AOPA Pilot Magazine - Turbine Edition May 2013

May 2013

July 2013 AOPA Pilot Turbine Edition

May 2013 Volume 56 / Number 5

General Electric's H80 Turboprop: Czechered Past
Cover Story | May 2013

A rugged turbine is made even better

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Commentary

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Safety Pilot: Low-impact aerobatics: The Swiss way

Learning about unusual attitudes—not the pilot’s but the aircraft’s—is an excellent skill and need not be painful. It’s good experience since most of us work hard to avoid them.

May 01, 2013

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Pilot Counsel: No defects?

A pilot, while taxiing a Cessna 210D on an established taxiway at the Opa-Locka Executive Airport in Florida, struck a parked Cessna 560 XL jet that had its tail cone approximately four feet into the taxiway. The pilot inspected the damage to the 210 and said that he found only a paint scratch on its wing-tip fuel tank.

May 01, 2013

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Fly Well: A clear picture

Imagine a thunderous waterfall blocking a cave entrance—clear water turned white by circumstance. This is appropriate imagery for cataract (Latin cataracta, “to dash down”).

May 01, 2013

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License to learn: The dark night rises

I remember the time I spent an entire day at a nearby airport filming video segments for an online aviation magazine. It was the perfect confluence of airplanes, sunlight, and even more sunlight.

May 01, 2013

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President's Position: Paranoia?

During the past few weeks, I have found myself thinking more than once of the adage: “You’re not paranoid if people really are out to get you.” For months, the administration in Washington, D.C., said sequestration simply would not happen. But, then it did.

May 01, 2013

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Proficient Pilot: Time to be true?

When I used to fly TWA’s polar routes in Boeing 707s between the U.S. West Coast and northern Europe, we often passed close to the magnetic north pole.

May 01, 2013

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Waypoints: Logging asterisks

This summer marks the thirty-sixth year since I first soloed an airplane. Twenty more months would pass before I would stumble through a checkride with an FAA designated examiner squeezed next to me in a snug Cessna 150.

May 01, 2013

Departments

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AOPA Action

MEMBERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS Working For You AOPA Member Benefits 1. ADVOCACY Protecting your right to fly: Taking on regulatory and legislative threats to general aviation has remained the association’s primary focus for more than 70 years.

May 01, 2013

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Pilot Briefing

Guam to JAX—nonstop World distance record for aircraft in its weight category By Dave Hirschman When Bill Harrelson wanted to prove the long-range performance of his kitbuilt Lancair IV, he flew it from Indiana to Hawaii—a warm-up for a much longer flight. On March 1, Harrelson landed his Lancair in Jacksonville, Florida, after a 38.5-hour nonstop flight from Guam.

May 01, 2013

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Never Again: A slap in the face

Never Again Listen to this month's "Never Again" story: A slap in the face. Download the mp3 file or download the iTunes podcast.

May 01, 2013

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Pilots: Angela Masson

She just didn’t get it. After snagging her certificate at age 17 and setting a cross-country record flying in the Powder Puff Derby, Angela Masson’s first job was instructor for the Claire Walters Flight Academy in Santa Monica, California, which had a contract to give Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine student pilots their first 40 hours.

May 01, 2013

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Visual Approach

This one-of-a-kind Bell X–14B was an experimental, open-cockpit, all-aluminum VTOL aircraft flown by NASA from 1957 to 1981. It was designed to test and demonstrate the concept of vertical takeoff and landing.

May 01, 2013

Featured

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Aaron Tippin buys ‘Little Toot’ biplane

Country music performer and general aviation pilot Aaron Tippin recently purchased a tiny biplane--Georgy Meyer's "Little Toot."

May 01, 2013

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Cirrus SR22T: More of a good thing

Useful-load increase amps Cirrus SR22 utility.

May 01, 2013

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Pulling together

Indiana high school kids fly the airplane they built.

May 01, 2013

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This Mooney is out of air

A Mooney M20J goes all electric.

May 01, 2013

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Efficiency: Buy or rent?

If you want to save money on flight training, buy an airplane.

May 01, 2013

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Frugal Flier: A tablet dilemma

Charlie Becker, AOPA’s director of corporate partnerships and products—and a VFR pilot—was facing a dilemma: He had an iPad 2, but he wasn’t really using it for aviation. Plus, prices were dropping on Samsung Galaxy Tabs and Apple finally released the iPad mini.

May 01, 2013

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Ownership: Oh, my aching back

When I passed the private pilot checkride in 2001, the designated pilot examiner didn’t send me off with sage flying advice. Instead, when she saw me take out a tow bar to maneuver the Socata Tampico into its parking spot, she said, “Don’t push it yourself.

May 01, 2013

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Technique: Learning to loop

At first glance, the loop looks like the simplest of all aerobatic maneuvers, but it’s really one of the more complex and involves much more than going fast and hauling back on the stick. The key to flying a loop properly is knowing where to look, and—hint!—it’s not just straight ahead.

May 01, 2013

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Wx Watch: Mesoscale discussions

Most of us are diligent about studying convective sigmets, convective outlooks, and Nexrad radar imagery before our flights in the warmer months. They’re great for a broad-brush view of any convective situations, but there is another source of information that delves into greater detail, and provides analyses of situations that could be factors in your decision making.

May 01, 2013

Turbine

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General Electric’s H80 Turboprop: Czechered past

A rugged turbine is made even better.

May 01, 2013

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Mike Cranston

Mike Cranston may have taken a while to spool up to turbine flying, but he’s certainly racking up the hours these days. Cranston, who lives northeast of Wichita at Lloyd Stearman Field (1K1) in Benton, Kansas, started a painting company—Paintmasters Inc.—right out of college.

May 01, 2013

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Obstacle departure procedures

Illustration by Kevin Hand This illustration depicts the Runway 19 obstacle departure procedure at the time of the accident cited. Since then it has been revised, removing the NDB hold.

May 01, 2013

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The G950 Meridian

Photography by Mike Fizer No doubt about it, Piper’s Meridian has found its niche in the step-up market. Ever since the preliminary design phase in 1997, the company’s goal was to provide an easy-to-fly machine that would make for simple transitions for owner pilots coming from piston singles.

May 01, 2013

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Quick Look: Learjet 35/36

The Learjet 35 and 36 are stretched, turbofan-powered successors to the largest of the original turbojet-powered Learjets, the Model 25. The Garrett AiResearch TFE731-powered aircraft, which were introduced in the mid-1970s, are among the most popular light business jets ever built, and hundreds remain in service today.

May 01, 2013

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