Every summer, despite the sun and heat, necks across the country crane skyward, ears throb to the sound of roaring afterburners and hearts race as sport planes tumble and wheel across the sky. As a symbol of summer fun, airshows are a fun way to for the public to experience the thrill of aviation from the twisting dogfighters of World War II, to the latest high-tech aircraft. No matter your age, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Starting on July 9th and running through the 12th, Florida's gleaming Pensacola Beach plays host to Red White & Blues Week. Come out for the food, fireworks and free concerts, and stay for the main event; Saturday the 12th at noon begins the Pensacola Beach Airshow, featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team, as well as a number of other equally thrilling military and civilian performers.
No matter your location, you and your family are never far from the aerial action. All you'll need is your sunscreen, appetite and earplugs.
Pilot Prepares to Start New Career There is a reason American Flyers is known as the "Finish-Up School" and Eric Goodenough of Deltona, Florida recently experienced the kind of finishing up we provide.
Eric was the kid who'd run outside every time he heard an airplane fly overhead. He'd search the blue sky for the object of his affection. In high school he studied Airspace Science in Air Force Junior ROTC. "I always had an amazement for airplanes," he said.
When the time was right, he began training at a well known flight school in Florida, but found the pace to be too slow. His uncle and mentor, Eddie Royko, suggested looking into American Flyers because he'd been their chief pilot in the '80s when they were based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. Operations Director Joe Cannizzaro met them on a weekend to show them around the Pompano school and Eric was easily convinced that this was the place for him.
He arrived in Pompano Beach in mid-February and flew nonstop. He needed 90 hours to qualify for his Commercial Certificate and within a month and a half he'd met the requirements and passed his check ride. Two days later he started working on his Multi-engine and took that check ride seven days later. From there he went right into the CFI Academy, which he finished with success.
Now he's taking a couple weeks off to see his family and he'll back as a CFI in Pompano. His long-term goal is to fly jets for a major airline someday, but for now he thinks he's going to enjoy teaching.
Pilot Seeks Adventure On his journey to discover his passion, Adam Khan often chose paths full of adventure. After high school he enrolled in pre-med, following the cultural expectations of his background. He struggled with it and decided pre-med wasn't the right choice for him. So he followed the footsteps of his cousin and joined the U.S. Air Force at age 19, working 14 hour days on the flight line in Alaska at minus 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Though many would have considered those conditions a challenge, Adam considered the experience an adventure. It contributed to the man he has grown to be.
Eventually he went back to college and earned a double major in Business and Sociology. As he was looking into working on his MBA, Adam thought flight school sounded like another exciting adventure. He enrolled in a large school, but found it to be disorganized. After looking into other options he decided on American Flyers. "Don't waste time at a gimmicky school," he advised. "American Flyers is structured and got me finished up quickly with a good education." Adam is now halfway through his Instrument training.
Adam's family is very proud of him – he's the first pilot in a long line of doctors and IT managers. His long-term goal is to fly for United Arab Emirates Airline. Then his dream will be fulfilled. What some people may consider challenges, Adam Khan considers adventure.
Did You Know…
That prior to 1946, there were no stallwarning devices in aircraft. When aerodynamicist and engineering test pilot Leonard Michael Greene (1918-2006) realized that pilots couldn't tell when the critical angle of attack was exceeded, he invented the stall-warning device and earned the first of over 200 patents he would develop in his lifetime. He started Safe Flight Instrument Corporation to build his inventions. Their products include Stall Warning Systems, Angle-of-Attack Systems, Automatic Throttle Systems, the N1/EPR Computer, Airborne Wind Shear Warning Systems and more, and are used by almost all major air carriers, U.S. Armed Forces, and aircraft manufacturers.
In addition to his scientific contributions to aviation, Greene was a cofounder of Corporate Angel Network (CAN), which has been helping cancer patients get necessary transportation aboard corporate aircraft since 1981. Affiliated corporations provide free empty seats to cancer patients on board corporate jets flying on routine business. They coordinate more than 200 flights a month. Mr. Greene also founded the Institute for SocioEconomic Studies in White Plains, New York.
Checking Under the Pilot’s Hood
By David Menconi, Chief Flight Instructor
When a pilot prepares for a flight, it is a matter of course to review things like the aircraft airworthiness, appropriate weather, including aircraft, route and airport information. The one factor that is the biggest factor in determining the safety of flight may not have been evaluated thoroughly enough. That would be the pilot-in-command.
Pilots commonly will review things like certification and currency requirements when evaluating their preparedness for a flight, but time has shown us that there are other factors that should be considered besides the fact that we are in possession of the proper paperwork. Each flight should include a review of the pilot's physical and metal preparedness for the flight they are about to undertake. Having the proficiency to handle the anticipated workload can be effected by a number of factors. The IM SAFE acronym can be used to help identify areas that should be considered.
Illness – Are you suffering from that bug that has been going around?
Medication – Prescription or nonprescription drugs can have negative effects. Check them out.
Stress – Stress can be insidious and cumulative. Exceeding your stress tolerance can result in a rapid decline in your proficiency.
Alcohol – Any alcohol influence reduces your reaction time and thinking process.
Fatigue – Sufficient rest is needed for top performance
Eat – A hungry person is not a clear thinking person. Have sufficient nourishment.
Pilots should recognize that meeting the medical requirements is not enough. Making sure that you are not operating an aircraft with a medical deficiency is also required.
Laugh Out Loud...
Cessna 152: Flight Level Three Thousand, Seven Hundred. Controller: Roger, contact Houston Space Center.
Beech Baron: Uh, ATC, verify you want me to taxi in front of the 747. ATC: Yeah, it's OK. He's not hungry.
Cessna: Jones tower, Cessna 12345, student pilot, I am out of fuel. Tower: Roger Cessna 12345, reduce airspeed to best glide!! Do you have the airfield in sight?!?!! Cessna: Uh… tower, I am on the south ramp; I just want to know where the fuel truck is.
Pilot: Oakland Ground, Cessna 1234 at XYZ Academy. Taxi, Destination Stockton Ground: Cessna 1234, Taxi Approved, report leaving the airport.
Tower: Delta Zulu Romeo, turn right now and report your heading.
Pilot: Wilco. 341, 342, 343, 344, 345…
Controller: AF123, say call sign of your wingman. Pilot: Uh… approach, we're a single ship.
Controller: Oooohhh! You have traffic!
Question: Every time I open an aviation magazine it seems like half of the articles are about glass cockpits. I've never flown an airplane with a glass cockpit and wonder what all the hoopla is about.
Answer: Aviation magazines are in the business of bringing us the latest and greatest innovations concerning airplanes and flying. And it's true that glass cockpits offer many desirable features. However, in the midst of the "hoopla" there are a couple of points we should keep in mind.
First is the impression that if you don't fly a glass cockpit airplane you are living in the dark ages. The vast majority of airplanes flying today, including many sophisticated, high performance piston, turboprop and jet aircraft are not glass. They hardly need to be scraped or converted to glass to still have many more years of useful service.
The other issue is that the very thing that makes glass so appealing, if the pilot is not careful, can cause some hard earned skills to atrophy. The pilot needs to constantly maintain situational awareness and stay ahead of the airplane, anticipating what is coming and being prepared for it before it happens.
I am also of the strong opinion that students should learn to fly airplanes in general, and instruments in particular, on the good old fashioned analog instruments. Once these skills are learned a transition to glass may be desirable.
There have been and will continue to be many wonderful changes coming to aviation as a result of the power of computers. However, as pilots we should never fall into the trap of thinking that the computers can be the PIC while we become spectators.
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“You’re Invited …” Join Us Saturday, July 12th, 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 all the phases of takeoffs and landings
Discuss the Stabilized approach Concept
Tips to make consistently good takeoffs and landings
The Field Balance Length Concept
SUNSET TO SUNRISE Night Flight Techniques
By David Robson
Peaceful, calm, romantic… Those are some of the joys of night flying which keep us coming back. Inside the cockpit, surrounded by darkness and blanket of stars, a pilot won't always have a visual horizon. That's why award-winning author/editor and Veteran pilot, David Robson, stresses that VFR night needs to be approached as flying by the instruments. Robson spent 21 years as a fighter pilot and test pilot with the Royal Australian Air Force and 10 years instructing at Australian Aviation college, as well as having been a member of the formation aerobatic team, the Deltas.
In Sunset to Sunrise: Night Flight Techniques, Robson presents an orderly review of instruments and systems. Meteorology is covered as well, including an interesting introduction to Astronomical Times (twilight, sunset, sunrise and daylight). Robson addresses decision making, explains the ears and eyes in some depth (particularily binocular vision), goes into visual illusions and spacial orientation and other Human Factors. Robson reviews techniques for both instrument and night flight. Then he goes over abnormal operations at night, followed by planning the night flight.
Robson's book is more than just a useful tool to help prepare you for your night flight. It give insight into some of the Human Factors that most aviation books don't discuss. Check out Sunset to Sunrise in our pilot shop.
Tidbit Having trouble finding that reciprocal course or heading? A quick way of finding reciprocals, for headings that are not cardinal, is to add 200 degrees then subtract 20 degrees for courses or headings that are northeast or southeast, or subtract 200 degrees then add 20 degrees for courses or headings that are southwest or northwest. (e.g., Reciprocal of 140 would be 140+200=340-20=320 degrees.) You can also just work with the digits by adding 2 to the first digit, subtract 2 from the second digit, and make no change to the third digit. (e.g., Reciprocal of 140, 1+2=3, 4-2=2, 0=0, answer 320).
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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FREE 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”.