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.

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 generally widespread criticism of the validity of many of the types of question used in the Knowledge Test Process.

While the FAA moves toward implementing a U.S approach to the Safety Management System (SMS) Process, as mandated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the time was appropriate to initiate a revision to U.S. Pilot Testing and Certification process.

In September 2011 the FAA Chartered the Airmen Testing Standards and Rulemaking Committee or ARC. The FAA invited aviation professionals with experience and expertise in airman training and testing to participate in the process.  A range of stakeholders hopefully ensured that all aspects of airman testing and training, including best practices, were considered in the development of a set of recommendations. The result was a draft set of “Airman Certificate Standards” or ACS.

The ACS will be part of the safety management system (SMS) framework that the FAA uses to mitigate risks associated with airman certification training and testing. Specifically, the ACS, associated guidance, and test item bank question components of the airman certification system are constructed around the four functional components of an SMS. The FAA views the ACS as the foundation of its transition to a more integrated and systematic approach to airman certification.

Two draft Airman Certification Standards were issued for public Comment in 2013, and a third of interest in 2014
•    Draft PRIVATE PILOT AIRPLANE – Airman Certification Standards
•    Draft INSTRUMENT RATING—Airman Certification Standards
•    Draft COMMERCIAL PILOT AIRPLANE — Airman Certification Standards

The New ACS format will include the Areas of Operation consistent with the current regulations. What you will recognize as new is a Risk Management Task in each AO. This task will have a list of specific activities related to risk for this AOA. There are two Risk management actions common almost all AO’s, Task Management and Situational Awareness. In addition, a new Task “Human Factors” has been added to Preflight Preparation AO.

How does this affect us?  Well if you are working toward a certificate or rating it will require that you become “situationally aware” of how you prepare for your Oral and Flight test.

For those of us with current ratings we can foresee that the FAA will expect instructors to frame their Flight Reviews around the new ACS requirements!

If you are interested in reviewing the draft ACS you can find them at www.faa.gov

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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New Instrument Exam Posted

January 5, 2013

Download here or from the Documents page.  

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Private Pilot Ground School

May 23, 2012

The initial meeting will be at RAFA on 31 May 2012 at 5:30 pm. If you are interested in taking this course, please contact Mildred at 256-880-9495 and get your name on the list.

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Flying Activity Open House – Saturday May 5th, 8am – 3pm

April 6, 2012

Adults can take an introductory ride for just $30 each and children 12 and under can fly for only $25 each. * Certified Flight Instructors will be on hand to answer questions on becoming a pilot. * FREE food and drinks while supplies last. The Family and MWR Flying Activity is located off Rideout Road [...]

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