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Plane & Pilot June 2018

Plane & Pilot is the ultimate resource for active pilots who desire an information-rich magazine with timely and entertaining content. Get Plane & Pilot digital magazine subscription today for pilot reports on the newest LSA, certified piston-engine and light-turbine aircraft, expert tips on flying techniques, product reviews of the latest gear and seasoned aviator stories from the sky.

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United States
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Madavor Media, LLC
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Monthly
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6 min.
goodbye, duats. thanks for the memories.

The FAA’s recently announced phasing out of DUATS, the original computerized weather briefing and flight-planning tool, is a sad thing, but in this case, it’s the right thing to do. The FAA established the Direct User Access Terminal System (DUATS) back in 1989, and it was way ahead of its time. In an era when few people had PCs and our phones largely were still attached to our walls back home, DUATS was a revelation. By dialing in with a computer modem using the phone line as a data carrier, users could check the weather, plan a flight and file a flight plan, all things that pilots previously had to go through Flight Service to do, either by calling them up—800-WX-BRIEF—or stopping by a local FSS to drop it off or…

5 min.
the downwind turn

THE THEORY The purported hazard of the downwind turn is one of the most controversial topics in all of aviation. Despite it being widely debated for many decades, it maintains a hold on the popular pilot imagination because its potential consequences are dire. Here’s the concept. We all know that airplanes fly because of what we call the relative wind through which our planes’ wings move, or vice versa. There doesn’t have to be any ground speed at all for a wing to fly. If you’ve been at an airport during a period of very high winds, you might have seen airplanes chained to the ground rising up and flying. When the wind suddenly stops, obviously the plane settles to the ground. But does this same phenomenon take effect when a plane is…

1 min.
cross/check

ACROSS 1: What Garrett turboprops aren’t. 4: The C in the CAPS parachute system 9: Waggle 10: First step in a flying career 12: Prefix for engineer and issue 14: Off-runway excursion hazard 20: What flying isn’t 21: Google planes or The Birthplace 23: Compass effect when turning from a north heading 24: Long row of approach lights 25: Ramp _____ 26: The state of SLC 27: Whoa there, 2 words 30: An inverted flat one is bad 32: The 1960s and ‘70s for GA 33: Balance’s partner DOWN 1: Born in Wichita, now from Independence 2: Marker beacon’s lesser option 3: Rocket propellant component 5: Particle with a charge 6: Word that follows production and test 7: Abbreviation for what FLCH does 8: Abbreviation at the point of no more descent 11: Arrive at 13: Name-worthy feature of a certain biplane’s wings 15: With “out,” what an engine might do after TBO 16: Sticklers insist on this…

3 min.
news of note

CIRRUS VISION JET WINS COLLIER TROPHY Cirrus Aircraft received one of aviation’s highest honors in April when the company’s SF50 Vision Jet was awarded the prestigious Collier Trophy. The makers of the groundbreaking jet, the first of its kind to feature a whole airframe parachute system, join a highly selective group of previous Collier winners, such as Orville Wright, the Mercury Seven astronauts and the developers of the F-22 Raptor. DYNON COCKPIT APPROVED FOR CESSNA SKYHAWKS Dynon Avionics has officially expanded into the realm of certified aircraft with the STC of its flagship SkyView HDX flat-panel system for several Cessna 172 models. The SkyView, which has been approved for the 172 F through the S model, made its name in the experimental and light-sport market and features a number of advanced capabilities, including…

1 min.
oldest

Oldest flyable aircraft: Two Blériot XIs. Year built: 1909 Located at: The Shuttleworth Collection (UK) and the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome (U.S.). Oldest person to get a pilot’s license: Lt. Col. (ret.) James Collins Warren. Age at which he received his pilot’s license: 87 History: Former navigator with the Tuskegee Airmen. Oldest active pilot in the United States: Ernest Eli Smith, Red Oak, Iowa. 100 years young. Year Ernie soloed: 1943 Year that he got his ticket: 1946 (after the war) Oldest continuously operating airport in the United States (and the world): College Park, Maryland. Opened: 1909 College Park’s first flight instructor: Wilbur Wright. Longest continuously produced civilian aircraft: Beechcraft Bonanza. First flight: 1945 Canada’s longest continuously operated airport: Edmonton/Cooking Lake Airport. First opened: 1926 Canada’s oldest seaplane base: Also Edmonton/Cooking Lake Airport. Longest continuously produced U.S. military plane: Lockheed C-130. First flight: 1954 Longest continuously operated U.S. military plane:…

4 min.
accident/briefs

CESSNA 172N Skyhawk Moss Beach, CA: Injuries: 1 fatal, 1 serious The private pilot and a passenger were approaching the airport to land with a 70° right crosswind at 10 knots (kts) with gusts to 14 kts. The pilot reported that, on final approach, the airplane was configured with full flaps (30°) at an airspeed of 60 kts, and an altitude of 500 ft mean sea level (msl) when it began to encounter turbulence. The pilot then elected to conduct the landing approach at a higher airspeed and subsequently retracted the flaps from 30° to less than 20°. Immediately after reconfiguring the flaps, the pilot reported that he experienced strong turbulence that violently rocked the airplane and simultaneously felt a “strong downdraft” as the airplane entered a right bank. The pilot was…