Flying August 2019

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3 minuti
welcome, julie

This month, we welcome a new editor to Flying. Julie Boatman, who some of you undoubtedly already know from her past freelance stories for us or perhaps recall from her days as an editor with AOPA Pilot magazine, joins the team as our new associate editor. Julie is a longtime pilot who earned her private, commercial, instrument and CFI tickets by the time she graduated from college at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since then, she has made her career in aviation, first as a flight instructor and then as an editor at Jeppesen before joining the editorial staff at AOPA. After that assignment, she became manager of Cessna Pilot Centers at Cessna Aircraft and then returned to Jeppesen under Boeing Flight Services as manager of the Aviation Training Solutions…

4 minuti

SATISFACTION I bet you’ll get a lot of emails about Sam Weigel’s article “Grains of Time” [June]. Some will probably say he was a bit pretentious for perhaps suggesting we all join the Jimmy Buffet lifestyle of piracy on the seven seas. While reading the story, I felt that at first—and then I realized that he was only trying to point out that time is fleeting. The advice he offered helped me in a way he probably wouldn’t expect. I have a private pilot’s license and own a Cessna 172. I have had this nagging feeling that it’s just not good enough. I need a glass cockpit, a faster plane, an IFR ticket and thousands of hours, or I am not a real pilot. I contemplated selling the airplane and joining a…

2 minuti
with quest puchase, daher creating a turboprop powerhouse

French aircraft maker Daher, famous for the TBM family of sleek, speedy single-engine turboprops, says its acquisition of Idaho-based Quest Aircraft strengthens Daher’s market position while growing its North American footprint. Quest Aircraft builds the rugged Kodiak 100. The family-owned Daher Group plans to develop “synergies” between the two aircraft product lines by introducing technologies and functionalities for the Kodiak aircraft that have contributed to the successes achieved with the TBM. The Kodiak 100 is a 10-seat, nonpressurized, high-wing turboprop capable of operating on rough and very short runways, while the TBM 910 and 940 are luxurious, fast pressurized turboprops that do not generally compete directly for market share. The Kodiak competes closest with the Cessna Caravan and the TBM with Piper’s M600, Textron Aviation’s forthcoming Denali and Epic Aircraft’s E1000. “Quest…

7 minuti
hazardous attitude

Sometimes we face situations as pilots that we feel lucky to walk away from. In my case, I learned a valuable lesson in dealing with hazardous attitudes and forgoing a checkout on a similar airplane to the one I had been flying. Little did I know that this situation would become the catalyst for my future career decisions, as well as offer me valuable perspective as a part-time CFI that I now share with my students and colleagues. It was a cold winter evening in February 2007. I was still a pretty fresh private pilot who was just getting ready to begin training for my instrument rating. To my surprise, the flight school owner called and asked if I wanted some free flying. I tried to temper my excitement at the…

6 minuti
unknowns: known and unknown

In December 1996, a pilot and his companion checked out a Beech T-34 Mentor from the flying club at the Memphis Naval Air Station in Millington, Tennessee. They departed at about 4:15 in the afternoon on a 300-nautical-mile trip to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. By the time they approached the Gulf Coast, it was dark. Several witnesses reported seeing the airplane—or at least its navigation and anti-collision lights—flying westbound “oscillating both vertically and laterally” and then “rotating about the longitudinal axis” before pitching nose-down. The pitch of the engine sound was heard rising, then there was a sound like an explosion, followed by that of an impact with the ground. The pilot had not been in contact with any ground station, but Houston ATC radar recorded a target that was most likely…

5 minuti
how flying builds habits for success

He could have been a 10-year-old kid. He was certainly acting like one. We were at the Helicopter Association International annual convention, and John was sitting in a helicopter pretending to fly it. He gradually became aware that someone had been standing beside him, waiting for him to come out of his fantasy. “I am so sorry,” John said. “I just realized you’ve been waiting to get into the helicopter.” “No,” the patient man said. “I’ve been waiting to talk to you.” The person waiting had recently used our courses in his studying to learn to fly, and he wanted to explain that we had helped him with something that meant the world to him. As the conversation progressed, John began to realize that this very expressive, personable man was an extraordinary…