Greetings pilots and guests. October was very busy. The future of the Flight Simulator is looking better and better. We had the first meeting of Flight Club, we added two new airplanes, we got FAA to Buffalo, and we test painted a Baron B58. The last post had the minutes to October’s Flight Club meeting. I will list the agenda for the November 18 meeting at the bottom of this post. First, the fun stuff!
Flight Around the World will be postponed until 2019. We have a lot to learn before we undertake that journey. Mostly, we need an aircraft that will fly long distances, otherwise, the journey may take much longer than a year. We added a Gulfstream G650 Corporate Jet. With a range of 7,000 miles, we should be able to fly around the world easily and in comfort. We will use 2018 to transition all interested pilots to multi-engines and jets. We’ll master navigation, fuel calculations, and flight planning next year.
We also added a Murdy CAP10 aerobatic plane to X-Plane 11. Quite a few students have an interest in aerobatic flight and we do have an aerobatic coach with N0926KS on board. Now we don’t have to switch to the old simulator software. It is a fickle little airplane and takes some concentration, but it is fun!
FAA is in Buffalo, as of this writing. We’re almost done. If you haven’t flown a leg and want to get involved, email me and I’ll arrange to have you sit with a coach to learn how to plan, fly, and log a leg of the journey.
As you will see on the agenda for this upcoming meeting, we will be talking about painting your own airplanes. N0915TT and I tested painting X-Plane 11 airplanes and the results were outstanding. 15TT is very pleased with the outcome. You will enjoy learning how to paint your own scheme, or “livery,” and be able to fly your own airplane.
If you don’t have a creative bone in your body, don’t worry, the Squadron will help you.
Please read through the agenda and try to make it to the Robert Morgade library to attend this club.
Flight Club Briefing, November 18, 2017, 2–3pm
- Flight Around America progress
We made it to Buffalo. Now we just have to fly down the coast and our journey will come to an end.
- Structure of Flight Club
- Squadron – We will be known as a Squadron
- Flight – A group of members assigned a task
- Element – One or two members of a Flight assigned sub-tasks
- FAW (Flight Around the World) Postponed
Due to the logistics involved and the training required, we have decided to postpone FAW (Flight Around the World) until 2019. Our 2018 journey will be to fly the Gulfstream G-650 to every state capital in the United States. We need to name this adventure. This will give us time to train on jets and familiarize ourselves with the G-650. A special plane will be created for this so the fuel use and location progress will be saved. This plane should be used only for the journey. Other G-650s will be available to fly recreationally. Upon completion of this journey in 2018, we should be ready to fly around the world!
- Painting Your Airplanes: The First Step
To paint your own airplane, you will need to know the basics of Photoshop or an image editing program. We will discuss using the idea labs to accomplish this as well as some alternatives to use at home. We’ll learn the three most important things to remember; paint with “multiply,” use layers, and save often!
- Saving your own logbook to a thumb drive (not supplied)
We will discuss the procedure for saving your flights and logbooks to a thumb drive. You will need to provide your own thumb drive. These files are very small so a small thumb drive is sufficient. The library has a limited supply of 4GB thumb drives for sale for $5. 4GB is probably 3.5GB too much, however, but we do have them for convenience.
- Looking for task members
It is time to start rounding up some guest speakers. We need a Flight (team of members) to look into getting a speaker for each of our 2018 club meetings.
Bring your stories, adventures, and ideas! We’ll see you on the 18th!
George L. Seaman, Jr.
Flight Simulator Instructor
Robert Morgade Library idea lab
Martin County Library System
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