Instrument flying tips from Sporty's:
Before the flight yesterday, my instructor and I had some ground school time where we went over the instrument systems for our specific aircraft, the Tecnam Sierra. He quizzed me on what would happen if the pitot tube were to get clogged or frozen due to ice, other failures, etc. We went over techniques for instrument flying, ie. how you want to scan all of the instrument vs. becoming focused on only one.
Yesterday was really smooth flying which was nice. There was light rain, which was actually pretty fun to fly through. I had never flown through rain before, so that was another first. After we departed the airport and arrived in the practice area, my instructor took the controls and I put the hood on for the next .7 hours.
Here is what we practiced during instrument-only flight:
- straight and level
- climbs and descents
- turns to a heading (maintaining altitude and standard rate turn)
- unusual attitude recovery
- climbing turns
- descending turns
- steep turns (45degree bank, within 100ft. of altitude)
- navigation while IFR (basically the same)
- ILS approach to runway 16 at KOFP Hanover
It's definitely a mental challenge trying to monitor all of the appropriate instruments and make adjustments when needed to correct for errors to maintain a perfect flight. Luckily, because the air was smooth, flying went smoothly, and there was never a time (except during steep turns) that my altitude was off by more than 30-40 feet.