CAT III BATD
From Jim Layman,
"At McGill Aviation, FBO for Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport (KFHB) a CAT III FAA approved BATD, flight training device is available for instrument instruction and proficiency and may be configured for a wide range of single and twin engine aircraft. It may be used for 2.5 hours of instrument time towards the Private Pilot license, or 10.0 hours towards the Instrument Rating. It may also be used to maintain Instrument Currency.
"A complete set of pubs for the lower 48 is provided at no additional cost.Rental of the BATD is highly competitive at $25 an hour (or less depending on affiliation). A CFII is available for instruction or proficiency checks upon request at an additional charge. Schedule an orientation thru McGill Aviation--(904) 261-7890, or Jim Layman at (904) 335-7372."
I'm the CFII they refer to, and can conduct the basic orientation, solo sign off and/or instruction. It is a fairly capable simulator, and can be programmed with a variety of weather and system-failure scenarios. It does have rudder pedals, single- and multi-engine throttles, etc.
You may check out the system here:
This is a very cost-effective way to build instrument time, maintain currency, or experience scenarios that might prove unwise in an actual aircraft. Besides, it's just cool!
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From David Sanders:
In case you know any other aerobatic wannabe's who have been hankering for their own copy, it's back in stock at the IAC book store: http://www.shopeaa.com/flyforfun.aspx
Regards - David
This book is elegant in its simplicity, and even though its main focus is on the Pitts any acro pilot will get a lot out of reading Bill Thomas's classic text. You owe it to yourself to grab a copy and see just how simple--and sublime--aerobatics can be.
(And while you're at it, you may want to pick up a copy or two of, "Songs of the Archeaopteryx." I'm just saying . . . .)
FHB Acro Box Renews
April 7, 2012
In keeping with the spirit of Easter, the Aerobatic Practice Area has risen and been approved for another year. This was the most difficult renewal that I can remember. Lots of politics and lots of opposition--mainly due to noise. I believe the airport neighbors who object to the acro noise also object to aircraft noise in general, but aerobatic aircraft do have a more repetitive sound footprint. They usually have a higher volume, too (on a scale of 1 - 10, some go to 11!).
During the process, I made a point of reaching out to the spokesperson of the group opposing the "box." (The group was angry because of misinformation they received from our current airport manager, who overstepped his authority by guaranteeing the box would not be renewed.) The discussions I had with the spokesperson were civil, even friendly. I made sure they received timely and factual information on the process every step of the way. We bet lunch, to be bought by the "winner." In short, I treated them with respect and received the same in return. And I promised to operate the box in a safe, efficient and neighbor-friendly way--a promise I fully intend to keep.
I am not sure that I have the stamina to go through another renewal such as this one. But at least through 30 April 2013 Fernandina Beach does have a surface-level aerobatic practice area available to those who need one. So c'mon over and train hard. And as we say down here, "Fly safe, all y'all!"
Now if you'll excuse me, I have a lunch to buy.
“Songs of the Archaeopteryx”
”Songs of the Archaeopteryx,” a collection of short stories with aviation themes, is available from Booklocker.com. Written by Keoki, and inspired by people he met and some of the aerial adventures he had, it’s a quirky look at flying. Funny, sentimental, and enlightening, “Songs” will appeal to anyone who has ever watched a distant silhouette drone across the sky.
Here are a few reviews:
“Man, what a book! It made me remember why I love flying so much.”
“I . . . read the chapter, Former Lovers, and was impressed! We did the very same thing when [we] bought and sold a little yellow Citabria in which our son learned to fly.”
“I loved it—especially the chapter on formation flight."
You may order a traditional soft cover book (6 x 9), ~200 pages and the “famous” cover art by the author), or a PDF file for an instant download (which not only saves a few bucks, but means you pay NO shipping).
Go ahead and order one now--you know you want to. Just visit Booklocker.com and search on “Keoki”—‘cause, yeah, I’m the only one. Besides, it’s easier to spell than “Archaeopteryx.”
Thank you, and enjoy!
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