February 1, 2013
“Severe clear” is a phrase we’re all familiar with, but not one a photographer hopes for on a photo mission. A bald blue sky may be great for flying, but for photography, it’s rather boring. A photographer always hopes for clouds to break up a monotonous background. Senior Photographer Mike Fizer got what he wished for in 2008 as AOPA Editor at Large Tom Horne and EADS Socata pilot Wayman Luy flew this TBM 850 off the coast of Florida for an update on the 850’s new Garmin G1000 installation. The Atlantic Ocean at sunset makes for an interesting enough background, Fizer says, but the clouds that evening introduced a nice contrast to the water. There’s the added bonus of reflections of the clouds in the fuselage of the aircraft, adding highlights to the usual mundane shadows. “We shooters love a little weather for our missions,” Fizer says. “Just don’t give us too much.”
Subject: EADS Socata TBM 850 Where: East Coast of Florida Photographer: Mike Fizer
Safety and Education,
Aircraft Power and Fuel,
Environmental groups are asking the EPA to take another look at avgas even as a government-industry program moves closer to finding unleaded alternatives.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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.
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