Pilot Magazine February 2012

Pilot Magazine Cover February 2012

February 2012 Volume 55 / Number 2

Fast, Fun, and Fuel-Efficient
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Feature

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Iced up and fast

Winter operations in light jets present a series of problems not encountered during fair weather. Most are related to the chance of encountering in-flight icing, and the associated risks of operating a contaminated aircraft.

Feb 01, 2012

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Wx Watch: The problem with pireps

Let's get this out right up front: Pireps are a valuable source of information that can be indispensible for safe flight planning - and can help prevent weather-related accidents and incidents.

Feb 01, 2012

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Fueling traps

I'll be the first to admit that I've been a bit lazy during an aircraft fueling or two. The fact is that airplanes have caught on fire, run out of fuel, received contaminated fuel, or been overfueled countless times because of improper management and oversight of aircraft fueling by the flight crew. Here are two recent experiences that emphasize crew responsibilities when fueling aircraft.

Feb 01, 2012

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Technique: Wind warrior

You just made the best landing of your flying life. So how come no one's applauding?

Feb 01, 2012

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Rally GA: Pay Up

Imagine paying $25 per landing, $15 for a flight service briefing, or $50 to utilize an ILS approach.

Feb 01, 2012

Commentary

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Pilots:

Stuart Powell's first job was as a part-time line boy at Goodall Field, just south of Danville, Kentucky, where he took flying lessons in the afternoons and would occasionally taxi a Piper J–3 Cub around the field on the evenings when the manager left him to close. He got a little faster each night and would sometimes get airborne, chopping the throttle before the tires of the perky yellow Cub got too far above the grass.

Feb 01, 2012

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Never Again

In 1952, with my four-year-old Luscombe 8E that I had just purchased for $800 - a lot of money for a recent graduate of officer candidate school at Fort Benning, Georgia - I was on cloud nine before I even took off from the grass strip at King's School of Aviation in Columbus, Georgia.

Feb 01, 2012

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Products: Anywhere Map Septa

The first question to ask yourself when looking at a dedicated GPS unit at a price point of anywhere more than about $600 is, why?

Feb 01, 2012

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President's Position

When AOPA's founders first gathered at Wings Field outside of Philadelphia almost 73 years ago, they were part of a small but growing

Feb 01, 2012

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Hangar Talk

“The old Mooneys have always been one of my dream airplanes,” says Associate Editor Ian J. Twombly.

Feb 01, 2012

Department

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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.

Feb 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.

Feb 01, 2012

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