Fly-Over Friday!

Please be aware that on Friday, May 15th starting at 9:30 AM, crews from the Idaho National Guard and Mountain Home Air Force Base will be teaming up to fly over area medical facilities in honor of Idaho’s medical workers, first responders, and all essential workers.  The Treasure Valley and Southern/Eastern Idaho schedules are included in this post.

Please enjoy this event and help others to enjoy the event by practicing physical distancing.  If you plan to fly on Friday, pay special attention to local NOTAM’s and TFR’s!  Physical distancing includes staying out of the way of military aircraft when flying!

The Golden Rule (of Flying Clubs)

“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.


Oil Change Change

  Important: New Adding Oil process  

OilTote-300Do you have nightmares the night before a flight that involves finding a low oil indication on the dipstick during the preflight inspection thus requiring you to open up the tote and once again being confronted with a mini oil spill.  In our continual quest of improving members experience the process of adding oil has been tweaked.  In general the change is that any item that touches oil is immediately thrown in the trash and not stored in the aircraft.  The goal is to keep the tote clean and to not have any oil contaminated items in it.

Next time you have to add a quart expect to find a nice clean tote with two quarts of oil individually wrapped in a ziplock bag.  Affixed to the bag are instructions and inside you will see disposable shop towels for cleaning hands and oil spills plus a paper funnel.  Now read close – here is the drill.  Remove the quart of oil from the bag, remove its’ cap and set aside within reach.  Take the funnel and place in the oil filler tube applying light constant pressure to it.  With your free hand pour the oil in the funnel.  Now here is the big change, drum roll please  – the empty oil container goes directly to the nearest trash can.  Do not pass Go, do not collect $200 but go immediately to the trash can by the fuel pump or the one near the north end of the shade hangar.  Along with the empty oil container throw away the funnel and any paper towels used.  Can you see the theme here?  We do not want any oil contaminated items placed back in the tote or airplane.  Finally, remember that tail number marked bag you took the oil from?  That is what you take in after your flight and drop off on the desk.

Now you can lose sleep over something like not remembering to close your flight plan.