View of Whiteplains Plantation

View of Whiteplains Plantation
Over Head View - Taken May 8, 2011 Photo By: Phil Rainwater

Thursday, April 16, 2015

How to save $$ by upgrading now to ADS-B

From: Fun Places To Fly

My Upgrade to ADS-B, how I came out $2,500 ahead by doing it now -
The 2020 deadline requiring an upgraded to ADS-B is drawing near! I imagine that as many of you read that, the hairs on the back of your neck stood up, your palms began to sweat and your wallets clamped shut. Well, that was how I felt too. But after looking into what it was going to take to upgrade, I found it doesn’t have to be that way. Let me tell you about my experience upgrading my Vans RV-7a to ADS-B and what it cost me in the end.Before I get into all the details of the upgrade, I’ll give away the punch line right out of the gate. I found that by upgrading now, as opposed to had I waited until the 2020 deadline, I will actually come out over $2,500 AHEAD. Yes, you read that right! Even with having to buy all new ADS-B equipment I will have more money in my pocket by upgrading now than had I procrastinated and waited until 2020. I know, that sounds crazy, right? But it’s true. Here’s what I did and how I realized that savings.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

1965 Mooney

DC3 - 4-18-2015

The Douglas DC3 was made between 1936 and 1942 and it revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 1940s. Its lasting effect on the airline industry and World War II makes it one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made. Flights are at no charge, but DONATIONS ARE APPRECIATED. Learn about the plane and the historic Alaska-Siberia (ALSIB) route that this plane will be flying to commemorate the routes 70th anniversary. Contact Dwayne King with inquiries. 907-232-1027 

Saturday, April 04, 2015

"What's The Big Deal About ADS-B?"

Topic: ADS-B, It's In Our Future                                              

On Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 10:00

Aircraft Maintenance Services, Inc
1400 Jim Hamilton - L.B. Owens Airport
Building E
Columbia, SC 29205

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Learn the in's and out's of why ADS-B affects everyone who owns or flies an aircraft.
To view further details and registration information for this seminar, click here.
The sponsor for this seminar is: FAASTeam
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The following credit(s) are available for the WINGS/AMT Programs:
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Friday, April 03, 2015

Plane 4 Sale - Lancaster, SC 1974 Piper PA-28-151

For more information contact:  KEITH H COPELAND 803 289-2701

150 HP - 1500 hours on engine
2 TKM flip flop transmitter/receiver
Auto Pilot - Inop
Fixed Prop
Flex Card

Note: 100LL $3.60 Gal as of 4-3-2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

New Record Set

By Bethany Whitfield / Published: Mar 19, 2015
Talk about a steep dive and a perfect landing. This incredible footage captures an eagle named Darshan as he descends from the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, which stands at over 2,700 feet tall in Dubai. Once the bird spots the falconer, he executes a precision dive at over 100 mph, ultimately landing on his trainer's arm with such effortlessness it will put your greatest spot landing to shame.


New low cost ADS-B Unit

FreeFlight Unveils Sub-$2,000 ADS-B Out Unit

By Stephen Pope / Published: Mar 19, 2015
FreeFlight ADS-B
FreeFlight Systems has introduced an ADS-B Out unit for light general aviation airplanes that's fully compliant with the FAA's 2020 NextGen mandate at a rock-bottom price of under $2,000. 
There's "no fine print," the company promises, and the unit includes everything you'll need for ADS-B compliance, including a TSO'd ADS-B Out transceiver, built-in WAAS GPS receiver, ADS-B and GPS antennas, installation kit and control head. The only additional cost is what you'll pay an avionics shop to install it all.
There is one catch, however. FreeFlight Systems says it will offer a limited number of the units, named the Rangr Lite FDL-978-TXL, at the low, low list price of $1,995. The avionics maker is offering the product as part of the FAA's Equip 2020 program to drive down ADS-B compliance costs for those who upgrade well ahead of the Jan. 1, 2020 deadline.
FreeFlight explained that recent proposals by AOPA and others to rewrite ADS-B requirements to allow portable ADS-B units in GA airplanes weren't gaining traction with the FAA due to the "critical nature" of ADS-B, which will eventually be used for traffic separation as a replacement for surveillance radar. 
"Many of our customers, especially those with older aircraft, told us that they need a low-cost option for equipage to meet the January 1, 2020, deadline for ADS-B," says Tim Taylor, President and CEO of FreeFlight Systems. "We needed to find a way to accomplish that without compromising the quality of the system. Volume was the way to make that happen, and we are stepping up."
As part of the push for lower-cost ADS-B gear, FreeFlight Systems also introduced the Rangr Lite FDL-978-XVRL, a rule-compliant unit that adds an ADS-B In transmitter and Wi-Fi capability for displaying subscription-free weather and traffic data on a tablet. Retail price for that product is $3,695. 
FreeFlight Systems says it will build and sell no more than 10,000 of the lower-priced Rangr Lite ADS-B units. The company plans to reveal a list of participating dealers next month and start shipping the products in June.