Monday, July 09, 2012

Cessna 152: Solo Touch-and-Go Training at San Marcos Airport

Future Pilots Can Learn at Atlantic Cape Community College

COURT HOUSE, New Jersey  --   Ever gaze skyward and watch a private plane or a jet soaring even higher and wonder what it would be like to be a pilot?

For those with lust for the wild blue yonder, something the Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees did June 26 may impact their future.

The board, meeting at the Cape May County Campus here voted on the 2012-13 tuition and fee schedule previously approved, and upgraded it to include fees for two of the college new aviation programs: instrument pilot course, $12,000 and commercial pilot course, $21,000.

Aviation Studies and a professional pilot option, will both lead to the award of an associate in science degree.

The Aviation Studies Associate in Science program is focused on providing students with the first two years of a baccalaureate degree in areas of study such as airport management, aviation business administration, professional pilot, air traffic control and air transportation management.

According to the course description, the program is “designed with a substantial prescription of both general education electives and program courses so students may tailor their coursework to meet their transfer goals.”

Students “should identify the institution to which they plan to transfer and, through academic advisement, complete courses at Atlantic Cape that will not only transfer to baccalaureate degree granting institution, but also count as an equivalent course at the receiving institution.

Atlantic Cape has arranged transfer articulation agreements with several colleges.

James Taggart is contact and faculty adviser.

Those seeking a professional pilot option will be prepared for an FAA license as a commercial pilot with an instrument rating and for possible transfer to a baccalaureate program.

Prior to enrolling in that program, students must meet the physical and legal requirements for becoming a commercial pilot.

Students are required to prove U.S. citizenship or TSA approval and have a valid second-class medical certificate to enroll in the program.

A second application is required for admission to this program. Those interested in that program are directed to contact Barbara Clark (343-5006).

Both courses require 66 total credits each. The cost, per credit in the aviation program, is $300 which covers the upkeep and maintenance of the flight simulator and leasing of classroom space at Atlantic City International Airport. The per-credit fee goes to the college.

Program fees for instrument pilot and commercial pilot go to Big Sky Aviation of Millville and cover aviation fuel, flight instructor, maintenance and aircraft insurance.

Taggart stated he feels the college’s programs are competitively priced with similar programs. He stated those who call him to learn more about the programs are not surprised at the cost, since they have likely previously researched what other programs charge.

Atlantic Cape has rescheduled its Aviation Open House for July 17 at 6 p.m. in Cafeteria-B, Mays Landing Campus, according to Kathy Corbalis, executive director, College Relations.

Those who successfully complete the course may someday hear through their headphones, “You are cleared for take off.” Then the throttle will pushed forward, control yoke pulled back and the sky will be the limit.

Beechcraft King Air C90A, PR-DLA (SBJD) Fluid leak – aircraft on takeoff and emergency landing

Passando uma tarde em SBJD (Jundiaí) flagrei um C90B em emergencia,de acordo com alguns pilotos,isso foi vazamento de fluido hidraulico,mas está aberto nos comentarios as possiveis causas deste incidente. Desculpe por eu falando atras “pane,pane” hausuhahus
estava eufórico,e tambem pela “camera instável” to sem tripé!

Spending an afternoon in SBJD (Jundiaí) caught him in an emergency C90B, according to some pilots, it was leaking hydraulic fluid, but comments are open on the possible causes of this incident. I’m sorry for talking behind “crash, crash” hausuhahus was euphoric, and also by the “camera unstable” to handheld!

Airbus A319: Detailed thrust levers and A/THR operation on FLEX TO & LG

This is a completely technical video, so please go easy on the introduction music!  The idea is to demonstrate the use of the THRUST LEVERS along with the A/THR system for a FLEX TO, in another words the NOT use of them since all you do is move forward for takeoff, after initial power reduction you keep them at CLIMB during the entire flight and set it back to IDLE for landing. There is a lots of information coming straight from the aircraft’s manual and hopefully it will be useful.

Aircraft Airbus A319
Flight: SBBR to SBTE
SOUNDTRACK: Kill Bill (Soundtrack) (Vol.1) – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
1-? Ok pessoal, acho que nesse eu peguei um pouco pesado no inglês pois o vídeo é completamente técnico e as informações copiadas e coladas do manual da aeronave. Dessa forma a idéia é mostrar o uso, ou pouco uso das manetes de potência, juntamente com o sistema de A/THR. Basicamente demonstro como se faz uma decolagem com potência reduzida (ou FLEX TO como chamamos). Espero que as informações, que não são poucas, sejam de utilidade para os “simuleiros” de plantão.
Aeronave: A319
Voo entre Brasília e Teresina

Skyvan formation flight with Twin Otter: 40 way skydivers formation drop with Twin Otter and Skyvan

Raw Video: How to land a Cessna 182

Signs in the sky: Pilot tows aerial ads up and down the shore

Photo by Amanda Steen / Monitor 
Paula Maynard (left) and Gene Gray work together on getting a banner laid out properly to test fly before it goes up in the air on Saturday, June 28, 2012. The banners can be as large as 30 feet tall by 100 feet long. The pair flies banners around New England and are based out of Hampton Airfield in North Hampton

From 800 feet in the air, the Atlantic Ocean that laps at the New Hampshire shore is the color of green sea glass. From 800 feet in the air, the beaches at sunset look deserted all the way from Rye to Ipswich, Mass. The mansions look like detailed plywood miniatures and the marshes like nubbly green wool.

At 800 feet in the air, Gene Gray’s cubicle might be tiny, but it has one of the best office windows in the world.

“It’s a great view, and it’s always changing,” he said during a recent flight, laughing.
His graying ponytail, cut-off T-shirt and white Hulk Hogan-style moustache give him the aura of a biker, but his laugh is youthful, eager and full-bodied.

Gray, who lives in Billerica, Mass., operates Sky Line Ads with his fiancee, Paula Maynard. If you’ve been to the beach in New Hampshire or Maine in the past six years, you’ve probably seen Gray. Or at least, you’ve seen his plane and its eye-catching cargo.

From the night’s entertainment options and the phone number for a Jet Ski rental company to countless proposals of marriage and even one “Do you want a girl puppy or a boy puppy?” Gray tows banners for businesses and individuals, anyone with a message they want to get across.
It’s a job that comes with endless hours and uncertain costs, but it’s a way for a boy from New Jersey to make money doing the thing he loves.

“Flying is freedom,” Gray said. “You feel like a bird. The visibility, the view, there’s all sorts of reasons to love it. They’re endless, but it’s mostly the freedom and the peacefulness. When you’re flying for fun, you can just float around. You can go places other people can’t go and see things from a different perspective.”

He first caught the love of flying when he was a kid in New Jersey. His grandfather worked as a mechanic for United Airlines at LaGuardia Airport. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, Gray and his brother and cousins could just walk through the airport out to the tarmac, visit the mechanics and play around the planes. He’s the only one who has taken to the skies since then, though.

He got his pilot’s license in 1989 and worked at a car dealership to earn money for more flight time. In 1998, at age 42, he was getting ulcers and aches and pains from the stress of work. Maynard encouraged him to quit, so he did, and got a job running the ground crew for a banner towing company in Lawrence, Mass. Owning their own business was always something of a dream for the couple. In 2006, the company he worked for put one of its SuperCubs up for sale, and Gray and Maynard bought it for $50,000 with a loan from her father. A few months later, another banner company closed and sold them a used set of red letters, 5 feet tall each.

“You can work your butt off working for a company and in the end it doesn’t matter, they’ll throw you to the side,” Maynard said. “The times when it’s not busy, we have time to spend with our parents and the kids and the grandkids. Right now it might be tougher, but the times when it’s not busy, it gives you flexibility.”

They’re looking for another plane now, hoping to double their business and give Gray more time to meet with clients while another pilot flies. But planes have gotten a lot more expensive since the pair opened their own business.

SuperCubs on the market today are $100,000, and out of reach for now. “You have to really love doing this, because you’re not making money doing it, and you put a lot of hours into it at a time,” he said.

Take Thursday, for example. Gray went to sleep about 2 a.m., after a long day flying over the Esplanade in Boston, advertising a local car dealership to the July 4 crowds. By 11 a.m., he was back in the air, towing a banner for Canobie Lake Park up and down the coast a few times. After a little more than an hour, he turned around and headed back to the Hampton Airfield.

The airfield truly lives up to its name: There’s no paved runway, but just an open field with grass, clover, rocks and a groundhog or two. He traded in one banner for another, and then another, and then another, until 6 p.m.

Today, he expects to fly 11 hours, and since 1998, he’s flown 4,000 hours, he said. The plane eats 10 gallons of fuel an hour, fuel that costs more than $5 a gallon in Hampton and sometimes almost $8 a gallon at Massachusetts airfields where he might need to stop and refill during days towing in Boston.

Lancair 360 N127EM – Low Pass

The sky is their limit

They can be easily mistaken for college students, but these three women shoulder a tremendous responsibility on a daily basis. As pilots, they fly hundreds of passengers across the globe. But what made them choose a career in a traditionally male dominated field? Arman Ahmad finds out

FOR First Officer Chin Tze Yee, the surge of excitement felt every time she pilots a plane is what attracted her to the job.

“I like flying. Whenever I look at a plane on the runway, I get excited.”

Chin, 27, made a life-changing decision when she enrolled in the AirAsia cadet pilot training programme while studying for a management course at Universiti Tuanku Abdul Rahman.
Since joining the airline, she has clocked 3,600 hours flying the Airbus A340 and A330 aircraft.
“I have flown to Paris, London, New Zealand, New Delhi and Mumbai.”

But being a pilot does make her the odd one out among her friends and family.

“You rarely meet a female pilot,” she said, adding that her family supported her wholeheartedly throughout her training.

“They were quite happy that I decided to become a pilot.”

Chin initially found ground school tough as she had to sit about 20 to 30 exam papers. It involved 18 months of learning about instrumentation, meteorology and navigation.

But all those hours of training paid off when she made her first solo flight.

“I still remember my first time flying solo. It was an exhilarating experience. All of us start by doing a circuit take-off and landing. This means you drop your instructor off, do a take-off, turn around and land again.

“When I landed, my batch mates pelted me with 18 eggs. It’s a tradition at the flying school. That was very memorable,”

For Melissa Nathan, 29, her path to becoming a pilot was less direct.

She said she had always loved physics, but never had an interest in aircraft as a child.

But this all changed when she saw a plane on the tarmac at the Subang airport (now the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Airport) when she was 16 years old, and was amazed by the roar of the engine.

After graduating with a diploma in aeronautical engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, she got a job doing aircraft maintenance at AirAsia.

As the only rose among the thorns, her colleagues were more than happy to show her the ropes.
When AirAsia started its cadet pilot programme, she was among the 20 selected.

The life of a pilot was up her alley, said Melissa, as she was “the type of person who can’t sit in a confined cubicle”.

The lass of Indian and Chinese descent said people were still quite amazed when they learn that she was a pilot and were always eager to know where she will be flying off to and what her life was like.
“But being a pilot is something I am really proud of. In the morning, when I put on my uniform, it feels really good.”

In Ilyana Nazli Shah’s case, watching her father go to work in his uniform inspired her to pursue a career as a pilot as well.

Ilyana’s father was an air force pilot, who later joined AirAsia as a commercial pilot.

“When I was 16, we went to Pangkor Island for a holiday. It was before September 2011 and passengers were still allowed into the cockpit. I sat in the cockpit with my dad and I was just amazed at the view before me and that such a huge machine could be airborne.

“From that moment on, I knew I wanted to be a pilot. That experience sealed the deal.”

She recalls her male classmates making fun of her when she voiced her dreams of becoming a pilot.
“After my SPM, I applied to be a cadet pilot and enrolled at the Malaysian Flying Academy in 2004,” she said.

Like Chin, Ilyana’s first solo flight was particularly memorable.

“I was flying the Piper Warrior when the instructor asked me to drop him off at the tower.

“His final words were very encouraging, ‘Don’t crash the aircraft’.”

She had 20 hours of flying under her belt and was quite nervous at landing the plane, but the weather was good and “everything was calm”, and she passed her test with flying colours.

Ilyana recalled one incident during training that was particularly challenging.

It was a navigation exercise that required her to fly from Malacca to Kluang and Mersing and onwards to Bukit Tinggi before following the coastal route back to Malacca from Johor Baru,

In Mersing, the weather took a turn for the worse. She pressed on in low clouds.

When she arrived in Mersing, she suddenly lost all visual. She immediately ascended.
“That area is scary because there are many mountains.

“Looking down, you can see the shadows of the mountains. By the time I landed, I was weak in the knees.”

Now, after clocking in 4,700 flying hours in six years, Ilyana is qualified to become a captain and will be interviewed for the post next month.

She recalled some of the best moments in the early days of her career, one of which was being the first officer on an all-girl flight.

“The pilot was Captain Belinda Fleming and the cabin crew were all female.”

An even more memorable occasion was when Ilyana was the first officer in a plane captained by her father, and they became perhaps the first father-daughter team to fly in AirAsia.

AirAsia currently has 21 female pilots. Twelve of them fly with AirAsia operating the Airbus A320 while the remainder fly for AirAsiaX, the long-haul low-fare affiliate of AirAsia, operating the Airbus A330.

Read more: The sky is their limit – General – New Straits Times

PHOTO GALLERY: Michigan Aerobatic Open 2012 hit the skies Saturday

Mike Mulholland | 

JACKSON, MI – Pilots from all around the Midwest and Canada flew, free falled and flipped over Jackson this weekend. The pilots were competing in the annual Michigan Aerobatics Open 2012 at Jackson County Airport, 3606 Wildwood Ave., in Jackson.

The competition is put on by the International Aerobatic Club (IAC). Christian Smith, an 18-year-old from Midland, made his first aerobatics flight Saturday morning.

 "This is the first step to getting some aerobatic work," Smith said. Smith, who graduated this spring from Midland Dow High School, is heading to University of North Dakota with hopes of being a member of their aerobatic team.

The team has won four consecutive national championships in the U.S. National Aerobatic Contest.

See photos:

Cirrus SR22 instructores practicando posiciones anormales – Cirrus SR22 AERIS instructors practicing abnormal positions

by AERISClubdevuelo
En esta ocasión, los instructores de AERIS practican la salida de posiciones anormales que se haya podido producir de manera involuntaria. Es parte de un entrenamiento anual que ayuda a mejorar a los pilotos de Aeris su seguridad en vuelo y por tanto les concede mayor tranquilidad.
Somos una organización orientada a pilotos que quieran disfrutar de su licencia, en aviones nuevos, perfectamente mantenidos y equipados, y compartiendo su afición con otros “locos por volar”. También realizamos cursos de PPL y alquiler de aviones.

This time instructors practice AERIS output abnormal positions that may have occurred inadvertently. It is part of annual training that helps pilots improve their safety in flight Aeris and therefore gives them peace of mind. We are an organization aimed at pilots who want to enjoy their license, new aircraft, well maintained and equipped, and sharing your hobby with other “crazy about flying.” PPL also conducted courses and aircraft leasing.

Piper Meridian Flight: KTDZ Toledo Executive Airport to KBDL Bradley International Airport

Athol once home to rare aircraft – Hackney Airpark (ID05), Athol, Idaho

Courtesy Philip Mahanna/GHOSTS 
Athol once home to rare aircraft Fairchild 45 N16878, one of the earliest executive aircraft in America.

Just northeast of Athol on the east side of Highway 95 lies Hackney Airpark, a private airport, home to 51 small airplanes, 10 ultra-lights, a helicopter and one glider. The runway is just 3,500 feet long, 150 feet wide and made of grass and sod.

Pilots are warned: "No line of sight between runway ends due to hump. Use at your own risk."

That's the way it is today, and that's the way it was years ago, when one of the earliest executive aircraft in America-a single-engine Fairchild 45, serial number N16878-called it home.

To Roger Dunham of Athol, the plane's proud owner for eight years, it was more than an aviation relic of the Great Depression. It was a gem. His plane was one of only 17 ever built, and believed to be the only one still flying.

In 1987, he bought the 1935-vintage aircraft from Bob Harbord of Sequim, Wash., who labored eight years restoring it from a basket case to flying condition.

The most important part of the restoration was installing a 440-hp R-975 Wright engine. The original 225-hp Jacobs radial engine wasn't powerful enough to handle the 3,000 lbs. (gross weight) aircraft. (Aviation buffs will want to know that some of the other 45s switched to the 320 hp Wright R-760 or 450-hp Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior engines.)

Dunham and two friends flew the plane to Idaho from Sequim. He completed the restoration with some finishing touches on the paint job. Then she looked like new.

With the bigger engine, the five-person plane was a dream in its day. Pilots loved its simplicity and easy handling. Executives loved its roominess.

There were two seats in the cockpit, though only one pilot was needed. Three passengers sat side-by-side on a wide couch-like seat. There was no divider between the cockpit and the cabin, so passengers could watch the pilots and also enjoy the view through spacious windows that could be cranked up and down like in old automobiles.

Cruising at 170 mph cross country speed, the Model 45 was ideal for executives of that era. (Some reports say however, that the plane struggled to reach its rated top speed.) It could climb as high as 19,000 feet, with a range of 1,000 miles, and that was pretty nifty in those days.

But the glamour didn't last long. Newer, better planes quickly surpassed the Fairchild 45s.

Read more here:

Lancair 360, N382WM: First Flight at North Perry Airport (KHWO), Hollywood, Florida

Certificated Flight Instructor Tools Takeoff and Landing Distance App Adds Five New Models

Herndon, Virginia – CFI Tools announced today the latest upgrade to the Takeoff & Landing App. The T&L App allows pilots to easily calculate takeoff and landing distances for their airplane based on the current conditions for the flight. This App is a component in 5 CFI Tools aviation Apps: iPad Preflight WX+ App, iPad/iPhone T&L App and Toolbox App, Android T&L App and Toolbox App and the Windows WxCheck App.

To make this process easier the T&L App downloads the current weather conditions from the National Weather Service (NWS) and combines it with airport and airplane data to make the calculations. This aviation weather data, known as a METAR, is the standard weather report supplied by thousands of airports worldwide.

Pilots are required by FAA regulation to calculate expected takeoff and landing distances for each flight. These calculations require current weather reports including temperature, wind direction and speed and air pressure. The T&L App gathers this information from internet sources as and uses it with generic guidance from airplane owner’s handbooks to make the calculations. With this information it makes a useful training device for pilots who must make these calculations.

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