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31
Mar

Topic: Owner privileges and limitations regarding aircraft maintenance.

April 03, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Location: Hummingbird Aviation 13601 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347

This discussion will be based on ASTM 2483 “Standard Practice for Maintenance of Light Sport Aircraft” and ASTM 2245 “Design Standards for Light Sport Aircraft”.

Relaxed, interactive, open forum style lecture with questions, comments, and personal experiences encouraged. Seminars typically end around 10:15-10:30.

Category : Uncategorized | Blog
16
Mar

Angie Smith completed her Private Pilot Certificate in a Jabiru Light Sport Aircraft. Angie has been training with me since November. She took her check ride today with Designated Pilot Examiner Barb Mack. She is a great example of how you can complete your flight training during Minnesota winters. Angie told me that she plans on learning to fly the Super Cub that has been in her family for many years. She is also thinking of starting her instrument rating. Congratulations Angie on your accomplishment!

Category : Graduation | Blog
16
Mar

Hummingbird Aviation will be hosting a FAA Safety Team presentation. You do not have to be registered with the FAA Safety Team to join us, but I would urge you to register so that you will receive updates about future helicopter and airplane safety presentations.

 “ARE SPORT PILOT PRIVILEGES RIGHT FOR ME?”
Topic: Sport Pilot privileges and limitiations.
On Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 9:30 AM
Location:
Hummingbird Aviation
13601 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347

How To Register

http://www.faasafety.gov/

On right side of screen select “Create An Account”

Category : Activities | Blog
12
Feb
Stephanie Burdorf

Stephanie Burdorf

If you have been around Hummingbird Aviation lately, you have likely run into Stephanie Burdorf. Stephanie is the most recent Helicopter CFI at Hummingbird but she is no stranger to us here. She began her helicopter flight training at Hummingbird as a high school junior. She then continued her flight training at the University of North Dakota and earned her Bachelor of Science of Aeronautics focusing on Helicopter Commercial Aviation. Last summer Stephanie helped us with some commercial helicopter flights , reliable pharmacy here . She is now a full time helicopter flight instructor. We are excited to have her flying for us.

Category : New Team Member | Blog
10
Feb

Steve Hacker First Solo In Lightning

Steve Hacker next to his Lightning

Steve Hacker next to his Lightning

Over the past six weeks, Steve and I have been flying in his Lightning working towards his first solo in the aircraft that he personally built. The two main obstacles that we have faced were the weather and learning how to land.

The weather has been a major challenge for Steve’s flight training, being that it is January and February in Minnesota. Steve has been doing the preflight inspection in his hangar and then taxing down to Hummingbird to pick me up for our lessons.  Because of his hard work, I have only heard the stories of what it takes him to prepare for flying when the temperature is 0 degrees, the wind is blowing and the ramp has 6 inches of snow with an underlying inch of solid ice. By the time I get in the aircraft, Steve is somehow still smiling and telling me that it took him 30 minutes to push his aircraft in the day before because of the ice or letting me know how many times he fell on the ice while getting it out of the hangar, or about a slight mishap with the preheater causing the engine not to start. Once I am in the airplane, I immediately grab the towel and start wiping frost off the canopy. When it is below 10 degrees, wiping the canopy is a full time job and Steve has given me the title of wipe man. Like most Minnesotans, we have both treated the weather as just another thing to overcome.

The second major challenge to overcome is learning how to land in a Lightning as a student pilot. I am a firm believer that this is a great aircraft and a joy to fly. The flight characteristics are predictable and stable at all speeds and configurations with the exception of a botched landing. The most common landing error that student pilots make is not holding the aircraft off the ground long enough to slow down, so that there is insufficient lift remaining to cause the aircraft to bounce. As a CFI for the last ten years, I have spent lots of time bouncing down the runway with students, in many different airplanes when a student has not held the aircraft off the ground long enough. All of these aircraft have different characteristics while bouncing. The Lightning does not have good “bouncing” characteristics. When this aircraft bounces, it bounces high and the oscillations immediately get worse requiring a go around. This landing characteristic is not a problem for a pilot who already knows how to land. For a student pilot, however, learning how to land it is undesirable. Steve has taken the correct path in his flight training by learning how to land the Jabiru 170 at Hummingbird Aviation prior to flying the Lightning. The Jabiru and Lightning have a similar engine and avionics but the Jabiru is much more forgiving and docile to train in. Without the transition from the Jabiru to the Lightning it would have been even more difficult for him to learn how to land the Lightning.

Steve Hacker After First Solo

Steve Hacker After First Solo

Steve has worked through all of these obstacles and has accomplished his first solo in the Lightning today. He was grinning ear to ear as he opened the canopy after the flight. That was a sight that made all of those frozen flights worth it for both of us.

Category : First solo | Blog
8
Feb
Josiah Ellis

Josiah Ellis

Josiah Ellis recently began flight instructing for Hummingbird Aviation. I have personally been flying and teaching beside Josiah for a few years. He is an experienced fixed wing CFI and also an airframe and power plant aircraft mechanic , best antibiotics shop http://shopantibioticsonline.com . He is a huge asset to have around with his diverse background. Welcome to the team Josiah.

Category : New Team Member | Blog
2
Feb

Register now for Helicopter or Airplane Private Pilot Ground School.

Helicopter Ground School: Start date 2/22 and will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00PM-10:00PM. Class runs for 8 weeks and will prepare you for the Helicopter Written Exam.

Airplane Ground School: Start date 2/23 and will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00PM-10:00PM. On March 15th class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays. Class runs for 8 weeks and will prepare you for the Airplane Private or Sport Written Exam.

Category : Activities | Blog
20
Jan

Award of Valor

Posted by Jeff Dalton Comments Off

Last night four Hummingbird Aviation staff members received an Award of Valor. The recipients were Jacob Appel, Chris Cooper, Kelly DeBerg, and William Halpin. The Award of Valor is issued by the Police Chief to citizens who, conscious of danger, intelligently distinguish themselves by the outstanding performance of an act of gallantry and valor at imminent personal hazard to life, above and beyond the call of duty. Below is a letter from the Police Chief to these four individuals. I am proud to work with such a courageous group of people. 

From left to right: William Halpin, Jacob Appel, Shellie DeBerg accepting for Kelly Deberg, and Chris Cooper

Left to right: William Halpin, Jacob Appel, Shellie DeBerg accepting for Kelly Deberg, Chris Cooper

Award of Valor

On August 12, 2009 a private twin engine airplane took off from Flying Cloud Airport and crashed a few minutes later in the yard of the Cummins Grill House across the street from the airport. The airplane burst into flames upon impact.

From their offices at Flying Cloud Airport, four employees of Hummingbird Aviation heard the crash, called 9-1-1 and raced across the street to the crash scene where they found the airplane on fire. Jacob Appel, Christophe Cooper, Kelly DeBerg and William Halpin saw one of the victims lying near the cement step on the east side of the Cummins Grill House, just feet away from the burning wreckage. They dragged the victim from the step to the south side of the Grill House in order to protect him from the intense heat and fire from the crash. They then checked the victim’s vital signs and determined that he was deceased.

The group received a blanket from a construction worker and placed it over the victim’s body. They then grabbed a garden house from the Grill House and attempted to keep the flames from further damaging the house. In addition, they took photos of the scene which aided in the subsequent investigation of the crash.

All four men acted selflessly, taking action in a scene of chaos and confusion. They put themselves at risk when they pulled the victim away from the burning wreckage. They demonstrated compassion and respect by covering the victim’s body. In addition, they made a valiant effort to prevent further damage by dousing the historic Cummins Grill House with a garden hose. This action helped to save a valuable part of Eden Prairie history.

For their bravery, courage and clear thinking amidst a tragic accident, I hereby award Jacob Appel, Christophe Cooper, Kelly DeBerg and William Halpin with the Eden Prairie Police Department’s Award of Valor.

Rob Reynolds

Police Chief

Category : Uncategorized | Blog
19
Jan
David Klemenhagen

David Klemenhagen

David Klemenhagen was recently hired as a First Officer for Air Cargo Carriers. David has been a real success story at Hummingbird Aviation. He began his aviation career at Hummingbird 5 years ago as a 17 year old lineman. He started his private pilot airplane flight training a few months later and then continued on to earn his instrument rating and commercial certificate. While working and training at Hummingbird, David went to St. Cloud State to earn a Bachelors of Science in Aviation Operations. He has also been flight instructing here since last May.

At the age of 22, David has 900 hours of flight time and will start training as a First Officer in a Shorts 360. After a few weeks of training in Milwaukee, he will go to LaGuardia to finish his type rating. He then will be flying night cargo for Air Cargo Carriers, a company who contracts for UPS and DHL.

Shorts 360

Shorts 360

Everyone at Hummingbird is proud of David’s accomplishments. I personally wish you the best in the fun and exciting career ahead of you.

Category : Graduation | Blog
14
Jan

Aviation Exploring Post

Posted by Jeff Dalton Comments Off

Hummingbird Aviation hosted the first meeting for a new Aviation Exploring Post. We had a good turn out with 6 young adults signing up to join the post. The Aviation Exploring Post provides aviation career education for young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20. The young adults will be exposed to a variety of aviation opportunities and careers. We will also be taking tours of different facilities including the MSP Control Tower and the National Weather Service facilities. If you are interested in this program and would like further information let me know.

Category : Activities | Blog