December 8, 2009
By Julie Summers Walker
It was tough, but somebody had to do it—Editor at Large Tom Horne and Photographer Chris Rose gave up precious work time to join the Bahamas Tourism Office in a five-day swing through the islands with 30 other people in 12 airplanes. Horne and Rose flew a Beechcraft Bonanza A36 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Grand Bahama, Long, Cat, and Great Abaco islands to check out the fabulous amenities awaiting GA visitors there. From crystal-clear water and soft-as-silk sand beaches to gracious guest houses and great restaurants, Horne and Rose scoped out the islands for you—so when you take your flight there you can see how hard they worked. See the online video of their arduous assignment.
www.aopa.org/pilot (keyword: Bahamas Bound)
Technical Editor Mike Collins brings both writing expertise and photography skills to his work with AOPA Pilot. In this month’s issue, he meets Erika Thompson, a young aviator who illustrates how general aviation serves America by supplying pilots to commercial operators. Thompson is now a first officer for ATI Jet in El Paso, Texas, after completing training with Airline Training Professional’s Airline Career Pilot Program in Phoenix. Collins researched Thompson’s story, wrote it for the magazine, photographed the accompanying pictures, and prepared this online video.
www.aopa.org/pilot (keyword: Accidental Aviator)
Senior Editor Al Marsh recently researched several stories in California for upcoming issues of AOPA Pilot and AOPA Flight Training magazines. Along the way he met up with interesting pilots and heard their stories. One pair he met were pilots Eddie Kisfaludy, an oceanographer, and his girlfriend Natasha Stenbock, who are featured in this month’s “ Pilot Briefing” section. Stenbock is a freelance television reporter and recently flew in—and produced a video of—the Miramar Airshow in California. Marsh brought the video home to our Maryland offices, and now you can view it on AOPA Pilot Online.
www.aopa.org/pilot (keyword: Miramar Airshow)
AOPA Director of Publications and Managing Editor for AOPA Pilot and Flight Training, Julie Summers Walker joined AOPA in 1998. She is a student pilot still working toward her solo.
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
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