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12/1/13 Flight Notifications and Bookings. There have been some instances lately of pilots not following the protocols established when booking. To reiterate, Use flybook to make any bookings, or ring or email if you are not enabled, or wish to do or go somewhere unusual with the aircraft, or for an overnight. If the booking is for some days ahead, no problem. If the booking is for the same day, TEXT Neroli and advise that you have made a booking, and the aircraft and times. If you are going to be late for your booking, TEXT Neroli, she may have someone that can do a short flight before you, or we may have some minor maintenance or cleaning to fit in. Before you taxi out, TEXT Neroli giving flight duration and direction, irrespective of if you have someone else doing your flight following. After you taxi in, TEXT Neroli, advising: - that you are back, - any defects with the aircraft, - your chock to chock flight time - how much time you have used off the tacho meter, - include any landing airfields other than KN (and if you have already paid the landing fee)

If you are going to be late returning, TEXT Neroli as soon as you can, so she can advise the next pilot booked. (They may have booked after you left).

If you are going to return early, TEXT Neroli as soon as you can, she may have someone waiting to fly and would appreciate early notice.

These procedures have been established to ensure that we know where to look if something untoward happens, and to help us to utilise the aircraft efficiently and therefore keep the costs down. There is nothing worse for us having the aircraft sitting in the hangar on a nice fine day and someone sitting at home that could have flown it.

We don't mean to harp on, most pilots are faultless with this process, and we apologise if we have missed explaining this to any new pilots.

1/6/12 Flight Following and Notification of Flights

Neroli is Bills delegated person for notification of flights, to cover times when he is away flying the heavy metal. So, all flights in BQV must be notified to Neroli, off blocks, with a direction of flight and expected time back, and and time on blocks. Feel free to text her when leaving an away airfield as it could narrow down a search area. On blocks back at TE please let her know the tacho or hobbs time used, fuel used if you purchase ours, and any landing airfields. Advise also if there are any defects or problems with the aircraft. If you are not back by the appointed time Neroli will start looking for you. So if you are going to be late for any reason please let Neroli know by text or cellphone, 021 063 7159. Also if you change or make a booking on the day please let Neroli know. We do get an email from the flybook system of booking changes, but on the day Neroli may not pick up emails for some hours if she is out and about. If Bill is around, please still keep in touch with Neroli, in case bill is busy with other students. He doesn't need to be wondering if someone is missing while trying to concentrate on his current student. Neroli will contact bill if need be. If you have made a booking, and are going to be late for it, please also let Neroli know. This is so that she knows that you are still coming, and if there is a request for the aircraft at short notice we know whether we can accomodate the request. For example if you are going to be an hour late we may be able to use the aircraft for that hour, or even carry out minor maintenance such as pumping up the tyres or giving it a clean.

6/4/12 BFR and Medical expiry dates.

Just a reminder that in accordance with the CA rules you can do your medical up to 30 days early and BFR up to 60 days early and still retain the original expiry date. The reason for this is to encourage people to get in early and not leave it until the last minute. If there are any medical or training issues discovered then they can be remedied without your medical or BFR expiring.

22/10/11 Threat and Error Management Training.

A new requirement for BFRs and PPL training is the requirement to consider Threat and Error Management in your flying. I have a briefing and checklist to cover the requirement, and new PPLs automatically recieve the briefing sometime early in their training. If you are an existing PPL holder though, the first time you may recieve the briefing is during your BFR. If you wish it wouldn't hurt to get the briefing early, so that you can impress the instructor next time you do your BFR with a practised procedure. Let me know if you haven't had the training sometime when you fly the Cub, and book me for an hour for the briefing.

2/7/11 Pilot Currency.

I'm pretty flexible about currency, and reluctant to post firm rules, as it depends on different criteria for different people. I'm sure you will understand that what I apply to a brand new PPL with a brand new type rating will be different to that applied to a commercial pilot with hundreds of cub hours from 20 years ago.

In general a new pilot or recently requalified pilot will be expected to fly at least once a week for a month, then once every 2 weeks for a month, then can fly every 3-4 weeks without a dual check. I don't allow pilots to go over a month without a check unless they are flying in other similar aicraft or flying professionally. This is more stringent than the 3 takeoffs and landings every 90 days, but taildragging and cubbing require that skills be maintained to avoid handling problems. Please let me know if you have any other thoughts.

5/6/11 Winter Flying

Krippners runway is usable in most cases even after heavy rain, even though some grass runways around the place are NOTAMed closed from time to time. Please have a check of NOTAMs if you are planning on a trip away from home base. Also don't forget to check with NOTAMS on our own website for any items of local interest. I will endeavour to put a message also on the booking system of any important things, but long standing bookings will miss out on this notification. If stuff is really really important I will obviously make a phone call prior to your flight.

The first of my mountain flying ground courses for the year are being held this sunday, and will be the first that I have carried out under the new regime of terrain awareness training being compulsory for new PPLs. If you wish to be included on future courses please let me know and I will put you on the list

Flybook now has a waitlist feature, so if the time you wish to fly is already taken, please feel free to put your name down in case of a cancellation. It is accessed through the normal booking screen. As usual if you encounter any problems please give me a yell.

Thats all for this month, happy flying and take advantage of any blue skies that come along.

21/2/11 Bookings    

If you wish to change or cancel a booking, before the day, just go ahead and make the change in the flybook calendar. On the day please text or phone Bill or Neroli to advise of the change. If your change is due to weather, please donít just assume that no-one else will be flying. We may have a student awaiting a suitable crosswind, or reduced visibility for mountain flying training or low flying, for example. Cancellations also may provide us with an opportunity for minor maintenance jobs or cleaning, if there are no students available to replace a booking at short notice. Also the weather forecasts and reports are not always accurate, even in the short distance between Hamilton International and Te Kowhai, so phone to check if you are travelling any distance for a flight.

21/2/11 Defects  

Any defects should be advised to Bill or Neroli in the first instance, and written up in the Tech Log. Any defects will ground the aircraft, but I would rather this situation than someone go flying with what would othewise be a known defect. If you are unsure about a defect, a phone call will often clear the matter up in short order.

21/2/11 Places to go, NAAG      

I have added to the 'Places to go' section of the website the Kauri Museum at Matakohe in Northland. At first glance this may seem to be a difficult place to aviate to, but the airfield at Springhill is about 30 minutes drive away, and a phone call to the local rental car company could be worthwhile. Next time I update the website I will add the contact for the Northern Aviation Adventure Group (NAAG). Contact Cliff McChesney freedom4life@xtra.co.nz if you are interested in aviation adventures. He normally organises mid week trips, along the lines of 'meet me at xxx at 1100 on such and such a day. He will organise ground transport to a couple of local attractions, and lunch. I have attached a sample of a newsletter he published after one of their trips, coincidently to the Kauri Museum. Of course the cub will be available for such trips, on a 'first come first served' basis. Be in quick!

20/1/11 Achievements, Aircraft Tie Downs

For any who haven't visited our website lately, I have added a section on Achievements, with photos of people carrying out first solos, completing type ratings, and other landmarks. This has been added to recently with 4 first solos in the last 3 weeks at Te Kowhai. Well done to those concerned.

I know I have probably banged on a bit about tieing aircraft down if they are unattended, but I have attached a photo of a recent incident at Queenstown. I am still seeking further details, but it looks from the photo that the aircraft was not tied down, and a large gust of wind resulted in the aircraft tipping on its back. Ouch. I used to own the aircraft in the photo in a syndicate when I was instructing at Tokoroa, but we sold it in 1989. It was nice then, not quite so eye pleasing now. (notice the cub in the background, nicely tucked away in the hangar)This will add to our collection of damaged aircraft photos, of course including BQV some years ago in a wind gust at AR.                                                    P.S. The aircraft was in fact tied down, the wind was so strong it ripped the concrete tie downs right out of the ground! The tie downs consisted of a flat piece of concrete about 2 meters in diameter, with a central portion about 2 metres deep. Hard to beat aircraft living in a hangar.

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