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Scot’s New Paint Job

Posted by on Mar 30, 2013 in Aviation News, Photos | Comments Off on Scot’s New Paint Job

Scot Warren CCNow that’s a neat paint job! Scot Warren, the Cubcrafters sales rep for Texas and Louisiana, has a new paint job on his Carbon Cub. I have seen it up close and it is amazing. Hopefully Scot will bring the airplane to the upcoming Bluebonnet Airshow, April 13th.

The Carbon Cub flies as great as it looks. If you have an opportunity to catch a ride, I encourage you to do it, but be prepared to be amazed at the performance. Several students and new owners have been here for transition training and I always enjoy flying with them in the Carbon Cub.

Who Hid My Endorphins?

Posted by on Mar 30, 2013 in Alaska 2013 | Comments Off on Who Hid My Endorphins?

Who Hid My Endorphins?

Endorphins

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 Endorphins (“endogenous morphine“) are endogenous opioid peptides that function as neurotransmitters.[1] They are produced by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus in vertebrates during exercise,[2] excitement, pain, consumption of spicy food, love and orgasm,[3][4] and they resemble the opiates in their abilities to produce analgesia and a feeling of well-being.

The term implies a pharmacological activity (analogous to the activity of the corticosteroid category of biochemicals) as opposed to a specific chemical formulation. It consists of two parts: endo- and -orphin; these are short forms of the words endogenous and morphine, intended to mean “a morphine-like substance originating from within the body.”[5]

The term “endorphin rush” has been adopted in popular speech to refer to feelings of exhilaration brought on by pain, danger, or other forms of stress,[2] supposedly due to the influence of endorphins.

As a part of preparing for the upcoming trip to Alaska, I decided that I needed to get in better shape. Plus the cargo pod that goes on the Super Cub weighs 22 pounds empty, so I thought I should set a goal of losing enough weight that the cargo pod would not add to the basic weight of the airplane. This has meant dieting, exercise, sweating, swearing and generally changing my sedentary ways. I convinced Judy to join the program and she has been going full speed ahead. We bike, we lift weights, we watch what we eat, and despite my skepticism, it is slowly having an effect. Just the other day, I began to panic a bit, calling Judy to help identify a suspicious lump I’d found. “What do you think this is?” I asked, hoping it was nothing serious. She studied it for a moment, then offered an opinion. “I’m not sure, but I think it is a muscle.” Well, ok then, I guess I can relax. I even tried to convince my friend Dirk to join the exercise program. He politely declined, due to an eye problem. “An eye problem?” I asked. “Yeah, I just cant see me doing that!” he explained. So, each day, we go to the gym or ride our bikes, hoping to get in shape and to experience the “endorphin rush” our athletic friends have told us about. So far, I have an eye problem with the endorphin rush. I just can’t see it. But, the journey continues.

Karla & Ken

Posted by on Mar 30, 2013 in Flight Training, Student News | Comments Off on Karla & Ken

Ken and KarlaKarla Elizondo and Ken on the way back to Burnet from Llano after practicing takeoffs & landings. Karla, Adolfo and their parents are visiting from Monterrey during their Spring Break holiday. Adolfo has been flying with Rick, Karla with me and Gustavo has been building his solo hours in his Carbon Cub.

Adolfo has begun his cross country and night training lesssons. Today, he and Rick will visit a nearby towered airport for some practice with ATC.

We have one more day to fly, then they will return home on Sunday.

Is Promark Social or Anti Social?

Posted by on Mar 30, 2013 in Promark News | Comments Off on Is Promark Social or Anti Social?

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So, we have been working feverishly to make the new website post all of its new info straight from the blog onto Facebook. This seems like a great way to share information and makes us feel “oh so hip and cool”. Unfortunately, try as we might it just doesn’t want to work! So, this is a special message, if you are seeing it on Facebook then we have officially become “Social” !

Rick’s First Student Solo

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Aviation News | Comments Off on Rick’s First Student Solo

photoRick and Adolfo flew the Cessna 172 today. After three nice landings, Rick stepped out and Adolfo took the airplane around the pattern “alone and unafraid”. What he did not realize was that this was Rick’s first official solo student. Rick is an experienced pilot and accomplished CFI, but he had not had a primary student before now. So, congratulations to both Rick and Adolfo.

Adolfo and his sister, Karla are spending their spring break in Burnet learning to fly with ProMark. They will soon be training in an almost new Cessna 172 once the documentation arrives from the FAA.

We always have a lot of fun and enjoy having the Elizondo family visit with us.

 

 

Remos Kaput!

Posted by on Mar 23, 2013 in Aviation News | Comments Off on Remos Kaput!

DSCF0915Last Monday night’s severe thunderstorm broke the tie-down ropes on the Remos GX LSA and severely damaged the airplane. The Remos hit the overhead beam of the shelter before crashing into the support beam and the neighboring airplane.

The damage was extensive and resulted in a total loss. We will be dealing with insurance issues and re-scheduling students as we can work out options. In a few weeks we’ll consider what replacement aircraft might make sense. DSCF0897

 

Jeff Starts TW Training

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Student News, Tailwheels | Comments Off on Jeff Starts TW Training

Don WorthenJeff is here from Tyler, Texas to learn to be a tailwheel pilot. Don and his wife arrived yesterday after a 6.5 hour drive. Jeff flies a Diamond DA-40 for pleasure and to work on his instrument rating. He flew the Super Cub for 3 hours today, working on instinctive flying techniques and learning to takeoff and land the airplane. We also did some sight-seeing along the Canyons of the Colorado and landed on a sandbar in the Llano river.

Tomorrow, more short-field and soft-field landings, intro to wheel landings and more.

Landing in Sandy Creek

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Aviation News | Comments Off on Landing in Sandy Creek

Sandy Creek1Friday morning, Pavel and I set out to do some “off-airport” work in his CC Top Cub with 31″ Bushwheels. We selected a smooth section of creek bottom along Sandy Creek. After several low passes to check for wires, obstacles, etc. we made a landing. Here is a photo of the airplane sitting on the sand. What fun!

Pavel’s New TopCub

Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in Aviation News | Comments Off on Pavel’s New TopCub

Pavel and Family Pavel family2Pavel bought a Cub Crafters Top Cub from Mike Sisemore recently and is here in Burnet for transition training. He brought his family along to enjoy the Texas Hill Country while he learns the advanced skills required to feel comfortable in his new airplane. The Top Cub has 180 HP and 31″ Alaska Bushwheels so Pavel can land on unimproved surfaces such as cow pastures, sand bars and beaches. However, this type of flying requires more skill and knowledge than typical tailwheel training so we are working hard for the next few days.

Congratulations on a fine aircraft, Pavel!

Rick Neely Joins ProMark!

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Promark News | Comments Off on Rick Neely Joins ProMark!

Rick_NeelyRick Neely has completed his transition training with Ken and is now training students with ProMark. Rick is a very experienced pilot, with both airplane and helicopter ratings on his Flight Instructor certificate. He worked at Mooney Airplane Company as their Director of Sales. He holds an Airline Transport Certificate as well as Instrument and Ground Instructor ratings.

More importantly, Rick is a “People Person” who loves teaching. He will be teaching in the Remos GX and in the Cessnas. I hope you will have an opportunity to meet Rick in the near future and welcome him to our team.