Flying September 2020

The sharp wit and experienced judgment of Flying’s experts cover all the challenges and rewards that aviation offers to all flying enthusiasts. From industry news updates, regulations, trends, air shows and events to carefully researched reports on all categories of airplanes, helicopters, avionics, products, technology, accessories and equipment to pilot technique, flight training, safety, weather, operations and maintenance.

United States
Bonnier Corporation
12 号


van’s real-world performance

Bucking your first rivet is a seminal experience—whether you take tutelage from a senior member of your extended family or you follow guidance laid out by experts. It’s a relatively simple process at first glance but, like many skills, takes practice to perfect. And it’s just one part of the hundreds of elements that go into building an airplane. Richard VanGrunsven—known to his friends and colleagues as “Van”—didn’t set out to launch 10,600-plus kitplanes, but he took a look at the host of one-offs and show specials that formed the heart of the homebuilt segment and figured there was a better way to indoctrinate more potential builders into the joys of producing, and flying, your own airplane. Van’s Aircraft now provides that expert guidance, along with a fully staged program that progresses…


Airplanes and Gliding Peter Garrison’s Technicalities article “How Does an Airplane Glide?” in the June+July 2020 issue put me into a brain rant. Peter mentions the “tilted-lift-vector theory” but stops short. Then he suggests that high-velocity air flowing around the leading edge of the wings creates low pressure, “pulling it forward.” Let’s call the object an airplane and the force R. R is a primary force along with thrust and gravity. These are the three forces of powered flight. For convenience, we can visualize the components of R we call lift and drag. A component isn’t an independent primary force; it is a graphical representation and not really there. It can’t pull the glider forward. It is a mathematical application of R, which is pulling up and rearward. Understanding that R is…

starr gate

A By challenging pilots to improve upon each flight, Starr Gate is intended to help you form better flying habits. B If your aviation friends use the CloudAhoy app to track and score their flights, you can compete against each other for the best score, and crank up your skills a notch in the process. C The iPadbased app allows you to buy renters insurance on a month-by-month basis, saving costs for you when you’re not flying as often. D By knowing how well you did on each segment of the flight, you can fine-tune any practice session, or seek additional instruction if it looks like you need it. Starr Aviation, part of Starr Insurance Companies in New York, has introduced its Starr Gate app tailored for renter pilots. The iPad-based program allows pilots…

mother of all cubs

Flying in the marvelous high country of the United States and around the world has drawn in pilots for decades for its adventure and requirement for developing skill. American Legend Aircraft is seizing this desire and translating it into a brand-new model of its popular Legend Cub, a backcountry version called the MOAC—the Mother of All Cubs. The new model will incorporate a bunch of performance enhancements and features driven by customer input over the 15 years since the Legend Cub first debuted in 2005. First up? More horsepower, which has more than doubled since the first Legend Cub. Continental’s Titan series of engines makes possible up to 208 hp (187 to 195 max continuous power), and several prop options from Cato, Whirlwind and Hartzell give pilots a lot of potential performance…

first flight in wichita

Cessna’s SkyCourier—Textron Aviation’s first new twin-turboprop aircraft in a generation—took to the skies over Wichita, Kansas, in May for its first flight, a significant step toward entry into service for the clean-sheet aircraft. Testing continues on track toward certification in early 2021. The SkyCourier departed the company’s Beech Field Airport (KBEC) east campus with Corey Eckhart, senior test pilot, at the controls assisted by fellow test pilot Aaron Tobias. The flight lasted two hours and 15 minutes, during which the team tested the aircraft’s performance, stability and control, as well as its propulsion, environmental, flight-control and avionics systems. This first flight kicks off the important flight-test program that validates the SkyCourier’s performance. The prototype aircraft, along with five additional flight and ground test articles, will continue to expand on performance goals,…

ask flying

What are the types of notes found on an instrument approach chart, and where do I find them? There are potentially two types of notes on a chart. The first could be the notes near the top of the chart, just below the communications and missed approach instructions. Then the other could be the ball notes, which can be more easily identified next to key items, located in the plan section and/or in the profile section. On a chart as complicated as some of them can be, the easier those notes are to locate and read, the better it is for the pilot seeking to understand the nuances of the approach procedure. That’s why it’s important to review the approaches for your planned destination on the ground before the flight (if…