I would like to share with you two recent situations I found myself in while flying around to illustrate the fact that, as a pilot, you can’t let your mind wander even for a minute.
Location: Telluride, Colorado Airspeed: 180 kts Altitude: 12,000 ft MSL
Co-pilot: "Center, ABC has airport in sight."
Center: "ABC, Tower, radar services terminated, suggest you switch to advisory on 123.45."
Co-pilot: "123.45 for ABC." To me: "OK we’re on final, slow down to 140 kts and drop full flap."
I retard the throttle lever and wait for the airspeed to start decreasing. It doesn’t. "Alright," I say to myself, "raise the nose a bit, maybe it’s too low." The airplane begins to climb, airspeed changes slightly. Set throttle to idle. No change, we’re still climbing.
At this point I paused FSX and enter its controls configuration. I test out the control axes, everything is fine. Back in the cockpit I unpaused the simulation and hit the flaps, they deploy courageously against the airflow. I look at the throttle quadrant as I move my throttle lever back and forth, nothing. I then snap the view back to forward and incredulously look at the FD (Flight Director) light as it glows back at me as if to taunt me. I flick the switch off and I am again in control of my airplane. I slow down, land (luckily it was a long final leg) and taxi off to meet the limos waiting for my passengers.