April 1, 2009
By Julie Summers Walker
Senior Editor Dave Hirschman and Photographer Chris Rose took the adventure of a lifetime last fall as they joined Aviat’s Stu Horn and 45 other adventurers flying 25 general aviation airplanes in the 3.3-million-acre Frank Church Wilderness Area in Idaho. The weeklong backcountry safari took a collection of Huskies, de Havilland Beavers, Cessna 172s, and Cherokee Sixes to the challenging airstrips situated along the rock-walled valleys carved by the Salmon River. See more of the incredible photography and watch an online video describing the trip.
We couldn’t ask for a better winner of the 2008 Get Your Glass Sweepstakes Piper Archer II. Karoline Amodeo, a 25-year-old private pilot from upstate New York, took home the airplane and stole our hearts. For a slideshow of photography from the giveaway and videos of the event, see AOPA Online.
OK, so you didn’t win the Get Your Glass Sweepstakes. Time to move on. Enter the 2009 Let’s Go Flying Sweepstakes to win a pristine 2005 Cirrus SR22. No refurbishment needed this time around; however, this aircraft will be a bit of a chameleon. See this online video and watch how the Cirrus changes its colors.
Editor at Large Tom Horne gave us a first look at Hawker Beechcraft’s King Air C90GTi in the June 2008 edition of AOPA Pilot. Now, in this exclusive online video, we get to take a flight in this power-packed turboprop.
Learn more about the challenges of high-density-altitude operations, flight planning, performance considerations, and mountain weather in “Mountain Flying,” an interactive online course from ASF.
In your copy of AOPA Pilot this month is an offering from the FAA—Runway Safety: A Pilot’s Guide to Safe Surface Operations (see page 73). Some of aviation’s worst accidents have happened on the ground. Learn how to avoid runway incursions. Read the booklet and view ASF’s interactive course, “Runway Safety.”
Safety and Education,
With a closing speed of about 900 knots, Air Force pilots on a training mission have seconds to aim and shoot heat-seeking and radar guided missiles at a drone target. Their success came from repeated rehearsals. But as author Larry Brown writes, “there is nothing like the real thing to gain experience.”
Pilots from Maine and New England turned out in numbers for the annual Maine Aviation Forum hosted by EAA Chapter 1434.
The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive for certain Cessna models after icing-related accidents.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.