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    Rick Goddin
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    Flying from the right hand seat

    A few years ago I tried flying my first Skyranger G-SKRG from the right hand seat, with another SKR pilot in the left hand. I was very pleased that he was there because of the six landings attempted only one was any good and he (plus 80hp) had to get us out of trouble on the other five. Taking off and flying the plane is easy. The landing is not, because of the reversed role of your hands on throttle and (central) stick. Trying to perform the round out and the flare with the throttle doesn't quite work!

    A couple of days ago I tried an experiment. This consisted of moving myself, in flight, from the left hand seat to the right and then back again. This is quite easy to do, and although you lose control during the middle bit it's easy enough to sort out if you have plenty of height. Next time I fly I intend to try the right hand seat again, this time on my own. I figure that being solo there will be a greater incentive to get the plane down properly rather than wimping out and handing over to a mate. And if it doesn't go to plan I intend to climb and swap seats back to the left. I have 100hp in G-HMcB so power won't be an issue.


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    Ah thats where the xair hawk comes into its own........throttle and stick same position both seats, just flap lever harder to reach from right hand seat but do-able.


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    I can land my quantum from the back
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    Something else for everyone to practice with a mate in the other seat.


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    I would like to see you climb into the backseat during flight Vince
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    Ive flown my skyranger a few times in the right seat and Bike clips are no use at all when the bumps start, Im sticking to the Left seat where I have full control.]

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    I had a quick solo circuit in my Rans on Monday, sitting on the right....... EEK! The landing was somewhat entertaining to say the least.
    Despite scaring myself sh*tless I intend to persevere and have another go, but with an accompanying pilot.
    Don't think I will be changing seats in flight though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Goddin View Post

    A couple of days ago I tried an experiment. This consisted of moving myself, in flight, from the left hand seat to the right and then back again. This is quite easy to do, and although you lose control during the middle bit it's easy enough to sort out if you have plenty of height.
    I once tried to swap seats with my passenger (also a pilot) mid-flight, in an X-Air.
    We got into a bit of a tangle, and were losing height, so gave up on the idea.
    JM


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    How do instructors train for the right hand seat duel or solo?
    Got there at last.....


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