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VOLUME 6, ISSUE 3 • March 6, 2013

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In this issue:
AOPA Live adds Rod Machado    |    1929 Stearman Model 4E, NC667K
A pilot's dream flight   |   Sun 'n Fun Fly-In & Expo

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8 Easy Steps to Lean to Fly

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Live the Dream

Flying clubs: Valuable benefits
Flying ClubsWhen people are considering aircraft ownership or flight training, one option is sometimes overlooked—the flying club. If there’s a club in your area, it can be a great way to participate in aviation, with some valuable benefits. While clubs come in different shapes and sizes, the basic concept is the same - to make flying more affordable by sharing aircraft ownership costs. Most clubs are run as a nonprofit group with a high priority on keeping costs down for members. Read More >>

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'AOPA Live This Week' adds pilot personality Rod MachadoRod Machado
AOPA Live This Week announced Feb. 1 that it will feature a new video series entitled “License to Learn,” hosted by renowned flight instructor and professional speaker Rod Machado. Machado has signed on to create two videos each month, approximately two minutes in length, as part of the AOPA weekly report on aviation news and developments. Machado is known for his humorous approach to flight instruction. His semi-monthly segments on AOPA Live This Week will include tips to help make pilots safer and more proficient. Read More >>

First Steps Types of CertificatesTime and Cost
Choose a Flight InstructorSafetyTake Your First Flight

Aircraft of the Month

1929 Stearman Model 4E, NC667K
Stearman Delivered to the Richfield Oil Company on October 28, 1929, Stearman NC667K is currently the oldest surviving Model 4. Only forty of the big “square-tailed” Model 4E Stearmans were ever produced and only seven fly today. In the 1930s, the aircraft was flown exclusively for Richfield Oil Company by their chief pilot as a promotional vehicle for their sponsorship of the Jimmie Allen Flying Club and the Air Adventures of Jimmie Allen radio program. The airplane was a true celebrity vehicle, making public appearances across the West Coast and Midwest. Today, after many years of restoration, this Stearman flies once again with the goal of illuminating a passion for flight in a new generation of Jimmie Allen Flying Club members. Learn more at StearmanFlights.com.

Ask a Pilot

I'm interested in getting a sport pilot certificate. What types of airplanes are used for sport pilot training?

Answer: Sport pilots may fly aircraft that qualify as a light sport aircraft (LSA). For an airplane to be considered an LSA, it must meet a variety of characteristics required by the Federal Aviation Administration. An LSA cannot exceed certain weight or speed specifications. Aircraft manufacturers are building new aircraft specifically to meet LSA requirements, such as the Cessna Skycatcher, Evektor SportStar, and the Remos GX. Standard aircraft that meet the definition of an LSA can also be flown by sport pilots, such as the Aeronca Champ, Ercoupe 415-C/CD, and the Piper J-3 Cub. The decision to train in an aircraft manufactured specifically for LSA requirements or to learn in a standard airplane that meets the requirements for LSA is simply a matter of availability and personal preference. 

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In the Blogs

Here is a recent post from our Let's Go Flying blogs.

A pilot's dream flight
By Neil Hershman
There's nothing quite like making laps around the Statue of Liberty at 150 miles per hour. Of course, I can't honestly say I felt the wind blowing through my hair, but at 1500 feet the experience is exhilarating enough. As if flying feet away from the New York City skyline isn't your dream flight, try bringing along a passenger. Better yet, bringing a passenger who never even knew the world of general aviation existed. I think you get the point-- this is a really cool flight. Read More >>

Aviation Calendar of Events

Airports all across the United States offer 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.

The Lucky Leprechaun St. Patty's Day Fly-In
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Gulf Shores, Ala.(KJKA) with Ferguson Air Services. There will be lots of food and refreshments and a free t-shirt with fuel purchase. Come and enjoy the luck of the Irish!

Rise Above with Career in Aviation featuring CAF Red Tail Squadron
Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison, Tx will host the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s “Rise Above” traveling exhibit March 19 through 23. Come share the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen and the barriers they overcame to become America’s first black military pilots and crew. The exhibit features a motivational, super wide screen film about these young men and how they overcame their critics. The museum will also have representatives from various areas of aviation to show the pathway to success in aviation. Visit the museum’s website for additional information.

Discover Aviation!
The Ohio State University Airport (KOSU) will host a Discover Aviation experience on March 21. Come and learn what it takes to be a pilot. Aircraft will be on display. For more information go online or send an email.

Sun 'n Fun Fly-In & Expo
Sun ’n Fun Fly-In, one of the world's premier events for recreational aviation enthusiasts, will be held from April 9 to April 14 at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Fla. The event offers more than 450 educational forums, seminars, and hands-on workshops, as well as more than 500 commercial exhibitors offering aviation products and services. There is an airshow every afternoon and an additional night airshow Friday and Saturday. For more information and advance ticket purchase, visit the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In website.

Pilots love to take photos, and they love to share them with other pilots. Now you can upload your flying photos to our online gallery, “Air Mail.” Share your special aviation images, or view and rate more than 7,000 photos (and growing). Photos are put into rotation on the AOPA home page!

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