None of the following avionics updates have been scheduled yet, but this is what’s in the pipeline…
3WF: A GTN Xi update that will provide glide range ring, a best glide airport indicator, and a couple more improvements will likely be installed during the next maintenance
9ES: Adding Sirius XM for WX data link map / NEXRAD display on the MFD and satellite radio stations for relaxing tunes (that get automatically interrupted for all things ATC) is now scheduled to be completed by mid February (8US already has these features)
Both twins: Upgrading the GPS to WAAS for more moving map position accuracy and a whole new plethora of IFR approaches should hopefully be available sometime in Q1 of 2021
We’ll keep you updated… stay healthy, and stay current!
Two inflight engine shut downs have prompted Airbus and EASA to order changes to how liquids are consumed (or not) on the flight deck. In January, a drink spilled on the center console of a Delta flight required a diversion. Two months earlier, 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.
This is a gentle reminder of Renter/Student Ops Manual regulation 5.6 – Runway Requirements – and 5.6E in particular, which states “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 have hidden hazards like potholes or rocks in the grass, gravel causing prop damage, etc., and 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 simulated on 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!