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Loki1610 has joined group: The Royal Squadron
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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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Sox  - July 2, 2019 
Pete  - July 2, 2019 
Way to go Figgy, I think you are going to like flying!
FIGARO  - July 2, 2019 
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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Rumpy Bump Stumpnots has uploaded a photo "RumpyFlyingStearman" 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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Eclipse jet take off
Bugsy wrote at February 25, 2014
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Whew that was so skeery at first. My fur was standing up on my fur. It was also so exciting and so much fun. I love flying it's so much fun. Thank you Pete you are such a pawsome instructor.punk
Neekah Boo wrote at February 25, 2014
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Yeah Bugsy you did a great job and had a good trainer Pete. How much fun was that! Meow Neekah Boo
Neekah Boo
Pete wrote at February 25, 2014
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Bugsy Lesson Two
Bugsy's Roadster was parked in the parking lot, and as Pet walked into the diner, he saw Bugsy working on his lesson plan. Pete joined him and ordered coffee. They chatted, Pete asked if he had any questions and Bugsy said he thought he had a good understanding of the material that they had covered. Pete nodded and said,
"Well my friend, let’s get to it. You do the preflight. Today I want you to pretend I'm not here. When you're ready, take off, fly the pattern and let's do three touch and goes. Then take us out to the practice area and we'll practice some tight turns about a fixed point and then we’ll do some stalls.
They walked out to the aircraft and after Bugsy completed a thorough preflight inspection, he told Pete to climb aboard and then he completed his cabin checks and contacted the tower. In moments they were airborne, and the touch and goes that Bugsy 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. Calmly he said, "Engine Failure, Where will you land?"
Bugsy looked around and spotted the little grass strip just north of the Airfield, the one used by the crop-dusters, and 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, take it nice and easy and do it."
Bugsy put all of his attention into watching his instruments and lining up his approach. He turned final and crossed the barbed wire fence with 20 feet to spare. He settled on to the main gear and let the nose wheel come down. Then with careful braking he brought the Cessna to a smooth stop on the grass.
"Very nicely done, Bugsy," Pete said. "Now take off and take us back to the Castle Airfield."
"Not to the practice area?" Bugsy asked.
"Not yet." Pete replied
Back at Castle Airfield, Bugsy made a nice landing and taxied back to the parking apron wondering if he'd done something wrong.
When he stopped the aircraft, Pete said, "Don't shut down, Bugsy" Pete unlatched his door, unbuckled and climbed out. "Now, hand me your log book. Bugsy got it from his flight case and Pete endorsed it for solo flight. He handed it back to Bugsy 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. Bugsy stared in amazement, watching him walk away, and then shrugged before keying the mic to get clearance for his first solo takeoff.
Pete watched in satisfaction as Bugsy performed his touch and go landings, and flew off toward the practice area.
Forty five minutes later, Bugsy called the tower and requested landing clearance. Pete watched as Bugsy 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. 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 operations, They’ll give you the keys and let you sign the aircraft out. Log your time and your maneuvers. When you’ve completed that, 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 Bugsy 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 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.
Bugsy asked “Would it be okay for to put another hour in today, I’d like to do some more work on flight behind the power curve.”
“Sure” Pete replied, “But don’t tire yourself out. A tired pilot isn’t a careful pilot.”
Bugsy 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.
Bugsy agreed and prepared to take off again, Pete walked to the Flight Line Cafe in the terminal building and ordered a couple of burgers and some catnip tea. He couldn’t help smile at Bugsy’s progress.
wrote at February 24, 2014
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Hi Pete & everyone! We're having a horrible time here today, the circles keep going round & round & the friend request acceptances don't go through. But Mojo & I will join up. I can take on some instructing if you think I'm up to it. Mojo's a bit young yet, but she can push a broom around the hangar or something biggrin -- A. Mallow
Neekah Boo wrote at February 24, 2014
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Thank you Raven. I downloaded it.
Neekah Boo
Raven wrote at February 24, 2014
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Neekah Boo wrote at February 24, 2014
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Thank you for inviting me Pete yeah!!
Neekah Boo
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