Originally Posted by Ironflight
I’ve been doing some prop testing recently which involves a lot of sawtooth climbs. The tricks are to do it first thing in the morning, when the air is very smooth, and to start well below your target altitude band, to give you time to get on speed.
I dive to 1,000’ feet below the planned band, throttle at idle for the dive, then slow to the target airspeed, then add throttle to climb power while concentrating on airspeed. There is a little bit of airspeed wobble going through the power transition, but by a couple hundred feet below the target band it is sorted out, and if the air is smooth, the speed can be held - you just have to divide your attention between the ASI and the pitch picture outside, and stay ahead of the oscillations.
I went out again after reading your post, here, and used your technique.
It made getting ON speed and staying on speed much easier. So thanks.
I also found that getting a simple to use digital stopwatch made things a WHOLE lot easier. I was using a timer that had buttons and it was hard to do everything I needed to do and get the fingers on the buttons.
During multiple practice runs, I detected another technique error I was making:
Once on speed I was correcting any slight deviation by using the same technique I used on the throttle when formation flying:
1. Add a little power (if sucked)
2. Just before position removed added power and then some - you have to stop the acceleration
3. Go back to the "nominal" power setting.
Well I was doing that with the pitch. At the slightest speed deviation I would adjust pitch by adding more (if I had to slow down)
then taking the addition out and then some
Then going back to the "nominal" stick position.
That, as you might expect, failed.
So I learned to just make the tiniest of stick adjustments in the proper direction and hold that. That worked much better.
I still have to practice - I'm looking at the airspeed indicator way too much - but that's for the next ride.