Arrow type rating complete

Just had the paperwork completed for my Arrow Type Rating. Something that started in my New Years flying goals in 2008 can finally be checked off the list. I took DQV up for a quick pass over Hamilton to celebrate. I flew over my work, my mother in laws house and Chris's work. Chris was the only person who noticed me. Oh well, it was worth it. Actually getting the Arrow trimmed out in level flight is quite tricky because of the large speed range it enjoys. You think you have it trimmed for 120 knots and a few seconds later it is indicating 130 knots and you are 200 feet higher than you wanted to be. Its definitely not like flying an Archer, you need to be thinking ahead of the plane and definitely have a game plan for approaches because the workload can overwhelm you if you get it wrong. Having said that, I absolutely love flying this plane! Its smooth, fast, it looks cool, and you get treated differently by ATC because you are in a retractable so they know you are not a novice pilot (until they realise its me :-) ). And in other news, this week I ticked over 150 hours total time in my logbook. I am very close to my PIC time exceeding my Dual time, but I have a few hours to go.

Comments

Rodney said…
Congratulations Euan! Well done!

I have a few hours in Arrows [from a few years ago] - I'm sure you'll enjoy it for a long time. Just remember... 3 greens :-)
Aaron Martin said…
Well done, I actually saw you fly over my house with the gear down?
PropellerHead said…
Good stuff, Euan, well done :) Just got my Arrow rating, too. Agree it is an awesome plane and that the trimming is a bit tricky. Love the speed, tho :)))
Heather said…
cool sounds like fun, maybe when we get back we could go in one of them, we're still looking forward to Great Barrier,
x h