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Plane & Pilot

December 2020

Plane & Pilot is the ultimate resource for active pilots who desire an information-rich magazine with timely and entertaining content. Get Plane & Pilot digital magazine subscription today for pilot reports on the newest LSA, certified piston-engine and light-turbine aircraft, expert tips on flying techniques, product reviews of the latest gear and seasoned aviator stories from the sky.

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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Madavor Media, LLC
Frequency:
Monthly
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11 Issues

in this issue

6 min.
the glorious insanity of airplane ownership

If you’re an airplane owner, you know the feeling. Every year at annual inspection time, you experience repetitive stress syndrome in your index and middle fingers while you wait, fingers crossed hard, for the call from the shop on “the damages.” For those of you who own, or have owned, an airplane, the reason for this level of anxiety is obvious. The cost of an annual is, well, whatever it winds up being. When my 182 went into the shop for its one and only annual inspection while I owned it, I hoped for something $2,500-ish. Multiply it by three, and you get what the six-week exercise actually cost. Add in a dozen or more phone calls, the same number of emails (most unanswered), a couple of, “We’re gonna take a…

2 min.
bush planes

Claimed first bush flying: Canada 1919, Curtiss HS-2L flying boats at Lac-a-la-Tortue, Quebec Early popular bush planes: Curtiss JN-4 Jenny Reason: Relatively rugged, cheap and plentiful Early legendary bush pilot: Earl Frederick Crabb Other Crabb claim to fame: WWI ace Number of enemy planes downed: Six in three-month span in 1919 First bush flying gigs: Pioneering mail pilot, U.S. Forest service pilot in Maine Alaska’s first bush pilot: Carl Ben Eielson Day job: Math teacher Early bush flying jobs: Mail hauling, transportation, fire spotting, game tracking, search and rescue Key design feature: Taildragger (conventional) gear Benefits: Mainly terrain clearance in rough terrain Last year of full J-3 Cub production: 1947 First year of Piper PA-18 Super Cub production: 1949 First Super Cub in Alaska: 1949 Major differences: Flaps, more powerful engine, higher gross weight, solo pilot in front seat Number of PA-18s produced: Around 15,000 Last year…

4 min.
why were tomahawks crashing?

What was going on with the Piper PA-38 Tomahawk? Investigators wanted to know. It wasn’t first the time they had asked that question about an entire model line. And there were concerns about the Tomahawk. When a type of aircraft suffers a pattern of what could be design-related mishaps, the NTSB might recommend to the FAA that the regulatory agency do something about it. The NTSB, as you might know, doesn’t have regulatory powers, so if it sees a problem, which it so often does, it has to recommend to the FAA that it do something about it. Due to cost concerns or philosophical differences between the organizations, those recommendations don’t always get acted upon, but in the case of some aircraft, including the Mitsubishi Mu-2 turboprop twin and the Robinson…

1 min.
cross check

ACROSS 1 ____ AN-225 Mriya, by wingspan and length the biggest plane in the world 5 Communications with the tower 8 Earlier 9 Designer of the first Cub 13 Along with 35 Across, maker of Trojans and Sabres and Valkyries 14 Runways have two 15 The “L” in SEL 17 Nickname for the Douglas DC-3; goes with 27 across 20 High, wispy one 22 Includes as an accessory, 2 words 25 Owns 27 See 17 across 28 Word before “lock” and after “peak” 30 Only flying mammal 31 Develop 33 Lockheed Martin F-22 ____ 35 See 13 across 36 Naval rank, abbr. DOWN 1 Creative effort 2 Plaything 3 Midday 4 WX alert abbr. after an eruption 5 Plane for which you’d better not use “The” 6 Predecessor to GPS 7 Quiet! 10 Also called, abbr. 11 Popular replacement in wing leading edge 12 How one gets to the apt. 15 Maker of the C-130 Hercules 16 Word between “here” and…

7 min.
when trainers fill the sky

“When I am flying in Florida, I pretty much try to stay above 10,000 feet MSL until I absolutely need to land somewhere,” a friend once told me. He went on to say why. “There are so many people training down here who are so focused on their training that they don’t have a chance of seeing me flying through. It’s how I increase my odds of staying alive,” he finished. I get it. In some places, there are quite literally hundreds of aircraft in the air on good-weather days within a 20-30 mile radius of some of the busiest homes of flight training providers—and not all of these hubs are in Florida, I should add. Regardless of location, this many aircraft in a small area pose risks for them with…

6 min.
news of note

Diamond DA50 Certified Diamond Aircraft’s DA50 RG retractable-gear five-seat diesel single earned EASA certification in September, signaling a new era in the high-performance piston-engine-powered personal transportation game. As the first all-composite piston single with retractable gear from a major manufacturer, the DA50 is one of a kind. On top of that, it’s also the first high-performance single powered by diesel. The airplane has been compared to the runaway industry leader in the segment, the Cirrus SR22 gas piston-single, but truth be told, the DA50 is in a realm all its own. A Continental CD-300 powers the DA50, with twin-turbochargers, dual FADEC and an integrated prop reduction gearbox. The full-time turbochargers allow the DA50 to cruise in the mid-teens at good speeds, around 180 knots. Meanwhile, the airplane has a max-range fuel consumption of…