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Pilotcast is the podcast for pilots, by pilots.  Join Pilot Tiffany, Pilot Kent, and Pilot Bill for interesting discussions and interviews, some news or industry coverage, and a whole lot of fun virtual hangar flying.

Apr 25, 2006

Hangar flying with Pilot Dan, Pilot Kent, and Pilot Mike.

Pilot Kent is calling in from Whiteland, Indiana.

Hangar flying:
  • Aviation fuel is $4.30 in Connecticut and $4.78 in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Pilot Kent got his Instrument Rating
    • It was much more difficult than getting the Private License
    • Required two checkrides after descending too far on an approach
    • Instrument currency requires 6 approaches and 1 hold within 6 months
    • Pilots should have their own personal currency requirements that are better than the minimums
    • Got his ticket "wet" just a few days ago by returning from an impromptu fly-in under instrument conditions
    • During his training, he found it both disconcerting and cool when flying an approach in actual IMC and not seeing the runway until descending through 100 feet
  • Pilot Mike had real scare
    • On his first flight after his planes annual, he had trouble maintaining lateral control while in the pattern
    • Managed to get some control and got it back down on the ground in one piece
    • Looks like it was just the rudder trim cranked too far over
    • In a previous incident, he had a door pop open in flight
  • Pilot Dan's club bought a 1966 Piper Cherokee 140
    • He finds it difficult to get used to the mechanical flap lever
    • Also finds the overhead trim adjustment interesting
    • Agrees with Kent that it's easier than a Cessna to control on the ground
    • The sink rate is higher than a Cessna
    • It has vortex generators on the wings to allow a higher AoA before stalling
  • An update on Connecticut Senate Bill SB520
    • The plan was to remove the 6000 lb limit from the sales and usage tax
    • Had unanimous consent from Transportation and Finance Committees
    • The bill is sent off to be written up
    • It ended up being written to place the sales and usage tax on all planes, instead of none
    • Still haven't gotten a straight answer as to what happened and if it will be fixed
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