Veteran TOPS member Joe Haas says there is now a new reason to use Flight Following when flying VFR out of Oakland Troy Airport. New SIDS and STARS will have Detroit approach controllers pushing tin right above the airspace at KVLL. Hass says the controllers are looking forward to hearing from you each and every time you depart. After September 13th you can reach Detroit Approach on 127.5 when traveling north and 134.3 when heading south. Members...look for more info from Joe via e-mail. Hass spoke with TOPS members at the club meeting August 28th, 2018 at Troy Oakland airport.
Members of TOPS (Troy Oakland Pilots) gathered at the Troy-Oakland airport to renew friendships, get up to speed on "Basic Med", and enjoy a hotdog or burger at the final summer meeting of 2018 on August 28. Over 30 attended and virtually all enjoyed chatting with fellow pilots and watching club president Dave Londal captain operations at the BBQ. This all looks like fun but this is serious business as members were on hand to learn about a new medical certification program called "Basic Med" that provides club members an alternative path to meeting the FAA medical requirement. New federal regulations now allow pilots to visit the doctor of their choice and complete an on line course vs. visiting a doctor (AME) certified by the FAA. This new program encourages…
Summertime Club Meetings The weather has turned a bit warmer, so let's break-out the grill and swap some flying stories When - Fourth Thursday of the Month from May - September at 6 PM 5/26, 6/23, 7/28, 8/25, 9/22 Where - VLL - Hanger K5 Topics - You never know, come and find out or add your own. Volunteers to handle the cooking for one or more nights are always welcome Hope to see you there!
Many of you know we have had an empty nest over the winter. 85M had an encounter with a very large deer back in November in Zanesville, OH. (KZVV). The deer came up the loser, but due to the accumulated time on the engine the board decided to install a factory re-manufactured engine, instead of going through the process of an engine inspection. We are planning on 85M returning home sometime in April, and it should be ready to go for this flying season.
It has been a long process but 7LM is new (or at least rebuilt) from the firewall forward. This makes for a great travelling machine. Flight plan for 145 kts TAS on 13.5 gallons per hour and haul 750 lbs of people and stuff 500+ miles. Need longer legs? No problem, trade some weight for up to 22 more gallons of fuel and dial it back a bit you can go a long way! Throw some camping gear in and enjoy nearby campgrounds, head to a fly-in, or plan on Oshkosh! It made a great way to enjoy AOPA Indy Regional Fly-in without having to join the flying circus on final approach Saturday morning! Get with your instructor and get checked out. Don't have your endorsements yet? Take this opportunity…
Changes to our airspace are here!! Where we are accustomed to the 4,000' Class B Shelf, it will become 3,500'. New shelves at 4,000' and 6,000' have been added above KVLL reaching out to 30 miles from DXO. That now includes PTK and ARB. Make sure you update all of your charts, and if you are in doubt of what this means to you and your flying it would be a great time to check in with one of our instructors. See the details at the following links. Federal Register Posting AOPA Summary
Getting In Shape For Summer Flying! [caption id="attachment_106" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Cessna 172[/caption] ***UPDATE*** The work is now done, book the plane soon and check out the updates. Consider taking an instructor if the 430W is new to you! A favorite plane for many members is getting some updates. By the end of March new upholstery will be completed and in April, 08K will join the GPS generation with the installation of an IFR approved Garmin GNS 430W. Sharpen your 430W knowledge and skills here!
Temporary MOA Published in AOPA ePilot: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 9 — March 1, 2013 The U.S. Air Force is requesting to establish a temporary military operations area (TMOA) in northern Michigan from Aug. 5 through 16 in support of Exercise Northern Strike, a training exercise that will include abrupt maneuvering from the AH-1/UH-1, UH-60, A-10, F-16, and B-52. The Grayling TMOA would be established between the Grayling Aerial Gunnery Range (R-4201A/B) and Pike West Military Operations Area from 5,000 feet msl up to but not including Flight Level 180. It would be active from 8:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Central Daylight Time and other times by notam. (more…)