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Upcoming Classes and Events

Sat, October 6, 1:30pm

Mon & Thur, October 8, 6:00pm

Sat & Sun, October 13 & 14, 9:00am

Sat, October 16, 6:00pm

Wed, October 17, 6:00pm

Sat & Sun, October 20, 2:00pm

Sat, October 27, 9:00am

Sat, October 27, 12:00pm

Sat, October 27, 9:00am

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

Thomas Maloney
Private Pilot
CFI Erik Davis

Geoffrey Bradbury
First Solo
CFI Shelly Engel

Bill Keating
First Solo Flight
CFI Sam Samberson

Trinbi Szabo
Certified Flight Instructor
CFI Jackie Burant

Wyatt Sinko
Single Engine Commercial plus Multi-Engine Add-On 
CFI James Williams

Chadwick Pope
Private Pilot
CFI Kelsey Spurr

George Samaras
CFI Aaron Richman

Jeremy Hacker
First Solo
CFI Stephen Bourgeois

John Manner
CFI Reinstatement
CFI Aaron Richman

Hafiza Muhammad
Private Pilot
Jamaal Foote

Michaela Peters
First Solo
CFI Andy Sheldon

Max McCoy
Instrument Rating
CFII James Sorbet

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October 2018                                   Issue No. 10, Volume 36
Club News
Welcome Our Newest Addition to the Fleet!

New Grumman AA-5A Cheetah at APA
N26297 has a Garmin 730 GPS, a Lynx ADS-B Transponder, and a sharp paint job. With 150 horsepower, this fixed-wing, single engine aircraft will be the perfect plane for time building in the upcoming colder weather!

Best part? This Grumman is only $114/wet. 

Click here to view our entire fleet of high quality, low cost aircraft.
Aspen's Front Desk is Remodeling!

Please pardon our dust - Aspen is  updating the Front Desk! 

The Front Desk is still open every day of the week from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

The temporary Command Center is located in the Testing Center room. Enter though the Pilot's Lounge doors, head straight though the classroom's double glass doors, and follow the hallway at the back of the classroom. The Testing Center is the first door on the right.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Front Desk at (303)799-6794.

Mountain Flying Ground Schools
Centennial Airport (KAPA)
Rocky Mtn Metro Airport (KBJC)

Sharpen your skills with our Mountain Flying Ground School. Colorado is blessed with a plethora of beautiful scenery, and the best way to see it is by air! We are hosting Mountain Flying Ground School at both BJC and APA, so everyone can take advantage of this opportunity

Register soon, as there are not many spots available. 
October Member Safety Meeting at KAPA

Our regular club safety 
meetings are  instrumental in working toward our goal of increasing safety and awareness of common challenges in Aviation. 

 J oin us on Saturday, October 27th at 9:00am for our Safety Seminar on Aviation DisastersCFI Sam Robinson leads an interactive discussion of some of the most notorious aviation disasters. 
These safety meetings are absolutely FREE for club members. And as an added bonus... one lucky attendee will win one month of membership dues for free!

Space is limited... click here for complete details or to reserve your spot.
Rusty Pilot's Program at KBJC

We are pleased to present another round
 of the Rusty Pilots program this Autumn, 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 this event, so RSVP today!

From the Chief Flight Instructor

It's only October, it's too early to be talking about heaters. I thought so too, but our neighbors said their furnace turned on a couple of nights ago and temperatures in the low thirties are in Denver's 10-day forecast. Like it or not, winter is on the way. 

Keep an eye out for upcoming information on our new electric preheaters. No more running out of propane, split hoses or drained batteries.  No doubt, there will be some difficulties and growing pains, but we really think the new system will be a substantial improvement over the old Red Dragon systems. Please be patient and feel free to let someone know if you see room for improvement in the new process. If they work well at KAPA, we will be looking to expand the capability to other facilities, as needed. 

Speaking of heaters, the aircraft heaters work by drawing heat from the exhaust system. But you knew that. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is a byproduct of engine combustion. If there is even a minute crack in the exhaust system, CO can enter the cockpit. All of our aircraft should have CO detectors in them. 

Next time you go flying, take a look and make sure there is one and you know how they work. And glance at them once in a while during a flight. CO is a despicably sneaky gas. Preventing it from entering the cockpit is the first priority, detecting it before it causes adverse effects on pilots and passengers is the last line of defense. (Headache, purple lips and blurred vision are relatively late symptoms.) 

I know it was 85 degrees a day or two ago, but it is not too early to start thinking about cooking Thanksgiving pies (the Pie Lady in Goodland retired) and how you plan to remove frost or ice from your aircraft when the time comes. It will take 15-30 minutes, so plan your reservations accordingly. Notice nothing was said about using the new preheaters to deice the aircraft. But you knew that, too. 

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