Preflight is a very important part of any flight. In this weeks video we are reviewing some very important preflight procedures with Joel and Bob. Watch to see three things you're doing that shouldn't be on preflight.
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"Nice Airport, and good Diner on the field. Flight Deck Diner. Standard fare- and good- no complaints. Also NAS Museum on field. Beach/boardwalk approx 7 mi away.
Note- FBO won't FS fuel on the museum property - only outside the white line box in front of the large NAS Hangar. Or at FBO. Don't believe overnight parking is allowed on the Museum ramp either.
https://www.flightlevelaviation.com/" - Submitted by DW. Got Comments?
Mark your calendars for Saturday April 4, as we will be hosting an EAA 323 Pancake Fly-In, Featuring Best in Show Award for Best Homebuilt at Sherman Municipal Airport. Bring any aircraft in you want - even ultralights! We will be handing out a trophy for Best of Show, with our very own Pam, Adam, Phil, and Frank volunteering to be judges!
1. Any homebuilt with an Experimental certificate is eligible to participate in the competition.
2. You must arrive by 10am to be in the competition.
Our weekend private pilot ground school course is an accelerated offering of our evening ground school-the same material just in a full day weekend sitting. We will meet from 10AM to 4PM on March 28, 29, April 4 and 5. Plan to attend all 4 days of class to ensure you will pass your final exam with the FAA. Lunch will be provided and all of the materials that you will need for the course. Once you sign up for the course, we will email you an easy to pay invoice and we'll ensure you have the supplies for your first day of class!
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The 2020, 1st Annual Hatz Texas Fly-In gathering is planned for Saturday May 2nd at the Old Kingsbury Aerodrome 85TE near Sequin, Texas.
Our gathering is scheduled to coincide with the Old Kingsbury Aerodrome Pioneer of Flight Museum Spring Wings Wheels Fly-In.
"I've flown into this stirp years ago and, after 18yrs out of the seat, I was amazed to not only find a lot of activity now but also one of the best restaurants anywhere in the entire Mid Ohio Valley. Excellent food and seafood you won't find on any other menu around." - Submitted by John Stone. Got Comments? - Got Photos?
Flying in Alaska continues to stun at every turn, but we finally experience it up close via an awesome bush runway to explore an abandoned mine, and end up shooting an unexpected circling approach to minimums at 4am.
HD video of a STOL demonstration with planes from Just Aircraft, Skyreach Aircraft and Zenith Aircraft. Also, a view of builders in a Zenith Aircraft Building Workshop completing hands-on training assembling the rudder of a CH750 Zenith aircraft.
Pilot seriously injured after fuel exhaustion leads to crash Probable cause: The pilot's inadequate preflight fuel planning and in-flight fuel monitoring and his decision to take off with an unverified amount of fuel, which resulted in fuel exhaustion and a subsequent impact with trees during an attempted fo
Picture of the Day: Lake approach Joe McMurray submitted the following photo and note: “Turn final in a Carbon Cub on floats.” Would you like to have your photo featured as Picture of the Day? You can submit it via this form. All photos sent in for Picture of the Day are also considered for our new Page 4 photo feature ...
Picture of the Day: A true warbird CDR Michael Graves USN Ret. submitted the following photo and note: “A true warbird of World War II. This aircraft served with the USN and Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946 at MCAAS/NAS Mojave. She is just one of a handful of the 100 Navy HE/AE1s delivered to the US Navy from 1942-1942 that remain. ...
Here's today's riddle: Name something that all pilots need and use all the time, often don't know by name, and depend on completely for the safety of every flight. The answer isn't obvious, and neither is this person, who frequently remains totally hidden at your local flying school or airport. Need a clue? How about tools, grease and safety wire? I'm speaking of your local aviation mechanic.
Thinking about learning to fly? Do you want to fly for a living? Would you like to refresh your knowledge for your flight review? If so, then the place to start is with Rod Machado's new 40-hour+ private pilot eLearning ground school. This eLearning course prepares you to take the private pilot knowledge exam and provides the foundation of knowledge needed to make your flight training a more enjoyable experience.
Psst! Psst! Come here. Come a little bit closer. I've got something I want to ask you, and I don't want anyone else to hear. Are you afraid of heights? It's probably embarrassing to admit it, but if you're like most other pilots, the answer is Yes.
Mention the word poetry to a pilot and he'll act like he's in a hotel fire. He'll think: get low, get down, get out. Admittedly, even I get the heebie-jeebies at the mere mention of haiku (that's Japanese poetry, not the sound of someone sneezing). But poetry is more than cute rhymes with tinkered words. It's an alternate means of learning some of aviation psychology's most important lessons.
Recently, I was having a difficult time seeing things that were in plain view. I was even thinking about visiting the Our Lady of Fatima Optometry Center, where their motto is, "If we can't correct your vision, at least you can have one."
Nobody moves, nobody gets hurt. That's my new strategy for preventing runway incursions. It's a reasonable plan, given that these events have actually increased since the FAA began seriously collecting statistics on the issue. That's right. Despite the implementation of new rules and airport signage, incursions continue to increase year after year (about a 25% increase since 2013). If I were superstitious I might suggest we stop doing things to reduce runway incursions so that their numbers will decrease to some previous level. Unfortunately the "Don't look at it and it will go away" trick probably won't work here.
News flash! The Mona Lisa's eyebrows are missing. That's right. Gone! Some say they were scrubbed off during an early restoration. I suspect they were vaporized when Leonardo had Mona over for a pre-portrait barbecue and he took excessive liberty with the lighter fluid. While I didn't attend a BBQ, my eyebrows are also missing. At least they appeared to disappear as they rose above my forehead in surprise at the FAA's and ACS committee's dumbing-down of standards for commercial pilot certification.
Over the years, I've seen my grandfather do a number of strange things. One time, while watching football on TV, he sat there yelling at the players. I couldn't help but say, "Grandpa, they can't hear you." He replied, "Oh yeah, that's right, they got their helmets on."
Over the years, I've heard many stories about middle-aged pilots (45-65 years) who gave up flying due to a sudden onset of anxiety. Apparently this wasn't induced by any specific aviation trauma nor inspired by the relatively small and perfectly normal decline of reflexes and mental agility experienced by most middle aged pilots. What in the world might spook a 50-ish pilot into abandoning something he obviously once loved to do?
The 1984 movie The Karate Kid revealed a rare pedagogical truth of immense value to flight instructors. The movie centers around Daniel, who volunteers to polish the car and sand the deck of his neighbor Mr. Miyagi (a martial arts master).
Rod Machado - "I'm curious about your experience with bad flight instructors and hope you'll add to this blog with your comments. Of course, most flight instructors do a fantastic job. I just can't say that LOUD enough: Most flight instructors do a fantastic job. But not all do! And when they don't, they cause a lot of damage to the flight training industry."