Let's Go Flying November Newsletter
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Volume 1, ISSUE 5 • November 25, 2008
Live the Dream
Up, up and away
100 flights in 60 seconds
Pilot goes from air to space
Gone flying? Submit photos and video of the experience!
Interested in a career as a pilot?
Let’s Go Flying blogs take off
Aircraft of the Month
Ask a Pilot
Question: Some of the new light sport aircraft can only carry 500 lbs. With the weight of me and my instructor, it’s impossible for us to fly some of them. What light sport aircraft can carry heavier weight?
Answer: Light sport aircraft have a maximum gross weight of 1320 lbs, which is why useful load amounts over 500 lbs are challenging. However, through innovative construction techniques, many aircraft manufacturers have exceeded 500 lbs useful load. Examples of such aircraft include the Flight Design CT, Remos G-3, A-22 Valor and Gobosh 800XP.
Do you have a question about flying? Ask a pilot! Call 877-58-PILOT, or send an e-mail.
Learn the Lingo
As with any passion, there’s a special “insider’s language.” We’ve pulled together some key terms to get you in the loop.
Aerostat: A lighter-than-air craft. A hot-air balloon is an aerostat.
Thrust: Generated by the engine of an aircraft, thrust is the force that moves an aircraft through the air.
Drag: The force that works in the opposite direction of thrust. Drag slows an aircraft and can be used to make the aircraft change direction in the air.
Have you heard or seen a term at the airport that you didn’t understand? Send us the word, and we can explain it to you—it might even appear in a future Let’s Go Flying eNewsletter!
Experience the camaraderie among pilots, listen to exciting flying stories, and go up for a flight at an airport near you! Airports all across the United States offer different weekend activities, from pancake breakfasts and barbecues to car and air shows. Find out what’s going on in your area! You can search by city, state, or geographic region.
Featured Events: American Flyers will host Let's Go Flying Airport Day barbecues in Santa Monica, Calif., and West Chicago, Ill., on Saturday, Dec. 6, at noon. There will be free food and flight simulator training. A $149 introductory flight lesson rebate will be provided to each qualifying attendee. Read more about featured events>>
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