April_2015 - First Flight Corp.

Brown Field Airport
6810 Curran St. San Diego, CA 92154
(619) 661-6522
April 2015
We would like to take this time to remind you that we
Thoughts from Tom
are here to provide you with quality service and
Please read the revised policy and procedures
information about Pilot Certifications, Aircraft Rental
regarding headsets.
and Aircraft Maintenance.
Turn Around A Point
Easy to Understand, Challenging to Execute
By Ian J. Twombly AOPA’S Flight Training
1. Find the Right Point. This is easier said than done. The point should be prominent, clear of obstacles, and located near a few emergency
landing options (just in case). Two country roads that meet at a 90-degree angle work well, as do farm silos and small, isolated, uninhabited
2. Determine the Wind Direction. Use water, trees, smoke, or corn or wheat fields to do this. (Water is particularly useful because it’s easy to
spot the still upwind and choppy downwind indicators.)
3. Enter on the Downwind. Always start your cycle on a tangent from downwind, simply because it’s easier to work from steep bank to shallow
bank. Aim to be approximately 1,000 feet above the ground and a quarter mile or so from the point you’ve chosen.
4. Fly a Circle. The goal of turns around a point is to fly concentric circle around the point. In a no-wind situation that would simply call for a
constant bank angle. But when it’s windy, that angle must vary.
5. Divide Attention. The difficulty of the maneuver comes as a result of the multitasking that happens in the circle. Pay attention primarily
outside the airplane, scanning inside only to verify altitude and, by glancing at the skid/slip ball, that the rudder is properly positioned.
6. Recover. Exit by flying straight and level at the instructor or examiners request.
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Congratulations to our new SOLO Pilots!
Brian Yanowski
Airport of the Month: KMER
Cessna 172 N3927R – March 4th, 2015
Flight Instructor Pete Grootendorst
A visit to the Castle Air Museum gives visitors a peek into the past and
lends insight into the evolution of aircraft and the past milestones of
aviation. It offers visitors of all ages a glimpse of what the future of
aerospace might hold.
Castle Air Museum is located at 5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater,
California, 95301, in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, adjacent to
Castle Airport.
One in-flight condition necessary for structural icing to
form is?
A. small temperature/dew point spread.
B. stratiform clouds.
C. visible moisture.
Last month’s newsletter CHALLENGE Question and
QUESTION: What is Vso?
ANSWER: A. Stall, landing configuration.
Ken’s Korner
“A person will sometime
devote all his life to the
development of ONE part of
his body – The WISHBONE.”
– Robert Frost