High Altitude Flying Company is hosting a Winter Angle of Attack Flying League

aviatorscupST. LOUIS, MO – January 6, 2015 – High Altitude Flying Company today began open registration for a Winter 2015 Angle of Attack flying league. The league is open to High Altitude Flying Club members, and will run for three months from February 1 to May 3, 2015.

Angle of Attack is a flying game for pilots, played in a small teams, where pilots make strategic decisions and fly short flights to other airports to capture points or block opposing team points. The game play is tracked using software produced by FLY Online Tools, which plots everything on Google Maps with an automated scoring leader board. Game details can be found at: http://www.fly-aoa.info

“Aviation needs a fun game that promotes team flying…” said Douglas Pouk, High Altitude Flying Club President. “…there are sporting leagues of all types, but we felt that aviation was lacking a fun flying game. We invented Angle of Attack in 2012, and are excited to see which team can win the Aviators Cup, our trophy that was sponsored by the AOPA in 2012.”

The Crown Pointe Golf Club in Farmington, MO (a great golf destination for pilots) is sponsoring the Angle of Attack league with golf prizes, along with free flying prizes from High Altitude Flying Company.

Home page: http://www.flyhafc.com/

Christmas List

J. Mac McClellan tells pilots everything that should be on your list this Christmas:

“So the Christmas present I hope all of us pilots will give to ourselves is to fly more, challenge ourselves more, and build a bigger library of memories to carry us on. After all, if you don’ t go flying you can’t say “did I tell you about the time. . . . ”

Read the whole post here.

And from us here at the High Altitude Flying Club – Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Expanding Simulator Training

In case the Instrument students in the club missed it. The FAA has expanded simulator training. From AvWeb:

“Pilots now can log more simulator time toward an instrument rating, under a new rule published by the FAA on Wednesday. A rule issued in 2009 had placed a 10-hour limit on the training devices, but the FAA said since technology has advanced and simulators are more realistic, pilots now can log up to 20 hours in an approved advanced aviation training device.”

Read the whole article here.

NASA tests new flap design


From AVweb:

“The Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge flap has shape-changing assemblies that seamlessly bend and twist rather than running in one dimension along rails or guides. The plan is to be able to contort the trailing edges to the optimum shape for the stage of flight and get the most out of the wing while stopping the noise that results as air pours through the gaps and cracks necessary for conventional flaps to deploy.”

Read the whole story here.

GSLFIA 2014 Annual Meeting

The Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Association is getting together on Monday for their annual meeting.

Where: 18600 Edison Ave. Chesterfield, MO
When: Monday, October 20th at 7pm

There will be complimentary flights in the Redbird’s top-of-the-line, full-motion, fully-enclosed dual-control cockpit, FAA approved AATD with wrap-around visuals. Don’t miss it!

More information here.

AOPA is looking for help

Want to be a Beta Tester for AOPA’s flight planning software? You only need these qualifications:

1. Be a current AOPA member;
2. Have access to reliable internet using one of the following browsers: FireFox, Chrome or Safari (Internet Explorer is not currently supported);
3. Be willing to use the flight planner more extensively than you would under normal flight planning circumstances, including documentation and repetition of steps;
4. Be willing to submit detailed bug reports as instructed;
5. Be willing to test in a timely manner upon notification by AOPA.
Only a small number of applicants will be selected in this initial round of testing and not all applicants will be selected.

Here’s the link to apply.

The Dangerous Departure

J. Mac McClellan tells us about the most dangerous stall. And it isn’t the one most instructors think it is:

“If you have been flying for more than a few years you probably believe most stall/spin accidents happen in the traffic pattern. And you are likely convinced that the base-to-final turn is the deadliest spot for stall accidents. And I don’t blame you. That’s what you have been told by instructors and other “industry” types. It just doesn’t happen to be true. And hasn’t been true for many years.

Richard Collins and I have written many times that the takeoff and initial climb is the most common phase of flight for a serious stall accident. And the departure stall is the deadliest. But pilots either don’t believe us, or the myth of the base-to-final stall is simply too enormous for anybody to dethrone…..”

Read the whole article here.

Aviation 101

This is interesting for the student pilots out there. Embry-Riddle is offering a free Aviation 101 class.

From the website:

AVIATION 101 is comprised of nine video lessons, which will introduce you to a variety of topics in aviation.
Aircraft Systems
Aerodynamics
Flight Instruments
Airports
Airspace
Radio Communication & ATC
Aeromedical
Aviation Weather
Performance and Navigation
No matter your age or your goals, whether you are taking your first steps toward an aviation career, or if you are an experienced pilot, AVIATION 101 has something for you! Be sure to share this course with anyone who may also be interested in aviation!

Check it out!

ForeFlight looks stronger

As smaller EFB companies exit the market, ForeFlight is quickly becoming the standard among iPad users:

“AOPA is exiting the electronic flight bag (EFB) market, and the association’s existing products, the FlyQ EFB iPad application and related FlyQ Pocket smartphone application, will transition to Seattle Avionics.

The association made the announcement July 25 after a review of member products and services that included an assessment of how AOPA members believe the association should direct resources when it comes to flight planning benefits.

Seattle Avionics, which developed the applications in partnership with AOPA, will work closely with the association to ensure a smooth transition for users.”

Aero-news.net has the story here.