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The General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA) said that Cirrus Aircraft has increased its airplane deliveries and market share every year during its first quarter.

In total, worldwide general aviation airplane deliveries numbered 390 units, which meant a 15 percent drop from last year in the same period.  But GAMA said that this is to be considered an improvement juxtapose the decline that’s been experienced last year.

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Mountain Technique
1. Canyon & Drainage Routes
-Fly the windward side, never up the middle of a canyon.
-Scan for opposite direction traffic.

2. Ridge/Pass Crossing
-Terrain Clearance: at least 1,000 feet AGL.
-Always identify your “escape” paths as early as possible.
-Approach at 45 degrees; exit at 90 degrees.

Descent And Landing Procedures
1. Know the pattern or approach track for the destination field.
2. Determine a safe go-around trang for the destination. Remember, as go-around may not be possible!
3. Fly a stabilized approach at appropriate IAS.
4. Plan the touchdown at 1,0000feet from the start of useable runway.
5. CLOSE YOUR FLIGHT FLIGHT PLAN(& give a final PIREP when you do!)

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Wheat Group

Do you want to fly but don’t have the time to learn?  Many of our clients are working professionals that mix the pleasure of flying with business.  The picture above is The Wheat Group using the Professional Pilots of Coast.  Our client made a round trip flight to LA in 1:30 to pick up a family member!  This saves a lot of time when trying to fight rush hour between San Diego and LA!  To learn more check out Coast Access Program.

In a cooperative  effort to boost the pilot population and to spread the wonder and joy of experiencing flight, the Experimental Aircraft Association with pilots, companies, governments and organizations around the world  declared May 15 2010 as International Learn to Fly Day.

Learn to Fly

Coast Flight Training is proud to take part in this glorious celebration of aviation and will have pilots on standby all day for introductory flights.

A few weeks ago I visited 8 flight training centers in San Diego Southern California (SoCal) area. I wanted to get my private pilot’s and IFR certification at a sound school and, at the same time, to have the opportunity to enjoy training in modern, safe and reasonably new aircraft. Unfortunately these requirements were hard to meet given the fact that most schools are equipped with 20 to 30 year old aircraft, mainly Cessnas 172.

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Topics covered during the Standard Course consist of Physics of the Atmosphere, Respiration/Circulation, Hypoxia/Hyperventilation, Trapped Gas Problems, Evolved Gas Disorders, Vision, and Human Factors. All academics are taught in the morning followed by a lunch break.  The altitude chamber flight profile for the Standard course consists of a FAA Type I profile to 25,000’. After each person experiences his or her individual hypoxia symptoms at this altitude, descent is made to 18,000’ where they undergo a Loss of Night Vision Acuity demonstration.  This is followed by descent to ground level, a question and answer period, and the presentation of certificates.
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Coast Flight Training

Media Contact: Nate Cole‐Daum, Nyhus Communications LLC for Coast Flight Academy, (206) 323‐3733, nate@nyhus.com

Coast Flight Academy earns FAA/DHS approval to train international pilots

First allinclusive commercial pilot program to fully integrate scenariobased training

SAN DIEGO – March 25, 2010 – Coast Flight Academy, San Diego’s only Cirrus training center to use the advanced avionics of the Cirrus Aircraft in its program, has now been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to train international student pilots using the sophisticated scenario‐based training (SBT) model in its certification courses.

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Coast Flight Training has added two new aircraft to the fleet!

N382CP: Cirrus SR20, 2007

N382CP: Cirrus SR20, 2007

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Hypoxia is the condition that occurs when the body does not obtain substantial oxygen. Lack of oxygen is one of the most dangerous conditions at high altitudes, especially when coupled with inadequate pressure and/or temperatures. When a pilot inhales air at high altitudes, there is not enough pressure to force sufficient amounts of oxygen to the lungs, causing the function of various organs, including the brain, to be impaired.

Hypoxia is difficult to detect and, unfortunately, the nature of hypoxia makes the pilot the poorest judge of when it occurs. The first symptoms of oxygen deficiency resemble mild intoxication from alcohol. Most humans are completely unaware of this state of affairs and ‘believe’ they are fully conscious, when in actual fact they are in a comatose state.

The following suggestions can prevent hypoxia from getting a foot in your door:

  1. Carry oxygen and use it before you start to become hypoxic. Measure your oxygen needs by the altimeter. Use oxygen on every flight above 12,500 feet.
  2. If you do not count on a supplemental oxygen source, do not fly above 12,500 feet. If bad weather is in your course, avoid it by going around instead of climbing to higher altitudes.
  3. Pilots who are older, overweight, or smoke heavily should limit themselves to a ceiling of 10,000 feet flying levels unless supplemental oxygen is available.
  4. Use oxygen on long flights at or above 10,000 feet.
  5. Use oxygen on night flights at or above 5,000 feet.
  6. When using oxygen breathe normally. Extremely deep oxygen breathing can also cause loss of consciousness.

Besides the aforementioned recommendations, if you want to be a modern precautionary pilot you can carry a simple electronic instrument called pulse oximeter which clips on your fingertip, measures the oxygen saturation of the blood and instantly displays it on a tiny digital screen. It works as a “hypoxia tester” and could become your inseparable ally.

 

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Fog? No Problem!

Did you know that Coast Flight Training offers a 10 Day IFR Course?  In 10 short days, training with our highly experienced CFIs, you can earn your instrument rating and say goodbye to the San Diego morning fog layer… and hello to freedom!

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