AOPA Pilot Magazine - Turbine Edition July 2012

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July 2012 Volume 54 / Number 7

The Piper Medidian
Cover Story | July 2012

Accident patterns.

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Commentary

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Pilot Counsel:

The flight rules of FAR Part 91, which specify the minimum safe altitudes for flight, provide that "except when necessary for takeoff or landing, no person may operate an aircraft below the following altitudes." The rule then goes on to prescribe the specific minimum altitudes.

Jul 01, 2012

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Fly Well: You need a drink

Sigmund Freud said, “The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.” However, without sufficient water the mind may not be doing much of anything. Always staying well hydrated is important to ensure the body is firing on all cylinders; this is even more critical when airborne.

Jul 01, 2012

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Letters

Senior Editor Dave Hirschman and Chief Photographer Mike Fizer traveled to the ends of the Earth to experience flying in New Zealand and share with readers. “Kudos on the outstanding collection of New Zealand flying articles.

Jul 01, 2012

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License to learn

I knew my article in the April 2012 issue of AOPA Pilot ("License to Learn: In Defense of Stick-and-Rudder Training") was a hot topic, but I didn’t know how sizzling it was until the letters rolled in. Every letter I received--except one--supported emphasizing stick-and-rudder basics during primary flight training.

Jul 01, 2012

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President's Position

Some months ago at AOPA, we asked ourselves one of those "what if" questions. It went something like this: What if we could find a meaningful way to share everything we know about what makes a successful flight training experience?

Jul 01, 2012

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Proficient Pilot

While attending (and speaking at) this year's convention of the Soaring Society of America in Reno, Nevada, a frequent topic of conversation related to the state of soaring.

Jul 01, 2012

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Waypoints

We swapped Bonanza-owner stories in the back seat of the Lincoln Town Car, just as any two pilots might when they meet on a ramp somewhere. But I was pinching myself as Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong described his decision to move from a Bonanza to a Cessna 310, which he only recently sold and is now planning his next airplane purchase.

Jul 01, 2012

Featured

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Safety Pilot: Transitions

“Hey, if it’s got wings, I can fly it.” Well, maybe. With the jet age, some airline pilots had to retire early because they couldn’t make the transition.

Jul 01, 2012

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Avionics: A CO detector that navigates

First, the GPS swallowed the radios, and then it ate the transponder and audio panel. Next, audio panels fought back by consuming com radios, and some headsets became mobile phones.

Jul 01, 2012

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Aero fever

AERO Friedrichshafen, Europe’s premier general aviation exhibition, hosted 30,800 visitors this year and featured a number of significant announcements. Increasingly, the AERO show’s importance is rising in step with Europe’s growing profile in the light end of the general aviation spectrum.

Jul 01, 2012

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Parts of the puzzle

Unearthing the safety lessons at a Texas salvage yard

Jul 01, 2012

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The golden Maule

Meet Big Hoss, a Maule model that actually is new

Jul 01, 2012

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That thing up front

The story of the propeller

Jul 01, 2012

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Reaching the Summit

An aviation experience of a lifetime

Jul 01, 2012

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Natural wonder

Flying the Husky in its habitat

Jul 01, 2012

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Fly-Outs: Warbirds with dinner

How about an aviation history lesson and a first-class meal?

Jul 01, 2012

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Technique: My worst landing

Pilots tell stories they'd rather forget.

Jul 01, 2012

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