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Pilot lesson No. 1: Check gas before taking off
The Denver Post from THE GAZETTE ^ | 05/29/2009 | MARIA ST.LOUIS-SANCHEZ

Posted on 05/29/2009 12:06:34 PM PDT by george76

A retired Air Force colonel with decades of experience as a flight instructor gave one of his students a hands-on lesson in a key principle of flying: Don't run out of gas. Al Uhalt of Colorado Springs made a bumpy but safe landing in a field Thursday when the single-engine Aviat Husky he and a student were flying ran out of fuel near the end of a 45-minute lesson.

Neither Uhalt nor the student, 16-year-old Kyle Sundman, was injured and the plane was undamaged.

(Excerpt) Read more at denverpost.com ...


TOPICS: Hobbies; Humor; Military/Veterans; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: airforce; aluhalt; avaition; aviat; colorado; coloradosprings; husky; peterson; uhalt

1 posted on 05/29/2009 12:06:34 PM PDT by george76
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To: george76

Nothing is more useless to a pilot than air in the fuel tanks, runway behind you or a half a second ago.

Said another way, don’t run out of airspeed, altitude and ideas all at the same time. If you have airspeed, you can gain altitude, if you have altitude you have time to get ideas and energy to get airspeed.


2 posted on 05/29/2009 12:08:40 PM PDT by AntiKev ("Within the strangest people, truth can find the strangest home." - Great Big Sea - Company of Fools)
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To: george76

As an AF veteran and Civil Air Patrol Member..this is not good.


3 posted on 05/29/2009 12:09:20 PM PDT by Paul46360
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To: george76

“Al Uhalt”

I’ll be danged. I knew him when I was assigned to Peterson AFB in 1981-84. I bet he’s one embarrassed instructor. Al — “Attention to Detail!”


4 posted on 05/29/2009 12:11:05 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Impeach President Soros!!!)
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To: SunkenCiv; FreeKeys; dljordan

Uhalt and his 16-year-old flight student Kyle Sundman were up for a 45-minute lesson in an Aviat Husky single-engine plane. About 10 a.m. they were cleared to land at the Colorado Springs Airport when the engine started sputtering.

Uhalt took a look at the gas gauge and knew exactly what was wrong. Luckily, they were approaching the Fountain Valley School, which sits on 1,100-acres, about 90 percent of which are open fields.

http://www.gazette.com/news/landing-55183-aircraft-school.html


5 posted on 05/29/2009 12:11:42 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: ScottinVA

Now, THAT was a memorable flight for that student, I’m sure!


6 posted on 05/29/2009 12:12:39 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Impeach President Soros!!!)
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To: ScottinVA; Rembrandt; BIGLOOK

the retired Air Force colonel commanded the 46th Aerospace Defense Wing at Peterson Air Force Base


7 posted on 05/29/2009 12:14:35 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
Is this the John Denver rule?
8 posted on 05/29/2009 12:15:57 PM PDT by Niteranger68 (If you haven't purged you company of 0bama supporters, you are part of the problem.)
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To: george76

Yeah, I think he was the last one before the 46th ADW was dissolved in 1983.


9 posted on 05/29/2009 12:16:28 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Impeach President Soros!!!)
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To: george76

Gravity. Not just a good idea. It’s the law.


10 posted on 05/29/2009 12:16:58 PM PDT by shotdog (I love my country; it's my government I'm afraid of.)
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To: george76

I always thought that aviation fuel was really important to flying. I guess it still is.


11 posted on 05/29/2009 12:18:18 PM PDT by RexBeach ("Do your duty in all things." Robert E. Lee)
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To: AntiKev

12 posted on 05/29/2009 12:18:23 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

BIDEN: But it also needs a special brand of strategic thinking that are gained only in the thin air of Colorado Springs. And the windy air of Colorado Springs. What am I going to tell the president when I tell him his teleprompter is broken? What will he do then?


13 posted on 05/29/2009 12:20:15 PM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: george76

The guy’s name is Uhalt? For real? Too much fun.


14 posted on 05/29/2009 12:21:45 PM PDT by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: george76
#1 Did the Col get a Maintainer’s permission to use his airplane?

#2 Did he follow his checklist?

Air Force humor...


15 posted on 05/29/2009 12:22:31 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: george76
He should be grounded for 91 days ... make him take his CFI certification all over again ....

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16 posted on 05/29/2009 12:23:33 PM PDT by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: george76

I wonder if he let the kid do the preflight check.


17 posted on 05/29/2009 12:25:20 PM PDT by HerrBlucher
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To: AntiKev

The only time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.


18 posted on 05/29/2009 12:26:33 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: george76
Uhalt took a look at the gas gauge and knew exactly what was wrong.

Well, they did say he has decades of experience, so I bet one glance was all it took.

19 posted on 05/29/2009 12:27:50 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (We are a ruled people, serfs to the Federal Oligarchy -- and the Tree of Liberty thirsts)
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To: george76
I guess things must be VERY different from when I was a student. Every flight included a pre-flight inspection of the airplane. These ALWAYS included a visual inspection of the fuel in each tank (I always had two tanks. No center-fuel-tank for me!) for level and purity (from water contamination). When I was new, and when I had new instructors, the instructor ALWAYS watched me perform the pre-flight inspection of the aircraft. I suppose I could have just pretended to judge the fuel levels, but I'm no longer sure that as I met the new instructors (I've probably had five or six.) they didn't check after I did. Flying is pretty safe, if you're not an idiot.

ML/NJ

20 posted on 05/29/2009 12:27:56 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: SkyDancer

21 posted on 05/29/2009 12:28:12 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Only tree within twenty miles I bet ....


22 posted on 05/29/2009 12:31:42 PM PDT by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: SkyDancer
The other angle.

Note the signs behind the plane.


23 posted on 05/29/2009 12:34:01 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

It’s called a pre-flight checklist. A pilot...student or otherwise is supposed to pre-flight the plane. Gas, as I recall, is somewhere on the list. Unfortunately, they left “check for stupidity” off.


24 posted on 05/29/2009 12:46:25 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: george76

Also, be sure to “land your airplane” before you run out of gas... LOL...

United Airlines Crash in Portland, Oregon (right in the city, on top of houses...)

United Airlines Flight 173
December 28, 1978
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Airlines_Flight_173

I heard it on the radio and my brother and I went on over there. Some people just got out of the plane, called friends or a cab and went home. They never did make it to the airport... LOL...

It crashed on East Burnside, in Portland, going from south to north, smashed one house, ran into another and was stopped abruptly when its tail caught the wires running along the light poles on the street (kinda like an aircraft carrier, ya know...) and pulled poles out of the ground a couple of blocks away, from catching the wires... :-)


25 posted on 05/29/2009 12:57:54 PM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: Star Traveler

ACCIDENT DETAILS

Date: December 28, 1978
Time: 18:15
Location: Portland, Oregon
Operator: United Air Lines
Flight #: 173
Route: Denver - Portland
AC Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-8-61
Registration: N8082U
cn / ln: 45972/357
Aboard: 189 (passengers:181 crew:8)
Fatalities: 10 (passengers:8 crew:2)
Ground: 0
Summary: While on a flight from Denver to Portland, the aircraft ran out of fuel while the crew was distracted with a landing gear problem. Failure of the captain to monitor properly the aircraft’s fuel state and to properly respond to the low fuel state as indicated by other crew members. Contributing to the accident was the failure of the other two flight crew members either to fully comprehend the criticality of the fuel state or to successfully communicate their concern to the captain.

[ http://www.planecrashinfo.com/1978/1978-76.htm ]

I remember that it was determined that there was going to have to be “training” for crews in order to be more assertive with the captain when telling him that “We’re running out of gas!”... LOL...


26 posted on 05/29/2009 1:00:39 PM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: Star Traveler

“Failure of the captain to monitor properly the aircraft’s fuel state and to properly respond to the low fuel state as indicated by other crew members.”

Do suppose the United captain was a former Air Force colonel? Perhaps there’s a common thread here.


27 posted on 05/29/2009 1:10:18 PM PDT by Habibi ("We gladly feast on those who would subdue us". Not just pretty words........)
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To: Habibi

Certainly could be... I don’t know for sure, but it might be worth checking... :-)


28 posted on 05/29/2009 1:14:02 PM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: george76
If only he would have kept the tires inflated like Obama suggested he would have had enough fuel.
29 posted on 05/29/2009 1:15:13 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Star Traveler
“I remember that it was determined that there was going to have to be “training” for crews in order to be more assertive with the captain when telling him that “We’re running out of gas!”... LOL...”

Yeah, that United captain was flying like a stroke patient. A classic CRM (cockpit resources management) failure. Nowadays, with armed flight deck crewmembers, the result would be very different. ;-)

30 posted on 05/29/2009 1:48:22 PM PDT by Habibi ("We gladly feast on those who would subdue us". Not just pretty words........)
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To: george76

At least they were flying in Colorado, an aircraft friendly State versus most other places that are aircraft adverse. (Hint: Trees)


31 posted on 05/29/2009 2:14:32 PM PDT by CodeToad (If it weren't for physics and law enforcement I'd be unstoppable!)
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To: Paul46360

Bad for the community, the kid just received a flying lesson whose value can’t be calculated. I hope he stays with his training. That experience will teach him more about flying than years worth of touch and gos.


32 posted on 05/29/2009 2:30:55 PM PDT by sig226 (1/21/13 . . . He's not my president . . . Impeach Obama . . . whatever)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Yet oddly, there is always enough fuel to get you to the crash site...


33 posted on 05/29/2009 7:37:24 PM PDT by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: george76
Thanks geo.
Uhalt took a look at the gas gauge and knew exactly what was wrong. Luckily, they were approaching the Fountain Valley School, which sits on 1,100-acres, about 90 percent of which are open fields.
"It took great skill, gleaned from years of flying experience, but I managed to bullseye that school. A lesser pilot would have hit the huge expanse of open land instead."
34 posted on 05/30/2009 7:06:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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