December 1, 2011
By Thomas A. Horne & Dave Hirschman
Editor at Large Tom Horne and Senior Editor Dave Hirschman have a lot of things in common: lots of ratings, lots of experience in lots of airplane models—and lots of opinions (as well as similar haircuts). We last turned them loose on the topic of NDB approaches (see “Dogfight: NDB Approaches,” November 2011 AOPA Pilot) and the response to two different schools of thought on this topic garnered interesting opinions from a large number of readers (follow “Dogfight” on AOPA Online). However, this month the two veteran aviation writers put down their dueling pens and—in the spirit of the season—agreed to focus on what they both appreciate about general aviation.—Ed.
This month, in the spirit of the holidays, we’re putting aside our petty grievances and stating our shared positions on some of the aviation issues about which we enthusiastically agree.
Air traffic controllers on the West Coast seem both happier and more accommodating than those on the East Coast.
International GA flying makes pilots appreciate the freedoms we too often take for granted in the United States.
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The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.
There is no shortage of pilots in eastern Washington, but there does seem to be a scarcity of clubs in that part of the country.
Two tragic accidents that occurred within a week of each other, involved pilot incapacitation at high altitudes.
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