June 1, 2013
Photography by Chris Rose
Shiprock was visible from more than 30 miles away as Dave Hirschman and Chris Rose flew toward it from the southeast on a cool and crisp autumn morning. A Cessna 180 served as photo platform, and the Waco was on its way from AOPA headquarters in Maryland to Long Beach, California, for AOPA Summit 2010. “As we circled the towering landmark, strong winds aloft jostled our airplanes each time we moved to the downwind side, but the desert air was mostly smooth and unbelievably clear,” recalls Hirschman. “From here, we continued north to Moab, Utah, then followed the Colorado River through the Four Corners, and then on to Southern California. The combination of the curvaceous, vintage biplane with the stark, timeless, high-desert vistas created some of the most photogenic moments of an unforgettable cross-country adventure.”
Subject: Waco YMF-5DWhere: Shiprock, New MexicoPhotographer: Chris Rose
Safety and Education,
AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.
The FAA on Feb. 23 issued a special airworthiness information bulletin recommending preflight inspection of Robinson R44 and R44 II main rotors.
New legislation in both houses of Congress would allow thousands of pilots to fly without a third class medical and offer new protections for GA pilots.
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