Thursday, February 26, 2009

Private Pilot Ground School at SWCC begins March 24

If you are from central Iowa and thinking about your pilots licesne, you might wnat to check this out.

Private Pilot Ground School begins at South Western Community College (SWCC) Osceola Campus on Tuesday, March 24. Classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30. Last class: April 23, 2009
Fee: $150 (includes class textbook)
You'll also need:
Gleim FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Exam workbook ~$20
E6B Flight Computer ~$12 - $25
Plotter ~$10
Omaha Sectional ~$10 (a slightly out-of-date version is acceptable)
#2 pencil: Free!

Please contact me if you wish to attend.
Thank you

Paul Berge, CFII

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

EAA Airventure Updates for 2009

Check out some of the things going to happen at Oshkosh this year. If you think aviation is slowing down, think again.

Direct from the EAA Press room!

While much more is in the works for AirVenture 2009, some early confirmations include:

Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo - World public debut - arrives Monday, departs Saturday, and see it on AeroShell Square throughout the week.

Jeff Dunham performs his comedy act Saturday night presented by RotorWay International.

Doobie Brothers take the stage opening day, presented by Ford Motor Company.

Concorde's 40th anniversary celebration and reunion of the 1980s-90s Concorde participants.

"Fly For Life" program with weeklong events recognizing those who fly to serve others.

100th anniversary of air racing featuring the Wright Model B.

60th anniversary of the legendary T-28 with daily air show participation

100th anniversary of Canadian Flight featuring aircraft, personalities, and more

Don't miss this years EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, July 27 - August 2!

To get more information on event schedules, hours of operation, and travel and lodging, visit or call 1-800-JOIN-EAA.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Plantronics Bluetooth Products

I use a blue tooth headsets for my cell phone (a Blackberry Curve) and my desk phone. Here is my shameless plug for Plantronics.

I have been very happy with my Plantroincs Voyager 510S Blue tooth Headset System. I have had this system on my desk for about three years. The base allows me to wear the headset (which is very comfortable by the way) in the office and connect to my desk phone. It will also allow me to connect to my cell phone when I get a call. No switching headsets. Push the connect button on the headset and I'm on the cell phone, push a button and I'm on the desk phone. It can not get much easier than that.

But the real test came when the headset started to act up. The battery would not stay charged and the unit was becoming scratchy. I do not fault the headset. I carry this in my backpack when I travel. I throw the headset in the car when I drive. I stuff the headset in my pocket. You get the idea, I am using the headset as its designed to be used. In my office, in my car and on the road and not delicately.

Well, I sent a request to the factory service department to see about repairing or replacing my headset. They noted that my headset was out of warranty (I knew that). They offered to replace the unit at what seems like a very reasonable cost (half of retail for the headset itself).

Now the part that makes this company the place I will continue to buy from. I sent a follow up note to the service contact and asked what I need to do to get the headset replaced about a week ago. Today the replacement headset shows up with the UPS driver. That is exceptional service! They have just convinced me to continue to buy Plantronics components.

Plantroincs didn't need to replace the headset for free, but they did. They kept me as a customer! And I can not say enough good things about their products and their service.

If you are thinking of meeting any blue tooth or hands free requirements, or you just want a great product with exceptional service, definitely look at Plantroincs.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Lake Homes KC

I have been doing a little freelance for a new magazine. Check out the most recent issue of the Lake Home KC Magazine.