Pilot Magazine April 2012

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April 2012 Volume 55 / Number 4

Flying Big Foot
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Feature

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Survival Mode

Training for the unthinkable.

Apr 04, 2012

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Safety Pilot Landmark Accidents: Calm in chaos

Overlooking basic things is the cause of many accidents. Fail to set a critical cockpit control for takeoff and takeoff doesn’t occur.

Apr 01, 2012

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Fly-Outs: First Flight Airport

Celebrate the beginning of flying season on the East Coast with a pilgrimage to the birth of flight--First Flight Airport (FFA) in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

Apr 01, 2012

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For Pax Sake

Beyond-the-basics tips for making your passengers comfortable.

Apr 01, 2012

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Technique: Mountain majesties

Learning to fly amidst towering peaks

Apr 01, 2012

Commentary

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Fly Well

We watch David Letterman's Late Show and laugh at his top-10 list. Consider "stupid things pilots do to sabotage their medical." So, like Letterman, let's count backwards from the number 10.

Apr 01, 2012

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President's Position

It is always wonderful to move into spring. This year--at least at our headquarters home in Frederick, Maryland--we saw very little winter weather.

Apr 01, 2012

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Pilot Counsel:

There is nothing unusual about a fatal air crash resulting in litigation, with charges and countercharges alleging negligence on the part of pilots, air traffic controllers, manufacturers, and others. It's a sign of the litigious society in which we live.

Apr 01, 2012

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Waypoints

A scorecard seems necessary to keep track of who's who in aviation today as globalization of company ownership continues. And while foreign ownership of traditionally U.S.-owned companies causes consternation among some American pilots, we have no one except ourselves to blame because it is the lack of U.S. investment that is, for the most part, driving the sale of these companies.

Apr 01, 2012

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Pilot Briefing

‘This is what I must do’ Namesake pursues Amelia Earhart's dream A Denver TV news reporter with a distinctly aeronautical name is reaching for a future in aviation modeled on an ancestor’s historic past. KUSA-TV 9 News reporter Amelia Rose Earhart says she knew after taking a first flight lesson in 2004 that she and her famous ancestor had more than a name in common.

Apr 01, 2012

Department

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AOPA Action

Responding to member concerns, AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association will request an exemption that would allow many pilots flying the most common single-engine aircraft recreationally to use a driver's license and self-certification medical standard.

Apr 01, 2012

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Products: A range of rescue devices

The key to surviving the ordeal of a crash or off-airport landing is making sure someone knows you are missing--and where to start looking for you. Numerous devices are available on the market to help.

Apr 01, 2012

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AOPA Media

The photographs featured in this month's story on photographer John Scurlock are just the tip of the iceberg--or in this case, mountains. See more of Scurlock's aerial art in this online slideshow.

Apr 01, 2012

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Member Guide

About 8 percent of men and one-half percent of women in the United States have problems with color perception. Whether caused by genetics, injury, or disease, color blindness is challenging to live with and presents special hurdles for pilots. The medical standards in FAR Part 67 specify that applicants for all classes of medical certification must have "the ability to perceive those colors necessary for the safe performance of airman duties." Every visit to an AME for renewal of an airman medical certificate involves taking a color vision test. Technically known as a pseudoisochromatic color plate test, it's the one with the pages of different-colored dots.

Apr 01, 2012

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