Are you ready to Rally? (Road and Runway Rally, that is!)

March 23, 2010 by Jill W. Tallman

Today’s entry is from guest blogger Alyssa J. Miller, a commercial- and instrument-rated pilot. Alyssa is an editor for AOPA’s electronic publications, and she’ll be one of two AOPA staff pilots who is flying the Fun to Fly Remos in our upcoming Road and Runway Rally.–Jill Tallman

Spring training: Baseball players head to the field; other athletes sweat it out in the gym; pilots take to the sky. Thankfully, I’m a pilot! To shape up for AOPA’s Road and Runway Rally, I’m looking to maximize my time in the Remos GX, which I’ll fly part of the way from Frederick, Md., to Lakeland, Fla., in April.

But all of my prep time won’t be in the air. I’m studying the Remos POH and EFIS-D100 Pilot’s User Guide so that I’ll know the aircraft like the back of my hand.

 Here are the handicaps I’ll be working to overcome over the next couple of weeks: I have two hours of flight time in the Remos, and it’s my first time flying an aircraft with a glass cockpit (yes, I’ve been reluctant to make the switch).

I’ve gone through the check out and soloed the aircraft (see “Levitating LSA”). Its stalls are very docile; it has great glide performance, and it’s fun to land at every flap setting (from zero to 40 degrees). Chandelles and lazy 8s are a blast.

 Up next in my spring training: crosswind practice and emergency procedures. What else would you include in my rally preparations?


4 Responses to “Are you ready to Rally? (Road and Runway Rally, that is!)”

  1. Todd Says:

    As you are somewhat new with the glass cockpit environment I would spend lots of time with the manual, simulator (if there is one for the EFIS-D1000) and with an experienced pilot. This will help both with safety and to make you much more efficient on the ground and in the air working with the system.

    I had the opportunity to fly a Remos last summer and loved it. Enjoy your flight and good luck!

  2. Alyssa Says:

    Todd, thanks for the advice and well wishes! The EFIS-D100 is an area I want to concentrate on. Interestingly, the manual for the EFIS is just a few pages short of the number of pages in the Remos POH!

  3. Michael Combs Says:

    Hi Alyssa – It really helped me to take the manual into the cockpit and turn on the switches. Once you have that visual image in front of you, it really brings it all together in your mind.

    The Dynons are beautiful to fly with and your learning curve will be surprisingly short and low.

    Don’t bother to split the screens, instead just scroll through and get used to the different combinations that each one gives you. That way your’ll be familiar with the options as you are flying, and will be able to anticipate what the next option will be.

    I usually scroll through the engine monitor screens in order to watch my fuel burn and flight time, while leaving the top screen as full navigation only.

    Take care – and have fun with that beautiful REMOS! – mc

  4. Dave Says:


    The best thing you can do is sit in the plane and turn the Dynon on. It has its own internal battery, so you won’t drain the aircraft battery while you learn the Dynon. You can play with all the sub-menu features, and get comfortable with the EFIS. Dynon did a great job making the unit user friendly. AOPA should upload the aircraft checklist, POH and emergency info into the unit, giving you instant information without searching for the owners manual. Take care, Dave

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