Good evening. It has been some time since I have posted a blog as I have been fairly busy with my education at Academy College and flying a Cessna 172 out of Crystal, MN. I have quite a bit of simulated instrument time under my belt and understand the true reason towards why using a good view-limiting device is important.
Many foggles when worn with a headset allow the pilot to cheat and see using your peripherals. After getting into some actual and experiencing what it is really like in the clouds, spatial disorientation is something that simple view-limiting devices tend to neglect. Proper adjustment of foggles or using something like a hood that totally blocks your outside view will provide the best learning experience and training for the real deal.
Spatial disorientation is an experience that can feel strange and uncomfortable at times. You are making a standard-rate turn to the right, yet it feels like you are straight-and-level. Flying by the seat of your pants is essentially one of the most dangerous things for pilots encountering IMC or IFR conditions. The way to counter spatial disorientation is by monitoring the instruments and relying on their accuracy for the entirety of the flight in meteorological conditions. One way to ensure that you are getting the most out of your hood time is to make sure the view-limiting device works. Cheating may make it easier, but experiencing simulated spatial disorientation is essential to becoming a more confident and precise instrument pilot.
I am interested to see what people prefer to use when it comes to view-limiting devices and or any stories related to CFII’s not necessarily forcing students to wear their devices for every simulated instrument flight. I am looking to return to my blog and make more frequent posts with less details as I have tended to make longer posts than necessary. Hopefully everybody is having a wonderful year so far and look forwards to more aviation-related posts!