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Plane & Pilot November 2017

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Madavor Media, LLC
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7 min.
the agony and ecstasy of flying

The events of a few months ago highlighted the role that our airplanes play in our lives, when many pilots used them for two very different purposes. The first was to fly in late August to the path of the total solar eclipse, which draped the Continental United States in a swath of momentary darkness as the moon covered the circle of the sun perfectly for a couple of minutes. People who witnessed it were spellbound by the effect, to the point that many of them felt surprised and a bit overwhelmed by the emotion they felt. Some described it as giving them a sense of perspective that we live on a planet and are very small parts of a beautiful, giant world of nature. It’s a feeling that pilots…

2 min.
airplane names

Nickname of first plane capable of flight: Flyer Nickname of first successful seaplane: Hydravion Three planes with unofficial nickname of “Aluminum Overcast:” Convair B-36; Lockheed C-5 Galaxy; Douglas C-124 Globemaster Nickname of EAA’s Boeing B-17: Aluminum Overcast Nickname of Boeing B-17: Flying Fortress Official nickname of Convair B-36: Peacemaker B-36 Purpose: Heavy bomber (including nukes) Nickname for Curtiss XP-55 Ascender pusher configuration fighter: Take a guess Nickname of Piper J-3: Cub Inspiration for nickname: Tiger Kitten Engine Logo for Cub: A baby bear First post-J Piper designation: Simply “P.” P-1 through P-5. First successful Piper designated “PA” for “Piper Aircraft” model: PA-11 Cub Special—more than 1,500 built 5 Piper PA models before that: PA-6 Sky Sedan; PA-7 Skycoupe; PA-8 Skycycle; unnamed PA-9 and PA-10 Total number of these 5 built: 5 P or PA designations used by Piper: 1-48 and 60 (Aerostar). Numbers skipped: 13; 49-59 Official…

3 min.
accident briefs

PIPER PA23 AZTEC Fremont, OH: 1 Uninjured The pilot reported that, during approach in visual meteorological conditions, he referenced the RNAV instrument approach for the runway to assist with vertical guidance “as [there] is no VASI [visual approach slope indicator]” for that runway. He added that he thought he was high enough as he crossed the adjacent highway, but the airplane hit a semi-truck that was traveling across the airplane’s flightpath. The airplane continued on short approach, landed, and the main landing gear collapsed. Subsequently, the airplane veered to the left off the runway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left and right engine firewalls and nacelle tanks. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. PROBABLE CAUSE: The pilot’s failure…

3 min.
gear

Electronic E6B Flight Computer From weight and balance to navigation, the Sporty’s Electronic E6B Flight Computer ($59.95) is designed to make quick, accurate flight planning calculations simple for longtime pilots and flight students alike. In addition to 20 temperature, weight, distance and pressure conversions, it has 24 separate aviation-related functions. These include calculations for crosswinds, altitude, airspeed and rate of climb, to name a few. In addition, it has a clock with local, home and Zulu times, and a flight timer that can be set to either count up or count down. The Electronic E6B features a large keypad to make it easier to use in turbulent flight conditions and a backlit screen for night operations. It also has rubber feet to keep it from sliding around. The unit uses 3 AAA…

8 min.
can you afford not to install a new autopilot in your used plane?

Over the past couple of decades, we’ve come a long way in understanding the nature of the risk we face when flying, especially when flying in instrument conditions, and the role that automation can play in that overall risk picture. We’ve also realized the importance of recognizing where a pilot’s performance might fall short and how we can make our flying safer by coming to terms with our inherent imperfection. We’ve come to understand that the autopilot is a key component to flying safety. Not that you need an autopilot to be safe, but when the airplane you’re flying is equipped with an automatic flight control system and you know how to use it, your level of risk drops, especially for instrument flying and even more for new instrument pilots. Today’s digital…

5 min.
replacing your battery cables

You know the sound. You get in your vehicle, put the key in the ignition, turn the key, and hear the starter turn over in a slow, ow, ow, ow growl...until it dies. You have a dead battery, and you need a jump to get going. So you jump it. Once you have it started, your alternator should recharge the battery in flight, so watch your ammeter. But if you need a jump-start on a frequent basis, it is time to examine your starting system. Often, a frequently dead battery is only the symptom of a bigger issue. Worried about getting stuck somewhere with a dead battery and no way to get going again, I set out to solve my starting issues. At annual inspection time, I sat down with my…