July 1, 2011
AOPA Publications staff
STORIES WITH ENHANCED CONTENT
Come along with Editor at Large Tom Horne as he takes the Crossover Classic, our 2011 sweepstakes Cessna 182 , from an aged disco queen to a speedy steed that will make any owner proud. In this online video, Horne starts with the purchase process, celebrates the sale, flies its first cross-country, rips out the dated interior, strips off the nasty paint job, refurbishes the interior, adds fantastic avionics, picks out a new paint scheme, and shows off at the airshows. The Classic is winner-ready!
Affair of the Heart
Meet Charles Stites and his dog Sophie. What’s so interesting about this man and his dog? Well, Sophie probably helped save Stites’ life and Stites, through dogged determination and follow-through, saved his medical certificate. In this online video, Stites discusses how he got his medical certificate back after heart problems.
Brits Invade Florida
Editor in Chief Tom Haines interviews Piper Aircraft Executive Vice President Randy Groom about Piper’s first jet project, the Altaire, in this online video. Groom is one of a group of executives who bring wide-ranging expertise in building business jets to Piper from Hawker-Beechcraft Corp. and others.
Safety and Education,
Pilot Health and Medical,
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.
California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.
A survey of flying doctors found that 80 percent favor third class medical reform.
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