The Formula for Lift.... NOW?????
C172 — N66213 — North Perry Hollywood, FL — T&Go's, Go-arounds, Gusty Winds, 6 Landings — 0.6 hrs
Now HERE's a memorable flight... but not in a good way. Some lessons are indirect, as they say, observing what shouldn't be.
The lesson? Distractions (on top of it all).
Posit: A student pilot is in the cockpit with an unfamiliar instructor, in marginal weather with gusty winds, endless Touch&Go's and its accompanying fatigue, hoping to get the unicorn dream solo flight in the next day or so before I gotta leave for EU at the end of this visit in town. So there I am, and in the first 300ft after takeoff, being of course the most dangerous part of any flight. Nice situation, all of which an already nerve-wracking experience for any student. Or plug in your own genuinely stressful situation as you prefer... The lesson remains.
Conclusion? A perfect opportunity to make it worse.
I don't know about others, but in the first 300ft after takeoff, I'm not thinking about ANYTHING else except a suitable place to land if there's an engine failure.
But my instructor finds this the best time to insert an important question like "so, what's the formula for Lift?" And repeats it like I'm supposed to know it off the top of my head.
Now why would he ask that just now?? I mean, I thought to myself perhaps there's deeper meaning to this disruptive impigement of my otherwise already stressful flight, you know...? Are you saying my Rate of Climb is insufficient? Too much Pitch and Angle of Attack? I'm too slow? Too low? Pressure Alititude too low/high? Ambient temperature too high/low? Wind to much? Are my wing surfaces too small? Or shaped wrong? Wrong plane? Wrong seat? Is Icarus too close to the Sun again? Are any other aeronautical factors just simply not in my favor at the moment? WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU TRYING TO SAY??
I tried to be polite and gently remind him that I'm trying to fly a plane here, and not only is the cockpit the wrong place to figure-figure about any formulas (or deep theory schooling of any kind really), but that distracting me as I take off and hope for precious altitude and search for good ground for ABC's, is perhaps not the best time to bend my brain for a formula that plays little benefit to my quest for said altitude.
Never the less, I made the turn to crosswind and clocked up another .6 hrs of dizzying Touch&Go's and made little further mention of it.
Lesson learned? The 4 forces are not the only potential factors acting on a given flight. Mind your manners, aviate and forgive, but never forget.