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Student and New Pilot Group

Checking WX and Trip Report: D83

The Student and New Pilot group met at the San Carlos WVFC Club House for a packed meeting to kick- off the New Year. These meetings have been attracting pilots of various levels of proficiency from the Bay Area to share experiences and information. 

Our first meeting of the year brought a number of new faces to the group. The topic of the meeting included a presentation by Lloyd Stevens, a seasoned pilot; about the weather sites (‘WX’ in pilot shorthand) he uses as he reviews current and forecasted weather. Herb Patten and Michael Vowles also presented a trip report for the Boonville airport, D83.

Lloyd’s presentation included a number of links that he uses when performing pre-flight planning. His principle site is http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/forecast.php.  Lloyd also shared some useful tips about flying to the Sierras and in particular to Bishop.  He frequently makes flights to Bishop and his insights and knowledge of the area were of interest to the group.  A list of the links Lloyd uses was posted to the group’s web site.

One of the group’s members shared a link to a site he developed that displays on a single page a compilation of weather information and images he considers important when doing a SF Bay Tour. Check it out at http://www.stanek.us/weather/sf/

The trip report is a new feature to the group that will be part of each meeting. They provide other pilots information about a specific airport including flight planning and observations about the airport. Useful information such as where to find transient parking and what to see and do when you reach the airport provided members of the group first-hand information for consideration. Herb and Michael’s report from Boonville included tips about approaching and landing at the airport along with a review of the Buckhorn restaurant which is about a mile walk from the airport. The full details have been posted to the web site http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BayArea_NewPilots/.

A key benefit to this group is the opportunity to share information and meet other pilots – those interested in becoming a pilot, student pilots, or pilots with their license. We invite any interested pilot to our next meeting to be held on February 4th at 7:00 PM at WVFC San Carlos. The topic for discussion at the next meeting will be:

·       Personal Minimums – what new pilots should consider when establishing personal minimums

·       Trip Report –Palm Springs, PSP

Everyone is welcome to the meeting! In addition to some food and soda, you will have a great chance to meet your fellow pilots in an informal setting.

To subscribe to this group, please email: bayarea_newpilots-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. The presentation from this session is posted on this group site.

 Please contact hpatten@pacbell.net or mvowles@deloitte.com  if you would like additional information.

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