Procedure Turn Practice
I just finished reading the “Take a Challenge” article in AOPA Flight Training magazine where they highlighted challenging airports various categories (weather, crosswind, terrain, altitude, etc). After I got done reading this article, I thought of this procedure turn practice manuever my friend and fellow flight instructor Ed Quinlan shared with me. Ed used to make his CFI-I applicants perform this manuever from the right seat before he would sign them off for the CFI instrument checkride. Even if you aren’t a CFI-I applicant, this still would be a great manuever to practice your procedure turns and a good situational awarness exercise.
To fly it, just follow the numbers performing each procedure turn sequentially until it’s complete (1,2,3, etc.) Obviously, if you are doing this correctly (simulated instrument) you’ll want to bring a long a safety pilot or flight instructor.
Have fun! If you give this a try, be sure to check back here and let me know how it went.