Do you pre-flight your airplane in the winter the same way you pre-flight in the summer? We’ll kick off our discussion with cold weather pre-flight operations, followed by favorite hangar-flying topics: engine preheat, aircraft deicing, and engine management. We’ll demonstrate how to read NOTAMS that help us to understand if the taxiway and runway surfaces are contaminated, and learn useful techniques for taxiing in these conditions. And, we’ll take a dive into weather icing forecast products and learn how to make solid go / no-go decisions. We’ll tie all of this together by modeling an effective ADM methodology you can use on your next flight – when icing conditions might be a concern.
Speakers: Bob Miranda, Ron Reinartz, Julian Alarcon, Don Argintar
Do you know what airspace you’re in? Navigating the National Airspace System and knowing what equipment you need can be a challenge. In the New York City area, every airspace designation is represented, including special use airspace. There’s a lot to know and it’s all important!
In this Airspace “Master Class”, we’ll go beyond the basics of the VFR sectional and take a deep dive into everything that makes a sectional “tick.” References to 14 CFR Part 91 and other FAA Publications will be provided. We’ll learn how to avoid gotchas which could lead to an airspace incursion, or worse! A special emphasis will be placed on commonly misunderstood chart symbology, how to “use” advanced features of EFBs such as ForeFlight and Garmin Pilot to maximize situational awareness, and much more. This will be a fast-paced, interactive webinar presented by FAASTeam Lead Representative and EA25 Designed Pilot Examiner, Ryan Ferguson.
Speakers: Ryan Ferguson, Bob Miranda, Don Argintar
Robert Thorson, FAASafety Team Manager at Teterboro shared this video from the Flight Deck. This video focuses on airport surface operations during winter weather. Failure to properly prepare for and execute appropriate cold weather airport operations has led to runway incursions, resulting in collisions with snow removal or maintenance operators, and serious runway excursion accidents.
FAA’s From the Flight Deck video series provides pilots with actual runway approach and airport taxiway footage captured with cockpit mounted cameras, combined with diagrams and visual graphics to clearly identify hot spots and other safety-sensitive items.
View the map for From the Flight Deck videos and links to location-specific safety information. New locations will be added to the map as videos become available.
Avoiding Controlled Flight Into Terrain | November/December 2020
The November/December 2020 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on mitigating one of the leading causes of general aviation accidents – controlled flight into terrain, or CFIT. Feature articles and departments explore the many CFIT-related resources and technological tools available to pilots, as well as numerous strategies, tips, and best practices that can help keep CFIT at bay.
Don Argintar, Lead Representative with the Teterboro FAASTeam, will be presenting a “Bust the Rust” series of webinars in November. Topics include Aircraft Performance, Weight and Balance, and Engine Operation. Each of these webinars offer both Basic Wings and Advanced Wings credit. If you have not yet registered on FAASafety.gov, please visit https://www.faasafety.gov and create a free on-line account. These webinars are presented via Zoom and you can register by clicking on the links below.
*** Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00pm EST
Aircraft Performance: Always Having Enough Runway
Aircraft performance dynamically changes with weather, fuel burn, and pilot input. These changes affect runway required, time to climb, fuel burn, time en-route, etc. Learn how to quickly locate the performance information in your aircraft’s POH to plan a safe flight. An introduction to engine operation including how to choose power / RPM settings in a complex aircraft, proper leaning, pre-takeoff engine limitation briefing, and strategies for monitoring the health of your aircraft systems will be presented. In addition, we’ll highlight some rule-of-thumb calculations to help you cross-check your performance as your flight progresses, and discuss issues and limitations with popular electronic flight planning applications.
Do you perform a weight-and-balance calculation before every flight? Our “Bust the Rust” series of webinars continues with a review of weight-and-balance terminology followed by a derivation of the formulas, practical use examples, and simple ways to integrate weight and balance calculations into preflight planning. We’ll be connecting a few dots between weight-and-balance and aerodynamics, aircraft stability and control, airworthiness, and maintenance. A special emphasis will be placed on operational differences between rental aircraft and owned aircraft.
Do you really know how to operate your engine? Our “Bust the Rust” webinar series wraps up with a technical discussion of how an aircraft piston engine works, what the various components are, what your POH says about proper engine operation and what it means, leaning techniques, and engine instrumentation and interpretation.
Just to notify our AeroClub members about their upcoming bill, The March bills, for the most part, have already gone out and have been paid. To limit any confusion we are going to be suspending April’s bill until May giving our members a courtesy month due to the ongoing viral pandemic. Please be understanding as we are lacking resources and are trying our best to limit the spread of infection.
All flight instruction and rentals have been suspended until, at minimum, March 30th. The CDC suggests limiting one-on-one exposure to outside members of your household and flight instruction is very close quarters creating a potential viral transmission to one another. We are sanitizing the aircraft and locking the doors until the virus has become contained and the threat no longer persists. We appreciate your patronage and wish all of your families a safe couple of weeks.
This is a great time to bunker down with some flight manuals and prepare to take your knowledge test once it’s passed by. E-Books are a great way of obtaining aviation knowledge without risking outside exposure. Any future updates and information will become available regularly on this page. Thank you for your understanding.
AeroSession is Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 10:00am – 11:00am! Young Aviators in grades 6-12,
Join us at the flight school for Facetime with special guest Colonel David B. Lyons, F35 pilot!
Facetime with Colonel David B. Lyons, Commander, 388th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah
(U.S. Air Force photo/Alex R. Lloyd)
Colonel David B. Lyons, Commander, 388th Fighter Wing
Colonel David B. Lyons is the Commander, 388th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Colonel Lyons is a command pilot with more than 2,100 flying hours in the F-35A, F-16C/D, A-10A/C, T-37 and T-38, to include 397 combat flying hours.