January 1, 2013
Alaska pilot Udo Cassee explores the Chugach Mountain range in his ski-equipped Cessna 170 on a late January day. This landing was made at about 5,000 feet msl on the upper section of Eagle Glacier, about 40 miles west of Anchorage. With more than 600 inches of annual snowfall, the Chugach Mountains provide excellent ski flying and glacier landing opportunities for pilots in the area—providing they land outside of the Chugach State Park boundary. Photographer Dan Bailey shot this with a Nikon D300 camera with an 80-200mm f/2.8 lens. “After scouting the terrain for possible slopes and waiting for longer spring days, we went back a couple of months later with our skis and spent the afternoon making powder turns on perfect glacier snow,” he says.
Subject: Ski-equipped Cessna 170 Where: Chugach Mountain Range, Alaska Photographer: Dan Bailey
Takeoffs and Landings,
Safety and Education,
The FAA encourages pilots to do a number of things in order to increase safety, but does not require them. Check out these three actions that are recommended.
Among the very first lessons a pilot learns is that a control yoke is not a steering wheel. Research underway in Europe could change that.
Your CFII usually follows up route-planning drilling with a review of appropriate regulations, and today’s selection is 14 CFR 91.185, "IFR Operations: Two-way radio communications failure."
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