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Tower Talk » Abandoned airfields Aug 16, 2002 04:36 PM (Total replies: 3)

Cool site!!

I was wondering and now know about Parks Airfield, it is under the pattern at Parks (CPS) which is where I go. My instructors and I have debated on a couple occasions if that lot had been an airfield or not. Now I know!

Flight School » HOLDS Apr 29, 2002 04:45 PM (Total replies: 5)

I hate 'em. I've been doing them for nearly three weeks in the sim and still mess them up. I've tried playing with Flight Sim while a friend gives me holds, I've tried studying an practice sheet that my school has, I've tried giving inbound, outbound and entry to my instructor while in the Sim. I'm still not getting it and don't have any other ideas. Does anyone here have any?

Tower Talk » Advice on routing appreciated Apr 29, 2002 04:40 PM (Total replies: 4)

My instructor told me this little bit of advice: "If it's there, use it." I don't know where you are so the route I would take might not be what you want. Here in Southern Illinois where there are cornfields and cattle as far as the eye can see you can get full service volume on a VOR and then some. I go direct all the time, using dead rec and VOR cross-checks as my main ways of navigation(our VFR aircraft don't have DME, or GPS for that matter). I just don't trust GPS fully like some do.

Your Aircraft » Altimiter adjustment Feb 7, 2002 12:20 PM (Total replies: 6)

Call your FSDO. The only time the altimeter has to be accurate is for IFR, and even that accuracy is only 75ft. VFR aircraft don't even require an adjustable altimeter.

Flight School » Clearing Turns before Ground Ref Manuevers? Nov 25, 2001 03:19 PM (Total replies: 8)

Considering the PTS quote above, I did clearing turns. We have a very specific procedure for doing manuvers at my school and I just brought this over. After my ride the examiner mentioned my scanning, I was noting many other aircraft and made sure to point them out. Good Luck!

Tower Talk » Quiet? Oct 16, 2001 08:54 PM (Total replies: 8)

Too quiet... I'm under ECB as well in St. Louis. Luckilly, our restrictions were lifted somewhat in the Notam released this weekend. I really didn't like having to worry about my training flights being grounded any longer.

Tower Talk » TFR restrictions starting to be lifted Oct 15, 2001 12:11 PM (Total replies: 1)

The VFR restrictions are slowly being lifted. www.aopa.org for more info!!

Tower Talk » I am officially starting to hate the FAA Sep 20, 2001 11:56 PM (Total replies: 10)

I understand that security needs to be hightened right now. However, as one of the other threads stated that the little one is loosing out. I work at an FBO, and go to a 141 flight school that is now in the 'Infinate' Class B airspace. This really is stupid. Why are 2500 pound piston singles and small buisnesses being punished for what happened? The flight schools may have trained the jerks that did this, but didn't the Army train Timothy McVeigh? Let VFR fly, let it fly unrestricted, worry about airline security.

Tower Talk » Primetime segment on Vacuum pumps? Sep 2, 2001 11:52 PM (Total replies: 3)

I just started my instrument training and this is a big topic of discussion, the late Gov. Carnahan took off from our airport. One of my professors is the 'aviation expert' that the local media goes to when a plane crashes. It is a known fact that his plane already had one vacuum pump out, the other one was suspected to fail on climbout in nearly 0-0 conditions. And to add insult to injury, the family of one killed is sueing Cessna, and the Carnahan estate.

Flight School » Spins Aug 17, 2001 01:06 AM (Total replies: 22)

After having a tampico wing over and begin a spin while doing stalls(not rated to spin). I, a student totally agree that spin recovery should be taught, maybe not tested. I recovered almost automatically. The (alerons level, opposite rudder) words were ringing through my pale body and partially soiled boxers(jk). I'm going to have my instructor go up with me in a 152 and do some spin recovery so I'm more comfortable. An extra hour is worth it for a valuable lesson.


Take them the next time you decide to go up. Unfourtunately I didn't have this chance with my grandfather. I've been attempting to take my PPL-SEL exam for over a month now. Unfourtunately his cancer is winning and I'll never have that chance. Flying is a very beautiful and special gift that should be shared.

Tower Talk » File a Flight Plan? Jun 12, 2001 12:05 PM (Total replies: 12)

If any of you read "Plane and Pilot", there is a very interesting article in this month's issue regarding VFR flight plans. They site some statistics regarding the evil, but possible crash. The average time for search and rescue to begin with a filed flight plan, 4 hours. Average time for one to begin without a flightplan, 30. I'm still a student, but after reading that I'm sure I'll continue taking the two or three minutes to file.

Your Aircraft » Cessna 210 Apr 4, 2001 11:39 PM (Total replies: 6)

Exactly. They have this little problem with gear collapses in particular. They are fast though. A good friend of mine had one years back and sold it after the second gear up landing. The FBO I work at is selling theirs because of the down time. They scare me.

Tower Talk » Using Palm Pilot as a Low Cost GPS Mar 29, 2001 01:01 AM (Total replies: 15)

I just saw a pilot with this setup. He was using some new compaq PDA and a GPS software. He worked for microsoft and it was the first time he had used the setup. Flew from Oklahoma up to St. Louis. This nifty little setup(I forget the program) was a windows CE based moving map program with all the features of a Garmin 295 with the exception of approaches. I belive he said that the device and software totalled about $700. Not cheap, but less than a good handheld with moving map. He also had an E6B, logbook, and other programs loaded on it. Pretty cool stuff.

Flight School » Pre Solo Mar 21, 2001 07:11 PM (Total replies: 11)

The more you work on it the sweeter it will be! I had all kinds of problems with crosswinds. My instructor will specifically have me do those now when the winds kick up. I went on a dual for the first time in almost two months and he said that my landings today were some of the best to date, wind or not. Keep it up, when the time comes to solo you will feel much more accomplishment if working harder.

Flight School » Night flying Mar 12, 2001 04:34 PM (Total replies: 9)

I like flying at night, the route of an XC is easier to see because you can see cites much farther. The runway looks closer though, you will want to flare earlier. have fun!

Tower Talk » Question on pattern entry... Mar 1, 2001 03:50 PM (Total replies: 7)

I just realized that I put base, oops. Where has my head gone. I sound like the pilot you should lookout for! You know how what you mean and what you say are two different things? Yet another reason I like towers, they tell you what to do.

Tower Talk » Question on pattern entry... Feb 26, 2001 07:53 PM (Total replies: 7)

For non-towered airports, you should enter a left base for the active at a 45degree angle. It's in the FAR somewhere. Check the
AFD because all airports are not equal, noise abatement and other issues may change this.

Pull Up to the Bar » If MS made planes Feb 22, 2001 11:00 AM (Total replies: 5)

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Flight School » The Grin is Still There Feb 21, 2001 01:28 PM (Total replies: 6)

I don't think that I realized that I was alone until my second touch and go. But when I did, I let out a cheer. I still do everytime that I arrive safely home and have the plane all to myself