High-Performance Flight 1: Piper Arrow

I’m currently a little over halfway through my instrument training. I have no experience in high-performance or multi-engine airplanes, except for a few minutes in a Piper Seneca.

I’m doing the training at St. Pete/Clearwater Int’l Airport (PIE), because the planes I’ll be using are about one-third cheaper there. Today I got an intro to the Piper Arrow, which has retractable landing gear and a constant-speed propeller. We did a few touch & goes, and then flew out over the Gulf for some steep turns, slow flight, and stalls. The Arrow is essentially a Warrior on steroids and flies like it. The lesson went pretty well for the first one. The main problem I had was flaring too high since the view from the cockpit is different than I’m used to.

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