Armed Forces Aero Club - AFAC - San Diego

Armed Forces Aero Club - AFAC - San Diego

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Rod Machado's instruction on landing.
AFAC was one of the 3 clubs that I flew with in the '70s and had great experiences there. My primary instructor was Wm A "Bill" Morris that had great stories of flying in Viet Nam. $15/hr wet for C-150 then. Wish I could find something close now! Here in Columbus, IN, a C-172 runs about $100/hr wet, PA-22 about $95/hr wet in the local club. Gibb's was a great FBO then, probably still is. Hope you all are having as good a time as I did!
A fun club to keep current.
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I thought this event might be helpful. It’s on Monday. Thank you!

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I babe several pics from Avalon today but FB is stumping me on how to post more than 1. Anyway 6AF was a champ for a lunch run to the island. And the flight following through MYF ground is epic!
This is from my friend and Brown Field tenant Reg Finch- MiG 21 owner FYI, he is seeking support for an aviation museum at SDM, help if you can.

Dear Museum friends , We have tried to get a Museum going at Brown Field over the years with-out much real success . The hangars we had were meant to be the seed for a world class facility . The City officials were not supportive and seemed more interested in their pensions than doing something for the community and the airport . We never asked for any reduced rent or special favors . This may all be changing now that Wayne Reiter is the Airports program manager . We should let our desires be known . My interest is still to get a small piece of land for a couple of medium sized hangars with room for expansion . To provide “Make a wish” and “Good student flights” . Lectures by industry experts and job placement assistance . We have done these things in the past and could greatly expand this effort in the future . It is much needed in the South Bay . Please go to the meeting tomorrow evening and let them know what you think . It is informal with tables and you can come and go as you please . Tell them any airport with a history as rich as Brown Field and with locked gates making access to airplanes by the public nigh impossible , it is absolutely essential . A Museum allows people to get up close and touch real airplanes . SDSU and UCSD engineering students need to examine real airplanes because the curiculi are very theoretical and heavily oriented around the computer . We provided that need for them in the past . Bring friends and faces . The more faces the better . They will respond if the need is there . Our kids and grandkids will thank us . Cheers . Reg .

There will be an Airport Master Plan Public Meeting for Brown Field Municipal Airport (SDM) on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 5:30 – 8:00 PM at the Montgomery-Waller Recreation Center Gymnasium, 3020 Coronado Avenue, San Diego 92154. Information will be provided on the draft Master Plan alternatives being considered.

Find us at CrownAir's Executive AirPark (formerly Gibbs FBO). More than just a place to rent planes,

Operating as usual

05/20/2023

Fitting acknowledgement!

Happy Armed Forces Day! 🇺🇸 In 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson created this holiday to replace Army, Navy and Air Force Days. This effort was kickstarted when President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act into law on July 26, 1947, unifying the Armed Forces under one Department of Defense.

Graphic by: Amy Givens

04/22/2023

Congratulations to Hana Jacobs, who completed her first solo flight in AFAC's Cessna 172 N216AF earlier today, Saturday, 4/22/2023 at Ramona airport (KRNM)! Her AFAC CFI is Charles Stoudenmire.

Photos from Armed Forces Aero Club - AFAC - San Diego's post 03/03/2023

AFAC's leased back Piper Archer II N119AV was flown back from Corona Muni (KAJO) on Monday 2/20/23, with a fresh new paint scheme and a brand new JPI EDM 930 digital engine monitor, to complement the Garmin G5 EFIs and GNC355 IFR GPS and BendixKing TruTrak auto-pilot it already had. Photos below show just how great it all looks!

03/03/2023

USAF LT Tate Castillo was recently picked up as a T-6 First Assignment Instructor Pilot (FAIP) and will remain at ENJJPT to instruct American and NATO student pilots. Congratulations Tate! Tate was an Order of Daedalians scholarship recipient who earned his PPL with Armed Forces Aero Club in September 2019, as can be seen in the feed below at that time. More about the prestigious ENJJPT program, which our current Secretary Julius Velasquez has also been selected to attend in the not too distant future, can be found at the following link:
www.sheppard.af.mil/Library/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/367537/euro-nato-joint-jet-pilottraining-program-enjjpt/

03/03/2023

Gianni Benedetto was recently commissioned as an Ensign, USNR. He is a former AFAC Daedalian scholarship recipient, training with AFAC CFI Charles Stoudenmire in July of 2021 for his first solo, as can be seen in the feed below at that time. Gianni attended SDSU as a USN ROTC MIDN, and is awaiting his start date for NAS Pensacola to commence his Navy Flight Training as a Student Naval Aviator (SNA) in his pursuit to fly the F-35C Lighting II. Congratulations Gianni!

02/25/2023

Ensign Reed Orren had his first flight as a student naval aviator at NAS Corpus Christi in TX, with the VT-27 Boomers flying the T-6B Texan II on December 15th - and did a superb job! Reed had earned his PPL flying with Armed Forces Aero Club and his CFI Charles Stoudenmire in February 2021, as can be seen in the feed below at that time. Congratulations Reed!

08/22/2022

Congratulations to Cadet Faerich Nieva, who completed her first solo flight in AFAC's Cessna 172 N216AF on Wednesday, 7/13/2022 at Ramona Airport (KRNM)! Her AFAC CFI is Jean-Jacques Bellier. Faerich is the second of two 2022 Order of Daedalians Flight 13 DFT scholarship recipients from Air Force ROTC Detachment 075 at AFAC this year. Well done, Faerich!

07/09/2022

Congratulations to ROTC Midshipman Christian Welch, who completed his first solo flight in AFAC's Cessna 172 N216AF yesterday, Friday, 7/8/2022 at Brown Field (KSDM)! His AFAC CFI is Wes Weesner. Christian is the first of two 2022 Order of Daedalians Flight 13 DFT scholarship recipients at AFAC this year. Well done, Christian!

06/21/2022

Congratulations to USAF Veteran Jeremy Black, who completed his first solo flight in AFAC's Cessna 172 N216AF earlier today, Monday, 6/20/2022 at Ramona airport (KRNM)! His AFAC CFI is Charles Stoudenmire.

04/30/2022

Big congratulations to Air Force ROTC Detachment 075 Cadet Daniel Black (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005004945875), who is now a licensed Private Pilot! He successfully completed his practical test (check-ride) at Montgomery Field KMYF yesterday, Friday 4/29/2022, flying with DPE Dave Leonard in the Garmin glass flight instrument and GPS equipped C-172 N216AF. His AFAC CFI is Charles Stoudenmire. He had soloed with Armed Forces Aero Club - AFAC - San Diego last June in the same aircraft, as an Order of Daedalians San Diego Flight 13 DFT scholarship recipient. This accomplishment will suit him very well for his plans to become an Air Force Pilot in the near future!

04/26/2022

The latest edition of The Brief Sheet (April) has been posted at this direct link. http://bit.ly/AFACBrfSht
Editions prior to the current month (including this one, if visiting in May) need to be viewed using the drop down pick list and submit button at the top of that page. Find out what these cadets from Air Force ROTC Detachment 075 were doing, and their connection to AFAC!

AFAC Web Page 02/23/2022

The latest edition of The Brief Sheet (February) has been posted at this direct link. http://bit.ly/AFACBrfSht
Editions prior to the current month (including this one, if visiting in March) need to be viewed using the drop down pick list and submit button at the top of that page.

AFAC Web Page Information about the Armed Forces Aero Club for active and prospective members.

AFAC Web Page 01/27/2022

The latest edition of The Brief Sheet (January) has been posted at this direct link. http://bit.ly/AFACBrfSht
Editions prior to the current month (including this one, if visiting after January ends) need to be viewed using the drop down pick list and submit button at the top of that page.

AFAC Web Page Information about the Armed Forces Aero Club for active and prospective members.

AFAC Web Page 12/31/2021

The latest edition of The Brief Sheet (December) has been posted at this direct link. http://bit.ly/AFACBrfSht
Editions prior to the current month (including this one, if visiting in January) need to be viewed using the drop down pick list and submit button at the top of that page.

AFAC Web Page Information about the Armed Forces Aero Club for active and prospective members.

12/11/2021

We invite all of our members, active, inactive, or prospective, to join us at our Christmas party at Casa Machado, 1730 Dec 11th!

11/13/2021

Congratulations to AFAC's newest Instrument Rated Pilot Ben Drinkwine, who passed his practical check-ride with DPE Dave Leonard in N216AF yesterday, Veterans Day 11/11/2021! His AFAC CFII is Wes Weesner.

AFAC Web Page 09/02/2021

The latest edition of The Brief Sheet (August) has been posted at this direct link. http://bit.ly/AFACBrfSht
Editions prior to the current month (including this one, if visiting in September) need to be viewed using the drop down pick list and submit button at the top of that page.

AFAC Web Page Information about the Armed Forces Aero Club for active and prospective members.

AFAC Web Page 08/01/2021

The latest edition of The Brief Sheet (July) has been posted at this direct link. http://bit.ly/AFACBrfSht
Editions prior to the current month (including this one, if visiting in August) need to be viewed using the drop down pick list and submit button at the top of that page.

AFAC Web Page Information about the Armed Forces Aero Club for active and prospective members.

07/29/2021

Congratulations to ROTC Midshipman Gianni Benedetto, who completed his first solo flight in AFAC's Cessna 172 N216AF earlier today, Thursday, 7/29/2021 at Ramona airport (KRNM)! His AFAC CFI is Charles Stoudenmire. Gianni is the third of three 2021 Order of Daedalians Flight 13 DFT scholarship recipients at AFAC this year. Well done!

AFAC Web Page 07/17/2021

Posting The Brief Sheet was delayed due to technical issues. The latest editions (through June) are now posted at this direct link. http://bit.ly/AFACBrfSht
Editions prior to the current month (including these, since it is already well into July) need to be viewed using the drop down pick list and submit button at the top of that page. Please note VP's announcement of an event occurring July 16-17.

AFAC Web Page Information about the Armed Forces Aero Club for active and prospective members.

AFAC Web Page 05/04/2021

The latest edition of The Brief Sheet (April) has been posted at this direct link. http://bit.ly/AFACBrfSht
Editions prior to the current month (including this one, since it is already May) need to be viewed using the drop down pick list and submit button at the top of that page. Posting was delayed due to two major news items for the Club which happened right at the end of April - our hosting FBO for 40+ years changed hands at the airport, and an aircraft returned which had been gone for two months getting painted. See all the details in this issue!

AFAC Web Page Information about the Armed Forces Aero Club for active and prospective members.

05/04/2021

Our Cessna 172 N216AF is back from Corona with fresh paint in a scheme matching our other C172, N215AF... and looking very nice!

San Diego News about KMYF 04/30/2021

Major news for our home base airport and FBO!

San Diego News about KMYF K**I Channel 9 News at 10 on 4/29/21 announcing new improvement contract and lease at Gibbs FBO (to become Executive Airpark) at Montgomery Field.

04/19/2021

Club VP Nigel W. and Dave P. (Ops) flew up to Corona Muni (KAJO) last Thursday 4/15 to check on the status of our C-172 N216AF being painted there. It is looking good! The base white coat is already on, and with appropriate areas masked, the green coat had just been applied. Yellow accents and detailing remain. The plan is to be able to fly it back on a ferry permit (expired Annual inspection) at the end of this coming week, where it will go right in for its Annual and then be back on the line soon thereafter.

AFAC Web Page 04/01/2021

The latest edition of The Brief Sheet (March) has been posted at this direct link. http://bit.ly/AFACBrfSht
Editions prior to the current month (including this one, if it is already April or later) can be viewed using the drop down pick list and submit button at the top of that page. Look for a painting status update on 216AF!

AFAC Web Page Information about the Armed Forces Aero Club for active and prospective members.

AFAC Web Page 03/01/2021

The latest edition of The Brief Sheet (February) has been posted at this direct link. http://bit.ly/AFACBrfSht Editions prior to the current month (including this one, if it is already March) can be viewed using the drop down pick list and submit button at the top of that page. Find out about Board election results and a new approach available to General Aviation in the San Diego area!

AFAC Web Page Information about the Armed Forces Aero Club for active and prospective members.

03/01/2021

Update from Jacob Hittinger:
Good evening, I just wanted to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn and fly with you guys while I was in San Diego. I got to my checkride with you guys and opted not to complete so I could try the air forces full program. Yesterday I became a winged Air Force pilot. So thank you guys for the excellent program you run! Top of my class!

02/13/2021

Congratulations to Michael Li, who completed his first solo flight, in AFAC's Cessna 172 N215AF this past Tuesday, 2/9/2021 at Brown Field (KSDM)! His AFAC CFI is David Billings (https://www.facebook.com/david.billings.98). He plans to continue training to obtain his Private Pilot certificate.

Photos from Armed Forces Aero Club - AFAC - San Diego's post 02/05/2021

Big congratulations to MIDN Reed Orren (https://www.facebook.com/reed.orren), who is now a licensed Private Pilot! He successfully completed his practical test (check-ride) at Montgomery Field KMYF earlier today, Thursday 2/4/2021, flying with DPE Dave Leonard in the Garmin glass flight instrument and GPS equipped C-172 N216AF. His AFAC CFI is Charles Stoudenmire. He had soloed with Armed Forces Aero Club - AFAC - San Diego last October in the same aircraft. This accomplishment will suit him well indeed for his plans to begin Naval Pilot training in the near future!

AFAC Web Page 01/30/2021

The latest edition of The Brief Sheet (January) has been posted at this direct link. http://bit.ly/AFACBrfSht
Editions prior to the current month (including this one, if it is already February) can be viewed using the drop down pick list and submit button at the top of that page. For members, please note the Annual Elections general membership meeting coming up, as a quorum is needed.

AFAC Web Page Information about the Armed Forces Aero Club for active and prospective members.

01/23/2021

The Club is thrilled and very proud to report that Dario Caminite, one of our 2018 Order of Daedalians Flight 13 DFT scholarship recipients, who under that scholarship had his first ever solo flight in a Cessna 172 with us on August 15th of that year (see post earlier on our timeline), finished his Air Force flight training and now has just completed his first solo in an F-35A. Well done Dario! Thanks to his AFAC CFI Ash Schwartz for passing on this information.

01/23/2021

Congratulations to Justin Wait, who completed his first solo flight in AFAC's Cessna 172 N216AF on Friday, 1/15/2021! His AFAC CFI is Ash Schwartz. He plans to continue training to obtain his Private Pilot certificate.

01/18/2021

Huge congratulations to USCG MIDN Alex Smigal, who is now a licensed Private Pilot! He successfully completed his practical test (check-ride) at Montgomery Field KMYF on Thursday, 12/31/2020, flying with DPE Dave Leonard in C-172 N216AF. His AFAC CFI is Charles Stoudenmire. He had soloed with Armed Forces Aero Club - AFAC - San Diego back in June in N215AF. The timing was ideal, as he returned to continue his studies and training at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy the next day!

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