Astronomers are calling it The Great American Eclipse. On August 21, 2017, an eclipse will start and end in Denver at 10:23:17am and 1:14:40pm respectively, with the mid-point being at 11:47:03am and covering 92% of the sun. This will be the first eclipse to span the entire continental United States in 99 years, starting on the Oregon coast, sweeping through the nation at a rapid 3000 miles per hour, and leaving the South Carolina coast an hour and a half later.
Hotels along the path of totality began receiving requests for reservations as long as 15 years ago from people anticipating this event. Roads are forecasted to be jam packed and slow on the day of the eclipse, so if you’re a pilot, you’ll probably be flying there instead. Aviation enthusiasts will be flocking to airports across the path of totality to watch from the wide open views they will most likely offer, with many of the airports hosting fly-ins, camping and/or even festivals.
Things you may need to know:
- Never look directly at the sun without special glasses. If you are in the path of totality, it’s ok to look at it without them when the moon has completely covered the sun.
- If you have plans to travel for the viewing, try not to do it the day of since many roads may be immobile.
- This event may break the internet. Billions of people will be flocking to the internet to view it on social media and other online sources.
- If you’re taking pictures, unless you have a special lens, your pictures of the sun may not turn out as well as you hope.
This eclipse even has its own website at greatamericaneclipse.com where you can find facts on the phenomena, a history of eclipses, where the best viewing spots are, and a store for memorabilia.
Originally Posted over here: The Great American Eclipse
Independence Aviation is a flight school that offers flight training, pilot mentoring, pilot services, aircraft management, hangar management and more in a friendly environment. You will find that experienced Cirrus Training instructors love what they do. Below is a great story we thought we would share with you to inspire the pilot within.
A rusty pilot regains his currency in a whole new world of aviation.
Pilot Jeff Berlin hadn’t flown a Cirrus SR22 for about a year, and before that quick round trip from Los Angeles to San Diego and back he hadn’t flown one for at least two years prior.
TOMATO FLAMES? Are you kidding? I’m sitting with my friend and CFI Paul Sallach in the restaurant at the Inn at Furnace Creek in Death Valley, California, nibbling on a turkey BLT while doing the ground portion of my flight review, what people used to call a biannual flight review. All is well thus far. I know my airspace and cloud clearances. I know what I need to know about sunset, sunrise and the beginning and end of civil twilight. And I’ve got all the buttons, switches and functions of the Cirrus Perspective by Garmin avionics suite dialed in. But TOMATO FLAMES? Seriously? Keep reading….
If you have an interest in becoming a pilot, whether it is for a career or pleasure, Independence Aviation is here for you. The instructors are some of the finest and will share their love of flying and experience with you, so you can become a licensed pilot.
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Originally Posted here: Celebrating Women in Aviation
Independence Aviation’s celebration of Women’s History Month continues with this story about the new film showcasing the accomplishments of women in the aviation industry.
As the premier pilot school in Colorado, we support the encouragement of girls and women to enter STEM careers and realize their potential. To start your training, call Independence Aviation today.
Indie Atlantic film produced in Lakeland highlights women in aviation – News – News Chief – Winter Haven, FL “In modern society, we still have that ingrained — that girls don’t go into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math fields) because they don’t do those things,” said Wiatt, who’s making her directorial debut with the feature-length film “Fly Like a Girl” to dispel that myth.
Women like Mae Jemison, the first black female astronaut to fly into space in 1992; Patty Wagstaff, an aerobatic pilot; and Olivia Lisbon, a recent graduate of Polk State College; and so many more are examples of what women can accomplish. “We need to tell their story: What women were doing in history and what women are doing today,” Wiatt said. “We have to show girls there are people out there doing great things.”
Wiatt said she wants to show a variety of women in various fields, such as women in the military, drone pilots, helicopter pilots and more. “Some people are very interested in supporting this, and those who have higher-level achievements, like the first Thunderbird pilot. But there are also engineers who are part of major corporations, NASA, scientists, sociologists. We want to tell all aspects of this story.”
First Posted right here: 2017 Outstanding Aviator Award
Major Heather Penney will be awarded the 2017 annual Outstanding Aviator Award! The award will be presented by the Wings Club Foundation at their annual meeting, and International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA) during a presentation that will take place on March 29, 2017 at The Yale Club in New York City.
As soon as Congress opened combat aviation to women, Penney applied to the Air National Guard to fly F-16’s, and was the first woman in the 121st Fighter Squadron.
Penney is being recognized for her service to our country when on September 11, 2001, she was one of two pilots asked to take action and protect the airspace over Washington D.C that morning. Her mission was to take down the hijacked airliner United Flight 93 by any means necessary. However, because of the urgency of the situation, there hadn’t been enough time to actually arm her F-16. It was obvious she had been sent on a suicide mission.
When asked about being ready and willing to fly a kamikaze mission, she stated, “Because there are things in this world that are more important than ourselves.”
Today, Penney works for Lockheed Martin as the Director of Air Force Aviation Training Systems, specializing in capture management, government relations and strategic business development. She has worked with the F-16 and F-22, and is currently working on the F-35 project.
Since it’s commencement in 2010, the annual Outstanding Aviator Award has been presented to exemplary recipients such as the Tuskegee Airmen, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), the Doolittle Raiders, Patty Wagstaff, and Bob Hoover.
Independence Aviation would like to say Congratulations!
First Posted over here: Flying the new Cirrus SR22 G6
This a great story about the first experience flying the new Cirrus SR22 G6. The new Perspective+ Avionics and cockpit improvements are all explained through Stephen Pope’s perspective.
As a Platinum Cirrus Training Center, we look forward to learning more about this new model and getting some flights recorded.
We Fly: Cirrus SR22 G6 | Flying Magazine
My introduction to the G6 SR22 included a half-dozen flights over the span of three days in mid-December. By now the secret is out and the G6 is the talk of the Cirrus-owner community — but at that time flying the new model required stealth since it was among the most closely guarded secrets in all of general aviation.
Original Post right here: Mountain Flying Course
Flying in the Mountains
If you’ve never flown in the mountains, you don’t know what you’re missing. Our instructors fly in the mountains all the time and we’d love to share the experience with you.
Visit us and we’ll talk about mountain weather, density altitude, A/C loading, route selection, survival gear to carry, planning, communications, and we’ll get you to as many airports as your schedule allows. Our specialty is operation in and out of high altitude airports close to skiing, hiking and fishing.
Mountain flight experience programs are tailored to your needs and wishes using your plane or one of ours. Our simulator will enhance the experience to demonstrate high density altitude operations, terrain avoidance using ODP’s and planning.
IA’s Mountain Traiing Options
Our mountain training course includes a ground discussion of topics specific to mountain flying safety and survival techniques. Then we go out and fly!
- Obstacle departure procedures in the mountains
- Challenging mountain instrument approaches
- Equipment failures & emergencies
- Mountain range crossings
- Circle to land approaches
The typical flight plan can include stops in Buewna Vista (KAEJ), Leadville (KLXV, the highest airport in the continental US), Aspen (KASE), Steamboat Springs (KSTS), and Eagle (KEGE, Vail).
The fun can be accomplished in one of our fleet aircraft or your own aircraft that meets some minimum mountain requirements. The training may also qualify for a flight review, instrument proficiency check, or part of a Cirrus Transition Training.
Feel free to call the Independence Aviation office for information on all we offer at our Colorado flight school locations.
Cirrus Aircraft has recently started delivering the new Cirrus Vision SF50 Jet to its first customers, and one of them made an appearance in the Arapahoe Aero hanger at Centennial Airport! We had the privilege of seeing this new airplane up close and personal, and experiencing the smells of the new leather interior for ourselves.
Rumor has it that this is the 2nd SF50 off the production line, and the very 1st to be delivered to a customer. We can’t wait to be flying around in one of these on a regular basis!
First Posted here: Cirrus Vision Jet Makes an Appearance at Centennial Airport!