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Annual Check Rides.

Make sure if you have not completed your annual check ride to contact your favorite instructor.  If you have not completed your ride, you will be locked out from scheduling on April 1st until your annual check ride is complete.

Matt Brumbaugh has taken over from Mike Weatherbee as being responsible for selling club memberships.  If you are looking to sell your membership please send me a quick note so I can add you to the list (if you are not listed below).  We hope to be referring inbound leads out to the members who want to sell by summer.

Also – a reminder that club rules prohibit advertising memberships for sale at a price less than 10% off the current share price ($4000).  You are free to sell the share at any price – but cannot advertise steeply discounted shares.

Maintenance – Joel Lehrke

The annual season is complete.  761SP, just before the annual started, broke a valve and blew a cylinder.  Cord Peterson did a great job handling the situation and getting the plane back safely to FCM.  (Cords story in “Hanger Flying” section) Once all parts of the engine were taken apart, it was decided to replace five cylinders.  One cylinder had been replaced last year, the second had failed and the other four were past mid time. 1140 hours were on the engine.  The board reviewed the information and it determined that this would be the most cost effective time to replace the other cylinders.  The board believed it could be as early as next year, where more cylinders would have to be replaced. With the engine taken apart, a considerable amount of labor cost could be saved if all cylinders were replaced at this time.  This means a top overhaul has been done to 761SP and it is back on the line.

Update on 96418:

A date is still being worked on with the paint shop for the repaint of the flawed areas.  The Board determined that the interior will be redone with a gray color pallet. This will include a darker gray carpet with lighter gray seats.  The seats will be fabric. The interior will be measured and ordered in the future.  It will take approximately eight weeks for the materials to arrive.  We will then determine the best time to schedule the installation.  It will most likely happen in the fall.  We do not want to take the airplane off schedule for three weeks during the summer months.

Self Serve Fueling:

When fueling the airplane yourself on cross countries, make sure not to lean the fuel nozzle against the filler neck of the tank.  Please keep the fuel nozzle vertical so not to put pressure on the fuel neck of your airplane.  We have not had any issues, but in the past this has caused pressure cracks on our tanks.  The tanks then have to be removed and repaired.

Checklist Check – Jim Borucki

Just a suggestion to leave the checklist on the seat when you are done flying. This makes it easy to find for the next pilot and prevents you from accidentally taking it with you.

Instructor Input

Fun airport sign exercise. – Jim Borucki

Below is the link to a great airport sign exercise.

The task is to place the correct signs on the bulls eye.  The correct one will stick, the wrong ones won’t.  No limit on number of tries.

  • One can zoom in and pan on the airport, and there are 46 signs to place on the airport, so the left frame scrolls.
  • One can zoom  and pan with mouse as well as the on-screen buttons.
  • Hit the ‘gear’ button to see your status.  Hit gear again to get out.

The reason this is fun and educational, is that it turns the thought process around.  By looking at the airport environment and visualizing what the taxiway/runway intersections are, then one learns what the signage should be by reasoning out what the pattern should be and looking for that pattern in the scroll window

It takes a little time to figure out – be patient.  And you’re not burning avgas/tach time while learning. http://media.avit.und.edu/airportSignageTrainer/index.html

New Member – Luis Cuellar

Luis moved to Minneapolis 10 years ago to work for Cargill as a trader in the Trade & Structured Finance business unit. Prior to moving to Minneapolis, he lived in Mexico City, Miami, Bogota, and Cali, Columbia where he was born. While living in South Florida for 13 years, Luis spent time in the keys where he enjoyed fishing, snorkeling, diving and occasionally lobstering. I’m guessing this past winter many have been challenging for him.

Luis learned to fly 4 years ago at Thunderbird Aviation and after getting his private certificate joined the Rangers Flying Club (on Charlie Lane at FCM) where he is still a member. Luis had looked at C7 because he was attracted to our fleet but at the time, given his relative lack of experience in higher-performance aircraft, he felt Rangers might be a better fit. Now, with more time under his belt, he decided to join C7.

Luis and his wife, Michele, have recently become empty nesters. They have a daughter (23 yrs) and two sons (19 and 21 yrs).  Please say “hi” and introduce yourself next time you see Luis out at the field!

Mitch Anderson

From the Editor

There is probably not a month that goes by that around the 20th I start to wonder, “ what the heck I am going to put in the newsletter this month”.  Then just about the time I start hunting around the Internet; a great story like Cord Peterson’s experience flying 761SP on five cylinders or a cool article like Jim Zurales’ “Aviation Adventures” washes over the transom and all of a sudden an entertaining and informative issue starts to come together.  And it’s not just me that appreciates members contributing.  Often, when I introduce myself to another member, it is not unusual to hear “Oh, you’re the newsletter guy” and that is frequently followed by “I really look forward to getting the newsletter !” .  “I really look forward to it” is, I think, high praise for a lowly newsletter and it is a tribute to the creative and thoughtful content sent in each month.  So thanks again for all the contributions it makes the newsletter interesting and the newsletter editor job really easy, plus I get to hear the praise.