Monday, May 27, 2013

GRA Flying Club's Second Pilot!!!!!


Congratulations to 19 year old Travis on passing his Private Pilot Check-ride Monday the 27th!!!!!! Way to go Travis! 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

5th Annual Grassroots Fly-in/Camp-in !!!!!

5th Annual Grassroots Fly-in/Camp-in at Frankenmuth Wm. "Tiny" Zehnder Field, Saturday August 10th, 2013!

Grab your family and come early and watch the planes arrive or compete in any one of the fly-in events! Afterwords stick around for your chance to win one of the light-hearted awards or maybe go for an airplane ride! 

Camping is encouraged as there is a shower facility available onsite. Feel free to show up Friday and enjoy the day in beautiful Frankenmuth, Michigan's own little Bavaria (free shuttle into town). 

Feel free to contact me should you have any questions!

For airport information, visit our web page;

See you in August 10th! 

P.S. If you would like to Volunteer, please let me know! It would be much appreciated!!!

Thursday, April 25, 2013


Wednesday, MAY 1st from 4-5pm.

We will spend about 30 minutes in the radar room, and about 30 min in the top of the tower.  The size of the rooms limits us to 6-8 people on a tour at a time.

The tour is LIMITED to 8 max, so first come, first served.  If we get more than 8, then I will arrange a second tour date.

It was requested that I provide names ahead of time to shorten the sign in time, so if you’re interested, let me know ASAP!


Sunday, April 7, 2013


Heads Up!!!! Father's Day is all most here, so it's time to start planning on making it to our Father's Day Cook-out / Camp-in June 15th and 16th!!!! Sunday the 16th there will be a Dawn Patrol breakfast sponsored by the Valley Aero Club. There will be plenty of hanger flying and if the weather is good, I'm sure an airplane ride will be easy to find!!!

Bring your family and friends!!!!!
Fly-In or Drive-In!!!!
Everyone is Welcome!!!!

If you have time and would like to volunteer to help setup, please call the number listed on the flyer. Your help will be greatly appreciated!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Dave Huiskins is doing another presentation at 3CM and I think we can all learn something from this session.  Hope to see you there!

What: Private Pilot Maneuvers with special emphasis on Stalls: Recovery & Spin prevention.
When: April 13, 2013
Time: Noon
Where: James Clements Airport - 3CM- Brick Administration Building

Pizza and Soft drinks provided at no charge. 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

GRA Flying Club's First Pilot!!!!!


Congratulations to 18 year old Jack on passing his Private Pilot Checkride Saturday!!!!!! Way to go Jack! The first, but definitely not the last, for the GRA flying club!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Fly Michigan

Since we are located around Bay City, here's some links you might like.

Need information from MDOT? Here's their link;

MDOT - Aeronautics

Need a 2013 Michigan airport directory or chart, click this link for the order form;

Michigan Airport Directory and Chart Order Form

You may also my like the Fly Michigan Facebook page.

Fly Michigan

Guy's I found a really informative blog called "I Fly Blog". I'm sure you'll find something that catches your interest there. Also, the blog owner Brent Owens, has generously offered to place a link to our blog on his.

Here's a couple of good article's from iFly for our younger members thinking of a career in aviation.

Flying careers are a fickle mistress

Entry-Level Flying Jobs

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Date Set - Informal Ground School

Well, the results (most of them) are in, and it appears that the best day and time for the Informal Ground School (IGS) sessions would be Sunday afternoons.  I realize that doesn't always work for everybody, but we are all very busy people and the majority rules.

With that as background, I would like to hold an upcoming IGS on Sunday, February 10, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.  Following are pertinent details:

PRINCIPAL TOPIC:  Scenario-based VFR Cross Country Flight (for the $100 burger or sushi)

CONCEPT AGENDA:  We will plan all aspects of the proposed XC flight, including gathering information pertaining to the weather, airports involved, routes of flight, use of Flight Service, calculation of time, distance, and fuel use (we will utilize sectional charts and the E6B), and much more.  Participants should come fully prepared!

In addition to planning the flight, we will undertake a "virtual flight" which will allow for the opportunity to make calculation corrections, discuss radio techniques, obtain inflight wx updates, address certain emergency procedures, review airspace issues, and deviate to an alternate airport.

This will not be a lecture style session.  Instead, each of the attendees will be expected and encouraged to actively participate in all discussion items.

LOCATION:  The IGS will be held at 3CM either at the Admin Building (red brick) or the Pilots' Lounge, adjacent to the large blue hangar.

AMENITIES:  Pizza will be provided; soft drinks may be brought or purchased through the vending machine near the Pilots' Lounge.

OPPORTUNITIES to FLY:  Weather and aircraft availability permitting, there will be opportunities for participants to fly before and/or after the session. 

VERY IMPORTANT:  In order to have enough seats and pizza, it is imperative that anyone wanting to attend must commit by sending an affirmative message to me by no later than Friday February 8.

Thank you in advance for your interest in aviation learning.  Please let me know of any questions.

The classroom portion is FREE!!!!

Fly Safely....Always!


Friday, January 25, 2013


This is a very informative newsletter published by the NOAA and this edition specifically touches on winter icing and even though it starts out with "Mountain Flight Planning", this edition is chocked full of good information for us here in Michigan.

If you would like to subscribe, email the editor at: and ask to be included in her mailing list.

Have a great day!

Here's the link: NOAA Newsletter

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Club's First Solo's

In just a short time our club has had 4 first solo's. Several of the guys are close to getting their licence.

Our First "First" solo was Jack
Our Second "First" solo was Travis
Our Third "First" solo was Dave

And our Fourth "First" solo was Trenten

Informal Ground School Sessions

I'm in the process of putting together another series of informal ground school sessions for Private Pilots to be held throughout this winter and spring at 3CM, James Clements Airport in Bay City.  Since I have flown with all of you, I would like to schedule times and agenda materials that will fit your schedules and needs.

To that end, I am requesting a couple of pieces of information from all of you.  First, please reply to this message with times and days of the week (including week-ends) that A.) Might work best for you and B.) That definitely will not work for you.  Second, a few of the topics I have in mind include;

1.) Discussion of various required maneuvers
2.) Review of traffic patterns
3.) Radio protocol
4.) Use of the E6B Flight Computer
5.) Chart and navigation processes
6.) Weather services and impacts on flight.

Please review these and let me know if there are other items you might want to cover in more detail.

Sessions will likely be held monthly at a set time and day (e.g., 2nd Saturday from 9 to 11 am), as consistent as possible with your collective input.  My intent is to cover no more than one of the topics in a session lasting no longer than 2 hours.  Additionally, I am inviting other individuals (students and pilots) to join us for what I hope will be robust discussions.  The format of the sessions will NOT be lecture!  Instead I plan to use scenario-based approaches to cover the material in order to allow for a more free-flowing dialogue by all involved.

I'd like to have a first session in early February, so please reply to me as soon as you are able.

Thanks in advance for your input.

Dave Huiskens

Thursday, January 17, 2013


Do you look up towards the sky when you hear an airplane overhead?
You are not alone, so do we!

Have you often wanted to go flying but do not have access to an airplane?
We are busy creating a flying club to take care of that problem! 
Have you ever had the dream of becoming a pilot?
If you have the will, we have the way to give you the wings you are missing!

Have you had health issues in the past and you felt that you would not be able to pass your medical so you just gave up flying?
Did you know that if you have never been denied an FAA medical, there are light sport aircraft (LSA's) such as the Piper Cub below that you can fly, and take a passenger!

Would you like to learn a skill that less than 10% of the US population have?

It's true, not many people have this skill.  Be part of the minority that experiences the magic of flying. 

WARNING:  You may be hooked for life!

Are you a pilot and would like to meet others who share your passion?
Then the Grassroots Aviators may be right for you!  We are a group of aviators all over the US that share the same passion and want to meet you!  We are a group with a common interest made up of flight attendants, student pilots, private pilots, flight instructors, mechanics and professional pilots who have not forgotten our roots.  We engage in fly-ins, fly-outs, camping etc and would love to have you join our club!

If you answered YES to one or more of these questions, then the GRA Flying Club may be right for you!