Pilot Magazine February 2012

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February 2012 Volume 55 / Number 2

Fast, Fun, and Fuel-Efficient
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Feature

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Safety Pilot

Start an argument in any hangar merely by asking if spins should be mandatory for the private pilot certificate.

Feb 01, 2012

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Avionics: Pilot Friendly

The FAA's rules for ADS-B "Out," the transponder-like signals that identify each aircraft in the satellite-based system, are set in stone.

Feb 01, 2012

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AOPA Media

A single FBO offers all this: aerial tours of the Grand Canyon; a chance to shoot down an aerial foe in mock combat using world-class Extra 330LT aerobatic aircraft; a flight school; and aircraft maintenance. View the video for more excitement than a casino.

Feb 01, 2012

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Flying wild in Alaska

What if there was a television show that showcased general aviation flying? Maybe set in a rugged place where pilots would be challenged by weather, treacherous terrain, lack of amenities, and extreme cold? And perhaps there'd be a lot of drama because of the weather challenges; a cool pilot, who is their revered leader; a happy, hardworking family; and maybe some humor from an offbeat heroine?

Feb 01, 2012

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On brand-new wings

From the second-story window, I peer out at the pristine, new airplane gleaming on the ramp just below.

Feb 01, 2012

Commentary

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Pilot Briefing

Private space race gets new entrant Tired of getting into orbit the same old way? Relief may be coming from Stratolaunch Systems, a collaboration between Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen and Burt Rutan, the designer of aircraft and spacecraft, in a project that will merge a Rutan-inspired design with certain hardware and engines from Boeing 747s to create a huge airplane that will launch rockets into orbit during high-altitude flight. But don’t rush off and cancel your $200,000 reservation (booked through “your local accredited space agent”) for a suborbital flight on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic spaceline just yet.

Feb 01, 2012

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Pilot Counsel:

I try to offer guidance to pilots on how to deal with the many different FAA enforcement matters that I see in the administration of the AOPA Legal Services Plan. That's not because most pilots will experience some trouble with the FAA - most won't. However, some significant number will, and we can't tell in advance which ones will.

Feb 01, 2012

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Fly Well

Who didn't love Superman and his alter ego, Clark Kent? Flying was my favorite superpower, followed by X-ray vision, depicted by laser beams shooting out of Superman's eyes. If you cannot see Lois Lane in peril from a hundred yards without spectacles and want to explore options, pop into an alley, pull your undies over your trousers, and zoom off to see an ophthalmic surgeon to consider laser eye correction. With advertisements proclaiming, "Perfect vision or your cash back." I thought it time to shed light on the therapy.

Feb 01, 2012

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Hangar Talk

“The old Mooneys have always been one of my dream airplanes,” says Associate Editor Ian J. Twombly.

Feb 01, 2012

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Letters

Mike Collins touched my heart with his article "Honoring the Tuskegee Airmen" (December 2011 AOPA Pilot). Lt. Col. William Holloman III of the famed 332nd Fighter Group was a dear friend and passed away in 2010. Bill was a national treasure. Prior to his passing, he was looking forward to climbing back into a Stearman.

Feb 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.

Feb 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.

Feb 01, 2012

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