April 1, 2013
“Sensory overload—That’s how I would describe this area near Moab, Utah, between the Canyonlands and Arches national parks,” says AOPA Staff Photographer Chris Rose. “It’s the kind of place that makes everyone who visits want to become a flannel-and-denim-clad Ansel Adams. In short—it’s stunningly beautiful.” At the foot of the towering Mount Peale (elevation 12,271 feet), near Moab, this Cessna 185—owned and flown by Recreational Aviation Foundation President John McKenna—touches down on a rugged, unpaved strip. This was the last overnight on a four-day journey across the country to deliver a Waco YMF-5D to Long Beach, California. Senior Editor Dave Hirschman and Rose camped here on the third night as guests of the RAF. The next morning, the group woke before dawn, and, with McKenna flying as the photo pilot, captured the August 2011 cover of AOPA Pilot. “Like Moab, it’s one of my personal favorites,” says Rose.
Subject: Cessna 185, flown by John McKenna Where: Moab, Utah Photographer: Chris Rose
Safety and Education,
Recreational Aviation Foundation,
A half-ton Dodge truck lines up on the centerline. As the pickup accelerates, the floatplane trailered behind it adds power, lifts off, banks left, and departs: just another floatplane launch by Joe Sprague of Cadillac Aircraft Services in Cadillac, Mich.
The FAA has alerted AOPA to a spike in airspace penetration and violations of the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area, particularly stemming from operations at Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) in Leesburg, Va.
Two men had a vision to protect pilots’ access to backcountry airstrips in Montana, but discovered a nationwide need.
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