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Plane & Pilot January - February 2017

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5 min.
looking forward

In many ways 2016 was a challenging year for aviation. Sales were down, not catastrophically, but down nonetheless. The numbers of pilots and active pilots continue to decline, and the prices of new airplanes continue to climb, though the features and build quality continue to climb, as well. None of these circumstances is ideal, but these are things that are subject to longterm trends. They can’t be fixed with a single new-pilot program, a quick rule change by the FAA or a couple of big sales to flight schools. Those are good things, granted, but the big problems in aviation are generational, cultural and economic. They are, in short, the kinds of problems that defy emergency solutions. But the good news is this: The solutions for all of those problems will…

1 min.
instrument flying

First instrument flight: SEPTEMBER 24, 1929 Site: Mitchel Field, Long Island, N.Y. Pilot: Lt. James Doolittle Plane: Consolidated N-2 (biplane similar to Stearman) Altitude data: Kollsman Altimeter Altimeter feature: Barometric setting (a first) Attitude data: Sperry Artificial Horizon Directional information: Sperry Directional Gyro Instrument approach equipment: Audible Localizer Method of simulated IFR: Hood covered entire front-seater position Outside conditions: Clear, visibility unlimited Length of flight: 15 minutes Instrument time logged by Doolittle: 15 minutes Number of instrument approaches: 1 First autopilot: 1912 First successful autopilot flight: 1914 Inventor: Lawrence Sperry First practical autopilot: 1930 First coupled autopilot (navigation integration): 1947 Platform: Consolidated C-54 Length of flight: Transatlantic Inventor of first coupled autopilot: BILL LEAR (YES, THAT BILL LEAR) Honors for invention: Collier Trophy, 1949 First artificial instrument approach system: FOUR-COURSE RANGE, 1929 First development of VORs: 1937 Widespread implementation: 1946 Number of VOR stations worldwide: Approximately 3,000 Number in the U.S.: 957 Anticipated number in 2025: 637 Reason for…

4 min.

A Good Fit The Icom A220 panel-mount transceiver is proving a popular GA option, especially with experimental and light sport pilots. The TSO-approved air-to-ground transceiver works with all certified Part 23 aircraft, and with both 8.33 kHz and 25 kHz channel spacing frequencies. The A220’s bright OLED offers high-contrast visibility and readability, with a wide viewing angle, so a display backlight isn’t required, and the auto dimmer function adjusts for optimum brightness, day or night. The unit also offers a built-in 2-station intercom, 12- or 24-volt compatibility and automatic squelch. Among its many other additional features are a built-in voice-activated intercom function that allows the pilot and co-pilot to talk via headset, easy channel selection, one-touch access to 121.5 MHz emergency frequency, and automatic weather channel scanning and receiving. icomamerica.com Zen And…

4 min.
accident briefs

BELLANCA 7ECA CITABRIA 1 Uninjured The private pilot reported that, during the attempted takeoff from the turf airstrip, the airplane was not at the expected airspeed three-quarters of the way down the runway, and he decided to abort the takeoff. The airplane became airborne momentarily as the pilot applied brakes and aft control input. Once the airplane settled, he was unable to stop it before it overran the end of the runway, and the airplane then impacted two ditches, nosed over, and came to rest inverted. The pilot was departing with a left crosswind and during high density altitude conditions. It’s likely that the density altitude coupled with the turf runway increased the distance required to attain the necessary speed for takeoff. Further, the slight balloon of the airplane as the pilot…

7 min.
become a cfi

“We need experienced instructors to run flight training programs, provide advanced instruction in advanced aircraft, work for federal agencies... Every one of these options requires experience as an instructor that can result in a well-paying career option.” Many see working as a flight instructor as just a low-paying job that a pilot does until they can get enough flight time to take a real job flying an airliner or a business jet. While it may be true that some CFIs see the work as a stepping stone to an airline or a corporate gig, there are many alternate career opportunities for CFIs. These can result in otherwise unrealized aviation career benefits, especially for someone who really enjoys teaching and helping others experience the learning process of becoming a pilot. WHAT EXACTLY IS…

8 min.
the world’s most reluctant flight engineer

“From that moment, the flurry was on. An emergency was declared... The captain yelled, ‘Dump fuel!’ as I scrambled to calculate new landing weights and approach numbers.” Whether we deny, shrug or flat out cringe at the thought, most of us are saddled with a nagging shortcoming or two, a bugaboo we’d gladly overcome if only the prospect didn’t challenge the resistance of our own inertia. As pilots, self-introspection isn’t our strong suit. And often wrapped around our weakness is a nearly impenetrable cocoon of fear or denial. Yet, we know a weak link in our chain of flying skills can lead to an assortment of bad outcomes, from embarrassment to failure, with the possibility of something even more unpleasant lurking in the margins of gravity’s shadow. As a student pilot long…