|8/10/21||Amanda Xiang||Instrument Rating||Richard Klein|
|9/14/21||Josh Edgar||First Solo||Kevin Carr|
|12/14/21||Dmytro Stoietskyi||Private Pilot||Dinu Catona|
|2/7/22||Scott Lee||Private Pilot||Gerhard Deffner|
|3/1/22||Luis Mello||Private Pilot||Hank Eilts|
|3/19/22||Katie Palmer||Private Pilot|
|8/5/22||Heather Reed||Private Pilot||Hank Eilts|
|8/7/22||Bennett Bradford||First Solo||Dinu Catona|
|12/15/22||Dmytro Stoietskyi||Instrument||Dinu Catona|
Member Orientation and Policy Reminder
New members should be familiar with our club policies and procedures before using our planes. Instructors can help you with questions about those procedures. The new member orientation guide should get you started with some basic history of the club and a tour of the planes and procedures we use. This guide is meant to foster questions and help reinforce the policies in our flying regulations. Ask questions and read those regulations and policies too.
You can find a copy of the regulations here: https://texinsflyingclub.box.com/s/2clctnapemexzeqo2xiinzjldratizce
The member orientation guide is a power point presentation here: https://texinsflyingclub.box.com/s/y9zvedu1pa36v11conea1b8gcsvml5r6
Looking Sharp: Cleaning the Planes
The club keeps a cleanup kit in each airplane. We have blue rags for cleaning the leading edges and red rags for wiping any oil. Each plane has a spray bottle of a product called "Wash Wax All" to be used for cleaning the leading edges. It's a fast easy way to keep the planes looking great and it's much easier to clean off the bugs if we do it after each flight. Here is a great "how to" video from Gary Cooper and Marty Walker:
Other tips from some members who have seen it all too many times:
- Replace pitot covers, install gust locks, lock the doors and tie down the planes properly. This is Texas y'all! There is no telling what critters may sneak in or what the weather will do to those planes
- After spraying and washing the leading edges you may have a) some dirty rags; and b) no Wash Wax All in your bottle. PLEASE take the dirty rags to the keyroom to be washed and refill the bottle.
- Nobody really wants your leftover peanut butter crackers or a snickers wrapper. Take them with you and put them in the trash
- Double check that you haven't left your Raybans or cellphone or whatever in the plane.
- Put the AROW documents back in the pockets where you found them
- Take a minute after your flight, before you walk away, and think how cool that was to soar through the air and then think "did I leave this plane better than i found it?"
We have a great club here let's make it better by taking care of those planes and doing our part!
McKinney Airport Information
We have a great airport here in McKinney. Located at the edge of the busy DFW Bravo airspace you can choose to fly around some of the busiest airspace in the country if that's your cup of tea. Or you can head East or North or South and fly to some really cool and beautiful spots over the serene East Texas landscape. The airport has a 5000+ foot runway to accomodate just about any size plane. The tower operates from 6:00am to 10:00pm local time and the controllers are pretty helpful in getting you your clearance or letting you do some airwork in the pattern or in the area.
Following are some links you may find useful about the airport and facilities or during your pre-flight briefing
Letters to Airmen / NOTAM lookup
Post flight procedures
A reminder to all that after each flight it is the member's responsibility to:
- Check the plane back in on FlightCircle
- Post engine-shutdown complete: including turning off electrical equipment and the master switches
- Clean the leading edges of the airplane to remove bugs
- Remove trash from the airplane
- Install gust locks and pitot covers
- Install sunscreens
- Ensure that the aircraft is secured with tie-down chains or wheel chocks
- Post flight walkaround to inspect for any new problems
- Squawk any problems you find
- Personal items removed
- Key returned to the keybox