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In summer, the song sings itself. ~William Carlos Williams
The thrill of you flying an airplane is one of the most exhilarating and freeing activities a person can experience. Now the excitement of your flying can be captured on video to be shared with your friends/family and treasured as a keepsake for years to come. The cockpit view records your facial expressions and voice communications throughout the entire flight while the window view shows what you are seeing from the front windshield. If you are ready to fly that bird into the sky, let U-FLY VIDEO capture every minute of that thrilling adventure for you. For more information or to set up an appointment, call 609-871-7872 today!
The 87th Annual Captain Emilio Carranza Memorial Service will be held on Saturday July 11th, 2015, starting at 1:00 PM at the Emilio Carranza Memorial.
We suggest you arrive at 12:30 with your folding chair so you can find a shady place to view the event and get a close parking spot. There is no rain date, the event will be held even during inclement or severe weather conditions. For more information, click the link below; http://post11.org/carranza/carranza2015.html
Bob McCabe will be presenting two FAA Safety Forum Seminars at this year’s Oshkosh EAA AirVenture air show. He will be speaking Wednesday, July 22, 1:30 – 2:30 pm at the Seaplane Base, and Thursday, July 23, 8:30 – 9:45 am at the FAA Safety Center. If you’re not planning to attend the air show, you can still participate via live webinar from the faasafety.gov website. Participation in either is eligible for Wings Program credit. The presentation is titled “Don’t Go Bump in the Night (Night Flying Hazards and Preventive Measures)”. Don’t miss it.
Our Next Private Pilot Ground School is tentatively scheduled for August 26th. If you do not get enough students, the Ground School will be a “No Go” and postpone for a later date. Please let us know if you are interested.
This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive. Alice Waters
A celebration honoring one’s own mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.
In honors of Mother’s day, the Patti Wagon Café at our home airport – The Flying W Airport, will offer a Mother’s Day Breakfast. Hope you can join the company of many families on this day of honor.
The Experimental Aircraft Association, also known as the EAA, are always encouraging its’ members to take others flying, but on Saturday, May 16, there’s an even better reason to do so: the sixth annual International Learn to Fly Day is an opportunity to help someone take that first step to discover the fun, freedom, and accomplishment of becoming a pilot.
Many of the Local EAA Chapter have planned an events for International Learn to Fly Day, such as Young Eagles flights for ages 7 to 17. To find a EAA Chapter in your area that may offer this program, please visit this weblike for EAA volunteers who participate in the Young Eagles® program.
Freeflight Aviation encourages our pilots to take a friend for a flight in this day. One half hour Discovery Flight Packages are available to the general public for $105.00 per person. Give us a call if you would like to make a reservation for a Discovery Flight.
If you have always wanted to learn to fly but don’t know where to start, just join a table of pilots and we will be happy to tell you more. Pilots just love to share their stories of flying. Come eat at a place where the food tastes better than your Moms and your treated like family! The kids will love watching the airplanes take off on the runway (or swimming in the airplane shape pool in the summer).
Bring a Dish of Food and share the day with Freeflight Aviation on May 25th starting at 1 PM, in one of the Pavilions at the Flying W Airport. We will provide the Hamburger and Hotdogs and a Grill!
What to bring: Salads, Chips, Dips, Desserts, Veggies, Munchies, Bake Beans, Sauerkraut, Chili, Cookies, or something to throw on the grill, such as chicken, sausage, etc. The Tiki Bar will be open by the Flying W Swimming Pool for purchasing alcoholic beverages for those of you who are not flying.
A gathering of many pilots, starting at different airports, collecting cards to create a poker hand will be in the air flying on May 30th, weather permitting.
The final gathering point, the terminus will be at Blairtown Airport to celebration the winners’ for the poker hand and the handing out of prizes. A great way to meet new pilots and people who just love aviation. For more details and a list of Great Prizes visit the North Jersey 99’s webpage.
We invite the Pilot Community to Gather at the Flying W Airport for Breakfast or Lunch at the Patti Wagon Café on June 13th to meet other pilots and to display their aircraft on our ramp for the General Public’s viewing during our Open House.
We invite the General Public to visit our home Airport, the Flying W Airport, watch the pilots take flight, enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the airport facilities. Please visit the Flying W Airport’s webpage to learn more about their swimming pool and upcoming activities.
One of the best ways to learn about flying an aircraft other then “take flight” is to gather together with other students learning the fundelmentals of flight with other students. One of our flight instructors is offer what we call the “Private Pilot Ground School” for students learning to fly or are thinking about learning to fly. If you are interested, please contact Freeflight Aviation or the flight instructor, Shannon Wea.
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“If you can’t believe in miracles, then believe in yourself. When you want something bad enough, let that drive push you to make it happen. Sometimes you’ll run into brick walls that are put there to test you. Find a way around them and stay focused on your dream. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” ― Isabel Lopez, Isabel’s Hand-Me-Down Dreams
Life may have gotten in the way, but the dream of flight can be yours again. Returning to the skies is not as difficult as most rusty pilots think. We’re inviting you back in the cockpit and will help you get there. Come and participate in a FREE Rusty Pilots program with fellow lapsed pilots. We will help you understand what’s changed in aviation since you’ve last took the controls and brush up on your aviation knowledge. The Rusty Pilots program is developed by AOPA in partnership with local flight training providers in order to create the best environment for getting you back in the air and a part of the general aviation community.
Freeflight Aviation is happy to offer AOPA’s Rusty Pilot Seminar on April 25th at the Flying W Airport from 10 AM to 1 PM.
Please register for our event HERE!
Checking out in a new type of aircraft is always a great way to stay proficient in flying. What do you need to know about that aircraft not that you have decided to do a checkout?
AOPA now offer a great online course, “Transitioning to Other Airplanes” This course gives pilots factors to consider as they step from one airplane to another, no matter if the transition is from a trainer to a complex single-engine, an airliner to a tailwheel airplane, or from an airplane with traditional analog instruments to one with a modern glass panel. This is a “must be take course” for any pilot flying more then one aircraft. “Transitioning to other Airplanes” will make you think about items you have never considered before when stepping into another aircraft.
This is an FAA Safety Seminar at our local airport, the Flying W Airport, on Thursday April 9th about how to make a good weather decision during the spring and summer thunderstorm season. Take the mystery out of the GO/NO-GO weather decision. This presentation will provide an in-depth look at weather forecasts helping you make a better decision when flying this season.
More about Thunderstorms from the Weather Channel
Visit some such websites such as: Fly Places to Fly, EAA Events, AOPA Events, and Social Flights to find some great places to fly. Facebook also list a lot of events going on this year. There is a great APP – “Airport Courtesy Cars” by Glenn you can download to your phone to find an airport car.
Want to join Freeflight on some adventures?
Visit our Freeflight Aviation and Neighborhood Meetup Group for some of our Social Events.
Never let an airplane take you somewhere you brain didn’t get to five minutes earlier.
by Allen Murray
The Piper Twin Comanche is an entry-level twin engine piston aircraft which was produced at Piper’s Lock Haven PA plant from 1963 until 1972 when the plant was flooded by hurricane Agnes. Much of the fixtures and tools were destroyed and production then ceased. It was later replaced by Piper’s Seneca l and the Seminole models, both heavier, slower and less fuel-efficient aircraft. There is no other piston twin engine aircraft that is as efficient, absent the diesel – powered Diamond TwinStar DA-42. (But that diesel engine, has a reputation for extremely costly maintenance). It is a long and sad story…
A Note from Freeflight: The newest DA-42 NG is equipped with two sophisticated 170 hp Diesel powered AE300 engines. It’s efficient, ecological, and revolutionary.
The PA-30 Twin Comanche is a 4 place aircraft with a gross weight of 3,600 lbs. The tip-tank version has a gross weight increase of 125 lbs, all as fuel. With standard tanks the plane can carry four “FAA” people with full fuel and some baggage.
Book speed at 8,000′ is 168 Kts at 75% power. Typically, operators can expect about 160- 165 Kts at 8,000′ and burn 16 GPH of 100LL fuel. Range to fuel exhaustion is
beyond 5 hours in that condition. There is also a Turbo version of the PA-30 but that is not included in this discussion.
The plane is docile to fly and is a solid IFR platform. Regular Single-Engine practice is required to maintain proficiency, but the handling is docile so long as the speeds are respected. The cabin is quite roomy and comfortable to sit in but requires some agility to enter and exit the plane.
Landing characteristics are a bit quirky, and sometimes can embarrass the pilot with a couple bounces if the approach is not flown precisely. Approach speed is key. The bookdemonstrated crosswind component is 17 Kts. The Twin Comanche is capable of short field operations but in the case of the writer, at sea level I prefer to have at least 2,500′ of paved runway at a minimum, and more makes life easier.
Many of these aircraft have had avionics, autopilot and other systems upgrades which make them highly suitable for safe, comfortable and reliable transportation.
Maintenance can be a big factor. If you consider purchasing one, it is important that the plane and its records be thoroughly examined and assessed to avoid costly repairs. A properly maintained Twin Comanche can provide reliable service at a cost competitive with some popular high-performance singles like a Beech Bonanza or a Cessna 210.
Parts are widely available and there is support from Webco in KS which supports the entire Comanche line. A Type club, the ICS (International Comanche Society) is a great resource for expertise about the entire Comanche line.
Developing and building a family of aircraft takes a long-term commitment and an unwavering vision – it’s not for the faint of heart. Diamond not only has the vision and resources, but an owner who embodies the spirit of innovation.
With the passion of an accomplished pilot, and the vision of a successful entrepreneur, Christian Dries has led Diamond Aircraft’s growth from building only a single motorglider to offering general aviation’s most innovative and diverse family of personal and business aircraft. The growth of the Diamond Aircraft family exemplifies his personal commitment to delivering aircraft that pilots want.
Additional Information on N971PS and be found on John Armstrong’s N971PS Page.
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To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
Saturday March 14, 2015 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Our Aircraft Maintenance Seminar will focus on purchasing an Aircraft, but Frank will also be happy to discuss any other topic you may have relating to aircraft during this discussion.
Thinking about Purchasing an Aircraft?
It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
PRIVATE PILOT GROUND SCHOOL
PRIMARY TRAINING AND REFRESHER COURSE
AFTERNOON/EARLY EVENING SESSION
For Primary and Potential Students and Certificated Private Pilots
March 17, 2015 to June 2, 2015
(Every Tuesday 4 pm to 7 pm for 12 weeks)
Location: Freeflight Aviation, Flying W Airport, Medford, NJ
Price: $299 for the complete course or $30 per session
(Textbooks sold separately)
Instructor: Bob McCabe, CFI, AGI, IGI
About the Instructor
I always wonder what my post-solo students are thinking when they read the Engine Start Checklist or the Cruise Checklist and they come to the part that demands, Mixture……Lean.
They always dutifully pull the mixture knob back an inch and move on to the next item or happily stow the checklist away somewhere.
If I ask them why they leaned the mixture, and they look at me surprised and state,
“Because it’s on the checklist!”
When they don’t get a positive nod from me, and their statement is met only with stoic silence, they usually retort defensively,
“Well, you taught me to do that since my 1st or 2nd lesson, so that’s what I did!”
And you know what? They’re right! During the beginning lessons, the instructor is trying not to overwhelm the student with too much information or task saturation them. We simply teach them to pull the knot back a bit and move on.
During these early lessons, we are not on extended cross-country flights and we are not at high-altitudes where leaning the mixture is a priority. We are usually no more than 3000 feet above the ground and most POH’s do not advise to lean at those low altitudes. The problem with that is, the student is taught over and over again to ignore the red knob in flight. If they do touch it, it is simply because they read the Cruise Checklist and it commanded to lean the mixture, so they do.
Three questions jump right out:
1. Why do we lean the mixture
2. When do we lean the mixture, and…
3. How do we lean the mixture properly
To answer number 1 is easy:
On the ground, we lean the mixture to mitigate any possibility of lead fouling the spark plugs. At low RPM settings and rich mixture, it is highly possible to leave lead deposits on the spark plugs to the point where they are no longer functioning properly. This would be a very dangerous situation on takeoff. Hopefully, this level of lead fouling would be discovered on the engine run-up during the mag test, but there are no guarantees of this. Better safe than sorry.
In the air, we lean to obtain the best air/fuel mixture for proper and efficient engine operation and to lessen any possibility of detonation or plug fouling.
When do we lean? On the ground after engine start, during taxi and run-up. In the air, most POH’s recommend leaning the mixture above 3000’.
The proper way to lean the mixture on the ground is add power to at least 1000 RPM. Then slowly lean the mixture a couple turns at a time and watch the RPM increase. Continue to lean the mixture until you notice the RPM beginning to drop from its peak point. Note where the maximum RPM indication was and then enrichen the mixture to obtain the maximum RPM that you noted previously. This is the best lean mixture to alleviate any possibility of lead fouling on the ground.
Leaning in cruise flight at altitude is much more complex. For this short article, there is no way I could explain to you all the leaning practices and theories that exit. The real answer is, “It depends.”
Proper leaning in cruise should be performed based on the POH recommendations and it also depends on the equipment installed in the airplane.
It also rests on if you are looking for best power, or best economy, and this should also be addressed in the POH. In other words, do you want to go faster, or do want to go farther?
Lastly, it hinges on if you are a advocate in Rich of Peak or Lean of Peak operations. This can be highly controversial and debatable in pilot circles. For the most complete picture of this situation, I will refer you to Advanced Pilot Seminars at www.advancedpilot.com .
For the training aircraft we fly in the club, I will only provide information concerning rich of peak operation.
Here is a procedure when flying without an exhaust gas temperature gauge (EGT): When flying above 3000 feet AGL, at 75 percent power or less, lean the mixture slowly while listening to the sound of the engine. Continue leaning until the engine starts to stumble, and then enrichen the mixture until the engine runs smoothly again. It’s as simple as that! This technique has been utilized and considered safe for many years.
Here is a technique when flying with an EGT gauge: Set your cruise RPM for 75% power or less and then lean the mixture while watching the EGT needle. Continue leaning until the EGT needle reaches its peak temperature. Mark this indication with the EGT marker needle. Then enrich the mixture until the engine is running between 50 and 100 degrees rich of peak EGT. On most gauges, the large tick marks represent 50 degrees and the small tick marks represent 25 degrees.
Remember though, always reference the pilots operating handbook for proper leaning techniques for the specific aircraft and altitudes you are cruising at.
Gene Wenzel, CFI, CFII
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A father and daughter decide to attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air.
If you are interested in watching the movie, you can rent or purchase the movie here.
Britain’s only female Spitfire pilot on her love affair with the classic plane and losing the man who introduced her to it.
Carolyn was also an amateur pilot, but had never received the specialist training needed to take such a powerful plane out on her own. But after Nick’s death, and with the children still so young, she knew that the only way to keep the plane in flying condition was to take the controls herself. So, to the horror of many (male) Spitfire buffs, she undertook the expert tuition required.
To read more about Carolyn, please visit the Daily Mail Article.
Both Rebecca and Patrick are UH-60 Blackhawk pilots.
Learn more about their military pilot careers in the service.
All I ever wanted to do was fly. Leave this world and live in the sky.
Tonight this flight is for another man.
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John Armstrong, our Diamond Aircraft Representative is very excited about his new company, Lifestyle Aviation.
Lifestyle Aviation is in the business of helping people transform their lives through personal aviation solutions and modern aircraft. We empower our clients to achieve their personal and professional life goals through access to modern training resources and modern aircraft access options including personal ownership, partnership, rental, leaseback, share and membership.
John has an opportunity for a pilot to enjoy membership in a New Diamond DA40 XLT Special Edition Aircraft in the Philadelphia PA area under very attractive terms with no upfront investment.
The opportunity offers flexible access to a fast ultra modern aircraft with lots of freedom so it is a great fit for a Pilot that wants to build time, earn an instrument rating and/or enjoy freedom to travel for overnights or longer for business or pleasure. It can even be used by a non-pilot so think of everyone you know that has a desire to “fly or needs to move around”.
If you know anyone that might be interested, please forward this message on and suggest they get in touch with me this week. This is a very limited opportunity…I have only two slots available and they typically disappear quickly. If you are interested in learning about this opportunity please give John a call at 919-349-1492. Please tell John you heard this from Freeflight. Two slots are available and they typically disappear quickly.
National Geographic Studios has acquired the global theatrical rights to the film ”Living in the Age of Airplanes,” which takes audiences on an epic journey through 18 countries and across all seven continents as it shows how the airplane has changed the world. The film will be released worldwide April 10, 2015.
With closed eyes, it seems so natural to fly in a kingdom of the winds .. by Carrie Richards
Whether you live in Pennsylvania or South Jersey, you can enjoy mankind’s greatest adventure – Flight – at the scenic Flying W Airport and Resort in Medford, NJ! Start your day with Breakfast at the Patty Wagon Cafe, then take flight into the Wild Blue Yonder. If you so chose to, you can relax afterwards with a drink at the Flying W’s Bar, (Winter hours are 3 PM to Midnight). Make it a weekend adventure, especially during the summer time and take a dip in the airplane shaped pool.
We are now offering the following Discovery Flight Gift Certificate Packages: A 1/2 hour Flight Package for $105.00, a 1 hour Flight Package for $198.00, and a Family Flight Package for Two for $198.00 . Our Flight Packages include 1/2 hour Ground Instruction, a Free Subscription to an Aviation Training Magazine, a Beginner’s Logbook and more.
If you would like purchase a gift certificate, please send us an email request or give us a call. We can email or mail you a Freeflight Aviation Gift Certificate. Please include to whom and from whom in the request. (You can double click on our Gift Flyers for a larger view) LAST MINUTE GIFT CERTICATES CAN BE DONE OVER THE PHONE AND EMAILED. Call us at 609-265-0399 now!
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This is our Passion! POH’s (Pilot Operating Handbooks), FAR-AIMS (Federal Aviation Regulations – Airmen Information Manual), AFD (Aviation Facility Directory). These items are great starter gifts for the student pilots.
David Clark Headsets, Clothing, Aviation Training Books, Aircraft Window Cleaner, Checklists, Fuel Testers, Charts, Avionics, or just some money for flight time.
The Patty Wagon Café offers gift certificate for Breakfast and Lunch at the Café. The Flying W Airport also has a pilot shop on the premises. Purchase a Landing Strip Beach Club Shirt, Fuel for a pilot’s aircraft, charts, or some other gadget from their pilot shop.
If your children fly with you or a pilot, we suggest a logbook for your child.
Another great gift for children is offered by the EAA (Experiment Aircraft Association) through their Young Eagle Program. Has your child has ever wondered what your neighborhood looks like from the sky? Have they been curious how airplanes even work? Do they dream about being a pilot? If you’re nodding your head “Yes” to these question and your child is between the ages of 8 and 17, they ready to take a free Young Eagles flight and see what real pilots do on the ground and in the air. Visit the Young Eagles to learn more.
Saturday December 13th is our Annual Holiday Party at the Flying W Airport. Tickets can be purchased ONLINE or by contacting Freeflight Aviation. Please purchase your tickets by Thursday December 11th. The Flying W Airport’s Patty Wagon Café will be catering our Dinner Buffet.
The Holidays are always the time for giving. Please donate a toy or two for children who may not be able to receive a gift except from someone like you!
The Flying Airport Bar is now open for the winter season. The Flying W Airport and Resort will be a great place to celebrate New Year 2015! Spend the night at the Resort’s Motel and enjoy the evening without worry about driving home. To purchase tickets call 609-267-7673. Start 2015 of right!
Start flying more often, take a first flight lesson, attend an FAA Safety Seminar, get checked out in a different airplane, attend ground school, read a book about a famous aviator. Have you made any New Year Resolution yet? Here is one you can achieve.