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This week at Latitude 5/31

Hey everyone, What a week this looks like, huh?  Looks like we may get a glimpse of summer.  Good thing the Champ just got a sliding window! Wowzers, what a weekend here at the hangar. Parking refresher: PLEASE park the airplanes per the Latitude Parking Instructions. Congrats to Jared P on his solo in the Champ! Congrats to Sean M on passing his Private Pilot checkride in the 170! Congrats to Semir I on passing his Private Pilot checkride in the 150! The Cessna 170 now has shoulder harnesses and the transponder has been repaired. The Champ has a new sliding window.  Please figure out how to open and close it before flying it – there’s a little wiggling involved to get it fully closed. Jared was all smiles: Semir is happy to be done, on to the next! Sean, his beard, and the...
This week at Latitude 5/24/16

This week at Latitude 5/24/16

Hey folks, Soggy weekend, soggy week.  There’s still flying to be done, in fact I love flying in rainy weather because I usually have the pattern to myself.  Air is usually quite smooth too! When scheduling, please avoid booking more than half a day at a time.  This is a request, for several reasons: It can block other students from getting flying time, which disrupts their learning process. If you cancel, it leaves a BIG void in the schedule, which can be hard for the CFI to fill, which means they and that aircraft end up sitting all day.  Re-read the rental agreement – you can be charged for a fixed amount of that cancellation under certain circumstances. Most if not all primary students cannot perform and learn at a high level for a whole day.  This means you are wasting money and wasting time. If you must book more than one session, instead book a morning and an afternoon flight with enough time in between for another student to fly.  Alternatively, book a 4 hour session – this gives you time for two 1.5 hour flights with a short break in between. The Champ has a new propeller – boy does it fly nicer.  This prop has a different pitch and diameter than the one it replaced, so it no longer can exceed redline.  It’s quieter, faster, and seems better balanced as well. Speaking of the Champ, the voltage regulator burned up with a recent electrical gremlin.  It, and the bushings in the gear legs, will be replaced in the coming weeks.  For now, please start the airplane...

This week at Latitude 5/13 (late)

Hey everyone, This week has been crazy for me.  Looking nice today! Summer is here, and so are the bugs.  Please, please return the airplane bug-free so that the next pilot enjoys a clean view and clean wings. A bucket of plain water with a sponge and scrubber arm will be placed at the front of the hangar. Students and renters, you are responsible for cleaning the airplane that you got dirty. If you hit the bugs with the wet sponge as soon as you get back, they’re typically still juicy and are easy to simply wipe off.  Wiping the wings and windshield takes MAYBE 5 minutes, 10 at the most. A clean windshield is a safety item, and should be part of everyone’s preflight checklist. Clean wings are simply a detail item that keeps our airplanes looking nice and clean.  It is a courtesy to the next pilot. You’ll be seeing a new face around.  Matt Fry is a former student of mine, who graduated with his PPL last year.  I’ve hired him mostly to be an engineering intern, but he’ll also have some tasks and duties around the airplanes. I’ll say it again.  Airplanes are to be parked so that they face the same way as the jets parked on Resort’s ramp.  This is because jet blast from a jet starting up and taxiing can be significant, and if it hits the airplane that is parked the opposite way it is very hard on the flying surfaces. Students and CFIs: part of learning to fly is learning the pre- and post-flight tasks.  One of these is cleaning the...
This week at Latitude 5/3

This week at Latitude 5/3

Hey everyone, Nice and warm, welcome back to the good weather. Reminder: PLEASE wash the windscreen of your airplane when you park it, it’s easiest to get the bugs off when they’re still gooey.  There are rags and Pledge/Lemon Spray in each airplane for that purpose.  This is a courtesy and a safety item – bugs on the windshield can easily interfere with spotting airplanes. The airport informed me that they are getting tired of picking up the fuel dipstick for the 150.  They found it on the runway yesterday (!).  150 pilots and CFIs, please use extra care to account for the dipstick prior to starting the engine. The 170 and 150 are back online. The 150 has a minor oil leak, I am awaiting new oil line to repair it.  The leak appears to be coming from a return line from the air-oil separator for the crankcase breather, it is not a critical issue… just a bit messy. I (Jeff Fouche) reached a milestone in my own career this last weekend.  I surpassed 1000 hrs of flying experience.  What a ride it has been – over half of that total is dual given.  I could not have done it without you, loyal customers of Latitude.  Thanks so much, and here’s to the next 1000! The Champ appears to be suffering from a charging system issue… again.  Since the battery is arguably more of an option on this airplane, it will remain in service, but MUST be plugged in to charge in between flights.  See Jeff on this procedure.  We’ll be diagnosing and fixing the issue as time...