Pilot Magazine May 2012

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May 2012 Volume 55 / Number 5

Magic in the Air
Cover Story | May 2012

Epic Flight: New Zealand

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Feature

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Happy Traveler

Triumphant return to Florida

May 01, 2012

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Safety Pilot

Ever wonder why the career piloting hierarchy is structured the way it is? The most experienced pilots fly the best equipment, often in the most benign environment. Has it always been so or is this a more recent phenomenon? Does it have an effect on safety? It’s tough to say, but after the Colgan accident in February 2009 a lot of energy was directed at the training process (see “Safety Pilot: A Personal and Systemic Failure,” May 2010 AOPA Pilot).

May 01, 2012

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Fly-Outs: French Valley Airport

French Valley is nowhere near France, but it is near Perris (pronounced "Paris"), about 20 miles north. Its namesake airport, French Valley (F70), is in the heart of Southern California, just 55 miles north of San Diego.

May 01, 2012

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Wx Watch: Advance warnings

The 2012 tornado season got off to an early start when a particularly strong and long-lasting outbreak of tornadoes cropped up in Missouri in February and struck southern Indiana on March 1, intensified, moved east, and ended up devastating large areas of the Ohio Valley on March 2. An amazing total of 159 storm reports were made that day, many of them causing fatalities.

May 01, 2012

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Hawker 4000: Lots to offer, but too late?

With its Viper-spun composite fuselage and Honeywell Epic panel, the Hawker 4000 is one of the most advanced business jets flying. Even nearly a decade late entering service, it still stands out as a highly capable super-midsize airplane. The real question is: Will Hawker Beechcraft survive long enough to leverage the enormous investment it has made in the new model?

May 01, 2012

Commentary

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License to learn

Everyone believes in a myth at one time or another. This is especially true for those convinced that the world will expire on December 21, 2012, because the Mayan calendar abruptly ends on that date.

May 01, 2012

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Letters

Congratulations to Tom Horne. As a proud 97-year-old owner of my second Ercoupe (the first one perished after a night engine failure but without personal injuries) and having been flying regularly since 1938, I thoroughly enjoyed his article (“Budget Buy: Easy Flyer,” March 2012 AOPA Pilot).

May 01, 2012

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Proficient Pilot

Last December I mentioned that some airplanes, especially Beech Bonanzas, threaten to enter an over-the-top spin when stalled with full power and flaps extended. This is why, I continued, Beech does not suggest using flaps for takeoff.

May 01, 2012

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President's Position

It seems like just a few days ago that I joined my colleague Dave Hirschman to begin a 12-day adventure that any pilot might enjoy. Dave flew the Tougher than a Tornado AOPA Sweepstakes Husky, and I piloted my own Husky (N24HU) from our headquarters in Frederick, down the Gulf Coast of Florida to Key West, then back north to Lakeland to spend a week at Sun 'n Fun, before returning home.

May 01, 2012

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Waypoints

With the Adam A500 twin established on final to Lakeland Linder Regional's Runway 9R, I selected gear down and surveyed the airport complex before me. Normally Runway 9R is simply Runway 9, but during the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In the parallel taxiway becomes Runway 9L.

May 01, 2012

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