November 11, 2009
Nov. 24 ï¿½ No, it's not flying yet, but our AOPA Waco UPF-7 has completed engine run-up tests and taxi tests. If there is a first flight, we'll let you know. Plans are to leave the aircraft with its builders, Rare Aircraft, in Owatonna, Minnesota, for the winter and then fly it directly to EAA Sun `n Fun for display April 2 to 8. From there it will go to AOPA headquarters in Frederick, Maryland, where it will be on hand for the AOPA Fly-In June 7. It will next go to Oshkosh for EAA Airventure July 23 to 29. Each of the flights will be written as a feature in AOPA Pilot. In the meantime, Pilot Senior Editor Al Marsh has prowled present-day airports and ghost airports of the past on Long Island, searching for our aircraft's history. In so doing, he uncovered the actual path of Charles Lindbergh's takeoff run at Curtiss Field near Randolph Field. Look for a report of his sleuthing in Pilot next year.
A state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.
Daher-Socata announced that it had installed the first Garmin G600 and GTN 750 avionics in one of its 2004 TBM 700C2 airplanes.
Even brief flight under actual conditions can expose how well your basic instrument flying is serving.
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