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VOLUME 4, ISSUE 3 • March 2, 2011

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In This Issue:
"Miracle" solo: Flight 1549 passenger is the PIC    |    The Diamond DA40
How to avoid getting lost    |   37th Annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-In & Expo

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8 Easy Steps to Lean to Fly

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"Miracle" solo: Flight 1549 passenger is the PIC
Clay PresleyOn a freezing day in January 2009, Clay Presley stood on the wing of an Airbus A320 that had been ditched in New York’s Hudson River, waiting for boats to rescue him and the other 154 passengers and crew on US Airways Flight 1549. Two years and 10 days later, Presley soloed a Cessna 172SP at Rock Hill Airport in Rock Hill, S.C. “He was a little surprised” when CFI Troy Fleming climbed out of the cockpit on the morning of Jan. 25 to let him fly by himself, Fleming said. “He was relieved and excited to do it on his own. He did a really good job.”  Read More >>

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Wisconsin flight school joins Women of Aviation Worldwide Week events
Am I High Aviation LLC, a flight school at Stevens Point Municipal Airport in Stevens Point, Wis., is hosting an event to celebrate Women of Aviation Worldwide Week. On Mar. 13, the flight school will screen the documentary film Flyabout and attendees can experience an introductory flight for twenty dollars. Am I High Aviation offers weekend ground schools and specializes in accelerated flight training.

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Aircraft of the Month

Diamond DA40Diamond DA40
The Diamond DA40 is a sleek four-seat, single-engine airplane that was developed in Austria. The smooth lines and flip-up canopy have the look and feel of a sports car. The DA40 is a low-wing Technologically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) with fixed landing gear and a T-tail. The rudder pedals are easily adjustable to accommodate pilots of varying sizes. The glass cockpit features weather, traffic, and terrain information.

Ask a Pilot

Question: When I'm flying an airplane, how will I know where I am and avoid getting lost?

Answer: You will have a number of tools to determine your current position and route of flight. Many training airplanes have GPS, which will provide the direction to fly, as well as distance and time remaining to the destination—much like in a car. GPS isn’t required, though, and many pilots learned to fly without the aid of GPS in the cockpit. There are several types of receivers on board that pick up signals from ground-based navigation facilities. The receiver indicates your position in relation to the ground-based facility. You also will have some low-tech resources, including a paper map (called a sectional chart) that can be used to identify landmarks on the ground and basic math to determine how fast you are traveling and when you can expect to reach your next checkpoint.

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In the Blogs

Here are some recent post from our Let's Go Flying blogs.

Keep the fire burning
By Steve Tupper
The Let’s Go Flying website is, among other things, designed to appeal to those thinking about flying but who need that last bit of information or inspiration to get them down to the local airport and behind the controls of an aircraft. But it probably comes as no surprise that many of the visitors to the site are already head-over-heels in love with aviation and would be student pilots in a heartbeat, but the magic circumstances simply haven’t come together yet to allow them to initiate or complete flight training. This post is for them. Read more >>

First things first
By Chris Findley, CFI, CFII
When you first begin flying you may feel overwhelmed with the amount of information you encounter. It seems like there is so much to learn and much of it sounds like a foreign language!  You'll hear your instructor and other pilots talk about things like: Class B, ATC, VSI, Static Port, Asymmetrical Thrust, Nimbus, ATIS, and the Pattern. In the air the radio will crackle with odd sounding phrases that seem only vaguely related to English. A lot of students feel overwhelmed early on. That's why we must keep "First things first." 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.

Women of Aviation Worldwide Week
During the week of Mar. 7-13, a record number of women from across the globe will be taking to the skies for Women of Aviation Worldwide Week. Many pilots (both male and female) will be introducing women to the joy of flying as well as hosting aviation events for their community. Everyone is invited to participate and share the excitement of aviation. To learn more, visit the website.

37th Annual 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 Mar. 29 to Apr. 3 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. Sun ’n Fun will celebrate the Centennial of Naval Aviation and showcase the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels. For additional information and advance ticket purchase, visit the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In website.

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