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Cingratulations to Akihiko Chiba who earned his tailwheel endorsement in a Citabria. Akihiko is already a pilot both of airplanes and gliders, and he came all the way from Japan to fly taildraggers with us.
Welcome to Reid-Hillview airport, Akihiko, and thank you for flying with AeroDynamic! Thanks also to AeroDynamic CFIs Erik Schmidt and Rimas Viselga who worked with Akihiko.
NOTAM Changes in Effect June 30
Beginning June 30, you may notice a few new changes with NOTAMS. In an effort to promote global consistency, the FAA is adopting several format changes to make NOTAMS more ICAO-compliant. As the new Federal NOTAM System (FNS) policy is developed, software changes are being made in the U.S. NOTAM System to enable a smoother transition to the FNS.
Among the changes to be expected are: the keyword RAMP will be replaced with APRON; keywords ODP, SID, STAR, CHART, DATA, IAP, VFP, ROUTE, and SPECIAL will be added; NOTAMS relating to SIDs, graphic ODPs, and STARs will be issued as Flight Data Center (FDC) NOTAMS; and components of an ILS in a NOTAM will be distinguished by preceding the component with “ILS” followed by “RWY” and the runway number. For a full list of the changes, see the FAA notice at www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Notice/N7930.91.pdf.
NOTAMS will be given to you by a live briefer, also DUATS, and they can always be accessed on: https://pilotweb.nas.faa.gov/PilotWeb/
Also, be sure to check out the article “Change is in the Air” from the May/June 2011 issue of FAA Safety Briefing, which takes a closer look at the ongoing efforts to modernize and make NOTAMs easier to use.
The next session of our popular Sport / Private Pilot Ground School starts Wed May 18, 2011.
Classes are held Wednesdays at 6:00 – 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 a Gleim Pilot Kit – $119.95 for Sport and $149.95 for Private.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 61
Weather Services, Charts and briefings
Radio Navigation, Aeronatical Decision Making (ADM)
X – Country Flight Planning, review, final exam
About the Instructor
Erik Schmidt , CFI, CFII, MEI
Erik began his flying career in US Navy Aviation where his first flight was aerobatics in a T34C. He’s been avoiding straight and level flight ever since. Much of Erik’s flying has been in Alaska and the upper Midwest in a variety of good aircraft and bad weather. Erik received his tailwheel endorsement in a Pitts S2B at the Sean Tucker Aerobatics School, but he also has many hours in Extras, Decathlons and bush planes like the Piper Cub and Cessna 185. In addition, Erik has lots of “Glass Cockpit” experience and is factory certified to teach in Rolls Royce Turbines. Erik loves to instruct and can take you from Private through to Multi-Engine. He will teach you the mechanics and the practical application of theory safely and efficiently.
From Jeff Soares (email@example.com) – President of Salinas Owners and Pilots Association:
Salinas Owners & Pilots Association
80 Mortensen Avenue-Salinas, CA. 93905
The issue we face is that the school district has identified an area next to Los Padres School to build a park. The problem is that the park is within the boundaries of the Salinas airport Safety Zone under the Area of Influence.
We all love parks but if this park is built within the Salinas Airport Area of Influence, it can turn our up to now friendly community neighbors into an angry force that want to know why dangerous planes are flying right over their children. Plus the fact that it can be potentially dangerous to build a park in an airport Safety Zone.
Please show your support next Thursday by attending the meeting.
I’d like to extend a warm AeroDynamic welcome to Jose Catalan Soriano and Daniel Tari Fernandez, two pilots from Spain who have come to us to learn the art of tailwheel flying and then spend some time to gain additional experience.
Congratulations to both for earning their tailwheel endorsements, and checking out in a variety of taildraggers already, including the Taylorcraft L-1, Aeronca Champ and Citabria.
I am delighted to announce that we have negotiated a $100 discount for the upcoming intensive weekend Private and Sport Pilot Ground School, on February 26th and 27th.
This school, run by renowned aviation educator Fred Abrams, will prepare you, in just one weekend, to pass your Private or Sport pilot Knowledge Test. Normally $395, mention this blog article or Facebook post and get it for only $295. That includes the FAA Knowledge Test Prep book as well!
Better yet, Fred offers a unique money-back guarantee. If after four hours you do not believe you are getting your money’s worth you can get your fee back, no questions asked.
This school is also ideal for pilots close to their checkride or getting ready for their knowledge test, as a refresher and reminder of the areas needed to pass the tests.
This course will be taught by Fred Abrams himself. Give yourself the best chance to ace your knowledge test, come and learn with the master himself! For more about Fred and Abrams Aviation check out their web site: http://abramsaviation.com/recpvtdescription.aspx
The only things you may need to buy if you don’t have them already, are a chart plotter and a E6B calculator (manual or electronic).