Archive for the ‘Flight Training’ Category


Sunday, June 12th, 2016

Kurt Knoefel on the left with Royal Griffin DPE on the right receiving his Private Pilot Certificate.


Congratulations to Mike Mahon and Mark Everette for receiving their Instrument rating and to Kurt Knoefel for his Private Pilot Certificate and Phil Smith for his Instrument Instructor rating. Well done all.


Pilot Log Entry #1

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Richard English and Steve Smith

This is my first pilot log entry as a PIC, Pilot in Command.

Several hours have passed since I took my first solo flight and my veins are still surging with adrenaline. I knew the day and time was coming to take my solo. After all that is what I’ve been study for and working towards for the past six months. The first major milestone in the pursuit of obtaining my private pilot certificate. Today was a perfectly beautiful April day. Bright sun, a deep blue sky, calm winds and a few puffy white clouds.


New Cessna is a hit!

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Our newest rental aircraft — a 2002 172Sp model with autopilot, GPS and traffic information system. Even a whole aircraft parachute system! Leather seats and great sound proofing make this an ideal aircraft for those trips to the Vineyard.

Are you Current?

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

In this series of articles I’ll try to address how to go about answering this important question. In this first piece we’ll look at you, the pilot.  The question goes to more than meeting the minimum standards spelled out in the FARs. You should ask if you are ready to pass a checkride for the certificate you now hold.  The preliminaries start with a review of your total and recent experience. What sort of flying do you do? How much instruction do you get and how do you challenge yourself? For example, if you are instrument rated how long has it been since you’ve flown to MDA or DA in actual conditions? Do you do always pick a day to fly that’s got winds of 5 kts or less in order to get your day currency 3 takeoffs and landings? Why not try it when the wind is 70 to 80 degrees off the nose and gusting to 15? (By the way I’ve come to think that’s the only kind of wind that exists at Simsbury at least when I’m flying!). What about your physical and mental assessment? We all have a requirement to “self certify”. That is, to ground ourselves in the event that we are suffering from a medical condition that would preclude safe operation of the aircraft. Medications not approved by your AME are an obvious cause but what about the less obvious things like stress due to work or home situations? How do you tell if you are stressed to the point that it might interfere with your piloting ability?  Essentially addressing the Preliminaries starts with a look in the mirror.  Have a safe Flight!  (Next Issue: FAR Review).