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Plane & Pilot July 2017

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6 min.
i was so wrong...partially

“The second argument, and this is where I acknowledge I was wrong, is that BasicMed, despite its admitted weaknesses, really is good for a lot of pilots.” My Going Direct column recently outlined my big misgivings about the new BasicMed medical certification regulations. I promise I’ll get to the part where I admit I was wrong, but before I do, let me briefly sum up what I said and get into some of the real-world issues we’re facing now that BasicMed is up and running. In my piece in the May Issue, I weighed in that BasicMed was a poor substitute for the Sport Pilot “driver’s license” medical route that just requires you to have a valid state-issued driver’s license as proof that you’re fit to fly. BasicMed, in contrast, requires a…

2 min.

First reported missing aircraft: HOT AIR BALLOON VILLE DE PARIS Pilot: Matias Perez, lost and presumed dead General location: Straits of Florida First missing airplane: DECEMBER 22, 1910, SHORT S.27 Location: Somewhere over the English Channel Mission: Return to England Pilot: Cecil Grace; body recovered three months later Next three planes that disappeared: ALL BLERIOT MODEL 11S First military aircraft to go missing: Two Short Type C, 1915, WWI, in Belgium First aircraft lost in polar region: Airship Italia, May 25, 1928 First airplane lost in polar region: Latham 47.02, June 18, 1928 Reason for flight: Searching for survivors of airship crash Occupants lost: 6, including Roald Amundsen, led first expedition to South Pole Number of aircraft missing all time in record-setting attempts: At least 25 Arguably most famous pilot lost: AMELIA EARHART, JULY 2, 1937, SOUTH PACIFIC Duration of initial search for her lost…

5 min.
we fly lightspeed zulu 3

One thing good about having an older airplane with a big engine is that its noisy cockpit is a great laboratory for trying out headsets. I went flying the past couple of days expressly to try out the new Lightspeed Zulu 3 active noise-canceling headset, introduced just last month. I was expecting a good improvement over the Zulu 2, but I got a few surprises. So, how did it fare in our torture test? It might seem as though Lightspeed has been around forever, but compared to most of their headset competitors, they’re newbies. The company made a quick name for itself with its original headset, an ANR model with giant domes and copiously padded ear seals. But it worked great, cost less, and with little to no competition in the…

4 min.
accident briefs

PIPER PA32R SARATOGA Fort Mohave, Arizona: 2 Nonfatal The pilot reported that, during the initial climb, he retracted the landing gear normally and then “a few minutes later the radios went blank.” He believed he had a radio problem, so he decided to return to the airport. During the return, the pilot moved the landing gear selector to the down position, but the three gear down indicator lights did not illuminate. Subsequently, the pilot circled a few miles east of the airport to troubleshoot the issue. The pilot reported that, during the circling, he “cycled the master switch and the radio master a couple times with no results.” The pilot added that the airplane was equipped with an “automatic gear extension system,” so he verified that the override switch was not engaged, fully…

6 min.
cloud clearances don’t apply

“You’re responsible for staying out of trouble. But if the clouds hold ice, or your attitude indicator has a sickly lean to the left, or any number of reasons that make staying visual the better option, you now have it without cancelling IFR.” I never liked the saying, “Plan the flight and fly the plan.” Most GA flying requires bending the plan to fit the reality of the moment—or ends with the breaking of something valuable. When the aircraft capabilities are limited and crew resource management consists of talking to oneself, flexibility is king. Flexibility flows from a bag of options you never plan to use. You draw from them when a change of plan makes everyone’s life a bit easier. Or maybe it just makes your life easier, but you’re paying…

2 min.
ifr tips for vfr: special vfr

Just like an instrument pilot might see the visual shortcut but not ask for the contact approach, a VFR pilot might get within 10 miles of the destination, hear an ATIS report of 1,000 overcast or two-miles visibility and immediately divert elsewhere. Not that diverting is terrible, but it might not be necessary. If, from the pilot’s perspective, the flight to the airport can be completed visually, a request can be made for a Special VFR clearance into the airspace. The request would be made when you first contacted Tower with your position and the current ATIS identifying letter, but would end with “... request Special VFR clearance for landing.” The request can be denied if there’s too much IFR traffic in the area, but most controllers will do their best to…