AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2014

2014 february pilot

February 2014 Volume 57 / Number 2

Cessna 180
Cover Story | February 2014

Where Tricycles Fear to Tread

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Ted Smith's Dream

The acceleration starts fast, and gets faster.

Jan 24, 2014

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Craftsmanship: Rare find

Pilots find breathtaking beauty in the curve of a propeller, the shape of a wing, even the thoughtful interface of a piece of avionics.

Jan 24, 2014

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History on parade

For 50 years, members of the Commemorative Air Force have gathered each fall to present an airshow featuring the organization’s vintage military aircraft.

Jan 23, 2014

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Cessna 180 Skywagon: Legendary popularity

The 145-horsepower taildragger, however, could not compete well against the speedier Beech Bonanza and North American Navion.

Jan 23, 2014

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Fighting for your freedom

After a routine flight, you land at your destination, taxi to the ramp—and then you’re unexpectedly approached by more than half a dozen armed law enforcement officers, including a couple with rifles in hand.

Jan 23, 2014 | comments

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Shark Hunt

From 1,200 feet off Chatham, Massachusetts, the Atlantic Ocean gleams like a mirror.

Jan 17, 2014

Commentary

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Safety Pilot: Training irrelevancy

After an accident, a typical question is what did the pilot know and when did he or she know it? Another way of putting it, less respectfully: Was the pilot merely ignorant or just plain stupid?

Jan 24, 2014

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Proficient Pilot: Flying is for the birds

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the Earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”

Jan 17, 2014

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Presidents Position: Medical made easy?

I’ve been flying for a long time, and for most of those years the aviation medical requirements have been just a fact of life.

Jan 17, 2014

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License to Learn: Cargo cult thinking

Early in the twentieth century, pilots visited remote islands by air, dropping off goods for natives.

Jan 17, 2014

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Pilot Counsel: Logging pilot-in-command time

“Hangar-flying lawyers” enjoy wrestling with interesting legal problems.

Jan 17, 2014

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Waypoints: Toward an unleaded fuel

Shell Aviation’s December announcement that it is entering an unleaded avgas for FAA testing was perhaps the biggest general aviation news of 2013.

Jan 17, 2014

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Pilots: Bill Brennand

The only thing worse than having a propeller come apart in flight, is to have it come apart at low altitude.

Jan 23, 2014

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Pilot Briefing: AOPA announces fly in locations and dates

For the first time in its 75-year history, AOPA will meet its members where they fly and share the joy of flight at a series of one-day regional fly-ins.

Jan 23, 2014

Pilot Magazine

News and Notes: New one-day events

AOPA will hold six events throughout the year in lieu of its annual aviation Summit, which was suspended last fall. These regional events will allow the association to “meet its members where they are,” said AOPA President Mark Baker (see “Briefing: AOPA Announces Fly-In Locations and Dates,” page 32).

Jan 22, 2014

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Never Again: Interrupting the flow

Aircraft are time machines in the truest sense of the word. My career involves significant travel, and without an airplane of my own to make those trips, I would spend a countless number of additional days on the road if I had to travel via the airlines.

Jan 22, 2014

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Avionics: Buyer beware

Nowhere is the old expression “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” more appropriate than when buying used avionics. Good deals are out there, but getting one takes a lot of homework and a bit of patience.

Jan 22, 2014

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Technique: Bears at the end of the stream

It was in the 1967 movie Cool Hand Luke that a prison captain in charge of a work detail warned his prisoners that if they run twice, they will wear two sets of chains. “You ain’t gonna need no third set, ’cause you gonna get your mind right.”

Jan 22, 2014

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Weather Watch: Wind wise

Well, we’re coming out of the depths of winter, and staring March in the face. For pilots—and, well, just about everybody else—thoughts now turn to the strong winds so characteristic of the colder months, and especially the transition from winter to spring. What do we need to know to be wind wise about this time of year?

Jan 22, 2014

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The long-suffering lazy 8

Pity the poor Lazy 8. It began as a fun, fluid, and telling maneuver that encouraged pilots to explore the changing feel of an airplane through a broad range of speed and bank angles. It also developed a pilot’s coordination, timing, and anticipation.

Jan 22, 2014

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Letters: Mighty Seabird

Barry Schiff’s story on the Grumman HU–16B Albatross and his reflections on “A Bygone Era” had readers flying down memory lane.

Jan 17, 2014

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Pilot Briefing: The welcome mat is out

San Carlos Flight Center,which snagged the Best Flight School title in the 2013 Flight Training Excellence Awards, puts out the welcome mat in innovative ways.

Jan 17, 2014

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Test Pilot

Cessna Aircraft has used the prefix Sky in naming eight models of its aircraft. Can you name them?

Jan 07, 2014

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Visual Approach

From any perspective, the Boeing B–17G Flying Fortress is an impressive machine.

Jan 06, 2014

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