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By LEILA DUNBAR
Robert Mann, a senior. "If the engine cuts out all I'd do
is find a field and land. The last place I'd try to land is
on a building, like a school."
"I think it's much safer than people think it is," said
Andersen. "How many people get killed in car
accidents? The dangerous part is running into weather
you're not prepared for."
Others, like Fred Smith, disagree. "It's potentially
more dangerous. An airplane crash is more likely to be
Besides weather, most pilots say that carelessness is
"It all depends on how you do it," said Carol
Haynes. "If. you have safety on your mind, it's not
"PRACTICING safety is the key to reduce the
j dangers of flying. '
Clark said, "You can't be overconfident. Some
pilots take things for granted. They don't check out
plane procedures and check to. see if things are
changing, like the weather."
Haynes agreed. "You have to make a conscious
effort for safety, by looking out for other people."
Jeff Hughes said "By the time you get a license,
you've been through so much that has to do with
safety rules, that you should be mature enough to
You're on your way back from practicing maneuvers.
You call in to the airport so you can begin your
approach to land. The sun is beginning to set, and you
can see a melange of purple and fire on the horizon.
Although flying itself is on a small decline, Horace
Williams faces a bigger problem. With the crash of a
Cessna 340 two weeks ago, the neighborhoods
surrounding the airport want to close down the airport.
This problem has yet to be solved.
You begin the final glide to the runway, making sure
you keep the proper glide speed. Your flaps down, your
power greatly diminished, you hover gently over the
runway, until, descending, your wheels touch down and
taxi to your tie down spot pleased with your day. O
Leila Dunbar is a staff writer for Th? Daily Tar Wtzt
I ips for beginners
By LEILA DUNBAR
HESE are the steps you need to take if you're
interested in getting a pilot's license,
GROUND SCHOOL - Ground school, or
classes taught by licensed instructors, is the textbook
preparation for flying. The plane's anatomy, basic
principles of flying and navigation are taught. It usually
cost between $60-5150, plus books. This prepares you for
the written Federal Aviation Association exam that you
must pass to get your license. .
INSTRUCTION You need at least twenty hours of
instruction, including basic maneuvers such as turns,
stalls, descents, climbs, take-offs, landings, plus
navigation. You also go on three dual cross country trips.
SOLO AND CROSS COUNTRY TIME - to be able to
fly alone, you need to solo three times with an instructor
present. Then you may fly in the pattern around the
airport alone. When your instructor feels you are ready,
he can sign you off to fly around locally.
In addition to your three cross countries with an
instructor, you must make three cross country trips on
your own, the last, a 300 mile trip consisting of three
100-mile legs. '
CHECK RIDE Finally, you have to be flighttested by
an FAA licensed examiner, who will then give you your
license if you pass.
If you can, try to fly two to three times a week, or
even more, if possible. You'll get your license quicker,
and you'll save money because you won't have to keep
backtracking after long periods of inactivity.
Dick Crum, head football coach at UNC, said that it
took him from March to July last year to get his license.'
He flew nearly every other day.
For others, who can fly only once, a week, it takes
longer and is ultimately more expensive.
O Keep up with the bookwork. The more you know
the better you can handle unexpected situations.
O Make sure you can afford it You don't want to start
and have to step again, 0
- ftlNCE Orville and Wilbur Wright's first 50 foot
S) jaunt over Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, flying
has come a long way. It has grown from World
War I biplanes and fighters to airline services. B-52 ,
bombers, missiles, and rockets to the moon. ;
However right now flying is suffering a small
decline. With the rising costs of fuel, flying is turning
into a hobby that only the wealthy can afford.
"Flying is a barometer of the economy," said Dr.
Thomas Wagner, president of the Chapel Hill Flying
Club. "If things are going well and money's not tight,
there are a lot of people out here flying. But as soon as
the costs rise, people begin to drop off.".'
To rent a Diane from the CHFC. it.costs between $21
and $29 for an hour. The instructor's fee is $11 for
private training and $13 for an hour of instrument
training. The rental prices will rise $2 in March due to
the recent 20 cent increase to $1.80 for aviation fuel.
"We have to raise our rental prices $T.OO for every
10 cent gas increase, Wagner said. "A plane usually
burns 10 gallons of gas in an hour."
Carolina Flying Services, which also offers rentals
and flight training, charges between $27 and $40 for
rentals for comparable airplanes to , CHFC. The
instructor rates are $11 for private and $14 for
The increases have caused the CHFC's membershiD
to decline in the past 1 VS years. "We had 110 members
in the past year and a half, but since fuels' rising so much
our membership-has dropped to about 60 or 70,"
Wagner said. "We've had to sell off one of our training
planes, and we might have to sell off another."
Another indication of rising prices has been the
composition of members.
"About twice as many members now are licensed
pilots rather than students," Wagner said. "A couple of
' years ago it was the opposite. Obtaining licenses are so
A pilot's license costs anywhere between
$1500-$2000, -depending on how long it takes to
Although flying is expensive, the students who have
stayed have managed to hang on.
. Carol Haynes, a graduate student in biological
medical engineering, said, "The ' expense doesn't
bother me when we go for trips. But for practicing, it's
very expensive. I'm lucky my husband is paying for it."
Robert Mann, a senior, said, 'It hurts every time I
write a check. I'm financing myself and I fly as much
as I can. I want my license before I graduate. But I can
feel the effect every time I put gas in the car or go
"It's an expensive hobby," Ken Anderson said. "I can
only afford to fly once a week. 'And the prices keep
Jeff Hughes, who received his license in only four
months, said, "Lately I've had no money. I can only fly
about twice a month."
Jerry Andersen, a graduate student, said, "Expense is
a problem, but not now. I'm 35 and I've waited so long
- to start this. If I were younger I couldn't afford it."
Some oeoole who are so hooked on flvina and have
run out of money, have taken other jobs to try to build
up their funds.
"! flew for a year and a half," said Sue GriJI, who
now is working in cancer research in Chapel Hilt ''But
ran out of money and I'm working two jobs to try to ro
back and get my license." yj.
Leila Dunbar is a student pilot who began her tr&'ming a year
and a half zgo in her hometown of Milford. Mass, Now she is
taking lessons at Horace Williams Airport and is hoping to
receive her license by Mjy.
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