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Plane & Pilot March 2018

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amelia earhart

THE MYSTERY What was the real fate of pioneering pilot Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, who disappeared on July 2, 1937, before reaching their Pacific Island destination on an attempted circumnavigation of the earth? THE BACKSTORY The mystery of what happened to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan when their flight disappeared over the Pacific just over 80 years ago while on an attempted circumnavigation of the globe is the most famous and enduring mystery in the history of flight and one of the most compelling mysteries of modern times. Amelia, of course, was the pilot, a record-setting aviator who was the first woman to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic, among numerous other firsts. Noonan, her navigator, was at her side on the would-be round-the-world flight. But on July, 2, 1937,…

1 min.
the truth

The disappearance of Earhart and Noonan was a tragedy of epic proportions. Ships searched for days afterward for the plane but never found a trace of the flight. Since then, searchers have combed beaches and used sonar and satellite photography to try to find a trace of the lost plane or aviators. The theory that Earhart and Noonan were captured by the Japanese and interned has been supported by eyewitness accounts by people who claim to have seen the two in captivity. One such witness claimed to have seen their execution by Japanese forces. None of these sightings, which were said to have taken place thousands of miles apart from each other, have ever been corroborated or verified. Likewise, the search for evidence of the flight hasn’t turned up credible clues, either.…

7 min.
risk and the calculus behind it

Those of us who’ve been immersed in aviation for any length of time know what it is to lose someone you know to an airplane crash. It sucks, and there’s no getting around it. The thought that they died doing what they loved to do is little consolation, especially since it’s not really true. Flying is what they loved to do, not crashing. A few months ago, we in personal aviation went through something that happens periodically. The rest of the world took notice of what we are doing, and, as usual, it was for all the wrong reasons. This column is not about the high-profile crash that focused the world’s attention on recreational flying but rather about our desire to fly in ways that ratchet up the level of risk when…

2 min.

Tallest height allowable for USAF pilots: 6’7” Heaviest powered paraglider pilot: 440 pounds Highest max takeoff weight: Antonov AN-225, 1.3 million pounds Greatest payload: AN-225, approximately 560,000 pounds Max takeoff weight, Boeing 787: about 502,000 pounds (no, it won’t fit inside the AN-225) Largest piston engine: Lycoming XR-7755, 36 cylinders, 7,750 cubic inches, dry weight, 6,050 pounds Weight of Beech Baron B-58, for comparison: 5,400 pounds Biggest helicopter: Mil Mi-26 Mi-26 max takeoff weight: 123,459 pounds Max payload Mi-26: Approximately 44,000 pounds Biggest parachute: NASA’s, 150 feet in diameter (half a football field) Purpose: Return moon booster rockets to earth Largest gyroplane: Fairey Rotodyne, 40 passengers (never entered production) Fattest logbook ever: Ed Long, power-line patrol pilot, 65,000 hours 65,000 hours in calendar time: 7.4 years aloft Fattest woman’s logbook: Evelyn Johnson, more than 57,000 hours Most gargantuan ground effect craft: KM Caspian Sea Monster (1964),…

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CESSNA 172 SKYHAWK Ravenna, OH: 2 Uninjured The flight instructor reported that, during an instructional flight, while on short final, he told the student pilot to “pitch down” to maintain airspeed. He added that the student did not respond and that he again instructed the student to “pitch down now” while simultaneously pressing forward on the yoke. He further added that, as he pushed forward on the yoke, the student “pulled [back] with equal force on the yoke.” Subsequently, the flight instructor pushed forward on the yoke “with greater force” than the previous attempt and stated, “my plane,” to the student, but “continued to wrestle the controls with the student” as the airplane entered an aerodynamic stall. The airplane then impacted the runway threshold hard, the nose landing gear collapsed, and the…

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Sporty’s Air Scan Aviation Scanner Lots of pilots like to listen in on ATC transmissions when they’re at home or in the hangar, and handheld air band scanners are a great way to do that. But they have their limitations, most notably a lot of dead airtime between transmissions. With its ingenious new Air Scan Aviation Radio/Scanner ($139.95), Sporty’s has created a product that fills a number of needs at a really affordable price. The radio is portable and comes with a power adapter. With built-in speakers, it’s also the best-sounding air band radio we’ve heard. The cool part is that you can use it to listen to AM or FM radio. The unit will automatically interrupt that regularly scheduled programing when an aviation call comes in on any one of your…