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 state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.
Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
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