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FLIGHT #004
2009-12-04 Yokota Air Base, Japan
SUMMARY:
I arrived at the Yokota FTC (Flight Training Center) shortly before 1200. I filled out the flight plan paperwork for Cessna 172, model T41, tail number N4972R, and checked the NOTAMS abd weather conditions. Faxed flightplan after review/approval of instructor to the Yokota Weather Center since the fax machine at the Yokota Operations Center was broken. We then did checklist, taxied to Runway 36 via Foxtrot then to the Echo instersection. There were several C-130's, Navy aircraft and Helicopters ahead of us, so we spent some time at the Echo waiting to take off. We finally got permission and I departed left to the south training area. The T41 model is a bit more powerful, and you could really feel it. Winds were very calm and we had a very smooth and rapid flight to the South Training Area. I then started with slow flights, both dirty and clean. I pulled carb heat out, pitched to reduce speed, and in clean stayed right on the bottom of the green arc, increasing throttle as necessary to maintain altitude, and adusting pitch for speed. I then recovered and did the same with flaps, staying at the bottom of the white arc. We then did emergency landing procedures at 1000, which starts with attaining Vo Speed, of 80knots. Sadly, I had memorized the wrong checklist, the one in the plane's guidance lists, and not the one in a section of handouts, so I'll have to do that again. I then proceeded to do turns around a fixed point and S turns, and then headed back to Yokota. I contacted approach at the 10 Mile Lake point, then the tower at the 5 mile tower, and then landed. I landed decently, no bumps or much glide. A bit of a shimmy on the nose wheel, but only for a few seconds. The tower gave us clearance to "continue with the tower" as we exited the runway and headed to the fuel pit, so we did not contact Ground Control. We topped off the tanks and taxi'd back to the FTC. I submmitted my log book for this flight and for Ground School completion.
LEARNED:
Radio Operations with Ground, Tower and Approach. Learned navigation radio difference, and how to operate the radios better. Practiced Slow Flight, working pitch and throttle. Entered into Stalls repeatedly. Practiced "S" turns and object oriented turns. Worked on Emergency Landing Procedures Checklist. Made approach and landing at Yokota Air Base.
NOTES:

SLOW FLIGHT CLEAN:
Maintain Heading
Maintain Altitude
Carb Heat - ON
Reduce Speed
Pitch Up slowly to maintain altitude
Adjust power to maintain altitude
Pitch adjust to maintain base of green arc

SLOW FLIGHT DIRTY:
Maintain Heading
Maintain Altitude
Carb Heat - ON
Reduce Speed
Extend Flaps
Pitch Up slowly to maintain altitude
Adjust power to maintain altitude
Pitch adjust to maintain base of white arc

RECOVER:
Full Power
Carb Heat - OFF
Pitch down to recover speed
Reduce Flaps carefully as appropriate

The PTS for slow flight is: +10 and -0 for speed, +/- 100 Feet Altitude, +/- 10° heading, +/- 10° Angle of Bank.

INSTRUCTOR QUESTIONS
Remember to learn the PTS FAA book for the next flight. Memorize the 8 emergency engine failure checklist items (HAND OUT, NOT THE CHECKLIST IN THE PLANE!). Memorize:

ENGINE FAILURE LIST:
1. Pitch to 80 or Vg (80knots)
2. Find best place to land
3. Fly to best place to land WHILE:
4. Fuel Selector to BOTH
5. Mixture to RICH
6. Carb Heat to ON
7. Ignition to CRANK
8. Proceed to onboard Emergency Checklist

FLIGHT #003
2009-11-06 Yokota Air Base, Japan
SUMMARY:
I arrived at the Yokota FTC (Flight Training Center) shortly before 1200. I filled out the flight plan paperwork for Cessna 172M N22905, and checked the NOTAMS abd weather conditions. Faxed flightplan after review/approval of instructor to Yokota Traffic Control. We then did checklist, taxied to Runway 36 via Foxtrot then Delta and departed left to the south training area. Winds were 3 knots from 100, with slight gusts. We traveled to the coast of the south training area, and I performed "S" turns to the east, then did visual turning around the lighthouse on the far left/east side of the training area. We then did practices on emergency engine failures, and then did an orbit around a cruise ship. On return I practiced "slow flying" first with RPM's at idle, and no flaps, and at the bottom of the green arc. I then flew with RPM's at 1700, full flaps, and at the bottom of the white arc. Objective in both was to maintain as close to a stall as possible. We then proceeded north to Yokota Air Base where I did approach and landing. I used the radio and did the Yokota Ground communication to return to the Fuel Pit and FTC.
LEARNED:
Radio Operations with Ground, Tower and Approach. Learned navigation radio difference, and how to operate the radios better. Practiced Slow Flight, working pitch and throttle. Entered into Stalls repeatedly. Practiced "S" turns and object oriented turns. Made approach and landing at Yokota Air Base.
NOTES:
Practice radio calls. Memorize checklists for emergencies. Bring PTS book to next lesson.

INSTRUCTOR QUESTIONS
Remember to learn the PTS FAA book for the next flight. Memorize the 8 emergency engine failure checklist items.

FLIGHT #002
2009-10-27 Yokota Air Base, Japan
SUMMARY:
I arrived at the Yokota FTC (Flight Training Center) shortly before 1200. I filled out the flight plan paperwork for Cessna 172M N1840V, and checked the NOTAMS abd weather conditions. Faxed flightplan after review/approval of instructor to Yokota Traffic Control. We then did checklist, taxied to Runway 36 via Foxtrot and departed left to the south training area. Winds were 9 knots from 350, with stronger gusts. We traveled to the coast of the south training area, and I performed "S" turns to the east, then did visual turning around the lighthouse on the far left/east side of the training area. On return I practiced "slow flying" first with RPM's at idle, and no flaps, and at the bottom of the green arc. I then flew with RPM's at 1700, full flaps, and at the bottom of the white arc. Objective in both was to maintain as close to a stall as possible. We then proceeded north to Yokota Air Base and landed, experiencing strong gusts. I used the radio and did the Yokota Ground communication on the return leg after we landed.
LEARNED:
"S" turns, Object oriented turns, Slow Flying, Ground Control Radio Communications.
NOTES:
Remember you bank less into wind on "S" turn. Bank more away from the wind.
On slow flying, you are in the reverse control zone. Use throttle for altitude maintenance, and pitch for air speed maintenance.

  • "Yokota Ground, this is November 1840 Victor, on 36 at Charlie, request Taxi to the Fuel Pit". RESPONSE then "Roger, November 1840 Victor proceeding to Fuel Pit from 36 at Charlie".
  • "Yokota Ground, this is November 1840 Victor at the Fuel Pit, request taxi to the FTC Hangar". RESPONSE then "Roger, November 1840 Victor proceeding to FTC Hangar from the fuel pit".

INSTRUCTOR QUESTIONS
Q - Know the 4 documents given out at the last breifing, covering operations.

FLIGHT #001
2009-10-19 Yokota Air Base, Japan
SUMMARY:
I arrived at the Yokota FTC (Flight Training Center) shortly before 1300. About 1300 I then worked my flight plan up to fly Cessna 172 N1840V from Yokota Air Base to the South Training Location. I submitted my Flight Plan to the Yokota ATC, called and verified the plan, then proceeded to the aircraft. I did a preflight inspection, and learned what to look for. I then entered the aircraft and went thru the start up checklists. Instructor Chiaki Hara showed me the steam gauge instruments, and how to adjust the altimeters and compasses. I then started the aircraft and Chiaki contacted Yokota Ground for taxing to runway 18. I taxied to 18, and Chiaki contacted Yokota ATC for clearance. I taxed out to the runway, and took off on runway 18. We climbed quickly to 1000, and headed south along the edge of the mountains. I climbed to 3000 feet and held steady on a southern course. Once we reached the training area Chiaki had me perform turns, climbs, descents, and compass headings and continued my aircraft controls/instruments orientation. After nearly an hour we headed back toward Yokota Air Base. Chiaki worked the radios to contact Yokota ATC and obtained pattern entrance clearance. I brought the aircraft onto approach and at 400 feet Chiaki assumed control of the aircraft and we landed. We then obtained Yokota Ground permission to taxi to the FTC fueling pit. We did the landing checklists, taxied to the fuel pit, did the engine stop checklists and refueled the aircraft with just over 8 gallons of aviation gasoline. We then started up the aircraft again and taxied to the FTC hanger. We then did the shutdown and securing aircraft checklists again and proceeded into the FTC for debrief.
LEARNED:
Flight Plan Creation - Check Radar, Ground Wind, Lighting Activity
NOTES:
Fuel is 6 lbs per Gallon so 38 gallons is 228 pounds of fuel.
Yokota Field Elevation is 463 feet Above Sea Level
Pressure Altitude = 29.92 - Current Altitude Setting * 1000 + Field Elevation
Density Altitude = Current Temperature - 15° * 120 + Pressure Altitude
INSTRUCTOR QUESTIONS
Q - What 4 documents must be in the aircraft at all times?
A - AROW - Airworthiness Certificate, Registration, Operators Handbook, Weights and Balance Document
Q - What three things cause the aircraft to turn left when you increase power?
A - Torque of the engine, P-Factor which is descending blade having less bite on the propeller, and Slipstream of the air, pushing on the left rear tail surface.