I have about an hour-long commute to and from work each day. On the way home the other day, I was getting onto the highway. As I stepped on the gas, I caught myself pulling the steering wheel toward me, as if I was trying to take off.
I’m having a ball learning how to fly, and when I told my flight instructor, she got a good laugh. But it gave me the idea for this blog post. So here goes!
- With a plane, you steer with your feet using rudders. In a car, you steer with the steering wheel.
- To get your car to go fast, you press the gas pedal. To get your plane to go fast, you push in the throttle.
- In a car, you keep your eyes on the road in front of you. In a plane, that’s called looking through a straw, and it’s bad. You have to look around, up and down to see what’s going on as you fly.
- With a car, you just hop in and go. In a plane you do a check list to inspect the plane thoroughly before you hop in and fly. The check takes at least 15 minutes for me.
- With a car, you look at your gas gauge, trust it and drive off. With a plane, you check your fuel in 13 different spots for water and sediment. You also use a gauge to check the fuel levels in each wing tank.
- With a plane, you check the oil every time you fly. In a car, you do it every 3,000 miles then take it to Jiffy Lube.
- In a car, you don’t look in the engine unless something is wrong. With a plane, you check the engine every time — for bird nests and other dangerous items.
- Once you start a car, you start immediately driving. Once you start a plane, you still have to do a final check (run-up) before actually taking off.
- The plane’s yoke (it looks kind of like a steering wheel) is used to lift the plane off the ground when you take off, and to do banking turns. You just steer with the car steering wheel.
- In a car, you drive between the lines. In a plane, you drive on them.
So a shout out to my pilot friends — what else did I miss?