AOPA Pilot Magazine December 2001

AOPA Pilot magazine

December 2001 Volume 44 / Number 12

Prize Bonanza
Cover Story | December 2001
In the Lee of Giants

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Airframe and Powerplant

Perseverance and a bulldog-like attitude are required to keep up with airworthiness directives When John Q. Public bought a 1981 Cessna 172RG last summer he made the leap from airplane renter to airplane owner.

Dec 01, 2001

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AOPA's 2001 Bonanza Sweepstakes

The transformation is complete — except for the paperwork I sure could have used the AOPA Sweepstakes Bonanza on the day that I traveled from Santa Maria, California, to Mineral Wells, Texas, to pick it up. Instead of proceeding on a straight-line GPS-direct course toward my destination, I spent hours sitting in airport terminals and riding in a Chevy van.

Dec 01, 2001

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Budget Buys

A little airplane that could Born in poverty, nurtured in adversity, and forced from production by the machinations of an egocentric airline president, the Piper Clipper nevertheless persevered because it was a good, simple airplane. Spartan, small, and cheaply built, but surprisingly pleasant to fly, its backseat introduced more than a few young baby boomers to the world of flight.

Dec 01, 2001

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Improving Your Chances

FedEx pilot Bryan Webster was waiting for his Cessna Caravan to be loaded with cargo and spending the time browsing through aviation periodicals. In article about ditching was of interest because his job involved single-engine operations over bays, large lakes, and shorelines.

Dec 01, 2001

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In the Lee of Giants

Strapped in a fiberglass glider, the pressure demand oxygen system is forcing air into our lungs. We are climbing on the lee side of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada at the end of a 200-foot tow rope and a question comes to my mind as we're heading for the rotor zone: When do I release? Normally, this isn't a difficult question.

Dec 01, 2001

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Ounce of Prevention Part 12 of 12

Safety strategies for 2002 Over the past year, we've taken a detailed look at the causes of aircraft accidents and determined what you can do to reduce your risk of being involved in one. Now we'd like to provide a plan to help you incorporate these practices into your flying schedule with some key strategies.

Dec 01, 2001

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Turbine Pilot

Performance gauges for jet engines Turbine performance gauges are one of the items that new jet pilots have not experienced in their previous flying. They're of vital importance in setting and measuring power, and they are different from piston gauges — but not any harder to understand.

Dec 01, 2001

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Wx Watch: Winter Wise

Hello, winter! Those of us who live in northern climes know what that means. Numb fingers during preflights.

Dec 01, 2001

Commentary

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Snow time

Bruce Landsberg has served as executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation since 1992. Snow falling softly through the trees and onto the fields is one of nature's prettiest sights, but it's something that should make pilots uneasy.

Dec 01, 2001

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Letters

Flying the An-2 Back in the early 1980s, in another land, I had the opportunity to fly an An–2 from the right seat ("The Flying Bear," October Pilot). We had a full load of passengers in the back and the pilot asked if I wanted to do some slow flight and some stalls.

Dec 01, 2001

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Pilotage

Mark R. Twombly is a former editor of AOPA Pilot who now lives in Florida.

Dec 01, 2001

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President's Position

Phil Boyer, AOPA's president since 1991, has been a member of the association since 1967. The aviation year is coming to a close far differently than any of us expected and considerably altered from the way it started.

Dec 01, 2001

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Proficient Pilot

Retired TWA captain Barry Schiff is often called upon by the media as an aviation expert. September 11, 2001, was the darkest day in the history of aviation.

Dec 01, 2001

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Waypoints

Thomas B. Haines has served as editor in chief of AOPA Pilot since 1994.

Dec 01, 2001

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AOPA Action

A Time for Action: AOPA Announces Member-Supported General Aviation Restoration Fund AOPA's efforts to restore general aviation flying across America took an extraordinary turn last month with the establishment of the General Aviation Restoration Fund. AOPA is asking members to dig deep during this crisis to institute a sweeping education campaign to inform the public and government officials about general aviation's positive contributions and significant economic impact that stretches nationwide.

Dec 01, 2001

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Answers for Pilots

Protecting yourself from enforcement actions After the tragic events of September 11, it has been said that things will never be the same. You're probably finding that statement true in many areas of your life, including your attitude toward jumping into your Cessna 152 and practicing in the pattern.

Dec 01, 2001

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California Action

AOPA Continues defense of Gillespie Field AOPA is continuing its efforts to protect San Diego's Gillespie Field from potentially incompatible uses. As part of that effort, Miguel Vasconcelos, AOPA's director of airports, recently wrote to airport and government officials recommending actions designed to protect the airport and remedy past failures to comply with applicable laws.

Dec 01, 2001

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California Flying

Pastries, glider rides, world-class golf, live theater, and a comfortable resort cluster near a small town that seems to have been imported from Denmark. Solvang, as well as the small towns of Los Olivos and Santa Ynez, offer myriad attractions in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Dec 01, 2001

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Hangar Talk

The difference between thermal soaring and wave soaring is striking as Associate Editor Nathan A. Ferguson discovered over the Carson Valley in Minden, Nevada (see "In the Lee of Giants," page 78).

Dec 01, 2001

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Never Again

My wife and I flew a Piper Tri-Pacer from Fort Worth, Texas, to my sister's home in Washington, D.C., on December 22, 1952, to visit my mother for the last time before she passed away from cancer. L was a young, struggling flight instructor, and this was the third time in three months that my boss had graciously lent me one of his airplanes and given me the time off to make the trip.

Dec 01, 2001

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Pilot Briefing

Rocket man Rutan blasts off Most pilots worry about running out of avgas. How about liquid oxygen? Welcome to the so-called dawn of civilian rocket-powered aviation.

Dec 01, 2001

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Pilot Counsel

Last month we explained the legal requirements of notams that advise pilots of emergency air traffic rules and temporary flight restrictions (see "Pilot Counsel: Emergency Rules Notams," November Pilot). A proliferation of such notams were published in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks and a number of pilots are being investigated for violating them.

Dec 01, 2001

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Pilots

She remembers her first flight like it was yesterday: Edna Lockwood was a farmer's wife in her mid-thirties with five little ones at home near Goshen, Indiana, and she wanted that airplane ride awfully bad. So she asked her husband to buy her one.

Dec 01, 2001

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Pilot Products

Training for the KLN 89B/94 In a recent issue (see "Pilot Products: GPS Trainer From ASA," August Pilot) we reviewed a computer-based method of upgrading your GPS expertise. But there are pilots who, at the end of a long day at the office, would rather be ramp-checked than sit in front of a monitor.

Dec 01, 2001

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Test Pilot

GENERAL A general aviation airplane has been intercepted by a military aircraft that is rocking its wings. What does this signify? Early pilots often earned a living by flying from one rural town to the next, where they sold airplane rides, raced, and gave flying exhibitions.

Dec 01, 2001

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