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By Dan Sobczak
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Recently, Jason Miller at The Finer Points of Aviation recorded a training tip video entitled "AMAZING Flight Training Technique Explained! - pilots learn to fly by the airplane's sound and feel".
Jason Miller's training tip video entitled "AMAZING Flight Training Technique Explained! - pilots learn to fly by the airplane's sound and feel". Source: The Finer Points YouTube channel.
In the video, Jason teaches how you can master pitch control, rolling against the engine, and setting the power just by listening to your engine.
I found Jason's tip on listening to the sound of the engine to set power interesting, in that I recognized something very familiar that connected with my background in music.
I'd never noticed this before in my own flying, but the 5-minute mark in Jason's video caught my attention aurally.
As Jason has his student level off in the traffic pattern and pull the power back to about 2,200 to 2,100 RPM in a Cessna 172, that aural pitch change in the engine sound is almost the same interval change -- musically speaking -- as the opening interval change from the Phantom of the Opera musical score
Check out the similarities here:
Using music in little moments like this to help with flight training is fascinating to me.
While it may not be exactly the same exact interval musically speaking, from now on I'll always listen for that Phantom of the Opera interval when adjusting power in this scenario -- that scenario being, after leveling off in the traffic pattern and pulling the power back to about 2,200 to 2,100 RPM in a Cessna 172.
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Dan Sobczak is the founder of www.FlightChainApp.com, a mobile app that helps pilots learn from accident chains by making NTSB reports more convenient and easier to digest. Dan received his private pilot certificate in 2003.
Flight Chain App and its companion blog www.AheadOfThePowerCurve.com are committed to reducing general aviation accidents, helping improve aviation safety, and growing the pilot population.
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Flight Chain App and its blog Ahead of the Power Curve are committed to reducing general aviation accidents, helping improve aviation safety, and growing the pilot population.