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28.45ish (960hpa's) in the North Western Scottish Highlands in Winter with some beasty lows off the Atlantic. Earnt my pay that week.. to say it was wild would be an understatement.
28.87" - Sandspit BC (CYZP), deep Aleutian Low. We transitioned through ~FL203... look out below!
This last trip was certainly one for the books. Had this as an altimeter setting in KCMH. Whats the lowest anyone has flown with previously?
28.95 when I was ferrying a Navajo out of Alaska last year. I had the worst headache when I got to Washington State where the baro was 30.something when I landed.
I believe it. I flew KORD (668' ASL) -> KDEN (5430' ASL) -> KSEA (433' ASL) (as PAX because as per flair I'm a lowly simmer) last year while fairly stuffed up on some ConCrud that I had picked up.
Weather in Chicago and Seattle was great, probably 29.92 or similar (maybe even higher in Seattle it was a nice spring day with a high hovering off the coast), Denver was crap, lashing rains, buffeting winds and a noticeably lower than usual air pressure.
It was great for the first leg, and even up till we began our descent into SeaTac, overall the pressure in my sinuses was given ime to level out and I felt pretty normal, the psudafed was doing it's job, the apple juice was keeping me hydrated and getting me vitamin C.
Then we started descending into Seattle and I'd heard the term "blinder of a headache" before but never knew it could be so literal. he drugs had started wearing off somewhere over Idaho, so I popped some more, but it takes time to kick in. As such, I was the last one off the plane as I was trying to get to the point I could stand safely. The flight attendants were great about it.
I recalled I had one flight I knew was fairly low... so I went on a little trip to search for historical pressure readings. The field I fly from I couldn't find for, but I found records for the military base "next doors", and a quick look at that seems to place the flight I thought of at 988 hPa which would be 29.18 inHg looks like.
Like a week ago we had some low pressure move in and it was a bit lower than that, and that’s just normal weather. It is Alaska though so it swings like crazy.
We practice low flying over here, so prob 100-200 AGL doing steep turns.
Never had to use the skills outside of training though
100-200 AGL doing steep turns
Huh. You'd never see anyone do that over in the states. Any reason you guys do it over there?
Part of the PPL syllabus. 2 hours low flying in designated Low Flying areas (SFC-500AGL) and 2 hours Terrain and Weather awareness, and one of either.
Interesting. Sounds mildly terrifying imagining some of the students I've flown with.
Yeah, it can obviously have dire consequences if you're both not onto it. The main thing (apart from altitude) is airspeed and balance ball. We don't take people there unless they're past solo, and have ~30 hours. Valley Reversals, costal reversals, line feature reversals.
Here's a random vid I found of people from Ardmore doing some LF, although the footage looks sped up
While we don't do it over here I can see the point.. new PPL's are probably gonna go piss around low level so they may as well be taught it..
I remember when I passed my driving test my dad hadn't long since stopped being a Traffic Cop and he told me I'll probably speed anyway so he will teach me at least how to do it safely and I did take that mentality on to teaching my students.
Yeah I'm not sure, I guess it's because of our changeable weather/maritime climate and fairly mountainous.
No one that I know of flies around below 500ft, but we're taught it should we get into a bad situation. Do you guys do Forced Landings With Power?
Yeah we do teach precautionary landings under power which does involve a bit of lower level circuits.
I usually taught 'low level appreciation' as part of that exercise to and from the exercise area.
Ah yeah I guess that's fairly similar. Things have to have gone pretty bad to be scooting around at 500AGL.