Our Next Chapter Meeting will be February 5 at the pilot lounge at the Hagerstown Airport (KHGR). We have a new slate of officers for the coming year so come on out and meet them.
Also, all are welcome at our monthly meetings so don't be concerned about just dropping by.
We had a good time at our annual Christmas party so if you missed it watch for the announcement next year and come on out.
We still have our build nights on Mondays so if you think you might want to build your own or just want to see what it is like to build a plane come on out. You can contact our officers for details.
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Dont' Get Jammed
Do you have a standard way to plan your descent to the airport from cruise altitude? If so great, but if not here is a suggestion that works pretty well. Most of us flying single engine plan descents around 500fpm and at that vertical speed with 90KT ground speed you will loose 1000 ft every 3 miles. At 120KT it is 4 miles and 150KT it is 5 miles. All you have to do is pick your ground speed in the descent (be sure you fly it) and do some basic math.
Lets say you are approaching KHGR at 5,500ft and are pretty sure you are going to fly the pattern which is 1,700ft. You need to loose about 4,000ft (round off to make the math easy) so if you are descending at 90KT take the number 3 (3 miles for each 1,000ft) and multiply it by how many thousands of feet you are descending, in this case 4, and you get 12NM. Add a mile or two to configure and run checklists and you should start down about 14NM from the airport. If you use a different ground speed just use a different multiplier and it all works the same.
I use it regularly and it works great, you just need to fly the speeds and VS you calculate and it will keep you from getting jammed at the airport
Curtis Berry, CFI, CFII
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