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Club Meeting Announcement

Well it looks like the planets have aligned (literally Mars and Earth) and  we have a few great weeks to do some flying before the heat rolls in. A  lot of the regular attendees at our club meeting will be actually be up in the air on Saturday.

There are plenty of nearby aviation events going on for this Saturday.  Nearby in Terrell you can attend the Pilots and Popovers deluxe  breakfast. Or venture a little further north to Cookson, Tenkiller  Airpark for the 25th Annual Wild Onion and Egg Breakfast Fly-In. For  details see the AOPA event calendar page.

Again: our club will NOT hold a meeting this Saturday. Next month we have a special Spring picnic planned for May 10, so we hope to see everyone out there to celebrate with us as our flying club turns  FIFTY YEARS OLD!!! How about that?

To BFR or WINGS?

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You, brand-new holder of a pilot certificate, have  just been through an ordeal involving an airplane, an examiner, and a  lot of blood, sweat, and tears. Relax and exhale, knowing that you have  two years to enjoy your newfound privileges before anybody questions your piloting abilities.

What’s that, you say? You didn’t know you were going to have to jump through any hoops ever again? Ah, but you will!

It’s called a flight review. Once known as a biennial flight review - many pilots still call it a BFR - fulfillment of the flight review  is a requirement for you to continue to act as a pilot in command. It has a single purpose: to determine whether you continue to have the skills you need to be a safe pilot. The flight review must be completed every 24 months from the date of your last certificate, rating, or  flight review. You have two years from the last day of the month in which you got your ticket or rating or review.

Federal Aviation Regulation 61.56 outlines the requirements of a flight review: a minimum of an hour of flight training and one hour of  ground training. The general operating rules of Part 91 are to be covered in the ground portion. For the flight portion, the reviewer (a  CFI) will choose maneuvers and procedures that prove you’re capable of safely exercising the privileges of your certificate. You’ll talk,  you'll fly as the CFI probes to see what you’ve retained and what has gone missing in the previous 24 months. You must perform to your CFI’s satisfaction so as to obtain a logbook endorsement, but there’s no  actual test involved. You can’t fail.

Completing one or more phases of the FAA Wings Pilot Proficiency  Program satisfies the flight review requirements of FAR 61.56. The Wings program stipulates three flight courses and three knowledge courses,  and you submit your progress to the FAA online (www.faasafety.gov/WINGS). The program is designed to take you to a higher level of proficiency than simply fulfilling the straight requirements of a flight review, so there are more tasks to complete and more deadlines to follow. Many AOPA Air Safety Institute online offerings (www.airsafetyinstitute.org) qualify for Wings credit.

    

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Newsletter

The March Newsletter is ready for viewing. Inside we have some cool aviation events coming up this weekend and next month. Dick Stephens provided us with a "don't be that guy" safety report and we have a recap of Mike Hance's talk about flying blimps.

Don’t forget that our lockbox has changed to a combination lock. You will find the combination on the member page of the website after you log in. Note that you will only see the combination if your account is current and has the right permissions, let us know if you have any trouble finding it.

Flash Back to A Club Presentation

Remember the presentation of the MAF by one of our won, Keith Van Order.  OH! you weren’t there.  Well, Keith shared this video with me in case you want to know more.

The local EAA chapter hosted a Young Eagles flight day in September. 73  kids got a flight and some of our own members and planes helped out with the airlift. Check out the video. Great job guys & gals!

 

AOPA Accident Case Study:
Delayed Reaction

2011 TBM-700 Icing Crash - This information is a sobering experience.

 

Also, check this one out involving a C182.

 

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Robert McLeod has worked up a great looking Store on Cafe Press.  Check out the offerings and wear them when you come to the airport.  Take the link on the Miscellaneous Menu or www.cafepress.com/texinsfc
 

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Wings Manual

Check out this manual for the Wings Program. 

WINGS is the preferred way to complete the requirements of the BFR and is urged by the Chief Flight Instructor of the Texins Flying Club.

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DFW Class-B Airspace changes March 6, 2014

Please make sure you are familiar with the March 6, 2014 changes to the DFW class-B airspace.  The changes affect airspace that is pretty close to McKinney and some of our usual local airports

  • Class-B floor over Addison is lowered to 2500 ft and the Addison Class-D ceiling is also correspondingly lowered to 2500 ft.
  • The Class-B floor is lower and extends farther out for the southeast Love Field approach corridor near Mesquite  



 


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TFC provides "discovery" flights to anyone interested in flying. View a minute-by-minute description of a satisfied customer. For only $89.00 we'll put you in the left seat with a certified flight instructor and let you fly the airplane. WHAT BETTER WAY TO DECIDE IF FLYING IS FOR YOU? Contact our chief flight instructor to take advantage of this offer.  You can pay by check or by using paypal_logo.

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134.41

 

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PA28-180R  1968 PiperArrow

168.11

 

 

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Fuel  Reimbursement Rate

$5.56 / gallon

effective as of
04/01/2014 

If you refuel an aircraft on a trip and spend less than this on 100LL, we pass the savings on to you!

Things to Consider

TFC Pilot Acknowledgments & Events

Membership meetings:

Held the second Saturday of every month at the McKinney Performing Arts Center (in the Square) at 9:30 AM. Board meetings are on the preceding Wednesday each month at 6:30 PM and are held at the Airport in the upstairs conference room. Both are open to the public.

 Directions  to
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McKinney Performing Arts Center

Welcome Newest Members! 

Richard Deist

John Hurt

Tim Shafer

Brent Snyder

John Vandeven

  

Member News & Notes:

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Scott Bensmiller
Brent Roland
Nicholas Wells
Brian Relin
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Gerhard Deffner
Rich Graham
Aniseh Shapiro

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New Features on FAASafety.gov
Notice Number: NOTC4503

We are starting the new year with some nifty new features and  improvements on FAASafety.gov. They will be available on Thursday,  January 3, 2013.

More information is available in this descriptive document: https://www.faasafety.gov/files/notices/2013/Jan/Auto_Register_and_Upgrades.pdf

One new feature is for non-registered users who  attend safety seminars. If they do not have an account on FAASafety.gov, this new feature allows them to request that we create an account for  them. We call it the "Auto Register" feature. After the account is  created, the new user will receive an automated email with their log in  information.

Also included in this release are a few other upgrades or improvements.

  • Security Questions are now fully implemented; if  you forget your email address or password, you can now log in using your name, certificate number, and security question answer (but only if  your security questions are already set up!)
  • You can search for an upcoming seminar by ZIP Code on the Home Page
  • The Log In area is enlarged, making it easier to use
  • The Email Address, Password, and Security Question page is easier to use
  • We added additional explanatory text on many pages
  • The new 2013 Core Course (Human Factors Primer for Aviation Mechanics, ALC-258) for the AMT Awards Program is available
  • Some browser problems with Chrome, Firefox, and Safari are fixed

Review all the upgrades in the document above, and then go to http://www.faasafety.gov/ for a rich experience with aviation safety resources!

Any questions or comments can be addressed to Support@FAASafety.gov.

 

Apr 14

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"Spatial Disorientation: Children of the Magenta"
Topic:
Spatial Disorientation: Children of the Magenta
On Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Location: Denton Airport Terminal Building, 5000 Airport Road, Denton, TX 76207

Select Number: SW1955175

Description:
Modern technology has brought new and exciting tools into the cockpit -- tools that purport to lessen pilot workload and improve safety in  flight. But "change" has both pros and cons. Glass cockpits are all the  rage -- but are they really an improvement? Is there a downside and, if  so, what are the risks?

To view further details and registration information for this seminar, click here.
The sponsor for this seminar is: North Texas FSDO (SW19) FAASTeam

The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) is committed to providing equal access to this meeting/event for all participants. If you need alternative  formats or services because of a disability, please communicate your  request as soon as possible with the person in the 'Contact Information' area of the meeting/event notice. Note that two weeks is usually  required to arrange services.

The following credit(s) are available for the WINGS/AMT Programs:  Advanced Knowledge 2 - 1 Credit

Click here to view the WINGS help page

 

Apr 16

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"CFI FORUM: '2 Men and a Plane': Teaching ADM, CRM, and Risk Management"
Topic:
CFI FORUM: '2 Men and a Plane'': Teaching ADM, CRM, and Risk Management
On Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Location: Grand Prairie Municipal Airport, 3116 S Great Southwest Parkway, Terminal Building Conference Room
Grand Prairie, TX 75052

Select Number: SW1955218

Description:
Teaching ADM, CRM, and Risk Management should be more than an academic  exercise. General Aviation is under increased scrutiny to improve its  safety record. The vast majority of general aviation incidents and  accidents are completely avoidable and caused by egregious lapses in  Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM), ineffective Crew Resource Management (CRM), and frequently severely lacking Risk Management skills and  techniques.

CFIs ONLY, please!!!

To view further details and registration information for this seminar, click here.
The sponsor for this seminar is: FAASTeam, North Texas FSDO, SW19

 The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) is committed to providing equal access to this meeting/event for all participants. If you need alternative  formats or services because of a disability, please communicate your  request as soon as possible with the person in the 'Contact Information' area of the meeting/event notice. Note that two weeks is usually  required to arrange services.

The following credit(s) are available for the WINGS/AMT Programs:  Master Knowledge 1 - 1 Credit

Click here to view the WINGS help page

 

Jun 23

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"6th Annual Aviation Human Factors & Safety Management Systems Seminar"
Topic:
Human Factors and SMS Seminar
On Monday, June 23, 2014 at 8:00 AM
Location: Frontiers Of Flight Museum, Dallas, TX, 6911 Lemmon Ave, Dallas, TX 75209

Select Number: SW0053798

Description: The International Society of Safety Professionals (ISSP)  together with The Robertson Safety Institute (RSI) at Embry-Riddle  Aeronautical University present the 6th Annual Human Factors and Safety  Management Systems Seminar at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas  Love Field, June 25-26th 2014.

To view further details and registration information for this seminar, click here.
The sponsor for this seminar is: Southwest Region FAASTeam

The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) is committed to providing equal access to this meeting/event for all participants. If you need alternative  formats or services because of a disability, please communicate your  request as soon as possible with the person in the 'Contact Information' area of the meeting/event notice. Note that two weeks is usually  required to arrange services.

The following credit(s) are available for the WINGS/AMT Programs:  n/a
Click here to view the WINGS help page

TFC Base:  Collin County Regional Airport

Radio Frequencies:

  • Tower: 118.825
  • Ground: 121.875
  • Clearance Delivery (when ATCT closed): 121.35 ASOS: 119.925 (telephone  972-548-8525)
  • Unicom: 122.95
P1010008s

http://www.collincountyregionalairport.org

Approach and Navigation Facilities:

  • Regional Approach: 124.3
  • Fort Worth FSS (FTW) 1-800-WX-Brief
  • VOR-DME or GPSA
  • ILS w/DME RWY 18: 109.35 (COM FLUET)
  • VOR w/DME 116.2 (CVE)
  • NDB (COM) 421 (EF)
  • RTR-O (only after hours): 121.35 (delete) Outer Marker: 421
  • VASI: RWY 36
  • PAPI: RWY 18
  • MALSR: RWY 18


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