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.

The 180 Degree power-off Approach is a required maneuver for both the Commercial Pilot Certificate and the Flight Instructor Certificate.  Flying Activity members with these pilot certificates will be asked to demonstrate the maneuver during Annual Flight Reviews and CFI Annual Standardization flights.

Recent Annual Flight reviews and CFI Standardization checks have shown some inconsistency in the demonstration of the maneuver. In some cases, the pilot or CFI have delayed lowering the landing gear until on final or short final.   This late extension of the landing gear which may be necessary for an emergency landing situation but is not the proper procedure for the 180-degree accuracy approach maneuver. 

The correct procedure for the maneuver is described in “The Airplane Flying Handbook (FAA-H-083-3B) in Chapter 8.  The 180 degree Power-Of Approach is described as a continuation of the 90 Degree Power-O Approach, which states clearly:

 “The before landing checklist should be competed on the downwind leg, including extension of the landing gear, if the airplane is equipped with retractable gear.”

Risk Management.  In addition to conformance to AFM criteria, from a risk point of view, delaying gear extension introduces many uncertainties:

  • Delayed extension puts the pilot in a high workload time compressed situation.
  • Lead to late time change in pitch moment.
  • Increased risk of gear not being down and locked
  • Increased risk of pilot distraction from confirming gear down.

Any questions check with your flight instructor, John, Lou or myself.

PAUL LAHOUD, RAFA Safety Officer.   Pl2319@aol.com

Your ADS-B Questions Answered: Get the Facts Here

June 28, 2018

Notice Number: NOTC7847 (Source: FAASafety.gov) Question:  I’ve heard differing explanations of where ADS-B will be required. Besides telling me, “it’s where a transponder is required today,” can you explain exactly where ADS-B “rule airspace” is located? Answer:  Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) section 91.225 specifies the airspace in which ADS-B Out will be required after […]

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Avionics Manuals

May 30, 2018

As the flight environment depends more on communication, satellite navigation and position tracking, knowledge of the operation capabilities and failure modes for club aircraft becomes more important. To assist you in your equipment knowledge and “Situational Awareness”, you can now access the avionics installation for each aircraft by clicking the aircraft number heading on the […]

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Official NOTAM Search Website

October 15, 2017

The Pilots Bill of Rights (PBR) required FAA to develop a comprehensive NOTAM delivery website. The site below is the result of the action (Nov 2015). You can do searches on locations as well as routes. Suggest you play with it and see how it delivers critical NOTAM info. https://notams.aim.faa.gov/notamSearch/nsapp.html

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Nontowered Case Studies: What Went Wrong?

February 20, 2017

Flying at nontowered fields is a balancing act. Especially on busy days, it demands concentration, communication, sharp eyes, solid stick-and-rudder skills, and the ability to improvise at a moment’s notice. Sometimes the margin for error can be very slim. With that in mind, ASI’s new seminar turns a spotlight on real-life accidents in the nontowered […]

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FAA Releases Major Revision to Airplane Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-3B)

January 28, 2017

The FAA has issued the first revision to FAA-H-8083-3A in 12 years. The updated handbook is the initial effort to align the basic pilot training material with the new Airman Certification Standard (ACS) as well as incorporate the latest material in risk management, human factors and aircraft automation and electronic flight displays. The most significant […]

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Transition to the International Flight Plan Format

December 18, 2016

Sometime in early spring 2017, all civil IFR and VFR flight plans filed with Flight Service will be required to use the new format. Flight Service will continue to accept NAS formatted flight plans filed by the military. Flight Service is working with vendors of the Flight Service operating systems to modify their software for […]

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Safety Meeting – June 2016

June 11, 2016

The Safety Meeting that was scheduled for 9 June 2016 has been cancelled. In lieu of the Safety Meeting we will require everyone to complete two AOPA Safety Courses and turn their certificates into the office for Safety Meeting credit. The two courses are Weather Wise: VFR into IMC Thunderstorms and ATC You can find […]

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Flying Activity Open House

May 7, 2016

Date: May 21, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Flying Activity – Building 4828 Hale Road Do you want to learn how to fly? Come to the Flying Activity Open House, May 21 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. There will be free food and drinks while supplies last. Children 12 and under and take […]

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Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) At Redstone Flying Activity

February 14, 2015

In general, TAA’s are aircraft in which the pilot interfaces with one or more computers in order to: Aviate – Autopilot, moving map Navigate – GPS positional awareness, navigational databases of fixes, airports, approaches and terrain, fuel and time management Communicate. – Communications databases that allows selecting, preloading or automatically accessing and loading frequencies) When […]

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