View of Whiteplains Plantation

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

Friday, January 30, 2015

FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education


FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education
FAAST Blast
Notice Number: NOTC5825

FAAST Blast — Week of Jan 26 – Feb 1, 2015
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update

FAA To Issue New Sleep Apnea Guidance             On March 2, the FAA will issue new medical guidance to Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs) that incorporates industry and Congressional feedback balanced with the FAA and NTSB’s safety concerns about pilots flying with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). The FAA is not changing its medical standards related to OSA; however, it is revising the screening approach to help AMEs find undiagnosed and untreated OSA.
            The new guidance will improve safety and pilot health by reducing the burdens and disincentives that may have prevented some pilots from seeking an OSA evaluation and treatment. Pilots will be able to continue flying while they are evaluated and as they begin treatment, if needed. Based on industry feedback on the FAA’s draft guidance, the new guidance does not rely on a body mass index (BMI) score. Instead, the risk for OSA will be determined by an integrated assessment of history, symptoms, and physical/clinical findings.
            The FAA plans to publish the new guidance in the FAA Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners on March 2, 2015. For more information, visit http://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=81444 or see the FAA’s sleep apnea fact sheet here.

Alert Issued for Banner Towing in Vicinity of Parasail Operations            On January 16, the FAA issued a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) that highlights regulations, guidance, and best practices for safe aircraft banner tow operations in the vicinity of parasail operations. The alert was spurred by two recent midair collisions between banner tow aircraft and parasail rigs in flight as well as an NTSB special investigative report on parasailing safety.
            The FAA and U.S. Coast Guard share responsibility in mitigating the risk of collision between parasails and banner tow aircraft and both agencies strongly encourage communication and cooperation between the two in areas where these operations occur in close proximity. The FAA also encourages both parasail and banner tow operators to be familiar with the applicable regulations under 14 CFR section 91.311 and 14 CFR part 101, and to review the recommended actions outlined in the SAFO found here: http://1.usa.gov/1yLQOTW.

ATC Mic’d Up!             For the Jan/Feb 2015 edition of FAA Safety Briefing we turned the “mic” over to various air traffic controllers — the people who keep us safely separated — and boy did they have a lot to say! From tips on truly understanding the airspace in which we fly, to suggestions on how to effectively communicate with the tower, “Straight Talk: Featuring Air Traffic Control” provides great insight into the world of ATC. Check it out at http://www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/.

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Life Celebration for Nancy's zthis Saturday

Dear Whiteplains Neighbors and Friends,
Neil has asked that I pass on the following information:
We will be celebrating Nancy’s life with a Memorial Service.


The Memorial Service will be held on:
Saturday, February 7th at 11am.
The service will be take place at:
The Lexington Chapel located inside the 
Caughman-Harman Funeral Home
503 North Lake Drive
Lexington, SC 29072

For directions, please visit:
The Funeral Home is just south of the intersection of US Rt. 378 and Rt. 6 in the center of Lexington.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Whiteplains Announcement - Nancy Bonacum Passed away 1-28-2015




It is with sad heart that I must tell you that Nancy Bonacum passed away this evening 1-27-2015.

We do not know any of the arrangements.
Please pray for Nancy, Neil and their family.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Mark your calender for "Wings and Wheels Fly-in and Car Show - Oak Island, NC"

Saturday, Apr 18, 2015Wings and Wheels Fly-in and Car Show - Oak Island, NC
Wings and Wheels Fly-in and Car Show - Oak Island, NC


Cape Fear Regional Jetport (KSUT) Event Website




2nd annual Fly-in and Car Show. West Ramp Goodie bags for first 50 aircraft and 75 show cars. Show car fee, $10. All you can eat pancake breakfast $5. Landing competition. Earlier in the day, the town holds their Oak Island Lighthouse Run 1/2 Marathon, 5K and 10Ks, only 4 miles from airport. Later in the day, the town holds 'Phlock to the Beach event on the west ramp. This is a Jimmy Buffett-eske series of activities including a 5 hour concert featuring Buffett music. Admission. Event held the Saturday before Sun N Fun and is a good way for pilots to start their trip. Nearby hotels and on-airport camping available.





Contact: Martin Heller Phone: 703-732-3264

Monday, January 26, 2015

Video: Cirrus SR22 Chute Deployment in Pacific | Flying Magazine






Click on link below for full story.

Video: Cirrus SR22 Chute Deployment in Pacific | Flying Magazine






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Mastering the Art of Instrument Navigation


Topic: An Introduction to Scenario Based Learning and the IMC Club International
On Tuesday January 27, 2015 at 18:00 Eastern Standard Time

Location:
Hilton Head Library conference room / just off airport
11 Beach City Rd
Small Conference Room
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Description:
IMC Club, through its nationwide chapters, provides organized “hangar flying” focused on building proficiency in instrument flying.  Believing that safety and proficiency are developed through education and experience.  Monthly meetings use real world scenarios to engage our members and allow them to share and build their experience.  You do not have to be instrument rated to attend.  Click on the link below and register TODAY.
To view further details and registration information for this seminar, click here.
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.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Be sure to mark your calender for this years, "Soup-Off"

Next Saturday, January 31, at 6:30 pm we are hosting our 4th Annual Soup-Off.


Money raised this year will go to Gilbert elementary to help feed needy children in our community through the backpack meal program.
Last year we raised about $200. If you don't want to make a soup, bring a dessert, cornbread, bread, or crackers, etc.
Also, bring some dollars to cast your vote for best soup. Each vote will cost you $1.00. You can make sure your spouse wins the coveted "Golden Ladle" award by buying lots of votes. LOL.
This event will be at Mike and Jean Moore's hangar behind our house at 244 Cirrus Ln. You can park in lot across from our home or the taxiway across from our hangar. Just watch for airplanes!
Hopefully we will see you next Saturday. We will furnish iced tea, water, and maybe coffee. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Around the world, over the poles - AOPA




A pilot from Fredericksburg, Virginia, has flown around the world in a single-engine airplane on a route down the eastern side of the Americas, over the South Pole, across the Pacific Ocean, up the West Coast of the U.S. to Alaska, over the North Pole, and home.
Followers tagged along on social media and an online flight tracker as Bill Harrelson, 68, completed his journey with a landing back where he started in Kinston, North Carolina, the afternoon of Jan. 21. The final leg capped a 24-day adventure that will allow him to claim a speed record that his team said "shatters" a 1987 mark set by Richard D. Norton.
Harrelson, already a long-distance record holder who had attempted the over-the-poles flight in 2013, flew a modified Lancair IV single-engine airplane capable of carrying 361 gallons of fuel in nine tanks.

For the full story, click on link below.
Around the world, over the poles - AOPA

New Graphic Weather Briefings at www.1800wxbrief.com

FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education
Lockheed Martin Flight Service: Not the Flight Service Station you once knew
Notice Number: NOTC5815

General Aviation pilots are used to standard weather briefings that include extensive and comprehensive information about their route of flight and a whole lot more information that may or may not be pertinent to their flight. For years pilots have been asking for easy to understand weather and flight information specific to their needs with greater use of graphics and filtering. That is exactly what Lockheed Martin Flight Service is delivering online as a result of the feedback received from General Aviation pilots.

Pilot-Centric Capabilities
· Next Generation Briefings that are graphics-rich and easy to understand
· Tools that help you plan your departure time around the best possible weather
and avoid adverse conditions
· An alerting service that notifies you of changes in adverse conditions that
affect your flight
· Notification of ATC Routing Changes
· In-flight electronic PIREP submission via Flight Services Data Link
· VFR flight plan activation and closure by touching a link in an email
· Automated position monitoring for expedited Search and Rescue

These are just a few of the capabilities you’ll find at www.1800wxbrief.com, all of which were developed in collaboration with pilots. Accounts and services are free, and pilots can retrieve their historical data online.

Lockheed Martin’s also sharing these capabilities at no cost with the developers of popular flight planning apps and websites like ForeFlight, Garmin, Honeywell, Naviator, FlightPro, iFlyGPS, Aerovie, spidertracks and DeLorme, with many others on the way.

Whether you use www.1800wxbrief.com; any of the flight planning apps that provide briefings from Lockheed Martin Flight Services; or call 1-800-WX-BRIEF, your briefings will meet FAA requirements and be recorded, even if you do not provide logon credentials for LM’s pilot web portal to your app.

You can find more information about these capabilities at www.1800wxbrief.com.
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Friday, January 02, 2015

Bonanza Mountains January 1, 2015



It was a perfect day to go flying.  Join Phil and Don in Phils Bonanza as they fly threw the mountains just south of Asheville, NC.