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.

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.

A Century of the Autopilot

Ccimage courtesy of 1lenore on flickr

From AOPA:

“It seems hard to believe, but the first aircraft autopilot was demonstrated 100 years ago today. On June 18, 1914, Lawrence Sperry let go of the controls of a Curtiss C-2 biplane, stood up in the cockpit, and raised his hands high above his head. The crowd below roared its approval as Sperry’s mechanic then walked out onto the airplane’s wing–and it remained in level flight.

This took place above the Seine River during France’s Airplane Safety Contest. A total of 57 “specially equipped” airplanes, featuring such innovative technologies as magnetos, self-starters, and carburetors–all still used today–competed for a prize of 50,000 francs (about $10,000). Sperry was the only one to demonstrate a gyroscopic stabilizer, and won the prize…”

Read the whole post here.

UAV on approach.

Another thing to contend with while landing. The Things with Wings blog has some video from a UAV in Canadian airspace that was monitoring airliners on approach to Vancouver. See it here….

The most tellling line of the whole blog post is this one: “…Even if regulations are eventually put in place, there will always be idiots.”

Airline Safety Battle Won?

Here’s an interesting take on safety from Air Facts Journal

Have we won the safety battle?

Here’s a number that should be on the front page of every major newspaper: 224. That’s how many people died–worldwide–in airline crashes last year. Around 3 billion people boarded some 35 million flights, each of them traveling over 500 miles per hour in an aluminum tube 7 miles above the earth. And only 224 died. That’s simply an incredible number.

Some other statistics may put it into perspective:

Over 400 people died in the United States last year from falling out of bed.
Over 300 people drown in bathtubs every year.
About 2,900 people are killed by hippos in the average year.

More dangerous than flying coach? Ccimage courtesy of wwarby on flickr

This is just the latest evidence that humans are terrible at evaluating risks. Next time you think about taking a bath before getting into bed, consider that you might be safer in seat 34D somewhere over Siberia.”

Read the entire article here.

Tee Time

Tee time; ccimage courtesy of trostle on flickr

Our first fly-to-golf outing of this year is being organized by Jon Benigas. We’re looking at the dates of June 15th or June 22nd. The courses up for consideration are:

Sycamore Creek – Airport K15
Dogwood Hills – Airport K15
Murder Rock – Airport KBBG
Branson Creek Golf Club – Airport KBBG

Please contact Jon here and let him know your preferred date and location.