Pilot Magazine May 2013

'AOPA Pilot' May 2013

May 2013 Volume 55 / Number 12

Payload Payoff: More of a Good Thing
Cover Story | May 2013

Useful-load increase amps Cirrus SR22 utility.

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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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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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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

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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

Department

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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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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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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

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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

Feature

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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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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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Cirrus SR22T: More of a good thing

Useful-load increase amps Cirrus SR22 utility.

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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