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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Salute America 2012 update

The Paulding North West Atlanta Air Show

PARKING INFORMATION UPDATE!

General Admission Parking

On-site paid parking is available at the Paulding-Northwest Atlanta Airport for guests. Parking cost is $10.00 per car/truck; there is no RV/Bus parking available on site. The number of parking spaces on-site is limited and is offered on a first come, first serve basis.

Shuttle Buses will run continuously from the designated parking areas to the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport. Bus service begins at 9:00 AM and runs through 5:30 PM, or until all guests have been returned to the parking lots.

Those guests requiring special assistance may park at the Paulding County Senior Center (Cars must display a Handicap Hang Tag or License plates). There will be ADA accessible buses available to shuttle guests from the Paulding County Senior Center to the Air Show.
The address for the Paulding County Senior Center is:

Paulding County Senior Center
54 Industrial Way North
Dallas, GA 30132

Salute America 2012 Air Show parking lots will be opened on a scheduled basis. The primary parking lots will be opened at 8:00 AM. The primary parking lots and addresses are listed below:

Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport
570 Airport Parkway
Dallas GA 30132

Poole Elementary School
1002 Wayside Lane
Dallas, GA 30132

Paulding County Government Complex
240 Constitution Boulevard
Dallas GA 30132

Once the primary parking lots are completely occupied, the secondary parking lots will be opened. The secondary parking lots and addresses are listed below:

Chattahoochee Technical College
400 Nathan Dean Boulevard
Dallas GA 30132

Chattahoochee Technical College
300 Nathan Dean Boulevard
Dallas GA 30132

Paulding County Chamber of Commerce
451 Jimmy Campbell Parkway
Dallas GA 30132

Paulding County Park and Ride lot
Adjacent to 169 Thomas Murphy Drive
Dallas GA 30132

Once the secondary lots are completely occupied, the contingency parking lots will be opened. The contingency parking lots and addresses are listed below, and the parking lots will be opened in the following order:

Oasis Church
210 Paulding Lane
Dallas GA 30132

103/105 Village Walk
105 Village Walk
Dallas GA 30132

Simmons Engineering
91 Simmons Industrial Place
Dallas GA 30132

Bagby Property
336 Bagby Path
Dallas, GA 30132

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The Paulding North West Atlanta airport Salute America 2012 air show

Salute America 2012 air show

Salute America 2012 air show

Air shows offer specifically unique, world-class, family entertainment, at affordable prices! From the earliest barnstormers of the 1920s and 1930s to today’s highly professional aerobatic experts, air show pilots have demonstrated that the public’s interest in aviation entertainment is not a fad. Year-in and year-out for more than 100 years, air shows have been among North America’s largest spectator events.

Salute America 2012 is presented by the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport (PUJ). This airport of the future is the first jet-capable airport to be built in Georgia in over thirty years. Its design was created to provide a foundation for the growth in aviation and industry in Paulding County.

We are so excited to have this high flying act coming to our air show Salute America.  Team Aeroshellhas been performing all over North America for over twenty years.  They have won professional awards in all the major air shows and are widely recognized as one of the best performing groups in the entire industry.

The Rower air show is one of the most exciting Stearman air shows on the circuit today.  Gary Rower displays the power and beauty of this vintage aircraft.  Spectators have described it as “ballet in the air”.  Gary, a former USAF F-16 pilot trainer, has accumulated over 18,000 hours of flying time all over the world in a vast variety of planes.  His love for flying and talent for aerobatics is unmistakeable in his remarkable performance.

Visit the official Salute America 2012 air show web page at www.pauldingairshow.net

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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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Aviation Instrument Panel Placards

The following video is a demonstration of the designing and cutting of an aviation instrument panel placard by Sean Hachem of Hawk Aviation Maintenance in Calhoun, Georgia.

The machine is now prepared. The rotor is removed and the engraver is installed and adjusted.

The placards are first designed on the computer.

Once the machine and placard design is complete the cutting begins.

Water is applied to keep both the engraver bit and the placard material cool.

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The Placard lettering will be cut first.

The progress can be followed on the computer screen.

Once the lettering is cut out the machine is now ready to cut the outer edges of the instrument placards.

After all cutting is complete any rough edges are smoothed with a file.

The edges are further smoothed with a razor knife.

After the edges are complete the letters will now be filled in with a paint stick.

The excess paint will be removed.

This is the finished product.

For more information on custom cut aviation instrument placards or for ordering information visit Hawk Aviation Maintenance at www.hawkav.com or call Sean Hachem at area code 706-659-4254.

Tommy Eldridge

Private Pilot Insider

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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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Flight Control Problems

The following is a post by Bob Martens of the “Pilot Workshop tip of the week”.

You can get PilotWorkshops Tip of the Week free at http://pilotworkshop.com/tips.htm

 

Subscriber Question:

“What should you do if you encounter any kind of flight control problem in-flight (aileron, rudder, etc.)?”       Mike R.

“Any flight control issues are VERY serious. Don’t hesitate to declare an emergency with ATC. They can help you a lot!

Ideally, they are discovered on the ground, which leads me to my first key point. Preflight all flight controls as if your life depends upon it! Move all the flight controls through their complete travel looking for binding or other issues. Visually ensure that all are fully secured at their hinge point. Look for evidence of any rubbing or binding on adjacent surfaces. When you perform your flight control check before take off, make sure you take them through their full range of travel and visually check proper response.

If you experience flight control difficulties inflight, you will need to accomplish a controllability check. Hopefully you are at an altitude that gives you some safe margins to operate! If able, climb to a safer altitude. You will need to determine just how much capability you have. As a minimum, you need enough capability to safely put the aircraft on the ground. While ensuring safe margin over stall, slow the aircraft to see how it performs at landing speeds. You might have to carry more airspeed than normal for landing. Not a problem, hopefully you can find a longer runway if necessary. If turning is a problem, you’ll need to set up for a straight in approach and landing. Find out what you have working for you and what you have lost. Once you know this, you can safely formulate a plan for getting the aircraft on the ground.

Find the longest runway in the area, choose an aim point safely down the runway, and control your descent and speed within the parameters you have determined that work.”

Taking an extra few minutes to do a detailed inspection during your preflight can save your life. What may seem to be a small inconsiderate issue that you may choose to over look could cause catastrophic results.  5000′ is not the place to realize you have a problem.

Learn more at the http://pilotworkshop.com/tips.htm

Tommy Eldridge

www.PrivatePilotInsider.com

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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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