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2012 June
iFlightPlanner "Team Aerostar S1 Contest"

Have you ever dreamed of flying in tight formation with some of the best pilots in the world or wanted to experience the Quiet Revolution with Sennheiser's S1 Digital ANR headset?  We invite you to enter the Oshkosh 2012 iFlightPlanner "Team Aerostar S1" contest for a chance to make those dreams a reality!  Throughout the week at EAA's AirVenture 2012 we'll be drawing winners for the following prizes!
 

 

The Grand Prizes:

Grand Prize winners will be announced on Sunday, July 29!
 

The Daily Prizes:


Daily winners will be drawn Monday-Sunday at 3pm ahead of the airshows. You do not need to be present to win.


There are four ways to enter for your chance to win!

Simply complete any of the following four tasks to have your name entered to win.  Complete all four and you'll receive four bonus entries! Even if you're not making the trip to Oshkosh for the "World's Greatest Aviation Celebration" there are still two ways for you to enter and win!
 

  1. Purchase a t-shirt, polo or hat from the newly launched iFlightPlanner Shop
  2. Stop by Booth 288 at AirVenture 2012 while wearing any of your iFlightPlanner Gear 
    For every day you stop by wearing iFlightPlanner gear, we'll add another entry for you!
  3. Stop by Booth 288 and present your iFlightPlanner AirVenture 2012 Arrival/Departure Signs
  4. Upgrade to or extend your iFlightPlanner Premium membership


iFlightPlanner
 will be with Sennheiser Aviation, our partners and presenting sponsor of iFlightPlanner for iPad, in Booth 288 near Hangar B.  We look forward to seeing you all there!


The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.™

Posted In: Flight Planning
Tagged:  Sponsor,  Aviation

2012 May
Close Calls by Anthony Nalli - A student's life lesson

Our pilot was working in the pattern on just solo hour number two working toward her private pilot’s license. She really enjoyed circuits… the routine of taking off, turning crosswind, downwind, base, final and then having the wheels touch the runway only to get to do it all over again.

That day, the skies were clear and blue with a bit of a crosswind. Overall, a good day to practice. It was her second circuit of the day and she was feeling comfortable. She turned final and made her call then noticed the runway was approaching rather quickly.

“I was coming in too fast” Our pilot recalls. “I pulled the power back but it was too late, I felt the wheels hit the pavement… hard!” As her 172 sped down the runway there was a gust of wind and the aircraft began veering to the left.

“My foot smacked down on the right rudder but I had the sensation that the plane was tipping so I instinctively removed my foot. That’s the plane veered back off the runway and onto the grass!”
“All I could think at that moment was “I’m off the runway… Oh God, oh God!” Our pilot anxiously relives. “I was speeding on the grass heading toward an intersecting runway. I started to actually make out the runway lights directly ahead of me. There was no time to think – I needed to act fast.”

Our pilot jammed the throttle forward and felt the plane lift as she gently pulled back the yoke, her eyes glancing down. Airspeed: 60. Trim. Airspeed: still 60. Her mind racing and wondering “Why can’t I gain airspeed? I’m going to stall and I’m 100 feet off the ground!”

Flaps!

Flaps up a notch, yoke slowly pulled back, the plane finally did begin to pick up airspeed. “I take what feels like my first breath since I turned final. My body is hot and shaking from the adrenalin.”
Now 400 feet above the ground, our pilot continues to check her instruments. “The plane is still moving slowly. I’ve missed something!” Her eyes frantically search the panel… Carb heat! She pushes in the carb heat and the plane purrs and soars within seconds.

Turning crosswind, our pilot is still shaking but she tells herself over and over to focus. As she’s about to turn downwind her thumb finds the call button and is actually surprised at how calm her voice sounds!
On the downwind our pilot performs her pre-landing and takes what feels like her second breath. Before long she’s back on final.

“I tell myself that I can do this but part of me is absolutely petrified” our pilot admits. Focused, she lines the plane up to the runway and her eyes dart back and forth between the runway and the instruments.
Closer, then closer still, then our pilot was over the runway and let the plane gently find it’s way to the ground. She rolled to the taxiway, made her call clear of the runway, and took what felt like her third breath.

“That experienced has defined me,” confesses our pilot. “When I initially got out of the plane my confidence was shot. I was so disappointed in myself for coming in too hot, then rolling off the runway. I was going to quit my lessons. I told myself that didn’t I have what it took to be a pilot.”
“However, after speaking with my instructor and a few other pilots they focused on not what I didwrong but how I was able to stay in control and fix the problem at hand. That’s what pilots do… they remain focused and do what needs to be done… because they have to!”

Our pilot concludes, “The whole incident took just a matter of seconds, but it felt like a LOT longer. My mind was racing trying to correct what I did wrong all while I was seriously freaking out inside. But I was able to do everything I was taught. Not only did that experience teach me to stay calm while flying, but also in many other life scenarios… assess the situation and then act.”

“More times than not when talking to another pilots, our “close calls” come up in conversation. We’ve all had them but training kicked in and we’re still here to tell the story,” attests our pilot. “My incident wasn’t life threatening but it was enough to get this student pilot’s adrenalin pumping.”
Fly safe(r).

Posted In: Flight Training
Tagged:  Aviation,  Close Calls,  Pilot Experiences

2012 April
Close Calls by Anthony Nalli - Introduction

 

This special series is by noted author Anthony Nalli.
 

Close Calls is a column detailing the “close call” experiences of fellow pilots. Determining a close call can be quite subjective but for our purposes here a close call will be any situation where a pilot suddenly finds themselves in a potentially dangerous situation quite unexpectedly. Personally, I describe a close call as “closer than I’d prefer.” I invite you to contact me at CloseCalls@ThAviators.TV to anonymously share your stories. The experience shared and lessons learned will be of benefit to all readers. Confidentiality will be assured and I will not use your name or aircraft identity without your permission. If you submission is used in Close Calls you'll receive an official cap of the new TV series The Aviators. 
 

Anthony Nalli is the Executive Producer of the new television series The Aviators (www.TheAviators.TV). Anthony can be reached at CloseCalls@TheAviators.TVThe Aviators can be seen on PBS in the United States, Global and CHEK in Canada, and Discovery in Asia.

Check back here for regular episodes of Anthony Nalli's Close Call blog.

Posted In: Flight Training
Tagged:  Aviation,  Close Calls

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