Chock Talk Sept 30, 2019
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Every red-blooded pilot knows the name Chesley Sullenberger but do you remember Al Haynes? Captain Haynes worked for United Airlines and deserves credit and admiration equal to Sully’s. In 1989, he landed a DC-10 in Sioux City, Iowa with no flight controls. The hydraulics had all been severed when the #2 engine threw a fan […]
Pilots who fly under Part 135 and Part 121 of the FARs are subject to random drug and alcohol testing. There’s no such thing for those of us who fly strictly under Part 91. But the same prohibitions of drug use still apply. It’s up to the pilot to “self-enforce”. Despite the fact that marijuana […]
The FAA keeps copious records and statistics of licensed and active pilots. An “active” pilot is one who is both licensed and maintains medical currency. The data includes all sorts of information like pilot ages, how long they have been licensed, geographic areas, types of certificates and ratings held, etc. Anybody interested can download the […]
Bird nesting [end of March – mid June]. Info from Bill: Bird Season
Many thanks to TJ for putting together this tutorial on how to start the Blue Sky snow blower. It can be difficult if you don’t know the specific steps. Attached is a picture of the back of the snow blower that has been annotated to show the various steps necessary to bring the beast to life. […]
Autopilot tips, tricks and traps
Ever been planning a route or actually out flying and encounter a fix that makes you wonder, or makes you smile, or makes you admire someone or something? As far as I know, there are only three rules about fix naming: 1. It’s got to have five letters – no more, no less. 2. It’s […]
Until recently, only 6RE was equipped with Flightstream. Now all three of our planes have this wonderful tool. I’ve resurrected and edited Tom’s previous “cheat sheet” and posted it here. It should be easy enough to download onto your tablet to use if you need a reminder. Flightstream Connection