Aviators, the world over will tell you that there are two types of people in this world. Those who desire to fly and those that do not. If you are in the former category then you have more than likely had the desire since early childhood. Why not just do it?

Redstone Arsenal Flying Activity has northern Alabama’s premier Flying Club where those individuals lucky enough to be in the authorized patron category can learn to fly or take their already hard earned rating to a higher level.

Redstone Arsenal Flying Activity offers safe, low cost flying lessons, professional Certified Flight Instructors, pilot related equipment and services to our patrons. The Redstone Arsenal Flying Activity is located on Redstone Arsenal adjacent to Huntsville/Madison Alabama. We have for our use a very low traffic 7300 feet runway and a manned control tower (daylight hours).

Our goal is to be our patron’s First Choice, and to continue our journey to becoming a world class Flying Club. We train the best pilots out there by providing them the best instructors, facilities and aircraft in one of the best training environments in the world. We ensure our graduates possess the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary to fly and compete in the demanding and ever changing world of aviation.

Members are reminded to be “situationally” aware of possible “Pilot Deviations” during ground and airborne operations in our local airspace. The FAA has issued a “Safety Enhancement Topic” (September 2014) with additional information on the subject that we should give some thought to during preflight planning and flight operations. Here are a few additional points from that article:

  • Most GPS systems and many handheld displays will display different forms of controlled, restricted airspace, and even TFR data. This is a great advantage to your ability to avoid an airspace violation. Be sure that your reference database is up-to-date.
  • Enroute radars (Center) are not as accurate as terminal area radar. Aircraft GPS systems are more accurate. However your onboard GPS may indicate you are clear of an airspace boundary while the FAA enroute radar may not. You could be investigated for a possible deviation. Your GPS data can be downloaded and used to clear up the issue. However, this is probably not the way to meet your local FAA representatives. It would be wiser to maintain at least a mile of horizontal separaton and at least 500 ft vertically.
  • The timing for TFR restrictions are never exact. Always confirm with local ATC that in fact the TFR has expired.
  • Keep in mind that there is a “defacto” TFR over any football stadium with capacity of 30,000 or more. There are more of these than you think!
  • Our Aircraft Garmin GPS navigators have the means to establish a vector course, You can use this to be sure you avoid any airspace issues.

Come on out and fly! Try our latest C172!

Safety Meeting Thursday, December 11 at 5:30pm

October 1, 2014

Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL Building 3711 Driving directions:  Patton Rd south thru gate 10 – First traffic light turn left and immediately left again.

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More About Cessna 172 s

August 26, 2014

At the June Safety Meeting you heard some details on uncertainty associated with the maximum range performance in the Cessna 172R and S models. Here are some additional details to refresh your knowledge of information in the AFM/POH for both the C172R and S and also the C172N. All models of the C172 are covered [...]

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July 10, 2014

For several years there has been a consensus that current Pilot Test Standard (PTS) have experienced growth through inclusion of more material, increased understanding of risk, technology and modification of expected maneuver skills. Examples of this include the growth of the “Special Emphasis” topics in all the current standards. An additional issue has been the [...]

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Safety Meeting Thursday, September 18 at 5:30pm

July 1, 2014

Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL Building 3711 Driving directions:  Patton Rd south thru gate 10 – First traffic light turn left and immediately left again.

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FLIGHT CONTROL MALFUNCTION/FAILURE: Asymmetrical Flap failure (Ref: Airplane Flying Handbook)

June 1, 2014

What?   Flight control failures are a rare event in well maintained Redstone aircraft, but are usually catastrophic. Has your flight training or proficient training covered the consequences such events? Most of us have been exposed to emergencies such as loss of power and flaps, but what about an asymmetric flap extension or sudden retraction. [...]

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Safety Meeting Thursday, June 19 at 5:30pm

May 26, 2014

Topic for the June 2014 meeting is “Fuel Management” Location:  Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL Building 3711 Driving directions:  Patton Rd south thru gate 10 – First traffic light turn left and immediately left again.

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Open House May 17, 2014

April 7, 2014
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Runway Closure: 7 April – 23 April

April 4, 2014

As most of you know the runway here on Redstone will be closed from 7 April – 23 April for lighting repairs. During this timeframe the Flying Activity aircraft will be relocated to Huntsville International Airport (HSV). We will be moving the aircraft to HSV beginning Saturday morning at approximately 0930. The first aircraft to [...]

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Phone Number Change

February 24, 2013

Effective immediately all phone numbers to the Flying Activity have changed.  The new numbers are below. 256-876-6774 Office 256-876-6962 Office 256-876-6700 Office Fax 256-876-6952 Hangar 256-876-6925 Flight planning area fax

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