News and Notes from V.P. of Safety, Operations, & Maintenance David Oliver

Tips and tricks from the CAF trenches. Operating multiple aircraft in the Warbird Industry, fighting for the continued support of our aircraft and mission of the CAF.

Gerald “David” Oliver first took the controls of an aircraft at the age of 7 years old.   A typical “airport kid” David’s first job in aviation started as an aircraft fueler when he was a teenager.  After soloing an airplane on his 16thbirthday David quickly went on to secure instrument, commercial, multi-engine, seaplane and instructor ratings by the age of 20.  He has a wide range of experience in aviation.  In 2006 he won the IAC National Collegiate Aerobatic Championship.   He is an avid tail wheel pilot and loves flying the family J-3 with his kids.  In 2008 David deployed to the Middle East as a contractor for the US military and logged over 600 combat hours in military aircraft in both Afghanistan and Iraq.  He has served as a long range ferry pilot with multiple ocean crossings, delivering aircraft all over the world.   In 2009, David actively sought out the Commemorative Air Force where he volunteered with the B-29 / B-24 Squadron based in Dallas, Texas.  He served 4 years as the Flight Operations Officer of the unit and traveled extensively with the AirPower History Tour.   He is qualified as an Aircraft Commander on the B-29 and B-24 as well as serving as Check Pilot on the B-29.   David joined the headquarters staff of the CAF in June of 2015 as Director of Operations and moved up to VP of Operations, Safety and Maintenance in April of 2016.   David holds a degree in Aviation Management from Southern IL University as well as an ATP, and A&P certificate.   He and his wife, Christina, have three children and reside in Plano, TX. 

Aircraft Available for Assignment

Aircraft Available for Assignment

We have some new aircraft available for assignment in the CAF.  If you or your Unit have any interest in seeking assignment of an aircraft please contact David Oliver at doliver@cafhq.org within the next 30 days. Please note that new CAF Units and CAF Units without an assigned aircraft generally have preference.

Here is how the process works:

#1.  Contact David Oliver to give your expression of interest and discuss your Unit situation. 

#2.  Unit Officer vote at the squadron level to seek assignment.  

#3.  Fill out the CAF Form AA1 for official assignment request (www.CAFoperations.org)

#4.  Your submission will be reviewed by the American AirPower Heritage Flying Museum Board for Unit selection and approval.  

Happy Bidding!

David Oliver

V.P. of Operations

doliver@cafhq.org

630-853-9624

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2nd Annual Mountain West Formation Clinic

2nd Annual Mountain West Formation Clinic
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(i.e. Please Share!)
 
With 2 weeks to go we need more registrations to ensure a successful clinic. In order for the even to break even we need 10 paid registrations and right now we have 5 airplanes and 7 participants.  Registration covers the costs of pilot snacks, lunches, the welcome BBQ, and one hotel room for volunteer ground personnel support.  So, register now by clicking on this REGISTER link and sending a quick email, that would be most helpful for our planning purposes.
 
I’m currently working with Clover Control to get some Restricted Airspace carved out for our Formation Operating Areas, and discreet frequencies.   We will also have the Aerobatic Practice Area Waiver over the airport.  This is great airspace and a great time of year to get the rust knocked off before the summer flying season or begin the journey towards a FAST card.
 
We are grateful for the members of the Utah Wing of the CAF, CAF HQ in Dallas, TRARON, the RPA, and NATA for all stepping up and pledging their support.  There is every reason for us to be sharing resources and making good on the pledge that “FAST is FAST” by training to a common standard, understanding operational differences, and supporting our precious privilege to operate these great airplanes.  
 
Here are the event details:
 
WHO:  Any pilots interested in formation (if you do not have a tandem seat, bubble canopy aircraft, please contact me to see what we can work out)
 
WHAT:  FAST Formation Clinic.  Brand new formation pilots, those interested in being a brand new formation pilot, and seasoned veterans alike are all welcome.  
 
WHEN:  Thursday June 1 thru Sunday June 4.  90 Minute Ground School will be Thursday at 1800 followed by a BBQ on the ramp amidst historical WWII hangars.
 
WHERE:  KENV, Wendover, Utah (on the Nevada/Utah border) home of much WWII history and adjacent to the Bonneville Salt Flats.  Located approx. 90nm due west of Salt Lake City.
 
WHY: Why not?!  Camaraderie, high quality training, and fun.
 
Cost of the clinic will be $95 and includes a welcome BBQ on Thursday evening, lunch each day, pilot drinks and snacks, and whatever pilot schwag we can come up with. This is a great opportunity to visit and fly at a truly historic airfield - selected by Paul Tibbets to train the B-29 crews that ended WWII in the Pacific.  Tons of ramp space, great facilities including a B-29 hangar we can use if we get bad weather, and open airspace.  
 
Please REGISTER HERE so we can get a headcount.  Registration fees will be collected on site.
 
IMPORTANT - Below are the following hotels for which we have negotiated group rates.  Please use the group code FORMATION CLINIC to get the discounted rate.  Wendover is a border gambling town so they tend to sell out on the weekends.  Please make your reservations ASAP to ensure you get a room.  
 
***QUALITY INN - 15 rooms blocked $65 for 2+ nights, $75 for one night  (435) 665-2226
****BEST WESTERN PLUS 10 rooms blocked- $99/night  (435) 665-2215
 
Please contact me directly if you have any questions, and please spread the word!
 
Let’s FLY!
 
Barry Hancock
Clinic Bottle Washer
801-899-5313 cell
 
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
 
Thursday
1200 -1800  Arrivals/Fam Flights
1800 -1930  FAST Ground School (required for all first time clinic pilots, recommended for everyone)
1930-???    On Site BBQ
 
Friday
0800 Morning Briefing (required for everyone flying)
0830 -1130 Training Sorties
1130 -1230 Lunch on site 
1230 - 1700 Training Sorties
1700-1800 Aerobatic Box Open
1930 Dinner in town
 
Saturday
0800 Morning Briefing (required for everyone flying)
0830 - 1130 Training Sorties / Check rides
1130 - 1230 Lunch on site 
1230 - 1700 Training Sorties / Check rides
1700 - 1800  Aerobatic Box Open
1900 - 2100 Banquet / SHORT awards ceremony / Call signs
 
Sunday
0800 - ??? Break down / Clean Up/Departures / Check rides
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Volunteers Needed for C-47 "Thats All Brother"

Volunteers Needed for C-47 "Thats All Brother"

"Thats All Brother" is undergoing a major restoration and you are invited to participate.  We need volunteers who are willing to travel to Oshkosh Wisconsin and help clean and prep the inside of the fuselage for paint. The job is ready now for anyone who is willing.  If you have some basic mechanical or cleaning skills and can take care of your own travel we would love to have you help!  

Please contact David Oliver at (doliver@cafhq.org) to find out more information.

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CAF National Formation Clinic - C-45's and T-6's Needed

CAF National Formation Clinic - C-45's and T-6's Needed

Hello Everyone,

On May 18th through the 21st the AirPower History Tour and TRARON have combined to host an event at Dallas Executive Airport (KRBD).  What better way to share the joy of aviation and formation flying than to give the general public the opportunity to watch.  The event promises to have lots of flying, education activities, and cockpit tours.

We also need more Formation Instructors as well as anyone intersted in attending their first clinic.  If you have a C-45 or a T-6 and are interested in attending please register or contact me (doliver@cafhq.org) for more information.  This year we are also working to develop a large aircraft formation training syllabus.  To register click on the button below.  (Pre-requisite experience may be required for large aircraft).  

If your interested in just attending the AirPower History Tour with a static or ride aircraft please RSVP to Brad Pilgrim (bpilgrim@cafhq.org).  Hope to see you there.  Click below to register for the Formation Clinic.  

 

 

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WSC Video - CAF Incidents and Accidents 2016

WSC Video - CAF Incidents and Accidents 2016

Hello Everyone,

2016 had more incidents and accidents in the CAF than any other year previous.  Fortunately not a single person was harmed.  But what happened in 2016 that led to so much bent metal?  Jim Lasche our CAF Director of Operations & Maintenance presents the facts at Wing Staff Conference as safety was the major topic.  We video taped the session and have made it available online as a training course.  

This is perhaps one of the most important video's to watch.  Click below to see what happened and why.  

Video not displaying?  Click HERE to watch it at our new CAF Operations Website.  

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Exhibit Trailer Available for Assignment

Exhibit Trailer Available for Assignment

Up for assignment in the CAF is a recently donated exhibit trailer.  This trailer has been donated to the CAF and is available to a Unit.  Although the trailer has been previously used by another exhibit, the trailer is in good condition.  The previous exhibit that you see in the picture has been removed and the trailer is  essentially an empty shell.  Its a build to suit structure that is available for your Unit.  The estimated cost to upgrade and outfit the trailer similar to the Redtail Exhibit would be $150,00 to $200,000.   Click to see more photos and information.  

https://www.cafoperations.org/monsanto

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Thats All Brother Needs Your Help!

Thats All Brother Needs Your Help!

While it might not seem so from the picture, That’s All Brother, the C-47 that led the airborne invasion and dropped the first paratroopers into Normandy, is well on its way to flying before the end of this year.  The next phase is returning the aircraft to it’s original D Day configuration.

That’s All Brother has been completely disassembled, inspected, and all unairwothy parts replaced.  As you read this, our partners at Basler Turbo Conversions are well on the way to reassembling the airplane for a summer delivery.

While the Central Texas Wing will be managing this uniquely historic aircraft, it belongs to all of us in the CAF and we’ll be looking for members from all over the country to help us meet its flight operations and appearance schedules. We’ll need help with every aspect of the operation from maintaining and flying this historic aircraft to writing press releases, and giving tours.

The first step, for those of you who are interested, is to go to the website, centraltexaswing.org, and become a member of the wing. Be sure to note your interest in supporting TAB and specify how you would like to participate.

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While That’s All Brother’s travel schedule will be limited in 2017, if you have any suggestions for venues please contact dave.berrio@centraltexaswing.org

 

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Wings Over Dallas Airshow - October 6-8, 2017

Wings Over Dallas Airshow - October 6-8, 2017

Hello Everyone,

Who ever knew that Football in Texas was important?  Well we do and we want to be sure that Wings Over Dallas 2017 has the perfect fall date.  
 
Please mark your calendars now, our official Wings Over Dallas Dates are October 6-8, 2017.
 
2017 promises to be a great year and Wings Over Dallas has already chosen a “Heavy Bombers Theme” for 2017.  All CAF aircraft are invited and welcome to attend.  Whether your unit desires to sell rides or just coming for the fun, you and your CAF unit and aircraft should plan on attending.  With the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raiders and the hope to get all of the CAF B-25’s to attend, we are most certain to have an all star line up of bombers, transports, liason, and fighters.  We are even planning a Formation Clinic for the days prior leading up to the Airshow.  
 
Look for more details as the planning develops and be sure to watch the website for future news.  www.WingsOverDallas.org
 
David Oliver
Vice President of Operations
Commemorative Air Force
Cell: 630-853-9624
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New TRARON Website

New TRARON Website

Dear CAF members,

We are excited to roll out the new web site for the formation training arm of the CAF.  www.cafformation.org is the new online home for TRARON, the FAST signatory for the CAF charged with overseeing formation training to FAA acknowledged standards.  Communication is a key element to our success and we hope that you will find the new web site informative, easy to navigate, convenient, and reliable.  

We will be improving the site as time goes on, with our goal to make it a one stop shop for all things formation.  Right now you can find information on upcoming clinics, download membership forms, learn more about your leadership team, and review recent articles on formation flying in the CAF.  We will shortly add features to include being able to pay your membership dues online, an online directory, information on how to host a clinic, and much, much more.  

We are very excited for the renewed enthusiasm for formation flying in the organization.  We are working diligently behind the scenes to take TRARON to new heights and encourage everyone to get involved.  If you have any questions or would like to help in any way, please contact me directly at pilotmaker@icloud.com.

Let’s FLY!

Barry Hancock

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Restoration Grant Fund - Apply Now

Restoration Grant Fund - Apply Now

Hello Everyone,

The Restoration Grant Fund is a very important way of promoting and encouraging restoration projects in the CAF fleet.  Many aircraft have been returned to flying status with the help of the fund.  The 12 Planes of Christmas campaign has been very successful in helping to rebulid the Restoration Grant Fund for 2017 and we are asking for all Units who have restoration projects to apply.  

Application deadline is February 23, 2017

The American AirPower Heritage Flying Museum Board will have responsibility to appropriate the funds.  The board is intending to meet in March during the CAF Wing Staff Conference.  The final results should be available soon after.  Please click on the button below to submit your application online.  

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Introducing CAFoperations.org Website

Introducing CAFoperations.org Website

Hello Everyone,

I want to take a moment and introduce you all to the new CAF Operations Website.  www.CAFoperations.org is now up and running.  The website is designed for anyone who operates CAF aircraft. Whether your logging into Fortress or completing flight forms on your smart phone, the CAF Operations Website is designed entirely as a resource for the member.    

We are working to add new things daily and have lots of ideas for the future.  Perhaps the biggest news is the required Online Training for pilots and mechanics each year. Hopefully you all find the training programs to be informative and easy to watch.  Just click on ‘Training’ and you can see the video courses that are offered.  Here are some of the courses available so far.

-                   -  Online CAFR 60-1 training required for all Pilots

-                   - Online CAFR 66-1 training required for all Maintainers. 

-                   - Online Exemption 6802N training required for all 6802 ride pilots

-                   - Normalization of Deviance training course

-                   - TRARON training course

-                   - Marshalling training course

-                   - CAF Drug & Alcohol training course

In addition to these online video courses the website also offers an online CAF Operations Forum. The forum will have tips, tricks, and updates as well as allowing you all to post comments, questions, and discussions.  The online forum is open to all CAF Colonels and is a great way to collaborate with each other related to CAF Operations.

Tired of mailing or faxing CAF paper forms?  The website offers Online Forms.  These online forms are a fast and convenient way to share information.  Are you in the 6802 program?  How about submitting your pilot training forms online at the touch of a button?  The best part is all the forms are mobile friendly and are great for smartphones in the field. New forms are added weekly and here are some that are available now:

-                   -  Form 600 for Pilot Transition Letters

-                   -  6802 Ground and Flight Training Sheets 

-                   -  Request a Certificate of Insurance

-                   -  Request Oil Sample Kits

-                   -  Request Green Book Flight Forms (ie. Form 100, 101, 105)

-                   -  Request a CAF Flight Suit

Coming Soon and under construction is the Resources Page.  Have you ever wished that we had all our wonderful CAF resources all in one location?  The idea is to build a repository of goodies that we all can share across the CAF.  Send us your ideas on what to include as well as your documents which we can host online. And whether you’re looking for a CRM module or your looking to prepare topics for an upcoming ground school, the resources page is intended to be your one stop shop.  We plan to have the resources page completed by Wing Staff Conference 2017.  

While your visiting the website, please be sure to take a moment and fill out our 2017 Operations and Maintenance Survey.  The survey is aimed at collecting your voice on what you see as safety issues in the CAF.  It only takes 5 minutes and your input is required.  Its as simple as clicking on the navigation bar at the top of the website and following the anonymous questions.   

Hopefully you see that the website is easy to use and is dedicated solely to all of you hard working Operations and Maintenance folks.  We want your feedback.  Like it, love it, or hate it, we are working together to make the CAF Operations better and safer.  Email Jim and David with your comments.        

David Oliver

VP of Operations

Cell: 630-853-9624

doliver@cafhq.org

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National Warbird Operators Conference

National Warbird Operators Conference

NWOC Announces Early Registration and Sponsorship Registration Open for the World’s Largest Educational Warbird Conference

The NWOC “Crew” is pleased to announce NWOC’s 24th anniversary conference will take place Feb 23-26, 2017 in Virginia Beach, VA. Early registration is now open for conference and hotel reservations at the NWOC website:  www.nwoc.aero

Get Your Early Bird Pricing! Available until January 10, the early registration price of $400!

 
 

Sponsorship Packages Available

About NWOC:
NWOC (National Warbird Operator Conference) is a unique educational conference offering programs to enhance pilot skill and knowledge, expand aircraft maintenance technician and restorer knowledge, develop awareness of medical and insurance facts, and address aircraft-specific topics to ensure continued flight for these unique historic aircraft.

For more information about NWOC, visit our website at www.nwoc.aero

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Operations & MX Survey - We Need Your Voice

Operations & MX Survey - We Need Your Voice

Hello Everyone,

Its important to know that the CAF is always looking to improve.  In 2017 we want to hear your voice.  Below is a link to the 2017 Operations & MX Survey.  Its important that you take 5 minutes to complete the short questions.  The results will be shared in the next few months.  

Its our intention to start multiple discussions this year related to making the CAF a safer operation.  All of us understand the importance of what we do but often we underestimate what is at risk.  The survey helps us identify those areas and improve.  Your feedback is important.  Anyone who volunteers in any capacity related to operating CAF aircraft is welcome to participate.  Please feel free to forward this link to anyone in the CAF.  

Thanks Everybody,

David Oliver

V.P. of Operations

Cell: 630-853-9624

Click HERE for Survey

 

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No Drone Zone!

No Drone Zone!

At approximately 11:30 am on Saturday, Oct 15, a Houston Wing pilot was giving a ride for hire in Houston Wing’s Navy N3N bi-plane when he had a near miss with a drone. 

Here is his statement describing the incident. 

“Shortly after turning to the base leg at 500 feet AGL, I narrowly missed being hit by a UAV that passed about ten feet under my left wing.  The UAV was a black, quadcopter type drone about 18-24 inches across. At that moment, I was just north of Clay road above a residential neighborhood.  Less than a minute after my near miss, a Mooney behind me in the pattern reported seeing a drone at 700 feet AGL in the same area.  After parking the airplane, I called the FBO to request that they notify law enforcement of what happened.  The FBO employee told me that the airport manager was aware of the incident and would “do what he is supposed to do”.”

 

The next day the pilot contacted the Houston FAA - Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) and they told him to send them an email with as much detail as possible.  

 

With the growth of uncontrolled drone aircraft flying throughout the U.S. all of our pilots need to be doubly aware of this growing hazard.  Please report near misses of this type to your local FAA FSDO.

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*IMPORTANT* Medical Certificate Gotcha!

*IMPORTANT* Medical Certificate Gotcha!

Hello Everyone,

We recieved word from the FAA that there are a significant number of cases where pilots are cutting the "Conditions of Issue" off of their medical certificates.  For years we have been accustomed to this text being placed on the backside of our medicals.  With the use of modern printers at your AME's office these are now to the right of your medical on the same sheet.  The intention is to fold the paper. 

The instructions "Fold Here" are not explicit and removing the "Conditions of Issue" actually invalidate your medical.  Pilots are actually not being allowed to fly in Airshows because of this invalidation of their medical certificates.  

Sure enough....I checked my own medical and I had cut this part off.  Please check your medical and be sure its attached.  If you find (like me) that you didn't "Fold Here" please see the attached link for the FAA site on how to apply for a lost or destroyed Medical Certificate.  Fly Safe!

https://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/airmen_certification/certificate_replacement/

 

David Oliver

V.P. of Operations

Commemorative Air Force

Cell: 630-853-9624

doliver@cafhq.org

 

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Last Call - CAF National Formation Clinic

Last Call - CAF National Formation Clinic

Last Call for anyone wanting to attend the CAF National Formation Clinic.  This years event which starts Thursday Sept. 29th at Dallas Executive Airport (KRBD) is growing and its not too late to attend.  Weather this weekend is looking clear with a high of 80 degrees.  If you have a warbird and are looking for formation training this event promises to be lots of fun.  So far we have about 20 aircraft pre-registered for the clinic.  Click HERE to sign up and get more details.  If you have questions contact David Oliver at doliver@cafhq.org

Hope to see you all soon,

David Oliver

 

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CAF Wings Over Dallas Airshow 2016

CAF Wings Over Dallas Airshow 2016

Hi Everyone,

As many of you know we are planning for our first annual Wings Over Dallas Airshow October 28-30.  The event is being held at the Dallas Executive Airport and is honoring the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbour.  We want everyone to know that all Colonels and aircraft are invited to the show.  If you and your unit would like to participate we would love to have you attend.  Admission for all CAF aircraft and their crew is included.  The link below is available to RSVP your aircraft and crew for attendance. 

We are also actively seeking volunteers and those who are not already committed to crew duties.  Please follow the link to find out volunteer opportunities.  

Hotel and Rental car information are available at the Airshow website www.wingsoverdallas.org  You can also email David Oliver at doliver@cafhq.org with any questions.

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Ranger Engines - Emergency Action Item

Ranger Engines - Emergency Action Item

Prior to the next flight, all CAF aircraft operating Ranger engines, inspect the throttle shaft for engagement, security and operation.  It is important to check full engagement of the throttle shaft on the spline and check to be sure the hardware is appropriately safetied.  Please see attached photo.  

 

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Register now for ICAS 2016

Register now for ICAS 2016

Hello Everyone,

Hard to believe that our airshow season is already half over.  Its never too early to start thinking about next year and ICAS 2016 is only 4 months away.  ICAS is a great way for units to rub shoulders with event organizers and airshow professionals.  This year the convention will be held in Las Vegas Nevada at the Paris hotel and convention center.

During the convention, CAF works to combine and leverage our presence and co-locate our booths and members together.  If you’re interested in attending, please register with the instructions below.  If you’re interested in booth space please contact Julie Buss or David Oliver at CAF HQ Operations if you have not done so already.

Instructions for Registration (Utilizing a Generic Login).  Personal logins are available through ICAS directly, but please feel free to use the info below as well.  

Step #1: Please go to the website www.airshows.aero

Step #2: Click on member log-in in upper right corner

Step #3: Please use the Username:  Julie     

The Password is:  caficas

Step #4: Please click on ‘convention’ and then ‘register’. 

Step #5: If you have attended ICAS in previous years you should see your name on the list.  If you do not see your name you can either email Julie Buss at Jbuss@cafhq.org or 214-330-1700 ext. 130.  You can also contact ICAS directly and have your name added by calling 703-779-8510.

Booth Space: If you are looking to secure booth space for a CAF unit please contact David Oliver or Julie Buss at Jbuss@cafhq.orgor 214-330-1700 Ext. 130

See you all in Las Vegas.

 

David Oliver

V.P. of Safety, Operations, & Maintenance

Commemorative Air Force

Cell: 630-853-9624

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CAF National Formation Clinic

Hello Everyone,

Good News!  I’m excited to announce that the new CAF Headquarters facility will be hosting the first annual CAF National Formation Clinic.  The clinic will be held at Dallas Executive Airport (KRBD) on September 29th through October 2nd.  As many know, revitalizing TRARON and promoting formation flying within the CAF is a focus for 2016.  We are excited to offer the new CAF Headquarters facility as a base of operation for formation training.  The clinic is open to all pilots and aircraft.  Registration cost is $95 payable at the event.  Please click on the link below to register as slots may fill up fast.

 

 

Schedule of Events

Thursday, Sept. 29th

1400 -1800      Arrivals/Registration/Fam Flights

1600 -1800      FAST Ground School (required for all first time clinic pilots, recommended for everyone)

 

Friday, Sept. 30th

0800                Morning Briefing (required for everyone flying)

0830 - 1130     Training Sorties

1130 - 1230      Lunch on site 

1230 - 1800     Training Sorties

 

Saturday, Oct. 1st

0800                Morning Briefing (required for everyone flying)

0830 - 1130     Training Sorties / Check rides

1130 - 1230     Lunch on site 

1230 - 1800     Training Sorties / Check rides

1700 - 1800     Clean Up  

 

Sunday, Oct. 2nd

0800 - ???         Break down / Departures / Check rides

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