Arapaho Flight Club

Before flights…
    • Check inspections
      • 50 HR
      • 100 HR
      • Annual
      • Nearest (next due)
    • Airport Diagram
    • TOLD (takeoff and landing data)
    • W&B (Warrior)
    • WX (see Weather below for the process)
General Notes
  • 500 AGL is about 6700 MSL in the practice area
  • Bullseye – fly over > 7100
  • Cross country:  good round robin is KCOS > LAHUNTA > LIMON > KCO
  • Crosswinds:  for students is 10 knots or less
  • Expectations:  make sure they are set early with your instructor
  • Fees:
    • 0.5 HR ground (20 min brief / 10 min debrief) + flight time
  • Ground school is through King Schools (students get the software)
  • Initial flights:  walk them through the preflight/walkaround
  • Jet Center:  for fuel
  • KFLY:  perfect for focusing on maintaining centerline 
  • Medical: get it within 2 weeks of starting your training
  • Never vote for landing fees WX, TOLD, W & B for every flight (Springs East)
  • New Students
    • Best plan is to take a discovery flight before doing the paperwork to begin training
    • If unable to complete W&B, Preflight and WX brief by the 3rd flight, expect to get charged more for ground school/time
  • Radios:  expect the instructor to assist until it becomes normalized
  • Transfer of aircraft controls:  3-part cycle
    • Giving:  you have the aircraft, I have the aircraft, you have the aircraft
    • Taking:  I have the aircraft, you have the aircraft, I have the aircraft
  • This is a single page for you to replicate/depict weather - 
  • – its use/value for weather briefing
  • Next go to AWC
    • Forecast…
      • Prog Charts > Surface Plot (sketch what’s shown in CO)
      • Convection > Current (add to your sketch)
      • Turbulence > Graphical > Set “Light” aircraft and 9K MSL (add to sketch)
      • Icing > Forecast > Set 9K
      • Winds/Temps > Zoom into CO, check 9K & 12K.  You can use the values (from DEN and PUB) for heading and ground speed (cross country planning).
    • Advisories…
      • SIGMET > zoom into Colorado
      • G-AIRMET > set 9K, zoom into CO, check lo-level wind shear & turbulence 
    • METARs
      • Go to “Request METAR data”, enter “KCOS” and click “Include TAF” (or here)
        • It will show in raw data, but you can click “Decoded” if needed 
  • Next, go to NWS
    • Click on the lower right portion of CO
    • Click “Current Hazards” and you’ll get a “Hazardous Weather Outlook” which is a weather briefer’s commentary to compare with your assessment
  • Return to AWC, Observations, Aircraft Reports to see if any PIREPs have been entered 
  • Return to to see weather movement
    • Click layers and in the weather tab click “MRMS Weather Radar” and “Show Wind Barbs”, then click play at the bottom center of the screen

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