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CHAPTER ONE
T-34C CONTACT
moment. You will find yourself surprised at the amount of information your eyes will transmit
to your brain during a quick SCAN of your surroundings. Planning ahead will also equip you to
take immediate and appropriate action should an emergency occur.
4.
Confidence in your aircraft, your instructor, and most importantly yourself, is another
essential element of flying. The basic ingredient to acquiring the confidence necessary to
professionally pilot an aircraft is knowledge and efficient analytical application of that
knowledge. The aircraft you are flying has been engineered to provide you with every safety
feature known to the industry. The risks beyond the control of the pilot are minimal. Fire is an
extremely rare occurrence. Engines are inherently reliable. In-flight collisions are rarities that
are completely avoidable if you stay alert. With the above points in mind, it is readily apparent
that the chance of an aviation accident caused by other than incompetence, disobedience or poor
judgment is remote. Remember that 70 percent of all fatal accidents are due to 100 percent pilot
error.  With all this going for you, do not let human frailty or overconfidence develop,
particularly while your experience is limited. The instant that a pilot begins to lose that feeling
of respect due an aircraft, he has reached a stage when anything can happen and usually does.
Good pilots are never caught unprepared in an emergency situation. They know and understand
emergency procedures COLD! Humble confidence and perseverance will go a long way in
striving for those Wings of Gold.
5.
Occasionally physiological problems arise during the course of a flight. Airsickness,
fatigue, hypoxia, food poisoning and dehydration can overcome a pilot and result in reduced
situational awareness and even complete incapacitation. Pilots must not only recognize these
symptoms in themselves but also in other crew members. At any time, the non-affected crew
member should be ready to take the controls, and if necessary, fly to a safer environment (i.e.,
higher altitude, away from other aircraft and clouds) to include termination of the flight.
Airsickness is common during early Contact flights and, even though it is not usually
incapacitating, it affects judgment and reduces situational awareness. If this occurs, inform your
instructor.
111.
COCKPIT PROCEDURE TRAINERS/FLIGHT SIMULATORS
Cockpit procedure trainers (CPT) have proven to be a valuable asset in helping students learn the
physical attributes necessary to become a good pilot. Before you climb into the T-34C for the
first time, you will have practiced the use of checklists and emergency procedures several times.
There are three types of procedure trainers available for your use; a static trainer located at your
squadron, the 2C42 CPT, and the 2B37 flight simulator. In addition to the syllabus training you
will receive in the CPTs, you should utilize the static trainers to practice at every opportunity.
Practice will pay off with better grades, self-confidence, and a more professional performance.
2C42/2B37 FLIGHT SIMULATOR. The 2C42/2B37 synthetic flight trainer is specifically
designed to give the SNA a device in which to perform cockpit orientation and instrument flight.
The simulator may or may not have full motion. The instruments and flight controls in the
simulator behave exactly as those in the aircraft. If there is a discrepancy in the device, it is the
responsibility of the aircrew (you) to provide maintenance data. Normally this consists of telling
the simulator instructor about the problem. Do not be complacent about discrepancies on a flight
simulator.
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INTRODUCTION TO T-34C CONTACT


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