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April 2008 Aviation newsletter including how to articles for both the learn to fly and experienced pilot.

Young Woman Becomes a Pilot and Bonds with Dad
Ashleigh Fenn discovered her passion for flying by accident. She had gone to Australia to visit her brother with the intent of staying there for 10 months, but realized after 3 weeks that it wasn't the right time for her to be there. Instead she decided to stay at her family's condo in Palm Beach for the winter. Her dad, a GA pilot and aviation attorney, suggested she take some flying lessons while she was there.

She earned her Private and says that the training became almost addictive. She got her Instrument rating, Multi Engine Private, Commercial, and now her CFI's. She's planning on becoming an Airline Pilot after she gains some experience instructing. Her older brother James, who'd begun his flying before Ashleigh, came to American Flyers to work on his Private and ended up asking her for help!

Ashleigh's dad owns a C-340 and one of the best things to come out of this experience is the bonding with her father. Dad loves to fly with his little girl!

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Career Dreams Become Reality
Carlos Castillo has always wanted to fly. For years his dream was stashed in the "someday" file, but the time came when he realized his current career wasn't going to give him the future he wanted. His desire was both to fulfill his dream and to plan for a still distant retirement. His wife, Cyndi, is an accountant and agreed to her husband's plans to change careers "after a bit of convincing". Now Carlos is about to complete his Private and begin working on his Instrument rating, while looking forward to the day he can instruct.

"This is the first thing I've ever done for myself," Carlos explains. Other than becoming a mechanic at 18, his life has twisted along a path not necessarily of his choosing, but of opportunities that came to him. Now it's his turn to make life go his way.

Having never been in a small airplane before coming to American Flyers, Carlos started with an IntroFlight. The flight was everything he dreamed it would be and he began full-time flight training. "It was harder than I expected. Information-wise it was much more than I thought it would be," he said. "You have to have patience. It's a process and you can't force it."

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Destinations
Oz's Homestay might be categorized as a Bed & Breakfast, but it's more like a home away from home. The rustic looking, renovated 100 year old barn, located in Shinglehouse, PA is full of modern amenities such as satellite TV/VCR/ DVD, telephone, fax, and wireless internet access. What makes it special is the warm and welcoming atmosphere and delicious food. You'll stay in one of four distinctive rooms outfitted with handcrafted furniture. Your stay includes a full home cooked breakfast, fresh cut flowers, and chocolates. Lunch and dinner are available and whenever possible are made with organic ingredients and prepared to your tastes. Hosts Ashley and Celeine Easdon-Smith excel at providing a quiet, restful atmosphere. For the more adventurous there is skydiving, hunting, skiing, hiking, and more nearby attractions.

Pilots are invited to call to set up arrangements and land on their private 3000' turf runway, known as the Ceres Airport and the Freefall OZ Skydiving Center.

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Did You Know…
In 1913, Tom Benoist built the Benoist Model 14 Airboat in his St. Louis factory. The seaplane was constructed of Spruce, fabric and wire. The Benoist Model 14 was flown by pilot Tony Jannus for the first scheduled airline using winged aircraft, the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line in 1914. The airline provided two flights a day, six days a week across the bay between St. Petersburg and Tampa. Each flight lasted 22 minutes and the standard fair was $5. Each passenger had a 200 pound allowance which included any baggage. The airline operated from January 1 through May 5, 1914. The airline shut down operation because a town subsidy lapsed and seasonal residents returned north.

Source: Florida State Archives

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Laugh Out Loud

N123AB: This is Cessna 123AB, I'm out of fuel.

ATC: Establish best glide, squawk 7700, and say position!

N123AB: Ummm… I'm not really sure.

ATC: See any landmarks?

N123AB: Well, I'm here parked behind the hangar, and I can see the end of Runway 12. I'm sure the fuel truck will find me.


Picking the Right Sunglasses
Every pilot knows that a quality pair of sunglasses is essential in the cockpit environment to optimize visual performance. Look for lenses that incorporate 100% ultraviolet protection. They are available in glass, plastic, and polycarbonate materials. Glass and CR-39O plastic lenses have superior optical qualities, while polycarbonate lenses are lighter and more impact resistant. Best tint choice is a neutral gray tint with 15 to 30% light transmittance. Polarized sunglasses are not recommended for pilots, because of their possible interaction with displays or other materials in the cockpit environment. Small lenses may not be practical, since they allow too much visible light and ultraviolet radiation to pass around the edges of the frame.

For more information see FAA Publication AM-400-05/1.


How to Keep Your Engine Performing
By Rick Freidinger, Director of Maintenance

Oil is the life blood of your engine. Abuse it or ignore it and you are sure to suffer the consequences. Take care of it and it will take care of your engine. Make sure that you are using the proper viscosity oil, as the OAT rises so should the viscosity of your oil. Heat causes oil to break down faster so during the hot summer months change your oil more frequently, every 50 hours maximum or even sooner in extremely hot or dusty environments. Also keep your oil at the proper level. A good rule of thumb is to keep your oil at 1 quart below maximum capacity, for example, if your engine oil capacity is 8 quarts keep your level at 7. Running your engine at max capacity usual ends up with oil being blown out through your engine breather tube, this is not only a waste of money it also makes an unsightly mess on the belly of your aircraft.

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Safety Tip for Surface Operations
Take care to note the position of traffic and, while you are awaiting takeoff clearance, keep track of the amount of time that passes after you have received the "position and hold" instruction.

There have been some collisions and several incidents involving aircraft holding in position waiting for a takeoff clearance. The FAA's analysis of those collisions and incidents indicate that TWO MINUTES or more elapsed between the time an instruction was issued to "position and hold" and the resulting collision, land over, or go around by an aircraft cleared to land. Contact ATC anytime you have a concern about a potential conflict.

Fight Training Safety Tips

Instrument Currency Made Easy
By David Menconi, National Chief Flight Instructor

Airlines and flight schools have used flight simulation devices in lieu of the aircraft for many years. This excellent training aid can be used during flight training so the student can "learn in the simulator and practice in the airplane" which reduces the amount aircraft flight time required to qualify for a rating or certificate. Flight simulation devices can also be approved for maintaining proficiency as well as your Instrument Currency. Anytime you log simulator instrument time it must be received from an approved instructor.

With the many improvements made to modern flight simulation devices the differences between the airplane and the flight simulation device are becoming more difficult to identify. Modern simulators have improved the feel of the flight controls, the plotting of ground tracks, climb/descent profiles, as well as providing visual references. Another feature is that you can minimize your cost and increase your proficiency in a shorter amount of time. You also have the added benefit of having an instructor evaluate your procedures and performance to ensure that you did not develop any bad habits.

The FAA has proposed increasing the IFR currency requirements and is in the process of completing the reviews necessary for it to be implemented. This will makes using a flight simulation device an even more practical part of your personal recurrent training program.

Ask the Pilot Professor
By Dr. Michael Bliss

Q: If you depart on a cross country and encounter weather conditions that delay your return trip two days, does the flight still count as one cross country?

A: Yes, it still counts as one cross country. The regulations do not require a cross country flight to be completed within any certain time frame, nor does it make sense that a pilot should be penalized when acting prudently concerning weather.

Please send your questions to dr_bliss@af.tv.

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Calendar
Ground Schools & Events

Private April 4 May 2 June 6
Instrument April 25 May 23 June 27
Commercial April 11 May 9 June 13
CFI Revalidation April 19 May 17 June 21
CFI Academy April 10 May 8 June 5
CFIA & FOI April 25 May 23 June 27
CFII April 12 May 10 June 14
ATP April 5 May 3 June 7
BBQ/Seminar April 5 May 3 June 7
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“You’re Invited …”
Join Us Saturday, May 3rd, 2008 at 12:00 Noon For a Free Pilot Seminar & Lunch

If you haven’t heard yet, there is a gathering of local area pilots once a month in our hangar. You and your friends are invited for a free barbeque lunch, hangar flying and informative aviation seminar.

Spend a fun-filled hour, or so, the first Saturday of each month at the airport. You are sure to enjoy the camaraderie of other pilots, as well as the opportunity to ask our CFI’s any questions you may have.

“Basic Instrument Course””

Things you will learn:

  • Emergency procedures for VFR pilots who might encounter IFR conditions
  • Flight radio procedures
  • Voice communications
  • Spatial orientation
  • Radar Assistance
  • Pilot responsibilities

Reading Corner

Island in the Sky by Ernest K. Gann is a novel based on true events and like Gann's other books, the writing is superb and the story riveting. It was also turned into a film starring John Wayne.

Island in the Sky tells a story of heroism by Army Air Transport pilots during WWII. The crew of a four engine transport plane gets into severe icing conditions somewhere between Greenland and North Canada. The airplane, named the Corsair, goes down over frigid northern Canada despite the best efforts of its crew. Gann captivates with the story of survival and of the rescue. The men we meet in this story are comrades depending as much on each other as on themselves.

Gann's passion for flying is found in every page, as is his complete grasp of what these pilots were experiencing. Every word in this story reads authentic. You are there with these men, you feel the cold and hunger and fear. If you find a stormy weekend this summer when you can't fly, Island in the Sky is a great adventure you can enjoy from your chair.

Real Runway Requirements
When considering runway requirements for planned flight, a pilot should review the information in the Pilot’s Operating Handbook (POH). The POH contains variables for correction that will result in minimum runway requirements for takeoff, landing and obstacle clearance. These typically include gross weight, nonstandard temperature and pressure, elevation and head winds. But with these corrections, does the pilot have the confidence to actually depart on that length of runway? If the chart says the airplane will clear a 50 ft obstacle in 1800 feet, would you choose to take off when that 50 ft obstacle is exactly 1800 feet from the beginning of the runway? Here’s factors the chart doesn’t address: runway slope, humidity, pollution, the actual horsepower developed by the airplane in use, runway surface (ice, snow, grass vs. gravel) wind shear or change in wind direction or speed, the pilot’s proficiency in maintaining the required airspeed and performing the established procedures contained in the chart. With these added, it’s understandable that pilots take the distance from the chart and add a 50%-100% safety factor.

Written Classes
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There isn’t a better, more enjoyable and guaranteed class available. Plus the class includes two free hours of simulator!

… you can enjoy two hours of VFR or IFR simulator instruction, free, by attending either one of our weekend classes or taking an “IntroFlight”.

Get involved… introduce friends to flying. If you have a friend or acquaintance who might be interested in aviation send them in, or better yet, bring them! We fly 7 days a week.

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