AOPA Pilot Magazine - Turbine Edition August 2012

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August 2012 Volume 54 / Number 8

Back to the Future
Cover Story | August 2012

Eclipse 550 hopes to deliver. 

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Commentary

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President's Position: Storm brewing

Yes, I know it's summer across America and we are supposed to be enjoying friends, families, and flying. But there is a storm brewing, and those of us who fight for our freedom to fly find it very, very troubling. That's what's on my mind as I prepare for my flight to Oshkosh for AirVenture.

Aug 01, 2012

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Proficient Pilot: Look, Ma, no rudder!

On one fine day in the mid-1950s, a pilot was departing Santa Monica, California, in a Model 18 Twin Beech that had just been returned to service after extensive maintenance.

Aug 01, 2012

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Fly Well: Memory loss

At 11:30 a.m. in Potomac Park, Washington, D.C., on May 14, 1918, President Wilson, amid large crowds, waited for the Curtis Jenny engine to start for the inaugural airmail flight.

Aug 01, 2012

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Letters

After more than 10 years, AOPA Pilot has been redesigned. Editor in Chief Tom Haines asked readers what they thought in his “Waypoints” column.

Aug 01, 2012

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License to learn: Natural hazards

Many moons ago, on a dual flight to a rustic little airport, my student (we'll call him Bob) was about to begin his landing flare when things got a little squirrely. A squirrel popped up, periscope-like, near the VASI and then made a mad dash across the runway. Thump! The squirrel had failed to hide his hide.

Aug 01, 2012

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Waypoints: On wet wings

Green doesn't always mean go. I thought of this as I looked at the solid green - and occasional yellow patches - on the Garmin GNS 530W display before me.

Aug 01, 2012

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Pilot Counsel: Safety seats

In our continuing review of the flight rules that apply to general aviation pilots and owners, we last reviewed the rules of FAR 91.105 and 91.107 on the use of seatbelts and shoulder harnesses in October 2004. That's because the rules have essentially remained unchanged. Now, however, the FAA has issued what it calls a "clarifying" interpretation regarding the shared use of a single restraint, which purportedly changes prior interpretations, and is worth noting.

Aug 01, 2012

Featured

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Survival: Ditching at sea

Martinique, the hard way

Aug 01, 2012

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Quick Look: Gulfstream III

Going the GII one better

Aug 01, 2012

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Wx Watch: Stability guidelines, old and new

Two ways of looking at vertical motion

Aug 01, 2012

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Over the Edge: Runway overrun protections

It's a scary scenario to envision: A turbine aircraft on a landing rollout or an aborted takeoff, unable to stop in the remaining runway and also unable to lift off or go around. This aviation Catch-22 can quickly turn a multimillion dollar aircraft into scrap metal and bring injury or death to those inside. A number of protections have been designed into many airports and runways, with turbine aircraft operations specifically in mind.

Aug 01, 2012

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Technique: Guns, snakes, and LA airspace

Tips for slithering through a hornet's nest

Aug 01, 2012

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Back to the future

Eclipse 550 production hopes to deliver on Eclipse 500 promises

Aug 01, 2012

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Mentor Matters: Go low, watch flow

Fast as you can isn't always the best idea

Aug 01, 2012

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Safety Pilot: Alpha (again)

We talk about stalls and slow flight, discuss angle of attack (alpha), attempt to diagram it comprehensively, and yet every year dozens of pilots fail the real-world test and crash as a result of not "getting" it. There have been hundreds of articles, numerous books, and tons of training on the topic. Time to try something different?

Aug 01, 2012

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Road warrior

Saving airports one day at a time

Aug 01, 2012

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You say you want an evolution

Photography by Mike Fizer The air traffic controllers couldn’t seem to get the name of Lancair’s turboprop, the Evolution, quite right. During our short taxi for departure, both ground and local controllers at Cincinnati Municipal Airport Lunken Field referred to the sleek, four-seat kit airplane as “Revolution.” Cleared for takeoff on Runway 21 Left, Lancair dealer and demo pilot Doug Walker advanced the power lever on the 750-shaft-horsepower Pratt & Whitney PT6A-135A.

Aug 01, 2012

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