American Flyers • Pompano Airpark • 801 NE 10th Street • Pompano Beach, FL 33060 • 954-785-1450

Fulfill your fantasy…
The Fantasy of Flight Museum in Polk City, Florida is a must-see for aviation enthusiasts and children. The world's greatest collection of vintage aircraft is cleverly displayed to give an acute experience. You'll enter the museum through an enormous military airplane that will engageyour senses. You can smell the oil and musty fabric, see and walk around the interior of a real war plane, hear the artillery and shouting of pilots and soldiers as they must have sounded, feel the dusty and worn coverings. Exploration is king at FoF. Get inside, walk around, sit in the seats. Go ahead and touch everything – the kid in you will love it.

As you're filling your senses consider stopping to watch how the experts restore the aircraft, ride in a balloon or biplane, and play interactive video games inside the cockpits. Take a break and have lunch at the Art-Deco styled Compass Rose Diner.

The closest airport is Winter Haven Municipal Airport, a.k.a. Gilbert Field (GIF) which is about 12 miles away. Contact Winter Haven Air Services to see if you can use their crew car or rent one. Cypress Gardens is not far away either, if you can take a couple of days off.

Educator Finds Bonus as a Pilot
When Ron Cavanaugh was a little boy he lived a half mile from a private airport. He'd go over there to help out just so he could be around the airplanes. "When I grow up," he told himself, "I'm going to be a pilot."

Once grown, though, Ron followed another calling, that of educator. He served as the Vice President for Undergraduate Studies at Syracuse University until he stepped down recently to return to the classroom. While he never forgot his dream to fly, it always seemed to find its way down the list of life's priorities until 2006, when Ron's daughter and son-in-law gave him an IntroFlight as a gift. The dream was reignited and he earned his Private Pilot certificate.

A grandfather four times over, Ron has just earned his Instrument Rating because he wants to be a safer pilot as he flies those beautiful kids around. He has an eager passenger in his wife, Judy, who loves going places with him.

Ron discovered a bonus to being a pilot. "I've met a lot of nice people associated with aviation. I enjoy talking aviation and weather with other pilots. They are delightful," he says. "Meeting these concerned and caring people makes me feel very positive!"

Grandson Keeps Aviation in the Family
When you ask a pilot why he wanted to learn to fly, most respond with, "Oh, I'vewanted to fly since I was a little kid." If youdig a little deeper, you might find out whathappened to the kid to make him want tofly. In Bill Knuepfer's case, he used to buildmodel airplanes with his grandfather, who'd been a Private pilot and airplane owner until losing his medical. After that Grandpa enthusiastically built models and inspired a love of flying in his grandson.

Bill has recently achieved his first solo and intends to earn his Private pilot certificateprior to summer's end. Come Septemberhe will depart to Purdue University tobegin his training toward a ProfessionalFlight Technology degree keeping his eyesfocused down the road to his dream job ofbecoming a corporate pilot. Another thinghe wants to do once he's a certified pilot istake his mom and grandmother up for an evening tour of the Chicago shoreline. Bill's friends are adding their names to the list for a flight as well!

Did You Know…
The whole first flight by the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk could have been performed within just |the economy section of a 747-400! In fact, there is room to fit three 1,500 square foot houses in the full passenger area.

FAA’s New Wings Program Takes Off
By Amy Laboda © 2007,
1st North American Print and Electronic Rights Only

Grab a computer and log onto and learn how can cut your aircraft insurance bill, eliminate the need for an FAA flight review every years, and stay perpetually current.

Register with just an email and a password, and then click through to “MY WINGS.” Here you’ll find an innovative combination of 20-odd free online courses and flight lesson plans to keep you proficient on three levels: basic, advanced and master.

There is also an option for credit Safety Seminar attendance, and accredited online, in-person, or computer basedtraining programs. All count groundschool requirements.

Flight requirements no longer come with a time-in-flight stipulation. Instead, you need to show proficiency, which makes a lot of sense.

American Flyers has run its own Wings programs for years at And bi-annual flight reviews for a lifetime of flying are available in your airplane for a one-time fee of $75 (call 800-749-4062 for details). So check in a couple times a year with your favorite American Flyers CFI and he’ll help you become an FAA Master Wings participant for a price that can’t be beat!

Laugh Out Loud…
As a crowded airliner is about to take off, the peace is shattered by a 5-year-old boy who picks that moment to throw a wild temper tantrum. No matter what his frustrated, embarrassed mother does to try to calm him down, the boy continues to scream furiously and kick the seats around him.

Suddenly, from the rear of the plane, an elderly man in the uniform of an Air Force General is seen slowly walking forward up the aisle. Stopping the flustered mother with an upraised hand, the white-haired, courtly, soft-spoken General leans down and, motioning toward his chest, whispers something into the boy's ear.

Finding any of the above conditions during preflight is reason to postpone the flight and have the problem resolved. An hour delay in takeoff time is much better than the time and money, not to mention embarrassment, involved when a tire fails on landing.

Instantly, the boy calms down, his mother's hand, and quietly seat belt. All the other passengers spontaneous applause.

As the General slowly makes his way back to his seat, one of the cabin attendants touches his sleeve. "Excuse me, General," she asks quietly, "but could I ask you what magic words you used on that little boy?"

The old man smiles serenely and gently confides, "I showed him my pilot's wings, service stars, and battle ribbons, and explained that they entitle me to throw one passenger out the plane door on any flight I choose."


Feed a Mechanic – Have a Friend for Life
By Rick Freidinger, Director of Maintenance

Getting to know and become friends with your mechanic is probably one of the best moves you can make with regards your aviation future. While learning to fly you can depend on your instructor to know or find the answers to all your technical questions about the aircraft you are flying. Once you get your license you lose that security blanket and will need to depend on someone else for help. In a perfect world every flight would be uneventful and you would never need the help of a technical person. However, this is not a perfect world and things do go wrong, sooner or later something will happen and you'll be in need of advice from your mechanic. If your plane breaks down on a trip you don't want to be at the mercy of the local mechanic. He may throw out words you don't understand and quote a repair cost that would require refinancing your plane. This is where becoming friends with your mechanic comes in handy. He may not be able to fix your plane over the phone but at least he can give you advice or even talk with the local mechanic to make sure you only get what you need and only pay for what you get. Feeding him may not be the way to every mechanic's heart but whatever it takes, do everything in your power to have a good relationship with yours. Even if it never saves you a dime it will give you peace of mind.

Words of Wisdom…
More than anything else the sensation is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost, if you can conceive of such a combination.

– Wilbur Wright

ABC's of Taking Passengers Flying
We pilots remember with great fondness the first passenger we took flying after earning that long sought after piece of paper called a temporary certificate. Whether it was our best buddy, sweetheart, mom or pop, it was a hallmark in our aviation experience.

Those first trips were often as much about us and our new license to show off what we've learned as it was about showing our passenger a good time. Since the joy of flying is so much fun to share, we've put together a few tips to make the ride more enjoyable for your guests so they'll want to come with you again.

Airsick bags are one of those things you always want to have around, but never want to use. To keep them in a side pocket where they belong, suggest the passenger eat a light meal and drink adequate (but not excessive) water before the flight. Try keeping your passengers occupied by requesting their help with checklists and watching for traffic.

Brief passengers to wear their seat belts and harnesses and to avoid talking during take off and approach. This is a great opportunity to impress passengers with your professionalism.

Climbs, descents, and turns should be kept shallow. Your flight instructor may have admired your outstanding ability to perform stalls and steep turns, but your passenger will be more impressed with smooth and safe flying.

Dawn and dusk are a pleasant time to fly for those new to small airplanes. Beautiful skyscapes and calm air have been known to tame a nervous stomach by inducing a series of "ooohs and aahs." There seems to be a little magic happening during those between times as night and day pass the torch to the other.

Explain to your passenger what he may expect of the flight, from the length of time it will take from the parking lot to the destination, to the funny sounds he might hear, to the cloud layer you might enter. Your passenger will appreciate knowing what to expect.

Flying Smarter Not Harder
By David Menconi, Chief Flight Instructor

Try this experiment. Grasp a pen in your hand and without moving your fingers or wrist, just by moving your arm, write your name on a piece of paper. Then write your name as you usually do with normal finger and wrist movement. What you will see is that, when using your arm only, the accuracy, smoothness, and readability of your signature was significantly less than when using your fingers and wrist. This is due to the fact that you were using your big muscles (biceps and triceps) to move the pen, not the small muscles in your hand and wrist.

Large muscles are used for power. The small muscles are used for movements that require more finesse. It would follow that if you are looking for accuracy, smoothness, and positive control in an airplane, you would want to avoid needing large amounts of control pressures when executing flight maneuvers and during takeoff and landing.

Factors that can affect the amount of pressure required to control the pitch attitude of the airplane include:

  • Stabilized approach – Minimizes the changes required to transition to a safe landing attitude.
  • Trim – Effective use of trim to relieve control pressures.
  • Airplane stability – A stable airplane resists change and has an inherit tendency to return to its original position. As stability increases, control pressures needed to change and maintain attitude increase as well.
  • Airplane loading and Center of Gravity location – As the CG moves forward stability increases.

Anticipating the amount of pressure required for proper attitude control and loading your airplane so that the CG is working with you instead of against you will help a pilot make smooth and accurate takeoffs and landings. It also can help prevent unsafe landings such as ballooning, porpoising, and damaging the airplane due to landing on the nose gear.

Ask the Pilot Professor
By Dr. Michael Bliss

Q: Being a new pilot, I've heard a lot about runway incursions. What can I do to make sure that never happens to me?

A: Great question. Even with added emphasis, runway incursions continue to climb to higher numbers this year than last. To avoid such incursions you need to make sure you understand the clearances you receive. A "Taxi to" clearance authorizes you to cross all runways and taxiways along the taxi route. It does not authorize you to enter or cross the assigned runway at any point. Also be careful not to confuse "hold short" which means to stop behind the runway hold short line, with "taxi into position and hold" which authorizes you to taxi onto the runway and stop awaiting takeoff clearance. By keeping your head in the game and questioning any clearance you do not fully understand, you will not find yourselves among the incursion statistics.


"Robert Hoot Gibson" is one of the most complete aviators in the world. He took his first flying lesson at 14, got his Private license at 17, and went on to become a Naval Aviator, Navy Test Pilot, and NASA Astronaut. At the time of his retirement from NASA he was the Chief of the Astronaut Office and had flown six Space Shuttle missions, including the first docking with the Russian Space Station MIR. His love of flying has never flagged, and today he is the owner of a J-3 Cub and Cassut Racer. One might think that Chief Astronaut would be the pinnacle and the end of an aviation career, but Hoot Gibson decided that there were other aviation career paths he still wanted to explore. He retired from a major airline and currently acts as an advisor from Benson Space Company.

World-renowned aviation artist, Lou Drendel, created the "Flyers Series" of paintings for American Flyers celebrating famous aviators and famous aircraft. To see more of Mr. Drendel's series, visit the American Flyers Art Gallery.

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Ground Schools & Events

Private Aug 3 Sep 7 Oct 5
Instrument Aug 24 Sep 28 Oct 26
Commercial Aug 10 Sep 14 Oct 12
CFI Revalidation Aug 18 Sep 22 Oct 20
CFIA & FOI Aug 24 Sep 28 Oct 26
CFII Aug 11 Sep 15 Oct 13
ATP Aug 4 Sep 8 Oct 6
BBQ/Seminar Aug 4 Sep 8 Oct 6
“You’re Invited … ”
Join Us Saturday, August 4th, 2007 at 12:00 Noon For a Free Pilot Seminar & Lunch

“How Weight & Balance Affects Performance & Control”

You know that you can't fly your airplane over gross weight or out of balance. You also know to check your performance charts for the conditions in which you'll be operating. But do you know how these variables affect each other? Join us for an in-depth discussion designed to connect seemingly separate subjects into a greater whole and boost your cockpit knowledge.

Here's What You’ll Learn…

How to use placement of weight to affect airplane control.
How to anticipate the affect of weight and balance on your performance.
How to anticipate your airplane's tendencies.
How understanding weight and balance can help you avoid over-controlling and under-controlling.

What do BOWLR, HANKY, BABBE, MINEE & DODGR Have in Common?
“Fate is the Hunter”

They all represent an invisible point in the sky called an airway fix. If you're an instrument pilot, you'll be familiar with the 5 letter identifiers found on the IFR Enroute Low Altitude Charts. If you're wondering how they come up with these names… A few decades ago the FAA decided that limiting the identifiers to 5 letters would fit their computer format, so CEDAR RIDGE became CEDES and ROSE FLAT is now FLAKK.

The naming requirements for a new fix is:

a) is pronounceable,
b) does not duplicate another spelling,
c) is not profane in several of the major languages, and
d) is unique to the entire world.

If you do some studying of low altitude charts you'll find celebrities and interesting geographical points often have been immortalized in space!

In Ernest K. Gann's 1961 autobiography, Fate is the Hunter, Fate very nearly becomes one of the characters as it winds through the chapters tugging the reader along until he reaches the last satisfying page. Gann carefully connects his experiences of flying during the early years of commercial aviation, revealing how Fate ultimately determined his destiny.

Whether depicting the surprise appearance of long-missing sunshine or the resistant approval of a gruff instructor, Gann's mastery of words brings the reader into the cockpit to see, hear, smell and feel every detail. Each description is full and eloquent, each character rich and alive. This is great storytelling.

Fate is the Hunter is recommended reading for aviation enthusiasts. And if you're trying to turn someone on to flying, this might be the ticket, too.

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There isn’t a better, more enjoyable and guaranteed class available. Plus the class includes two free hours of simulator!

“Great Food and Fantastic Seminar”

… you can enjoy two hours of VFR or
IFR simulator instruction, free, by
attending either one of our weekend
classes or taking an “IntroFlight”.

Get involved… introduce friends to flying. If you have a friend or acquaintance who might be interested in aviation send them in, or better yet, bring them! We fly 7 days a week.


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