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Fri, June 1, 5:00pm

Mon-Fri, June 4-8

Mon-Fri, June 11-15

Sat, June 16, 9:00am

Sat, June 16, 12:00pm

Sat, June 23, 9:00am

Sat, June 23, 2:00pm

Tues, June 26, 6:00pm

Sat, June 30, 2:00pm

Tues/Thurs/Fri, 12-3pm
Solos, Certificates,  
and Ratings

Amanda Anderson
First Solo Flight
CFI Kristine Wanner

Joseph Blakney
First Solo Flight
CFI Nic Bouchard

Mitchell Brinkhuis
First Solo Flight
CFI Jason Lang

Mike Burek
Private Pilot
CFIs Nic Bouchard and Nick Rubba

Stefan Comina and Nick Rubba
Instrument Flight Instructors
CFI Chris Phillips

Jacob Feliciano
Instrument Rating
CFI James Williams

Brent Foster
Instrument Rating
CFI Darin Gamba

David Gerstle
Private Pilot
CFI Andy Sheldon

Patrick Glastonbury
First Solo Flight
CFI A.J. Burger

Ryan Harrington
First Solo Flight
CFI Kristine Wanner

Amanda Higley
Commercial Pilot
CFI Scott Larson

Trevor Jones
Commercial Pilot
CFI Jason Lang

Spencer Jornod
First Solo Flight
CFI Bob Brannan

Jenny LeCuyer
Instrument Rating
CFI Jason Lang

Pat Lin
First Solo Flight
CFI Scott Larson

Santosh Manjrekar
First Solo Flight
CFI Brady Sandsmark

Jesse Mares
Commercial Pilot
CFI Tiffany Brown

Samuel Miller
Commercial Pilot
CFI Erik Skjerseth

Sean Miller
Private Pilot
CFI Darin Gamba

Hafiza Muhammad
First Solo Flight
CFI Jamaal Foote

Michael Patton
First Solo Pilot
CFIs Luke Billingsley and Mike Nance

Richard Pecek
Private Pilot
CFIs Nic Bouchard and Nick Rubba

Chadwick Pope
First Solo Flight
CFI Kelsey Spurr

Brandon Ramberg
Flight Instructor
CFI Matthew Wichern

Mitchell Rogers
Commercial Pilot
CFI Erik Skjerseth

Jack Rust
Private Pilot
CFI Nic Bouchard

Trevor See
Private Pilot
CFI A.J. Burger

Aaron Shells
Private Pilot
CFI Aaron Richman

Matt Siegrist
CFI Renewal
CFI Connor Hanley

Schuyler Turrill
Private Pilot
CFI A.J. Burger

Anthony Weeks
Instrument Pilot &
Commercial Pilot
CFI James Williams

Madi Wolf
Commercial Pilot
CFI James Williams

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June 2018                                   Issue No. 6, Volume 36
Club News

Fleet Updates
The Club has been hard at work improving and expanding the aircraft fleet. Here's the latest...

Piper Archers at BJC
N2112K joins N557DT to make a pair of terrific Piper Archers at Western. These airplanes are similarly equipped for an easy transition. Both have strong 180hp engines for great climb performance as days grow warmer and density altitude increases. Both have a WAAS-capable Garmin 430 GPS and Dual King KX-155 Nav/Coms. And both rent for only $124/hr.

180hp Cessna 172s at APA
N738SP is back and better than ever. It recently got an Air Plains 180hp engine upgrade and new propeller, resulting in greatly increased cruise airspeed and climb rate. Couple these upgrades with its WAAS Garmin 430, Lynx NGT-9000 ADS-B transponder, recent paint, new leather interior, new windscreen, and new carpet - and you've got an outstanding aircraft for primary and IFR training aircraft for only $129/hr.

N855CP is 1998 R-model Cessna 172. They were originally made with a fuel-injected 160-hp engine, but N855CP has been upgraded to a 180hp engine so it performs just like the familiar S models. It also includes a Garmin 650 GPS and Lynx ADS-B transponder. Only $139/hr.

Reservation Cancellation Reminder
Along with the great spring and summer weather comes an increased demand for airplanes. Many of us are in the habit of booking several days in advance to be sure we get the airplane we want. We always ask you to cancel your reservation if your plans change, but that doesn't always happen.

Please remember to cancel those reservations you no longer need. Whether it's a schedule conflict, you just need a ground lesson that day, or you just aren't feeling well - remember to either cancel on Flight Schedule Pro or call the front desk. 

Your fellow club members will thank you!

Don't be a Noisy Neighbor
We all know Centennial Airport is busy every day of the year. But the numbers may truly surprise you. In terms of aircraft operations, APA is:
  • Ranked #2 in the nation among airports that are not certified for airline service (General Aviation airports.)
  • Ranked #25 of all airports (including airports like LAX, Chicago's O'Hare, and New York's La Guardia.)
All those aircraft operations generate noise. And airport ops has shared with us some images that really illustrate what happens on a daily basis. Each image shows traffic for one day. Let's take a look.
Color Key:
Red = Arrivals
Green = Departures
Yellow = Touch & Go traffic
Blue = Overflights
This image shows only traffic associated with APA. That's a lot of operations. And those people who live and work closer to the airport experience more noise.
This image shows traffic for all airports in the area. Pretty much the only ground you can see is made of granite. Every house and building in the area is affected by noise.
This is the southwest practice area, near Chatfield Reservoir, Littleton and Ken Caryl. Where lots of people live. Before we layer the traffic over it.
And here is the southwest practice area with traffic. In the center of the image is all of our ground reference maneuvers. Along the right side are the north/south transitions.

So the next time you fly, remember all those folks on the ground. Always follow FAR 91.119 Minimum safe altitudes. And whenever possible, comply with voluntary noise abatement guidelines for APA, BJC, and FTG.
Turbo Cessna 182T Ground School

If you have been dreaming of flying Aspen's beautiful new Turbo Cessna 182T - this is the seminar for you! Get the ground knowledge you need to complete the written portion of the checkout for FREE, then complete the checkout with a CFI. A great way to save money on your next aircraft checkout!
Why fly a turbo?
  • Fly higher with an increased aircraft service ceiling.
  • Reach altitudes above bad weather, avoiding potential icing and turbulence.
  • Higher climb rates during all times of the year.
  Presenter Connor Hanley will teach you the ground knowledge for flying the T182T, including:
  • Basic aircraft systems
  • Turbocharged engine operation
  • G1000 basic overview for turbocharged aircraft
  • Performance charts and limitations
  • Amplified procedures - hot and flooded starts
  • Aspen-specific operating procedures
Attendees will learn all the knowledge needed to complete the turbocharged aircraft checkout quiz . The next step will be to complete the training in the aircraft to gain proficiency.
PIC Experience Requirements for T182T aircraft checkout:
  • Private pilot certificate or higher
  • 150 hours total time
  • 10 hours in make and model (C-182)
  • 3 hours of turbocharged operations
  • A turbocharged aircraft requires a checkout flight in that aircraft.
  • High-performance endorsement
  • Must have viewed the "Turbochargers" section of Advanced Equipment DVD from Sporty's, which may be purchased through Sporty's or contact flight department to check out a copy.
This ground school is FREE for members of Aspen, Alliance, or Western Air. $20 for non-members.

Click here for complete information or to register.
Rusty Pilots Programs

We are pleased to present another round of the Rusty Pilots programs this summer, in partnership with AOPA. 

Been out of the cockpit for a while? Here's how to get back in! Think you've lost too much and forgotten everything? Afraid it'll be like starting over? No worries, Rusty Pilots will get you back in the left seat fast!

AOPA has put together a fun, interactive program that gives you all the information you need to get current again. We will bring you up to speed on hot-button issues like medical reforms, weather briefings, preflight planning, FARs, and airspace. You'll leave the seminar with a logbook endorsement attesting that you've completed three hours of ground training toward your Flight Review. While you're here, connect with flight instructors so you can take the next step and quickly get back to active flying status. 
A club BBQ will follow each event so you can talk with club members and CFIs and get excited about getting current again!
From the Chief Flight Instructor

It seems too early in the year to be grousing about heat and density altitudes, but here we are, with a density altitude of 9,350' on the ground at the Denver area airports. Check your performance tables or a Koch chart, which shows a 200% (yes, two, zero, zero percent) increase in the normal takeoff distance!

Once off the ground there is a 73% decrease in rate of climb. In still air, that could reduce the climb rate in most of our airplanes below 200 feet per minute. Add in a down-draft and some rising terrain and you have the makings of a significant problem. The good news is that the mornings and evenings are relatively cool, so we can still fly in relative comfort.

By the way, the temperatures in Aurora, Oregon (elevation 199' MSL), is forecast to be in the mid-70s for the next two weeks, mostly sunny. Late spring/early summer is a gorgeous time to fly there.

Speaking of density, the traffic density is reaching record levels. No, not the traffic on the interstate highways, but at our airports of operation. KAPA has had days where it is the 4th and 5th busiest airport in the country, with fewer runways, fewer controllers and less systemic organization (read IFR traffic) than the commercial airports like PDX, DEN and ORD. We claim bragging rights to roughly 50% of those operations.

We also carry the responsibility to be extra vigilant at KAPA and make sure we are flying precisely, as requested by ATC, and with our eyes outside watching for conflicts. Some of the best tower controllers in the world operate in Centennial tower, but they are the first to suggest that, despite what we believe, they are human. Consider going to KFTG and KBJC when things get busy there. They both welcome the work.

You might have seen the recent article in the Denver Post about the pilot shortage causing a shortage of flight instructors. While we are not in a position where we have to turn away clients because of a lack of instructors, we can always use more knowledgeable, skilled instructors. I would be happy to have a half-dozen additional aircraft and a mechanic or two, too. We are continuing to grow; it is an exciting time to be involved in aviation, flight training and generally hanging around pilots and aircraft.

See you around the airport.

Steve Green
Chief Flight Instructor
Aspen Flying Club at KAPA

KAPA -    (303) 799-6794
KFTG -   (303) 261-4041
KBJC -  (303) 466-6998
KUAO - (503) 678-1217