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Congratulations to Scott Williams for passing his Commercial Checkride! Scott passes with flying colors under the watchful eyes of DPE Yuzo Wakita . Congratulations to CFII Jen Delp-Mallet for another successful student as well!
Congratulations to Dave Presta who earned his complex endorsement with CFI Rene Garcia in N616SF.
The very first endorsement of the New Year happened in Salinas on New Year’s Day. Mona Kendrick earned her Complex Airplane sign off in our Cessna 172RG, N616SF, from Instructor Tom Conklin.
Mona’s next goal is to get her Commercial Pilot License.
Well done Mona and a Hapy New Year to you!
Everyone who has flown 616SF will be delighted to hear that we have started a comprehensive avionics upgrade.
The upgrade includes:
Garmin GTN 650 touch screen WAAS IFR GPS/NAV/COM/ILS
King KX155 digital flip flop NAV/COM
PS Engineering intercom
Trig TT21 Mode S transponder with TIS traffic
JPI EDM700 4 cylinder engine monitor
What is the GTN 650?
It is Garmin’s replacement for the GNS430W. No more twiddling knobs, everything is accessed from the touch screen! Full WAAS capability including LPV and GPS approaches as well as all the usual ILS/VOR and communications capabilities. So instrument students and instrument rated pilots will not be limited to airports that have an ILS or VOR approach, but virtually any local airport will be open to them.
For example, Salinas has a GPS approach to runway 13 with minimums of 455′ agl and an LPV approach to 31 with a DA of 200′ agl, Hollister has an LPV approach with minimums of just 323′ agl, Reid Hillview LPV 31R minimums are only 379′ AGL)
Of course, VFR pilots can use it too.
There will be a learning curve, so I suggest you start preparing now:
Here’s a link to the Garmin manuals download page.
Here’s a link to Garmin’s training center videos.
As for the Trig transponder, check out the Trig Web Page
The JPI Instruments documentation download Web page is here.
We have added Garmin GTN 650 and Trig TT21 manual links to our Useful Documents web page. Take a look.
So the good old plane is getting some great new avionics. I hope you’ll like what you see and fly her a lot!
We have a brand new Commercial Pilot license holder! Brian Hsu aced his commercial pilot checkride today with Examiner Sherry Diamond in our Cessna 172RG, 616SF.
Well done Brian and big thanks go also to his CFI Sergey Sinyachkin.
Congratulations to Thomas Daniel who earned his Certified Flight Instructor certificate today with Examiner Tom Hornak. Thomas completed his training with AeroDynamic CFI Dick Chang in our Cessna 172RG, N 616SF.
Well done Thomas!