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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 ( 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 ( qualify for Wings credit.

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The July Newsletter is ready for viewing. This month's news includes some safety advice for fuel consumption and towing the plane on the ground.  Our cross-country maintenance officer has added a new inspection summary sheet to the tach logs. If you have any bad weather on your route,  Keith Gutierrez offered some of his experience in flying and avoiding  thunderstorms. Plus take a look at the upcoming aviation events.

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.

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!

 A How-To Video for C150 Drivers

C150GustLockSFar to many times, the rudders have been found flapping in the wind because the gust locks have slipped off the rudder pedals.  For these gust locks to be effective, they must be placed on the rudder pedals and on the yoke with the pin in place and then pulled tight and I mean tight.  This is difficult if you only have two hands.  A Video has been produced that shows how tightening the gust lock can be done easily before the pilot exits the airplane.  Give it a try and save the airplane from trauma.  wmv      mov

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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



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.


a_TSALogoThe Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) continue to monitor reports on potential terrorist threats in the United States. While there is no specific or credible intelligence that al-Qa'ida or its affiliates are plotting attacks in the United States to coincide with the ten year anniversary of 9/11 , we remain at a heightened state of vigilance and security measures are in place to detect and prevent plots against the United States should they emerge. Read the entire text of this message at this link.

The arrow recently returned from the shop after having the front landing gear and engine mount repaired. It turns out that the front wheel had been turned so hard that it popped over the steering stops and broke the steering control. As your instructor probably told you we should use the tow bar to safely maneuver the planes into their parking spots. Occasionally the planes need to be moved to a hangar or across longer distances and you might have someone use a tractor to move the plane. That’s okay to do but please be sure that the operator knows what they are doing. The steering wheel on these tricycle gear planes were not built to withstand excessive force on landing or during towing.

In our case we believe the Arrow’s wheel was damaged when a tractor moved the plane and turned to sharp. It would be nearly impossible to apply that much force by hand with the tow bar (but don’t try please). Anyway if you absolutely must have the plane towed, you should monitor the operation and ensure that the wheel is not turned too far.

The pilot who discovered this problem found out the hard way about the damage when the Arrow begin turning on its own and could not be controlled while taxiing out of its parking spot. Fortunately the pilot was able to stop before it completed a turn into another parked plane.

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C-172N-180  1977 SuprHawk




PA28-180R  1968 PiperArrow




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$5.61 / gallon

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

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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.

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New Features on
Notice Number: NOTC4503

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

More information is available in this descriptive document:

One new feature is for non-registered users who  attend safety seminars. If they do not have an account on, 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 for a rich experience with aviation safety resources!

Any questions or comments can be addressed to


Sep 5

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"Free WEBINAR - Hello my name is Airspeed!"
An in-depth look at one of your most basic flight instruments
On Friday, September 5, 2014 at 18:30
Location: ONLINE ONLY - Webinar, 2801 E Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90806

Select Number: WP0557617

Description: Come spend a few evening minutes with an expert who will walk you  through an in-depth look at the humble Air Speed Indicator: Its history, how it works, the meaning of all those colored markings and why some  speeds are not shown, and a look at a few different ways that it can  fail.

Mike Jesch is a professional airline captain who has been a pilot for 35 years. Mike holds ATP and CFI certificates and flys a Boeing 737 for a major airline in order to feed and care for his true love ["airplane" that is], a Cessna 182 based at Fullerton Airport. Mike is a member of CPA & CPS and has been a veteran formation instructor for multiple Cessna's 2 Oshkosh mass arrivals.

To view further details and registration information for this seminar, click here.
The sponsor for this seminar is: FAA Safety Team

 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: Basic Knowledge 3 - 1 Credit

Click here to view the WINGS help page


Sep 13

FAASafetylogoSafer Skies Through Education

 "Operation Rain Check"
Topic: How to Operate Safely in the National Air Space System.
On Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 14:00
Location: Fort Worth Center, 13,800 FAA Rd., ARTCC, Fort Worth, TX 76155

Select Number: SW1957548

Description: "This event is an in-depth discussion and tour of air traffic control  operations at an en-route center and how to operate efficiently and  safely in it as a pilot".

To view further details and registration information for this seminar, click here.
The sponsor for this seminar is: 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:  Basic Knowledge 3 - 1 Credit

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

Approach and Navigation Facilities:

  • Regional Approach: 124.3
  • Fort Worth FSS (FTW) 1-800-WX-Brief
  • 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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