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Area Forecast Scheduled to be Retired

After 85 years of service the difficult to read, but full of useful information, Area Forecast (FA) is set for retirement at the end of this year. FAA and NWS are actively reworking the weather forecasts and charts to become more 21st century.

The Area forecast covers large areas. Most cover many states. They also drill down into specific regions with a forecast that includes bases and tops of clouds, visibility and more. If you are flying IFR you should be using the Area forecast any time the airport or alternate airport is not within 5nm of an airport with a Terminal Aerodrome Forecast (TAF). The only source of forecast weather with enough resolution is the area forecast at the moment.

So, what are we to do when it goes away? FAA has said that the information we need is available in other places such as airmets, prognostic charts, weather depiction charts and so on. This didn’t leave some of us very happy about that. It’s true the Area forecast was hard to read but at least it had a lot of information in it that we could use. So, what are we to do?

Hidden within Aviation Digital Data from NWS at http://www.aviationweather.gov there is a new chart. A very powerful, modern, up to date chart that trumps all other charts as a starting place chart. Right now, it’s called the Experimental Graphical Forecast for Aviation chart.

It allows you to turn on and off various parameters like Significant weather, visibility, cloud bases and tops, get METARS and TAFS for airports, see the satellite and radar for an area overlaid, see forecasts like wind, ceiling/visibility and so much more. It’s a fantastic replacement for the area forecast and many other out of date charts. I use it to begin my weather briefing so I have most of the information in a single place.

Now it’s not yet legal to use. They are collecting comments on the chart and deciding what changes they want to make and when they will release it. In the mean time, you can see and use it today. Just go to http://new.aviationweather.gov/areafcst

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FAA Releases the New Updated Airplane Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-3B)

A few days ago, without any fanfare, the FAA released an updated and expanded Airplane Flying Handbook. This is the source material for flying airplanes when the POH doesn’t have a procedure. For example, it has sections on using a checklist, Steep turns, slow flight, Eights on Pylons, Elementary Eights and even more maneuvers and procedures you may or may not have heard of. It is the document referenced in all PTS and ACS (Testing Standards). Who knows, in the next version of the ACS there may no longer be S-Turns
across a road, but instead, Eights across a Road. Not that I have any information on that, but if that happened, the “How To” would be in the Airplane Flying Handbook.

This version of the handbook addresses several new areas such as a chapter on Maintaining Aircraft Control (Upset training and more), updates of a lot of the text and graphics for every chapter, a new chapter on Flying Turbo Propeller aircraft and a Section on Flying Jet Aircraft.

Speaking of a big change, look no further than Slow Flightin the ACS and now explained in the Airplane Flying Handbook. It used to be that we taught slow flight at a speed at which any increase in load factor or decrease in power would result in an immediate stall. This is no longer the case. The new standard says that we are tested and should be trained to fly 5 to 10 knots above the 1G stalling speed without activating the stall warning device.

The reasoning and procedures are fully defined in the handbook. To paraphrase, the FAA is concerned that we are teaching students to not take immediate corrective action if a stall warning device or stick shaker is being activated. By actively teaching students to fly with the stall horn on, we are conditioning a student to ignore or make normal this sound or indication. The student may not react quickly enough when an impending stall is approaching as the warning horn has not been taught to be immediately corrected. So, the new guidance is supposed to prevent that. Like it or not that is the way it is right now. There are some in the industry advocating for a change in this procedure and we will need to see how it goes over the next few months.

So, get your free copy of the new Airplane Flying
Handbook:
https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/airplane_handbook/media/airplane_flying_handbook.pdf

You should be familiar with it, because anything in it is fair game for both the knowledge test and the practical test (checkride) When a maneuver is being evaluated on the practical test, if there is no guidance in your airplanes POH then this books procedure wins.

Reminders

On Thursday, December 1st

At 6pm, Cirrus Aircraft's John Sutherland will be at Advantage Aviation with a presentation on the Cirrus Aircraft Parachute System (CAPS). In addition Beth Duff, Cirrus Regional Sales Director will be available to discuss any questions about Cirrus Aircraft's product line and direction.
The presentation is expected to take about thirty minutes followed by questions and answers and a raffle of some fun stuff from Cirrus.

Drone Class - November 19th (Saturday) 10am to 6pm

The drone class, which will give you the information you need to be a Remote Pilot of a sUAS (Small Unmanned Aerial System) is offered for $ 150.00 here at Advantage. The Remote Pilot Certificate can be used to fly these aircraft for Commercial Operations (For Money). There is NO flight test, only the knowledge test. After completing the class, you will be able to take the Remote Pilot knowledge test and get your Remote Pilot Certificate.

We were the first to offer a Remote Pilot class and have been trusted to provide Remote Pilot courses for companies in the field such as DJI, a large company we can't mention yet, and more.

Add a new pilot certificate to your wallet before Christmas. You never know when you may need or what to use it. Even if you don't currently fly a drone this certificate allows supervise others who fly drones who don't have it.....

Advantage is Hiring CFIs

The next CFI class is being held from December 5 through 11th. Even if you don't have your Commercial Pilot Certificate yet you can attend and combine your Commercial and CFI together to save time and money.

Class graduates have a guaranteed interview at Advantage Aviation.
If you want to learn more about the class call Mike Shiflett at 408-666-3133 or inquire at the front desk or with the Chief Pilot.

For our Student Pilots

As a reminder to our student pilots, make sure that you have read and understand the wind limitations on your solo endorsement. Make sure you can calculate the crosswind component "on the fly" when in the pattern or taxiing back. Also note that in no case can you ever exceed the club bylaws wind limits for student pilots. I'm purposefully not stating them here so you will get a copy at the front desk or download them from the advantage-aviation.com website in the members area. This way it will stick with you better.

Remember that crosswinds can build quickly and that is the reason we have lower wind limitations that you might expect. To give you a buffer just in case.

Holiday Party!
December 10th 2016

Save the date!
December 10th from 7 until? Come join us and celebrate the holiday season aviation style. We always have great food, drinks and company. Feel free to bring a friend as well. Just RSVP please to the front desk or accounting@advantage-aviation.com

Accomplishments

Great Job!
Our Club has a lot of talented and dedicated students. Whether you completed your first solo or received your license you can find yourself in "Accomplishments Page" on Advantage Aviation website. Congratulations again! https://www.advantage-aviation.com/member-accomplishments/

Friendly Reminder

Headset Reminder:
Please keep in mind, our club has a limited amount of headsets, that are provided in "first come first served order" only. The best solution for members that would like to guarantee having a headset for their passengers is to purchase a number of personal headsets for themselves. We sell a few different models at Advantage or take a look at some lower cost loaners at http://www.mypilotstore.com/MyPilotStore/sep/6371

Suction Cups Restriction:
Suction cups on GoPro cameras and GPS Systems do scratch windshields of aircrafts, due to the fact of damage we have to prohibit suction cups on the windshield of any plane.

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