AOPA Pilot Magazine

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February 2015 Volume 58 / Number 2

Great Escapes

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Bahamas Group Fly-Out

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Little diesel, big fuel savings

When Premier Aircraft of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, announced a Jet-A-burning turbocharged Continental 135-horsepower diesel engine for the Cessna 172, the response came as no surprise.

Jan 12, 2015

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Group Fly-out: So long, winter

The single consolation for at least one group of East Coast pilots is that they could point their birds south and head to the Bahamas.

Jan 12, 2015

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Bahamas Fishing Adventure: Fresh catch

The indescribably blue ocean around the Bahamas is intriguing from any height, but when seen from the close proximity of a seaplane, it dazzles.

Jan 12, 2015

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The Meridian Club: Luxury, with a runway

A luxury hotel at one of the world’s most idyllic beaches sees its paved, 2,500-foot runway both as part of its heritage, and a key to its future.

Jan 12, 2015

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Repo man

He’s been called the “super repo man” and once starred in the first season of a Discovery Channel reality show called Airplane Repo.

Jan 09, 2015

Commentary

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Unmanned aircraft systems

The legal status of unmanned aircraft systems (also called UAVs—unmanned aerial vehicles—and more colloquially, “drones”) has now been confirmed to technically be “aircraft” subject to relevant FAR Part 91 general operating and flight rules.

Jan 08, 2015

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The wrong question

Kahneman posits that our mind is organized into a fast-thinking (intuitive, reflexive) part and a slower-thinking (logical or “think it over”) part.

Jan 08, 2015

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Automation: A balanced approach

The debate about the proper role of automation in the cockpit probably started the day that Sperry Corporation developed the first autopilot in 1912.

Jan 08, 2015

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Splash!

A topic occasionally visited in this column involves engine failure in single-engine airplanes.

Jan 08, 2015

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High flight

Accidents involving pressurized aircraft and total pilot incapacitation are rare.

Jan 08, 2015

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Letters: From our December 2014 issue

Author Barry Schiff’s story on the Reagan Library and how Air Force One landed on a California mountainside elicited memories—and some criticism from our members.

Jan 08, 2015

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President's Position: The volunteer spirit

AOPA members are always ready to step up and help. In fact, members regularly call us, asking us to help them find volunteer opportunities.

Jan 08, 2015

Departments

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P&E Proficiency

It’s hardly a sweat-inducing event, but sometimes that is the nature of practicing an emergency scenario.

Jan 09, 2015

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P&E Frugal Flier

I recently had the pleasure of changing the spark plugs in the Lycoming O-320 that powers my Experimental Van’s Aircraft RV–4, and, for a change, it really was a pleasure.

Jan 09, 2015

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Pilot Briefing: Products

Pilots are a notoriously thrifty bunch, which is why it’s not unusual to see multiple airplanes in one hangar.

Jan 09, 2015

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Pilot Briefing: Chart Challenge

Areas with a preponderance of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) activity are typically noted on sectional charts with a small airplane symbol.

Jan 09, 2015

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P&E On Instruments

What’s the most invaluable instrument in the cockpit?

Jan 09, 2015

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P&E Never Again

Without a word he reached up and buried his entire little finger in a hole in the aluminum skin.

Jan 09, 2015

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P&E Technique

“Simulated electrical fire,” I said. “What are you going to do?”

Jan 09, 2015

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Membership News & Notes: Saving Airports

If your airport receives federal funds, federal law requires the airport must be used for aviation purposes.

Jan 09, 2015

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Pilot Briefing: Budget Buy

One owner said he loves his Cessna 170B because it is “dirt simple,” meaning simple not only to fly, but simple to maintain.

Jan 09, 2015

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Pilot Briefing: 2015 Sweepstakes

The “Reimagined” AOPA 2015 Sweepstakes 152 was built on an overly optimistic forecast.

Jan 09, 2015

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Pilots: Cameraman Kevin LaRosa II

Kevin LaRosa II has heard the sound of engines and propellers for as long as he can remember.

Jan 09, 2015

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Pilot Briefing: Milestones

Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock accomplished the feat that Amelia Earhart set out to achieve in 1937.

Jan 09, 2015

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Test Pilot

Test Pilot

Jan 09, 2015

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Pilot Briefing: No secret sauce

Paragon Flight is living up to its name.

Jan 09, 2015

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P&E Airframe & Powerplant

Waiting for an oil-analysis report is a bit like waiting for test results from your doctor.

Jan 09, 2015

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Pilot Briefing: AOPA Fly-Ins

Let’s do this again was the resounding decision after AOPA hosted seven successful fly-ins across the country in 2014.

Jan 08, 2015

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