Commercializing the Paulding NorthWest Atlanta Airport

Commercializing the Paulding NorthWest Atlanta Airport

The Paulding NorthWest Atlanta airport vs. Silver comet field vs. the Paulding county residences.

Disagreement has been a part of life since the beginning of mankind. As far back as you can go in time you will find many types of disputes in an array of topics. People will form an opinion and/or ideas that won’t always attract 100% support among all parties involved.  This is something that we can all see in our current administration and their introduction of the new “Affordable Care Act” aka “Obama Care”. There are certainly a ton of different views points that have surfaced over this matter.

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One such dispute (not quit on the same scale) has begun in my home town with the introduction of transitioning our local airport, the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport to the Silver Comet Field. The proposal will transform the airport from a general aviation airport to a commercial airport offering commercial flights to some major designated tourist towns.

This proposal, however, has sparked major debate from both supporters and non-supporters in the area. Some of the local residence have started the Face book page “Stop Paulding County Airport Expansion” and the web page www.protectpaulding.com and www.savepauldingco.com. Likewise, pro-airport petitioners have started a Face book page in support at “Support Silver Comet Field at Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport”.  1385638_461889487253459_1984920441_n

Personally I can see both pros and cons of this intended venture. Supporters claim that it will bring jobs and will also help to stimulate local economy while non-supporters claim a decrease in home value and a rise in taxes. Because I am close friends with some parties from both sides I am not going to share my personal feelings. I will say, however, that I see holes in the claims of both sides.

If you live or have lived close to a commercial airport I would like to know your thoughts and experiences of that time. Did you see job grow? Did the property value drop or increase? What other changes did you recognize that could be associated with the commercial airport?

Thank you reading. Please give me your feed back

Tommy Eldridge

Private Pilot Inisder

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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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Tragedy in Georgia

A Tragedy in Georgia

 

24246334_BG4It is always sad to hear of any aircraft mishaps especially when it results in a fatality but it seems a little more personal when it’s in your own back yard.

There was 2 fatalities in a small private jet crash northwest of Atlanta on Tuesday night December 17th. That is just a few short mile east of my home airport, The Paulding Northwest Atlanta airport.

According to the FAA, the flight departed from the Fulton County Airport and was headed for the New Orleans Lakefront Airport. The aircraft was a Raytheon 390 Premier jet which crashed just after 7 p.m.

A Medical Examiner identified one of the victims as Peter Mallen, 67, of Atlanta. Peter was CEO of the Norcross-based Mallen Industries. The second victim was identified as Brittany McAuley, 23, of New York and a former Emory University student.

It looked as if it was headed straight towards some local homes but according to an eye witness it appeared as if the pilot made a deliberate turn to the left just before the plane hit the trees. No homes were struck by the plane according to the fire department.

Officials are still currently investigating the cause of the crash.Raytheon-390-Premier

 

Tommy Eldridge

www.PrivatePilotInsider.com

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The New iFly 720

The New iFly 720                                                   

BUY NOW FOR ONLY $749.00

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
  • DC power adapter (cigarette-lighter style)
  • 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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Cessna Preflight Exterior Inspection

Cessna preflight exterior inspection

NOTE**the following information is a general inspection tool. You should use the POH preflight inspection check list that is issued by the aircraft manufacture for the aircraft in which you are flying.

Visually inspect the aircraft for general condition during the walk around.

In cold weather, remove even small accumulations of frost, ice or snow from wing, tail and control surfaces.
Also be sure all control surfaces contain no internal accumulations of ice or debris.

If night flight is planned, check operation of all lights, and make sure a flash light is available.

Check aircraft documents (AROW) A – Airworthiness Certificate, R – Registration,
O – Pilot Operating Handbook (specifically the Operating Limitations),
W – Weight and Balance.

1) Start in the front left seat. Set parking brake
A) Remove control wheel lock and Pitot cover.
B) Check ignition switch off.
C) Turn on master switch and check fuel quantity indicators and lower flaps.
D) Check fuel selector valve on both.
E) Turn on all lights and pitot heat.
F) Check pitot heat and lights to be working.
G) Turn off pitot heat, lights and master
H) Check baggage door for security.

2) Tail section.
A) Remove rudder gust lock, if installed.
B) Disconnect tail tie down.
C) Check control surfaces for freedom of movement and security (Check all connection nuts, keys and cables).
D) Check counter weights
E) Stabilizer leading edge
F) Check antennas.

3) Right wing.
A) Check Ailerons for freedom of movement and security (Check all connection nuts, keys and cables).
B) Disconnect wing tie down.
C) Check main wheel and tire for proper inflation and leaking fluids.
D) Before the first flight of the day and after each refueling, use fuel sampler cup to drain a small quantity of fuel from the tank sump quick drain valve to check for water, sediment, and proper fuel color.
E) Visually check fuel quantity; then check to be sure fuel filler cap is secure.
F) Check wing leading edge and strut.

4) Engine area.
A) Check oil level. Refer to your aircraft manual for required quantity.
B) Before the first flight of the day and after each refueling, pull out the fuel strainer drain for about 4 seconds to clear fuel strainer of any water or sediments. Check strainer valve to be closed. If water is observed, the fuel system may contain additional water. Further draining will be required.
C) Check the propeller and spinner for nicks and security.
D) Check belts for tightness.
E) Check air inlet for obstructions and cleanliness.
F) Check nose wheel tire for proper inflation and any leakage.
G) Check static source opening.
H) Check cowling to be secure.

5) Left wing
A) Check main wheel tire for proper inflation and leakage.
B) Before the first flight of the day and after each refueling, use fuel sampler cup to drain a small quantity of fuel from the tank sump quick drain valve to check for water, sediment, and proper fuel color.
C) Visually check fuel quantity; then check to be sure fuel filler cap is secure.
D) Remove Pitot tube cover, if installed, and check pitot tube for stoppage.
E) Check fuel tank vent opening for stoppage.
F) Check stall warning vent opening for stoppage.
G) Disconnect wing tie down.
H) Check Ailerons and flaps for freedom of movement and security (Check all connection nuts, keys and cables).
I) check leading edge.

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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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The Garmin G600

click here to play the demo video of the Garmin G600 in action.

The following video is an example of an instrument approach using the Garmin G600 which is installed the Super Hawk. This equipment was installed by Hawk Avionics of Calhoun, GA The Garmin G600takes all the guess work out of flying. If you would like to personally test the Garmin,  the Avidyne EX 600, the Auracle CRM2100 or any of the instruments in the Super Hawk you can contact me at tommy@privatepilotinsider.com to schedule a demo flight.

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Transitioning through Atlanta Hartsfields class bravo.


Hello and welcome to Private Pilot Insider. In this video you can come and ride with us as we take the “Super Hawk” through the Atlanta Hartsville-Jackson airports class bravo airspace on our way to the EAA chapter 38’s Saturday morning breakfast at Warner Robins field in Perry, GA. Hawk Avionics of Calhoun, GA has designed and installed all of the latest electronic equipment available. This equipment enabled us to keep an eye on every airplane arriving at and departing from Atlanta’s class B airspace giving us double protection over top of approach control. The Garmin 600 helped me to keep my altitude and air speed very accurate. The Avidyne EX600 helped me to keep track of the precise location including the altitude of all aircraft. It is truly well worth its weight in gold in collision avoidance. Add in the AuRacle CRM2100 on board engine monitoring system and my airplane nearly fly’s it’s self. All of this equipment is available for sale and installation by Hawk Avionics. If you would like to test this equipment for yourself contact me and schedule a test flight to see for yourself first hand. Do you want to fly the Super Hawk? E-mail me at tommy@privatepilotinsider.com

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A new video of “The Super Hawk”

SuperHawk

This Cessna super Hawk is of the most technically advanced aircrafts around. Sporting a  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 Gauge

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