The new engines for N238US are on their way and should hopefully get installed during the second week of January, with an anticipated return to service soon after.
Skyhawk 3WF will come back (current ETA is now only early April due to accumulated delays) with an exciting all-digital cockpit panel upgrade – basically all remaining original instruments will be removed, and you can look forward to a dual G3X Touch system with Synthetic Vision for enhanced situational awareness at night or in poor visibility as well as integrated engine instruments, angle-of-attack indicator and a connection to the already existing CO detector with cabin pressure warning at high altitude to remind the pilot to think about oxygen aspects.
You will also find a new button in 3WF’s cockpit that will provide a shortcut to the already existing Smart Glide feature of the GTNs, assisting with both best glide speed and immediate identification of best emergency landing options at the push of a button:
You are encouraged to participate in AOPA’s recurring Pilot Passportprogram – have fun, expand your experience, and earn badges by exploring the airports in WA and beyond!
However, please do not take unnecessary risks by flying into airports with potentially insufficient runway length (a runway may be long enough to land, but takeoff distances usually require more runway), especially in combination with obstacles like trees or sharp rising terrain near the airport.
As for the surface, this is also a gentle reminder of Renter/Student Ops Manual regulation 5.6 – Runway Requirements – and 5.6E in particular: “Operations into any field other than paved surfaces (soft, gravel, sand, grass, etc.) are prohibited unless prior approval is obtained from the Director of Operations, Chief or Assistant Chief Flight Instructor.“
Soft fields can hide a number of hazards like
potholes or rocksin the grass,
gravel causing very expensive prop damage
mud is the last thing you want to get stuck in during landing or trying to get out of on takeoff.
These are all unnecessary problems, and therefore all soft-field exercises should be simulatedon paved taxiways and runways .
Soft-field landing in our Twin Stars are not allowed at all; it’s not part of multi-engine training anyway.
Thank you for your understanding and helping keep our planes in the condition you wish to find them when you want to go fly!
Two inflight engine shut downs in early 2020 have prompted Airbus and EASA to order changes to how liquids are consumed (or not) on the flight deck. A drink spilled on the center console of a Delta flight required a diversion, and an Asiana flight diverted after a similar spill.
Hydration is important, especially on X/C flights – but needless to say, spilled drinks into or onto any cockpit components can lead to both inflight issues, major clean-up/MX costs, and aircraft downtimes.
Please be mindful – only bring travel mugs or other containers that can be fully closed, and make sure passengers of yours do the same.
Non-carbonated wateris still the best way stay hydrated on any flight.