AOPA Pilot Magazine June 2013

June 2013 AOPA Pilot

June 2013 Volume 56 / Number 6

Sublime seaplane
Cover Story | June 2013

Flying an arctic icon in sunny Florida.

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Commentary

Pilot Magazine

Foundation Focus: Giving back

I’ll admit it. As president of the AOPA Foundation, I spend a lot of time asking people like you to give--your money, your time, and your commitment.

Jun 01, 2013

Pilot Magazine

Proficient Pilot: Reflections, 1963-2013

My first magazine article, “Why Not Really Learn to Navigate,” appeared in these pages exactly 50 years ago (June 1963).

Jun 01, 2013

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Waypoints: Running on hope

Would you ever continue an instrument approach below legal minimums without seeing the runway environment?

Jun 01, 2013

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President's Position: Choosing wisely

Only a few weeks ago, legislation to provide the FAA with budget flexibility passed the Senate unanimously and the House of Representatives by a huge margin.

Jun 01, 2013

Pilot Magazine

Fly Well: Avgas or Jet A?

Sane pilots ensure the Cessna 172 they are about to fly has been fueled with 100LL. Why don't we treat what we eat with equal attention?

Jun 01, 2013

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Pilot Counsel: VFR weather minimums: Part I

Federal Aviation Regulations 91.155 and 91.157 tell us the minimum weather conditions required for a flight under visual flight rules (VFR). These rules are fundamental to the primary way pilots avoid collisions--the see-and-avoid concept--using that indispensable piece of equipment, the eyeball.

Jun 01, 2013

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License to Learn: Aviation photography

I don't understand contemporary art. Neither did a night janitor working the London's Eyestorm Gallery in November 2001.

Jun 01, 2013

Departments

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Letters: Training the Best for the Worst

Alton K. Marsh’s story on Coast Guard helicopter rescue training on the Oregon coast brought out the patriotism of our members.

Jun 01, 2013

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Membership News & Notes

What AOPA is doing to keep you flying.

Jun 01, 2013

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Pilots: Corkey Fornof

If Paul Mantz and Frank Tallman were the household names of Hollywood stunt flying in their day, then surely Corkey Fornof took up that mantle and has worn it ever since.

Jun 01, 2013

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Never Again: A date with his girl

I started flying lessons at age 16 at Dalton Airport in Flushing, Michigan. My instructor, Spike, was patient despite some breathtaking moments I provided in a Citabria 7EC.

Jun 01, 2013

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Pilot Briefing: Everything under the sun

Brazil’s brand-new Wega arrived in the United States in April. The Wega is an all-composite, Experimental-category airplane built in the Santa Catarina district in Brazil.

Jun 01, 2013

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Dogfight: Twin versus single

There's a new dog in our fight--welcome former "AOPA Pilot" Technical Editor Pete Bedell, a frequent contributor, airline first officer, and co-owner of a Beech Baron. Let's see how he handles his debate with Senior Editor Dave Hirschman.

Jun 01, 2013

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Visual Approach

Shiprock was visible from more than 30 miles away as Dave Hirschman and Chris Rose flew toward it from the southeast on a cool and crisp autumn morning.

Jun 01, 2013

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Proficiency: Go/no go?

Tom Haines' "Waypoints" column, "Making the Weather Go/No Go Decision" (October 2012 "AOPA Pilot"), reminded me of some of my adventures flying light airplanes IFR.

Jun 01, 2013

Pilot Magazine

Proficiency: Test driving an airline career

Prayank Jain, a flight attendant on furlough from United Airlines, reaches upward and presses the Airbus 320’s public address system button and, with an authoritative voice, announces, “Flight attendants prepare for landing.”

Jun 01, 2013

Pilot Magazine

Efficiency: The next big thing

With such rapid advances in technology, big things in avionics seem to come faster and faster.

Jun 01, 2013

Featured

Pilot Magazine

Wind Beneath Their Wings

The robust young pilot who stands with his father and their aircraft in this photo is not as he seems. Although he is an extremely healthy 18-year-old, Jim Rollison has a genetic heart defect and, without the attention of some doctors throughout his life, he might not be here.

Jun 01, 2013

Pilot Magazine

Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Perception is not reality

Too many times we are told that "perception is reality." Perhaps it's true in politics or public relations--but in aviation, reality beats perception every time.

Jun 01, 2013

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Beaver Checkout

Turning final for a water landing on a placid lake, the de Havilland DHC–2 Beaver seems perfectly matched to its purpose.

Jun 01, 2013

Pilot Magazine

Last of the Old vs. First of the New

The Cessna 172 learned a lot of new tricks when production resumed in 1996 (for the 1997 model year). But is it all that much better than the less expensive 1986 172P that marked the end of the old production run? The 1997 model year now costs roughly double the cost of a 1986 model. Is it worth it?

Jun 01, 2013

Pilot Magazine

The Unlikeliest Astronaut

Alone in the sleek, composite shell of an experimental spacecraft he helped build, suspended beneath the broad wings of the 'White Knight' carrier airplane, test pilot Mike Melvill is glad to finally get busy.

Jun 01, 2013

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