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Plane & PilotPlane & Pilot

Plane & Pilot

March 2019

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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Language:
English
Publisher:
Madavor Media, LLC
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piper pa-28s

Year Piper began exploring new four-seater concept: 1953Cherokee designers: Fred Weick, John Thorp, Karl BergeyOther notable designs from Weick: Ercoupe, NACA cowlings, Piper Pawnee ag planeFrom Thorp: Lockheed Neptune, Piper Sky Scooter, T-18, Wing DerringerYear of first Cherokee flight: 1960Airplanes it replaced: PA-22 Tri-Pacer and ColtMaterial and design of PA-22: High-wing, fabric-coveredPA-28 materials and design: Low-wing, aluminum monocoque constructionLast year of Tri-Pacer construction: 1961PA-28 purpose: Add low-cost, modern Piper to compete with Cessna 172Famous wing: Piper’s Hershey Bar wing, named after its shape and as a nod to its Pennsylvania design rootsHome of all PA-28 U.S. production: Vero Beach, FloridaStatus of PA-28 production: Going strong in Vero Beach, FloridaIntroduction of controversial semi-tapered wing on PA-28: 1974Nature of controversy: Which is better for stall characteristics and dragStatus of controversy: OngoingNoteworthy semi-tapered…

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welcome to a new aviation world

It used to be that aviation was a solid, even vibrant industry, and it still is, just in a very different way. Gone are the days when hundreds of thousands of GIs, home from WWII and having had a chance to create a little financial independence for themselves and their families, made a big impact on the face of American culture. Think big Detroit metal, Milwaukee hogs, sprawling suburban ranch homes and 18 holes on a Saturday morning. And think Cessna, Piper and Beech, among others. During the heyday of general aviation, United States plane makers were turning out tens of thousands of planes a year. Sixty years later, many of those planes continue to make economic sense to maintain and fly. Singles like the Cessna Skylane, Grumman American Tiger,…

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biggest airplane in the world

THE MYSTERYWhat is the biggest airplane in the world? Sounds simple, but you hear several different models being spoken about as the “biggest.” Is the term meaningless, or can there be a champ?THE BACKSTORYThere are five or so airplanes called the biggest in the world. They are: the Boeing 747, the Airbus A380-800, the Hughes H-4 Hercules, the Antonov An-225 and the Scaled Composites Stratolaunch. All of them are big, in one way or another, but “big” is a broad term. When Ed Sullivan announced every Saturday night that he had a “really big show,” he was talking about its quality, its entertainment value and its importance in the American show business world. And he was often right about all three.But when we talk “big” airplanes, we’re talking about none…

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your aviation crossword

ACROSS1 Mooney ____ Ultra5 Mnemonics-based pre-landing checklist8 High winds9 Mnemonics-based word for when you do your pre-take off checklist10 What stealthy aircraft want to avoid being12 The object of our obsession14 Steep nose descent17 Faintly lit18 Oil container20 Quiet planes22 ____ of descent24 What too many pilots don’t use27 Check it before every flight29 ____ cover30 What the relatives want to know31 Regret32 Not a PFD33 SetDOWN1 Web address ender2 French derived flight surface word3 An approach that works when GPS is out4 Negative response5 NBAA motto, No Plane, No ______6 Airspace established to segregate non-hazardous military traffic, abbr.7 Hydraulic and avionics, for example9 Average grade10 Continent (abbr.)11 ________ Material Arresting System12 The dreaded DME ____13 Absent in $100 hamburger runs15 Some don’t have photos16 Roman 619 In times past21…

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news of note

VIRGIN GALACTIC REACHES SPACE WITH MILESTONE FLIGHTVirgin Galactic made history in December when its SpaceShipTwo reached an apogee of 51.4 miles, marking the first time a human spaceflight has launched from American soil since the final U.S. Space Shuttle launch in 2011. Two test pilots guided the spaceship throughout the flight, which reached its pinnacle after a 60-second rocket burn.AIRLINER DAMAGED IN WHAT SOME SAY WAS DRONE COLLISIONInvestigators are looking into an incident involving an Aeromexico 737-800 that sustained substantial damage to its radar dome while on approach to land in Tijuana at General Abelardo L. Rodríguez International Airport in December. While the investigation is still in its preliminary stages, experts speculate it’s not unlikely that the airplane was hit by a drone, raising further questions about the safety risks…

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accident briefs

SCHWEIZER 269CMedford, New Jersey/Injuries: 2 FatalThe purpose of the flight was to provide an orientation/pleasure flight to the passenger, who was scheduled to perform in a concert on the airport later that evening. Several minutes after takeoff, the pilot reported over the airport UNICOM frequency that he was unable to control engine rpm with throttle inputs. He reported that he could “roll” the twist-grip; however, there was no corresponding change in engine power when he did so.Three helicopter flight instructors, one a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, one an FAA designated examiner, and a company flight instructor, joined the conversation on the radio to discuss with the pilot remedial actions and landing options. These options included a shallow, power-on approach to a run-on landing, or a power-off, autorotational descent to…

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