- Sep 27, 2003
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I've got my CFII checkride on tuesday and I know I will be asked to teach holds. Any suggestions on an easy way to teach a hold? Thanks in advance...
TonyC said:Except when you turn in the wrong direction?!?!
chriskcmo said:I had a good friend who's an FAA inspector teach me this little trick. He learned it from a old crusty TWA captain.
Depending on whether you're doing right or left turns in the hold, you choose your right hand (for right turns). Hold your hand out, palm facing you (you should know holding like the palm of your hand). Now, stick your thumb out at an angle. Place your hand on the DG or HSI with the miniature airplane sitting where your thumb attaches to your hand, palm still facing out.
Whereever the radial that you're holding ON sits in relationship to your hand, you do the following:
If it is in the area between your thumb and index finger, it's a teardrop entry (if you look, you can kind of see a "teardrop" formed by your thumb and finger).
If it in the area between your index finger and your little finger, it's a parallel entry (the fingers are parallel to eachother).
And if it falls anywhere else, it's direct.
Go try it sometime in an airplane or sim. Works every time.