Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays

Happy holidays everyone.
And safe flying in 2011!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Instrument Approach Procedures for the North Pole

This made the rounds last year, but in case you missed it. (Original link is here.) One would expect IMC on the north pole in December, so it's not surprising that Santa would have his own IAP.
"Caution: Deer in traffic pattern" is a nice touch. Well, that and the fact that all vectors to the airport are 360. I am surprised by three things. One, that the magical elf himself has nothing better than an NDB approach. Two, that the north pole isn't covered by a TFR on Christmas. And three, he only needs a <6,000 foot runway.

Think about the last one for a minute. There are 2 billion children under 18 in the world. Even if we allow that Santa appears only to Christian children (which I know is not accurate, but let us presume for the moment it is), that is still about 300 million children. Okay, suppose each kid gets a medium Lego set—2 lbs. We are talking about a payload of 600 million pounds. (That, by the way, is roughly 3.5 fully loaded QMIIs.) And we haven't even figured for the weight of the sleigh needed to carry such a payload, nor for the weight of the reindeer needed to pull such a weight (somehow, I suspect 9 reindeer is just not going to cut it). By comparison, the C-5 Galaxy which has a max takeoff weight of *just* 840,000 lbs requires a nearly 9,000 ft runway for takeoff. All I can say is, those are some reindeer.

Happy holidays.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tracking Santa's progress

For those of you who would like to track the big guy's progress on Christmas Eve: NORAD Santa Tracker. It's kind of heart warming to think that all the technology developed to detect ICBMs and Soviet (remember them?) nuclear attacks can be put to such use.

In all seriousness, though, how this began is a really nice story. According to the NORAD site, "For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD), have tracked Santa's flight. The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations "hotline." The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born. In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa."

Our hats off to the folks at NORAD, who take their work seriously, but apparently aren't above having some fun for the kids.

Friday, December 17, 2010

New engine break-in

Courtesy of our C172 Plane Captain Chris Howitt

A follow-up to our recent experience with "engine infant mortality." The folks at Penn Yan Aero have worked exceptionally hard for us to turn around an engine replacement in three weeks time. The engine on one of our C172s began developing metal just a few hundred hours into its life, which was attributed to manufacturing defects, and all this was done under warranty. The plane should be back on the flight line in a few days, so now might be a good time to think about proper engine break-in—the process of getting the piston rings to properly form to the cylinder walls.

Mahlon Russell of Teledyne has a very nice piece on the "hows and whys" of engine break-ins. A very good read in its entirety.  To summarize:

  • Keep ground running to a minimum
  • Take off at full power and reduce to climb power at the first available safe altitude
  • Keep the climb angle flat and the climb airspeed higher to promote cooling
  • At cruise altitude use 65% to 75% power. (Higher, and the BMEP—brake mean effective pressure—gets too high, and the likelihood of glazing increases.)
  • Run the engine richer then normal.
  • Remember that heat is the greatest enemy of engine break-in. Try to maintain all engine temperatures in the green, well away from the top of the green arc or red line.
  • Step climb the aircraft if necessary
  • Operating with the cowl flaps open or in trail position during cruise flight
  • Be generous with the fuel allocation for the engine. We should not run the engine above 75% power in cruise flight because the B.M.E.P is too great and the likelihood of glazing increases. 
And this should go on for the first 100 hours.  All this also means no touch-and-goes, no repeated take-offs and landings, and no maneuvers like stalls or steep turns.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

N4468N FADEC Jet-A Diesel: Still the queen of the fleet

The acquisition of 89Q—our G1000 C172—has dominated the conversation at PFC lately, but before 89Q came along, we had 68N, the first in our long term effort to modernize and diversify our fleet. 68N is a 1980 Cessna 182Q converted to run on Jet-A fuel with the SMA FADEC Turbo Diesel. There is a lively debate going on in the aviation press about the future of 100LL. We would like to think that we were quite prescient when we decided to go ahead with the conversion two years ago. Our plane has been featured in Aviation Consumer and AvWeb, but with a couple of years of experience under our belt, it might be a good time for a quick report of our own.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Overheard: Pumping Jet-A into a C182

Our SMA Turbo Diesel C182 is a rare bird—there are probably about 2 dozen of these flying around the U.S. right now. The front of the plane—with is three bladed prop and modified cowling—is a dead give away that this is no ordinary Skylane.  So we are pretty accustomed to getting quizzical looks and a lot of questions and comments when away from home base.

While pumping Jet-A into 68N, one lineman at a destination FBO was heard to mutter "This just feels so wrong..."

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Some tips for winter flying

Winter is basically here.  Other than worrying about how Thanksgiving has affected our weight and balance, pilots have to worry about a whole set of issues this season brings about.


With the coming of winter and reverting back to standard time, days are much shorter now. With the inevitable delays, a planned day trip might end up extending past sunset, and you may find yourself unexpectedly returning after dark. On top of that, winter brings weather related challenges that are unique. Preparation is the key to a safe trip---below are some tips to make sure your flight is safe and comfortable.

Petition to eliminate the third class medical

(All opinions expressed below are those of the author, and may not be those of PFC or its members.)

There is an interesting petition ("proposed rule making") being considered by the FAA to eliminate the third class medical for pilots operating aircraft of less than 6,000 lbs max gross weight under Part 91. The proposal seeks to extend the "LSA rule" which requires only a valid drivers license.

Monday, December 6, 2010

General Meeting: PilotEdge ATC Simulation Network

At this month's general meeting, we had a fascinating presentation from Keith Smith, the brains behind PilotEdge ATC simulation network.

So, what is an "ATC simulation network"? Basically, it is a plug-in software for popular flight simulators (X-plane, Flight Simulator 9/X) that gives you access to a virtual network of air traffic controllers who provide ATC services during your simulated flight.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Hourly Rates from 1975

PFC has a long history and we remain as one of the most affordable solutions to flying in the region. Where else can you fly a G-1000 aircraft for $135/tach hour, wet? But in 1975 our rates were even better. In 1975 our Cessna 182 was $23/hr and a Cessna 172 went for $16/hr. As Helmgog (the unofficial mascot of PFC) says: "Inflation has caused everything to go up...including the price of going up." Going from $16/hr to $113/hr (in our well-equipped C172) in 35 years is still pretty impressive though.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Maintenance: Engine "Infant Mortality"

N6338F - Engine maintenance
Contributed by C. Howitt, Plane Captain N6338F

The engine in one of our C172s was replaced just last year. Since the club has put just shy of 300 hours on the engine. We had been told that the risk of failure in a brand new engine was often higher than a well-cared-for engine at or beyond TBO. We are discovering first hand why this is the case, how to spot the issues early, and get the engine serviced before catastrophic failure occurs. This is a detailed description of the current MX issues we are experiencing. For new members, we hope this lends insight on how maintenance is handled in the club---one of the club's greatest strengths is our emphasis on the safe operation of the fleet.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

December Monthly Meeting

Guest speaker: Keith Smith
Topic: Pilotedge (Air Traffic Simulation Service)
Date & Time: Thursday December 2, 2010 @ 7:30pm
Place: NJ Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum


At this month's general meeting, we have Keith Smith who will discuss PilotEdge, and demonstrate some of its capabilities in the X-Plane simulation environment. More information about PilotEdge can be found on their website.

As usual, pizza and refreshments will be funded by a 50/50.

The meeting is open to the public. As usual there will be a quick discussion of club business as well, including status of fleet maintenance, and destination of breakfast flights. This is a good opportunity for pilots interested in PFC to meet our members and board. NJ Aviation Hall of Fame is located at 400 Fred Wehran Drive, Teterboro Airport, NJ 07608, located adjacent to the control tower. Free admission to the museum for attendees starting at 7pm.

Airports of NJ: Linden (KLDJ)

We would be remiss if we did not discuss our other home base, Linden Airport (KLDJ).
Linden is located just 6nm southeast of Newark International Airport (KEWR)---when Newark is landing on runways 4L/R, the conga line passes almost directly overhead. Linden has a single runway (9-27@4100+ ft). Has a single GPS/RNAV approach.

Airports of NJ: Caldwell (KCDW)

There are (by our count) 46 airports in NJ. This is our attempt to chronicle all of them. Essex County Airport (KCDW), which is one of our home bases seemed like a logical place to start.


Essex County Airport (more commonly referred to as Caldwell Airport) is a class-D airport located 12nm NNW of Newark International Airport, sitting under the "inverted wedding cake" of the overlying NY-Bravo.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Gear: Bose QC2/15 + uFlyMike

On the PFC member email list, there is occasional discussion about recommended headsets.  That is one piece of gear we all have, and have an opinion about.  There are those who swear by their Bose or Lightspeed ANR headsets. Others who would drop dead before donning headsets of any shade other than David-Clark-green. In one such thread, someone brought up the possibility of combining the Bose Quiet Comfort (QC) 2 or QC15 headphones with the uFlyMike attachment. You can read reviews of the other aviation headsets at the usual places, but the Bose+uFlyMike doesn't get nearly as much play, so here are some impressions.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Alumni: Living the dream of airpark life

One of the wonderful things about a club like PFC is the vast network of alumni that we manage to keep in touch with.  One such alumnus, Bruce Goldberg, and his wife graciously put us up for the night on our recent expedition to go retrieve our new G1000 C172 from FL.  This allowed us to break up the 10 hour flight from FL to NJ, with an overnight in SC.
What made this doubly special was the fact that they are living the dream of all pilots---they live in an airpark. What could be better for two tired pilots than to land, park the plane, and just be able walk into a cozy living room. Their home has  a hangar for their C182 (complete with workshop and three car garage), and a 4000 ft runway right off their back yard.
Oh, and the rest of their house was very nice, too... And their hospitality much appreciated. (Unfortunately, we arrived late and too tired to snap any pictures of our lovely hosts.  Otherwise we would share them with you...)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

iPad in the Cockpit --- SkyRadar?

In the writeup on the use of Foreflight in the cockpit, one of the things I noted was the lack of in flight weather information.  I also noted the poor quality of iPad's built in GPS.  Both are really hardware limitations.  Apple's refusal to provide a serial stack for bluetooth means no hope of compatibility with existing weather solutions currently available.  And the same also goes for the inability to use cheap but accurate external WAAS GPS receivers.


A potentially interesting solution comes to us in the form of SkyRader:
http://www.skyradar.net/skyscope-receiver.html

The SkyRadar receiver, gets around Apple's hardware limitations in an interesting way.  Rather than using Bluetooth, it broadcasts WAAS GPS and ADS-B data over WiFi.  Which opens up the possibility for real time traffic and weather, not to mention a more accurate GPS.

To be sure, we aren't sure how WiFi signals will affect cockpit avionics.  And ADS-B rollout won't be complete for a few years yet. So the full utility of this device is still a bit of an unknown.  But at least this is an indication that people are thinking of creative ways to get this data into the cockpit.

When the ADS-B final rule was announced, there was quite a bit of clamor about having to shell out a significant amount to upgrade avionics, for not much benefit.  Well we can always hope that solutions like this will come along that would allow GA pilots to take full advantage of ADS-B, at a price point that won't break the bank.

If anyone has tried this device, and has any pireps on it, please let us know.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Overheard: Braking action reports

Courtesy of Steve (and other PFC members who swear up and down this is true).

An airport in the northeast issued a NOTAM indicating a NIL braking action report by a vehicle on its sole runway. The NOTAM was followed 10 minutes later by an airport closure NOTAM indicating vehicle accident on the runway as the reason for the closure.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Safety Tidbit - Removing Frost

We all know that we are supposed to remove all frost from aircraft surfaces before flight. But with high-wing aircraft like Cessnas, that can be quite a chore.  The best thing to do is to pull the plane into a warm hangar for an hour or so before flight, but that's not always possible.

Here's a great tip from Tim McSwain's presentation at last week's general meeting. Carry a length of thick gauge rope with you in the back of the airplane. Drape the rope over the wing at the fuselage end. Stand under the wing and grab the ends of the rope in each hand.  Now while gently pulling the rope across the wing, walk the length of the wing.

Will have to give it a try when one cold crisp morning this winter.

Winter Flying

Last week's general meeting featured speaker Tim McSwain who gave a humor filled talk on the special considerations required for winter training. It's not practical to reproduce all of the many points he reminded us about before setting out on cold winter days. But a few that seemed particularly important:

  • Remember the value of recurrent training. It's not mandatory but it could save your life.
  • When GA pilots think of the perils of winter flying most think of icing. But most winter accidents are not caused by icing. So while icing is something to watch out for---most GA aircraft simply do not have the power to get out of encounters with serious ice---there are many other "gotchas" that pilots should be aware of.
  • When considering information (reports on braking, icing, airport runway conditions), always consider the source. e.g. Braking reports from a vehicle (truck) driving down the runway may not be particularly useful to you.
  • Consider the effect of winter weather (snow, slush, ice, etc.) on all phases of flight---taxi, run-up, take-off, climb, cruise, descent, landing and taxi---not just the cruise phase of flight.  There is no substitute for local intel---call the airport ahead to make sure it's open and what sort of condition it is in.
  • Consider the terrain you will be flying over. Bring appropriate gear.
  • Be careful about places where water might collect and freeze---it will seriously affect W&B and flight characteristics.
  • And remove ALL frost.
There were obviously much more in this information packed presentation. The presentation drove home the point about how much there is to know, how much we forget after the PPL check ride, and the value of recurrent training at natural pivot points like the changing of the seasons.

We hope to have Tim back in the spring as a guest speaker. So if you missed him this time, be sure to join us the next time.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The new addition to our fleet --- N6189Q (2008 C172 G1000)


The newest addition to our fleet N6189Q, a 2008 model year C172 G1000, made it safely to its new home at KCDW on Tuesday. The oil has been changed for the colder NJ weather, and our mechanics have given it a once over. The plane is parked where N63017 used to be, and is now ready to fly.

We have set the rate for this aircraft at a competitive $135 per tach hour wet. Transition training for existing members will begin shortly.

With a nearly new exterior and interior, complete with comfortable leather seats and airbag seatbelts, this aircraft certainly passes what our president refers to as the "spouse test." And for the pilot, the G1000 suite presents a wealth of information---nav, traffic, weather---at your finger tips for better situational awareness and more efficient flying. The capabilities of the GFC700 autopilot are simply stunning---you just have to fly it to believe what it can do.

We fully expect this new aircraft to be one of the club's most popular in the coming months. See a few photographs of our brand new aircraft on our website.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

G-1000 Equipped Plane Joining Paramus Flying Club Fleet


The Paramus Flying Club (PFC) has been a fixture of both Northern New Jersey and Aviation since 1955. The PFC's history is full of aircraft transactions and upgrades.

Most recently, the PFC became the first USA-based club to fly a diesel-powered, jet-A sipping, Cessna 182. This is part of the PFC's ongoing efforts to keep flying costs down while providing safe and capable aircraft to its member/owners.

Over the past few years, though, the rate of innovation within aviation has been increasing. And the PFC has been taking the long view. Under discussion for several years, the board has finally enacted a years-long plan for an upgrade of the entire fleet. And the first concrete evidence will appear shortly on the flightline as the PFC purchases its first G1000-based airplane, a Cessna 172.

The aircraft is found, the financing is arranged, and all that remains is to close and transport the aircraft to its new home and new and proud owners. More news to come as the airplane arrives.

Friday, October 29, 2010

iPad in the Cockpit --- Foreflight HD software

There's been considerable interest among PFC members about using iPads for better situational awareness in the cockpit. There is a surprising number of "EFB" type software for the iPad (just do a search for "aviation navigation" in iTMS). They range from simple plate/chart viewers to more full featured programs that offer everything from weather briefings, flight planning and filing, to AF/D data. One of the most full featured programs, Foreflight Mobile HD, seems to be a favorite among PFC pilots, and we took a closer look as part of the October general meeting.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

November General Meeting

Guest Speaker: Tim McSwain, CFI/I
Topic: Winter Flying
Place: NJ Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum
Date & Time: November 4, 2010 7:30pm (complimentary admission to Museum from 7:00pm)


At this month's general meeting, we are fortunate to have CFI/I and past DE Tim McSwain as our guest speaker who will be presenting on the topic of Winter Flying with a discussion to follow.

As usual, pizza and refreshments will be funded by a 50/50.

The meeting is open to the public. This is a good opportunity for pilots interested in PFC to meet our members and board, and hear a discussion about the exciting plans coming up for our fleet. NJ Aviation Hall of Fame is located at 400 Fred Wehran Drive, Teterboro Airport, NJ 07608, located adjacent to the control tower. Free admission to the museum for attendees starting at 7pm.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Flying into Logan International in a C182

It's not everyday that you get to fly into a large hub primary airport in a Cessna 182, but a recent flight with Angel Flight provided just such an opportunity.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Flying for fun and charity - Pilots n Paws


If you are a relatively low time pilot, looking to put your piloting skills to use serving the greater good, you might consider flying for Pilots-n-Paws (PNP). It will take you to parts of the country you might never otherwise visit, and put you in touch with a lot of caring people---pilots and non-pilots alike---who are devoted to using their skills to do some good.

As an added bonus, you get to have fun flying, and take a tax deduction on the expenses related to your flight. (So, if you are trying to build time for your Part 61 instrument rating or commercial rating, this is a great way to do it.)

Friday, October 22, 2010

ATC at KBOS --- as graceful as any ballet...

Had the incredible experience of flying the club's Cessna 182 into Logan International Airport (KBOS) up in Boston.  The landing, which utilized their "short" 5,000 ft runway 32, away from the main commercial traffic, was routine.

But departure was a thing of beauty.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Overheard: "Full length please..." @ KSWF

PFC has many members who have been around exploring the skies for a pretty long time.  So, occasionally, we will post anecdotes that really highlight the joys and lighter side of flying.

This one is courtesy of long time pilot and instructor, Steve R.  The following exchange happened at KSWF (Stewart International) between a student pilot in a Cessna 172 and Stewart Tower. KSWF boasts, among other things, a nearly 12,000 ft runway.

C12345: "Stewart Tower, Cessna 12345, student pilot. Clear of Runway 27 at alpha-3"
KSWF: "Cessna 12345, roger.  Say intentions."
C12345: "I would like to turn around and depart for Caldwell."
KSWF: "Cessna 12345, roger.  Stay with me.  Taxi to runway 27 at alpha-4."
C12345: "Stewart tower. uh, Request runway 27 full length."

slight pause...

C12345: "Stewart tower, my instructor insists that I always use full length."
KSWF: "Okay Cessna 12345, taxi runway 27 full length.  Call me in about half an hour when you get there!"

Thursday, October 14, 2010

2010 Wash n' Wax a great success.

Thanks to Stan & Eddie for organizing the event, and to all those who showed up to lend us a hand.  Our fleet has never looked better.
More photos from the Wash n Wax are here.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Ways to use an iPad in the cockpit

Of late, there's been a lot of discussion about using an iPad in the cockpit at PFC. Here are some mounting solutions we've come across:

There is obviously the RAM mounts with various options (yoke mount and suction mount):



Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Choosing the right flight school (3)

Part three of our thoughts on choosing a flight school.  How should you go about finding the school/instructor that's right for you? What questions should you ask?

First, some assumptions. For this post I am assuming that we are talking about flight training for fun and personal use. If the objective is to become a professional pilot, a whole different set of issues would come into play, and unfortunately none of us at PFC can really speak to those issues. I am also assuming that you would be looking train part time.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Choosing the right flight school (2)

Part 2 of our thoughts on choosing the right flight school

Part 61 vs Part 141

If you have started looking for places to do your flight training, you have no doubt figured out that there are two kinds of schools---Part 61 and 141. (Independent instructors all fall under Part 61.)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Choosing the right flight school (1)

Paramus Flying Club (PFC) does not take on student pilots. However, as the Marketing and Membership person at PFC, I often get asked what flight schools in the area we would recommend. There are quite a few schools and independent instructors in the area to choose from. PFC does not make a practice of making specific recommendations.

That said, over the next few posts I will offer a series of thoughts on this topic---an extended version of the responses I usually send out to these queries.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Wings and Wheels at KTEB

The annual Wings and Wheels event at KTEB is happening this weekend. This year they are boasting:

B-17 Flying Fortress
P-40 Warhawk
P-47 Thunderbolt
B-25 Mitchell
C-47 Dakota
L-39 Jet
MH-53E Super Stallion

and many other aircraft, not to mention 100-150 classic, racing and military vehicles.

Location is Hangar 1 at KTEB. Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 9am-4pm.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Fall Wash n' Wax --- October 10, 2010

The fall wash n' wax has been set for October 10, 2010 (Sunday). Save the date, and come out and help us spruce up our fleet.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Safety Tidbit - Runway Safety

Steve Riethof did a very informative impromptu presentation today on runway incursions and safety.

One of the tidbits that I took away from this presentation:

Q: How long is an aircraft allowed to stay on the runway once it has been cleared for takeoff?

Saturday, August 7, 2010

August Breakfast Flight

The breakfast flight this Sunday will be to Montauk (KMTP). Meet at KMTP around 10:30, for a walk around town and late breakfast. Those interested in participating should contact Stan Sokolowski.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

August General Meeting

Date & Time: Thursday August 5 @ 7:30pm
Place: NJ Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum

At this month's general meeting, Rodrigo Bilbao, President of PFC will do a presentation on the newly created Planned Improvements Fund, which will be followed by a general discussion on fleet upgrade plan.

As usual, pizza and refreshments will be funded by a 50/50.

The meeting is open to the public. This is a good opportunity for pilots interested in PFC to meet our members and board, and hear a discussion about the exciting plans coming up for our fleet.

NJ Aviation Hall of Fame is located at 400 Fred Wehran Drive, Teterboro Airport, NJ 07608, located adjacent to the control tower. Free admission to the museum for attendees starting at 7pm.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

July Breakfast Flight

The breakfast flight for this month is scheduled for Sunday 7/11/2010. We will be traveling to Ocean City Airport (26N) on the NJ coast. Excellent restaurant on the field, 6 blocks from the beach.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

July General Meeting

Speaker: Don Argintar, CFI-I
Topic: VFR Flight Planning
Time: 7:30pm Thursday, 7/1/2010
Place: NJ Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum

Don provided us with a presentation back in November on missed approach points. He will be back for this month's meeting with a presentation on the topic of VFR flight planning.

Don is the owner of Flight Matters, a flight school based at Lincoln Park offering scenario-based training. He is well known for his workshops, seminars and fly-in events. You don't want to miss him!

As usual, free pizza and refreshments at 7:45pm at the NJ Aviation Hall of Fame at 400 Fred Wehran Drive, Teterboro Airport, New Jersey 07608, located adjacent to the control tower. Free admission to the Museum for attendees starting at 7pm. The meeting is open to the general public.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

June 2010 General Meeting

Topic: The operation of JPI engine monitor
Speaker: Dean Uva
Date: June 3, 2010 @ 7:30
Location: New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum

At this month's meeting, Dean Uva will be presenting on the operation of the JPI engine monitor. Topics to be covered include:
- Information provided by the JPI
- Operation for proper leaning
- Analyzing JPI data

The meeting is open to the public. The meeting will start at 7:30. On the evening of the general meeting, the NJ Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum has graciously agreed to open its doors to members and guests starting at 7:00pm free of charge. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to see the exhibits on NJ's aviation history (though we also encourage you to join the museum and support their efforts in preserving NJ's aviation heritage).

Pizza and refreshments are funded by a 50/50.

The NJ Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum is located at 400 Fred Wehran Drive in Teterboro, NJ. (Right at the base of the control tower at KTEB.)

Monday, May 10, 2010

May Breakfast Flight

Date: Sunday 5/16
Destination: KBDL

The May Breakfast Flight will take place this coming Sunday 5/16. The destination is Bradley International (KBDL). Bradley is the home of the New England Air Museum, so the plan is to arrive around 10am, spend a few hours there before heading home.

Information about the NE Air Museum can be found here.

If you are a potential member, and would like to use this opportunity to come see one of our aircraft, please contact us at join@flyingclub.org.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

May 2010 General Meeting

Topic: The Value of an Instrument Proficiency Check
Speaker: Stanley Sanders, CFI-I
Date: Thursday, May 6, 2010 @ 19:45
Location: New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame at Teterboro Airport

At this month's general meeting, club CFI Stanley Sanders will be giving a presentation on the true value of a Instrument Proficiency Check---what they do, what they don't do, and how to make the most of them.

Refreshments: Pizza is funded by a 50/50

Directions: Directions to the NJ Aivation Hall of Fame can be found on the museum's homepage. As a bonus to those attending the meeting, the museum opens for us a 19:00. This provides an opportunity to view some of the exhibits for free, though we do encourage people to join the museum and help fund preservation of our aviation heritage in NJ.

Friday, April 30, 2010

PFC members help out in Haiti

Back in February, two current PFC members, and a club CFI went to help in the relief mission to Haiti. Our C182RG (N736ZV) along with a member's own C182 ferried supplies and doctors/aid-workers into Jacmel, Haiti. Read about their experiences here and here.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

April 2010 General Meeting

Topic: Autopilot and other avionics upgrades
Date: Thursday, April 1, 2010 @ 19:45
Location: New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame at Teterboro Airport

At this month's general meeting, we will be discussing the issue of Autopilot/Avionics upgrades to our aircraft, and other related financial matters.

Refreshments: Pizza is funded by a 50/50

Directions: Directions to the NJ Aivation Hall of Fame can be found on the museum's homepage. As a bonus to those attending the meeting, the museum opens for us a 19:00. This provides an opportunity to view some of the exhibits for free, though we do encourage people to join the museum and help fund preservation of our aviation heritage in NJ.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

IFR Ground School Refresher

Topic: IFR Ground School Refresher - Basic Instrument Systems and Scan Technique
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2010 @ 18:30
Location: New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame at Teterboro Airport

Jordan Zaretsky, a club CFI, will be hosting an IFR ground school refresher for club members seeking advanced ratings. The meeting will take place before the regular monthly club meeting. Topic is "basic instrument systems and scan technique". Door is open to all members.

March 2010 General Meeting - International Operations

All monthly meetings of the Paramus Flying Club is open to the public.

Topic: International Operations - Lessons Learned from Flying in Haiti
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2010 @ 19:45
Location: New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame at Teterboro Airport

This month Tomoharu Nishino (along with Jochen Spengler and Jordan Zaretsky) will discuss some lessons learned from some intensive flying we did as part of a relief mission to Haiti.

We will discuss:
  • The basic requirements of international GA flight.
  • Practical considerations for bringing a club plane abroad.
  • "Situational awareness" and "aeronautical decision making" when flying in an unfamiliar enviornment
Refreshments: Pizza is funded by a 50/50

Directions: Directions to the NJ Aivation Hall of Fame can be found on the museum's homepage. As a bonus to those attending the meeting, the museum opens for us a 19:00. This provides an opportunity to view some of the exhibits for free, though we do encourage people to join the museum and help fund preservation of our aviation heritage in NJ.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Paramus Flying Club Annual Dinner

Date: Saturday February 27, 2010 @ 19:00, March 4, 2010 @ 19:45
Location: Harbor Bar and Brasserie (500 Harbor Boulevard, Weehawken)

Featured speaker is Jochen Spengler. He will be discussing his flying trip to the Cayman Islands, as well as his two relief missions to Haiti. There are a few spots left. Please contact Rodrigo Bilbao if you would like to attend.

$47 per person for dinner. Members will be billed on their regular monthly bill. Alumni should pay Rodrigo directly. Cash bar.

Friday, January 29, 2010

February Monthly Meeting - Fighting Engine Corrosion

All monthly meetings of the Paramus Flying Club is open to the public.

Topic: Fighting Engine Corrosion
Date: Thursday, February 4, 2010 @ 19:45
Location: New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame at Teterboro Airport

As a natural follow-up to last month's A Look Inside Our Engines presentation, this month our invited speaker, Edward Kollin, will be discussing what we can do to fight engine corrosion. As concerns about the costs of aviation mount, this is a topic that will be of interest not just to aircraft owners, but to renters interested in the preservation of the FBOs and Flight Schools out of which they operate.

He will discuss aircraft oil formulations, auto vs. aviation oils, the straight weight vs. multi-weight debate, corrosion, the break-in process, engine operation, deposits and valve sticking, engine specific problems, oil additives, oil change intervals, and oil analysis.

Here is the opportunity to get answers to your questions about fuels, lubricants, additives, engine operation and much more!

Edward Kollin has worked only for two small firms as an adult: General Motors Research and Exxon Research and Engineering, and has been involved with engines, fuels and lubricants since he could stand. At Exxon, he was director of the engine research laboratory as part of the Advanced Fuel and Lubricants Group and was responsible for the initial research on the Exxon Elite oil.

Refreshments: Pizza is funded by a 50/50

Directions: Directions to the NJ Aivation Hall of Fame can be found on the museum's homepage. As a bonus to those attending the meeting, the museum opens for us a 19:00. This provides an opportunity to view some of the exhibits for free, though we do encourage people to join the museum and help fund preservation of our aviation heritage in NJ.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

4468N diesel conversion featured on AVweb

Its just been 10 months since we converted 4468N (C182) to the SMA SR305 jet-fueled engine, and its already started to garner a lot of interest. Paul Bertorelli (AVweb) flew recently with us to find out more about this conversion. Read more about it here or watch the AVweb video below.