Aspen Airwaves - Aspen Flying Club


Aspen Airwaves - Aspen Flying Club
issue 8
volume 32
august 2014
Welcome New
Club Members!
Jillian Abramson
John Barry
Shane Bostel
Diane Chavez
Leo Chavez
Chris Comer
Jere Ferrill
Jon Haase
Oskar Haenel
John Head
David Heinke
Tim Herrera
Lily Johnson
Kevin Jones
Scott Kirkwood
Stan Lander
Nelson “Phelps” Lane
Ryan Lunsford
Larry Malik
Jeffrey Marten
Marlena McClellan
Scott McCrae
Travis McIntyre
Brent Meyer
Brett Miller
John Miller
James Robida
Robert Russ
Sam Scott
Steven Steele
Lawrence Stenger
William Trinen
Paul Woods
Upcoming Events!
u Club fly-out to the Kit Carson Carousel in Burlington, CO . . . . . . . . . . . . . August 16th
u Monthly WINGS Seminar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . August 18th, 6PM-8PM
u Mountain Flying Course at Front Range Airport. . . . . . . . . . . . . August 23rd, 9AM-4PM
u Annual AFC Member Appreciation Picnic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 7th, 11AM-4PM
u ATC/Radio Communication Course. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 13th, 9AM-1PM
u Monthly WINGS Seminar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 15th, 6PM-8PM
u Sport/Private Pilot Ground School Begins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 23rd, 6PM-9PM
u Club Fly-Out to the Leadville Lake Annual Fall Color Fly-In and pancake breakfast. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 27th, 7AM-11AM
u FREE G1000 Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 4th, 9AM-12PM
u Monthly WINGS Seminar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 20th, 6PM-8PM
u Advanced G1000 Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 25th, 9AM-12PM
New Solos, Certificates
and Ratings
Congratulations to these students and their instructors!
Diego Moreno
Solo – Erik Barton, CFI
Vibeke Gaard
Solo – Erik Skjerseth, CFI
Lok Pokhrel
Private – Erik Skjerseth, CFI
Robbie Chiles
Solo – Brian Barnett, CF
An Alternate
Way of Getting
to Oshkosh –
The Air Venture
Cup Air Race
An article by Carl Houghton
This was my 4th time flying to
Oshkosh. Each time I have
flown there in a Gobosh 700
and every time has been an
adventure all in its own. Each
pilot should fly and land at
Oshkosh once in their flying
In 2012 a friend introduced me
to the Air Venture Cup Race. It
is a 400 mile cross country air
race that provides categories
for all types of aircraft to
participate in a timed race with
a single fuel stop. My first
experience with the race was
as a volunteer turn point judge.
I worked with a couple other
volunteers to track the timing
of each of the racers from the
ground at the intermediate
This year I decided to actually
run my Gobosh in the race.
My wife bravely signed up to
be my co-pilot. We had the
distinction of being the first
racers to officially register for
the race. When you are racing
a LSA against some guys who
run in planes that go 300 MPH,
you need every advantage you
can get.
The Air Venture Cup Race is
more than a singular event
on one day. It is actually a
community outreach focused
Experimental Aircraft
Association (EAA). The idea
is to raise public awareness
of flying and the opportunities
to pursue flight training. In
order to achieve these goals,
Carl’s Gobosh on the line with the rest of the racers in Mitchell SD
the race is staged out of a town
each year that really supports
the racers and brings out kids
and families to check out each
of the race planes. This year
that town was Mitchell, South
Dakota. Mitchell is otherwise
well known as being the home
of the Corn Palace.
On the Saturday before the
race, we were treated to an
event at the Mitchell airport
where the local community
all came out for a joint car
show and aircraft viewing.
This included a very popular
Young Eagles flying event.
Altogether, we flew over 125
kids that morning. I was proud
to have flown my first few
Young Eagles at this event.
Mark Baker, the president of the
AOPA also gave a pilots town
hall presentation that afternoon.
Finally, the racers gathered
Saturday evening at a local
hotel conference center for a
pre-race dinner and briefing
of the impending events. The
camaraderie of the race teams
was outstanding and the whole
event was just a lot of fun.
On Sunday, the big event was
at hand. Flying the Gobosh,
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we were relegated to taking off
nearly last. They don’t want too
much passing on the course, so
slower aircraft take off last. We
would race against a homebuilt
and very nice looking Vans
RV-12. The race procedure
was to take off and make a left
turn out. Each aircraft would
pass over the starting line and
announce their race number.
Ours would be “Race 18”. For
the remainder of the day we
would use that call sign for all
communications. The race had
a discreet frequency assigned
for air-to-air comms and we
were able to let the other racers
know of weather in our route or
get pireps from those in front of
us. The weather in this case
was relatively low ceilings and
a fair amount of turbulence over
much of the course. These
factors made the decision for us
to slow down to maneuvering
speed at times.
After passing the finish line, we
landed at Wausau, Wisconsin.
The local EAA chapter pulled
out all the stops and had a
terrific lunch cooked up for all
the racers. From there we
would depart to fly the Fisk
arrival into Oshkosh. This was
my second time flying the arrival and the first
time for my wife. The weather had started
to deteriorate and the crosswinds were rather
significant. We took one shot at landing on our
assigned runway 27, before going around and
letting them know we would need to land on the
taxiway converted to runway, 36R. On final we
had a B-25 on the parallel landing next to us. Not
a radio call you hear very often.
• JPI Instruments EDM-730, engine analyzer
with EGT, CHT, Fuel Flow, MPG, Endurance,
• Audible speech gear up and down indicators
as well as traffic advisories
• Dual glide slope and localizers
• PS Engineering Incorporated PMA 7000 audio
panel with CD player
N7565X comes with 235 horsepower and
qualifies as complex and high performance.
Carl and his wife receiving the second place trophy for the
LSA division
The final bit of the race was the traditional awards
dinner at a local favorite, Wendt’s on the Lake.
Perch and cheese curds were had by all, along
with ample helpings of free beer. Each category
of racers was announced and trophies handed
out. My wife and I were happy to receive the
second place trophy. We will try to be a little
faster next year ☺ I highly encourage anyone
who may be looking to add some fun to their
Oshkosh adventure to look into registering for
the race next year. More info can be found at
New Fleet Additions at
Alliance Flight Training!
2004 Diamond DA40 N956JB - $150/hour wet
This is a beautiful aircraft with all the latest
Garmin Avionics. It includes:
• Garmin G1000 Glass Cockpit
• Integrated VOR, ILS, and VHF Communication
• Garmin GTX33 Integrated Mode S Xponder
with Traffic Information
• Terrain Awareness System
• Bendix/King KAP140 Autopilot with Altitude
Hold and Pre-select
• GDL69A Satellite data/weather
• Safe Taxi/Chartview
It’s an excellent cross country and trip aircraft.
It flies quite comfortably at 140 kts. The Garmin
avionics suite provides best in class situational
awareness. With excellent visibility, comfortable
seats and a modern design, it’s the ideal aircraft
for a weekend getaway.
Cessna C182RG N7565X - $145/hour wet
Having completed its Club inspection N7565X is
ready for flight. It’s loaded with:
• Garmin-530 COM/NAV/GPS with radar and
• Garmin GDL69 providing XM weather on the
Garmin 530
• Avidyne TAS600 Traffic Advisory System Active traffic
• S-TEC 3 axis autopilot
• WX stormscope strike finder
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While this aircraft will be based
at Alliance Flight Training at
Front Range Airport, we want
to remind the Centennial based
members are able to utilize this
aircraft too.
head count! We’ll provide food,
beverages, and the boat, Wake
Any pilot wishing to checkout
in N956JB must hold a private
pilot certificate and have at
least 10 hours of G1000 time.
This aircraft will not be used for
initial training.
A Word from the
See you on the water!
To get checked out and
rent N956JB, just call the
front desk at 303-261-4041.
AFC Annual
- Sunday, September 7th
We’d like to show appreciation
to our loyal club members for
all the continued support of our
business and for sharing the
love of flying with us. In our
efforts to say thank you, please
join us at our annual club picnic
and fun filled day of water sports
at Cherry Creek Reservoir on
Sunday, September 7th from
11AM - 4PM!
Club members, family of club
members, Instructors, and
staff are all welcome to the
picnic! Please just make sure
to register everyone for the
event HERE so we can get a
Movement and NonMovement Area
At a recent pilot/controller
forum, the question was asked;
“When we make our initial callup to Ground Control, where
does the controller want pilots
to call from?” At Centennial
Airport (APA), we have a lot
of general aviation aircraft and
most of these aircraft require
a run-up prior to departing.
Because of the limited ramp/
taxiway space at APA we
actually have a unique way
of doing business on Ground
Control. The answer to this
question depends on the pilot’s
needs. First and foremost,
when you are ready to taxi
out for departure, advise the
Ground Controller whether a
run-up “is” or “is not” required.
If you can, do a run-up on an
uncontrolled ramp area, we love
it when you call ready to go and
your run-up has already been
completed. If this is the case,
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you only need to call Ground
Control prior to accessing a
controlled movement area (like
Alpha taxiway). If you need to
use one of the depicted run-up
areas, these run-up areas can
be found on the APA airport
diagram. They are marked as
the “North Run-up Area” (north
of taxiway A-2), the “South
Run-Up Area” (north of taxiway
A-16) and the “Run-Up Area”
(adjacent to taxiway C-1). A
pilot can access the North RunUp Area from the Alpha ramp via
A2 without getting a clearance
from the Ground controller.
However, they need a clearance
from Ground prior to leaving
the run-up pad onto A or A-1
taxiways. The South Run-Up
Area can only be accessed from
Taxiway Alpha and this requires
a clearance from Ground
The Run-Up Area
near C-1 is in a non-movement
area and it can be accessed
from the ramp area without a
clearance from Ground Control.
Only aircraft who do not
require a run-up will get a
runway assignment. If you
require a run-up and need a
taxi clearance to access one
of the run-up areas, Ground
Control will not give you a
runway assignment until your
run-up is complete. Once your
run-up is complete, advise
the Ground Controller. At that
point, you will be issued a taxi
clearance to a runway. It is
VERY important that you read
back the runway assignment.
As you get closer to the
assigned runway, the ground
controller will sequence you
with other aircraft. Be careful
that you do not cut off your
sequence. Then, the Ground
Controller will instruct you to
“monitor the tower”; this means
that you change your radio to
the tower frequency, but listen
only. The Ground Controller
has given the Tower Controller
all of your information (call
sign, type, direction of flight,
your sequence along with any
special requests) and the Tower
will call you when it is your turn.
We have found over the years,
this is the most efficient way to
handle the volume of aircraft
we get at APA and an efficient
operation will get you, the
pilot, on your way as quickly
and safely as possible. We
appreciate your cooperation
and patience. As always, if you
have any questions, feel free
to call your local ATC Tower.
As always, fly safely!
seeing you at the club!
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