April 24, 2017

Club News

Warrior gets State-of-Art Avionics

jim : August 29, 2015 11:48 am : Club News

Our PA-28 Warrior is now flying with state-of-the-art equipment! We’ve installed a Garmin 650 IFR approved touch screen GPS/COM/NAV unit, an STEC Autopilot, and a new Garmin audio panel!

Combined with its 160 horsepower engine upgrade our Warrior is now a great flying machine, perfect for cross countries and IFR training!

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Major Equipment Upgrades!

jim : February 22, 2015 8:27 pm : Club News

Major equipment upgrades are now underway for our Warrior and Archer.

The club has purchased a FreeFlight Ranger 978 ADS-B system which will installed in our Archer shortly.  Our new ADS-B “in/out” system integrates with our existing Garmin 430W GPS to provide real time traffic and weather updates.  It includes a WiFi access point that enables tablet applications to display weather and traffic information.

ADS-B provides an additional layer of safety by directly communicating our location and velocity vector to both ground ATC facilities and directly  to other ADS-B 978 equipped aircraft, independently of ground based systems.

The club is in the process of purchasing a Garmin GTN 650 WAAS GPS as well as an STEC-20 Autopilot for our Warrior.   The GTN-650 is a state-of-the-art  IFR approved aviation  GPS which implements the latest advances in user interface design and high accuracy positioning.   When this upgrade is complete all three of our airplanes will be equipped with both autopilots and IFR approved GPS devices.


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The Cardinal has a new interior

jim : May 26, 2014 11:36 pm : Club News

And it’s spectacular!


interior baggage panel The seats are recovered, all the plastic has been replaced or repaired.  The instrument panel has been repaired and repainted.  Combined with our professionally maintained Scheme Designer paint job, our recent Penn Yan overhauled engine, and our new IFR GPS we now have one the best Cardinals flying in the world!

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Cardinal Interior Job Approved

kenveard : April 7, 2014 1:54 pm : Club News

Last Oct 2013, the Membership approved installing a new leather interior into our Cardinal C177 RG. The interior will be installed in the second half of April 2014. After which, we will have the cleanest and nicest looking C177RG flying! Just one of the many reasons why Chandelle Flying Club is the best way to fly general aviation in the Austin, TX area!

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New GPS!

jim : December 11, 2013 10:27 pm : Club News

Our Cardinal now has a nice refurbished KLN-94, installed by Pippen York.  This unit is a big improvement over the KLN-89b that it replaced.

The 89b is still a useful GPS, so it has been moved to our Warrior, replacing the ancient Northstar GPS/Loran unit.  These upgrades are a good example of the CFC tradition of keeping our planes up to date in sensible and economical ways.

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Like Us On Facebook

kenveard : September 5, 2013 1:41 pm : Club News

Chandelle Flying Club has a Facebook Page!  See the latest stories, pictures and video from Chandelle Flying Club!



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Chandelle Flying Club Video – TE96 Mission

kenveard : September 3, 2013 2:44 pm : Club News

Aug 30th, 2013 we embarked on a mission to drop our Warrior N8165C off at Crosswinds Airpark (TE96) for it’s annual Inspection.    We flew our Archer N31969 to ferry our other pilot back.  This is a great example of Flying General Aviation Aircraft in the Austin, TX Area.

You Tube Video – TE96 Mission


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A Flying Club Band

jim : August 20, 2013 12:33 am : Club News

Taking off from Austin, Texas, The Flying Club performs an original
mix of American, Brazilian and other pop music influences. A talented
group of players propels The Flying Club’s fresh combination of soul,
samba and funk: Vocalist Liz Morphis, guitarist Paul Mercurio, bassist
Rudy Eccles and drummer Bruce Popky.

The Flying Club was founded by Bruce Popky, a friend of Chandelle
member Jennifer Whitley. Having listened to Jen talk about Chandelle
for years, Bruce found many commonalities between a flying club and a
band when it came time to name his group. You have a collection of
exceptionally talented and strong-willed individuals who come together
to make something cooler than any one of them could create on their
own. That’s what the band, and our club, does every day.


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Learn to Fly in Austin, TX!

kenveard : July 31, 2013 7:37 pm : Club News

Learn to Fly with Chandelle Flying Club in Austin, TX!  Joining Chandelle Flying club to learn to fly is an alternative to a traditional flight school.  Once you have joined the club, you can work with any local Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) to earn your Private Pilots License.  Contact us today about Joining the Club!

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July 2013: Ramp Access, Cleanups and aircraft updates!

jim : July 21, 2013 7:45 pm : Club News, Uncategorized

The club has decided to periodically have our airplanes professionally cleaned and polished, in addition to our member ‘plane wash’ events.

All three airplanes share the same Scheme Designers custom paint design, and we want these airplanes to shine!

A group of members recently cleaned up our three T-hangers, removing some trash and in general tidying up the places. It’s wonderful having all three planes in adjacent hangers at KAUS.

Speaking of our hangers, more members are taking advantage of the ramp access privileges available through Signature Flight Support and the City of Austin Aviation department. This program allows members to access the t-hangers with their automobiles using an airport ID badge and gate access code. Members must pass a TSA background check to obtain t-hanger access.

Valet parking at the Signature terminal is still available to members at no extra cost.

Last but not least, Archer maintenance officer Loren has devoted many hours of his time to choose a vendor to perform a major refurbishment and update of the interior of our Archer.  The Archer will shortly be ferried to Air West Interiors at the West Houston Airport.  Loren’s goal is to have the Archer back with its new interior prior to the Warrior’s late August annual.

2013 has been an exciting year for the Chandelle Flying Club, our officers, board, and members having to working hard to make a great club even better.  You can see the results on the flight line!

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Cardinial’s New Engine

kenveard : July 19, 2013 6:46 pm : Club News

We are proud to annouce that our C177 RG (8935G) has a freshly TBO engine installed.  We are quickly approaching 30 hours of time on the engine.  Until we reach the 30 hour mark, some special limitations apply to flying.  No Slow Flight, Touch & Go’s etc.  Be sure to check with the Maintenance Officer for details before your next flight.

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Bylaw Changes

kacee : April 26, 2013 8:09 pm : Club News

Back in October, at the annual meeting, there were some changes to the club bylaws. Those changes are below. The bylaws on the website reflect these new changes.


[EXISTING TEXT] The President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Aircraft Maintenance officer shall be elected by the Board of Directors from their own number at the first meeting after organization of the corporation, and thereafter at each regular annual meeting of the Members by a simple majority vote of the members present or represented by proxy, and shall hold office for twelve (12) months and until their successors are elected and qualified.


[NEW TEXT] The President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Aircraft Maintenance officers shall be elected by the Board of Directors from their own number at the first meeting after organization of the corporation, and thereafter at each regular annual meeting of the Members by a simple majority vote of the members present or represented by proxy, and shall hold office for twelve (12) months and until their successors are elected and qualified.




[This section was incorrectly numbered IX due to a typographical error and was changed to IXX. The correctly numbered ARTICLE IX – AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE OFFICERS, remains unchanged.]




[EXISTING TEXT : None. We added a Section 2.]


[NEW TEXT]: No member may use any aircraft in such a manner considered to be commercial operation as defined by the current insurance provider.




[EXISTING TEXT] Notice of the annual meetings of the Members shall be given by written notice mailed to each Member at his last known place of business or residence at least (10) days before such annual meeting.


[NEW TEXT] Notice of the annual meetings of the Members shall be given by written notice mailed to each Member at his last known place of business or residence or to their last known e-mail address at least (10) days before such annual meeting.


CLOSING [Updated with current date and president]:

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this the 25th day of October 2012.

Signed: ___________________________
Ken VeArd, President

Attest: __________________________
Jennifer D. Whitley, Secretary


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Archer annual nearing completion (3/13/2013)

jim : March 13, 2013 8:49 pm : Club News

Our maintenance team reports that the Archer’s annual inspection is complete with no significant issues.  Our shop recommended that we engage them to perform a check of the magneto system.  This check isn’t required, but is highly recommended every 500 hours.  Once this check is performed the Archer should return to our flight line.

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Archer and Warrior Status Updates

jim : February 12, 2013 10:07 pm : Club News

Mx Officer Loren reports that our A&P has replaced the Archer starter solenoid, and that he is taking the Warrior to ACS at Taylor to have the #2 radio issues addressed.

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February 6 2013 – Board of Directors Meeting

jim : February 8, 2013 10:41 pm : Club News

The Club had a routine Board of Directors Meeting on February 6.  The official minutes will be published to members, in the mean time here are some highlights from the meeting:

1) Our President arranged a fuel discount from Signature that will reduce hourly rates approximately $10/hour.   In return the Board is asking members to please refuel ‘to the tabs’ at Signature when possible after their flights.  In general the current management at Signature has been extremely helpful to our members and wants to iron out any kinks and concerns we may encounter from time to time.

2) Requirements for hanger and ramp access were reviewed.

3) The Cardinal maintenance team has selected the either the Insight G2 or Insight G3 to replace the ancient EGT gauge in the Cardinal.

4) The Archer maintenance team plans to have the prop dynamically balanced in the near future.  The new interior for the Archer will be delayed until after the Cardinal engine  overhaul and Archer annual are completed to avoid having both planes down at once.

5) The President desires that we start thinking and discussing the long term future of the club with the hopes of coming up with a planning road map.

6) Some board members suggested that our club tends to ‘keep its light under a basket’, and discussed ways to publicize the club to the central Texas aviation community.

7) There was some discussion of the AOPA flying club initiative, but no direct contact with the AOPA has occurred on this topic yet.

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Cardinal Engine Overhaul

jim : January 16, 2013 6:52 pm : Club News

Our Cardinal, N8035G, is currently in maintenance for installation of a factory overhauled Lycoming IO-360 engine.   As part of the overhaul the current four probe LCD EGT gauge will be replaced with a graphic engine analyzer and fuel totalizer.

This overhaul was primarily funded by the overhaul reserve fund accumulated since we acquired this airplane.

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Annual Meeting booked for Thursday, October 25, 2012

kacee : September 12, 2012 6:48 pm : Club News

Hello Chandelle Pilots:

This is just to confirm that our Annual Meeting has been booked for Thursday, October 25, 2012. Time will be either 6pm or 6:30pm. Location will be where we have had general meetings for the past five years: Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 7601 East Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX, 78741, phone number is
512-386-7600, www.hiexpress.com/austinairport.

Formal announcements and a call for topics as well as positions will occur shortly. In the meantime, remember that more than 50% of the membership is needed to participate in all of the functions our club has.

The positions are:
1) Executive (President, VP, Treasurer, Secretary)
2) Board (4 members)
3) MX (2 per airplane, total of 6)
4) GPS Updater (currently one person does our two GPS equipped planes)

My first question regards current members who hold a position. Are you going to run again for that position? Are you considering not running for that position again? Are you definitely not running for your current position again.

I would encourage you to email your responses to the general mailing list. If you would rather not do that, then please send your response to myself (president @ chandelleflyingclub) and Jen (secretary @ chandelleflyingclub). If for some reason you do not get a response to your email from Jen or
I then something must have gone wrong and I ask that you try again.

My second question is what items do people want discussed? Jen and I will use this to prepare the agenda and the official ballot.

Shawn Searles
President, Chandelle Club

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A Vote to keep the Cardindal RG

admin : May 25, 2012 11:24 pm : Club News

After months of debate, the Chandelle shareholders met at the Comfort Suites this Thursday evening and voted to keep (or not sell) the Cardinal. The motion to sell the Cardinal required 2/3  of the shareholders approval. 12 shareholders voted yes and 12 members voted no.

The debate stems largely from the low usage of the plane. It was reported that the club put less that 70 hours on the engine last year. As a variable pitched aircraft with retractible landing gear, pilots must be certified in Complex Aircraft and to fly the Cardinal RG, our insurance requires that shareholders have 3 hours of logged time within the preceding 180 days in the same make and model.

At $102/hour (or $130/hour if you don’t gas up offsite), the Cardinal is 1/2 the price of a rental of a similar Complex Aircraft. For anyone thinking of getting their complex aircraft rating, it’s a great time to join Chandelle. There are two members selling their shares, so contact us if you are interested.

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New Members Flying

admin : May 25, 2012 11:02 pm : Club News

The planes are getting good use with the new members taking to the skies. Way to keep the local CFI’s in business!

If anyone is looking for the least expensive way to fly in Austin, there are two members who are looking to sell their shares. The opoortunity to join Chandelle only comes once every blue moon when a member decides to sell, so join while you have the chance!

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