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Pete  - July 19, 2019 
Welcome Loki, We're going to have fun getting you your pilot's license!
Bugsy  - July 19, 2019 
welcome Loki
Loki1610  - July 26, 2019 
You mean I get to fly???
Pete  - July 26, 2019 
Yes you surely do! We will be giving you lessons and assigning an aircraft for your family to use!
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Way to go Figgy, I think you are going to like flying!
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I AM THERE, BUT THERE IS NOT A BOX on my page like the rest of my family with my groups listed. Unhappy
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Bugsy  - June 10, 2017 
wecome to the Royal Squadron Benjamin.
Benjamin  - June 17, 2017 
What is this about, "The Royal Squadron?"
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Bugsy  - October 29, 2014 
You will get used to it, just take your time and you will be pawsome Chad.
Pete  - March 6, 2016 
Pete and Goji sat at the booth in the Flightline Cafe, and Pete gave Goji his log book, and flight manual. He added a flight computer and the appropriate checklists for the Cessna Trainer that they would be using. Pete had him sign his student pilots license and his radiotelephone operator license (that would allow him to legally use the aircraft radios)
Pete told him that they would be performing the complete checklist and then starting up and taking off, “once we're airborne I'll turn the aircraft over to you and we'll perform all of the maneuvers in the first chapter. I'll work the radio today but I want you to listen to me and the controllers, on your next lesson, I'll want you to work the radio.”
The waitress refilled their coffee cups and then Pete went through the first lesson objectives in detail, Climbing to and holding a specific altitude, descending to and holding an altitude, turns and banks, turns about a fixed point, s curves along a road, and finally turns to a specific compass heading.
Goji paid close attention and was ready.

Pete paid for their coffee, and Goji packed his materials into his flight bag was ready when Pete led them over to the Cessna 172 Skylane. They began the walk around, checking each item on the check list, Tires hinges on the flaps, elevator, ailerons, rudder they checked the fluid levels in the engine, and all of the wiring in the engine compartment. Then they opened the cockpit doors and began the cockpit checks by turning on the master battery switch, They ran the detailed prestart checklist until it was tome to start the engine, Pete instructed Goji to turn the fuel pump on, select “both” on the fuel tank selector, and set the throttle at start, he made sure the parking brake was set and that Goji's paws were on the brakes. Goji turned the key and the engine caught and started. Pete pointed out the gauges as the temperatures and pressures settled into the green range. They switched from both magneto, to left and then right, before switching back to both. Pete had pointed out the one hundred and fifty rpm drop when the engine was running on a single magneto. “If it ever drops more than that, you have a problem with the ignition system and it needs to be fixed before you fly. Pete tuned the radios to the tower frequency and to unicom (A common frequency where all of the pilots in the area could declare their intention or provide information. Pete activated the emergency receiver and made sure it was tuned to 121.5 Mhz.
Then he said, “Now we ask the tower for clearance!

Pete keyed the microphone and said, “Castle field tower, This is Cessna November One Six Three Four Yankee, Requesting Clearance to taxi from Flightline Aviation to Runway One Nine!”
The tower came back, “Cessna Three Four Yankee, You are cleared to Taxi, hold at Taxiway Golf for traffic and then proceed. Hold short of runway one nine for light jet traffic on final!”
Pete repeated back what the tower had told him, indicating to the tower that he had heard and understood them correctly, and he told Goji, “Okay I've got the aircraft but keep your paws on the controls lightly so you can feel what I'm doing. Goji did as he was asked and he could feel his rudder pedals moving as Pete pressed the controls on his side of the cockpit. Pete released the brakes and increased the throttle. They were moving and Goji was excited!
They stopped at Taxiway Golf and let a turboprop Cessna Caravan pass by and then looking carefully crossed the taxiway and continued to the active runway. They waited a minute or so and then a Lear 35 flashed by touching down on the runway with a burst of smoke from the tires.
Pete waited until the small jet had turned off on a taxiway and then called the tower, “Three four Yankee requesting clearance for take off!”
“Roger Three Four Yankee you are cleared for Takeoff!”
Pete steered the little aircraft onto the center line of the runway and brought the throttle to full power! They accelerated smoothly and at 65 knots (about seventy miles per hour) Pete eased back on the control yoke and they began to climb! Goji couldn't help but laugh in sheer pleasure. They turned out of the pattern and headed due east to the practice area over the farmland near the coast. Then Pete turned the controls over to Goji. They practiced the basic maneuvers and Goji was an excellent student. After overshooting his altitudes only once or twice he quickly learned to settle smoothly at his desired altitude. It was the same with turns. Pete was very pleased and when their hour neared it's end, Pete made a decision. “Let's head back to the field, turn to two seven zero degrees and reduce throttle to establish a level descent of seven hundred feet per minute. When you reach seven hundred feet, level off.”
Goji made the turn and began to descend. At seven hundred feet he leveled off and the field was in sight, Pete called the tower and was granted clearance to land! The flew the down wind leg of the approach, turned ninety degrees on the base leg and then turned one more time to line up on final! Pete said reduce throttle to twelve hundred, and maintain a descent that keeps the runway numbers in the middle of the wind screen if the numbers ae going up you're too steep, and if they're going down you're too shallow, use nose and nose down to hold 70 knots. Goji had it wired. He kept expecting Pete to take the controls, but Pete just sat watching him.
Pete said, “when I say Flare, bring the throttle to idle and bring the yoke back all the way. You're going to hear the stall alarm but that okay!”
They flashed across the fence at the end of the runway at fifty feet and they crossed the numbers at forty. Pete said “Flare!”
Goji closed the throttle, and pulled the yoke back. The stall horn sounded and the wheels chirped as they contacted the runway. Pete said “slow down and turn off at the first taxiway on your left, Then taxi back to the hangar.”
Goji handled the aircraft like and experienced pilot and when he braked to a stop in front of the hangar, Pete told him to shut down and run the shutdown check list.
He did.
Pete asked for his log book and entered today's lesson. Under comments he wrote, student displays exceptional ability and coordination!
They climbed out, and Pete said, that was a very nice landing Goji, come on I'll buy lunch!
Goji  - March 7, 2016 
Thank you so much for today's lesson Pete. It really means so much to me that you are taking the time to teach me to fly. It's been a dream since I was a kitten. You are a true friend Pete, you are like a brother to me Smile
Pete  - March 12, 2016 
Goji & Pete Lesson 2

It had rained before dawn and the tarmac was wet, but the sun had risen into a clearing sky. As was their custom, Pete and Goji had met at the Flight Line Cafe to have breakfast and go over the lesson plan for their flight.
Tuna, a friend of Pete and his family, came over and after Pete introduced her to Goji, she asked what they would like for breakfast. Pete said, “I'll have my usual, Tuna.”
Tuna said, Let's see, That would be a short stack of whole wheat pancakes half a grapefruit, one poached egg, and a slice of turkey bacon. I'll bring that with your butter and syrup on the side.
Pete smiled and thanked her, Then she turned to Goji and said, “What can I get for you Goji?”
Goji, said, “Pete's regular sounds good to me! May I have a glass of orange juice too please.”
Tuna went behind the counter, put their orders in and came back to refill their coffee cups.
Pete added creamer to his and took a sip. Then he said, “Okay Goji, today you'll be working the radio. Did you listen to the CD that's included with you Flight Training Manual?”
Goji nodded, “I did, I listened to it several times, and it's starting to make more sense to me now. The Controllers talk kind of fast, don't they?”
Pete said, “They do, because they're usually very busy. That's why it's so important to repeat back to them, what you understood the to say. Miscommunication can have very serious consequences in the air.”
Goji said, “I actually practiced with the CD, Repeating back the instructions and clearances.”
Pete said, “Excellent, so tell me what we're going to do today.”
Goji said, “We'll go out to the aircraft and perform our pre-flight checks, using the checklist, and then we'll take off and fly to the practice area, where I'll fly the basic maneuvers. Then we'll practice stalls and recoveries. After that we'll return to the field, where I'll perform three touch and go maneuvers, with a full stop landing after the third touch and go.”
Tuna brought their breakfast and they both ate in friendly silence for a few moments. Then Pete said, “Tell me about stalls Goji, what does it mean when I say the aircraft is stalling?”
Goji said, “We'll it doesn't have anything to do with the engine stalling. The term refers to the loss of lift that occurs when the aircraft is at an excessive climb angle with insufficient speed of air over the wings. Today we'll be practicing low power stalls and then power on stalls. “
Pete asked, “How do you recover from a stall?”
Two ways both involve increasing airflow over the wings, the first is to drop the nose and accelerate and the second is to add power, I guess there are really three ways, sometimes you need a combination of both.”
Pete smiled, “When is a stall a good thing?”
Goji said, “When you're landing, you want the aircraft to stall at exactly the instant the wheels touch down.”
Pete paid for their breakfast and left Tuna a generous tip. Then he and Goji walked out to the trainer. Pete stood back and watched as Goji performed a thorough preflight inspection.
Goji asked Pete to climb aboard and fasten his seat belt. The two of them put on their headsets and Goji started the engine. When he had completed his checks he called the tower and said, Castle Field Tower, This Cessna November One Six Three Four Yankee, requesting clearance to Runway One Niner!
The Tower came back, “Three Four Yankee you are cleared to Runway One Niner hold short for traffic on final approach.”
Goji released the brakes and gave the aircraft throttle, steering confidently along the taxiway. He held short and he and Pete watched Royal Gulfstream Supersonic Transport flash by landing smoothly. Pete told Goji, That's Thunderfoot bringing guests to the Castle.
Goji asked how fast is that jet?
Pete said, “It can operate at up to two and half times the speed of sound.”
Goji asked for and received clearance for takeoff. He turned onto the centerline of the runway and accelerated to takeoff speed. He established a god rate of climb and turned out of the pattern heading east to the practice area.
Once there Pete called maneuvers and Goji executed. He did turns around a point on the ground, compensating for the wind to keep the turn uniform. Then he did s-curves along one of the straight arm roads. He climbed and descended to selected altitudes and finally they practiced stalls. Pete said, “I'll do one and then you try it. Pete leveled the aircraft and with out increasing throttle brought the nose higher and higher the aircraft began to shudder and the stall warning sounded. Pete dropped the nose and let the speed come, then he leveled off, added power and regained the altitude they had lost. He said, “Your turn, Goji. Try to feel the stall, before the alarm sounds.”
Goji checked the air space around him, and then began raising the nose. The aircraft slowed and he felt the slight shudder, just before the alarm sounded. He dropped the nose and the aircraft was diving. He eased up, increased power and got back to altitude. He told Pete, “I kind of overdid it there, should I try that again?”
Pete said, don't feel bad, everybody over-controls on the first couple of those. You just want to get the airplane flying properly again. Try another one, see if yo can make it a little smoother this time.”
Goji did a very nice stall and recovery. Power on stalls though more “exciting” went just as well. Pete demonstrated flying on the backside of the power curve, but did not ask Goji to perform it. Pete explained that the technique could be used to get into very short airfields. “We'll cover that in a later lesson.”
As they headed back to the field, Goji went over his pre-landing checklist.
He called Castle Field Tower and was cleared to do his touch and go maneuver with a full stop landing after the third. He flew the pattern, lining up perfectly on final, he added flap, reduced power and touched down smoothly, with the stall alarm sounding at the instant the landing gear touched down.
Goji was all smiles as he taxied back to the hangar!
He ran his shut down check list and secured the aircraft. He and Pete went to the cafe to fill out his log book!
It was a great lesson!
Goji  - March 13, 2016 
Another wonderful day, I'm very happy I'm doing so well, always was a quick learner. I have a great instructor!! Those stall maneuvers were quite helpful today, I understand them so much more actually performing them.
Pete has uploaded a photo "Angel Malachi's Caravan Cockpit" to the group "The Royal Squadron"
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Chester of Catnip Island
Chester of Catnip Island  - August 27, 2014 
Cool picture....
Pete  - August 27, 2014 
Thanks Chester, We can assign one of these to you too if you like you could haul a lot of kitties to our travel sites!
Bugsy  - August 27, 2014 
How pawsome
Chester of Catnip Island
Chester of Catnip Island  - August 27, 2014 
Sure Pete.. anything to help transport kitties... thanks for trusting me...
Pete has uploaded a photo "grand caravan 1" to the group "The Royal Squadron"
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Ms. Murphy
Ms. Murphy  - July 23, 2014 
Welcome to the Squadron, Einstein!
Ms. Murphy
Ms. Murphy  - July 23, 2014 
Great Photo Rumpy, When he was eighteen, our dad helped a man replace the covering on a Stearman in return for flying time! Dad said when you fly the Stearman early in the morning, you can smell breakfast cooking down below. He love it! Tail Draggers are fun!
Spice  - July 30, 2014 
Welcome to all and lets have a race!
Smokey Jay
Smokey Jay  - August 7, 2014 
that sounds so pawsome I bet it was lots of fun.
Pete  - August 7, 2014 
Way to go Rumpy, You're looking very cool there in that open cockpit. The Stearman is a great way to fly!
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Kibbles wrote at March 12, 2014
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Hi everyones!
Hope you all enjoying your flying lessons.
Has a great day!
Pete wrote at March 6, 2014
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Neekah Boo’s Second Lesson
Hey Neekah Boo, It's Pete,
Well sweet friend, let’s get to it. Today, you’ll be doing the preflight. For this lesson, I want you to pretend I'm not here. When you're ready, get in and do the cabin checks, the start up and then contact the tower on the radio, taxi out, take off. We’ll fly the pattern and then I want you to three do three touch and goes. After that take us out to the practice area and let’s practice some tight turns about a fixed point, some S turns along the road and then we’ll do some stalls and recoveries.
After Neekah Boo completed a thorough preflight inspection, she told Pete to climb aboard and then she completed her cabin checks. She contacted the tower, and in a firm clear voice requested permission to taxi to the active runway. When permission was granted she taxied ot, held at the active and did her final engine checks. Satisfied that all was well, she requested permission to take off. It was granted and she turned on to the runway, lined the nose up with the centerline and pushed the throttle all the way in. In moments they were airborne, and the touch and goes that Neekah Boo performed were very satisfactory. Flying out of the pattern on the way to the practice area, Pete reached over and pulled the throttle back to idle. The cabin went quiet. Calmly he said, "Engine Failure, Where will you land?"
Neekah Boo looked around and spotted the little grass strip just north of the Airfield, the one used by the crop-dusters, and she said. "The grass strip just off of our port wing. I've got enough altitude, to make a full pattern and land into the wind."
Pete, nodded and said, "Okay, good choice, take it nice and easy and do it."
Neekah Boo put all of her attention into watching her instruments and lining up her approach. Her brow furrowed in concentration. She turned final and crossed the barbed wire fence with 20 feet to spare. She flared at the perfect time bringing the nose and settled on to the main gear, she let the nose wheel come down, and then with careful braking, she brought the Cessna to a smooth stop on the grass.
"Very nicely done, Neekah Boo," Pete said. "Now take off and take us back to the Castle Airfield."
"Not to the practice area?" Neekah Boo asked.
"Not yet." Pete replied
Back at Castle Airfield, Neekah Boo made a nice landing and taxied back to the parking apron wondering if she'd done something wrong.
When he stopped the aircraft, Pete said, "Don't shut down, Neekah Boo" Pete unlatched his door, unbuckled and climbed out. "Now, hand me your log book.” Neekah Boo got it from his flight case and Pete endorsed it for solo flight. He handed it back to Neekah Boo and said, “now, take off, do three touch and goes, go to the practice area, and do the complete practice maneuver sequence that we did in your last lesson and return here to land. If you need me I'll be in the tower. Have a good flight pilot."
Pete closed the door and walked toward the tower. Neekah Boo stared in amazement, watching him walk away. She wondered if she was really ready to sol, but then she decided that if Pete thought she was then she must be. She shrugged and began to concentrate on what she needed to do, before keying the mic to get clearance for his first solo takeoff.
Pete watched in satisfaction as Neekah Boo performed her touch and go landings, and flew off toward the practice area.
Forty five minutes later, Neekah Boo called the tower and requested landing clearance. Pete watched as Neekah Boo touched down and taxied to the terminal.
Pete waited for his friend to shut down and secure the aircraft, before he walked out to offer his paw in congratulatory shake. Congratulations. Neekah Boo, I'll want you to get ten more hours of solo flight time. I’ve authorized you to use the trainer so all you have to do is go to the operations office and sign for the trainer, They’ll give you the keys. Log your time and your maneuvers in your log book. When you’ve completed ten hours, I'll give you a preliminary check ride. If it all goes as I expect, I'll ask Talley to give you your Private Pilot Flight Test.
“So, tell me, how’d you like flying solo?”
An excited Neekah Boo replied, “It was amazing at first I thought wasn’t really ready but then I figured if you thought I was, well then I must be, and then the next thing I felt was how much different the airplane handled. It seemed like it accelerated faster and it just felt different.”
Pete said, I had hoped you’d notice that. The airplane always handles better when you’re lighter. That’s something to remember when you’re carrying passengers and baggage. When you’re heavily loaded the aircraft is less responsive. When we transition you to jets it won’t make so much difference but with the trainers, it’s very noticeable. If you want some lunch, I’ll buy.
Neekah Boo asked “Would it be okay for me to put in another hour in today, I’d like to do some more work on flight behind the power curve, and of course stall recovery.”
“Sure” Pete replied, “But don’t tire yourself out. Always remember a tired pilot isn’t a careful pilot.”
Neekah Boo said “I won’t work too long, I just want to be sure I know everything I need to know.”
“Okay, don’t forget to log your time, and give me a call tomorrow after you fly, and let me know how you did. Maybe you’d like to go to the hockey games and join me and the family at dinner tomorrow after the Hockey game on CC.”
Neekah Boo smiled shyly and agreed. She performed a proper preflight and prepared to take off again, Pete walked to the diner and ordered a couple of burgers and some catnip tea. He couldn’t help smile at Neekah Boo’s progress.
As he ate his burger, he watched out of the window as Neekah Boo lifted off the runway to practice her solo flight maneuvers. He was very proud of her!
Pete wrote at March 6, 2014
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Spice and Smokey Jays First Lessons

Whiskers was awakened by the smell of coffee. He slipped from the bed very carefully so that he wouldn’t awaken his beautiful wife Talley who was still sleeping soundly. He kissed her cheek gently and went to the bathroom to wash. He finished his morning ablutions and then dressed warmly, taking his flight jacket with him.
When he came downstairs Pete was at the table with his coffee eating a bowl of oat flakes with blueberries and strawberries. He was looking at the Aviation Weather Forecast on his tablet.
Pete looked up, “Good Morning, Whiskers, I hope I didn’t wake you.”
Whiskers said, “No, you didn’t. Actually my stomach did. I smelled the coffee and woke up hungry. What about you, why are you up so early?
Pete replied that he was hoping to get a few lessons in today. I’d like to get Smokey Jay and Spice started on their lessons. If the weather holds I’d hoped to start and Kibbles, Tate and maybe Dharma. Looking at the weather though, I think I’ll be lucky to get one session in. There’s another front coming this way, bringing more snow with it.”
“Still though, the kitties from Cathugger are excited about their lessons and it looks like we’ll have fairly decent weather until early afternoon.”
Whiskers shook his head, “It seems like this winter just goes on and on. Why don’t I go to the airfield with you? If we both teach, we can get more students into their training programs.”
Pete smiled and said, “I was hoping you’d say that!”
Whiskers went into the kitchen and found the Apple Pie that Talley had left in the fridge. He cut a large slice, which he warmed in the microwave. While it was heating he poured coffee for himself and asked Pete if he’d like a refill. Pete accepted and brought his cup over.
Whiskers and Pete finished their breakfast, and Whiskers ran upstairs to get his flight bag. He tiptoed in to the bedroom, got his case and tiptoed out. With a glance back at his sleeping wife he felt a rush of joy. His dreams had come true, he was loved by the most beautiful, most loving kitty in the entire world.
They two arrived at the airfield and parked the SUV in front of the terminal. They found Smokey Jay, and Spice sitting at a table in the Flight Line Café. Both of them had their flight bags by their feet and were studying their lesson plan. They both stood when Pete and Whiskers approached their table and Pete motioned them to sit down.
“Good morning”, Pete said, “Let me introduce another of our Instructors, Whiskers.” They all shook paws, The introductions were made and Pete told the waitress that he and Whiskers wouldn’t be ordering. They took chairs and sat with their students.
Pete said that he would be CFI to Smokey Jay and that Whiskers would be instructing Spice. He said, “Whiskers is probably the best Pilot in the Royal Squadron, he is methodical, careful and meticulous. He was the best student I’ve ever been had the privilege to teach.”
Whiskers said, “Well, I love flying, and I truly want to share that joy with my students.”
Spice smiled and said, “I sure hope I do okay, I was reading the lesson plan and it seems like an awful lot to remember.”
Whiskers told her, “Checklists, that’s the secret, you don’t have to remember everything, that’s why we have checklists.
Pete looked at his watch and said, “We better get started the weather is supposed to deteriorate and we don’t want to wait too late , or the weather will catch us. I don’t want your first lesson to include a low visibility instrument landing.
The four of them walked into the biggest hangar and past the array of Royal Aircraft until they came to the trainers, on the way they passed the T-38 and Spice stopped looked at the sleek jet. She asked, “Isn’t that what the astronauts fly?”
Whiskers told her that it was. “It’s an incredible machine, If Pete agrees, we can take it up when the weather is better.”
They walked to the trainer that Pete had assigned them (The same one that Whiskers had taken his first lessons). They both got their checklists and began the ground check. Whiskers heard himself saying the same words that Pete had said to him.
Pete and Smokey Jay rolled their trainer out and he and Spice soon did the same, Pete and Smokey Jay taxied out first and Whiskers and Spice followed soon after. Both students began their cockpit checks and both were attentive and careful. Soon it was time to start the engine, taxi out and takeoff. Both student pilots dealt well with the turbulence and the required maneuvers were performed well. The hour in the air went quickly and both students proved competent, Whiskers felt a flush of accomplishment as Spice made a good landing.
After the lesson, he showed her how to fill out her log book, and pointed out the chapters in her study guide that he wanted her to read before their next lesson. Spice thanked him and told him she would be prepared for her next lesson.
Pete and Smokey Jay finished their post lesson debriefing and Smokey Jay left the Café with a happy spring in his step.
Pete and Whiskers heard familiar voices coming from the conference room. Looking through the small window in the door, they saw that Angels Sylvie and Lucy were conducting their ground school lessons for the skydiving students.
Pete looked outside and noted that it was beginning to snow already. So much for an afternoon teaching session, he thought
It had been a good day, though.
The snow really began to come down in thick wet flakes as they drove up the mountain to Whiskers and Talley’s home.

When they came inside, Talley was working on her “Tunnels Project File” She smiled and asked, “How did the lessons go?”
Whiskers said, “You know, It was funny, as I started to do the ground check with Spice, I think I repeated what Pete told me, on my first lesson, word for word,
Spice did very well. It was pretty bumpy today and she took it all in stride. Oh that reminds me, she was pretty impressed with the T-38. Do you think maybe one of us could take her for a ride?”
Pete said, “Sure, we all need to put in some hours in the T-38, we might as well take her up when we do.”
Pete added, “Same with Smokey Jay. They are a motivated bunch of cats. Getting some time in the T-38 will be a nice reward for their hard work.
Whitey and Orangie came in from the library, and began to assemble the ingredients for chili, tacos and a Mexican salad. Dinner tonight would have a spicy fiesta flair.
Last Update on March 6, 2014 by Pete
Neekah Boo wrote at March 6, 2014
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Flying is fun isnt it Kibbles wheeee
Neekah Boo
Kibbles wrote at March 6, 2014
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This is so much fun here!
I enjoyed my first lesson and wants more.
I liked the parachutte jump!
Let's do it again......
Flying is so much fun!
wrote at March 5, 2014
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Way to go Neekah Boo, there's nothing like your first lesson!
Neekah Boo wrote at March 5, 2014
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I loved my first fly lesson. I wrote a post about it but its no longer here. Pete did an awesome job teaching me. It some how got deleted. I guess im having problems with my paws and my phone. But it was wonderful Bugsy
Neekah Boo
Kibbles wrote at March 4, 2014
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I'm still waiting for my first flight lesson. Can't wait to try it.
Bugsy wrote at March 3, 2014
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Go Neekah Boo how did you enjoy your first flight lesson?
Pete wrote at March 3, 2014
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NeekaBoo’s First Flight Lesson
Hey Neekah Boo, I hope you have fun!
Pete approached the Terminal Building and entered the Flight Line Café. He looked around and found Neekah Boo, sitting in a booth by the far window. She was watching as kitties inspected the aircraft that they would be flying. She had her flight bag and was going over her checklist. A cup of herb tea and a bagel with cream cheese sat in front of her. Pete bent down and greeted her with a hug. He took a seat across from her and when the waitress came over and asked Pete what he’d like, he ordered coffee and a donut.
“Good morning, Neekah Boo, It’s a really nice day for flying and I think we’re going to have a good time. Let me see your log book and I’ll sign in as your CFI. That’s an acronym for certified flight instructor. We'll be dealing with lots of acronyms but once you know what they are it will all make sense.
Pete and Neekah Boo finished their breakfast and walked out of the diner and across the tarmac to the hangars. Entering the closest of the big buildings, they walked by the aerobatic aircraft used in the Air Shows and past the Royal jets, until at last they stopped at the first aircraft in a line of trainers.
Pete said to her, "This is a Cessna 172 Skylane. It's probably been used to teach more pilots to fly than any other aircraft in the world. It’s stable reliable and fun."

Pete led Neekah Boo around the aircraft, performing the preflight check. Pete had taken a card from the pocket of his jumpsuit and showed it to Nekah Boo. "This is our check list", he explained. “I know it by heart and I still use it every time I fly. It tells us what to check and helps us to remember every detail. Never get in a Hurry and try to do this by memory." Pete gaveNeehah Boo a moment to get her copy of the check list card from her new flight bag and instructed her to follow along it as they moved around the aircraft.
After the external check was complete they moved the wheel chocks away and attached the tow bar to the aircraft nose wheel, then they used a little powered cart to tow the plane out of the hanger.
Disconnecting the tow bar they returned it to the hanger and went back to the aircraft.
Pete opened the baggage compartment and pulled out two parachutes and showed Neekah Boo how to strap hers on. He said, I promised your mom that you’d be wearing one of these but no student of mine has ever needed one. Still a little extra precaution is never a bad thing. He strapped his on as well and then closed and loked the baggage compartment. Moving to the front of the aircraft and opening the door, Pete reached into the pocket behind the right seat and produced two more check lists, one for him and one for Neekah Boo. "This is our prestart checklist, Let’s get ready to fly" Pete said.
He opened the right door and climbed in he instructed Neekah Boo to take the left seat. He explained that the left seat is the seat for the Pilot In Command (the PIC). Together they ran through the prestart check list. When it was complete, Pete instructed Neekah Boo to make sure that the brakes were set and that the area around the aircraft was clear of kitties and equipment. Then Following the checklist, Neekah Boo shouted, "Clear", and tuned the start switch. The engine caught, settled in to run smoothly and they ran the engine checks together.
"Almost time to Taxi," Pete said.
“Okay, Neekah Boo, today I'll work the radio today so you can just concentrate on your flight maneuvers. Listen to me though because in the next lesson you’ll be working the radio too.Ready?
Pete keyed the microphone button on the control yoke on his side of the cockpit and spoke slowly and clearly, "Castle Field Tower, this is November one six three four Yankee, requesting permission to taxi from Angel Flight Training Center to the active runway.
A voice came back over their headphones, "three four Yankee, you are cleared to taxi. Hold at Active!"
Pete replied, "Thank you tower, we will hold at Active."
Pete told neekah Boo to add a little throttle and release the brakes Pete said to Neekah Boo, "Okay, Neekah Boo, bring the throttle in smoothly, and steer along the yellow painted line on the taxiway. Use the bottom of the rudder pedals for steering, and the top for braking. If you need to turn sharply, you can brake each wheel separately.
To turn hard right, brake the right wheel and the aircraft will pivot right around." Neekah Boo taxied smoothly to the hold area at the Active runway. Then she and Pete ran the pre-takeoff check list. They made the fuel mixture rich, set the radios checked the magnetos and pressure. They confirmed that their fuel selector was set on both tanks, and set their altimeter to the current barometric pressure. In a moment they were ready. Pete called to the tower, "Three four Yankee requesting clearance to takeoff on runway one eight."
The voice came back, "Three Four Yankee, you are clear to takeoff on one eight, have a good flight"
Pete acknowledged the clearance and keyed the intercom, and speaking to Neekah Boo said, "Now bring the throttle all the way in, and using the rudder pedals steer right down the center of the runway. At 65 knots on the airspeed indicator, gently pull back on the yoke and bring the nose up. Keep the engine RPM at 1500, and let the airspeed come up to 85 knots. At the perimeter fence, make a left turn out of the pattern, continue the turn until you are on a course of 90 degrees straighten out and continue to climb That should give us a fifteen hundred foot per minute climb. When we reach, 6000 feet, level off and let the airspeed increase to one hundred and ten knots, reduce the throttle to hold that speed, probably around 1250 RPM on the Tachometer. Neekah Boo followed Pete’s instructions exactly and the aircraft lifted smoothly from the runway.
Pete smiled and said, “You're flying Neekah Boo, How do you like it?"
Neekah Boo smiled broadly, "I am flying, and This is wonderful!"
They practiced gentle turns and Pete never had to correct Neekah Boos’s technique once. She held altitude in her turns, maintained proper aileron and rudder coordination and handled the aircraft with a delicate touch, but good authority.
"Okay", Pete said, "Our hour’s up, time to head back to the field, Make a gentle turn to the right and set your course to 270 degrees. Then when we’re about two miles out, bring the throttle back and let the altitude bleed off, set up a level descent of about 600 feet per minute, we want to be at 700 feet when we reach the perimeter fence." Neekah concentrated hard and followed Pete’s instructions, and then Pete spoke to the Tower, "three four Yankee, requesting landing clearance on runway 18".
The voice came back, “three four Yankee, You are cleared to land on 18, Wind is wind is 10 knots at 350 degrees, barometer is 29.92. Declare turning final."
"Affirmative, declare final," Pete replied. Addressing Neekah Boo, he said okay, bring the nose up until the airspeed drops to 90 knots and the descent rate is three hundred feet per minute. Very Good, Now turn 90 degrees to the left until the runway is off of your left wing. Then you’ll turn 90 degrees again until we are lined up right on the centerline of the runway."
The fence flashed by under the aircraft, and Pete said "Okay throttle to idle, and bring the yoke back, smooth, smooth... Perfect!"
Neekah felt nervous as the aircraft drifted lower and lower. The Pete said, now bring the yoke all the way back to you. She did, the Nose came up, and there was a fraction of a second of sound from the stall horn just as the landing gear chirped onto the runway with hardly a bump.
"Very nicely Nicely done, Neekah Boo!" Pete exclaimed, "Now ,"Flaps full retract, and smooth braking. Great! Neek Boo, Up ahead, turn off onto the taxiway and take us back to the Hanger. You did a fantastic job!"
After Pete and Neekah Boo taxied back to the ramp in front of the hangar and without Pete prompting her, she got her shut down checklist and proceeded to shut down the engine and the electrical system.
When they had secured the Aircraft, Pete said okay let's have a snack. We can fill out your log book and talk about the next lesson. You did a great job today. You did a nice take-off, worked very well on your maneuvers, and made an absolutely perfect landing. Next time you'll work the radio too. I want you to get a good nights, sleep.
Neekah put her check lists in her flight bag and the two friends walked into the Flight Line Café where the two friends shared lunch, (Pete’s Treat). Pete gave Neekah Boo a CD and said “this is a recording of the tower and pilots talking to each other, before our next lesson, I want you to listen to it so you’ll be familiar with the radio work."
He asked, “Did you drive or did your mom bring you?”
Neekah Boo replied, “Mom brought me, I have to call her to come get me. “
Pete said, “I’d be glad to drop you off at your home if you’d like.”
Neekah Boo said she didn’t want to inconvenience him and Pete replied that he would enjoy spending the time with her. She smiled and accepted.
Last Update on March 3, 2014 by Pete
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