3rd class medical

It’s time for my 3rd class medical.

Well it’s about that time again to get my 3rd class aviation medical examination. I have always had to get one every two years even after the law changed allowing anyone under 40 to extend their visit to once every 5 years. I guess it’s not that bad of a deal, however. I have a small, one doctor medical office I have been using formedical years which caters in part to the aviation field. During my previous visits I have met commercial pilots from both Delta and AirTran as I have sat waiting for my results. I have not fortunately had to experience a 2nd or even 1st class exam yet as I do not fly for compensation.

I have a fond memory which comes back to mind every time I go. I will never forget my first time. I had expected a thorough physical complete with blood work and everything. After all, I would be at the yoke of an aircraft possibility carrying passengers. I would have other people’s lives in my hands. People who at times would have no idea how to land that plane if something were to happen to me so I must be fit!

973d9fba3ca7b729cb5943fe112992d1As I sat in the waiting room of the doctor’s office I somehow expected it to be a little different but, it was nothing more than my general practitioners office. I remember the Doctor, he loved to talk airplanes although I didn’t respond too much then because of my lack of aviation knowledge (not that I know that much now). The test was pretty cut and dry. He asked me how I felt, asked me to read an eye chart and that was about the extent of it…….. Boy, did I feel like I got my monies worth, LOL.

I have to say that the doctor that I use now does a much better job. It’s still to me not an adequate test but, coupled with a yearly physical at my personal physician’s office I can fly more comfortably.

If you have a funny or interesting medical exam story I would like to hear it. Please post it at the bottom and if you have enjoyed this post then please consider sharing. Thank you for taking the time to read.

 

Thank you,
Tommy Eldridge
Private Pilot insider

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Private Pilot Insider Frosted Mug

 

Frosted Glass Mug

This brilliant custom Private Pilot Insider drinking mug is designed and posted by a creative Seller called JFVisualMedia. Our custom mugs make great presents for all of your  relatives and friends. You will find this designer’s stunning “Private Pilot Insider” mug in JFVisualMedia’s shop with many more amazingly creative customized designs created online in the marketplace at Zazzle.

The most superior private pilot gift for anyone you can think of, this personalized Private Pilot Insider drink ware will look positively impressive in your aviation collection. Made for printing in a countless number of colors, Zazzle’s Private Pilot Insider mugs are very sturdy, so you can reuse them every day. After it’s made, this Zazzle Seller’s stunning personalized drinkware will definitely become a favorite piece in your aviation selection of mugs.

 

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Thank you,

Tommy Eldridge 

Private Pilot Insider

 

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The New iFly 720

The New iFly 720                                                   

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Setting New Standards in Navigation!


The new iFly 720 builds on the popular features from the iFly 700 moving map GPS. Each iFly is a robust dedicated aviation GPS built for the harsh elements that come with flying. Superior reception and extreme operating temperature ranges a pilots needs at a fraction of the competition’s price—even the updates are affordable.

Sunlight Readability
Sunny days are no issue with the iFly 720. Perfect for those bright open cockpits.  Enjoy more flight time—this advanced sunlight readable GPS won’t break the bank!

Automatic Wi-Fi Updating 
Connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot to enjoy fast and easy automatic data updates. You can even create preferences for quick updates when you’re in a rush. Keep up to date without cables. The iFly is unleashed!

iFly Streets™ is Included
Now you can go straight from the runway to the highway with iFly Streets™, a full-featured road navigation GPS. Detailed voice-guided directions, 3D visuals including Lane Guidance, Street Signs, Buildings and Landmarks make any trip a Sunday afternoon drive.  Get details on Hotels, Restaurants, Gas Stations with “Find a Place”. Travel with confidence!

More Advanced Features
The iFly 720 outperforms the competition with a faster dual-core processor and memory. No need for any memory shuffling on the iFly 720.  An advanced power circuitry ensures clean power for the ultimate safety and stability.

What’s in the Box:

  • iFly 720 GPS loaded with VFR/IFR Datat
  • Soft Case
  • AC power adapter
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  • Multi-point articulating suction mount
  • Remote control
  • Free VFR/IFR Data Subscription for 2 months.

    (This subscription will allow you to keep all elements of your iFly up to date.  This includes Sectionals, TAC charts, Low Enroute Charts, Plates, Software, TFRs, Metars, AFD Databases, etc.)

Note:  When data on your iFly expires, you will use a Wi-Fi Internet connection or a USB Flash Drive to perform an update. If you do not have a 1gb or larger flash drive, you will need to purchase one (we have them on this online store, or you can pick one up from any electronics retail shop). You may review our FAQ for more information on updating the iFly.  

 

Dimensions: 7.25” x 4.5” x 0.75”
Screen Resolution: 800 x 480
Current Draw: 600mA @ 12V
Weight: 12 ounces
LCD Size: 7.0 inch
Power Requirement: DC 12V~28V
GPS Type: SiRF Star – III
Operating Temperature: 14°F to 140°F
Storage Temperature: -4°F to 176°F

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can now order your IFly 720 GPS from us, have it shipped directly to your home and be flying safer in no time at all.

For more information or to purchase your own IFly 720 GPS contact us at:

Tommy Eldridge @ 404-642-5306 or  e-mail at  tommy@privatepilotinsider.com

Michael Mendenhall @ 678-733-0148 or e-mail at mike@privatepilotinsider.com

 

 

 

 

 

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XM satellite for the GTN650

With an optional XM satellite receiver and subscriptions, the Garmin GTN series can display NEXRAD radar, lightning data and other aviations weather information. It can also play satellite radio stations.

For pilots who want a fully integrated solution in a small, 2.64-in.-tall package, the GTN 650 is the perfect choice. The system combines GPS, COMM and NAV functions with powerful multifunction display capabilities like high-resolution terrain mapping, graphical flight planning, satellite weather, traffic display and much more.

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This is just one of the pieces of equipment you can find in the Super Hawk by Hawk Aviation. For more videos and pictures of the Cessna Super Hawk you visit www.discoveryflyingclub.com 

 

If you personally own a Garmin GTN 650/750 or have experience with either of them I want to invite you to leave a commit below. Also if you have any question about either feel free to ask that as well.

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IFly 700 GPS Customer Review

The iFly 700™ by Adventure Pilot ™ is the most affordable, 7´´touch screen moving-map GPS. Designed for private pilots, by private pilots; the new iFly 700™ GPS is the perfect combination of affordability, capability, and usability. You can never be too safe in the air and the IFly 700 GPS is a must have tool to keep you flying. Click HERE and purchase your very own IFly 700 GPS. Ordering is easy and shipping is quick. Also check out the additional accessories available for the I Fly 700. Order yours today.

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IFly 700 GPS customer review

By: Tommy Eldridge

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Too young or Too old?

This week I have been at the hospital with my ageing father
whom is having a rough time with his health. I was called very early now 5 days
ago and had to rush to his bed side. I am very pleased however to be able to
announce that today his condition is improving rather quickly. As I and some
other family members sat, waiting for results we could not help but noticed how
young most all of the medical staff appeared to be. I’m not sure if it was
because they were actually young or if it’s just the fact that I’m getting
older and everyone appears to be younger.

As I dwelt upon our thoughts I was reminded of a conversation I overheard between a couple of
pilots. The topic was on their fear of ageing pilots in the cockpit and their
possible lack of ability to perform as Pilot in Command of an aircraft. The
argument between the two young pilots was as we grow older our reflects could
tend to slow down which in turn could cause a slower response in a rapidly
changing environment. My thoughts were why does a doctor have to be old and a
pilot have to be young?

As far as the doctor goes I lean back to the thought that
it’s just due to the fact that I’m getting older. On the other topic however, I
have to be honest and say that at one point in time  I would have
sided with the two young pilots. That’s not so much the case anymore. I have
watched and even had the opportunity to fly as first officer with some 20K +
hour pilots. I guess I can’t very well speak for all but as for the pilots I have flown
with all I can say is WOW. One opportunity I had was with a 20K + hour pilot
which is a former Delta airlines captain among various positions and is still
an active A&P inspector. We flew a piper Cherokee and he scared me to death
when he asked me how to start it. I later come to find out he was just pulling
my chain. When this veteran pilot buckled in, he strapped that airplane on and
it became an extension of his body. That airplane obeyed his every command.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not speaking for every older
pilot that may step into the right seat. Heck, I have seen some pilots who don’t
even need to be at the airport. The truth is I can show you both young and old
doctors and pilots that are masters of their fields.  What is the key? Well I feel it’s where your
heart is. That’s just my thoughts.

 

What are your thoughts? Leave me a note
below. What do you think KEEPS a pilot flying in their golden years?

 

Tommy Eldridge

www.PrivatePilotInsider.com

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Discovery Flying Club

 

Discover the freedom of flying at Discovery Flying Club. Visit www.DiscoveryFlyingClub.com

The Cessna Super Hawk is one of the most technically advanced aircraft of it’s kind. All of the instruments installed

in the Suoer Hawk was performed by Hawk Avionics of Calhoun, GA You can visit them at www.hawkav.com

I want to invite you to leave a commit below to let us know what you think of the Super Hawk.

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Avidyne EX600 MFD with a TAS Traffic system

Avidyne’s EX600 delivers easy-to-use, datalink-ready multifunction display capability for general aviation airplanes & helicopters. 

Receive a FREE MLB700 when you buy a new
EX600 MFD with a TAS Traffic system! ($4,745 value)

This promotion is only valid until 3/31/2011

Contact Sean Hachem of Hawk Avionics at

678-463-2096
to schedule a demo of these systems in the SuperHawk.

The EX600 keeps you connected with the complete weather picture, allowing you to view datalink graphical weather information that is seamlessly integrated with your flight plan moving map, lightning, traffic, and terrain display.

The EX600 features an all-new, high-resolution, sunlight-readable transflective color liquid-crystal display that provides the brightest, most versatile big-screen display available. With over 40% more pixels than our previous-generation MFD, and an incredibly wide viewing angle, the EX600 provides the look and feel of big-screen MFDs.

All EX600s include CMax™, providing a world-wide library of geo-referenced approach charts and airport diagrams that help you manage and access critical flight information and reduce the amount of paper required on board your aircraft.
Utilizing Jeppesen’s trusted JeppView™ Electronic Airway Manual, CMax makes accessing an approach or viewing an airport diagram a breeze. At startup, your departure airport chart is automatically loaded for ease of orientation, especially at unfamiliar fields. Your destination airport diagram and the list of available approaches are automatically loaded at the time your flight plan is entered. Charts can also be loaded for nearby airports along your route from the Trip Page using the EX600’s Auto-Fill™.

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Cessna Super Hawk

Cessna SuperHawk   (Click image to play)

Hawk Aviation was founded from a desire to provide a first class maintenance service. We recognized a deficiency in the corporate and general aviation marketplace, particularly in the field of avionics. We also understood the inherent value in a full-service maintenance company – one that could fulfill all the customer’s needs at one location.

We specialize in troubleshooting and repairing difficult problems in avionics and aircraft systems. We use mil-spec and commercial grade components whenever possible for highly reliable avionics installations.

We are working hard to set a new standard of excellence in the aviation maintenance field. Let us know what problems we can help you solve today! We look forward to exceeding your expectations soon.

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The “SuperHawk”

1978 Cessna 172N SuperHawk N211BA

Hawk Aviation Super HawkLycoming 180 Horsepower O-360 Engine
Avidyne EX600 MFD
Avidyne TWX670 Color Lightning System
Garmin GNS 430 with WAAS
Garmin SL30 NAV/COMM
Garmin GTX 327 Transponder Garmin G600 Glass Panel
Avidyne TAS600 Active Traffic System
Avidyne MLB700 Datalink Weather (with Sirius)
Garmin GMA 347 Audio Panel
AuRACLE CRM 2100 Glass Panel Engine Monitor
Aerospace Logic FL-100 Fuel Gauges

NOW AVAILABLE AT McCOLLUM AIRPORT (KRYY)

All the equipment in the “Super Hawk” was designed and installed by Sean Hachem of Hawk Aviation Maintenance

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