Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Weekend Trip to Montreal

(Contributed by Michael Rogombe-Williams)

The Plan
With spring and good weather (supposedly) to be in store for May, I set out to use a private plane as a real transportation vehicle (for once!) and go visit friends and family in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Since the planning process was pretty extensive, I thought I would give an overview for others who are considering something similar.

Friday, June 3, 2011

N6338F—Lessons Learned

This month's general meeting featured a presentation by Felix Khazin on the N6338F accident—he was a passenger in the rear seat.  It's rare that you get a pilot rated third person's account of these incidents, so it was valuable indeed.

Key take aways:

1. A pilot rated passenger is never just a passenger. No one likes a "backseat driver" but a third pilot speaking up at a critical time can break that chain of bad decisions that leads to an undesired outcome. Take charge of your own safety and speak up, even from the backseat.

2. Don't be intimidated by a more experienced pilot, or assume that he knows best.  Sometimes even the most experienced pilots make bad decisions.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

June Breakfast Flight: KIAD & National Air and Space Museum

Date: Sunday June 5

This month's breakfast flight is the long anticipated (at least by my son) trip to Washington Dulles International Airport and the National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center.  This promises to be a great trip, combining flying into the DC ADIZ and a leisurely visit through the museum.

Since the trip will take ~2 hours, the planned time of for departure is 7:30am, with ETA at KIAD at 9am, and at the museum by around 10am.  There is still space available (in 6ZV), and we always welcome alumni joining us for breakfast flights.  If you would like to participate, please contact Stan Sokolowski.

June Monthly Meeting: N6338F Accident—Lessons Learned

Speaker: Felix Khazin
Date & Time: Thursday June 2, 2011 @ 7:30
Location: NJ Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum at Teterboro

This month's general meeting will feature our very own Felix Khazin, who will be discussing the recent accident at KMIV involving N6338F.  The presentation will be introduced by Steve Reithof and Shane Lipson, who will discuss common threads in GA accidents.  Felix will then give a presentation on the 38F accident from the perspective of a passenger and third pilot in the plane at the time.

The meeting is open to the public. As an added bonus, the NJ Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum will extend free admissions to members and guests starting at 7:00pm. Refreshments will be served at 7:30pm, and the meeting will begin promptly at 8:00pm.