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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...
This week at Latitude 6/7

This week at Latitude 6/7

Hey everyone, Who’s ready for this hot weather?  If you answered yes, you’re a liar – wow is it hot. Did you know?  You can make backup reservations for aircraft and instructors – if the time slot for your aircraft is taken, you can change the type of your reservation to a Backup reservation.  This puts you first in line if the Primary reservation cancels. I’ll ask again: PLEASE help me keep the gate secure next to the hangar.  If you are the last one leaving the Latitude hangar, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO LOCK THE GATE BEHIND YOU. If you forget something, or need access to the building after hours, use the gate at the south end of the parking lot and unlock it with the COE VOR frequency (4 digits). Please double-check your logbook.  If you do NOT have a current TSA endorsement from a Latitude instructor, PLEASE PLEASE bring your logbook, US Passport (or birth certificate AND driver’s license) and tackle a CFI and get their endorsement. Vote for Latitude!  AOPA has begun their annual Flight Training Poll.  Now is your chance to share your flight training experience, and I sincerely hope it’s been a good one.  Follow this link to participate. You’ll now notice an Oil Log in the front of each aircraft book.  Please PLEASE, when you add oil to the airplane, please log Tach time and amount added to this sheet.  Oil consumption is an important metric of overall engine health, and helps us anticipate mechanical problems in some cases. Are you ready?  Ready for the heat?  Here are some tips for effectively...

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...