September 1, 1997
AOPA members are a diverse lot. There are nearly 340,000 of us, with varying skills, from student pilot to astronaut. In between are all sorts of aspirations. Because of your advanced ratings and certificates, you are among a select group of AOPA members who receive "Turbine Pilot," a 16-page insert included in your edition of AOPA Pilot.
Introduced in May 1991, "Turbine Pilot" was initially published four times a year. In 1996, we began publishing six issues a year, about every other month. Designed to better serve the information needs of pilots with higher ratings, "Turbine Pilot" has provided coverage of every new turbine aircraft. In addition, we have attempted to demystify such systems as pressurization, GPWS, and TCAS. Over the years, we've written about high-altitude physiology and weather, transitioning from piston aircraft to turbines, and the history of jet engine development.
In this issue, we feature the all-new Learjet 45. Pilot was among the very first aviation magazines asked to evaluate the new jet, which was slated to be certificated in late August. Also this month, we offer an overview of the biggest change in the turbine marketplace in decades: fractional ownership. Besides meaning drastic change for manufacturers and operators, fractional ownership has opened up new job opportunities for pilots like you.
We're interested in what you think of "Turbine Pilot" and are anxious for your feedback and input. Please take a moment to drop us a line and let us know the types of articles you would find helpful — and the other magazines you read for that information. Tell us what you'd like to see more and less of. Give us an idea of the type of aircraft you own and operate for business and personal flying, the size of the company you work for, and your role in the company's operations. We're particularly interested in any experiences you have had regarding the justification and purchase of new and used turbine aircraft. Send your comments and experiences to Editor, Turbine Pilot, 421 Aviation Way, Frederick, Maryland 21701; fax 301/695-2180. Your input will help us to better serve the needs of all members. — Thomas B. Haines
Aircraft Power and Fuel,
Safety and Education
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
The Aircraft Spotlight feature looks at an airplane type and evaluates it across six areas of particular interest to flying clubs and their members: Operating Cost, Maintenance, Insurability, Training, Cross-Country, and Fun Factor.
Propeller pioneer Robert Hartzell is among four people who will be inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2015.
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