Browsing Posts tagged Flight Training

While Ben was out doing his flight review we took a day to focus on mountain flying.  The Cirrus was the plane of choice due to it’s speed which makes for a quick trip up the Owens Valley.  The one downside to the Cirrus is its relatively long takeoff rolls however runway length wasn’t a realistic concern at Mammoth since the runway is 7000′ long.  During the flight up we were able to again enjoy the poppy bloom.  On the way home we followed the west side of the valley and played around in the hills. Then we headed west and worked our way into the Kern Valley.  From there it was south towards Tehachapi.  The Owens Valley is great for light mountain training because we are able to safely dart into the valleys and canyons while still having safe ‘outs’ in the main valley.  We were fortunate enough to have nearly perfect weather for our flight.  It was a sunny and calm 70 degrees when we landed in Mammoth.

Aces High Final_2Cropped_lowresWe’d like to thank everybody who was able to make it out for our open house at Aces High Aviation.  For those who missed it our open house was a huge success with approximately 150 visitors throughout the day.  It was great for us to see everybody there and look forward to more of these events.  We learned a lot about making these a success, and were already talking about doing another one!  You can find photos from the event on our Facebook page.

G1000 Introductory Course taught by Dan Jenkins, FAA safety team advisor on TAA aircraft, hosted by Aces High Aviation.

We will be hosting a G1000 introductory course on October 9th at 9am.  This course is designed to be a primer which will cover basic operations of the G1000.  This class would be great for anybody who is interested in learning about the capabilities of the G1000, and become comfortable with its features for VFR use.  Later, we intend to also host an advanced course which will cover IFR operations and advanced navigation.  This course will cover;


  • Basic functionality and use of the Primary Flight Display and Multi Function Displays
  • Components of the system
  • Standby and backup systems and potential failures
  • Integration with the KAP 140 autopilot

This class is expected to last approximately 3 1/2 hours but this could vary based on class participation and discussion.  The fee for this class is $35.  Pre registration and payment is required, please contact us to confirm your attendance.  We already have a lot of interest in this class and size is limited so if you would like to attend don’t delay!

With only 47 hours of training and about 18 of them finishing up with me he passed his ride with flying colors according to the examiner.  Well done Ronald, thanks for studying hard and being prepared.  It really makes a huge difference.  Best of luck with your application to the national Guard too!  Hopefully there will be a C-17 or F-22 in your future.

We were able to do a couple approaches at Torrance and Long Beach, with both terminating nearly at minimums. Sam is very close to taking his instrument checkride and these types of flights are excellent confidence builders.

Queen Mary Lightning
A flight to the Grand Canyon was canceled tonight so that left me with nothing to do but start a blog. Of course, the first time in a long time that I can remember a forecast for thunderstorms in LA is also the same night I was planning an overnight cross country trip with one of my students. Chalk this one up to ‘just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.’ This photo was taken in July 2006. The Queen Mary can be seen in the far left side of the picture.