Ground School Graduation - 05May2015

The successful completion of the 2015 Ground School class was celebrated on 05May2015 with the unique and traditional end of the course cake and the handing out of graduation certificates. One of the unique but not traditional aspects of the graduation ceremony included a well received and always fascinating presentation by Harry Andonian. Harry recounted his somewhat convoluted path to becoming a pilot for the United States military, his solo flight some seventy plus years ago, his first two zero visibility landings (the ground vehicles couldn't even see to drive around on the field!), a flame out at 57,000 feet in a U2, and his "bombing" of a coastal city in Florida. Additionally Harry was on hand to pass out certificates to each one of the graduates. Even more unique, certainly not traditional, and a first in the history of the ground school classes, ground school instructor Mark Armstrong was on hand to cut the cake with his sword from his time at the Citadel. It was quite the sight to see Mark slicing the graduation cake with his beautiful Citadel sword. The cake didn't stand a chance!

Congratulations to the graduates of the 2015 Ground School class.

2014 Instrument Ground School

The customary and customized EOC celebratory cake.
The 2014 IGS Class - BJ Finney, Brett Pelham, Denis Rottler
Instructor Dennis Mathis presents BJ Finney with his EOC certificate.
Instructor Dennis Mathis presents Brett Pelham with his EOC certificate.
Instructor Dennis Mathis presents Denis Rottler with his EOC certificate.
Quality Control expert and Weather Instruction Chief Joe Rector gets busted!

The 2014 Instrument Ground School class was successfully completed in November as documented by the cake cutting pictures.

Carbon Monoxide Presentation - 15 February

To promote aviation safety and awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, particularly in aircraft, Mike Montefusco has agreed to come to Majors Field on 15 Feb and do a presentation about carbon monoxide (CO) awareness for not only the flying club but for the GVT aviation community as well.

This presentation will be a WINGS credit event for those participating in the WINGS program (all of us should be doing this ).

Here is the plan:

The event will take place in and around the Majors Flying Club hangar on 15 Feb. We will have hot dogs and hamburgers available at 1130 and Mike's presentation will follow shortly after noon in the club house. The presentation will include a "Show & Tell" on the various CO detectors currently available. After the Q&A, we should be finished NLT 1400.

Please spread the word to all aviators in the area. This information is important and could save a life or two.

There is NO CHARGE for this all though a small donation would be welcomed.

Mark your calendar: 15 Feb., 1130 - 1400, CO Presentation, Majors Flying Club


Club Meeting This Thursday - January 30, 2014

This Thursday is the general membership club meeting. It is not limited to just club members. If you know someone who has an interest in flying or listening to tall tales, bring them along. Clarke Erwin is our guest speaker. Should be interesting.

The food will arrive at 1645 and when its gone, its GONE !

-- Dennis

2014 Events

Calendar Revised 20 Feb 2014

There are many exciting events planned for the Majors Flying Club this year. Please mark your calendar, and we hope you join us!


Cessna is UP!

Mike Zimmerman completed the sign off of the Cessna's logbook January 26, and Mark Armstrong took it up for an FCF (Functional Check Flight). All systems go.

The airplane is now available for scheduling/flying.

We owe a great deal of gratitude to Glen Dupaul who, under the supervision of the maintenance officer, Red Redden, led the coordination effort to get the Cessna's annual complete. Mike Zimmerman did a herculean effort to complete the A&P work. Let's not overlook the individual club members who came out and helped with the annual. Thanks Dennis Guinn, Denis Rottler, Jacob Brown, & Lawrence Davis. They put in a lot of man-hours to get the job done. Great team work, guys.

The motor is sound, plugs are good. In addition to the normal inspection items, the following actions were taken:

  • AI was sent out for overhaul and re-installed
  • new vacuum lines installed
  • vacuum filters replaced
  • induction filter replaced
  • fuel shutoff valve replaced
  • nose wheel tire, tube and bearings replaced
  • middle hinge & aileron rod end on the RH aileron replaced
  • anti-collision beacon replaced
  • Nose strut serviced

Denis Rottler improved the ICS jacks by installing "Bud Boxes" on both sides. Nicely done, Denis.

Aircraft was washed prior to the annual and is nice & clean. Mark said it flew well.

Archer annual is next (March).

-- Dennis


Meeting Summary - Jan 31, 2013

Thanks to those who attended a most interesting meeting, Thursday, Jan 31. Joe Wiser's presentation was most interesting and informative. Brought back a lot of memories for me. Great job, Joe.

We had an election (no surprises there !), updates on club activities, to include financial status, and we have three new members: Denis Rottler and Kevin Duignan (regular) and Fred Crabtree (Associate). Thanks guys for joining our group.

We instigated an incentive program this year with a eye to thanking those who come out and help with the annual inspections. For the first round (Cessna) the winners were: Dennis Guinn & Gordon Hay ($50 cash card), and Jon Bottorff & Dennis Harwell ($25 cash card). Congratulations guys and thanks for your contribution.

The same program will be in effect for the Archer annual, starting with a plane wash on the 16th or 23rd of Feb. Our maintenance officer will set the date and let us know when to show. Some time late March or early April, we'll have an informal gathering (maybe a cookout or similar) and pick four more winners.

We'll be sending out voting instructions soon regarding the Stratus unit. The operation of the unit was discussed and most in attendance felt it was a positive idea to purchase one. However, we need all regular members to vote on this issue. If you wish to obtain more information, particularly those that did not attend the meeting, go to and review the info there. I used one during my recent XC to south Texas and it worked as advertised. This is a great idea for both the VFR and IFR pilot.


Scout Aviation Workshop a Success

Our Fall 2012 Scout Aviation Workshop was held Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15. On Friday, the scouts attended Ground School and were tested over the material. Saturday involved a F.O.D. walk, preflighting aircraft, model airplane building, aviation map training, hands on demonstrations of an L-3 fire truck, and flights in one of five different aircraft. Merit badges were earned, much fun was had, and 59 Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts got to experience flight in small airplanes. Many, many thanks to all the volunteers that helped to make this event possible.


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