View of Whiteplains Plantation

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

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Trees are turning in NC Mountains.

     Photo by: Don Cook

Flew with Phil and Dough to NC yesterday 10/18 to see if the trees were turning and they are. Good time to make a trip and see for yourselves.




Sent: Wed 10/19/16 5:22 PM
FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education
Notice Number: NOTC6750

Proliferation of privately-owned unmanned systems causing safety concerns at air show venues
LEESBURG, Va. - Sept. 28, 2016 - Leave the flying to the professionals. That’s the message coming from The International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) out of concern for spectator safety and the safety of air show pilots who will fly nearly 10,000 performances at over 300 North American events this year.

Carrying forward and supporting the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) “No Drone Zone,” “Leave Your Drone at Home,” and “Know Before You Fly” initiatives, ICAS wants air show spectators and those in an air show venue’s surrounding area to understand that flying an unmanned aircraft in unauthorized air space is not just illegal, but unnecessarily puts people at risk.

“Even one close call is too many,” said John Cudahy, ICAS president and CEO. “While performing, air show pilots require total concentration and precision. If a drone interferes with an aircraft’s flight path, that’s a distraction that could have disastrous consequences. If a drone actually collides with a plane while that plane is performing an aerobatic maneuver, the result could be catastrophic for the pilot and the viewing public.”
North American air shows are highly regulated and regarded as the safest in the world. Air show pilots go through a battery of medical assessments, aerobatic competency evaluations and certifications before being able to perform. There hasn’t been a spectator fatality in North America since 1952.

Pilot reports of unmanned aircraft increased dramatically in 2015, from a total of 238 sightings in all of 2014, to more than 650 by August of 2015. The FAA in recent months has sent out a clear message that operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal. Unauthorized operators may be subject to stiff fines and criminal charges, including possible jail time.

“We want everyone at air shows to enjoy their experience without having to worry about or experience the repercussions of a drone-related accident,” said Cudahy. “There are plenty of outlets to see great air show video footage and photos taken by professionals. Leave the flying and photography to the professionals and come see the air show in person.”

The FAA is leading a public outreach campaign to promote safe and responsible use of unmanned aircraft systems and offers a digital toolkit with downloadable outreach materials to federal, state, and other partners to educate unmanned aircraft operators that flying in certain areas is prohibited.

About the International Council of Air Shows
Headquartered in Leesburg, Va., ICAS was founded in 1967 as a trade and professional association by industry professionals to protect and promote their interests in the growing North American air show marketplace.
For questions or comments please contact Matt Warnock,

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Update on Ron Greenfield

Ron Greenfield update:  1:31 PM 10-17-216

I am doing better. Still not stable on my feet. Should be home in a couple days to recover with outpatient therapy. 

10-1-2016  8:07 Pm
Pam Rice Tronco Greenfield

10 mins · West Columbia · 
UPDATE: we saw the doctor and he said the CT scan and MRI showed the brain bleed didn't bleed alot. That is great news! He said he has a malformation in some veins in the lower back part of his brain. Probably born with it.
The doctor said he probably won't have another bleed there. No reason for it to have happened, just a fluke.
They are moving him to a regular room and he will stay in the hospital 2 or 3 days so the brain can heal and so he can get his balance back.
Thanks for the thoughts and prayers.
Ron Greenfield is a lucky man.

Ron Greenfield

Pam Rice Tronco Greenfield

2 hrs · West Columbia · 
Last night Ron was admitted to the hospital. He had a bad headache, nausea, and he felt dizzy and unbalanced. The did a CT scan and found that he had a brain bleed. They are running test and did another CT scan and a MRI this morning. We do not know the results of either test and we have not seen the doctor yet.
He is resting and is comfortable. They gave him something for the headache and it is much better.
He is in ICU so they can monitor the bleed.
Thank you for the calls and text messages. I will give an update as soon as we know more.
We appreciate your prayers.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Old dog, new trick: Transponder use on the airport surface

 August 25, 2016

Mike Yodice
  • Director of Legal Service Plans at Yodice Associates
  • Counsels Legal Services Plan/Pilot Protection Services members on FAA compliance and enforcement
  • Regularly flies a Piper J-3 Cub and a Cherokee 180
By now, many of you have heard or read that the FAA and air traffic control want us to ensure that our transponders are on and in the altitude reporting mode while operating on movement areas at all airports. If you’re like me and sometimes slow to adapt to change, particularly when it involves ingrained flying habits and procedures, it may take some getting used to. In the meantime, at least for most of us, noncompliance shouldn’t be an issue that leads to FAA enforcement.
If you learned to fly more than a few years ago, you were probably taught to turn your transponder on just prior to takeoff and to turn it off (or to standby) after landing and taxiing off the runway, whether at a towered or nontowered field. For many years this was the practice as promoted in the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM). The language in the AIM changed in 2012, 2014, and then again in 2016. In the current chapter 4 of the AIM, it now reads “Civil and military aircraft should operate with the transponder in the altitude reporting mode and ADS-B Out transmissions enabled (if equipped) at all airports, any time the aircraft is positioned on any portion of the airport movement area.” It goes on to relate certain other details, but the basic takeaway is that ATC now wants the transponder on for all operations in movement areas, i.e. at airports with operating control towers.
The change is associated with the transition to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and includes the coordination of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and Airport Surface Surveillance Capability (ASSC). The effectiveness of the system relies on participation. More and more aircraft equipped with ADS-B Out are coming out and according to the FAA website, the ASSC system is installed at 35 major airports. Why then does the FAA want the transponder on at all towered airports, even the ones without ASSC? For enhanced safety where transponders are readable, and I guess they want to re-train us in advance of the 2020 mandate.
So will you get into trouble for noncompliance—forgetting to turn on or off your transponder? For most of us, the answer is no. It’s not required if you’re not ADS-B Out equipped as the AIM guidance is nonregulatory. If you have ADS-B Out equipment installed, however, 14 CFR 91.225(f) requires that your transponder must be in transmit mode at all times. And, if ATC asks you to turn on or off your transponder, whether ADS-B equipped or not, you should comply—compliance with ATC operational instructions is required in accordance with 14 CFR 91.123(b).
I am still adjusting to the change and I sometimes revert to old habits by turning the transponder off and on at the wrong times. So far, neither the controllers at my home airport, Frederick Municipal Airport (no radar), nor the controllers at Potomac Approach seem to notice, or care, when my transponder is in the wrong mode while on the airport movement area in my non-ADS-B-equipped aircraft.

Link to AOPA;

Monday, August 15, 2016

Homer Keisler - My Flying Experiences USAF

Homer asked me to share some of his Flying Experiences while in the Air Force. Below is a sample of some interesting stories from his past.  If you like them, make a comment and I'll post more as he gives them to me.

FIS-B advisory service adding data, curtailing older notams


FIS-B advisory service adding data, curtailing older notams: AOPA is working with the FAA to make pilots aware of new weather products that will become available on the Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) beginning next year. Pilots also should note new limitations in the delivery of notices to airmen that will take effect in September.