Pilot Magazine April 2012

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April 2012 Volume 55 / Number 4

Flying Big Foot
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Feature

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Survival Mode

Training for the unthinkable.

Apr 04, 2012

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Technique: Mountain majesties

Learning to fly amidst towering peaks

Apr 01, 2012

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L–39: Cool flying. 'Nuff said.

We take you up in the L–39 and also give you some insights on how to manage those expensive turbine engines...and a lot more

Apr 01, 2012

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Trouble for Throttle Jockeys

How to avoid wrecking your expensive turboprop engine

Apr 01, 2012

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For Pax Sake

Beyond-the-basics tips for making your passengers comfortable.

Apr 01, 2012

Commentary

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President's Position

It is always wonderful to move into spring. This year--at least at our headquarters home in Frederick, Maryland--we saw very little winter weather.

Apr 01, 2012

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Proficient Pilot

Last October I announced an essay contest for young men and women between the ages of 16 and 21 ("Proficient Pilot: It's Payback Time," October 2011 AOPA Pilot).

Apr 01, 2012

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License to learn

It happened in the early 1990s. That was the time we saw the diminishing influence of World War II-era flight instructors (and their instructional progeny). Our pilots didn't fly jets, they flew airplanes that demanded exceptional stick-and-rudder skills.

Apr 01, 2012

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Pilots:

A knack for all things mechanical brought Nancy Ginesi-Hill from dreaming about flying to serving as a flight engineer for the only B–24 Liberator still flying.

Apr 01, 2012

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Never Again

It was a typical overcast winter morning at Portland International Airport in Oregon, with ceilings running around 1,400 feet agl and reported tops at about 7,000 feet msl. Ground control had just rattled off our clearance to Rogue Valley International in Medford, Oregon, clearing us to 10,000 feet.

Apr 01, 2012

Department

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Products: A range of rescue devices

The key to surviving the ordeal of a crash or off-airport landing is making sure someone knows you are missing--and where to start looking for you. Numerous devices are available on the market to help.

Apr 01, 2012

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Member Guide

About 8 percent of men and one-half percent of women in the United States have problems with color perception. Whether caused by genetics, injury, or disease, color blindness is challenging to live with and presents special hurdles for pilots. The medical standards in FAR Part 67 specify that applicants for all classes of medical certification must have "the ability to perceive those colors necessary for the safe performance of airman duties." Every visit to an AME for renewal of an airman medical certificate involves taking a color vision test. Technically known as a pseudoisochromatic color plate test, it's the one with the pages of different-colored dots.

Apr 01, 2012

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AOPA Media

The photographs featured in this month's story on photographer John Scurlock are just the tip of the iceberg--or in this case, mountains. See more of Scurlock's aerial art in this online slideshow.

Apr 01, 2012

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AOPA Action

Responding to member concerns, AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association will request an exemption that would allow many pilots flying the most common single-engine aircraft recreationally to use a driver's license and self-certification medical standard.

Apr 01, 2012

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