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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 and then turn the master off to preserve the battery for the day’s flying.
  • The 2016 Fly-out schedule is now up at Latitude’s web page.  Check it out!
  • Farewell to Dan Prudek!  Dan is leaving for the summer to fly a fire scout airplane out of Missoula MT.  Fly safe Dan!
TTFN