View of Whiteplains Plantation

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

Sunday, December 29, 2013

FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education



 The following seminar may be of interest to you:

"Note Date Change! - Winter Mountain Flying - Now January 18th"
Topic: Winter Mountain Flying
On Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM
Location:
Greenville Jet Center
100 Tower Drive
Conference Room - Unit 8
Greenville, SC 29607
Select Number:
SO1352570

Description:
Join Airwolf at the Greenville Downtown Airport for a timely and informative seminar on winter flying in the mountains. Mr. Justin Wallace, an Airwolf CFI, will be covering several topics concerning the hazards of mountain flying ranging from pre-flight planning considerations, emergency & survival, winter weather threats, as well as cold weather operations including engine care & much more!

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The sponsor for this seminar is: SC FAASTeam

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The following credit(s) are available for the WINGS/AMT Programs:
Basic Knowledge 3 - 1 Credit

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

FAAST Blast — Week of Dec 23 – Dec 29, 2013 Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update

FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education
FAAST Blast
Notice Number: NOTC5108


QR Codes Enhance AeroNav Charts
            Beginning with the October 17, 2013, print cycle, all AeroNav charting products began to feature Quick Response (QR) codes that points pilots to additional flight information sources. QR codes are the special box-shaped barcodes that, with the aid of a smartphone, can be scanned and have you directed to a specific website or email address. According to Eric Freed, FAA Enroute and Visual Charts Group Manager, “Each QR code will direct the pilot to a series of web-links that will provide easier access to important/updated flight information to be used during the flight planning process.” These include Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs), Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs), and chart update bulletins. Check out this time- and space-saving tool on your next flight and as an aside, if, in the course of planning or executing your flight path, you happen to notice a wind turbine farm on your route, be sure to maintain a safe distance and beware of the potential hazard for shedding ice!
 
AD Revised for Various Aircraft with Wing Lift Struts
            Last week, the FAA issued a revision to Airworthiness Directive (AD) 99-01-05 that affects certain aircraft with wing lift struts and requires inspection and replacement procedures for corroded/cracked wing lift strut forks. The revised AD clarifies the FAA’s intent of required actions if the seal on a sealed wing lift strut is ever improperly broken. The AD is effective January 14, 2014, and can be viewed here: http://go.usa.gov/ZDJ4.
 
Airman Testing Reform Update
            You may have heard about the Airman Certification Standards (ACS) project, but do you know what it’s all about? How about its effect on the Practical Test Standards (PTS), or airman training requirements? To learn more about the collaborative efforts behind the ACS and its potential impact on you as an airman (or airman-in-training), see the special two-page Q&A on page 15 of the November/December 2013 issue (www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/) of FAA Safety Briefing magazine.  
 
Happy Holidays!            Happy holidays from all of us on the FAA Safety Briefing staff. We wish you an enjoyable New Year and safe journeys in 2014! And just in case you’re still looking for that last-minute gift, consider giving your favorite pilot or mechanic a free online subscription to FAA Safety Briefing. Just go to www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/, click on the subscribe link (green checkmark), and register your e-mail address. From there you’ll find FAA Safety Briefing as a subscription option under the Flight Standards category. You (or your gift recipient) will get an email each time a new issue is available online. Cheers!
 
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Monday, December 23, 2013

Hydroswing doors are back in business

Hydroswing® is Back! The Original Hydraulic Door is Better than Ever at a Significantly Reduced Price!
 
Hydroswing®, the benchmark in single panel hydraulic door systems, is back!  After listening to the needs of the market, and making significant changes in production and pricing, Hydroswing® North America is open for business and emerging once again as a key player in the aviation, agriculture and architectural door market.
 
We’ve made some BIG changes. Hydroswing® is now being manufactured in ISO 9001 approved global manufacturing plants allowing for a 25+% price cost reduction in our final product.
 
Now you can have hydraulic doors at a bifold price – dollar for dollar and square foot for square foot…. So why would you buy anything else?
 
                               
 
The advantages of a Hydroswing:
 
·       Less than 70% of the moving parts of the bifold door
·       50% less moving parts than sectional, bottom rolling, or roller doors
·       90% less maintenance costs.
·       The Hydroswing® easily retro fits to replace the bifold, stacker, bottom rolling, top hung and sectional panel doors, and is ideal for new builds of steel, wood, post and frame, stick or block.
·       The hydraulic door can be manufactured in any size and as large as 40' tall to 150' wide.
·       PRICE. PRICE. PRICE.
 
All doors 40’ x 10’ and up to 45’ x 16’ feet are only $10,999.00* for purchase orders received by
January 12, including standards to meet a 90 MPH wind code (excluding any taxes and freight). (*Florida buyers add 15% for additional wind load steel requirements)
 
 
For more information about what’s new at Hydrowswing North America please visit www.hydroswing.com,email info@hydroswing.com, or call (800) 404-HYDRO or (858) 461-4519.

Friday, December 20, 2013

T&G at Whiteplains December 19, 2013



We had some really nice weather the last few days, and you can see that a lot of pilots at Whiteplains took advantage of it.

Video by: Don Cook

Friday, December 13, 2013

Proposed legislation would cut 3rd class medical requirement for many GA pilots

December 11, 2013 by  13 Comments

Reps. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) and Sam Graves (R-Mo.) have introduced a bill in the U.S. House that seeks to abolish the third-class medical certificate for many pilots who fly recreationally.
The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act of 2013, co-sponsored by Reps. Bill Flores (R-Texas), Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), and Richard Hanna (R-NY), would require pilots who fly recreationally to hold a valid driver’s license in lieu of a third-class medical certificate and operate under specific limitations.
“This legislation addresses two goals EAA has long advocated: Eliminating excess red tape in the medical certification process while maintaining a safe way to keep pilots flying,” said Jack Pelton, EAA chairman of the board. “Our members and the general aviation community have long supported a change in the medical certification process. This proposal will maintain safety, reduce costs for pilots and the federal government, and allow people to pursue the unique freedom of flight in the same way they can pursue other powered recreational activities.”
The proposed rule would allow pilots to use a valid state driver’s license in place of the traditional medical certificate if the flights are:
  • Not for compensation
  • Conducted in VFR operations only, at or below 14,000 feet MSL
  • No faster than 250 knots
  • In aircraft with no more than six seats and no more than 6,000 pounds’ gross takeoff weight.
In addition to allowing pilots to operate common GA aircraft for recreational flying without a third-class medical, the bill mandates that the FAA prepares and sends a report to Congress detailing the impact of the bill’s passage on general aviation safety within five years of the bill’s enactment.
“EAA and other GA associations worked with Rep. Rokita in developing this legislation, as we are committed to lowering barriers to aviation participation,” said Sean Elliott, EAA vice president of advocacy and safety. “This legislation is a step toward both of those goals. The third-class medical certificate does little to evaluate the day-to-day fitness of pilots flying recreationally. There are better ways to maintain high medical standards for aviation and allow people the freedom to enjoy the world of flight.”
EAA and other aviation groups have regularly petitioned the FAA for medical certification updates and changes, most recently in the joint EAA/AOPA third-class medical certificate exemption request in March 2012. The FAA has yet to move on the request, despite more than 16,000 supportive comments to the docket during the public comment period, EAA officials say.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Brush Removal and Clean Up








Mike Moore's brush clearing project and Ed Fisher's retaining wall project, on Thursday, December 12, 2013. Photos by Dennis Ramsey.

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Sunday, December 08, 2013

ForeFlight Flight Planning Class

"Cross Country Flight Planning on the iPad"
Topic: Cross country flight planning on the iPad
On Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 9:00 AM
Location:
Greenville Jet Center 
100 Tower Drive
Conference Room - Unit 8
Greenville, SC 29607
Select Number:
SO1352569
Description:
Join Airwolf for a 2 hour in depth and hands-on seminar going through the flight planning process using ForeFlight.  Shannon Seigler, an Airwolf Instructor, will guide you through the planning phase as well as the actual process of pre-flighting your EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) for both VFR and IFR operations. She will also review how to edit your selections after departure.  
To view further details and registration information for this seminar, click here.
The sponsor for this seminar is: SC FAASTeam
The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) is committed to providing equal access to this meeting/event for all participants. If you need alternative formats or services because of a disability, please communicate your request as soon as possible with the person in the 'Contact Information' area of the meeting/event notice. Note that two weeks is usually required to arrange services.
The following credit(s) are available for the WINGS/AMT Programs:
Basic Knowledge 3 - 1 Credit

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Friday, December 06, 2013

Shell.... new fuel for 100LL

Shell reveals unleaded avgas

New formula 10 years in the making

December 3, 2013
Shell has been working for a decade in a dedicated aviation laboratory developing an unleaded aviation fuel. Photo courtesy of Shell.
Shell has been working for a decade in a dedicated aviation laboratory developing an unleaded aviation fuel. Photo courtesy of Shell.
Shell Aviation, a subsidiary of the multinational oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, announced Dec. 3 that a 10-year effort in the laboratory has produced a fuel that may put a long-sought goal—once thought to be unattainable—within reach: a lead-free “performance drop-in” replacement for 100LL that could power any aircraft in the piston fleet.
“That’s our definite goal,” said Michael Sargeant, avgas commercial aviation manager for Shell Aviation, in a phone interview, when asked specifically about the ambition to produce a “performance drop-in” avgas replacement. “We’ve tested it and had some exciting and successful tests.”
The lead-free formulation has a motor octane number (MON) over 100, a critical factor in formulating a fleetwide fuel that could power high-compression engines. (Octane prevents premature ignition known as detonation, and is measured by more than one scale.) Shell’s new lead-free formula has passed preliminary tests in Lycoming engines on the ground, and a Piper Saratoga recently flew for about an hour on the fuel, according to a news release from Shell—the first of many tests that will be required for certification.
“It’s an exciting milestone,” Sargeant said, adding that the company looks forward to working with manufacturers across the general aviation industry, and various regulatory agencies. The company will pursue fleetwide certification rather than a model-by-model approach. Sargeant said tests done on the new formula to date “indicate that it’s a great candidate for fleetwide approval.”
The exact path that Shell must navigate to gain such approval remains to be established. The FAA has a goal of deploying a lead-free piston aviation fuel by 2018, though Sargeant said the company may be able to achieve required approvals and start distribution sooner than that.
Shell is the first major oil company to announce an unleaded avgas formulation. File photo.
Shell is the first major oil company to announce an unleaded avgas formulation. File photo.
“We believe two to three years might be possible,” Sargeant said. “That’s the timeframe that we would love to work towards. The details need to be developed.”
Sargeant said another design goal is to keep the retail price similar to avgas, though it is too early to know exactly what the new fuel would sell for. Shell has only just begun conversations with the various regulatory agencies involved. The fuel will be submitted for approval from the FAA, ASTM, and the European Aviation Safety Agency.
“AOPA welcomes Shell’s announcement of their development of a lead-free potential replacement for avgas and their engagement of the aviation industry,” said AOPA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Rob Hackman. “We look forward to learning more about Shell’s fuel and efforts as they work with ASTM, FAA, and EASA to achieve the approvals needed to ensure the safe operations of the general aviation fleet.”
Lycoming Engines Senior Vice President and General Manager Michael Kraft praised Shell’s effort in a news release:
“They engaged Lycoming to test their fuel on our highest octane demand engine and we can confirm that it’s remarkably close to Avgas 100LL from a performance perspective,” Kraft said. “This initiative is a major step in the right direction for general aviation.”
Shell’s new unleaded aviation fuel has been tested successfully in Piper aircraft. Photo courtesy of Shell.
Shell’s new unleaded aviation fuel has been tested successfully in Piper aircraft. Photo courtesy of Shell.
Shell is now among three companies that have announced unleaded formulations that could replace avgas in piston aircraft in a matter of just a few years, pending additional testing and regulatory approval. Shell is by far the largest of the companies known to be developing unleaded aviation gasoline. Sargeant said that Shell’s research team has been focused on finding a single fuel that can work for all, rather than a multi-fuel approach with different formulations to meet varying engine requirements.
“The industry doesn’t need bifurcation,” Sargeant said, noting that the company envisions making it possible by licensing or other means for other petroleum producers to manufacture and distribute the formula, which is made from existing components and will not require major changes to the production and distribution infrastructure.
“We think the secret going forward is really working with as many experts as possible,” Sargeant said.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Please, don't try this yourself.

Pilot mistakes road for airport

Aircraft: Cirrus SR20. Injuries: None. Location: Brooksville, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was not familiar with the area and was using his GPS to find the airport.
He attempted to land on what he thought was the runway. During the landing roll, as the wings hit mailboxes and fences, he realized that he had landed on a residential street and the runway was about 1.5 miles to the west.
Probable cause: The pilot’s incorrect identification of the runway, which resulted in an off-airport landing and subsequent collision with objects.
NTSB Identification: ERA12CA082
This November 2011 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

Erosion damage by Runway 27



Video of the emergency repair going on by Runway 27 end located on Ed Fishers lot.  Drainage pipes came loose and as a result a lot of erosion damaged.  Drainage pipes fell allowing the water to pool in one area making a large hole.  The are in the process of moving the pipes, installing a catch basin with lid ring and cover. They plan on using 3 loads of fill dirt, one load of Reprap with fabric and stone.  Following up with final grading.  All drainage pipes belong to Whiteplains Plantation and we are required to keep them in good repair.  It is estimated to cost between $5,000 to $5,500.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

New FAA Regulation for Fat Pilots

Well-fed Whiteplains pilots take note:

Overweight pilots and air traffic controllers can expect fresh scrutiny from the Federal Aviation Administration.

That’s addressed in a bulletin from Federal Air Surgeon Fred Tilton, who says that all pilots and controllers with a body mass index of 40 or more, or a neck circumference of 17 inches or more, will have to be evaluated by doctors to retain their medical certification. The issue, Tilton says, is obstructive sleep apnea, which “is almost universal in obese individuals.”
Anyone who suffers from sleep apnea will undergo evaluation by a “board certified sleep specialist.” Tilton writes that apnea “has significant safety implications because it can cause excessive daytime sleepiness, cognitive impairment, cardiac dysrhythmias, sudden cardiac death, personality disturbances, and hypertension, to cite just a few.”

As a person with ample girth, perhaps I should nominate a more trim and fit stand-in to present himself for my FAA medical next month. If Rich Mochak is not available…………..I may just need to eat less and start walking!  

Steve Sanderson

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Forgotten Giant Arrows that Guide you Across America

 

In "don't be a tourist" "Nostalgia" on November 15, 2013 at 6:58 pm

If you’re ever really lost on a road trip across America, and I’m talking really lost (let’s say the battery on your smartphone just died along with that compass application you downloaded for situations just like this), perhaps you might be lucky enough to find yourself next to one of the giant 70 foot concrete arrows that point your way across the country, left behind by a forgotten age of US mail delivery.
Directional Arrow
Photo by Clay Fraser
Certainly a peculiar site to come across in the middle of nowhere, 50 foot, possibly 70 foot long, with weeds crawling through its concrete cracks, abandoned long ago by whoever put it there. This arrow may point your way out of the desert but it’s also pointing to the past.
Photo via Core77
Long before the days of radio (and those convenient little smartphone applications), the US Postal service began a cross-country air mail service using army war surplus planes from World War I, many piloted by former army flyers. To get the planes and everybody’s mail safely across the country by air, the postman was going to need a little help.
In 1924, the federal government funded enormous concrete arrows to be built every 10 miles or so along established airmail routes to help the pilots trace their way across America in bad weather conditions and particularly at night, which was a more efficient time to fly.
Painted in bright yellow, they were each built alongside a 50 foot tall tower with a rotating gas-powered light and a little rest house for the folks that maintained the generators and lights. These airway beacons are said to have been visible from a distance of 10 miles high.

The Air Mail route from New York to San Francisco with beacon locations.

A model of one of the arrows and beacons at the IPMS (International Plastic Modelers Socity) Nationals contest in Loveland, CO, which you a pretty good idea of the layout. Photo via here.
By World War II, radio was king and the airway beacons were obsolete. Taking anything they could get, the government took down the towers and recycled them as scrap metal for the war effort.

It’s unknown exactly how many airway lighthouses remain (project anyone?) but one preservation program called Passport in Time has protected three beacon sites from falling into complete disrepair, saving the generator huts and a neighbouring 1930s cabin that served as a residence for the fire lookout.

There is also this fully restored restored tower and its generator shack in New Mexico.
While no one bothered to remove the concrete arrows, many have probably been caught up by development but an outline could still be visible from the air if they were just covered over by a grass lawn. Or maybe you might just come across some concrete remains that seem very out of place in the middle of a field…
Here’s a link to one of the giant arrows on Google maps as well as a website listing the original locations of Eastern and Western beacons, siting which ones have been found/ destroyed/ preserved etc.
Anyone feel like getting lost on purpose to go on a treasure hunt for these giant arrows to the past?!
Sources: A very welcome tip from a reader! as well as Core77, this forum, The History Mystery Exaxaminer.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

FAAST Blast Notice Number: NOTC5047

 FAAST Blast — Week of Nov 10 – Nov 23, 2013 
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update 
FAA Issues New Pilot Training Rule            As part of its ongoing efforts to enhance safety and put the best qualified and trained pilots in the flight decks of U.S. airplanes, the FAA today issued a final rule that will significantly advance the way commercial air carrier pilots are trained.  
The final rule stems in part from the tragic crash of Colgan Air 3407 in February 2009, and addresses a Congressional mandate in the Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act of 2010 to ensure enhanced pilot training. The new rule is one of several rulemakings required by the Act, including the requirements to prevent pilot fatigue that were finalized in December 2011, and the increased qualification requirements for first officers who fly U.S. passenger and cargo planes that were issued  in July 2013.
The final rule's requirements touch on several areas, including ground and flight training to prevent and recover from stalls and upsets; tracking remedial training for pilots with performance deficiencies; training to improve pilot monitoring; expanded crosswind training, including training for wind gusts; and enhanced runway safety procedures. The rule is available online at http://go.usa.gov/WKdH.
FAA Releases Unmanned Aircraft Systems Roadmap
Forecasts estimate an expected 7,500 small unmanned aircraft in the national airspace in the next five years. For now, almost all of the unmanned aircraft operations that are approved are for public use and research purposes, and on a case by case basis. A new UAS roadmap document, developed with key stakeholders, will outline what is needed to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the national airspace.
 
The roadmap, found here http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/uas/, addresses the policies, regulations, technologies, and procedures needed to integrate unmanned aircraft on a routine basis. To accomplish this, there must be a change in the way business is done. Operational goals, as well as safety issues must be considered when planning to expand the use of unmanned aircraft. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta had this to say about the FAA’s role in UAS integration, “As the provider of air traffic services, we must ensure the safety and efficiency of the entire airspace, including all aircraft, people and property – both manned and unmanned – in the air and on the ground.”

Newest Edition of FAA Safety Briefing Coming Soon! 
            Due to the government shutdown in October, the November/December issue of FAA Safety Briefing has been delayed.  The edition is expected to be released on or about November 22, 2013. We regret the inconvenience of delayed delivery.
 
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Saturday, November 09, 2013

FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education

 

"Aviation Trivia!"
Topic: Aviation Trivia Game
On Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM
Location:
Greenville Jet Center
100 Tower Drive
Jet Center Conference Room
Greenville, SC 29607


Select Number:
SO1352567

Description:
Join Airwolf at the Greenville Downtown Airport for a fun-filled morning of Aviation Trivia! Jarrett Bell will host this game and it will be every-man-for-himself! Questions will range from student pilot level to CFI knowledge level. Don't miss this opportunity to learn something new, or show off your skills in this friendly competition, I mean game(!), of Aviation Trivia. Refreshments provided by Airwolf Aviation, GJC, and the SCASC.

To view further details and registration information for this seminar, click here.
The sponsor for this seminar is: SC FAASTeam

The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) is committed to providing equal access to this meeting/event for all participants. If you need alternative formats or services because of a disability, please communicate your request as soon as possible with the person in the 'Contact Information' area of the meeting/event notice. Note that two weeks is usually required to arrange services.

The following credit(s) are available for the WINGS/AMT Programs:

Basic Knowledge 3 - 1 Credit

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Friday, November 08, 2013

Do-Little Field BBQ Fly-In November8-9, 2013


Friday-Saturday, November 8 - 9, 2013
Do-Little Field is again hosting its traditional BBQ Fly-In beginning this coming Friday with BBQ at 6:00 p.m., music and campfire. Camping is invited. Saturday festivities will include lunch served around Noon.

Friday-Saturday, November 8 - 9, 2013
Corvair College at Barnwell Airport - The new kit plane, the Panther, will be on display at the Corvair College. No admission to see it. The Panther is now available as plans and kit with several engine options. For more information, click here to visit the Panther website.

Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 9:00 a.m. til Noon 
Young Eagles Rally at KCUB. Ron Shelton has predicted around 30 kids to show up. Please come out and volunteer for ground crew or fly some young eagles.

Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 5:30 p.m.
Doolittle Raiders' Final Toast Live Cast at Hangar Y-1, KCUB -
 Sixty seven years ago the Doolittle Raiders got together for their 1st anniversary of their famous raid on Tokyo.  They agreed that they would get together every year thereafter until there were only 2 left and that those 2 men would open the bottle of 1896 Hennessy Very Special Cognac and drink a toast to their fellow Raiders who had all gone west.  There are now 4 and they have decided that they will change the Colonel's charge slightly since they are worried that there might not be 2 left who can get together next year.  This ceremony has always been billed as a private affair, which it will be.  But with modern technology they are going to share this memorable moment with a grateful nation.  The toast will be streamed live from the US Air Force's Dayton Museum.  It is fitting that since the Raiders began their historic flight from Columbia that we should vicariously join them under the wing of SCHAF's B-25 at CUB and also toast those men whose courage altered the course of events that were unfolding in the Pacific and paved the way for the hard fought victory.  Please join the Raiders (via live feed) at Hangar Y-1 at 1800 (6:00pm) under the wing of the B-25 to toast those brave men who ensured that we have the freedom to enjoy & celebrate liberty in the greatest country in the world. Link: http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 6:30 p.m. 
Birthday Supper at the SAC. Please come join hosts Phyllis and Xen Motsinger as they lead the celebration of November's birthdays. Please bring your spouse and a dish. The more, the merrier!

Saturday, November 16, 2013
Pancake Fly-In at KCUB - 9:00 a.m. at the SAC
Annual Business/Election Meeting - 10:00 a.m. at the SAC. If you would like to nominate someone for 2014, please attend. Officers will be elected for 2014.
Executive Committee Meeting - 11:00 a.m. at the SAC

Thursday, November 28, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Don't foreget Veterans day, November 11th - Free meals for Veterans

2013 Veterans Day Free Meals and Discounts

Veterans Day is soon approaching and there are many restaurants and companies who want to thank our veterans by providing them with discounts or a free meal. To those companies offering veterans a free meal or discount, the military community gives a collective thanks!
Two notes before jumping in:
  • Proof of Military Service. Most companies require some form of military ID. These include: a Military ID Card (active/reserve/retired), Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Drivers License with Veterans Designation, Photograph in uniform, be wearing uniform (if your service permits), Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion and VFW), DD214, discharge paperwork, or other form of identification. Other restaurants and companies may go by the honor system.
  • Participation. Second, always call ahead to verify locations, times, and participation. Many of the listed companies are franchises and may have different policies. We will do our best to keep this page updated as we find new info.

2013 Free Veterans Day Meals

Veterans Day free meals and discounts for military and veterans

Please credit this resource: We are frequently updating this list with new deals and offers for the military community. If you use items in this list, please direct your visitors to this page so they can find the most up to date information: http://themilitarywallet.com/veterans-day-free-meals-and-discounts/ Thanks!
Applebees Veterans Day AppreciationApplebee’s – free meal, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013: Last year, Applebee’s served over one million free meals to military veterans and active servicemembers. Applebee’s is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. There will be 7 entrées to choose from, beverage and gratuity not included. Military ID or proof of service required. More.
Bar Louie America - Veterans DayBar Louie, Free meal on Nov. 10th and 11th, 2013. From open to close Sunday, November 10th and Monday, November 11th every Bar Louie location across the country will offer veterans and military personnel a free meal up to a $12 value. Available at all locations, military ID or proof of service is required (source). Find a location near you.
BJs Restaurant and Brewery Veterans DayBJs Restaurant and Brewhouse, (Awaiting update – this is last year’s offer). Complimentary lunch entree or a one topping mini pizza for dinner. Offer valid to all active duty military and veterans, with proof of service. More info.
California Pizza Kitchen, Nov. 11, 2013. Free meal and non-alcoholic beverage for veterans and active military with valid ID or proof of service. Dine-in only. Find a location near you.
Champps Americana Veterans Day MealChampps Americana, Nov. 11, 2013. Participating Champps locations are offering veterans and active duty servicemembers a free hamburger (7 to choose from) and waffle fries from open to close on Monday, November 11, 2013. Dine in only, valid at participating locations (call ahead to verify local participation). More info, Find a location near you.
Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2013. Free meal for active and former military members with ID or other valid proof of service. Find a location near you.
Cheeseburger in Paradise, Monday, Nov. 11 2013. Free All-American Burger with fries with purchase of beverage and military ID or proof of service. Available to active military or veterans. Beverages and gratuity not included, dine-in only. Find a location near you.
Chilis Restaurant Free Veterans Day DinnerChili’s – free meal, Monday, Nov. 11 2013. Chili’s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of one of 7 meals during the dinner hour, or any lunch combo during lunch. Offer only available at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service. Visit their website to find locations.

Friday, November 01, 2013

FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education


FAA Safety Briefing October 2013 Department Profiles
Notice Number: NOTC5016


The September/October 2013 issue of FAA Safety Briefing, available at (www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/), focuses on aviation citizenship. Articles highlight the shared values, customs, and culture we share as citizens of the general aviation community.

The issue’s Jumpseat department (p.1) explains the importance of being a good aviation ambassador, Checklist (p. 30) covers the Airman Testing Standards and Training Work Group’s progress on the “aviation citizenship test” (i.e., the knowledge test standards), and Postflight (p. 32) highlights an important example of professionalism and airmanship every aviation citizen should aspire to emulate.

Our Vertically Speaking department (p. 28) covers the new Moral Courage Safety Award, while Nuts, Bolts, and Electrons (p. 26) focuses on the importance of being a good citizen in aviation maintenance.

Finally, this issue’s FAA Faces department (p. 33) profiles Lou Volchansky, assistant manager with FAA’s Aircraft Certification Service. Volchansky helps communicates the impact of the FAA’s airspace modernization effort on general aviation and contributed to the latest edition of the NextGen Implementation Program, outlining how operators can take advantage of NextGen capabilities.

The link to the online edition is: http://www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter - @FAASafetyBrief

**Please Note** - Due to the government shutdown in October, the November/December issue of FAA Safety Briefing has been delayed. A notice will go out when it is available for download. Thank you for your patience.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

John Schumacher visit from Fairfax, Va.

Reported by:  Steve Sanderson
 

 
It was our pleasure to host John Schumacher, from Fairfax, Va. at Whiteplains this past Friday and Saturday. Many thanks to Steve Crimm, Mike Moore, Ed Fisher, Clem Spencer and Jack Fastnaught for helping me show John what a great neighborhood we live in.