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Pilot’s Hard Work Pays Off
By Joe La Valle

Ever since Carlos Abanto, 27, was a child in Peru, he knew he wanted to fly. However, he had no means to fund his dream. But through hard work and dedication, Carlos was able to save up and pursue his passion. His hard work paid off on May 17th, 2008 when he passed his private pilot checkride. But Carlos is not done. He is currently an instrument and commercial student, and is hoping to have his coursework complete in time for his birthday in July.

To talk to Carlos, you can’t help but hear the excitement in his voice, “I love what I’m doing right now”. Carlos says he is very happy with his decision to fly, and has enjoyed the flight training experience. The most satisfying experience so far has been the night flying. Carlos says he enjoys the sight of the moon and the stars from the air, and the simple peace that comes from being aloft.

When asked about his goals for the future, Carlos says he looks forward to an airline career. His airlines of choice are American Airlines, the Peruvian carriers LAN or TACA, or perhaps European giant KLM. But as for right now, Carlos is just looking forward to next week, when he will take his first flight into the clouds.

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Pilot Gains New Confidence with New Rating
By Katharina Batista

Belgian pilot, Eddy De Reys, wanted to combine business with flying and knew the only efficient way to make it work was if he were instrument rated. At the advice of his instructor, he chose to come to the United States to get his IFR rating. After a discouraging experience at a Denver flight school, he was impressed that the staff in Fort Worth knew exactly what he needed to do as a foreign student to get a US IFR rating.

Initially he came for a 3-day weekend in February to try out the school. The weekend was well organized to best utilize his time; he was able to do a lot of flying, and he was amazed by the patience the friendly staff had with him. The weekend went so well that Eddy was inspired to prepare for his written and to return for the last two weeks of April. Twelve full days of training, sometimes from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, got Eddy prepared for his check ride, which he passed on the 13th day. He flew home that evening as he had planned with his family.

Eddy has already taken a couple of flights in IMC and is enjoying his rating as well as the added safety it provides. "With a wife and three kids, you don't want to take any risks. Being 99% sure isn't good enough," he said.home that evening as he had planned with his family.

July Destinations
By Joe La Valle

For those who seek a luxurious getaway and a relaxing outdoors experience, Palm Canyon Resort in Borrego Springs, CA will be there to serve you. Stop in at Borrego Valley Airport (L08) and experience a casual western ambiance with all the modern comforts. There are accommodations for every taste and budget; all rooms come with king or queen sized beds as well as a refrigerator, while special jacuzzi suites are also available to unwind in. Many rooms come with private balconies and patios for a view of the surrounding landscape and a chance to see some local wildlife. Dining includes a traditional Western-style grille, as well as the new ‘Western Wok Restaurant’. Activities include hiking, golf, horseback riding and cycling, as well as desert offroading, desert excursions, and ultralight rides. With a spectacular view and a wide range of activities, Palm Canyon Resort is sure to become a favorite destination.

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How Can You Forecast Tomorrow Morning's Low Temperature?
In our "Horizons" video series about weather, airline pilot and meteorologist Gordon Barnes gives us a tip on forecasting tomorrow's low temperature. He says the dew point on today's 1:00 PM METAR will be tomorrow morning's low temperature.

I tested Gordon's theory for accuracy. The June 4th, 1:00 PM METAR stated a dew point of 48.0 degrees F. The lowest temperature on June 5th was recorded on the 6:00 am METAR as 48.0 degrees F. It works! Now you can use this little known tip for your next early morning flight.

The Benefit of Practical Flight Instruction
By David Menconi, Chief Flight Instructor

You have been waiting all week for an opportunity to get with an instructor and receive some badly needed flight instruction. You may have even taken some time off from work or delayed or rescheduled a meeting in order to complete this flight training session. When you arrive at the airport you find out that there is an obstacle. Be it a thunderstorm, icing, low ceilings, low visibility, or an equipment malfunction, there always seems to be an obstacle present that can be used to prevent you from accomplishing your mission. An instructor that understands the benefits of practical flight instruction will take advantage of such situations in order to train a student in decision-making and risk management. Reviewing all available options and determining the risk associated with each will often allow the flight session to be conducted safely. Developing the student's knowledge and skill to safely exercise the privileges of their pilot certificate comes from gaining experience in dealing with the practical realities that pilots deal with on a daily basis. If an instructor only trains in a sterile environment, they are not preparing the student for the practical, real life, situations that they will face when they encounter an obstacle after they are certified. Instead of disappointing a student by canceling the flight training session, the student will learn and understand how to apply their knowledge to maintain a safe operation. Isn't that what it's all about?

This Month in Aviation History
by Joe La Valle

CThe Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress has become an enduring symbol of the aerial conflict in World War II; however, it almost never left the drawing board. During the mid 1930’s, the U.S. Army Air Corps was looking for a multi-engine heavy bomber. Three companies designed and built entrants: Boeing, Douglas and Martin. Originally known as the Boeing Model 299, it first flew on July 17th, 1935; this was the first flight of a mass-produced four-engine bomber. During competition flights, the 299 lost to the Douglas DB-1. However, on October 30th, 1935, the Army Air Corps gave it a second try, and it won the competition with the Army ordering thirteen aircraft, now designated as the YB-17. With production accelerated at the onset of the war, Boeing eventually produced 12,700 of the venerable aircraft by 1945. After the war, B-17s served as airliners, reconnaissance aircraft, and aerial firefighters. Only 15 are still flying, with the remaining few relegated to museums and memories.

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From a Reader:
Remember it takes a college degree to fly a plane, but only a high school diploma to fix one. Reassurance for those of us who fly routinely in our jobs.

After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form, called a 'gripe sheet,' which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight. Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor. Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by UPS pilots (marked with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance engineers.

By the way, UPS is the only major airline that has never, ever, had an accident.

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.
P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.
P: Something loose in cockpit
S: Something tightened in cockpit
P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back-order.
P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.
P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.
P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.
P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That's what friction locks are for.
P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.
P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you're right.
P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.
P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to: straighten up, fly right, and be serious.
P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.
P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.
And the best one for last…
P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from midget.

Another Joke Sent in From a Reader:
When one of their prize attractions – the "Human Cannonball" - announced he was retiring from Barnum & Bailey's 3-Ring Circus, the Ringmaster was distraught, facing the daunting task of finding a new performer who would "fit" the position. The Ringmaster lamented, "It will be hard to find a performer of his caliber.


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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“You’re Invited …”
Join Us Saturday, August 2nd, 2008 at 12:00 Noon For a Free Pilot Seminar & Lunch

Join us for a free BBQ lunch and Pilot Gathering. Enjoy some good food and comradeship with fellow pilots. We'll be talking about flying during the summer months. Airspace will be busier and storms may pop up unexpectedly. There will be plenty of time to ask questions and relate your personal experiences.

What you’ll learn:

  • Review hazardous behaviors & discuss how to avoid them.
  • How to recognize & cope with stress
  • Discuss how to best assess risk.
  • Review efficient crew & cockpit resource management.

High-Flying Movie Review
By Joe La Valle

For those who enjoy a Hollywood classic in black and white with the emotion of modern day human drama, 1938’s The Dawn Patrol starring Errol Flynn, is not to be missed.

Co-starring Basil Rathbone and David Niven, this story of World War I dogfighters is set in the skies above the trenches of 1915 France. With impressive flying sequences and a thrilling story of the brave men who soared through the dangerous skies while being threatened by the enemy and occasionally their own machines, The Dawn Patrol will be an exciting adventure.

Source: imdb.com

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Cleveland Airport the Site of Many Firsts
By Joe La Valle

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, currently the largest airport in Ohio was originally known as Cleveland Municipal Airport, and has been at the forefront of aviation history and technology dating back to its founding in 1925. Its foundation in this year made the small Cleveland airport the first in the U.S. to be municipally owned. In 1930, it was the home to the first air traffic control tower, the first air-to-ground radio and the first airfield lighting system. In 1968 it became the first U.S. airport to be directly connected to a local or regional rail transit system. The airport was renamed in 1951 to honor its founder, William R. Hopkins, on his 82nd birthday.

Source: wikipedia.org

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