Browsing Posts published in December, 2010

Any pilot who uses any type of internet flight planning software should take a few moments to read up on what is currently going on between Flightprep and their pending suit against Runwayfinder.  So as not to get myself in too much trouble a quick trip to google will give you all you need to know.

This came through today from the FAA and there is rain in the forecast so we better take a moment to review hydroplaning procedures.  If you’d like to recieve quick tips like this one from the FAA you can subscribe to their safety email list here.

Approach and Landing
Safety Tip
December 2010

Hydroplaning is a condition that can exist when an airplane is landed on a runway surface contaminated with standing water, slush, and/or wet snow. Hydroplaning can have serious adverse effects on ground controllability and braking efficiency and can render an airplane partially or totally uncontrollable anytime during the landing roll.

When confronted with the possibility of hydroplaning, it is best to land on a grooved runway (if available). Touchdown speed should be as slow as is consistent with safety. After the nosewheel is lowered to the runway, moderate braking should be applied. If you don’t notice deceleration and hydroplaning is suspected, the nose should be raised and use aerodynamic drag to slow to the point that the brakes do become effective.

Do you want to know more? The Airplane Flying Handbook and other FAA manuals are available here.

For the most part in a light general aviation aircraft braking effectiveness isn’t a major issue since we normally have significantly more runway than required.  If you suspect hydroplaning plan on using your brakes as little as possible and remember to fly the plane all the way to the tie downs with proper crosswind taxi techniques.   When flying in and out of Long Beach in stormy and windy conditions also remember that we are spoiled and can land and depart in 5 different directions, including  34L , 16R and 12.  All you have to do is ask our ATC friends and they will work it out.  For heavy rain runway 30/12 might be the best option since it is grooved.  Be safe out there, and don’t get too wet tying down the plane! ~CP~

Dream Tour

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Seems a lucky pilot from Corona has already partaken on my dream trip of the US.  He had an impressive trip in a J-3 Cub, I’d love to do something like that one day!  Thanks for posting this for us!

Congrats and well done Terry, it has been a lot of fun!

Terry and 6111Q

I get a lot of satisfaction watching former students going out on their first flights. Here is Calvin heading out for his first flight. I even got to watch him make a greaser of a landing!

Calvin had a long battle with weather and a maintenance issue but he was able to complete his checkride on 11/29.  This is an important step in his plans as he is already finishing a Rutan VeriEz in his garage.  It was great working with you Calvin, hopefully I can come see the project soon, and at some point fly it too!

Calvin K, Congats!

The Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS) is a free public service produced by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)with funding provided by the FAA’s Aviation Weather Research Program (AWRP) and the NextGen Network Enabled Weather (NNEW) program. The ADDS websites result from the dedication of a handful of scientists and engineers at NCAR and NOAA.  You can read more about the people behind this here.

This site is still in the experimental phase of development but it sure seems to have a lot of potential.  The desktop app is also a very powerful utility.   You can create a log in and make it your own.