All posts by Chuck Ellsworth

Married to Barbara 50 years. Hired by TWA 1966 flew B727, B707,B 767, L 1011, DC9, MD 80,. Pilot instructor B727, MD 80, DC 9. Retired 1999. CFII.



May 1 is the target date to start flying under Basic Med.  Basic Med is not a Medical Certificate. Basic Med is authorization to fly under certain requirements.  Third class, second class and first class are Medical Certificates under FAR – 61:23.  Basic Med is an alternative to the Third Class Certificate.

Medical reform Highlights


            Up to six (6) seats, up to 6,000 pounds, with no limitations for horsepower, number of engines, or gear type.

Flight rules:

            Day or night VFR or IFR.


            Up to five

Aeromedical factors:

Pilots must take a free online medical course every two years. Get a physical from a Doctor every four years and complete the FAA Med. Check list.  Keep a copy in your log book


250 kts. Indicated.


            Cannot operate for compensation or hire


            FAA considers the flight instructor who is acting as PIC to be “receiving compensation for his or her flight instruction” under instructor privileges but is exercising private pilot privileges while acting as PIC of the flight.

(English: Flight instructors can use Basic Med privileges and still instruct as log he is exercising private pilot privileges while acting as PIC)


  1.  A.   FAR 43.9
  2. A.   FAR 91.155
  3. B.   FAR 61.31
  4. B.  AIM  3-2-4
  5. A.  AIM  7-1-28
  6. B.  FAR  1.2  (RATE = TIME)
  7.  C.  The wind will be from the west soon.  Approaching to land on runway 26 prepares the pilot for the anticipated  headwind and keeps him farther from the storm than a runway 8 approach. Tip off  to approaching thunderstorm is the gust front.  It may be in the form of a microburst.


Your on a cross country and the actual weather is worse than forecast.  what do you do next if you find yourself inadvertently in IMC conditions?  If its been a while since you practiced Basic Instrument Flying and are not rated for IFR we have a review of BASIC ATTITUDE INSTRUMENT FLYING based on the new ACS private pilot test guide requirements for basic attitude instrument flying.

The course is about 1 ground instruction and 1.5 hours flight time.

There is no cost for flight instruction and the club board has approved an hourly rate of $75/hour on the club aircraft.

If interested call me at 336 -838-1363




  1.  Preventive maintenance has been preformed on an aircraft.  What paperwork is required?

a.  The signature, certificate number, and kind of certificate held by the person approving the work and description of the work entered in the aircraft maintenance records.

b.  Date the work was completed.  Name of person  who did the work entered in the airframe and engine log book.

c.   A full, detailed description must be entered in the airframe log    book.

2.  No person may take off or land under VFR at an airport that lies within Class D airspace the

a.  flight visibility at the airport is at least 3 sm

b.  Ground visibility of at least 1 sm.

c.  Flight visibility of at least 1 sm.

3.  Before a person holding a private pilot certificate may act as pilot in command of a high performance airplane, that person must have

a.  Passed a flight test in that airplane from a FAA inspector.

b.  Received ground and flight instruction from an authorized flight instructor who then endorses  that person’s  logbook.

c.  An endorsement in that person’s logbook that he or she is competent s to act as pilot in command.

4.  The vertical limit of Class C airspace above the primary airport is normally

a.  3000 ft. agl

b.  4000 ft. agl

c.  1200 ft. agl

5.  What clouds have the greatest turbulence.

a.  Cumulonimbus.

b.  Nimbostratus.

c.  Towering cumulus.

6.  After take off which airspeed would a pilot use to gain the most altitude in a given time?

a.  Vx

b.  Vy

c.  Va

7.  The destination airport has one runway, 8/26, and the wind is calm.  The normal approach in calm wind is a left-hand pattern to Runway 8.  There is no other traffic at the airport.  A thunderstorm about six miles west is beginning its mature stage, and rain is starting to reach the ground.  The pilot decides to.

a.  Fly the pattern to runway 8 since the storm is to far to effect the wind at the airport.

b.  Fly the pattern to Runway 8 since the storm is west and moving north and any unexpected wind will be from the east or southeast toward the storm.

c.  Fly an approach to runway 26 since any unexpected wind caused by the storm will be westerly


Answers will be posted next week