Fall 2014 Ground School

August 26th, 2014

Ground school will begin on 23 September 2014 from 6-9PM. For more information, please click the ground school link to the right.

This is a change. The ground school is now being held every Tuesday night from 6-9PM

Friends of Green Castle

December 23rd, 2013

The club would like to hear from anyone who has ever done anything out at the airport.  The following is a link to a quick survey.  Please help us by filling it out and passing it along to others who have been or are at Green Castle.

If you have any questions or issues please email Ryan Story at r s t o r y 1 @ g m a i l . c o m (Remove the spaces. This is for spam control.)

Take the survey.

The direct web address to the survey is http://goo.gl/g6T9hE

Please share it with others.

Thanks,

Green Castle Aero Club Board of Directors

“Iowa City Press-Citizen”

December 18th, 2014

Hakes: ‘All I want for Christmas is my pilot’s license’
Dick Hakes For the Iowa City Press-Citizen 11:46 a.m. CST December 15, 2014
(Photo: Dick Hakes / For the Press-Citizen omitted)

“All I want for Christmas is my pilot’s license.”

That’s not my personal battle cry, but it may top the Christmas lists of others around this territory bitten by the desire to spread some serious wings.

Learning to fly a plane is not cheap, but it can be done for about $5,500, says Chief Flight Instructor Terry Koehn of the Green Castle Aero Club. This group operates the small, tidy rural airport by the same name four miles west of North Liberty.

That fee includes about 55 hours of flying time with an instructor, a ground school to help you pass the written test, plus the required oral exam and flying session with a pilot examiner. If you started at Christmas, you could be done by September.

Koehn says the club’s flight school rates, plane rental rates and even hangar rental rates are a bargain, mainly because of low overhead and volunteer labor.

Former Iowa Highway Patrol pilot Don Nelson bought the original grass air strip acreage in the 1970s and developed it with hangers, a hard-surfaced runway, a flight school and airplane dealership. In 1993, he leased the facility in a “sweetheart deal” to the club, which now operates it on a non-for-profit basis with the help of about 150 members.

The little airport stays busy year round with 28 planes on site, eight of which are owned by the club and used for training and rentals.

“We think we’re pretty unique out here,” Koehn said. “We may be the best-kept secret in the Corridor. Even pilots who have been flying around here for 10 years don’t know about us.”

A flying family atmosphere contributes to that uniqueness. Pilots gather at the airport for a steak fry every Wednesday, plus there are Christmas parties and other family events. Fundraisers include an annual “pumpkin drop” and “flour drop” in which members of the public can make a donation, then be taken airborne to try to drop the items into a barrel for a prize.

“Nobody ever makes it,” Koehn says. “Six feet is about the closest anyone has gotten.”

The proceeds help fund a scholarship that pays for half of the training costs for a deserving young pilot.

“Our biggest challenge is maintenance — of both the facilities and our aircraft,” Koehn says. Pilots can handle some routine maintenance, but the planes are flown to a mechanic in Bloomfield for anything beyond that. Volunteers keep the grass mowed in summer and plow the 4,000-foot lighted runway in winter. That runway includes a 1,400-foot grass strip used for pilot training. A video at the club website at www.greencastleaeroclub.com shows volunteers spreading tar on runway cracks.

It’s clear that Koehn, the three other flight instructors on staff and many other leaders in the club are in tune with Nelson’s vision to “keep aviation a part of this community.”

Koehn urges visitors to drive out and take a look and those with a yearning to soar to start flight training anytime they want.

“We have a lot of people sign up and they’re airborne with their first lesson the very same day,” he adds. “Sometimes it develops into a lifelong love of flying.”

MINUTES of the December 10, 2014 Board of Directors Meeting

December 18th, 2014

The meeting was called to order by President Tim Scheer at 6:32 PM.

OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Treasurer Randy Stannard, Bob Dunn, Calvin Colony, CFII Ryan Story, and Secretary Karo Stigler

MEMBERS PRESENT: Don Nelson, Mike Mango, Chief Flight Instructor Terry Koehn, Jim Beeghly, Trey Castillo, Merlin Weissheier, Chris Lenz (& Paige), Brett Lenz, Kent Johnson, Al Schmidt, Mark Elbert, Dean Teslik, and Mark Eads

The Minutes of the December 3, 2014 Board of Directors meeting were read by Karo. Bob moved with second by Randy that the minutes be approved as read. Vote taken; Motion carried.

OLD and NEW BUSINESS:

1. Treasurer’s Report: Randy gave a report on our financial status.

2. Airplanes: The general status of the airplanes was discussed.

3. Ryan reported that Riley soloed yesterday, and Larry Clore got his tailwheel endorsement. Congrats to you both.

4. Christmas Party: Dec 13 at Garage Mahal 6:00 — bring dish to share.

5. Dick Hakes of the “Iowa City Press Citizen” interviewed Terry re Green Castle, will be out soon to take some pictures, and will include us in his blog.

6. Thanks goes to Mike Mango for our newly-constructed windsock basket and for saving us a bunch of money, as a new one is very costly.

7. Mike said Tim is working diligently on his mini-plane and has been helping him (Mike) with his Stits Playboy.

Bob moved with second by Randy to adjourn the meeting. Meeting adjourned at 6:43 PM.

 

 

MINUTES of the December 3, 2014 Board of Directors Meeting

December 11th, 2014

The meeting was called to order by President Tim Scheer at 6:32 PM.

OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Vice-President Rick Treiber, Treasurer Randy Stannard, Bob Dunn, Calvin Colony, CFII Ryan Story, and Secretary Karo Stigler

MEMBERS PRESENT: Don Nelson, Mike Mango, Chief Flight Instructor Terry Koehn, Tomasz & Izabela Korwel, Jim Beeghly, Trey Castillo, Merlin Weissheier, Megan Tabor, and Mark Eads

GUEST PRESENT: J.D. Law (former Trooper pilot)

The Minutes of the November 19, 2014 Board of Directors meeting were read by Karo. Rick moved with second by Randy that the minutes be approved as read. Vote taken; Motion carried.

OLD and NEW BUSINESS:

1. Treasurer’s Report: Randy gave a report on our financial status. Karo read into the record the assessment letter that will be going out to all members (revised letter attached to original of minutes).

2. Airplanes: The general status of the airplanes was discussed.

3. Terry reported we had two checkrides this week: James Jensen got his private, and Ryan Story received his CFII. Congratulations to both! Note: Terry has sent 9 members for checkrides in the last 90 days . . . all passed.

4. Ryan reported this session of ground school is complete. Two students took the FAA test and passed. Next ground school: early spring

5. Ryan reported Riley is close to soloing.

6. Christmas Party: Dec 13 at Garage Mahal 6:00 — bring dish to share.

7. Discussion was held re possibly upgrading aircraft in the next couple of years. Ryan gave a detailed accounting of hours each aircraft has flown this year.

Bob moved with second by Randy to adjourn the meeting. Meeting adjourned at 7:10 PM.

Green-Castle Holiday Party on Dec 13

December 9th, 2014

Airplane-Seasons Greetings

When:  6:00 PM December 13, 2014

Where:  “Garage Majal” also known as Willy’s Garage — just a few hundred yards west of the airport on F-28.

 

The Club is getting together for an informal celebration on Saturday.  (It happens to be very close to an important birthday, but it is NOT a birday party.)  Bring a dish to share.

MINUTES of the November 19, 2014 Board of Directors Meeting

December 4th, 2014

The meeting was called to order by President Tim Scheer at 6:30 PM.

OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Rick Treiber, Randy Stannard, Bob Dunn, Calvin Colony, and Ryan Story

MEMBERS PRESENT: Don Nelson, Mike Mango, Terry Koehn, Jim Beeghly, Trey Castillo (with guest Ashley Foster), Al Schmidt, Dave White, Brett Lenz, Chris Lenz, Mark Eads, Kent Johnson, Tomasz & Izabel Korwel, and Merlin Weissheier.

The Minutes of the November 12, 2014 Board of Directors meeting were read by Calvin. Rick moved with second by Bob that the minutes be approved as read. Vote taken; Motion carried.

OLD and NEW BUSINESS:

  1. Treasurer’s Report: Randy gave a report on our financial status.
  2. Airplanes: The general status of the airplanes was discussed. Same as last week.
  3. New members. Merlin Weissheier.
  4. Mike’s hangar door was sealed up on east side; thanks to Don.
  5. Ryan has two more weeks of ground school.
  6. Terry has two students ready for check ride tomorrow. Will report results next week.
  7. Ryan has a couple of tailwheel students but the cold has kept them away.
  8. A Christmas party was discussed. Rick moved with second by Randy we have a party (potluck) 12/13 at the Garage Mahal at 6:00 PM. Vote taken; Motion carried.

 Rick moved with second by Ryan to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 6:50 PM.