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Plane & Pilot June 2017

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Madavor Media, LLC
USD 15
11 Números

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7 min.
my new plane

“I’m beyond grateful that Ed has entrusted his great old Cessna to me. After all, what are we to airplanes if not caretakers? They’re more than machines to those of us who love aviation.” For the past few months, I’ve been looking for a good used plane, and I finally found the one I wanted, a 1964 Cessna 182G in good condition, with low total time, an engine and prop with lots of life, and a nice paint job. It needs avionics in the worst way, so my next couple of months will be focused on making that happen in new and interesting ways. The story of how I found my Skylane is worth a mention here. In the process of looking for a great used plane, I encountered several not so…

2 min.
flying cars

First flying car patent issued: 1918, FELIX LONGOBARDI, NEVER DEVELOPED First flying car built: Curtiss Autoplane, 1917 Designer: Glenn Curtiss Patent issued: 1919 Debut: Pan-American Aeronautic Exposition, NYC, February 1917 Flight: Reported to have made a few straight-ahead hops Style: ALUMINUM AUTOMOBILE BODY WITH DETACHABLE WINGS AND TAIL Seats: 3 Engine: 100 hp Curtiss OXX (water-cooled V8) Propeller: 4-blade, rear-mounted Dimensions (flight mode): 27 ft. x 40 ft. 6 in. x 10 ft. Useful load: 710 lbs. Reason development stopped: WWII Only CAA (now FAA) certified flying cars: FULTON AIRPHIBIAN, TAYLOR AEROCAR Most built: Taylor Aerocar; 6 built Designer: Moulton Taylor Models: 3 (Specs for Aerocar I) First flight: DECEMBER 1949 Style: Fiberglass skin, wings manually fold back along tail to form towable trailer, detachable prop Seats: 2 Engine: 143 hp Lycoming O-320 (4-cylinder) Max speed road/air: 67 mph/110 mph Time to change from plane to car: ADVERTISED AS UNDER 5 MINUTES Service…

3 min.

Garmin inReach Explorer You can stay in touch no matter where you travel with the Garmin inReach Explorer ($449.99). Making use of the Iridium satellite constellation, it offers two-way text messaging, location sharing and interactive emergency assistance anywhere on the globe. The Explorer’s built-in GPS provides on-map guidance and allows you to create waypoints, mark locations and track your progress. It also has a feature that allows you to share your location online with friends, family and social media followers. In addition, the Explorer has a digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer. It can be paired with compatible mobile devices. Its rechargeable lithium battery can last up to 100 hours in tracking mode. If the unit is in power-save mode, battery life can stretch to 30 days. In the event of…

4 min.
accident briefs

AIRBORNE WINDSPORTS PTY LTD EDGE X CLASSIC Rush City, Minnesota: 1 Fatal The student pilot was conducting a solo personal flight in the weight-shift-control aircraft. Video footage showed the airplane taking off, climbing to an estimated altitude of 300 to 400 feet, banking sharply left, descending, and then impacting terrain in a steep, nose-down attitude. The student did not have any solo endorsements on his student pilot certificate. The student had logged 14 hours in a different weight-shift-control aircraft but had never flown the accident aircraft type. The student’s flight instructor said that he did not feel the student was ready to fly solo and that he had not endorsed him for solo flight. He further stated that the student mismanaged takeoffs and landings and had the tendency to “leave the [control] bar…

7 min.

You read the accident reports, hoping to learn something from someone else’s troubles. Often, I imagine, you’re left with a nagging sense that things just don’t add up. Why did the highly experienced pilot do that? Why didn’t the CFI grab the controls and take over? The answers might lie in a kind of stall from which few pilots are trained to recover—what I like to call the “mind stall.” I was a student pilot on one of my solo cross-country flights when the venerable Cessna 150’s little Continental engine that could became the engine that couldn’t. I was flying at about 7,500 feet MSL over the mountains between my home base in Santa Paula and the vast California Central Valley, but only about 500 feet AGL when the engine began…

5 min.
compassion flights

“For the passengers involved, these flights come at no cost and remove one of the biggest obstacles to their care—the cost of travel. For both passengers and pilots, the experience changes lives.” In an exciting reversal of trends, general aviation aircraft ownership in the U.S. is increasing. According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, GA aircraft based in the United States rose from 199,000 in 2014 to approximately 204,000 in 2015, the first increase in private ownership since 2009. As more aircraft and pilots take to the skies, it’s important to note many of those GA pilots aren’t merely taking pleasure trips or scheduling for-profit charter flights. In fact, on any given day, dozens of GA pilots and aviation enthusiasts are providing compassion flights to help individuals and families coping with…