Going to need some practise this bit!
The thick haze that’s been hanging around all week and was so particularly thick and deep on Sunday that it made a thorough substitute for the foggles, in spite of the blue sky overhead, felt as though it had worked its way into my brain as I wandered about making fairly vague attempts to intercept and track assorted NDB tracks.
I understood it in the brief, and thought I had taken in the relevant bits in the book, but add flying into it, and brain overload completed defeated my ability to conjure up any sort of accurate mental picture of what was going on.
Occasionally flashes of it made sense and I thought I was getting it, only to be baffled and blindly following instructions again a few minutes later.
It doesn’t much help that Cardiff is about the only place local that either a) turns their NDB on in the first place, and b) has one that works decently, and they were teeming with other traffic today.
Even my landing, on the grotty 10, was a bit below par after all that.
I need to spend some serious time with “Tim’s Navigation Simulator” I think, to which end I’ve spent the evening with the Thom manual, transferring the diagrams and description therein onto the sim and playing them out.
The haze is lifting slowly…
We’re going to phone Cardiff in advance next time to ask for some training time going round the hold — lots of NDB work.
On the plus side I’m steadily getting more to grips with the actual flying, though with all the furious concentration on trying to get the picture this time I left the radio work to Dave again.
The day’s “hum of nervy concentration” was Moliannwn — my subconsious is obviously of the opinion that spring has indeed sprung in spite of the haze…
Also on a major plus, the group have found and bought a successor to TOMS, in the shape of G-AWBG, an elderly but low-houred and nicely kitted out PA28 so at least I can get out and about again under my own steam!