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Thank you to everyone at AeroDynamic Aviation for your instruction, guidance, and support throughout my Instrument training!
A special thank you to Dick Chang, who patiently worked through my altitude deviations, incomplete procedures, and messy DME arcs to get my skills up to standards. Your time and energy throughout all of my training is much appreciated!
Mike Winer began his pilot training with CFI Jen Delp-Mallet in late 2013. After receiving his private pilot license in August 2014, he began working toward his instrument rating in his newly acquired Cesssna 206 turbo with Garmin 1000. Mike passed his checkride first attempt on March 17. We’ve watched you grow into such a capable pilot! Congrats from all of us, Mike.
As an active duty navigator in the US Air Force, Dan felt it was time to add another rating to his PPL. With an accelerated and intensive training schedule with AeroDynamic, Dan successfully passed his instrument checkride with DPE Yuzo Wakita after just 10 days!!! Dan worked very hard with instructors Jen Delp-Mallet, Zdravko Podolski, Zach Sacchette, and Dick Chang …and his success is very well-earned! Congratulations once again, come join us again anytime 🙂
The new LPV (Localizer Precision with Vertical guidance) GPS approach to Rwy 2 just came out which will improve on this a lot – starting on March 7, 2013.
Withe the new LPV approach, minimums have been reduced down to 300′ agl, nearly as good as an ILS.
All GPS equipped planes at AeroDynamic are also WAAS capable and can fly LPV approaches. So there will be no excuses any more for not going to lunch at Props!
Casey will now be heading back to Alaska to work on his Commercial ticket in a C185 with retractable gear (Skis!). He’ll also be flying as a C130 loadmaster with the Alaska ANG. Good job Casey!
We have added a DME (Distance Measuring Equipment) unit to Cessna 968RC (one of our Cesna 172P planes in Salinas).
So what, you may ask. It turns out that a DME allows a huge number of instrument approaches to be flown that cannot be flown with just two NAV radios and ADF. For example Monterey LOC/DME 28L which is the most commonly used approach into Monterey. Other approaches can be flown more accurately with a DME and sometimes to lower minima. Yet unlike most GPS navigators, a DME is simple to configure and simple to use.
We have a brand new instrument rated pilot! Congratulations to Pablo Vasquez who earned his instrument rating in N54102 (Cessna 172P) after flying with CFI Sergey Sinyachkin. Examiner Sherry Diamond was duly impressed and signed off on Pablo’s instrument ticket.
Well done Pablo and Sergey.
Read also 61.57(c) – Click on FAA Logo to go to complete text of 14CFR61.57 (Op Ed)
14 CFR 61.57 (d) describes the requirements for an instrument proficiency check (IPC), and includes a description of when an IPC is necessary. While certain exceptions apply, a pilot may reestablish instrument currency that has been lapsed for more than 6 months only through obtaining an IPC. On December 16, 2011, the FAA issued a technical correction to section 61.57 (d) in order to clarify the meaning of the regulation. This clarification was simply just that, a clarification, and no change to the application of the rule was intended. As the FAA explained in that technical correction (emphasis added):
The revised language makes it clear that a pilot who has failed to maintain instrument currency for more than six calendar months may not serve as pilot in command under IFR or in weather conditions less than the minimums prescribed for VFR until completing an instrument proficiency check. A pilot whose instrument currency has been lapsed for less than six months may continue to reestablish instrument currency by performing the tasks and maneuvers required in paragraph (c).
Notwithstanding the exceptions on 61.57 (e), the following timeline illustrates the correct application of 61.57 (d):
January 31, 2012: A pilot is no longer instrument current because they no longer meet the recent experience requirements found in 61.57 (c). This pilot may no longer act as pilot-in-command (PIC) of an aircraft operating under IFR or in weather conditions less than the minimums prescribed for VFR.
February 1, 2012 to July 31, 2012: The pilot has between these dates in order to obtain the recent experience requirements found in 61.57 (c). This experience may be obtained through instruction, the use of a safety pilot, or through a simulator / training device.
August 1, 2012: If by this date the pilot had not regained instrument currency, the only method by which a pilot may become instrument current again is by obtaining an IPC.
The FAA has become aware of some recent blogs, emails, and website comments that contain confusion about the technical correction and the current meaning of the rule. This FAAST Blast will hopefully alleviate that confusion. For additional information, please review the latest technical correction to 61.57 at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-16/pdf/2011-32333.pdf
Well done Andy, and thanks also go to AeroDynamic Instructor Erik, with help also from Rich, Sergey and Dick.
Andy escaped before we could pose him in front of the plane, so here’s a picture of him holding the Bronze Lindy he captured at Oshkosh.
Our own Brian Hsu has been working hard! Brian added his Multi Engine Instrument Commercial rating to his pilot license. Brian took his flying lessons with AeroDynamic CFI Sergey Sinyachkin in the Beech Duchess and aced his flight test with Examiner Sherry Diamond.
Congratulations and well done to Brian and Sergey.