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Temperance Creek Adventure December 2017

Temperance Creek Adventure December 2017

What a day it was.  Rod T and I set out to join up with other pilots from the Latitude Aviators Facebook group to get breakfast at the historic – and spectacular – Temperance Creek Lodge on the Snake River in Oregon. After a short briefing for pilot responsibilities and other miscellany, including rigging no less than 4 GoPro cameras, we let a little air out of the tires for a nice soft ride on the airstrips we were going to be visiting.  The 175 rolled out of the hangar to face our deserted airport, and easily fired up thanks to the oil pan preheater that had been plugged in all night. Departing early from Coeur d’ Alene Airport, Rod and I first spun a few laps in the pattern in the Latitude 175 to get Rod up to speed on tailwheel and familiarize him with some of the 175’s handling qualities.  An experienced, current, and proficient pilot is Rod, but the last time he’d flown tailwheel was 3 years ago.  Nonetheless, he was safe and smiling in just a couple of laps thanks to his experience and the 175’s kind handling. Piercing the gap between layers, the 175 saddled up and launched out to VFR over the top and set sail to the South at a decent cruise of 110kts, eyes set on adventure in the Idaho backcountry.  Smooth and cool air, thanks to a ridiculous inversion covering the entire Northwest, made the ride enjoyable as Jeff and Rod enjoyed catching up with each other and doing some in-flight verbal training on the flying to come, as this was...
Latitude announces Simulcast Ground School

Latitude announces Simulcast Ground School

Latitude Aviation Jeff Fouche 7/2/16 Latitude Aviation announces Simulcast Ground School Coeur d Alene Airport July 2nd, 2016 An Simulcast Ground School has been scheduled for July and August, running July 12th thru August 18th on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7-10pm PDT.  This class format is specifically targeted at students attending other schools or working during the day, and is especially well suited to students that want to learn the knowledge they need to become a pilot, but for whom it is impractical to attend a live school with the introduction of the new Simulcast distance education. “As usual, some our best ideas come from our very own students” begins Jeff Fouche, owner and Chief Instructor for Latitude.  “We are seeing live ground schools, and pre-recorded guided learning online schools, but not very many schools are doing a live distance learning program.  We’re excited to lead the way and bring more students to the classroom with our new program.” Covering the fundamentals of becoming a Private Pilot (also satisfies the requirements for learning to be a Sport Pilot), the class will use the Gleim Private Pilot curriculum to cover the require subjects like Aerodynamics, Airplane Systems and Components, Aviation Weather, Navigation and more. Utilizing a multimedia learning experience both live, in-person, and distance learning via web-based simulcast, taught by experienced instructors, the Simulcast Ground School represents the first of its kind at the Coeur d’ Alene Airport, and among the first such classes in the industry. Important dates: July 8th: deadline to sign up, deadline to pay for class and book kit. July 12th: first day of class. July...
This Week (well, last week) at Latitude July 2

This Week (well, last week) at Latitude July 2

Apparently I wrote this last week, and forgot to send it… too much going on. Ground school enrollment is open!  This year the class starts July 12th and runs Tuesdays and Thursdays 7pm-10pm.  I’m elated to announce that we are planning to offer a simulcast distance learning option for those that can’t make it to Coeur d Alene for the classroom session.  More details to come, but it’s gonna be awesome. Please sign up right away, don’t wait until the last minute.  Your enrollment, or that of your friends, will help us plan and prepare the investment of time and energy required to bring this class off. PLEASE use, and forward at will, this link to enroll: http://goo.gl/forms/8RFAlFgHOpKb1DKl1 Deadline for enrollment and payment in full for the class will be July 8th. A minimum of 8 students is required for the class to launch. 150 is back in full service. VOR antenna cable was repaired, it is now operable. COM radio was replaced just prior to 100hr. Left fuel sender gasket was replaced, the fuel leak in the left wing appears to be drastically reduced if not stopped. Another oil leak was found and (hopefully) stopped. Champ is back in full service with a new tachometer and Hobbs. 170 has a new Hobbs installed. Speaking of squawks, I found out just the other day (now last week) that the VOR has been inoperable for some time.  Please make sure that any squawks make it to the squawk lists in the aircraft books, and please inform Latitude staff of any big ones.  We can’t fix ’em if we don’t know about...
This week at Latitude 6/14

This week at Latitude 6/14

Hey everyone, Quiet week this week.  A big low system is taking it’s sweet time through central Canada… we have it to thank for our weather this week. AOPA sent me a list of cool webinars: Pilot’s guide to ATC Communications Say It Right: Mastering Radio Communications Pinch Hitter course – Not a pilot?  Want to know more about what your pilot does for you and how to do it? Runway Safety Course Before Takeoff Checklist Student Pilot Application Requirements Would anyone be interested in being added to a Safety Pilot Pool?  I get inquiries from new instrument students looking for safety pilots to go with them or tag along with experienced pilots to do instrument approaches.  I envision a way to connect students needing safety pilots or looking to tag along with pilots willing to help and split costs, as needed.  If you are interested, please send me a direct email and I can see what the interest level is. Welcome aboard to Lisa Martin, an experience tailwheel instructor with lots of Champ time.  She’ll be helping out this summer with tailwheel, BFR, and primary instruction. The Champ’s tachometer has died.  Interestingly, it is failing high – it indicates a higher RPM than actual.  A new one will be going in Wednesday or Thursday. The 150 will be down for 100hr until Weds lunch at the earliest, probably ready to go by the end of the day on Wednesday. Regarding reservation etiquette: Please keep an eye on the duration of the reservation. For most primary students, a 2 hour reservation is sufficient for most lessons. For a renter coming...