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Fly Out to Tangier Island


Fly Out to Tangier Island

On October 8th (Columbus Day), join us as we fly out to Tangier Island!  This little island town is located in the Chesapeake Bay, and is known for its historic value and unique way of life.  This colonial island was discovered in the early 1600's but did not become fully settled until the 1770's.  It was used as a staging area for the British Navy in the War of 1812.  This left a British presence on the island long after the navy had left.  This can be seen by the way of life, culture, and the most prominent aspect:  the Elizabethan dialect.  The islanders all speak with a distinct English accent that is so unique it may seem like another language!  These factors make it seem as if you are in another country, which is why it was been described as "Leaving the country without your passport."


We plan to fly out September 16th, and arrive around 1200.  We will eat lunch at Hilda Crockets Chesapeake House, then have a walk around the small island.  We will depart around 1500 to head back home.


If you want to fly along for this unique opportunity, schedule a plane today and contact our Stafford office so we know a head count for the restaurant.

Visit the Birthplace of Aviation!


Visit the Birthplace of Aviation!

Mark your calendars for June 3rd, as we fly out to First Flight Airport (KFFA), located in Kitty Hawk, NC!  Plan your trip to arrive at 1100 and we can all rendezvous at the Wright Brothers Memorial overlooking the Outer Banks.  We then plan to tour the park and walk the very grounds that the first flight took place.  Afterward, we will head over to one of the many wonderful beach restaurants to eat and even visit the beach!  Reserve your plane as soon as possible because you do not want to miss out on this opportunity!  This will make for a great cross-country, or a fun weekend to start off the Summer.  Please contact the Stafford office to let us know if you'll be joining the group.  

Fly Out and Visit Colonial Williamsburg


Fly Out and Visit Colonial Williamsburg

Join us as we fly down to the historic Williamsburg/Jamestown area!  We plan to fly down and arrive at 1100 on Saturday, March 31.  After everyone has arrived, we plan to take a ride over to historical downtown Williamsburg.  There are plenty of restaurants available in the Williamsburg area, and the airfield also houses a nice place to eat.  We plan on departing from Williamsburg-Jamestown (KJGG) around 1500 to head back home.  If you are a private pilot that needs a cross-country flight, or just want to experience a fun flight on a Spring weekend, then reserve your plane today!


If you plan to join us, please contact our Stafford office and sign up so that we can make the appropriate arrangements.  We look forward to flying with you!

VFR Rusty Pilot & Emergencies Courses


VFR Rusty Pilot & Emergencies Courses

Aviation Adventures is pleased to announce the 2018 editions of the VFR Rusty Pilot and Emergency Procedures courses, scheduled for March 17, 2018 at the Manassas Regional Airport.

The VFR course will be taught from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm.  This course served in large part as the inspiration for the AOPA Rusty Pilots program, which has enjoyed national success!

The Emergency Procedures course will be taught from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  

The VFR course is designed for pilots that have been out of the cockpit for a few years, active pilots that would like to get up to speed on new developments in Part 91 flying, and student pilots working towards their Private or Commercial certificates.  This is a fantastic opportunity to meet fellow pilots and receive a comprehensive refresher course on various topics that are essential to operating aircraft under Visual Flight Rules in the Washington DC SFRA and beyond.  We plan to discuss the following topics:
        Pilot Experience, Responsibilities, and Cautions
        Airworthiness, Maintenance, and Inspections
        Airports, Airspace, and SFRA Procedures
        Aviation Weather Products and Flight Planning
        Aeronautical Decision Making and Risk Management

The Emergency Procedures course is designed to explore various environmental scenarios and aircraft systems failures that may pose significant operational challenges to pilots.  Following the ground session, participants are encouraged to schedule one-on-one time with an Aviation Adventures CFI for some hands-on exploration of the scenarios and failures in the Redbird FMX, and/or the aircraft of their choice.  Topics covered include:

.    VMC into deteriorating weather:  This block of scenario-based instruction begins with a discussion of legal VFR weather minimums for a proposed flight and the pilot's personal minimums, which will inform the go/no-go decision.  The objectives are for the pilot to develop an appreciation for marginal weather, and to develop or refine personal weather minimums.

.    Engine failures during critical phases of flight:  The key objectives for this section of the training program are for the pilot to refine procedures for engine failures during the takeoff roll, after rotation with runway remaining, below 1000' AGL, and above 1000' AGL.  After completing this block of instruction, the pilot will have a better understanding of the various factors that need to be considered prior to takeoff that will influence a successful outcome.  The pilot will also have a better understanding of how to select a safe altitude from which a return to the airport environment is feasible.

.    Aircraft systems and control surface failures:  Pilots will focus on diagnosing and working through various systems failures (e.g. alternator, pitot/static system, vacuum system, flaps, brakes, elevator). This block of instruction will begin with a discussion of the systems (normal operations and failures), and a review of the emergency checklists.

.    Deteriorated aircraft performance:  This block of instruction begins with a discussion of aircraft performance using the Cessna 172 POH to calculate the takeoff roll and distance over a 50' obstacle at various takeoff weights, and temperatures at KBCB (2132' MSL, 4539' x 100') and KLXV (9930 MSL, 6400' x 75').  The instructor will also discuss how density altitude is calculated and its impact on aircraft performance. The objectives are to understand the importance of performance calculations, how to configure a normally aspirated aircraft for high altitude operations and how to safely execute a high altitude/density-altitude takeoff and climb.

The discussion will largely focus on the Cessna 172; however, the principles are broadly applicable to a wide range of single engine piston aircraft.

Each course costs $60, but if you sign up for both, the combined cost will be $100.  At the conclusion of the VFR Rusty Pilot course, you will receive a certificate of completion indicating that you have satisfied the ground instruction requirement for the flight review per FAR 61.56.  The certificate will be accepted by any Aviation Adventures CFI within six months of the course.

If you would like to attend either or both courses, please register by sending an email to kontanis@gmail.com or by calling the Aviation Adventures Manassas office at 703-530-7737 with your name, email address, and a preferred phone number. Also, please specify if you would like to register for one or both courses.  This will help us plan for course materials.

Space is limited to approximately 40 participants for each course, so please reserve your position soon!

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