About H.-P. Schuele


external image Swabian-Alb_Burg_Hohenzollern.jpgH.-P. was born and raised on the Swabian Alb in Germany. He started flying gliders at the age of 13 in 1976 and flew gliders competitively in later years. After joining the German Air Force, he went through the Euro NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program (ENJJPT) located at Sheppard AFB, Texas. Immediately after graduation, H.-P. moved to George AFB, CA for follow on training in the McDonnell Douglas Phantom II.

external image F4Banking.jpgThe next couple of years were spent at the Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW) 36 at Hopsten Air Base in northern Germany. The unit was converted to a true air defense wing in 1992 and renamed Fighter Wing 72. Soon, H.-P. became an instructor pilot in the F-4 and moved back to Holloman AFB, NM for the prestigious Fighter Weapons Instructor Course (FWIC). He graduated “Top Gun”.

After a few more years in Germany, H.-P.’s next assignment was back at Sheppard AFB as instructor pilot at ENJJPT. First, he instructed in the Undergraduate Pilot Training flying T-38 aircraft. He quickly transitioned to the Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals (IFF) program, laying the groundwork for future Fighter Pilots in Air-to-Air combat and Surface Attack.
After his separation from the German Air Force, H.-P. flew for United Airlines and got furloughed shortly after 9/11. Coming full circle, he started teaching academics and simulators in the IFF program at Sheppard AFB as a contract instructor after the flying training introduced full simulator support.

IMG_0037.JPGH.-P.’s civilian licenses include an ATP, FE, CFI, CFII and MEI. He and his wife Kristin own a Turbo Arrow and volunteer their aircraft and pilot skills numerous times per year for Angel Flight missions, enabling patients to receive treatment that otherwise would not be available to them due to the required travel. H.-P. is part of the Grace Flight Rapid Response Team, an organization designed to provide air transportation and support for organ transplants or immediate disaster relief. He a FAASTeam Representative and also volunteers his time on the Airport Advisory Board in Wichita Falls, TX.

Favorite Quotes:
  • "Don't let your aircraft get anywhere your brain hasn't been 3 minutes earlier."
  • "Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance"
  • "THINK"

H.-P. Schuele

Kickapoo (CWC) Scavenger Hunt – This is a Fly-In event!

05 April 2014

This year’s challenge:
Dead Reckoning & Pilotage (FAA Wings Credit)

We get so occupied working our iPads, Garmin, Avidyne and other controllers that, at times, we forget about the very basics of navigation. Pilotage and Dead Reckoning are the staples and foundation of navigation. Having a solid understanding of those principles and having the ability to apply them correctly can prevent many pitfalls of automation.

About the Event:
During this year’s challenge, we will focus on these principles during our scavenger hunt. You will receive instructions for a round robin flight, during which you will identify ground features and answer questions about the route. All you need to complete the tasks is a current aviation sectional, a pencil and a piece of paper. Oh, you can bring all your plotters, iPhones, iPads and other electronic gadgets as well. You are welcome to use everything in the cockpit just like you would during your daily flying operations.


0830 – Sign-up, Coffee & Doughnuts (optional)
0900 – FAA Wings Presentation and receive Wings credit (optional, but might come in handy)
0945 – Weather & NOTAM Briefing and handing out of tasks. Planning of route.
1045 – First take-off
1200 – Recovery of airplanes, Lunch and revealing of route planning and tasks.
1230 – Awards ceremony

Registration and Contact Information:
Pre-registration is highly encouraged.

For registration of your aircraft or questions about the event, please send an email to:
Hans-peter.schuele@att.net or call my mobile at 940.636.2283 with the following information:
  1. Name of pilot
  2. Aircraft Type & Tail number
  3. Typical planning speed
  4. Contact information (email and cell phone)

Airspeed, it's not just a number ...

The intent of this presentation is to show the relationship that exists between aircraft performance and weight. Many of the limiting speeds referenced in the Airplane Flight Manual (AFM) or Pilot Operating Handbook (POH) are based on very specific parameters in terms of aircraft weight, configuration and Center of Gravity (CG). The speeds listed under these conditions will change with a change in aircraft weight, aircraft configuration or a shift in the CG.

Good Article about Landings

Below is an article that appeared in the 4th quarter newsletter of the Lubbock FSDO on approach and landing best practices.

2012 HF & SMS Presentation about Single Pilot CRM and Automation Management

NTSB Issues Five More General Aviation Safety Alerts

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The NTSB has issued its five newest Safety Alerts aimed to help pilots develop mitigating strategies to prevent accidents. These follow five issued in March that focused on the most frequent type of general aviation accidents. “Knowing these accidents can be prevented is why ‘General Aviation Safety’ is on our Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements,” said NTSB Chair Deborah Hersman. “At a time when many people are putting together their list of resolutions for the coming year, these five Safety Alerts remind pilots, mechanics and passengers of the basic safety precautions to add to their checklists to ensure a safe flight for all on board.” A Safety Alert is a brief information sheet that pinpoints a particular safety hazard and offers practical remedies to address the issue.
The five safety alerts issued were:
  1. Check Your Restraints (restraints degrade with age and can fail—installing shoulder harnesses can prevent occupants from impacting the interior during a crash);
  2. Engine Power Loss Due to Carburetor Icing (pilots need to learn to detect and deal with carburetor icing appropriately);
  3. “Armed” for Safety: Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs that are turned off or secured to structure don’t function and have cost lives due to delays in finding downed airplanes);
  4. All Secure, All Clear (forgotten and unsecured items have jammed control system components and caused crashes);
  5. Proper Use of Fiber Self-Locking Nuts (trying to save money by reusing a fiber self-locking nut has caused degraded insets to fail to hold the nut on the bolt-leading to a crash, notably the P-51 that went into the stands at the Reno Air Races, killing spectators and the pilot).

March 12, 2013

NTSB Issues Five Safety Alerts For GA Pilots And Mechanics

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By Mary Grady, Contributing editor

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The NTSB issued five safety alerts on Tuesday that aim to highlight the five most frequent errors that cause general aviation accidents. "We see the same types of accidents over and over again," said NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman. "What's especially tragic is that so many of these accidents are entirely preventable." The alerts remind pilots to develop effective risk-management strategies, pay close attention to maintenance issues and always conduct a careful diagnostic flight after leaving the shop, be vigilant when flying at night or in reduced visibility, and be sure to understand stalls and how to prevent them. One alert, aimed at mechanics, reminds them to carefully follow procedures when conducting inspections and maintaining aircraft.
The safety board is creating short videos to complement each of the alerts, which will be available online within the next few months. The videos will feature regional air safety investigators sharing what they learned from the many accident investigations they conducted, and offering advice on how pilots and mechanics can avoid tragic mistakes. "GA is essentially an airline or maintenance operation of one, which puts the responsibility for sound decision making on one person's shoulders," Hersman said. "We are promoting and distributing the alerts to reach pilots and mechanics who can benefit from these lifesaving messages." The five safety alerts issued today, as well as others that have been issued since 2004, are posted online. The PowerPoint presentations that investigators made to the board on Tuesday also are archived online. Video of the board meeting will be posted online for 90 days.