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This Month’s VMC Club Discussion

In case you aren’t familiar with VMC Club it is a monthly gathering of individuals who discuss a VFR flying scenario presented by a discussion coordinator. VMC Club is an EAA function developed as an off-shoot of the International IMC Club which merged with EAA a few years ago. Both gatherings are conducted conducted in the same format. Consider it semi-directed hangar flying.

Our EAA Chapter’s VMC Club coordinator is in the middle of moving into a newly constructed home, which is enough stress without trying to prepare a public presentation. Add to that the current challenges EAA is having with their website server migration causing the inability for both VMC and IMC Club coordinators to reach the database of discussion scenarios.

I had, just in case, put together a short VFR flying/Sectional Chart quiz and found an AOPA Safety Foundation video that would work for a discussion so I stepped in and conducted the meeting. 

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Two Flights This Week So Far

So far I have flown twice this week – once a pattern ride to do a little practice (which didn’t seem to help much) and the second another EAA Eagle Flight with a local EAA Chapter member.

The weather up here in Reno had been unusually nice for November. We actually set high temperature records last Friday and Sunday. 

The Eagle Flight was completed yesterday with an individual who was involved in aviation early in his life in several volunteer capacities but never took any instruction toward a pilot certificate. Then, as so often happens, life got in the way an flying was set aside. 

Now he is interested in changing his life’s direction and sees aviation as a possible later-in-life career path – not necessarily in an airline capacity but more likely in one of the other myriad of commercial flying possibilities.

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Back Flying and Writing Again

Occasionally life gets in the way and time passes way faster than you imagined. As I look back at this site I see that I haven’t published anything since way back in January. Almost a year has passed and I imagine that most of the regular readers here have moved on. Oh well, publishing on sites like this are often more for the writer than the reader. Sort of a way to clear your head.

When we last left off I had just given a new friend an EAA Eagle Flight – designed to introduce adults to the world of aviation if they have expressed a sincere interest in learning what flying is all about. That friend is now finishing up his final flight requirements for his private pilot certificate. I expect him to schedule his checkride before the end of the year.

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