Pilot Magazine June 2012

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June 2012 Volume 55 / Number 6

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Feature

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Safety Pilot: Landmark Accidents: Three strikes

In baseball, it’s three strikes and you’re out. In aviation, after a critical foul-up you might get another chance.

Jun 01, 2012

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Avionics: Welcome to the Future

Stratus displays an ADS-B national composite radar on ForeFlight Mobile. The only remaining question was when.

Jun 01, 2012

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Dogfight | Three big wishes

Over the past decades I've had a number of wristwatches. Many were cheapo digital models that cost $20 to $50. I always found them characterless and needlessly complex.

Jun 01, 2012

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They Came Back

WWII's most reliable aircraft.

Jun 01, 2012

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GA in China

This is the story of an adventure flying two brand-new Cirrus SR22s from the factory in Duluth, Minnesota, to Zhuhai, China. We flew the Pacific on 16-hour legs in airplanes with extra fuel tanks. Along the way, we encountered ice, diverted, had a fuel tank rupture, bribed people, flew 21 hours on one marathon day, saw the backroom operations of flying in China, were interviewed on Chinese television--and had the time of our lives.

Jun 01, 2012

Commentary

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Pilot Counsel:

The number of FAA enforcement cases that come across my desk remind me that Section 61.15(e) of the Federal Aviation Regulations continues to generate an unusually large number of enforcement actions against pilots. This is the regulation that requires pilots to report certain automobile driving infractions to the FAA.

Jun 01, 2012

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Fly Well

Actor Maurice Chevalier said old age is not too bad, considering the alternative—but might increasing years diminish time aloft? Can we mitigate aging’s impact? Or reach skyward when the candles cost more than the cake? These are issues worth exploring, as 25 percent of U.S. pilots holding a valid medical are older than 50.

Jun 01, 2012

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Letters

Editor at Large Tom Horne and Senior Editor Dave Hirschman debated the merits of expensive analog versus cheap digital watches in their last “Dogfight.” “I still have my solid-gold, 12-diamond Rolex, which I wear when I feel the need to impress folks who value style over substance. BTW, I bought it for $12 from a street vendor in Philadelphia.” John Corradi, AOPA 2656039Rixeyville, Virginia I have to agree with Tom Horne: Anything mechanical, or even anything man-made, with parts that fit together and function with elegant synchronicity is inherently beautiful (“Dogfight,” April 2012).

Jun 01, 2012

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License to learn

Our story begins in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on a sunny spring morning. The pilot of a Beech Baron prepared to depart on a cargo flight at 9:30 a.m. After starting his engines, he did something each of us does on most flights. He reached for his radio switch and turned it on. This time, however, his right wing exploded. Kaboom!

Jun 01, 2012

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President's Position

After about three weeks of nonstop travel, I found myself in Billings, Montana, with a friend's Aviat Husky A–1B and a very experienced backcountry pilot, Jeanne MacPherson.

Jun 01, 2012

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