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Texins Flying Club is a non-profit club based at McKinney National Airport in McKinney, TX.  Our purpose is to encourage interest in aviation, to advance the knowledge of the members in aeronautical and navigational subjects, and to bring to more people the social benefits and pleasure of flying.”

 

 

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TFC Store 

Robert McLeod has worked up a great looking Store on Cafe Press. Check out the offerings and wear them when you come to the airport.

Take the link on the Miscellaneous Menu  or 
 www.cafepress.com/texinsfc

 

 

 Wings Manual 

Check out this manual for the Wings Program.

WINGS is a preferred way to complete the requirements of the BFR and is urged by the Chief Flight Instructor of the Texins Flying Club. 

To BFR or WINGS?

What is it and why?    more..... 

Garmin FlightStream with Foreflight

Need help getting Foreflight and the GNS 430 to talk to each other?  Chris Dennis put together a nice YouTube video on how to connect and synchronize your flight plan. It's short and to the point and worth watching. If it fails to connect and you have connected before, remove the refference to the link from your device and re-pair the device.

The Latest News

N6833C (PA28-180) is ONLINE

A new radio stack has been installed.   Below is a look at the new stack.


N6833C New Panel


   

N3589L Cleared for Takeoff

The club has a new addition to the fleet: N3589L is a '65 C-150F model. This plane is online and ready to fly now. This is a nice low-time airframe and equipped with basic IFR and now ADS-B IN/OUT. It's a great option for basic training, building hours, or short excursions. We hope you can make some plans to try her out soon. Rental rate $108/hr (tach). 


New Fuel Receipt Procedure

The new procedure is to note the offsite fuel gallons in your tach log entry as before and to email your receipt with the usual information:

  • Tail number
  • Gallons purchased
  • Club number
  • Date

Then take a photo of your receipt showing the purchase location and the amounts purchased - make sure the image is legible - and attach the receipt image to the email.

Send your message to: fuel@texinsflyingclub.org   

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The Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) continue to monitor reports on potential terrorist threats in the United States. While there is no specific or credible intelligence that al-Qa'ida or its affiliates are plotting attacks in the United States to coincide with the ten year anniversary of 9/11 , we remain at a heightened state of vigilance and security measures are in place to detect and prevent plots against the United States should they emerge.

Learn To Fly

 Wet Rates and Reimbursements

Schedule a Discovery Flight
(Temporarily Suspended)

The TFC provides "discovery" flights to anyone interested in flying. For only $99.00 we'll put you in the left seat with a certified flight instructor and let you fly the airplane. WHAT BETTER WAY TO DECIDE IF FLYING IS FOR YOU? Contact our chief flight instructor to take advantage of this offer.  You can pay by check or by using paypal_logo.

Tail No.

Make Model (info)

Rate/Hr

 N3589L

C-150F 1965

108.00 

 

 N6833C

PA28-180C 1965 Piper Cherokee

128.00 

 

 N737TY

C-172N 1978 SuperHawk

135.00 

 

 N733NB

C172N-180 1977 SuprHawk

135.00 

 

 N7508J

PA28-R180 1968 PiperArrow

135.00 

 

 N3QZ

C-182P 1973 Skylane

165.00 

 

 N4135W

PA28-181 1999 Piper Archer III

138.00 

 

 

Our aircraft flight fees are WET TACH time, which means fuel is included and time is measured on engine use, not wall clock time. Non-instructional flights have an additional 8.25% sales tax. More information...

If your credit card is not current, please fill out the Credit Card Authorization Form included in the New Member Application Packet. All members both new and old need to have a copy of this Packet  completely fill out, signed & dated and sent to the address shown on the Credit Card Authorization form.

Membership is currently on hold.  There is a waiting list if you are interested in adding your name to the list.

Fuel
Reimbursement Rate

$4.99 / gallon

effective as of
1/1/2019 

If you refuel an aircraft on a trip and spend less than this on 100LL, we pass the savings on to you!

Things to Consider

TFC Pilot Acknowledgments & Events

Membership meetings:

Held the second Saturday of every month at the McKinney Airport (upper level conferance room) at 9:30 AM. Board meetings are on the preceding Wednesday each month at 6:30 PM and are held at the Airport in the upstairs conference room. Both are open to the public.

 Directions  to
Collin Country Regional Airport

Welcome Newest Members!

  

Member News & Notes

 Member    

 Date  

 Accomplishment

 Instructor  

Sam Combs 07/12/2019   Private  Bob Niedwiecki  
Chris Dennis  07/17/2019  Instrument   Richard Klein  
Kjetil Storaker  08/02/2019  1st Solo  Kurtis Sampson 
Mike Faulkinbury 08/07/2019 Private  Dinu Catona 
Bruce MacKenzie 08/16/2019 Commercial Richard Klein
Carly Arnold  09/24/2019  Private Pilot  Hank Eilts 
Yan Xiao 11/08/2019 Instrument Dinu Catona
Shannon Warren 11/18/2019 Solo   Richard Klein  
Scott Stafford 11/24/2019 Private Pilot Bob Niedwiecki
Manolo Centeno 12/13/2019  Commercial  Bob Niedwiecki 
 Randy Gann 12/17/2019  Private Pilot  Graham & Eilts 
 Danny Burks 1/4/2020 Solo

Kurtis Sampson 

 Colin McNalley 1/20/2020  Solo Cross Country Kurtis Sampson
 Mike Gonzalez 2/28/2020 Private Pilot  Thomas/Klein
Chris Schreiner
4/15/2020 Private Pilot Kurtis Sampson 
 Danny Burks 8/12/2020  Solo Cross Country 

Kurtis Sampson 

 Kjetil Storaker  9/14/2020 Private Pilot  Kurtis Sampson 

 Upcoming Event(s)

 

 

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 Safer Skyes Through Education  

"NAFI - The Possible Turn / Engine Failure After Takeoff In A Single-Engine Airplane"

Topic: Discussion of the principles involved in returning to the airport safely after engine failure in a Single Engine Airplane.

Description: Until recently, conventional training and wisdom dictated that pilots should always land straight ahead when confronted by an engine failure that occurs shortly after takeoff. This controversial topic has been hotly debated since the early days of aviation to the point where turning around to land on the departure runway has been called "the impossible turn." It can be argued convincingly, however, that there are instances when it would be safer to return to the airport than to land straight ahead following such an engine failure. 

The FAA now states matter-of-factly in Advisory Circular 61-83J that "flight instructors should demonstrate and teach trainees when and how to make a safe 180-degree turnback to the field after an engine failure."

During this presentation, Brian Schiff will discuss the principles involved in returning to the airport safely. It will be based to a large extent on his father, Barry Schiff's, decades of study and research involving this subject.

To view this webinar, take this link https://www.mentorlive.site/program/20.html.

The sponsor for this seminar was: FAASTeam

 

Watch Again 

 Safer Skyes Through Education    

"Weather Technology In The Cockpit (WTIC) - FAA NextGen Weather Research Program"

Topic: AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY - Presentation on FAA NextGen Weather Research Program and accessing weather data in the cockpit.

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 19:00 Central Daylight Time (17:00 PDT, 18:00 MDT, 20:00 EDT, 14:00 HST, 16:00 AKDT, 17:00 Arizona, 00:00 GMT)

Select Number: CE0392953

Description: The Weather Technology in the Cockpit (WTIC) program is an FAA NextGen weather research program that researches how weather is presented to pilots and what information is insufficient or missing, and potential means to deliver enhanced weather information, presentations and technology for the cockpit. 

WTIC research develops, verifies, and validates Minimum Weather Service (MinWxSvc) recommendations for FAR Parts 91 (general aviation), 121 (commercial), and 135 (business) operations to address weather information presentation shortfalls in order to enhance pilot weather decision-making in advance of encountering adverse weather conditions.

The WTIC program researches ways to improve:

  • cockpit weather information
  • pilot understanding and interpretation of cockpit weather information and technologies
  • weather information training
  • operational inefficiencies and safety risks associated with these gaps and shortfalls in cockpit weather information

This course will focus on key takeaways from WTIC research, and will provide insight on cockpit weather information and weather decision making that impact pilots in flight.

To watch this webinar again, select  https://www.faasteamtv.com/SafetyCenter/WTIC2018/ 

The sponsor for this seminar is: FAASTeam

 

Safer Skyes Through Education

"Disinfecting Aircraft Requires Proper Substances and Care"
Notice Number: NOTC1336

Disinfecting Aircraft Requires Proper Substances and Care

These days, all we hear about is getting the face mask on and disinfecting wherever and whenever possible.  Keeping your aircraft or rental aircraft disinfected can mean introducing chemicals to the aircrafts interior that may be doing more bad than good.

As an industry leader in education, AOPA has provided a link to some additional information on the topic. Please read David Tulis' top story at:

https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2020/august/20/improper-disinfectant-appears-to-damage-two-skyhawks

As pilots and mechanics, we should know that the certification process of any US built aircraft includes placarding.   Aircraft placards are placed in the cockpit to assist the pilot in completing required system checks or as a reminder of operational limits.  They are also used to insure ground personnel use proper procedures for ground handling such as fuel or towing restrictions.   

Please review 14 CFR Part 91.9, Civil Aircraft flight manual, marking, and placarding requirements found here: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CFR-2012-title14-vol2/pdf/CFR-2012-title14-vol2-sec91-9.pdf

Placard integrity is generally subject to exposure of the sun, can become fragile due to age, and may be destroyed by the lightest touch let alone being cleaned with disinfecting chemicals.  Use care when disinfecting your aircraft with alcohol or similar based cleaning products.  Be advised that any loss of placard data, no matter how small, may require the attention of an authorized mechanic to correct.   

WINGS Proficiency Program needs you!   Join us today! www.faasafety.gov

National FAASTeam ASI, Jay M. Flowers / jay.m.flowers@faa.gov

 

Oct 13 

 Safer Skyes Through Education 

"ABS - Flying Stabilized Approaches In Beech Airplanes"

Topic: Thomas P. Turner Presents Flying Stabilized Instrument And Visual  Approaches Including The 'Rule Of 10s' For Increased Accuracy

On Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 19:00 Central Daylight Time (17:00 PDT, 18:00 MDT, 20:00 EDT, 14:00 HST, 16:00 AKDT, 17:00 Arizona, 00:00 GMT)

Select Number: CE03102074

Description: A successful landing is the result of a good approach. Whether a visual landing or an instrument approach, a stabilized glide path makes it easier to fly a more accurate and safe touchdown. 

In this program we'll cover:

  • What it means to fly a "stabilized approach” 
  • "By the numbers” flying for instrument and visual approaches
  •  Whether, when and how to use flaps in an approach
  • The "Rule of 10s" for increased accuracy on an approach
  • Answers to your questions.

To view further details and registration information for this webinar, click here.

The sponsor for this seminar is: FAASTeam 

 

Oct 20 

 Safer Skyes Through Education  

"Breaking the Chain - Running The Skud- with LtCDR Alex Scott"
Topic: Breaking the Chain - Running The Skud

On Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 19:30 Central Daylight Time (17:30 PDT, 18:30 MDT, 20:30 EDT, 14:30 HST, 16:30 AKDT, 17:30 Arizona, 00:30 GMT)

Select Number: SW17102249

Description:  During this Webinar, we will receive a presentation from US Coast Guard H65 Dolphin and avid General Aviation Pilot - LtCDR Alex Scott

As fall proceeds on into the winter, we are seeing more days with low visibility and ceilings.  So the temptation to Skud Run to get to where we're going may surface. 

What is "Running The Skud"?  Why do some pilots find themselves in those situations?  What are some scenarios where pilots are tempted to find themselves in situations where they are flying low above the ground with very low overcast, resulting in impacting terrain?  What is the relationship with VFR, SVFR, and IFR to this topic?  Simply put, "Skud Running" isn't just dangerous, it's a deadly regime of flight that leaves no margin for error and greatly increases risk above any scale of justification from a risk management perspective in general aviation.  We're going to talk about all of these considerations and what the associated dangers are to ourselves, our passengers, and people on the ground by making poor aeronautical decisions like "Skud Running".

Come ready to learn and contribute to this discussion!

To view further details and registration information for this webinar, click here.

The sponsor for this seminar is: San Antonio FAASTeam

The following credit(s) are available for the WINGS/AMT Programs:

 

Oct 21 

Safer Skyes Through Education  

"NAFI - FAA Enhancing Winter Weather Training"

Topic: FAA Weather Research Team Presents Winter Scenarios To Increase  Knowledge And Interpretation Skills Of Weather Information.

On Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 19:00 Central Daylight Time (17:00 PDT, 18:00 MDT, 20:00 EDT, 14:00 HST, 16:00 AKDT, 17:00 Arizona, 00:00 GMT)

Select Number: CE03102169

Description:  This presentation strives to enhance teaching strategies with the goal of reducing the number of accidents and incidents related to adverse winter weather. Using winter weather scenarios, participants will learn the gaps in pilot weather knowledge and their interpretation and use of weather information. In addition, the scenarios will highlight the availability of winter-weather training materials funded by the FAA.

Ultimately participants will be more knowledgeable on specific winter weather topics to stress when teaching their students, will learn about new materials to enhance the teaching of winter weather phenomena, winter weather products/information, and hazardous weather avoidance decision-making.

To view further details and registration information for this webinar, click here.

The sponsor for this seminar is: FAASTeam

The following credit(s) are available for the WINGS/AMT Programs:

  • Advanced Knowledge 1 - 1 Credit 
Click here to view the WINGS help page

 

Oct 27 

  Safer Skyes Through Education  

"2020 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference"

Topic: This Safety Conference Will Provide The Latest Information And  Updates Concerning A Myriad Of Subjects Involving Rotorcraft.

On Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 10:00 Central Daylight Time (08:00 PDT, 09:00 MDT, 11:00 EDT, 05:00 HST, 07:00 AKDT, 08:00 Arizona, 15:00 GMT)

Select Number: SW19102045

Description:  The keynote speaker will be FAA Administrator, Steve Dickson.

WINGS / Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) / Inspection Authorization (IA) credits will be awarded for certain portions of each days topics as follows. Credits will be awarded based on attendee webinar analytics & valid FAASafety.Gov email addresses.

DAY 1: First Person Account - WINGS (Advanced 1 Hr.)

             Augmented Reality - AMT (1 Hr.)

             UAS Impact on the NAS - WINGS (Basic 1 Hr.)

             Safety Management Systems - AMT (1 Hr.) & IA (1 Hr.)

Day 2:  Schweizer Maintenance Forum - AMT (1 Hr.) & IA (1 Hr.)

             Bell Maintenance Forum - AMT (1 Hr.) & IA (1 Hr.)

             Airbus Maintenance Forum - AMT (1 Hr.) & IA (1 Hr.)

             Robinson Maintenance Forum - AMT (1 Hr.) & IA (1 Hr.)

DAY 3: USHST Update - WINGS (Basic 1 Hr.)

             Aviation Human Factors - WINGS (Advanced 1 Hr.) & AMT (1 Hr.) & IA (1 Hr.)

             Unintended Consequences - WINGS (Advanced Hr.) & AMT (1 Hr.)

To view further details and registration information for this webinar, click here.

The sponsor for this seminar is: FAA ACO Rotorcraft Directorate

The following credit(s) are available for the WINGS/AMT Programs: n/a

Click here to view the WINGS help page 

 

Oct 29 

  Safer Skyes Through Education 

"Intro to Weather Briefings Oct 16-31 Webinars"

Topic: Analyze the weather on your route to make safe decisions—and in only 10-15 minutes!

On Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 20:00 Pacific Daylight Time (21:00 MDT, 22:00 CDT, 23:00 EDT, 17:00 HST, 19:00 AKDT, 20:00 Arizona, 03:00 GMT)

Select Number: WP01101982

Description:  Weather is the most lethal of all major causes of aviation accidents.

In this 90 minute webinar, Delia will show you how to meet the FAA briefing requirements while ALSO developing skills that will allow you to make better decisions regarding flight. 

  • Learn the 6 elements you MUST CHECK in any brief
  • How to significantly reduce the mountain of needless data
  • How to use (and the value of)  the new graphical forecast for aviation
  • When severe weather doesn't qualify as an adverse condition

Plus we'll walk through a standard weather brief, followed by Q&A

Other Webinars Available:

Monday, 19 October 2020 - Best Tips Tricks and Sites for Self Briefing 3:00 PM PDT/6:00 PM EDT

Tuesday, 20 October 2020 - Intro to Weather Briefings 3:00 PM PDT/6:00 PM EDT

Wednesday, 21 October 2020 - Aviation Weather Hazards: Identify and Avoid 4:30 PM PDT/7:30 PM EDT

Thursday, 22 October 2020 - Intro to Weather Briefings 4:00 PM PDT/7:00 PM EDT

Saturday, 24 October 2020 - Best Tips Tricks and Sites for Self Briefing 9:00 PM PDT/12:00 PM EDT

Monday, 26 October 2020 - Intro to Weather Briefings 4:00 PM PDT/7:00 PM EDT

Wednesday, 28 October 2020 - Best Tips Tricks and Sites for Self Briefing 3:30 PM PDT/6:30 PM EDT

Thursday, 29 October 2020 - Aviation Weather Hazards: Identify and Avoid 3:00 PM PDT/6:00 PM EDT

To view further details and registration information for this webinar, click here.

The sponsor for this seminar is: FAASTeam

The following credit(s) are available for the WINGS/AMT Programs:

  • n/a  

Click here to view the WINGS help page 

TFC Base:  McKinney National  Airport, McKinney, Texas

Radio Frequencies:

  • Tower: 118.825
  • Ground: 121.875
  • Clearance Delivery (when ATCT closed): 121.35
  • ASOS: 119.925
    (972-548-8525)
  • Unicom: 122.95
P1010008s

http://www.collincountyregionalairport.org

Approach and Navigation Facilities:

  • Regional Approach: 124.3
  • Fort Worth FSS (FTW) 1-800-WX-Brief
  • VOR-DME 114.6 (BYP)
  • ILS w/DME RWY 18: 109.35 (JIPUK)
  • VOR w/DME 113.1 (TTT)
  • RTR-O (only after hours): 121.35
  • VASI: RWY 36
  • PAPI: RWY 18
  • MALSR: RWY 18

 

 

 
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