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Student and New Pilot Support Group

Student and New Pilot Group

Preflight MX Challenge!

The Student and New Pilot group met at the West Valley Palo Alto Maintenance hangar July 1st. These meetings have been attracting various pilots from the Bay Area that meet to share information and experiences. The activity for the July meeting was a staged pre-flight challenge.

David Vital, WVFC Director of Maintenance, staged a Piper Archer with a number of inoperative and airworthiness deficiencies. The challenge was to conduct a preflight inspection to determine how many of these could be identified. The staged issues included loose inspection plates, expired aircraft registration, missing weight & balance, foreign debris in the cowling and others.  It was a great experience to see how well your pre-flight routine works and to sharpen your observation skills. In addition, this was the first time several members got an exposure to a Piper airplane and had a chance to see which things are the same and which things are different.

A key benefit to this group is the opportunity to share information and meet other pilots.  We invite any interested pilot to attend our next meeting.  The group meets in various locations between the San Carlos and Palo Alto airports so please be aware that our next meeting on August 5th at 7:00 PM will be at the WVFC San Carlos location.

The August meeting topic will be: Angel Flight West.

Come to the meeting to hear about how the Angel Flight program works. We will have a short video presentation to explain the program and we will be joined by Mike, an Angel Flight pilot, who has flown many missions. Learn how Angel Flight fills a critical need in transporting patients so that they can receive the care that they need.

Everyone, whatever and wherever you fly is welcome. In addition to same tasty pizza and soda, you will have a great chance to meet your fellow pilots in an informal setting.

To subscribe to this group, please email: The presentations from past sessions are posted on this group site.

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