Hand starting the engine.
  • Engine management

 

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