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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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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Avionics: KSN700 Ready for Prime Time

New product releases from Sun 'n Fun

May 01, 2012

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AOPA Media

From flying over sawtooth mountain peaks to sublime soaring in magical places with names such as Omarama and Matamata, the land of New Zealand and the air above beckoned us.

May 01, 2012

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Dream Big

Proof that an affordable airplane does exist

May 01, 2012

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The New Rainmaker

Jumbo jet expands scale of aerial firefighting

May 01, 2012

Commentary

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Pilot Counsel:

A recent decision of the National Transportation Safety Board came across my desk that assessed a $5,000 fine against a pilot for failing to surrender his medical certificate to the FAA. The case illustrates one of the few circumstances in which the FAA can make such a demand without affording the pilot all of the legal protections I have written about in this column over the years.

May 01, 2012

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Fly Well

One translation of the book of Daniel, 12:4 states: "Many will travel everywhere, and knowledge will grow." As pilots we certainly travel and, in aviation, as in medicine, knowledge grows. But knowledge and data are different, and separating the two is critical.

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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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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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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