April 8, 2006
With sweltering heat and humidity plaguing much of the United States, pilots should be aware of the effects of high density altitude. It is critical to work through the performance charts for your aircraft before you take off-on a hot day, you might not have enough runway.
"These are performance issues pilots have been taught from the beginning, but it is something we all need to be reminded of," said Woody Cahall, AOPA vice president of aviation services. "Do the math on these hot days. It's better to be safe than sorry." And remember, your aircraft might not perform as well as it did the day it left the factory. See the AOPA Air Safety Foundation online course, Mountain Flying .
August 4, 2006
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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