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Newsletter: November 2009

By Paul Hesse (November 2009)
Falls Lake 2007

Falls Lake 2007 while on final Runway 32


Turkey day is just around the corner and then its all out holiday season. Happy holidays from Empire, the instructors and all involved in flight here in the Carolinas.

We recently had 8″ of rainfall and our lakes and ponds, which we see everyday from the air, are completely topped off for the next few months. We were suffering from a severe drought and now there will be no water rationing as expected. Now just think what that would have meant with freezing temperatures. A half inch of rain equates to +2″ of snow and maybe ice?

And speaking of freezing temperatures, lets remain vigilant for frost and ice on aircraft. Remember the FARs (Federal Aviation Regulations). No known flight into expected, reported or forecasted icing. If you stumble into icing, no-flap landings are a must, because if you employ flaps on final with ice on the wings, you will stall. Do not attempt takeoffs with frost. Same effect! Interrupted airflow over the wings results in no performance or poor performance which leads to a “bad hair day” moment. Get good weather briefs, carry survival gear on those cold nights or into the northern reaches of the US and always file a flight plan and include flight following on those XC routes from A, B to C. Plan your flight, fly your plan, and fly smart!


Empire’s web site has a new, fresh look. We’ve transplanted the old site into the new templates and welcome your comments and suggestions.


  • Welcome Chris O’Connor as a new instructor. Chris has over 5000 hrs. of flight time and communicates / trickles down the info for flight training very well.
  • Anthony Maynor has completed his ATP. Well done!
  • David Calhoun is still stalking the Marine Corp for that F-18 slot.
  • John McLain is stepping in and giving his presentations on various topics these past few months. Multiengine, weather briefs, ATC, etc. It has been well received and people are looking forward to many more visits. His +50 years of experience and his DPE (Designated Pilot Examiner) position gives his presentations much credibility. Read his articles on the web site. He has written 26 articles over the years.

Since our last newsletter …


  • Chris Barger
  • Frank Zilgar
  • Kelly Robinson
  • Will Pagan
  • Zach Daniels


  • Chris Neve
  • Craig Wilson
  • George Barrett
  • Jeff Nidle
  • Kenny Pigeon


  • Chris Hildreth
  • Jesus Cervantes
  • Robertino Mera


Besides the normal maintenance and flights, nothing bad or good to report. We have again had “hanger rash” on our 172 and no has stepped up to the plate and take responsibility. Elevator and wing damage.


We are just finishing our Fall session with 16 people in attendance. We’ll have another class after the 1st of the year. Check the web for an exact date and info.

Have a great, safe holiday season, watch the calorie count and no drinking with driving … or flying!