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.