First 'Fly-Out' as a Non-Owner: Working on My Passenger Rating8:01 PM
By Dan Pimentel,
For regular readers of Airplanista, you already know I sold the family Piper Cherokee 235 a couple of weeks ago. We had eight great years with 'Katy" but the time was right to let her go to a new owner.
|Sara's 1969 Bellanca Super Viking, with incredibly functional doors.|
After a very nice lunch, we switched it up for the return trip to Eugene, and I rode back with chapter member Ron Parker in his cherry 1962 Cessna 182 Skylane. This has to be one of the cleanest Skylanes I have seen, and it flew very well. I got to experience seeing traffic en route for the first time on Ron's iPad, and being a low-time passenger, probably called out too many blue triangular blips, their altitude and direction of flight. I also really enjoyed being a second set of eyes, keeping the engine gauges and radio frequencies in my scan, because I read that is required in the FAA's Official Passenger Rating Manual® in chapter 3, sub-chapter 16, paragraph 7, as follows:
"At all times, the right seat passenger, having secure fastened their seat belt without leaving the end dangling outside the door shall monitor (a) the radio frequencies; (b) cross-check all positions of the audio panel for optimum radio selection by the PIC; (c) keep a close eye on the oil temperature, oil pressure, suction and any other pertinent engine gauges for safe operations in the "green" range. At no time shall the passenger tell the PIC what to do, with the exception of avoiding closing traffic as depicted on the ADS-B "in" data feed."
"Upon arrival at any FBO, flight school or other in-airport facility not controlled by TSA, the passenger shall perform the required quality control check on the facility's cookies, pastries or other edible items."
So being a good student trying to get to my Passenger Rating, I headed straight for the Otis Spunkmeyer chocolate chip cookies, and tore into one. It was the perfect blend of dough and chocolate, baked to the exacting specifications as outlined in the addendum of the FAA's Official Passenger Rating Manual® under "Pastries; Baked; Free:
"FBO and Flight School cookies shall at all times be in open view of arriving general aviation transient airplanes. Passengers, upon arrival, shall taste-test a minimum of TWO (2) cookies or other aforementioned pastries for quality, and if said cookies adhere to FAA specifications, any rated passenger shall procure a handful of cookies so that each person flying shall be able to consume a minimum of one cookie per seat occupied when the airplane arrived."
|The odd view from the right seat in Ron Parker's immaculate 1962 182 Skylane took some getting used to!|