L-39 Albatros Jet Flight in South Germany
Jet Pilot training including a flight in the L-39 Albatros
You’re arriving to Neuhausen ob Eck (near Tuttlingen) at the agreed date and time. To start, you’ll make a short walkabout around the place including the L-39 jet along with your instructor. In the crew room you’ll be given a pilot suit. This suit perfectly fits to L-39 jet pilots and will be yours for the duration of the training. Please bring along your own (leather- or hiking-) boots. Next is a first acquaintance of the aircraft. Shortly after, the training lesson begins including the following aspects:
- Introduction of instructors and L-39 pilots
- Explanation of the personal equipment (pilots suit / helmet / mask)
- Basics of the available jet types (L39) as well as their history
- Basics of a mission briefing (planning / weather / flight safety / maneuvres)
- Introduction about the maneuvres of the mission and their meaning in aerial combat
- Explanation geotypical aspects within the training environment (low-level flying / rules / structure of air space / rules of flight operations)
- Basic aspects of movements on the airfield
- Safety guidelines for movements around the L-39 jet aircraft
- Explanation about the emergency equipment / behaviour in special cases including a test which is mandatory if you take the free flight that comes with the training
- mandatory ejection seat instruction and training
L-39 jet flight training itinerary decription
also part of the training program is an optional flight in the L-39 Albatros aircraft (price included in the training). The flight time is 20min real flight time/30 minutes block.
Since jet flying should never happen on an empty stomach (and that is esepcially true for an agile jet trainer such as the L-39), a lunch is now on the schedule. Afterwards you’ll be given your personal emergency eqipment, the helmet and the oxygen mask. Outside the hangar you’ll already see “your” jet, on which you’ll be able to put into action what you’ve just learned during the instruction. After last checks on the L-39 Albatros aircraft, you’ll be cleared to enter the cockpit. Now the seatbelts are going to be fastened. As soon as the clearance to start engines comes in, the engines start to rotate and you’ll roll to the starting position on your designated runway.
Now the time has come: Brakes on, Cleared for take-off, 105% thrust, temperature checked, oil pressure checked, brakes off – and off you go! The thrust accelereates you and your L-39 jet within shortest time to the rotation speed of about 120 knots. Take-off, taking the gear in and after a 90° turn, you’ll fly with max speed into the training air space nearby.
There, you’re in charge of the program: simple figures such as rolls or steep turns, or advanced aerobatics like loops, stall turn, barrel roll – only your well-being defines the limits! Afterwards you’ll head back to the airfield and after a thrilling low-pass, the landing will proceed. After you reach the parking position, the engines will be shut down and the jet will be checked one last time.
In the final de-briefing, you’ll discuss the flown maneuvres together with the pilot. Here you’ll also get the certificate which affirms your personal, successful participation on the jet pilot training.
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