April 1, 2011
AOPA Publications staff
STORIES WITH ENHANCED CONTENT
Senior Editor Al Marsh and Senior Photographer Mike Fizer embarked on an Epic Flight to the spectacular Yellowstone National Park region in Wyoming this past spring. There they discovered the wonders of Yellowstone and met some of the pilots who fly in this challenging and vastly beautiful area of these United States. We couldn’t fit all of the wondrous photography in this issue, so you can view a slideshow of Fizer’s work. Plus enjoy the great sounds of the band Marsh discovered—“Steam Powered Airplane”—and an aria by opera singer Kristine Ciesinski, who performs for visitors to the area.
Associate Editor Jill W. Tallman is a good sport—and a pilot always willing to try new things. But she might have thought she had taken on a bit more of a personal challenge when she agreed to get some helicopter instruction. As this fixed-wing pilot admits, flying helicopters is a whole different game. Join her lesson.
Author, veteran flight instructor, and multi-thousand-hour pilot Barry Schiff advocates a technique most pilots have been taught not to do—make an 180-degree turnback to the airport in the event of engine failure. See the video instruction.
Technical Editor Mike Collins spent the day with the crew at Sporty’s Pilot Shop observing as this shopping Mecca for pilots delivers its orders—after 50 years in the business, Sporty’s knows how to do it right. See how an order goes from website to delivery truck.
Give Dave Hirschman a reason to fly—or no reason at all—and he’s out of the office before you can say, “Dave, can you….” In this case, his flying involved video cameras, gadgets, tools, and aerobatics as he and Photographer Chris Rose examine the merits of video cameras in flight.
“Pilots” subject David Shaffer has an enviable job—he makes candy. And his Easter treat, sugary Peeps, have a cultlike following of aficionados who do all sorts of interesting things with those Peeps. Show us your creativity and email photos for our Peeps on a Plane photo gallery.
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Here’s a riddle: What job requires a private pilot certificate, but never asks you to leave the ground?
Peter VandenBosch, pilot, author, founder of a charitable aviation organization that has flown thousands of patients to medical care, has died.
Veteran airshow pilot Charlie Schwenker was flying slower to help wing walker Jane Wicker get into position on the modified Stearman’s bottom wing.
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