AOPA Pilot Magazine September 2014

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September 2014 Volume 57 / Number 9

That's Astore!
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Rev. White’s Air Force

While the Rev. Russell White works on his latest model—a balsa wood F4U Corsair with a 30-inch wingspan—he launches into his well-practiced version of Eagle Flight Squadron’s birth.

Aug 07, 2014

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The Bonanza goes to war

Few students of the Vietnam War know much about the QU–22B Pave Eagle, the most unusual Bonanza you’ve never seen. Well, it’s mostly Bonanza; the highly modified airframe has a number of unique parts. Only 27 were built, plus six predecessor YQU–22A models.

Aug 06, 2014

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Return of the Astore

Luigi Pascale is the head designer at Tecnam and he designed the Astore, Tecnam’s new luxury Light Sport aircraft with an all-metal airframe.

Aug 05, 2014

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Red bulls under glass

The diverse collection includes former German Air Force Alpha Jets, a North American B–25J Mitchell that once served as a firefighting airplane, an Extra 300 LP, a Lockheed P–38 Lightning once flown by Marvin “Lefty” Gardner, and a Bell TAH–1F Cobra.

Mar 20, 2013

Commentary

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Letters: Yellow Marvel

Dave Hirschman and Mike Fizer’s story on a Super Cub restoration made more than a few readers nostalgic—and envious.

Aug 05, 2014

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President's Position: One step closer to reality

We’ve been talking about the need to find an unleaded replacement for avgas since the United States began phasing out leaded fuels in the early 1970s.

Aug 05, 2014

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Waypoints: Get out of jail free

ASRS is a partnership between the FAA and NASA whereby pilots, controllers, flight attendants, mechanics, ground personnel, and just about anyone who has anything to do with aviation safety can report a safety situation without fear of retribution.

Aug 05, 2014

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Proficient Pilot: Pitot-static pitfalls

At some point during a pilot’s training (advanced or otherwise), I might use a piece of said tape to cover either the opening of the pitot tube or one (or both) static sources.

Aug 05, 2014

Article

License to Learn: Media mania

My approval/disapproval relationship (mostly disapproval) with the news-entertainment industry began in 1978, when a TV news anchor described how a collision occurred between a Boeing 727 and a Cessna 172 over San Diego.

Aug 05, 2014

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Foundation Focus: Fighting for airports

How important is the local airport to you?

Aug 05, 2014

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Fly Well: Is your wiring firing correctly?

Don’t blow a fuse from overload; let’s explore a few common and interesting human wiring issues.

Aug 05, 2014

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Pilot Counsel: Aircraft ‘accidents’ and mishaps

The NTSB’s official definition of an aircraft accident is different from what is more frequently referred to colloquially as an aircraft accident.

Aug 05, 2014

Departments

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Plymouth Fly-In

Blue skies and temperatures in the 70s greeted the more than 2,300 visitors to the third AOPA fly-in in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Saturday, July 12.

Aug 08, 2014

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Member News & Notes: NextGen mandate ‘inadequate’ and ‘unclear’

The FAA’s “lack of an executable plan, unresolved technical issues, and ineffective collaboration with industry,” are “programmatic challenges” to moving toward the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), Department of Transportation Assistant Inspector General for Aviation Audits Matthew Hampton says.

Aug 08, 2014

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P&E Never Again: Uphill battle

After nine years of high-powered performance, my partners and I sold our Beech Debonair. I was not ready to hang up my goggles, so I found a nice Aeronca 7EC Champ that had been modified with a 100-horsepower Continental O-200 engine and a climb prop.

Aug 08, 2014

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P&E Weather Watch: ‘Back door’ cold fronts

When we think of cold fronts we immediately conjure up a number of facts relevant to our flight planning—that they can be angry, fast-moving (say, 50-plus mph across the ground), and violent, packed with severe thunderstorms and the worst turbulence.

Aug 08, 2014

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P&E Avionics: Touché

The Touch’s 10.6-inch screen dominated the narrow Carbon Cub panel.

Aug 07, 2014

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P&E/A&P: Early warning of valve trouble

In a development that could improve the safety and reliability of piston aircraft engines, Savvy Analysis founder Mike Busch has created an automated warning system for impending exhaust valve failures.

Aug 07, 2014

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P&E Proficiency: Getting the green light

It’s just another day at work for Pierce and the airplane he’s dubbed Ol’ Smokey. Since 1963 the pilot from New Mexico has been thrilling crowds with his mastery of the airplane.

Aug 07, 2014

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Briefing: Dusty flies again

The action may be animated, but the production team behind Disney’s new film Planes 2: Fire and Rescue, sequel to the 2013 animated feature Planes, strove to keep every detail as realistic as possible.

Aug 06, 2014

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Pilots: Helen Cernik, Piston Single Ferry Pilot

Helen Cernik has made a dozen ocean crossings (nine Atlantic and three Pacific) in single-engine piston aircraft, mostly Cirrus SR22s and SR20s.

Aug 05, 2014

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