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screenshot_20161030-214627We headed northwest to Fitchburg yesterday for a few touch and go’s and came back to Bedford. Distance is around 21 n.m. Field elevation at KBED and KFIT are around 200 ft apart: 132ft and 347ft respectively. You can see spot the difference in this altitude vs  distance plot.

PA-28-161 checklist


Many of the checklists I came across were not super intuitive. They often lacked areas to take down notes or ATIS info. I went through the PA-28-161 POH and the East Coast Aero Club checklist for the same aircraft and put together my own. This checklist is designed specifically for KBED as a home airport but can be easily modified. This just helps me get organized as I am still a student pilot. The mini airport diagrams helped me visualize the taxiway instruction. Also marking them on the spot as they are given out over the radio means that I won’t mess them up during readback. Writing down some info from ATIS also helps keep them in memory. I tried to categorize them in a meaningful way: For instance, combining some of the takeoff items with the runup as they are usually performed while at the runup pad before holding short of the runway. A pdf of the checklist is available here. It should be printed on a letter size sheet. After cutting around the rectangular border, it should fit the ASA VRF kneeboard perfectly. See below. I am now working on adjusting the layout so it fits on a letter size sheet (both sides) without cutting.

3B0 Southbridge Municipal Airport


A few touch and go’s , 6 to be exact, at 3B0. The airport is non-towered so you tune in and announce your location on the CTAF (Common Traffic Advisory Frequency). I need to overlay this track on a sectional to see how we avoided the BOS Bravo airspace and other restricted areas.. Distance is 46mi. (40n.m.). I used the android app “open GPS tracker” to record this track and apparently I had to put the phone in airplane mode so that the gps does not use the cellular network – which disappears at some point during the flight.

PA-28-161 lights


The many types og lights on the Piper Warrior always confused me so I decided to set the record straight. I put together this diagram for easy reference. There are four main groups of lights:

  1. Landing light under the propeller – used when landing
  2. Anti-collision lights (beacon+strobes) – used when engine is running
  3. Position or navigation lights – used at night (greenRight and redLeft). The FAA defines (one of the many definitions of night) night as “The time between the end of evening civil twilight and the beginning of morning civil twilight”.
  4. Recognition lights at the wing tips.