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Know Your Pilots

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Know Your Pilots

The AIRLINE TRANSPORT PILOT leaps tall buildings in a single bound, is more powerful than a 747, is faster than a speeding bullet, walls on water and gives policy to God.

The MULTI-ENGINE PILOT leaps short buildings in a single bound, is more powerful than a 707, and is just as fast as a speeding bullet, walks on water if it is calm and talks to God.

The INSTRUMENT PILOT leaps short buildings with a running start and favorable wind conditions. He is almost as powerful as a Learjet, faster than a speeding bullet, walks on water of an indoor pool and talks to God if special requests are approved.

The COMMERCIAL PILOT barely clears a Quonset hut, loses tug-of-war with Twin Engine aircraft, can fire a speeding bullet, swims well and is occasionally addressed by God.

The PRIVATE PILOT makes high ranks when trying to leap buildings, is run over by Piper Arrows and sometimes handles an airplane without inflicting self-injury, can dog-paddle and talks to animals.

The NON-SOLOED STUDENT PILOT falls over the door sill when trying to enter buildings, says “look at the airplane,” wets himself with a water pistol and mumbles to himself.


The CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR lifts buildings and walks under them, kicks airplanes out of the hangar, catches speeding bullets with his teeth and chews them, and freezes water with a single glance. The CFI IS GOD.

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Flymall January Newsletter 2017

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Welcome to our January 2017 newsletter.

For our students and renters at the Washington International Flight Academy Harry has created a Facebook page just to share flights, time build together, etc.  It can be found at Click here for the page.

Several pilots have ask Harry for recommendations on where to go to get their seaplane rating – Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base in Winter Haven Florida is the place to go. Click here for Harry’s post from his visit there.

Pilots here one for you. This fuel sample was taken from a Cessna 172 today. It was from the wing sumps. Both tanks were almost full. Both sides had this in the fuel. If you look closely you will see a small layer of something at the top of the fuel. It was not greasy and it was separate from the fuel. The more we sumped the tanks the less of this layer we had at the top. I used the same fuel cup for another aircraft and we did not see this layer at the top. I should also mention that we could not get the aircraft started. It would crank however it seemed as if there was no spark.



A few months ago Pat Kraemer and a student (Uma – pictured below) hit a goose just 400 foot in the air after take-off.  Part of the goose and windscreen came in and hit the student. They had to continue and fly the entire pattern with part of the windscreen missing.  Both did a great job.  As a Christmas gift and birthday present for the student we had the plaque below made for her.  On the plaque is the part of the windscreen that came in and hit her.







Here is something interesting:


I recently nominated someone for the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. It took about 5 months for the FAA to do the research and verify that the person should receive the award. He finally received the award. Here is Lu Rudel receiving the award.

Click here for more pictures from the award ceremony.

WIFA had their annual Christmas party Dec 29 2016.  A good time was had by all that attended.  See the link below for more pictures from the event.



Click here for more pictures from the event.

Here is what I call being resourceful!


Great news!  The Washington International Flight Academy is getting closer to being able to issue M1 visas to international flight students.

With winter in full swing we can only dream about being in a place like this.



Harry purchased another rare three wheel vehicle for his collection, a 1984 Honda Gyro.  Pat and Veronika rented a van and drove to Tennessee to pick it up.  Here are a few pictures from their trip.  They were able to visit the Grand Ole Opry.





More news… Pat and Veronika also attended the Women’s March on Washington on Jan 21. Here are a few pictures from the event.







Harry’s student Francesca (pictured below) recently attended a fly-out with some of the local 99s. They went to the Flying Machine Café at the Chester County Airport.



Enjoy these sunrise and sunset pictures from Veronika.








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