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Enthusiastic New Pilot Begins Instrument Training
As a child Toby Romano dreamed of being a pilot and of the freedom and glamour of going from one place to another by air. A visit to the cockpit of an airliner and a pair of gold wings for his jacket set in his young heart a desire that is now being fulfilled. Toby recently earned his Private pilot certificate and is already working on his Instrument rating. He plans to continue to become a professional pilot and says, "To be an instructor would be wonderful."

Toby came to American Flyers to take an IntroFlight and he started his training a week later. "It's almost unfair," he joked. "After a flight right over Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty, they had me. There was no way I was able to walk away!"

His instrument training is going very well. He finds it different from the primary training and a bit difficult, but fun. "Already I think I'm better at reading the instruments, "he says.

Toby's enthusiasm is contagious. If you're around him, you'll find yourself getting excited, too. He declares, "It's one of the few things in life that's everything it's cracked up to be!"

Industry Facing Pilot Shortage
There is exciting news in the world of aviation, the airlines are hiring again! I recently saw an ad in a national aviation magazine from one of the larger regional airlines looking for pilots to hire and according a February 4th article in the Chicago Tribune, “… All major U.S. airlines are hiring pilots or recalling those laid off during the industry’s fiveyear downturn.

” You’ve probably been hearing for years that the airline industry will need to hire a large number of pilots when the baby boomers reach mandatory retirement age. Recently the FAA announced a proposed rule change that would move that age from 60 to 65. Raising the retirement age will help keep eligible airmen in the pilot pool, but not to the degree we’ll likely be needing. According the article in the Chicago Tribune, Boeing says we’re going to see the number of airplanes flown by airlines worldwide double by 2025. The FAA forecasts annual increases in flights and revenues for airline, General Aviation, and cargo, both in U.S. and overseas markets. Overseas airlines, particularly in Asia Pacific are currently increasing their fleets at a rapid rate and are looking for U.S. pilots experienced in flying heavy equipment.

The FAA predicts the hours flown by the turboprop/ turbojet fleet to increase from 5 million hours in 2005 to 11.9 million in 2017, an average annual growth rate of 7.5 percent. Much of the increase is attributable to the introduction of very light jets (VLJs). VLJs will be serving as air taxis all over the country in the near future as well as for private and corporate entities.

During the 68 years American Flyers has been teaching pilots to fly we’ve been through the up and down cycles the industry takes. We know there will be slower periods, but we’re always thrilled when things turn around and opportunities stretch from horizon to horizon. That’s when we can do what we do best: make peoples’ dreams come true.

Tips from the Tower
By Alvin DeVane, Manager, ADS ATCT

Ages ago I was flying a local VFR flight in the Austin area in a Cessna 414 and I had a learning experience with the tower.

I was receiving VFR advisories from approach control when suddenly the frequency got very quiet. This can indicate a possible radio failure or a stuck mike. I tried to transmit but the radio had indeed failed, so I switched to the number two radio. I advised the approach controller that if he had been trying to call me, I had lost the number one, but that number two was working fine and I was ready to return to land.

I was cleared direct to the airport, which although not customary, was appreciated. They next asked me to state the number of souls and fuel on board, which I thought was odd, but I complied. As I approached the airport I noticed firetrucks with lights ablaze near the runway and wondered what was going on. I was instructed to contact tower, who then cleared me to land. I requested a touch and go, however, once again the radio was silent!

It was about then it occurred to me that when I advised approach control "I lost number one" they thought I meant the number one engine! They dutifully called the firetrucks and when I asked for a touch and go, the poor tower controller had no clue how to respond to this crazy twin Cessna with an engine out! After explaining that I had lost a radio and not an engine they approved my request.

Lesson learned that day is to always be very specific when reporting malfunctions. Controllers misunderstand things as easily as pilots.

Did You Know…
American pilot, John Edward Long, flew 62,654 hours from May 1933 to April 1977. Having accumulated more than the equivalent of 7 years airborne, Mr. Long holds the record of the most flying hours.

Mr. Long soloed in 1933 after one hour and forty minutes of instruction in a Taylor E-2 Cub. During WWII, he served as an aircraft mechanic, but later worked as a flight instructor, charter and corporate pilot and performed power line patrol where he spent much of his time flying below 200 feet.

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Laugh Out Loud…
The student in his primary trainer was flying a solo cross-country. He lost his way and before he would run out of fuel he decided to put it down on a road. With hardly any cars on the road he managed to coast his aircraft into a gas station and said to the attendant, "Fill ‘er up!"

The attendant just looked at the pilot.

"I bet you don't get too many airplanes asking for a refuel," said the pilot.

The attendant replied, "True, most pilots use that airport over there."


FAA Proposes no Paper Certificates
By David Menconi, Chief Flight Instructor

If your paper Pilot Certificate is softened and dog-eared by years of residing in your wallet, you may be relieved to hear that paper certificates could go the way of the dinosaur.

For the purpose of assisting the DEA, the FAA has proposed a rule that will require all paper Pilot Certificates to be replaced within 2 years of the rule effective date, after which your paper Pilot Certificate will be null and void. The FAA is already using plastic certificates for those requesting replacement pilot certificates, pilot certificate number changes, and for pilots earning new ratings.

If the proposed rule will allow you to keep your old paper certificate, you can display it in your den. Then, in 2030, you can show the youngsters when Pilot Certificates were paper because by then we might be using things like retina scans and DNA matching for identification.

You can send your comments electronically at or http://www.regulations. gov.

Mail: Docket Management Facility U.S. Department of Transportation
400 Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, Room PL-401
Washington, DC 20590-001.

Note that mail delivery may be delayed due to security concerns.

Fax: 1-202-493-2251.

Words of Wisdom…
The natural function of the wing is to soar upwards and carry that which is heavy up to the place where dwells the race of gods. More than any other thing that pertains to the body it partakes of the nature of the divine.
– Plato, 'Phaedrus.'

Man must rise above the Earth – to the top of the atmosphere and beyond – for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.
– Socrates

Provide ship or sails adapted to the heavenly breezes, and there will be some who will not fear even that void…
– Johannes Kepler (in a letter to Galile)

My soul is in the sky.
– William Shakespeare, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' Act V. Scene I

The exhilaration of flying is too keen, the pleasure too great, for it to be neglected as a sport.
– Orville Wright

More than anything else the sensation is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost, if you can conceive of such a combination.
– Wilbur Wright

Most gulls don't bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight – how to get from shore to food and back again. For most gulls, it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight. More than anything else, Jonathan Livingston Seagull loved to fly.
– Richard Bach, 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull'

Important Tips for Renting Airplanes
By Rick Freidinger,Director of Maintenance

When you go to rent an airplane you, as pilot-in-command, are responsible for determining it's airworthiness. If you are the owner you know whether or not your aircraft is airworthy, but how do you know if a rental aircraft is airworthy? Start by visiting reliable, trustworthy FBOs or flying clubs. Next talk to the manager or owner of the FBO or flying club, if you don't get a good feeling walk away and find another source for renting. If you feel comfortable, ask to see the logbooks and check for the following things:

  • The annual has been signed off during the last 12 calendar months; the transponder has been certified during thelast 24 calendar months; and, the altimeter/static system has been certified during the last 24 calendar months – mandatory for IFR flight and highly recommended for VFR flying.
  • Look in the logbooks for consistent maintenance, regular oil changes, tire changes, light bulbs changes, etc… If a reputable mechanic has been maintaining the aircraft he will make consistent entries. If all you see is annual and 100-hour inspections, this is an indication that either whoever is doing the maintenance is not logging everything they do or maybe they're not taking care of some of the little things. This is the type of thing that would cause me to walk away and find a different aircraft to rent.
  • There should also be an Airworthiness Directives (AD) list in the back of the logbooks which should look complete – current sign-offs with matching sign-offs in the maintenance section of the logs. While this does not guarantee that all ADs have been complied with at least it shows that the mechanic who is maintaining the aircraft is doing what the FAA recommends with regards to AD documentation.

By following these tips you should feel more comfortable making the decision on who has airworthy airplanes to offer in your area and you'll feel more confident about renting airplanes which means you'll probably fly a lot more often.

From Our Gallery
"Neil A. Armstrong" served as a Naval Aviator from 1949 to 1952, after which he joined NACA Lewis Research Center as an Engineer, beginning a 17 year career with that agency and it's successor, NASA. While serving as a test pilot at Edwards AFB, he made 7 flights in the X-15 rocket research aircraft, achieving an altitude of 207,000 feet. The X-15 was the primary research aircraft which facilitated the design and construction of the Space Shuttle. The X-15 ultimately achieved speeds in excess of Mach 6 and altitudes in excess of 70 miles. Much of its remarkable career was overshadowed by the space race to the moon. Armstrong was selected as an Astronaut in 1962. He was the first to dock two spacecraft (Gemini 8) and the first man to walk on the moon (Apollo 11).

World-renowned aviation artist, Lou Drendel, created the "Flyers Series" of paintings for American Flyers celebrating famous aviators and famous aircraft. To see more of Mr. Drendel's series, visit the American Flyers’ Art Gallery in our online Library at

Ask the Pilot Professor
By Dr. Michael Bliss

Q: Flying in known icing conditions is tabu for general aviation pilots, however if one unintentionally gets into icing conditions what are the alternatives?

A: Standard weather briefings do little to provide the pilot with the information needed to make a prudent decision concerning flying in areas of possible icing. My experience is that most pilots do not ask enough or the right questions when obtaining a weather briefing. For example, since the most serious icing conditions often exist along a frontal line, it is critical to understand how fronts effect the proposed route of flight. If icing is encountered, is it best to climb or descend? Depending on where you are in relation to the front, you may need to either climb or descend to find warmer air. Or perhaps if the temperatures are much colder in an approaching cold front, the best action would be to descend into the colder air pushing along the front. The point is, unless you plan ahead and ask the right questions about temperatures ahead of and behind the front, not only at the surface but at altitude, you won't know what to do.

Another important weather consideration is to think about trends, not just what is being reported. For example, flying into an area with a 500 foot overcast and possible icing, with improving weather is certainly a much better situation than flying into the same area with deteriorating weather. Don't just look at the forecast. Compare the last several METAR reports. You may be surprised at how often the trends do not support the forecast.

Because the formation of structural ice occurs only in areas of visible moisture and within a relatively narrow range of temperatures, this often means that icing only occurs in a relatively narrow band of altitudes. Therefore, if you know where the cloud layers are, you may be able to climb or descend out of the clouds or out of that range of temperatures and escape any icing that may be encountered. Even though icing may be forecast over a very large geographical area, the actual occurrence of icing normally is limited to a very small portion of the forecast area.

The most important thing about flying in possible icing conditions is to have a sure way of escape. That can only happen if you have a complete grasp of the weather situation. For example, if surface temperatures are above freezing and VFR exists along the surface, any icing encountered in clouds can be escaped by descending into the warmer surface level air. Another example would be if approaching a front and icing is encountered, executing a 180 and returning to an area known to be ice free may be the most prudent action.

Being a safe and prudent pilot requires you to exercise good judgment in both the preflight planning stage and throughout the flight. Keep yourself updated on the changing weather situation while enroute through contact with Flight Watch. If conditions warrant, be ready at any time to change altitudes, route of flight, or to terminate the flight at a nearby airport.



Ground Schools & Events

Private Mar 2 Mar 30 May 4
Instrument Mar 23 Apr 27 May 25
Commercial Mar 9 Apr 13 May 11
CFI Revalidation Mar 17 Apr 21 May 19
CFIA & FOI Mar 23 Apr 27 May 25
CFII Mar 10 Aprl 14 May 12
ATP Mar 3 Mar 31 May 5
BBQ/Seminar Mar 3 Mar 31 May 5
“You’re Invited … ”
Written Classes
Free BBQ & Seminar

Congratulations John Baez, Joe Grana, Louis Roman, Christ Vitale & Leslie Mensah on Completing Your Private Written Class

Congratulations Alan Eliason, Larry Harrison & Stephen Rotkiewicz on Completing Your Instrument Written Class

How About You?

If you are about to tackle your Private or Instrument written there isn’t a better, more enjoyable and guaranteed class available. Plus the class includes two free hours of simulator!

“Great Food and Fantastic Seminar”

If you haven’t heard yet, there’s a gathering of Morristown area pilots once a month in our hangar. Free food, hangar flying and informative seminar. You and your friends are invited. No cost or obligation to attend.

  • Next Scheduled BBQ’s
  • Saturday, March 3rd
  • Saturday, March 31st
  • Saturday, May 5th

“Bring a Friend”

Get Involved… Introduce Friends to Flying

Doug Hook, a Commercial/ Instrument client, wanted to introduce his neighbor, Carl Davis, to flying. Doug brought Carl to American Flyers for an “Intro-Flight” as well as the two hours of free simulator. They both took advantage of our free lunch / seminar and enjoyed a great day at the Airport.

How About You?
If you have a friend or acquaintance who might be interested…send them in or better yet, bring them! Plus the IntroFlight includes two free hours of simulator!


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