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.

767 Go Around

From AVweb:

“The official told CNN the Russian UTair crew had been cleared to land but chose to abort on their own authority. The Aerolineas Argentinas crew also had been cleared to taxi across the runway. A spokesperson told The Irish Times there was plenty of room between the two aircraft for a safe landing….”

Read the whole post here.

Hayward to Oshkosh

General Aviation News lets us know about the 50th anniversary of the Air Rally:

“Organizers note it’s less than 60 days from the start of the Hayward Air Rally from Hayward, Calif., to Oshkosh. More than 30 aircraft have entered to date, but organizers say they hope to have 50 to celebrate the rally’s 50th year.

Wonder what it’s like to fly in the air rally? Following is an account by Gil Takemori, who flew in the rally for the first time in 2013:

Take-off checklist complete, check. The radio crackles as we hear our race number called to line up and wait for our start. The tension builds and then finally, the radio breaks its unbearable silence and we hear the air boss finally count down “3-2-1, Go!”

The throttle gets pushed to redline and we’re off, just as the flagman briskly swings the bright orange and white checkered start flag earthward. I look over at my navigator who has already started our race timer and our Hayward Air Rally competition has officially begun.”

Read the whole account here.

FAA Safety Seminar – Extreme Cross Countries

Another free safety seminar is being offered by the FAA Safety Team.

“Planning to fly around the world is not a task most pilots will consider in a lifetime. Captain Judy Rice and Navigator Fred Nauer will walk you through their years of personal planning and preparation of three General Aviation aircraft that they will use to accomplish this mission. ”

When: 6pm, Monday, March 24th
Where: Available for free online at DiscoverAviationTV

For WINGS credits, view the program for three code words interspersed throughout. After the program, send the code words with your email address, name and zip code to the special email address shown during the program. You will need to watch the entire program to receive credit.

Free FAA Seminar

I’ve never looked at my check rides as fun, but here’s the latest offering from the folks with the FAA Safety Team:

“Check-ride-itis: Preparation makes Proficiency Fun”

What: Seminar designed to help pilots overcome anxiety associated with check-rides or flight reviews. Whether preparing for that first ever Practical Test check-ride or the next opportunity to demonstrate your right stuff for a flight review, achieving and maintaining flight proficiency is the ultimate desire of every student pilot in training and the responsibility of every licensed pilot no matter how many hours in the air he/she may has accumulated. This seminar is a guided discussion for pilots at all skill levels to help develop a personal set of self-improvement practices making them immune to the periodic stress induced from cramming for check-ride preparation.
When: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Where: St. Louis Downtown Airport Firehouse
6100 Archview Drive
East Saint Louis, IL 62206

Register for the event here.

Boeing takes sides in the Super Bowl

Credit: FlightAware

From USA Today:

“As for the test flight, it took about five hours with the cabin crew of the 747-8F piloting the jet over a swath of eastern Washington that spanned roughly 100 miles east and west as well as north and south.

So, how did it all come together?

The inspiration, of course, came from the Seahawks – who were set to square off just three days after the “12” test flight against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey on Sunday (Feb. 2). The National Football League squad is based in Seattle, where Boeing remains one of the region’s largest employers.

Boeing had flight testing it wanted to do with the aircraft, and the company’s flight test team got creative in combining a regular test flight with some of the Super Bowl hype sweeping over Washington state.”

Southwest Jet Lands at Wrong Airport

I’ve made my fair share of mistakes around aircraft, so I am not pointing fingers. However, a Southwest Jet landed at the wrong Branson airport yesterday. Here’s a clip from AVweb:

“A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 with 129 people aboard landed at the wrong airport in Branson, MO early Sunday evening but the airline is calling the unexpected arrival “uneventful.” Flight 4013 from Chicago Midway put down on Runway 12/30 (3738X100) at M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport a little after 6 p.m. local time instead of hitting Runway 14/32 (7140X100)at Branson Airport about nine miles south. “Our ground crew from the Branson airport has arrived at the airport to take care of our customers and their baggage,” Southwest spokesman Brad Hawkins said. “The landing was uneventful, and all customers and crew are safe.”

Read the whole story here.

Here’s a map of the two airports:

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Apparently, the NTSB is now investigating.

This happened just two months after another high profile wrong airport landing.

AOPA Regional Fly-Ins Set

Courtesy of AOPA

In attempt to get AOPA back to its roots and closer to the general aviation pilot, new president Mark Baker is implementing regional fly-ins. From AVweb:

“AOPA on Monday announced the dates and locations of the regional fly-ins that will replace its annual Summit event. Each fly-in will feature a pancake breakfast and pilot town hall hosted by AOPA President Mark Baker, exhibits, static aircraft displays, flying activities, safety clinics, a “Learn to Fly” area, and a chance to visit with AOPA staff and program specialists. The events are open to all. The regional events will be held in Texas, Indiana, Massachusetts, Washington, California, Maryland, and Georgia, between April and November….”

The closest one to our club with be at KMQJ on May 31st. Here’s how you can get there.