I Flew Co-Pilot in a Private Jet. It Wasn't What I Expected.Jun 14, 2021
I have been flying single engine piston planes for most of my adult life, but recently got to fly in the cockpit of an airplane and this was nothing like it. It was incredible. tbm for a while you may have seen him on this channel but after decades and decades of hard work and always dreaming of being able to fly a plane he finally achieved that i am very proud of him. He went to typing school and everything. and everything was checked so once it did we were able to get on a flight and it was one of the best experiences so i want to tell you here my first impressions going into the cockpit was just the amount of avionics available. to you you're pretty awesome and i thought it was kind of funny that i felt like i honestly felt like an impostor sitting in the cockpit sitting in the passenger seat and thinking oh i got my own set of shows over here i got you know primary flight display and cessna that's nice says know you think i should have those or will need them i know co
pilots can do a lot of work or sometimes all the work but it was fun for me i'm like oh i'm just here for the ride , but I guess I also have all these things that made me feel a sense of belonging which is fun but the cockpit was super cool you get to the startup sequence the startup was really very neat I was amazed at how automated it is and these new jets i mean it goes through all the checklist items and everything but once it's time to hit start it literally hits start and then just waits for you to monitor the things as they build up but it was a really cool sound and feeling just hearing the kind of hissing behind you knowing oh man there's something really cool going on outside but it was still so quiet it was so peaceful to front and it was cool to know that hey outside it's making a lot o f noise and there's a lot of wind blowing out the back so you turn one on you start to uh and all of a sudden you're sitting there and you wouldn't even realize the motors were on on but outside you know it's freaking out and everything but inside you're sitting and you're sitting happy and uh life is good and the plane is ready to go so the startup sequence was pretty neat go get a cab now this it's one of the best memories i have uh so far of aviation which you might know might sound weird it's like taxi is one of your favorite things yeah but i got to drive the plane and it was like driving a bus city or compared to the 182 or the super pup that I'm used to and it was great to have the throttle kit in hand and I don't have very big hands it took my whole hand to really grip the throttle levers and stuff so It doesn't take much to get it.
It goes it has so much power and it was such a great feeling in my left hand just to g Ently not push the throttles up to get going and everything and then when it does there's kind of a timeout so it's not an instant push and so you know it's going to push you up and then you listen to it. Hear him finish behind you maybe you have to be there but it was cool for me to think wow like in this hand the amount of power I have right now so even the taxes were honestly super fun so now the takeoff. he was already having a lot of fun on takeoff on the ground is where things got really interesting you know you're going to take power off the throttle sticks and then you release the brakes and you definitely get your head shot back in my seat kind of feeling that is It's really nice to know how much power you have behind you, but then I was really impressed with the speed at which everything happened after that point, so when my dad was explaining to me
whatwas about to happen and when he was getting a little excited , tell me
whatfl and jet is about, honestly i thought i was exaggerating this part of the process he says you'll just know you'll be surprised how fast it all happens and i was like dad you're a good storyteller but i think he You are doing. some of this for effect and i told him afterwards he said dad i'm sorry i ever doubted you you weren't lying about this and while you're smokin' down the track and you're speeding and speeding then you're calling out airspeed alive you know which means we have an airspeed indication and then before you know it you're calling v1 which means even if we lose an engine we're still flying and then it's airspeed of rotation so you're pulling back on the yoke and you're taking off and then before you know it you have a positive rate of climb and you pull the gear up and all these things happen like a second apart it seems like , and before you know it, you know you'd just put on takeoff power and then all of a sudden your rig is up and you're climbing and accelerating, which is a really weird thing and the sesta I'm not climbing and accelerating at the same time that he The date we were on and before you know it you're climbing through 2000 feet and you're just gone and uh I really just felt like I left my whole brain on track and I thought geez now we're climbing a few thousand feet if I was on my plane like maybe we'd already be at the runway end of the runway and life is good and we're still looking around and things on the plane.
You were transitioning into departure mode and you were out of there, so the speed was a really big transition, so once we got to the cruiser, a couple of things stuck out first. we were at flight level four one zero which means we were at 41,000 feet so most of the planes were below us which is kind of weird looking down you see the 737 passing you and stuff so it was a weird feeling but also a lot of them had smoke trails behind them so Now it means we probably had them too so my dad and I joked that it would be cool to do a solo 360 to see what kind of trail we are leaving in the sky.
Something really cool about thinking, man, I'm usually blowing up something. very different from this and now I'm up here in the jet environment with commercial airplanes and I feel like a phony but I'm very grateful to be here and it's a very interesting mix of those two things the other thing that really stood out was what so far you have to plan things now as a
pilotit's really good to plan ahead regardless of what plane you're flying but in the jet you're getting ahead of the plane like four to five times more than you would in 182 so If we're a couple hundred miles from the destination on the plane, you know things are going to get busy very quickly and we need to start planning for arrival and doing something different. things if you're in the cessna i mean check out a book you have a l A lot of time before something actually happens so you always want to stay ahead but the amount of lead time you need on the plane is pretty big, even hundreds of miles away, so the crews weren't there very long.
We're already transitioning to thinking about the descent and the finish beforehand, so it was fun, but it didn't last long. One thing that caught my attention during the arrival phase was the speed limits, now the 182, I honestly forgot that there are speed limits. sometimes because I'm not even close to breaking them and it's full throttle all the way, but on the jet that's not the case, so as we descended to 10,000 feet we had to be at 250 knots or less at plane speed. indicated air and if you're not careful you'll fly right through because it's got so much power and the plane is really a little hard to slow down, it's very aerodynamic and doesn't have a ton of drag by design, you know. the piston plane whose propeller actually serves as a pretty good rest there's a lot of resistance as you know the huge propeller in the front of the plane doesn't have that so you know it can almost be idle and it's trying to descend and it can be hard to slow the plane down so you really have to be aware of airspeed control which was a new thing to me never really worried about breaking speed limits but on the plane I did we were and because we were going at 250 knots, keep in mind that things are happening twice as fast. the speed if not if not more than I'm used to on the 182 which twice the speed is a lot if that doesn't sound like a lot go watch this video in twice the speed start listening to the speed of the podcast it's amazing i mean it's a significant jump so i guess i didn't appreciate how fast things were happening so if you're 30 miles from the airport and 182 still have some time on the plane you'll be there in a snap and something like a common theme here of really having to be ahead of the plane so landing was really cool honestly i was thinking hey we're going pretty fast here but we weren't going the right speed but you're still going like double the speed I'm used to. my 182 which felt very very fast but you got a better appreciation of how fast you were going a few minutes ago when you're going 400 knots and cruising because 120 knots or so feels fast over the ground when you're when you're landing but we were going over three times a few minutes ago, so that was kind of cool, but one really cool thing that happened when we were shooting was ground control had another plane stop on some taxiway for the plane and then uh, so i looked and i said oh i guess we are i guess we are the plane and not in a pretentious way but just in a hey i have never ever experienced this before. really cool to think oh yeah i guess i guess we're the jet tax buy and it's so quiet n the cabin but you know you're making a lot of noise on the ramp like it's just cool to be on big powerful machines , so the flight
wasn't what I
expectedreally for two reasons, the first being that while I obviously
expectedthe plane to be much faster than the 182 duh, I didn't expect it to be a quantum leap and just the amount of overwhelming I felt and I just thought oh my gosh this isn't just faster this is a whole different breed this is a whole different animal that was really interesting to me in the funniest way possible but the second really interesting component of that was that , even though it was a totally different quantum leap plane, it was strangely familiar in the same way because the same principles of the 182 still apply, the same principles of flight, the same ATC calls the same Same airspace, same approaches, everything is the same, so there's this crazy experience that's net new, but strangely familiar at the same time and because of it those two combinations of those two things juxtaposed good use of the word juxtapose I thought it was just a tremendous experience and you can go watch it right now i have the full video in the corner so come fly with us i'll see you in that video
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