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 following ten commandments were published in the May, 1939 issue of Aviation (which later became Aviation Week & Space Technology). How many are still relevant to pilots today?

DON’T SHOW OFF. Zooming over your girl’s house, or turning to wave good-bye to her on a take-off is an easy way to terminate your romance suddenly. (Sounds like “Maneuvering flight” doesn’t it?)

KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS. Don’t try to perform the impossible with yourself or your ship. Don’t be afraid to take a little extra time to check yourself out on a strange ship. Especially, find out when it spins, and why, so you wont be surprised some day. (Personal minimums?)

DON’T TAKE THINGS FOR GRANTED. No one will resent it if you personally check your fuel or your controls before take-off. It is the mark of a good pilot. (Proper preflight inspection?)

GET AWAY FROM HOME. You may know your own airport well enough, but making practice landings in strange airports is a good form of insurance. As soon as you are qualified, get all the cross-country you can. Learn to look for other wind indicators than a windsock. (Maintain currency and build experience?)

WATCH YOUR WEATHER. Even the best of the airline pilots spend a lot of time looking at weather maps and flight conditions before every take-off. Stay on the ground when things look doubtful. (Complete weather briefings and avoid VMC into IFR ?)

STUDY THE REGULATIONS. Become familiar with the rules that have been drafted for your safety and obey the intent as well as the letter of the law. Most accidents can be traced to violations. (1939 or 2014- nothing new here except a lot more accidents and resulting regulations!)

CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS, especially when it comes to listening to hangar flying stories. A lot of flying feats you hear from the old-timers never happened anyway, and besides, possibly someone may be pulling your leg. (Naw! Really?)

THINK AHEAD: Take time out to consider all possible things that may happen to you and decide in advance just what you will do under all circumstances (Preflight preparation, situational awareness, workload management?)

SET A GOOD EXAMPLE. You may be young at this business, but remember there are those younger who look to you for guidance. (You never know when you are a role model and how your approach to risk may influence them!)


(Low altitude, slow flight, high angle of attack turns were not good in 1939 aircraft and they are not good in today’s either!)

More On Pilot Deviations

November 11, 2014

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 [...]

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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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