AOPA Pilot Magazine October 2013

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October 2013 Volume 56 / Number 10

Flying the Last Frontier
Cover Story | October 2013

GA Trek in Alaska

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A Passion for Flight

Mark Baker’s entry into general aviation is classic, quintessential—a textbook case. As a kid he rode his bicycle to the airport and sidled up to the old guys there to hear flying stories while he freely poked around the airplanes, bumming rides when he could.

Oct 01, 2013

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Epic LT: Seeing is believing

The Epic LT’s sleek looks aren’t deceiving. The six-seat, 1,200-horsepower kitbuilt speedster is all about going fast and far.

Oct 01, 2013

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Journey to the Land of Midnight Sun

Jagged peaks—some of them more than a mile high—line both sides of Alaska’s Stikine River as we follow the winding waterway up a deep glacial valley.

Oct 01, 2013

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Young blood

At 7 o’clock on a June morning—an hour when many teenagers on summer vacation still would be asleep—eight high school students form an attentive group around a Glasair Aviation employee.

Oct 01, 2013

Commentary

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President's Position: Behind the curtain

A change in leadership is no small thing for any organization, especially one that has had only a handful of presidents in nearly 75 years. So in this, my very first column for AOPA Pilot, let me say how proud and excited I am to be AOPA’s fifth president.

Oct 01, 2013

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Fly Well: Oh, my aching head

Aircraft maintenance bills cause headaches and paperwork is a pain in the neck, agreed?

Oct 01, 2013

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Waypoints: An AirVenture unlike any other

This summer I attended what is now called EAA AirVenture for the twenty-fourth time—20 in a row.

Oct 01, 2013

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License to Learn: Having a clue or two

If you know what to look for, there’s something deeply satisfying about watching a runway’s geometry grow proportionally in your windscreen.

Oct 01, 2013

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Safety Pilot: Weather flying (again)

ne of the best books ever written for pilots is entering its fifth edition, which for an aviation text is nearly unheard of.

Oct 01, 2013

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Dogfight: Tower or no tower

Uh, oh. Senior Editor Dave Hirschman takes on his boss—Editor in Chief Tom Haines—in this discussion on which is the better airstrip: one with an air traffic control tower or one without.

Oct 01, 2013

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Proficient Pilot: Speak up!

On December 28, 1978, United Airlines Flight 173, a McDonnell Douglas DC–8-61 with 189 souls on board, was approaching Oregon’s Portland International Airport.

Oct 01, 2013

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Pilot Counsel: Ends of the spectrum

A recent legal interpretation by the FAA chief counsel gets into some complexity in dealing with the important regulatory difference between “private” and “commercial” operations.

Oct 01, 2013

Departments

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Frugal Flyer: My $1 million education

It’s hard to place a value on my nearly 7,000 hours spent aloft in general aviation aircraft, but $1 million is probably close.

Oct 01, 2013

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Letters

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines received many comments on his column, which suggested that “aviation is our common ground, but not much else.”

Oct 01, 2013

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Briefing: Inverted Jenny stamp to be reissued

The 24-cent airmail stamp with the inverted Jenny, originally issued May 10, 1918, was scheduled to be reissued as a $2 stamp.

Oct 01, 2013

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Ownership: Salute to situational awareness

Inbound on an ILS to Runway 23 with a stiff breeze out of northwest, imagine my surprise when I glanced down at the horizontal situation indicator to find the localizer and glidepath indicators perfectly centered.

Oct 01, 2013

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Test Pilot

True or False? The bar-tailed godwit, a shorebird, migrates from its breeding grounds in Alaska to its winter grounds in New Zealand by flying nonstop and diagonally across the Pacific Ocean, a distance of more than 7,000 miles.

Oct 01, 2013

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Never Again: The no-nose landing

In 1980, I was chief pilot for an air ambulance service based at Avi Suquilla Airport in Parker, Arizona, which is owned by the Colorado River Indian Tribes.

Oct 01, 2013

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WX Watch: Look out below!

Mention inversions and most pilots will get the general idea that these represent situations where temperatures rise with altitude rather than fall.

Oct 01, 2013

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News and Notes

AOPA’s Airport Support Network reached some important milestones in 2013, and ASN invites you to be a part of this vital and growing program.

Oct 01, 2013

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Pilots: Jack Schulte

Jack Schulte prefers to fly in summer—and he does so for six months a year. In June, July, and August, he flies a Cessna 182 in the Mountain West from his home at Alpine Airpark in Wyoming.

Oct 01, 2013

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