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Archive for June, 2010

Lunch flight to York PA with my son and the Northeast Flyers

Yet another chance to meet-up with my fellow pilot friend Gary of the Northeast Flyers and also get some more IFR experience along the way. I had originally planned to fly our Cessna 182RG since I had just earned my complex / high performance endorsements and logged the required 10 hours in the aircraft, but due to a failure of the gear warning system the aircraft was grounded so we took our trusty friend N159SP. Read the rest of this entry »

Dinner flight to Hamilton NY KVGC 6/25/2010

Flight log 6/25/2010

This was our second attempt at our dinner flight to Hamilton NY. During the last flight we made the call to divert to Lincoln Park due ATC routing and a wicked headwind. This time things would go more smoothly, well at least we hoped it would. Read the rest of this entry »

Dinner flight to Hamilton NY Attempt 1 (divert to Lincoln Park)

On Monday 6/7 my friend and fellow flying club member Stephen asked if I would like to fly to Hamilton NY for dinner on Friday night. As I am always looking for a chance to fly under the hood and check out new places I agreed.

The original plan was to leave work and head directly to the airport but since I left my camera and change of clothes at home I stopped by the house on the way. As soon as I got in I saw my son. I was hoping to avoid running into him since he always makes me feel bad about flying without him. What can I say, he loves spending time with his daddy and his daddy loves spending time with him. Sure enough, after checking with Stephen to make sure it would be ok to take my son I quickly got him ready and ran to the car just in time for rush hour traffic!

On our way to the airport I called Stephen and asked him to get the airplane ready. I wanted to fly IFR on the first leg since there was an overcast layer at about 4000 feet. As I pulled into the airport Stephen informed me that he was still waiting on fuel and on top of that my overcast layer was quickly breaking up. Read the rest of this entry »

ADS-B Out Mandate (AOPA Video)

This is something that has gotten my attention especially since we are in the initial phases of upgrading our Cessna 182RG avionics.
Source credit AOPA:;&WT.mc_sect=tts
The FAA on May 27 published its final rule mandating what owners will be required to have on board their aircraft in order to operate in the new satellite-based air traffic control system known as NextGen. By 2020, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) will be required equipment in all airspace that currently requires a transponder. Read the rest of this entry »

Aircraft Holding Pattern Entries Made Easy

Thanks to Jason Schappert of This is one of the best videos I have found on the subject.
My favorite method of determining holding pattern entries.
Just a few things I would add: (please let me know your thoughts and or tips)
1. Ask yourself “where am I in relation to the holding fix?” Are you proceeding direct to the fix? If so continue with the method mentioned in this video. If on the other hand you are on an airway and still need to make a turn before reaching the holding fix this method will not work out well. Wait until you are inbound to the fix before using this method. Read the rest of this entry »

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