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Volume 4, Issue 6 June, 2007

Summer's Here!  Know Your DENSITY ALTITUDE!!

Board Meeting:
July 10, 2007, 7:00 p.m., T-Craft Hangar

Ground Class:
July 19, 2007, 7:00 p.m., T-Craft Hangar
How To Use Your Manual E6-B

General Membership Meeting:
September 25, 2007, 7:00 p.m.

FUEL RE-IMBURSEMENT PRICE FOR June: $4.15
Members who have purchased fuel "out of pocket" can deduct this price per gallon from bill, or the billing director can credit the amount on next statement. Please include copy of receipt either way.

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CLUB? POLICES? OR GETTING A NEW MEMBER APPLICATION? WE HAVE THE ANSWER! CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT!

NEW SOLO:
Chad Kinkela in May 2007.  Congratulations!

Insurance forms were due by April 10, 2007. Members without forms on file by April 26, 2007, have been suspended from Flight Status on Schedule Master.  Click here for a copy of the form.

We are interested in stories and/or pictures of trips from the membership! Please remit to secretary@t-craft.org or call Jeff Vanhoozer (ph: 861-3972).

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CANCEL YOUR FLIGHT IN SCHEDULE MASTER IF YOU CAN'T FLY. THE BOARD CAN CHARGE ONE HOUR PER DAY AT THE SCHEDULED AIRCRAFT RATE ACCORDING TO T-CRAFT CLUB POLICY #15.

The EPA is cracking down on pilots dumping "sumped" fuel on the ramp. It is a very steep fine if you are caught. We have purchased devices to filter the fuel back into the aircraft. It is a little cumbersome the first time you use it, but it is necessary. Remove the top (strainer) section of the fuel tester, drain fuel, and place fuel strainer on top of tester. Open top of strainer and carefully replace fuel back into fuel tank.

It is always a good idea to check with FSS before every flight. There could be new TFR's posted in the area you are about to fly, or numerous other items you wouldn't otherwise be aware of.

You can order Apparel from Bulldog Shirt Shop in Nampa on 12th Ave. They have our logo and will put it on any item in there catalog. Click on their name for the map and phone number.

Please keep your contact information (phone numbers, email addresses, postal address) updated in Schedule Master. To check or update your contact information, login to Schedule Master, click the "User" tab at the top, then click the link that says "Click here to edit your user info" which appears just above the list of users.
 

 

All members need to remember to UNplug when going flying. Be extra careful when placing ducting into cowling as the ducting is very thin and tears quite easily. Please do not turn knobs to whatever you feel like. They all have been set where need be.

Aircraft Door Locks work best if you Press In on latch while using key (even 686 can be locked/unlocked).

375: Member reported fuel cap loose on squawk sheet, but did not identify himself/herself.

686: Landing/taxi light switch ordered.

64L: Nothing to report.

91X: Nothing to report.

0YD: Annual completed: stall horn replaced; ELT Battery Pack replaced; carburetor heat cable replaced; left main replaced; pilotís left hand rudder pedal replaced.

93S: Nothing to report.

USE TACH TIME  FOR SQUAWKS PLEASE. This helps the maintenance team tremendously!
The sign-out sheets have not changed. Continue to use HOBBS Time for sign out sheets. This will continue to be the way you are billed.

Please check Schedule Master and Squawk Sheets for new Squawks on the aircraft you are about to fly. Also, please call the next pilot scheduled to fly if you Squawk the aircraft. AND DON'T FORGET TO LIST YOUR NAME AND PHONE NUMBER!


by Jeff Beers

Check For Water In the Fuel

I recently flew an aircraft that had been sitting outside for a couple of weeks.  When I drained the tanks I had water in one of them.  It is not often I find water in a fuel tank but it can happen so always check  during your preflight.  Condensation is one of the main causes of water in the fuel tank.  Rain can also get in if the cap isn't on properly or not properly sealed.  Water is by far the most common contaminant in aviation fuel. Because water is denser than avgas, it will settle to the lowest part of the tank. Take a sample from each fuel drain before your first flight of
the day and after every refueling (or any other time you suspect that contaminants may have entered the tanks). If any contamination appears, continue draining until you get a clean sample. Remember, just because you've never had water in your fuel tank before doesn't mean it won't happen.



Please let Jeff Beers  know when you earn new wings levels, or pass other milestones like first solo, new ratings, etc.

 

The Board has decided to allow any members wishing to post classified ads in the newsletter for aviation items only.
Please email your ads to Jeff Vanhoozer.

ANY MEMBER CAN REQUEST THE MINUTES FROM ANY MEETING. Any member that would like a copy of any meeting minutes can contact Jeff Vanhoozer by email. Any member of the board can provide the minutes as well.

THE 2006 ANNUAL REPORT IS AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS ONLINE BY REQUEST.
Please send request to James Ferdinand at president@t-craft.org