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We are installing the new Garmin GTN 650 touch screen WAAS IFR GPS in Cessna 485, and we plan to install them in our other GPS challenged Cessnas over time. The first unit has arrived, we re just waiting for the CDI display and the shop slot. Hopefully 98485 will be done before the start of May.
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.
I am looking forward to trying it out!
Congratulations to Arnold Failano who joined the ranks of certified pilots after a checkride with Examiner Sherry Diamond in Salinas. Arnold trained with Tom Conklin and Mike Popovitch in a Cessna 172. Well done Arnold, and also thanks to Tom and Mike.
Not only that, but Arnold has bought a Cherokee together with another AeroDynamic graduate, Richard Miller. We wish them both many happy hours of flight in their new airplane!
Congratulations to Loren McKechnie who braved rain and winds on a wet day in Salinas to solo his favorite trusty Cessna 172, 968RC while his CFI Tom Conklin watched white-knuckled from the ground.
Well done Loren and Tom!
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.
Another newly minted pilot! Congratulations to Rich Miller who earned his Private Pilot certificate at Salinas. Well done Rich, and CFIs Tom Conklin and Mike Popovich.
Congratulations to Erik Brodsley who passed his Private Pilot checkride with flying colors. Well done also to his instructors Seth Howell and Tom Conklin.
The more observant may have noticed that Citabria 9091L is not out on the ramp or on Schedulemaster any more. This is because she is in the hangar for a complete recover. I’ll post the occasional picture on our Facebook page.
The first fledgling of December leaves the nest! Well done to Laura Wenus, who soloed a Citabria with CFI Erik Schmidt watching from the ground. Well done both.
Our AeroDynamic CFI Sergey Sinyachkin added a Helicopter Instrument Instructor to his long list of qualifications. Congratulations to Sergey!
N88353 is back! The aerobatic Citabria 7KCAB is back after a complete recover, new seats, and new 5 point acro seat belts.
Well done to Pablo Vasquez who earned his Private Pilot certificate after training with Serge. Congratulations Pablo!
Congratulations to AeroDynamic CFI Patrick Balagot who added the Multi Engine Instructor rating to his CFI certificate. Well done Patrick!
July is heating up! Tom Mustoe is our first checkride in Salinas. He passed with flying colors and is now a certified Private Pilot. Congratulations to Tom and CFI Tom Conklin.
Another certified pilot! Ron Knapel earned his Private Pilot license in a SportStar with Examiner Sherry Diamond. Well done Ron, and his CFI Jim Grant.
Well done to Chuck Roeder who flew a Citabria for his first solo flight. Congratulations Chuck and CFI Erik Schmidt.
The first solo of July was flown by Rich Miller at Salinas. Rich actually soloed some twenty years before, but had to give up, so this is a renewal for him. Well done Rich.
The first checkride in July was a resounding success for Garrett Grant. He aced his Private Pilot flight test. Well done Garrett.
We rearranged our airplanes so now N968RC and N98485 are in Salinas – two 172P models in the same place. N61637 is back at Reid Hillview where she joins her matching sister N61672.
Well done to Kevin Martin who earned his Private Pilot certificate in Citabria 9091L. Congratulations Kevin!
Another fledgling leaves the nest on his own! Congratulations to Thomas Carlson who soloed SportStar 712MF under Daniel’s supervision. Well done Thomas!
New Signs are up! Thanks to AeroDynamic CFI Rich Digrazzi, who is also an acomplished general contractor, we have our new signs up on the hangar.
Congratulations to Harrison Caudill and felicitations to Elizabeth Reuman who got maried April 10th. The first task after the ceremony was to jump into Citabria 5032G and do a ceremonial flight. Our best wishes to the couple and we wish them many happy flights together.
Our first fledgling of April is Terri Griffith who soloed SportStar 712MF under Jim’s watchful eye. Congratulations Terri!
Cessna 172SP is now on line! N298CA, a 1997 Cessna 172, with a 180hp fuel injected engine, a KLN94 color moving map GPS, and autopilot is now on line. Initial price is $125 per hr (block equivalent rate $113.63 for 10% block). It is fast! It is powerful! It is two decades newer than the others! You will need a checkout, but I hope you will enjoy it.
More about Salinas. Welcome to CFI Tom Conklin who is our point man at SNS. Our Salinas phone number is (831)-240 0800. We will be moving N61637 to Salinas around April 6th or 7th.
We are opening up a new branch at Salinas Airport! No it is not April Fool! From April 1, 2010 we are offering flight training and rentals at Salinas Airport too. Our office is right in the airport terminal.