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Archive for March, 2011

Pass Your Checkride

Pass Your Check Ride book review

The Private Pilot check ride can be one of the most stressful events in you’re flying career or it can be a somewhat relaxing or even fun event if well prepared.

The best advice I received when preparing my check ride was from my flight instructor. He said “just remember, the examiner doesn’t want to fail you, he just wants to make sure you know what you are doing and that you will be safe, so relax and fly like you always do.” He was right, but at the time all I could think was “Yea that’s easy for you to say, you aren’t the one going on the check ride” So what can we do to better prepare for the coming check ride, and what tools are available? Read the rest of this entry »

Amanda (Younkin) Franklin 3/14/1986 – 5/27/2011

Updates on husband and wife aerobatics team Kyle and Amanda Franklin hospitalized after they were forced to make an emergency landing due to an engine failure during Air Fiesta 2011.

It broke my hart to read Kyle’s update on the morning of May 27th. Amanda, you will be missed by many, may you live on in the harts and minds of thousands.You lived strong had fought hard down to your last day. God speed Amanda..

Our thoughts and prayers go out to this wonderful team.

Check latest updates at their team page on Facebook
Caring Bridge updates: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/amandafranklin

If you would like to help please donate at ether of the fallowing two fund sites:

www.moonlightfund.org “Franklin Fund” (tax deductible) or www.icasfoundation.org “The Kyle and Amanda Fund” (non tax deductible)

Please post any updates you might have in the comments section below.

News updates:

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Back in the air

Flight log 2/17/2011: The forecast was right! Winter was going to take a day off on Thursday so I decided to book my old friend 4757t for some flying time. Now what to do and where to go? Due to the weather in the Northeast I haven’t flown much so I decided to request a Safety pilot from the flying club for some IFR work. Mike D responded first so after a few emails we were scheduled for a flight at 4:30PM.

I filed KMMU to KMGJ on fltplan.com printed my nav-log and grabbed the iPad. The winds were favoring 21 but it would be late enough to fit in for a practice ILS3 approach to what traffic might be around, if not we could always break it off and circle to land.

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Amanda Michelle (Younkin) Franklin 3/14/1986 – 5/27/2011 Click for information on Amanda