View of Whiteplains Plantation

View of Whiteplains Plantation
Over Head View

Monday, April 22, 2013

Sunday, 4-21-2013 I was able to fly up to Myrtle Beach Hardee Airpark for the SCBC breakfast with Pilot Phil Rainwater in his new Beech V35B.  We had a great flight, but the conditions at Hardee were not that great.  Weather wasn't bad, but the grass runway was wet and soft. See video below for more information.  Thanks to all the find folks at Hardee Airpak. See you next year!

SCBC 4-21-2013 at Hardee Airpark

Friday, April 05, 2013

MiG-15: Flying the enemy fighter

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This Saturday.....4-6-2013

Saturday, Apr 6, 2013
The Hamilton-Owens Palmetto Cup Aerial Scavenger Hunt
Hamilton-Owens Airport (KCUB), Columbia, SC (Local Weather)
This is the second year of the Hamilton-Owens Palmetto Cup. This year to earn your name on the cup you will fly in a aerial scavenger hunt! We will meet at the Hamiton-Owens airport KCUB at 9:00AM. There will be a pilot briefing then each team will draw clues to 7 items somewhere in centrtal SC. Your job is to find as many as you can in 1 hour and 30 minutes. Your time will start on your take off roll and end on touchdown. Your will need a digital camera to document the hidden checkpoints. When you return there will also be a mystery spot landing contest, only we know THE SPOT! The entry fee is only $50.00 per airplane. There will be a cash prize and the winning team get's thier name on the Hamiton-Owens Palmetto Cup. There will also be the Earl Yerrick Memorial Aircraft Static Display going on at the same time. This is ALL to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Contact: Peggy Roberson Lopez
Phone: 803 771-7915
Print out a Flyer!

Airport Information:
Jim Hamilton L.B. Owens (CUB)
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Latitude: 33-58-13.7000N
Longitude: 080-59-42.9000W
Elevation: 193
Fuel: 100LL Jet-A
CTAF: 122.8
Unicom: 122.8
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Thursday, April 04, 2013

Want to be a Pilot?

Traveling to all 50 States by Hitchhiking via GA

Good morning,
I am a travel writer who is hitchhiking on general aviation planes to all 50 states and am blogging about it on (a book is also in the works). So far, I have been on 32 planes ranging from experimentals to seaplanes, a 1940 WACO, and a Hawker. I visited Oshkosh and have been included in more than 30 media outlets including AOPA, NPR, The Seattle Times, and NBC's 

I am flying to Charleston, SC this weekend and am trying to go to Florida (anywhere) after that. You can find more information about my project on, including a map of where I have been, photos, a full list of press coverage, and my adventure blog. (I am also on Facebook and Twitter).

I anticipate the project taking over a year to finish (I started in July 2012) so I need all the help I can get! It has been generating a tremendous amount of interest among the general public and has attracted positive press for GA. 

If you think any of your club members might want to help me get closer to Florida please feel free to give them my information. Or, if you have any tips, suggestions, or know of any upcoming events I should attend please let me know! I'll be heading to Sun N Fun in April ;)

Please feel free to call me at (585) 245-1411.
Thank you!

The JetHiking Gypsy
"Dreams can take you far but only if you're willing to fly."

Safety Videos - Operating at Non-Tower Airports

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Non-Towered Airports:
Operating Safely!

With 149 control towers scheduled to close across the USA, the number of non-towered operations will be going up dramatically!
Watch this timely refresher on non-towered airport operations, where PilotWorkshops founder Mark Robidoux interviews safety expert Bob Martens. Martens has delivered hundreds of live seminars on this topic and these videos address the most frequently asked questions.
We are providing these videos as a community service and hope that it might help you brush up on these important procedures.
Note: These recommendations are specific to USA non-towered airport operations.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education

Air Traffic Control Facility Closures
Notice Number: NOTC4665
On February 22, 2013, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administrator (FAA) Michael Huerta jointly announced the possible impacts of a budget sequestration on FAA operations.  This announcement included notification of potential closure of over 100 air traffic control towers, with those impending closures beginning April 7, 2013.  The FAA has subsequently released a list of 149 control towers that will be closed and the agency has made the decision to keep 24 federal contract towers open, read:  Press Release – FAA Makes Tower Closing Decision.
As the probability of these tower closures and reduced operating hours nears, it is important to increase our awareness of proper operating practices and procedures at airports without an operating control tower.  Although we often hear these airports called “uncontrolled”, you can help ensure continued safe and controlled operations through adherence to published practices and procedures. Of course, “non-towered airport” is the proper term to use for an airport without an operating control tower.
There are many resources that provide advisory information for operations at airports without an operating control tower. These include the FAA Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM)Advisory Circular (AC) 90-66A , CFR 91.113 (Basic Right of Way Rules), CFR 91.126 and CFR 91.127(Traffic Flow Rules at Non-Towered Airports).
Please also note that some aeronautical experience for pilot certification requires takeoffs and landings at a towered airport. This may increase activity at the remaining towered airports, and will necessitate diligent planning on the part of training providers, instructors and students.
So, what can I do?
  • Always check NOTAMs prior to flight.
  • Communicate, Communicate, Communicate.  Remember, communication includes listening, not just transmitting.
  • Stay alert and continually scan for traffic. This may include turbojet, turboprop or helicopter operators that are not accustom to “standard traffic patterns” at your airport.
  • Be aware that you may now be sharing the traffic pattern with non-radio equipped aircraft or ultralights.
  • Spend some time with your CFI improving your knowledge and skills.
  • Improve your knowledge by completing one or more of the many on-line courses available through the website. 
URL for the links listed in the notice:
Press Release: 90-66A:$FILE/AC90-66A.pdfCFR 91.113: 91.126: 91.127: 
Remember, safety is every pilot’s responsibility. Have a safe and enjoyable flight!
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