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November 2014 Volume 57 / Number 11

Back to the Future
Cover Story | November 2014

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Boom times

Sloulin Field International Airport was never designed for explosive growth. But that’s what it has. Sloulin Field is the airport right in the middle of the fastest-growing micropolitan area in the United States.

Oct 02, 2014

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A week in the sun

Take a vacation in the southwest with friends and pick up a glider rating in the process.

Oct 02, 2014

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Craftsmanship: Old-style restoration

Pilots find breathtaking beauty in the curve of a propeller, the shape of a wing, even the thoughtful interface of a piece of avionics. But who makes this stuff and, in some cases, keeps it beautiful for decades?

Oct 02, 2014

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Stemme S10-VT: Powersailing

Originally designed in 1984, the German-built Stemme mates a turbocharged 115-horsepower Rotax 914F engine with a sailplane airframe capable of a 50:1 glide ratio.

Oct 01, 2014

Commentary

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Meeting the mandate

This year has not yet come to a close, but my mind is on January 1, 2020. That’s when the FAA has mandated that aircraft must be equipped for ADS-B Out in order to operate in airspace where a Mode C transponder is required today.

Oct 22, 2014

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Hangar storage

One of the many benefits offered to participants in the AOPA Legal Services Plan is a one-time annual review and critique of certain aviation documents—in this case, a hangar lease agreement that a LSP participant has been asked to execute.

Oct 02, 2014

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The examiner

We should all have a deep respect for designated pilot examiners (DPE), especially when you consider the unofficial job description for their line of work.

Oct 02, 2014

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High hopes

The headline on the press release caught my eye for two reasons: “Textron Aviation Independence facility delivers 10,000th single-engine aircraft.”

Oct 02, 2014

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10-step program

Regular piston engine oil changes are a waste of money—why not just top it off occasionally? And adding all the way to the fill line is crazy, right?

Oct 02, 2014

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22 years of retrospective

After more than 45,000 hours in the left seat of the AOPA Foundation, the Air Safety Institute (ASI), and its predecessor—the AOPA Air Safety Foundation (ASF)—it’s time to move to the jump seat and let a new crew pick up the flight.

Oct 02, 2014

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Training your feet

A pet peeve of mine that is particularly grating occurs occasionally when I administer flight reviews in single-engine airplanes.

Oct 02, 2014

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AOPA Fly-In: Kick back in the sun

Join us for the unofficial end to the flying season on November 8 at St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Oct 22, 2014

Article

Proficiency: Get your head in the game

“Nobody likesto take the instrument proficiency check,” said the woman at the front desk of a local flight school. But there are ways to make it almost fun, and that’s by taking a quick review course before presenting yourself to the instructor.

Oct 07, 2014

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Safety: Do you know the symptoms of hypoxia?

TBM Ownersand Pilots Association Chairman Larry Glazer and his wife Jane died in a crash off the coast of Jamaica after the pilot became unresponsive.

Oct 07, 2014

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Technology: iPad best practices

As the quantity and variety of flight-related information on tablets increases, the question for pilots becomes how best to employ them without becoming overwhelmed.

Oct 07, 2014

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The last scud run

I have been flying for more than 40 years and own a well-equipped Cessna Skylane. I almost always file IFR in good weather and bad.

Oct 07, 2014

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Avionics: Status of Stratus 2

While this is a long-term review of the Stratus 2 ADS-B receiver, we could have written it after just one flight—that’s how simple the product is to use.

Oct 07, 2014

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Fly-Ins: SoCal pilots descend on Chino

AOPA’s fifth 2014 regional fly-in, held in Chino, California, on September 20, set records for the largest number of display aircraft to date, as well as the largest number of exhibitors.

Oct 07, 2014

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Ownership: How to fly an airplane

I felt fully qualifiedto take on the simple-sounding request when my son’s teacher asked, “Could you come talk to my fifth-grade class about how to fly an airplane?”

Oct 07, 2014

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People: Closing a chapter

On July 29, 1968, investigators with the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office in Rangely, Colorado, drove south of town to the scene of a fatal airplane crash.

Oct 03, 2014

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Flying Clubs: Beechcraft, Cessna flying clubs merge

Two venerable flying clubs in Wichita are looking to the future after they merged into the Textron Aviation Employees’ Flying Club.

Oct 03, 2014

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First Look: 206 has nine lives

At 8:07 a.m. on April 16, 2014, Wings of Hope pilot Don Hoerstkamp taxied down a St. Louis, Missouri, runway in a 1974 Cessna 206.

Oct 03, 2014

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Test Pilot

1. Popular film actor Steve McQueen (1930-1980) loved flying, and his last airplane was a Boeing/Stearman PT-17 bearing registration number N3188. What was special about the number 3188?

Oct 03, 2014

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Briefing: ‘Battle of Britain’ movie airplanes sold

The rare fighters from the 1969 Battle of Britain movie have been sold to restorers in the United States and Europe, according to the agent handling the sale.

Oct 03, 2014

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What’s in your hangar?

For more than 25 years, the FAA has taken the position that hangars at federally funded airports should be reserved for aeronautical use.

Oct 03, 2014

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Airport stories: It’s a good day

Any day at the Alexandria, Indiana, airport is a good day for members of the Central Indiana Soaring Society.

Oct 03, 2014

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Gift guide: Gifts for the digital pilot

Pilots are on the forefront when it comes to adapting to the possibilities of the digital age. Like no other group, they’ve shaped smartphones and tablets to serve their specific needs in aviation.

Oct 03, 2014

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Lightspeed PFX gets personal

With all the recent attention to in-ear and on-ear headsets, Lightspeed has fired back with a cutting edge new over-the-ear model that takes noise attenuation and audio processing to new levels.

Oct 03, 2014

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‘Glider Bob’: Robert B. Saunders

Anyone who has ever been around Stemme motorgliders will remember its most colorful and enthusiastic demonstration pilot, Robert B. Saunders.

Oct 02, 2014

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