Chapter 36

Hagerstown, MD KHGR

Welcome to Our Chapter

Our Next Chapter Meeting will be on Monday April 2 in the pilot lounge at teh Hagerstown Airport.  If you have question or need directions contact any of our officers and they can help you out. 

Also, all are welcome at our monthly meetings so don't be concerned about just dropping by.

We have set our dates for our breakfast flyins for 2019 so be sure and look at the events page.  The first one is in May with other events in Jun, August, September and October.

 We still have our build nights on Mondays so if you think you might want to build your own or just want to see what it is like to build a plane come on out.  You can contact our officers for details.

Have some ideas on topics you would like to see presented at our meetings or do you have a topic you would like to present?  Let us know here

Tip of the month

Dont' Get Jammed

Do you have a standard way to plan your descent to the airport from cruise altitude?  If so great, but if not here is a suggestion that works pretty well.  Most of us flying single engine plan descents around 500fpm and at that vertical speed with 90KT ground speed you will loose 1000 ft every 3 miles.  At 120KT it is 4 miles and 150KT it is 5 miles.  All you have to do is pick your ground speed  in the descent (be sure you fly it) and do some basic math.

 Lets say you are approaching KHGR at 5,500ft and are pretty sure you are going to fly the pattern which is 1,700ft. You need to loose about 4,000ft (round off to make the math easy) so if you are descending at 90KT take the number 3 (3 miles for each 1,000ft) and multiply it by how many thousands of feet you are descending, in this case 4, and you get 12NM.  Add a mile or two to configure and run checklists and you should start down about 14NM from the airport.  If you use a different ground speed just use a different multiplier and it all works the same.

 I use it regularly and it works great, you just need to fly the speeds and VS you calculate and it will keep you from getting jammed at the airport

Curtis Berry, CFI, CFII

                              Flight Planning

Interested in flying to or
from Hagerstown Regional Airport?

Try's Distance Calculator

Digital sectionals, private airport info available online provides pilots
with flight planning tools and data including online sectional charts,
FAA navigation databases, and
route ploting based on airports and navaids.



as of Oct. 26, 2016

                             SS         FS
   Hagerstown     $4.70    $5.45
   Martinsburg                  $5.20
   Frederick         $4.60    $5.40
   Westminster    $4.33    $4.93
   Winchester      $4.60    $5.00
   Cumberland    $4.75

If you are interested in other airports or more up to date information click here.

                           Chapter Interests

Our Annual Awards Banquet
was held at Mrs. Gibble's Restaurant.  It was a new location for the event and enjoyed by all.  To see some pictures of the event click here.

 Hagerstown Aviation Museum

Preserving Hagerstown's
aviation heritage.
The museum has a unique collection of aircraft built in Hagerstown, MD. They also sponsor aviation events throghout the year.



 The Capital Area Light Flyers
our sister club, is an incorporated, nonprofit, flying club formed in 1981 for the purpose of bringing together people interested in the sport of Hang Gliding and Ultralight flying. Their affiliation with the United States Ultralight Association (USUA) and other ultralight clubs in the area, assures you of getting the latest news about what and where this sport is going. 


        News and Views                  Sport Aviation

Aircraft Re-registration Requirement
FCC Halts Pursuit of 121.5 MHz ELT Ban.

Ethanol - free, Gas Finder
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FAA practice test on various pilot levels Smarter pilots mean safer skies.

On Line Safety Quiz

LearnAOPA’s Aviation Forums

Learn from Others and also take

ASF's FREE Aging Aircraft Online Course

EAA Video Oral History Archive
is now available for viewing.


FAA Aviation News Special Medical Issue

Focus on medical issues relevant to the GA community with special emphasis on the FAA's aeromedical staff, services, and resources.


How to Build an Airplane, by Red Green
Complete, how to build everything.

Learn To Fly
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What Light Sport can do for you
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