13 Comments on "Can you spot the pilot’s mistake?"

  1. Great video, the amount of times my student takes off and leaves the flaps down is amazing and funnily enough its always in a PA28 not a C152

  2. Well done Jon! Flying is actually very complicated and difficult to get right avery time and I certainly make my fair share of errors including forgetting that take-off flap!! Another one of your little gems!! Please keep em coming mate …

  3. The first thing I said was, flaps. Great to hear you giving out the sports announcements this evening on BBC South East. I was half expecting you to call Biggin on 129.4, lol.

  4. Hi Jon. Yes, sometimes I feel that just after take off my brain can feel a bit scrambled as you try to action all the essentials. I must say though that I always tend to use one stage of flap on take off whether its a PA 28 or a Cessna, as I fly both types regularly, I just feel that its good to get off the ground at a slightly lower speed and then hold down in ground effect to build to climb out speed. Just my twopence worth.

  5. I think there is a lot to be said for optimising aircraft performance e.g. take off performance; distance; rate of climb; fuel management etc. There is also much to be said for a consistent approach. There are of course exceptions to the above. (Well done for electing to use flaps in the first instance). I can’t help but think that if one always uses flaps (even though they may not be vital) then one is being (a) consistent and (b) optimising ground run and rate of climb, all of which would help if one was to have a engine problem. I fly with people who leave flaps out for a needlessly long time (in my aircraft was taught to put them put away at 500 feet AGL). The purpose of a check list is to do the same thing every time – for me flaps are a key part of that (check) even if the conditions warrant : none, stage one or stage 2. You are to be commended for being brave enough to air your incidents for us all the be reminded of. We’ve all forgotten things whist aviating. Learning from those occasions is key to better flying and you help us all to strive to do better. Thank you.

  6. I knew immediately! (so pleased with myself as I am only the passenger and haven’t the fortune to get my PPL) Hearing the stall-warning, I knew right away! So thrilled!!!! Thank you for sharing your mistake; I am sure other Pilots will benefit if they have done it too and will not beat themselves up about it! Well done

  7. Hi Jon.

    This was a popular one.

    When are you going dog-fighting with Plane Old Ben?

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