October 2023: New KBED Location, Team Focus: Prassuna Budlong and Jeremy Prignano and Winter Pro Tip
In The News
01 / Hanscom KBED – We’ve Moved!
02 / Prassuna Gets Float Rating in Alaska!
03 / In Focus: Meet A&P Jeremy Prignano
04 / Pro-Tip of the Month – Engine Starts in Cold Weather & Icing Awareness Course Reminder
Hanscom KBED – We’ve Moved!
New Address: 145 Hanscom Drive, Bedford, MA
If you have seen our beautiful location in Plymouth, you know how special we like to make the experience for our clients and employees. Well, now our clients and employees will enjoy the same amazing experience at our Bedford location! MGAV just took over a newly renovated hangar/office that we will exclusively occupy.
We have been working on this project for more than a year and we are thrilled to say that we have pulled it off, and are very happy with the results. A lot of effort and resources went into creating a next level training and social environment so everyone can fully enjoy the #CirrusLife experience at MGAV. We are excited to share our new facility with you and we hope you will all be as excited by it as we are.
There are still a lot of finishing touches to be made but we are open for business at the new location. As you drive down Hanscom Drive, you will find our new “Hangar 12” location on the right just prior to the MedFlight facility.
Please come and see us!!
Prassuna Gets Float Rating in Alaska
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to fly “bush pilot style”; snaking around riverbeds, looking for moose? Or how to land on a glacier lake under the afternoon sun with majestic mountains towering all around you? This summer I made time to strike off a bucket list item that I’ve been meaning to do for years – get my seaplane rating. While Lake Winnipesaukee would surely be an option close to home, I decided I would take in all of the excitement seaplane flying has to offer in Alaska! I wanted to experience the awe-striking beauty of the wilderness and learn a completely different approach to flying that we’ve all heard about. While there were certainly parts of the Alaskan seaplane experience that I was prepared for, the trip was full of incredible experiences that I never could have prepared myself for.
After a long commercial flight to Anchorage, we drove two hours north to the small town of Talkeetna, the last town before hikers continue on their way to Mount Denali. Upon our arrival at the flight school lodge on Lake Christiansen, we were informed that there was “a bear in the area”. Clearly I was not in Kansas anymore!
Training consisted of 3 full days of learning parts of a floatplane, regulations, and practicing takeoff and landing techniques on water – glassy, confined area, rough water etc…. all as advertised of course. What I quickly discovered was Alaska had much more to offer than just the advertised training outline. There is a sense of camaraderie within the pilots so strong that regardless of where you’re from, you will surely be invited to pizza night, cocktail hour and the occasional karaoke at the local brewpub. When you get some time to take in the rest of the beauty of Alaska, you will enjoy sunsets by the lake, go kayaking or fishing in your free time, and if you get lucky, even see the northern lights while you enjoy a beverage of your choice (which I did, while indoors, hiding away from the bear). The school staff took their time and created a nice, toasty, bonfire so that we could all stay warm under the Alaskan stars. This isn’t your everyday flying experience!
While we did train diligently all around the small lakes in the area, we were able to carve out some extra flying and took a scenic flight to the highest mountain peak in North America, Mount Denali. The view of the mountain from 5,000 ft was impressive, and coupled with chasing the Susitna River and flying alongside bald eagles, it was the perfect Alaskan experience. Need I say more?
Learning how to fly a floatplane was more than just a feather in my cap, it was an experience that taught me new techniques and approaches that will benefit my students and myself as I continue my aviation journey. While it took many years for me to get up there, I hope that my next trip back comes soon and I can take in the area again
Matt A&P Jeremy Prignano
Jeremy gained his interest in aviation at 11 when he took a flight on EAA’s Ford Trimotor. He started training for his private pilot license in high school and completed his checkride 2 days before shipping off to boot camp for the Marine Corps. After completing his 4 years of service he moved back to his hometown in New Jersey where he completed his instrument and commercial ratings and towed banners in J-3 and super cubs. Jeremy moved on to a new job flying 206s, skymasters, and King Airs for various government contracts and marine mammal surveys while at the same time gaining his A&P certificate and being promoted to shop manager. Jeremy currently is a first officer for JetBlue Airways flying the A220, but his love of general aviation and turning wrenches led him to Mike Goulian Aviation to stay connected to GA and maintenance. On his off time you can find him flying his experimental Smith DSA-1 Miniplane or in the woods on his dirtbike.
Pro Tip: Engine Starts in Cold Weather
Summer is over and it’s time to consider cold weather conditions and the decision making we do during this time of year. We ask that all of our IFR pilots complete the Cirrus Approach Icing Awareness Course annually. If you have not completed it yet this season, be sure to head over to cirrusapproach.com to complete the course. The course is a great reminder of the capabilities and limitations of the SR Ice Protection system.
by Levi Fischer, A&P IA