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Join Aviation Explorer Post 62!
East Hill Flying Club, Ithaca Airport

If you’re someone between 14 and 20 who loves flying or wants to learn more about the exciting world of aviation, then our post is for you!

Post 62 meets on second Sunday of each month at 3:00pm at the East Hill Flying Club
Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, 62 Brown Rd. Ithaca NY.

We visit museums and airports, have guest speakers at our meetings to talk about what they’ve done in aviation - airline pilots or recreational flyers, instructors or students, controllers or drone pilots. We’ve visited local airports and air traffic control towers; gone to air shows; done ground school instruction… you’ll help plan what we do!

Here's our meeting and outing schedule for the 2016-2017 Year

November 13th

How do you talk to Air Traffic Control while you're flying? Who you do talk to and when? What do you say? - Our practice session was followed by an Ithaca tower tour

December 10th - Saturday
EHFC/EAA Holiday Banquet 
Ithaca Airport Terminal

We attended the annual banquet held by our sponsor, the East Hill Flying Club and the local chapter of the EAA. The time will be announced by the Club. The food's always good, and there is always an interesting speaker - in this case, Larry Baum spoke about flying his Aerostar to Cuba.. 

January 8, 2017

What does it take to keep an airplane flying safely and legally? Who does it? What are the career possibilities? 
We were treated to a tour of David Jones Aicraft Service in Cortland, where Davy Jones and his apprentice Nolan showed us the airplanes they were working on and told the Explorers about the life of an Airframe and Powerplant technician.

February 12th
The $100 Snapshot - Aerial Photography for art and fun

Mike Brown will share his aerial photography pictures and "how to" tips - once you get your pilot's license, or even if you're just going for a ride, taking pictures can a big part of the experience!

March 12th
A life in Aviation - General Mike Hall

We'll hear from our airport manager, and former F-106 pilot Mike Hall about his flying life and career. He's the only fighter pilot to ever shoot down an SR-71 Blackbird in simulated combat!

April 9th
Instrument Flying

How do you fly when you can't see out the windows? By instruments! Every pilot needs to know a bit about instrument flying, and for many pilots the Instrument Rating is the next step after getting their Private Pilot Certificate. We'll hear from one of the Club's instrument instructors, and get the change to try some instrument flying on the East Hill Flying Club's simulator.  

May 14th
Fly-out to Elmira Tower

We'll take a tour of the Elmira Tower. This is a busy tower, with radar, so it will be an interesting chance to see the Air Traffic system in operation. If possible, we'll recruit club members to fly us to Elmira. (Syracuse is an alternative, if Elmira's not available). 

June 3rd (Saturday)
Reading Airshow - World War Two Days

For our first big outing of the summer season, we'll head south to the the Reading Airshow and World War Two Days in Reading, PA. They'll get thousands of people and many WWII warbirds for the airshow. There's also an air museum on the field which we can visit. 
(Rain date: Sunday, June 4th)

July (date tbd)
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

Where else can you spend a weekend afternoon watching airplanes from the dawn of aviation? Every summer weekend the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome puts airplanes from World War I or earlier through their paces at a fun show. We'll finalize the date for our visit next year after Old Rhinebeck firms up their schedule 

Coming Attractions: October 6-7
AOPA Regional Fly-in
, Groton Connecticut

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is planning two full days of activities, including an expanded roster of learning opportunities and workshops beginning on the Friday of each event at 9 a.m. These workshops will cover a range of topics such as mountain flying or owner-performed maintenance that will help make flying more fun, affordable, safe, and accessible. The aircraft display, exhibit hall, and AOPA Village will open at 4 p.m. on Friday, following the workshops and clinics. The Saturday agenda for 2017 begins with a pancake breakfast (possibly with some new menu additions that the chefs are cooking up), with the AOPA Village and seminars opening after breakfast at 9 a.m.

Download a copy of our 2016-17 Schedule here (PDF)

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