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This week at Latitude Aviation 4/19

This week at Latitude Aviation 4/19

Hey everyone,

Stunning start to this week, my goodness what a blue sky.  Schedule is filling up quick, call us or get on Flight Circle if you want to go!
  • Rental Etiquette.  Easily said, harder to define.  I am seeing some consistent patterns that suggest a little fireside chat might be in order.  I include myself in this, I’m not perfect at all of these items.
    • Wash the windshield.  There is a can of Pledge in each airplane along with a soft microfiber rag for this purpose.  When you come back from a flight, please spray some Pledge on the windshield and wipe all those juicy bugs off using a vertical motion (don’t use circles or horizontal motion, as any scratches will be much more noticeable in flight!).  The next pilot will thank you.
    • Return the interior a little better than you found it.  It’s nice and tidy when seatbelts are buckled loosely across the seats, the seats are all the way back, and any snack wrappers and water bottles have been removed.
    • Leave all the doors unlocked.  Mostly on the 172, the airplane is left parked with all the doors locked.  This is great for security overnight or whenever the airplane will not be supervised for any length of time, but is a constant hassle for ramp personnel during business hours.  When the airplane is to be moved or put away for any reason, we have to walk all the way inside and hunt down the keys so we can unlock the doors and baggage to access the chocks and towbar.
    • For those of you returning airplanes after hours, the privilege of “anytime access” comes with the responsibility to fuel the airplane the way you found it (full tanks on everything but the 150) and make sure the facility is locked and all lights are off.
  • Congratulations to Tony S on his solo flight in the 150 this week!  He did a great job, and I’m excited to see his progress towards his PPL.
  • Welcome aboard to Steve Lohrey, a CFI-I with a boatload of experience and blessed with the time of the newly retired.  As I get him checked out across our airframes, we’ll have another instructor to fly with this summer.  Thank you Steve!
  • Steve gave me a neat resource for new and experienced pilots alike: an Aviation 101 school from Embry-Riddle.  It can be found here.
  • The hangar door just got a tune up.  You’ll find that the unlock handle requires a firm hand both closing and opening.
See you out there!