August 1, 2011
AOPA Publications staff
STORIES WITH ENHANCED CONTENT
The breathtaking photography by Chris Rose that accompanies Dave Hirschman’s Epic Flight through the Canyonlands is just a small slice of the visual entertainment from this trip. Produced by the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF), this incredible video will have you believing that you are flying in the Waco biplane right alongside Hirschman and crew.
Methodical Risk Taker
Stunt helicopter pilot Chuck Aaron considers the risks in flipping a helicopter on its back for the thrill of an audience—but does it anyway. In this video by sponsor Red Bull, Aaron shares the gut-wrenching maneuvers with you and makes you (somewhat) glad you’re still on the ground.
Flying Skeletons and Electric Hummingbirds
Aviation can take many forms as Senior Editor Al Marsh discovered when he went on assignment to discover rubber-band aircraft and Styrofoam airplanes. These online videos show that flight has many faces—and so do the people who experience it without ever leaving the ground.
Aircraft Power and Fuel
State and local aviation officials recently learned about the latest efforts to transition from 100LL avgas to an unleaded fuel and got an update on the initiative to reform third class medical certification.
The FAA has selected four unleaded aviation fuels to undergo initial testing at the agency's William J. Hughes Technical Center. Two fuels developed by Swift Fuels and one fuel each developed by Shell and TOTAL will undergo laboratory and rig testing beginning this fall and concluding in fall 2015.
A Piper Tri-Pacer, Cessna 182, and Cessna 310 today are better than the factories ever imagined—thanks to owners who wanted their aircraft to be, as the U.S. Army says, all they can be. They succeeded.
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