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Pre-Flight Briefing

EA Accomplishments

Elon Aviation celebrated its birthday in December in the wake of more success for its students. Since the last newsletter in early October, we have seen 36 students successfully complete their checkrides. And we're only four months into the year!

Scott Rich, Randy Ratliff, Trevor Nabors, Nan Lowe, Anthony Davis, Brian Pecheles, and glider instructor Justin Barnes all became private pilots, while Carolyn Woodruff, Cody Hodges, and Stephanie Lane all earned the right to fly IFR.

We promoted Wavell Williams, our IMC chapter leader Chad Hilty, Zach Rogers, Craig Myrick, Jay Troxell, Philip Doolittle, Paul LoRusso, and Elvir Tiric to Captain after their successful commercial checkrides, while Karen McDermott, Waid Lester, Danny Johnson, Jacob Faircloth, and Zach Kearney all aced their multi-engine rides.

Rick Dailey and Robert Train became CFIs under our tutelage, and Justin Cozart, Tim Pardue, and our own Aaron Smith punched their MEI tickets. We saw repeat checkride performances by Zack Brendle (commercial and CFI), Darius Lawhorn (instrument, commercial, and multi-engine), and "DJ Cool Chris" Jennett, who checked instrument, commercial multi-engine, and commercial single-engine off his list in three consecutive days. 

That's not all: Jason Rudd, Carly Collette, and Chris Davis all soloed, and we have a feeling we'll be reporting their checkride successes in our next "Under the Beacon." Even our own Chris Whittle got into the act, becoming a seaplane rated pilot in October. 

We have a great group of students and are proud to celebrate their success with them. Thanks for entrusting us with your flight training needs.

Hangar Flying with the EAA IMC Club

Be sure to attend our monthly EAA IMC Club meetings for great hangar flying and situation-based discussion designed to make you a better pilot. Open to all pilots, each IMC meeting offers FAA WINGS credit. Watch our website and Facebook page for details on our next meeting, which is typically held the last Thursday of each month. 

Speaking of Facebook, you can follow the EAA Burlington IMC Club chapter here

Make a Career of It

If you're graduating high school this year or just looking for a career change into aviation, consider our Professional Pilot Program. With a full-time commitment to lessons, you can go from zero time to CFI in as little as six months. Contact us today for more details and for financing options. 

Farewell, Aaron

It is with both happiness and sadness that we report the impending departure of Aaron Smith from our instructing team. We're happy to see him fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming an airline pilot, but we're sad to see such a great instructor and all around great guy leave. Please join us in wishing Aaron all the best. He is committed to his students and will remain with us until he receives his class date. Once he has joined the airlines, we hope to see him around KBUY for some seaplane and tailwheel instruction.

Five Basics On Basic Med

The FAA's new BasicMed rule went into effect May 1, but since its introduction in July 2016, it has created quite a stir in the aviation industry. Still not sure what the buzz is about? We'll break down five basic facts you need to know about BasicMed, helping you sort out the mystery behind this new rule handed down by Congress.

1.  Not For Newbies
In order to qualify under BasicMed, you must have held a medical after July 14, 2006. This means that if you have never held a medical certificate, including many new student pilots, you cannot qualify for BasicMed until you have held a medical certificate issued by an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME).
2. Gimme Three Steps
There are three steps to take before you can fly under BasicMed. First, you must possess a valid U.S. drivers' license and have held a medical after July 14, 2006. Second, you must print out the comprehensive medical examination checklist from the FAA website and have your doctor complete the form during your next physical exam. Your doctor must be a state licensed physician. Finally, you must complete a BasicMed medical education course online via the FAA website. Keep in mind, this is only if you choose to fly under BasicMed; you're still welcome to renew your medical with an AME as per usual, without completing the above process.

3. Keep It Small, Slow, and Low
If you are planning to fly a heavy with about a dozen or so of your closest friends, BasicMed is not for you. There is a passenger limit of five people, a weight limit of 6,000 pounds, a speed limit of 250 knots, and an altitude limit of 18,000 feet MSL to which you must adhere if you choose to fly under BasicMed. Employed CFIs, commercial pilots, and charter pilots, you cannot use BasicMed, as it is not for those flying for compensation or hire.

4. Some Limitations Apply
When BasicMed was just a rumor, there were concerns that those with existing health conditions preventing a medical renewal would suddenly become eligible to fly again. BasicMed addresses this concern by requiring a special limitation before you can apply for BasicMed if your medical history contains certain mental health disorders, neurological disorders, and cardiovascular conditions. 

5. Subject To Change
Provided you qualify under the rules stated above, you can circumvent the traditional third class medical exam and have your health insurance plan pay for your exam, since it's conducted by your general practitioner. However, industry insiders worry that general practitioners will not want to assume the liability of a pilot experiencing a mid-air medical emergency and therefore balk at BasicMed. As with any new rule, keep in mind that some adjustments are sure to come as time passes.

For more information and complete details on BasicMed, visit the FAA's BasicMed page

And the Best $100 Hamburger Spot Is...

When the weather is nice, it's a perfect time to go for a $100 hamburger run. Visit our Facebook or Instagram page and tell us your favorite place to fly for great eats.

Just Add Water

Summertime is a time for fun on the water, from boating on the lake to flying to the beach for sun and fun. Why not combine the two and fly our seaplane? You can now earn the challenging and exciting seaplane rating in our Lake LA-4. Contact us today to schedule your seaplane training. 

Unconventional Flying

Early in your private pilot training, you may recall learning the difference between conventional gear aircraft and tricycle gear aircraft, only to spend your training in a tricycle gear airplane. If you've ever had the urge to see what conventional gear is all about, have we got news for you!
We now offer tailwheel training in the beautiful Citabria pictured above. Not only does a tailwheel endorsement add an interesting element to your aviation resume and give you a taste of old time flying, it will also test your piloting skills, making you a safer, more proficient pilot. This is a great way to help build time for those seeking a commercial certificate or airline minimums. Contact us for today for more information on our tailwheel training.
Did You Know? 
FAA remote pilot certification has been in effect for nearly a year now, with more remote pilots becoming certified every day. Thinking about taking up drone flying? If you plan to fly your drone commercially, you will need your certificate from the FAA. If you currently hold a pilot certificate and have had a flight review within the past 24 months, you only need to pass a written exam, which you can take online. Non-pilots over age 16 and pilots out of currency must undergo additional online training. 
What many people don't know is that the North Carolina Department of Transportation requires drone pilots operating within the state lines to pass an additional written test. You can find more information on both the FAA and NCDOT requirements on our website.


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