Our September 2023 IMC/VMC club meeting will be held online via Zoom from 7-8 pm PDT on Thursday, September 7, 2023.
This interactive educational event will feature two “What Would You Do?” video scenarios. The IMC scenario will involve an IFR approach where ATC issues a revised landing clearance that you are not sure whether to accept, even though it would be simpler to do so than doing a missed approach. The VMC scenario involves a long solo cross country flight where you begin to feel ill enroute.
All participants are invited to share their experience and decision making in these situations of unexpected challenges.
Our IMC/VMC online club meeting will be from 7 to 8 pm PDT on Thursday, August 3rd. Our program will feature a combined IFR+VFR “What Would You Do?” scenario involving a night flight from a Southern California airport that has been in the news recently, over the SoCal mountains to Arizona. Mid-flight something happens and the flight instruments don’t make sense any more.
In addition to our group discussion, there will be a brief tutorial presentation on the factors that caused the unexpected challenges that the pilot experienced. We look forward to a lively interchange and all are invited to participate. To join the Zoom meeting, click here at 7 pm on Thursday 8/3.
We’re sorry to say that the BBQ Lunch and Program scheduled for this coming Saturday needs to be cancelled due to the excessive heat forecast for the day.
The program will be rescheduled for our October BBQ Lunch meeting on October 21.
For anyone involved with the Young Eagle Rally planned for this Saturday from 8 am to 10 am, that also will need to be cancelled.
Our next chapter events will be the Zoom Online IMC/VMC Club on Thursday, August 3rd, and the 2nd Saturday Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, August 12.
On Saturday June 24th we are having our BBQ Lunch, Meeting, and Program beginning at 11:00 am. For our program this month we have a special guest, Mr. Phil Speck, a Vietnam-era USAF pilot who flew KC-135s and later flew in the first Gulf War in the early 1990s. He will present his experiences as a military pilot.
Lunch starts at 11:00 at our hangar at the Lincoln Regional Airport. If you are not familiar with our hangar’s location, come to the airport and just follow the “EAA” signs. The grill is hot from 11:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. when it shuts down, so come early. BBQ Lunch is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for kids 12 or under, and $25 for families. We’ll have a short business meeting at 11:45 a.m. and then Capt. Steck will present at 12:00 noon.
We are holding our first chapter fly-out of the year this coming Saturday, April 29. The participants will gather at 9:00 am at the Gazebo, at KLHM and depart en masse, for a fine brunch at Nancy’s Airport Cafe located at the Willows/Glenn County Airport (KWLW).
For those aircraft not able to carry extra passengers or you just want to meet at Nancy’s, please plan to arrive at Willows at about 10:00 am. As noted below, we are trying to match chapter members who don’t have access to an aircraft a chance to participate also, so we want any pilots who can carry passengers to meet at the KLHM Gazebo at 9 a.m.
Willows is 64 fun-filled air miles northwest of Lincoln.
This is the first organized chapter fly-out we’ve had post-COVID, so we are putting our toe in the water to determine the interest in this and future fly-outs. (As of right now, we are planning fly-outs for the five-Saturday months this year…that would be April, July, and September.)
Also, a word of warning: we are using the free version of SignUpGenius which is very advertisement-heavy. Verify what you are clicking on as you go through the signup process to ensure you are not actually clicking on an advertisement.
If this process works well, the chapter may spring for a paid, ad-less version of SignUpGenius.
Please email back to the chapter with any questions or concerns.
Our chapter will be having our Fourth Saturday BBQ Lunch on Saturday, March 25, beginning at 11:00 at our hangar. This month, something special. We’ll have Pulled Pork sandwiches and all the other fixings available for a good lunch. The grill is hot from 11:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. when the grill shuts down, so come early. BBQ Lunch is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for kids 12 or under, and $25 for families.
Our Program for March
This month we have invited ex-ATC controller Gary Veer for a presentation. Gary will talk from a controller’s perspective about both airspace and critical language.
Gary has a philosophy about airspace that is not widely circulated, but probably prevails among other controllers–In spite of the many classifications of airspace, there are really only two kinds of airspace:
- Pilot’s Airspace
- Controller’s Airspace
Gary will then discuss critical language. He’s gone to great lengths to find the wisdom that encapsulates critical language. The point is clear – our words, although perfectly clear, have different meanings in different contexts. In aviation, for the well-being of both pilots and controllers, it is vital that both share the same understanding of the language.
Gary’s official aviation career began nearly fifty years ago when he became a pilot in February 1977. He joined the FAA in 1982 and went to work at an enroute center as a controller. He went to FAA flight check for a decade in the 1990s doing procedural and navaid checks, and then went back to controlling. He then returned to FAA flight check in 2012 when he ‘aged-out’ as a controller. He retired from the FAA in March 2019 and moved on to fly for Kenmore Airlines in Puget Sound and Axis Jet at Mather. He returned to the FAA in December 2020 again as a flight check pilot based at Sacramento. Also in his long career, he has done TERPS procedural design for the FAA and U.S. Army, and taught aviation and ATC courses at Green River College at Auburn, Washington. He also worked at the FAA Command Center, then at Herndon, Virginia. Gary brings his extensive background and aviation knowledge to us for what should be an entertaining and informative program. As a note…Gary is not speaking as an FAA representative for our program…he speaks as an ex-ATC controller with lots of real-world experience.
Come out Saturday morning to the EAA Hangar for some good food and good information. Remember…we’re only cooking until 11:45…