Club Takes Ownership of Planes

The club will be purchasing the aircraft it currently leases in the next couple of weeks. This is an exciting move by the club that will allow the club to take control of the aircraft and upgrade them as the membership sees fit. Our next meeting will focus on how we want to proceed with them once purchased. As always, meetings are the third Thursday of every month.

The transition to owning the club’s aircraft will likely mean the club changes the way membership is handled. The next meeting will dive into that. Most likely will be some kind of capital contribution required of members that would be refundable (in whole or part depending on circumstances) that pays for some portion of each plane a member flies.

New Scheduling

We have migrated our scheduling to Please use this scheduling system going forward. The old scheduling system has been disabled for new reservations.

Next Meeting: May 21, 5:30pm

Our May meeting will be held on the 21st, 5:30pm, Granite Air Center at the Lebanon Airport (second floor, up the stairs as you walk in).

Club meetings are the 3rd Thursday of each month. The location is varies, but is usually either Granite Air Center at the airport or Salt Hill in Lebanon.

Rusty Pilot Seminar @ KLEB

Please be sure to sign up for the RUSTY PILOTS SEMINAR ( being held, Saturday April 18th at 1:00, at Granite Air Center, KLEB.

GRANITE AIR CENTER has graciously offered their facilities for this event. Upper Valley Flying Club members, this will be an excellent opportunity to recruit new members. More members means lower per member costs, and possibly more and/or better airplanes! Spread the word, and plan to attend the seminar and promote our club to other attendees. We will be handing out pamphlets and membership applications at this event.

—Tim Terry, Safety Officer

FAAST Seminar: Are You Intimidated by ATC? Don’t Be.

FAASTeam, Portland FSDO presents:
Are You Intimidated By ATC; Don’t Be

Wed, Jan 14, 2015 – 16:00 EST Granite Air, Lebanon Airport, West Lebanon, NH

Directions: I-89 to the Lebanon Airport exit. Follow signs to Airport Road. Go to the top of the hill, Granite Air on right.

58 Airport Road
West Lebanon, NH 03784

Contact: RICHARD EARL FERNO (802) 433-6691

Dick Ferno, retired Air Traffic Controller from Burlington Tower/Approach control, will guide you through understanding ATC instructions and procedures. If you have ever wondered about complex taxi instructions, traffic pattern instructions, or departure and arrival procedures, this seminar is for you. Likewise, if you have not flown in an ATC environment for some time, don’t miss this thorough refresher. Register TODAY.

The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) is committed to providing equal access to this meeting/event for all participants. If you need alternative formats or services because of a disability, please communicate your request as soon as possible with the person in the “Contact Information” area of the meeting/event notice. Note that two weeks is usually required to arrange services.

Invite a fellow pilot to the next WINGS Safety Seminar in your area. Sign up for the FAA’s safety services at!

Winter Flying: Engine Preheat

As cold weather approaches, I want to remind all of you that it’s critical our engines are kept pre-heated. When you arrive to fly, you should find the aircraft pre-heater plugged in and operational and the engine should feel warm to touch. Our 172 has an engine block pre-heater that simply plugs in using an extension cord. The 182 has a hot air system for which you’ll need instruction on placement of the duct. We will be moving the 172 into a hangar shortly, but there is power on the pole at the tie down that should be used.

Engine preheat is important for a couple reasons, and not for the reason you might think. We use a multi-viscosity oil which flows well when cold, so sludgy oil isn’t the issue. The real issue is internal engine clearances. Because engines are made of dissimilar metals that expand and contract at different rates, a cold engine may not have enough clearance in its bearings for oil to lubricate adequately. Starting a cold-soaked engine can cause serious engine damage in just seconds and reduce time to TBO. In other words, cold starts can be extremely expensive. Secondly, even when all engine gauges are in the green, a cold-soaked engine may still have components cold enough to impede lubrication which has, in a number of cases, even after long ground runs, caused engine failure after take off. So, in a word: preheat! It’s safer and saves you money.

For more information: a detailed article from AVWeb.

When returning from a flight, you should plug the pre-heater back in so that the engine stays warm for the next flight. Engine pre-heaters are self-regulating and are intended to be kept on at all times through the winter.

Lower Rates

Good news on plane pricing: because fuel price has dropped quite a bit in cost and we’re a club, we’re passing the lower prices to members effective December 1st. The new 172 rate is $138/tach hour ($115/hr Hobbs equivalent) and the 182 rate is $178/tach hour ($148/hr Hobbs equivalent).