Normally any upgraded avionics package is a great improvement to an aircraft, However the reception it was to receive from the students and private pilots (PPL) enrolled in the AD UP Aviation Flight School here at Barnes Airport was underestimated. Not only is navigation made simpler with the help of a large moving map GPS seen here, but also the addition of XM weather providing the pilot with near real-time weather, including radar, satellite imagery, weather reports and forecasts, cloud tops, and much, much more. It almost seemed like a gift from the heavens. (well alright, the satellites).
But let's not forget one of the greatest improvements to our Cessna 172 that has been added in recent years, and that is the addition of traffic information service, commonly called "tis." This enables the pilot to "see" other aircraft up to 12 miles away on a display in the cockpit. The altitude of the other aircraft above or below our aircraft is shown, along with their direction of flight, and whether they are climbing, descending, or in level flight. This technology, previously found only in larger airline type aircraft, was installed in the summer of 2009.
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AD UP Aviation Flight School is located in the terminal building at Barnes Municipal Airport, just 2 miles North of the City of Westfield. This location is only minutes from Springfield, MA, and 12 miles North of the CT state line.
This used to be our page labeled "about us." However this flight school would not exist without the dedicated students we have here. As mentioned on the home page, AD UP Aviation does not pay for any advertising, with one exception. That is a once a year ad to promote the hangar dance to benefit the PVMTM located on the airport here at Barnes airport in Westfield, MA. You are invited to browse through these photos and see for yourself the fun we are having here at AD UP Aviation, where learning to fly is about having fun, meeting new friends and making memories. And remember, if you aren't having fun flying with master flight instructor George Munson we will change our approach (to borrow an aviation term) so that you will. So be sure to revisit this page often, as there will be fresh content updated regularly. (assuming we are still having fun)!
When a student finishes his or her pilot training here at AD UP Aviation Flight School, many of the newly minted private pilots continue to rent our aircraft for pleasure flying. Some pilots continue on and receive flight instruction in order to earn their instrument rating. Still others move on and purchase their own aircraft, some with equipment similar to the aircraft in which they did their pilot training in, our beloved Cessna, N5PT.
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