“Do unto other flying club members as you would have other flying club members do unto you.”
I saw this in action yesterday when a plane came back from flying and needed fuel before the next flight. Line crew were already gone for the day (as they typically work from 13:00 to 16:00) and three members were in the office chatting. These three members rallied to help the next pilot fuel the airplane, so she could get on her way.
Generally speaking, the returning pilot should re-fuel the airplane and put it back in its parking place if line crew isn’t available. That is, if a pilot returns early in the morning and another flight is scheduled to depart before line crew arrive, the early pilot should re-fuel and have the plane ready for the next pilot to take. Similarly, if a pilot returns in the evening and the plane is scheduled to fly the next morning, the returning pilot should re-fuel and have the plane ready for the morning pilot to take. All it takes is for each club member to be mindful of when the next flight will be, so that the airplane can be ready to go.
The bottom line is that if you want an airplane ready when you get there, leave the airplane ready-to-go after you bring it back. The Golden Rule (of Flying Clubs) results in positive member engagement, aircraft that are ready-to go, and overall happier members.
Jason Dodds is a helicopter pilot rated in the US and Canada. In the US he holds a Commercial Rotocraft Certificate. In Canada his rating is called Transport Canada Commercial Rotocraft Certificate. Jason joined Ponderosa Aero Club to learn to fly fixed wing aircraft. On December 7, 2018 Jason earned his fixed wing private pilot add-on certificate with CFI Justin Perkins. Jason went immediately into training with CFII Justin Perkins to obtain his Instrument Airplane Rating. His goal is to fy for the airlines, even though he has plenty of experience flying helicopters for search & rescue, heli-skiing (Part 135), fire fighting, power lines, and the list goes on and on.
Dave Thomas earned his Instrument rating on Halloween! Should we be scared?? Just kidding. This is a huge acheivement for Dave and CFII Jamie Boesiger. Dave was Jamie’s first student to earn an IFR rating, so they both accomplished a “1st”. Congratulations! The DPE who signed Dave’s certificate was Julian Pridmore-Brown.
Sharki Kontra passed her Multi-Engine Instrument Commercial checkride on October 25th in the Club’s PA34-220T Seneca III. After an oral review, completing multiple maneuvers and simulated single engine approaches, DPE Julian Pridmore-Brown signed her logbook and provided her a new certificate. Her instructor was Rick Reierson.
Way to go Andrew Wheeler! The day was beautiful, everything was just right then the ATC moved him to Runway 10L. Like a pro he adjusted and took control mastering his take offs and landings. Great work Andrew!!! Andrew is training with CFI Brett Boesiger.
Ready for start up, “Celar”, Andrea confidently announced in his native Italian language. After evaluating Andrea’s skills that evening, CFI Brett Boesiger was dropped off for Andrea’s first solo flight. Another solo student ready for new adventures! Great job Andrea!
Conrad Kennington did his first solo on Saturday, October 7th. After a few warm-up laps around the Boise Airport, his flight instructor Brett Boesiger exited the plane and Conrad was on his own to experience one of the most thrilling tasks of his life!
Joe began his commercial training exactly one year ago. After a year of training, practicing and five check ride cancellations because of weather, he passed his checkride February 20th. Business travel, aircraft not available when Joe was and winter weather all had a part in the long endeavor. But, Joe persevered always keeping the end goal in sight. Congratulations!
Even though he lives in Seattle Cuyler finds himself back at BOI to tag on his Commercial rating. Always good to see you, just keep the slugs in Seattle!
Ya’ll know Sharki has been working on an instrument rating. Well, to bring in the new year on Tuesday January 5th the checkride was taken. Rumor has it the only slip occurred while preflighting. She slid down the wing while disembarking the aircraft. Given the option to reschedule she said no way. The gash on the hand was tended to and the flight commenced. Examiner was Greg Herbert. Congrats!