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Mr. Urista

INSTRUCTOR:  Mr. Juan Uritsa, juan@aviationed.net


Middle School Jr Engineers

Week of March 3, 2020
No club this week. School closed for elections

Week of February 25, 2020

In this week’s installment of the Test Pilot aviation club, our would-be aviator learned about some of the “rules of the sky”, mainly traffic flow. Traffic flow? In the sky? From the ground it looks like random crisscrossing in the sky, but a closer look reveals that there are patterns to follow just as there are on the ground, especially when approaching to land at an airport. For our learning objective this week, we took a look at the landing pattern to a typical medium to small-sized airport. We learned about the different legs in the pattern ( upwind-crosswind-downwind-base-final), and how altitude and speed are managed to bring the aircraft in for a safe landing.

Our simulator mission was to bring in our virtual aircraft in for safe landings, but students found it progressively more challenging as the aircraft we simulated got faster and faster.

Elementary Pilot School

Week of March 3, 2020
Signs, signs, everywhere a…sign. Just like the roadways we travel daily have different signs to elicit  certain behaviors from the motor vehicle operators that occupy them, airports have signs all over them that are universal to the airspace system. So a sign on an airfield in one part of the world means the same thing at all airports around the world.

This week in our club, we took a look at some of those universal signs and what they mean to the pilots and aircrews that travel around the globe daily. We looked at location signs that tell us where we are on an airport. Signs that tell us where we can and can’t go, how fast we can move around , and how to get from the ground system into the air via the runway. Then of course it wouldn’t be pilot school if we didn’t get to practice what we learned. So this week we learned how a typical general aviation airplane is maneuvered and how the different controls work to steer the airplane while on the ground.

Stay tuned for more fun in aviation!

Aviation pic about signs

Week of February 25, 2020
This week we learned about flight demonstration teams and how they serve to inspire and motivate future aviators into careers in the field. Demonstration teams are highly trained pilots that fly seemingly complex (actually, they don’t just seem complex, they really are complex) maneuvers in the sky, sometimes with as little as a couple of feet clearance from one plane to another. We learned that there are both military and civilian flight demonstration teams that travel all over the world to show what these amazing machines and pilots can do. Here in the United States, there are two prominent military flight demonstration teams; the US Air force Thunderbirds and the US Navy Blue Angels. Both teams are internationally known and millions of spectators have been thrilled by their performances. Thanks to modern filming techniques and equipment, we were able to get a pilots 360 degree view of what it’s like top fly in a Thunderbird formation!

And of course, flight simulator time is always a welcome activity!