During my commercial multi training I had a number of opportunities to fly a seneca II in some solid IMC conditions. The morning of this particular flight was toward the end of my training and just prior to my checkride the following week. We wanted to go out as often as we could with a FIKI aircraft and get into real IMC with real conditions.. On this particular day we did pickup a bit of light rime ice in the pattern, not near as much as we would later have when flying my 414 some 9 months later.
One of the fun things about learning how to fly a twin engine aircraft has to be pulling an engine and learning that the plane will indeed fly with just one engine. The first time you do this as a new student to the game, you build up a lot of anxioty to stay the least, I think nearly as much as when doing your Spin Training for your CFI.
Weather was setup for us to fly the Back Course. I have never “loved” flying the back course. Namely it’s step when you turn in early but to fly out to the a more distant fix is also overly time consuming. Once you turn it, you have to be backing the plane off, preparing yourself well in advance of intercepting the localizer. Of course it always makes it fun that you are also doing reverse sensing and at the same time your moving up in your game of becoming a twin pilot. Below is a shot of us coming out of a fairly high ceiling on the back course. I’m under the hood here and you can see it’s a great shot in for us to later go missed and go back and pick up the ILS for 10R. Wrong way approaches were the norm back then.
Flying a twin is my favorite type of flying for sure. I would always prefer an F90 to do my flying around in but they come at a hefty cost. I’m also a fan of the way I took my sequence of checkrides overall. Private ASEL, IFR ASEL, Commercial ASEL, Commercial / IFR MEL, CFI ASEL, CFII ASEL. I still need to complete my CFII MEL but that will come later down the road.
Here is a video of our entire flight (with some edits and great music)
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