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Women in Aviation: Katarina Matanović, First Croatian Female PilotMar 08 2013
March 8th is the International Women’s Day, and so it seems appropriate to remember a woman in aviation. There are many well known female pilots, starting with Harriet Quimby who was the very first woman in the US to receive a pilot license. Today, we commemorate the first Croatian female pilot, born this month a hundred years ago.
Katarina Matanović was born in March 1913 in what was then the Croatian province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. When she saw an advert about a pilot school opening in Zagreb in 1935, that was it for her. She enrolled and received her pilot certificate the next year, becoming the first Croatian (and Yugoslav) female pilot.
Not satisfied with simple flying, she also became the first Yugoslav woman to sky-dive, and an acomplished sky-diver. She performed as a pilot and as a sky-diver and became a well-known attraction at airshows around the country.
At the outbreak of the Second World War she became a Liutenant in the Croatian Air Force flying the Avia FL-3 liaison airplane. During the war, in 1944 she lost her husband, also a pilot, shot down by the Allies, and a few days later she herself was injured in the British bombing of Zagreb.
After the Second World War, the Communist authorities in Yugoslavia were not greatly keen on her since she fought on the losing side, and she slipped into obscurity. However when Croatia became independent again, she was remembered, awarded a service medal, became an honorary member of the Zagreb Aeroklub and finally given the recognition she deserved for her achievements in such a male-dominated field.
Katarina died in April 2003.
See also Wikipedia article on Katarina Matanović and a more detailed biography (in Croatian)
News: Planning to use GPS near Las Vegas? Check this out…Feb 22 2013
NAFC GPS 13-04
February 26, 2013 – March 15, 2013
Las Vegas, NV
Please access the link below to download the complete advisory:
AeroDynamic Private and Sport Pilot Ground School Starts Aug 1Jul 19 2012
The next session of our popular Sport / Private Pilot Ground School starts Wed Aug 1, 2012.
Classes are held Wednesdays at 6:30 – 9.00 pm.
The ground school covers all the information you will need to fly safely and to pass the knowledge test. Some homework, in the form of extra reading is required.
You can join the class at any point, and continue through the next session, or simply drop in for sessions that interest you.
Cost is $220.00 for the complete course ($20 discount for EAA Members). Materials not included. You will need to buy books and materials. They ara available from the Instructor, or in any pilot shop.
If you don’t want the whole course, you can drop in for single sessions, at a cost of $20 per session. Licensed pilots who want a refresher are welcome. You can join the class at any point, and continue through the next session.
Click here for more information, enroll and pay online, or call the office on (408) 320-9614 to enroll, or email email@example.com
The schedule may be changed to account for public holidays or changes in the syllabus.
Aircraft Structure, Flight Controls and Principles
Aerodynamic of Flight
Flight manuals, Documents, Weight and Balance
Airspace, Aeromedical factors
Federal Aviation Rules an regulations – FAR Part 61
Federal Aviation Rules an regulations – FAR Part 91
Weather Services, Charts and briefings
Radio Navigation, Aeronatical Decision Making (ADM)
X – Country Flight Planning, review, final review
About the Instructor
Larry Reed, CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, IGI, BS in Professional Aeronautics, Embry Riddle
Larry is our popular Sport and Private Pilot Ground School instructor. Larry had his first airplane ride at six and has loved airplanes and flying since. He began flying lessons in 1964 at the Navy Memphis Flying Club, soloed in 1966 at RHV and became a CFI in 1977, also at RHV. He admits to having his taildragger skills improved by Len von Clemm who also taught him aerobatics in 1978. He taught in tail-draggers and tri-cycle geared airplanes at Amelia Reid Aviation and other flight schools since 1977.
A pilot could be fined up to $100,000 – so read this!Feb 26 2012
By Jim Moore
AOPA and EAA have joined forces seeking to at least delay implementation of a new rule that could bring six-figure fines to pilots who traverse airspace that federal officials have yet to depict in graphic form.
Both organizations remain committed to protecting wildlife and educating pilots about noise-sensitive areas. Absence of clear graphic depictions of the newly regulated areas has made that task impossible.
In a joint Feb. 21 letter to the FAA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the organizations noted NOAA’s refusal to provide a map of affected wildlife sanctuary boundaries in the Pacific Northwest. Slated to take effect Feb. 27, the new regulation would enable NOAA to impose fines of up to $100,000 for flying at low altitude (1,000 to 2,000 feet msl) over sanctuaries in the Channel Islands, Monterey Bay, and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine sanctuaries in California; and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary in the state of Washington. The boundaries of the new protected areas—effectively regulated airspace though both agencies deny that is the case—differ from the boundaries depicted on current charts.
In response to a request for a graphic depiction of the new protected areas, NOAA on Feb. 7 stated that the agencies are still working to develop the charts.
“We are working with the FAA and are in the process of determining the best way to depict these zones on their charts, and expect that the FAA will update them according to their regular schedule,” NOAA wrote.
NOAA also promised future “press releases” to educate the pilot community. In the Feb. 21 letter, AOPA Vice President of Air Traffic Services and Modernization Heidi Williams and EAA Vice President of Advocacy and Safety Sean Elliott protested NOAA’s refusal to clarify boundaries and facilitate pilot education efforts.
“Pilots simply cannot be expected to avoid marine sanctuaries if NOAA is unwilling to share the boundaries of the sanctuaries in their rule that do not align with currently charted boundaries,” Williams and Elliott wrote. “A federal register notice and press release does not constitute proper education or adequate outreach—especially when neither includes a graphic depiction.”
AOPA and EAA continue to oppose the regulation for other reasons; including the dangerous precedent it sets of ceding authority over airspace to agencies other than the FAA.
AOPA and EAA remain committed to helping NOAA educate pilots to “fly friendly” over sensitive areas, provided that safety of flight remains the top priority. The organizations also opposed the final rule’s provision that pilots who stray into the ill-defined airspaces are presumed to have disturbed wildlife, a presumption that, in practice, is impossible to disprove.
The Feb. 21 letter urges both agencies to work collaboratively with the aviation community, delay implementation of the final rule, and for NOAA to pledge—in writing—that no enforcement action will be taken until proper education and mitigation of remaining concerns are addressed.
Holiday Quiz 2011 – ResultsDec 28 2011
AeroDynamic Aviation Holiday Quiz 2011 Answers
- Match up the restaurant with the airport
1. Columbia Jack Douglass Saloon
2. Half Moon Bay Barbara’s Fishtrap
3. Lee Vining Whoa Nellie Deli
4. Livermore Beeb’s Sportsbar & Grill
5. Redding Peter Chu’s Skyroom
6. Monterey Peninsula Golden Tee
7. Palo Alto Ming’s
8. Salinas The Landing Zone
9. Sonoma County Sky Lounge
10. Watts Woodland Yolo Fliers Club
- Where, other than Frazier Lake, can you land on a grass runway?
- Which airport is named after the creator of the Peanuts cartoons?
Charles M. Schultz, Sonoma County
- The use of alcohol and drugs by pilots is regulated by CFR 91.17. Among other provisions, this regulation states that no person may operate or attempt to operate an aircraft with a blood alcohol content of _0.04_% or greater.
- Match up the airport hazards
1. Oceano Be alert for kites flown along beach 1/2 mile west of ry
2. Klamath Glen Mountain flying experience recommended
3. Shelter Cove Expect Crosswinds, downdrafts and extdd periods of fog
4. Catalina Pilots cannot see acft on opposite ends of rwy
5. Gravelly Valley No Lndg on ry 19 due to hill NE of arpt
6. Lake Tahoe Arpt surrounded on E; S & W by rapidly rising terrain
- Where can you fly in to enjoy a Shakespeare play under the stars?
- You’re giving Santa a lift in Citabria N53893 (Empty weight including unusable fuel and oil is 1115.0 lbs, Moment=12042 inch-lbs). His weight is 260 lbs. Assuming you are a standard FAA weight of 170 lbs, how much fuel can you carry (to the nearest gallon)?
- For which girl will you have to fly not just cross-country, but across the continent?
Marianna Airport, FL (All others in California, except Jean, NV)
- You’re on final, inbound for landing, when Tower tells you to Go around. What do they want you to do?
Climb back up and continue round the pattern
- Which of these airports qualify as Cross Country destinations from Reid Hillview?
Harris Ranch, Kingdon, Napa, Oceano (over 50 miles away)
- Where can you land on a dry lakebed?
- Which is the odd one out?
Weed (yep, it’s not a tree!)
- You’re enjoying a holiday party, but you have an early flight at 7:30am tomorrow morning. When must you stop drinking any more alcohol?
11:30pm (8 hours bottle to throttle)
- Where can you fly in to visit the fictional town of Cabot Cove, Maine as shown in the TV series Murder She Wrote?
Little River for Mendocino
- Which airport is named after a well-known comedian?
Bob Hope, Burbank
- In which type of aircraft is a three point landing a BAD thing?
- Where can you fly in for a Hot Springs experience where clothing is optional in the pools?
Sierraville Dearwater for Sierra Hot Springs
- Can you identify this lighthouse?
- Which of these airports qualify as Cross Country destinations from Salinas?
Half Moon Bay, Harris Ranch, Kingdon, Napa, Oceano, Stockton (over 50 miles away)
- Place these airports in order of pattern altitude – from lowest to highest
Calipatria 618’ MSL
Hayward Executive 652’
Furnace Creek 790’
Trinity Center 3190’
Lake Tahoe 7500’
Lee Vining 7602’
Big Bear City 7952’
Mammoth Yosemite 8007’
- Where are these airport attractions?
1. San Carlos Hiller Aviation Museum
2. King City Sean Tucker Aerobatic School
3. Nut Tree Vacaville Outlet Mall
4. Petaluma Airport Muse
5. Lee Vining Mono Lake
- How many public airports are there in California where the runway is BELOW sea-level?
6: Furnace Creek -210’, Calipatra -182’, Brawley -128’, Jacqueline Cochran -115’, Salton Sea -84’, Imperial -54’
- Tower tells you that you’re Cleared for the option. What have they given you permission to do?
Land on the specified runway
Make a stop and go landing
Make a touch and go landing
Make a low pass over the airport
- Match up the airport names
1. Little River
2. Lone Pine
3. Long Beach
4. Lost Hills
5. Red Bluff
6. Round Valley
- Which is the odd one out?
Spaceport America Airport, Truth or Consequences, NM is the only one that is actually a spaceport, purpose built for commercial space operations.
Going Solo: Tyler NielandDec 17 2011
A new fledgling has fled the nest! Congratulations to Tyler Nieland who sucessfully completed three solo takeoffs and landing in Citabria 5032G under AeroDynamic Instructor Jim Grant’s watchful gaze.
Well done Tyler and Jim.
New taildragger: Steve HustonDec 11 2011
We have a new tailwheel pilot, Steve Huston. Steve flew with AeroDynamic instructor Jim Grant and earned his tailwheel endorsement in Citabria 1806G.
Well done Steve and Jim.
News: Customer Appreciation Holiday QuizDec 05 2011
We are trying something new!
On our Web site, you’ll find our Customer Appreciation Quiz. Real questions which will challenge, educate and amuse you. And real prizes – a $100 gift card for Harris Ranch Restaurant Inn and Shop, “The Proficient Pilot” boxed set of three books by Barry Schiff, and three AeroDynamic T-shirts.
Who can try the quiz? Anyone, but not everyone can win.
Who can win? Any customer who has flown with us during 2011.
Who cannot win? Staff and families of AeroDynamic Aviation, or anyone who has not flown with us in 2011. But of course you can still try the quiz and maybe win bragging rights for your erudition.
Other rules are on the Quiz Web page. Quiz closes midnight PST on Dec 25 and results will be announced on Dec 27.
Going Solo: Matt ClaudiusNov 22 2011
Congratulations to Matt Claudius, who took to the skies on his own for the first time on November 20, 2011.
While his watchful CFI, Rich Digrazzi, paced the ramp, Matt took Citabria 9091L for three successful takeoffs and landings.”
New Webinar – “Checklists – Why? What? How?”Oct 07 2011
From the FAA Safety Team :
“LIVE WEBINAR; Checklists – Why? What? How?
Offered 3 Different Times on Oct. 18!”
Topic: Developing and Using Effective Checklists in General Aviation
On Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 3:00PM, 8:00PM and 10:00 PM EASTERN, or 12:00Noon, 5:00PM and 7:00PM Pacific.
ON YOUR OWN COMPUTER!
Bright Spot, Inc.
Hilton, NY 14468
This live webinar is intended to increase the pilot’s awareness of how effective and efficient checklist usage can actually lower the pilot’s workload and increase safety. Even the most simple airplane can be flown more safely by incorporating appropriate checklists. See here for details on how to participate in this exciting FREE webinar!
To view further details and registration information for this seminar, click here.
The sponsor for this seminar is: The FAA Safety Team
The following credit(s) are available for the WINGS/AMT Programs:
Basic Knowledge 3 – 1 credit
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Over 136,600 pilots earned WINGS credits last year. Will you, this year?