One day, general aviation
We are all used to travel by car, by train or fly by regular airlines with food and with the flight attendants. And the private plane we perceived as a large and expensive gimmick. And to fly through our vast country - even beyond understanding. Where to go, where to sit and how to execute the flight? Questions arise car and small truck ...
Caller ID or general aviation - a very vast topic to try to illuminate it in one post. Therefore, we touch on it a little bit, the most out of the corner, for example, one day a private pilot Andrew, who is the director of Inter-regional public organization of pilots and people-aircraft owners (AOPA-Russia) and strongly promotes private aviation. For example, this summer, at its "Cessna-150" flew to the south, to the sea.
Andrew and his Cessna-150 "Zipper".
In the plane, of course, care needs more thoroughly than the machine.
For example, test fuel to water and the precipitate was needed at each radius after prolonged storage.
Andrew bought the Cessna in the United States in non-flying status. She has more than 40 years. For the record: this time for the aircraft with proper care - very normal. Nearby, for example, based Beechcraft, which for 50 years.
Zipper was rebuilt on its own, and now Andrew not only fly, but also teaches students group.
And now he is engaged in restoration to the state of flight of IL-14 at the Tushino airfield.
Price b / y plane is approximately equal to the price of a good foreign cars (30 000 $). However, the cost of maintaining the same should not be forgotten. But in general, you do not need to be an oligarch to own their own airplane. By the way, fueled the plane usual 92nd gasoline. Two tanks of 50 liters. Consumption - 22 liters.
After preparing the aircraft squeezing into the cockpit. Ye gods, what is it close! But surprisingly comfortable.
At the airport in Konakovo, which is based "Zipper" stripe - 400 meters. This former playground selhozaviatsii, which are scattered around the country are dozens, if not hundreds. Most of them are now abandoned, but some are adapted for ANI. 400 meters just missing Cessna for takeoff. Run - and we are already in the air. First, we collect height of the clouds, to check and clarify for RP (flight director) lower edge. At an altitude of 350 meters we meet the first flakes. We report RP and in 200 meters. Then Andrew and says to me: take control, Fly. Well, I took it and flew. Unusual sensations, I tell you. A Cessna pilot was very easy. Perhaps it says here, and my "raid" in the simulator. So all half hour round trip led me. Only when flew the same in the cloud, and it was necessary to fly on instruments, Andrew took my wheel.
In the meantime, we flew to the work place - airfield Kudinovo. Liza Alert joint exercises and AOPa were aimed at practicing joint actions of staff, ground crew and air support to search for missing people and cars.
To find the square were asked where we had to find 4 body. And one of them - in bright clothes. Alas, is not found. Small square, the plane passed by it at high speed, and in the forest (even without the leaves) can not see anything. In the search for simpler, but our customers were not there. Then, already on the ground, we discussed the situation: if you get lost and found in the forest - how and what will you do? You are cold, hungry, you're tired. You go out to the open glade and lie on the ground, arms / legs cross? No, of course, all the polls said they would try to hide, find a hole and bury it from the cold.
But nevertheless, we received invaluable experience of interaction between crew and staff. And some find missing people and cars.
Liza Alert - volunteer detachment engaged in the search for missing or errant people. The main priority is given to the search for children. Search operations are carried out in the Moscow region and in nearby areas. The idea of creating a unit to search for missing children came in the autumn of 2010, after searching for little Sasha, lost in a forest near the blackcap, and 4-year-old Lisa Fomkina, which together with the aunt got lost in the forest near Orekhovo-Zueva. The prototype of the name of the order was the international warning system Amber Alert.
On the doctrine flew several private planes and two helicopters. This is in addition to about a hundred search engines, SUVs and handlers.
And ultralight trike! Here truly heroes. In such a cold to fly on this stool.
The passenger is equipped with a thermal imager - with his help will be looking for the missing group. Passing a kind soul with a door from R44 advises to attach it to the ultralight trike - will be warmer.
Kudinovo - the same former selhozaviatsii playground. The strip then was extended to 800 meters, which is more than comfortable for light aircraft.
The unique device - Tecnam P2006T, in the version MMA - Multi Mission Aircraft. This aircraft is equipped with a specialized optical-thermal imaging complex. This tri-band gyro-stabilized device:
1. HD-camera with incredible zoom. Could easily see the car number from a couple of kilometers. 2. SPOT-camera, equipped with high-sensitivity matrix and an even greater zoom. It can see in almost total darkness.
3. A thermal imaging camera with a variable focal length.
All this economy controlled by the operator. Picture-in-real-time broadcast to the ground. Transmission distance - up to 150 kilometers.
Here is a picture goes to the ground in real time.
During its existence, Liza Alert squad was able to find more than a dozen people.
November 18 (and teachings passed 12th) private helicopter R44 was lost in the Tver region. Volunteers squad found the crash site after being MES and Rosaviation stopped looking. The pilot, alas, died in the crash.
In the village airfield "Teshka" (Yak-18T), owned by the MOE.
ultralight trike crew returned from the search. He says that it is cold.
Meanwhile Andrew runs "Zipper" on the way back. Fuel remaining, we would have been enough to reach, but the margin in this case is no sore. You never know.
In the Russian Federation to the general aviation related civil aviation, are not used for commercial air transport, and the implementation of aviation works.
On November 1, 2010 entered into force new federal rules for using Russian airspace. The main thing in them - a simplified principle of operation of aircraft small aircraft owned, as a rule, private owners. "And yet there is a class" G ". There is introduced a fundamentally new procedure for the use of airspace - notification. That is, without the need for prior authorization manager. "
Yes, flying has become easier, and the sky became more accessible.
The airfield in Klin.
On the way to the head of Konakovo flights (RP) is going through for us. He asks if we have included heating RPM and carburetor. We answer that yes, all inclusive.
Maneuvering between charges, Andrew takes the plane on final approach.
All the flight over!
Private planes at the airport. I'd like to hope that such a picture for this country over time become more familiar.