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Chino wrote this thorough article in the year 2000 using FLY!. Read on as he ventures back into real flying and sees just how useful flight sims can be as you learn to fly.

Mr .7777

" The second ORH-CON solo x/c was PLANNED to be my LONG solo cross country, ORH-CON-SFM-ORH (Sanford, Maine), but I ran into some trouble around Manchester, and this time it wasn't my fault!

When I contacted MHT for flight following, they gave me a transponder squawk code, and I read it back and dialed it in as normal. But when MHT called me back, they said was squawking 7777, one of the forbidden codes (used by military interceptors - the C152 doesn't qualify!). My XPDR was broken and transmitting the wrong code!

Before I had decided what to do about this, I noticed that the attitude indicator was showing a steep descending left turn while I was straight and level. My vacuum pump had failed, so the directional gyro was also bad (apparently 7777 is not my lucky number). I landed at Concord and called Amity. They told me to fly the airplane back to ORH, swinging west to avoid MHT's Class C airspace (no need for XPDR in that case). It was a clear VFR day and I flew home without further trouble (mainly using the magnetic compass and visual references). "

I noticed that the attitude indicator was showing a steep descending left turn while I was straight and level.


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