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Flying September 2017

The sharp wit and experienced judgment of Flying’s experts cover all the challenges and rewards that aviation offers to all flying enthusiasts. From industry news updates, regulations, trends, air shows and events to carefully researched reports on all categories of airplanes, helicopters, avionics, products, technology, accessories and equipment to pilot technique, flight training, safety, weather, operations and maintenance.

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whoa , buddy !

I used to be a lineboy at an FBO at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey called First Aviation. That was back when the operation was based at the northeast corner of the airport and, parenthetically, leased office space to a then-new company called NetJets. Let me start by admitting I was a lousy lineboy. Why would anyone let me, at 18, tow multimillion-dollar jets around a crowded airport ramp? Sure, somebody also let me solo a Piper Cub at 16, but c’mon, that’s different. The first time I towed a Learjet I forgot to remove the nosewheel chock. For the life of me I couldn’t understand why the airplane wouldn’t budge, so I gunned the tug’s engine and watched with surprise as the Lear’s nose rose up and clear over the chock,…

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inbox

STEPHEN LEONARD THE SYNTHETIC AND THE REAL Wow! That was just spectacular! Peter Garrison’s column is always one of the most interesting and informative parts of the magazine, but his column in the July issue is a thing of beauty. It is a lyrical journalistic masterpiece that evokes all the emotional joy of flying — worthy of Gordon Baxter at his best. Thanks. — Stephen Leonard, via email A SOLID PLAN GONE AWRY I read the July 2017 ILAFFT column and came to the same conclusion that I have many times before — every pilot should get an instrument rating. My wife wouldn’t fly with me or let the kids fly with me until I got mine. Modern glass cockpits make instrument flying relatively easy, and a rating will reduce your life and airframe insurance…

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gear

THE BEST OF WHAT’S NEW COOL I PAD CASE How cool is this? X-Naut has introduced an iPad cooling case powered by eight AA batteries that drive fans directed at the device’s main hot spots. The product solves a potentially big problem and one of the primary drawbacks of the iPad, which is that it will shut down without warning if it overheats. That can spell trouble for a pilot flying in hard IMC while shooting an instrument approach. X-Naut designed two easy-access doors for the battery compartments that let you quickly swap in fresh AAs when needed. Two versions are offered, one for the iPad Air and one for the iPad mini. The company lists all compatible iPad models on its website, x-naut.com. The iPad mini version sells for $179.99 and…

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trending

AVIATION NEWS AND NOTES XCUB GETS NON - TSO’D AVIONICS In what appears to be a first since the FAA put forth the revised version of Part 23 certification standards, CubCrafters has received the green light from the FAA to install Garmin’s G3X touchscreen PFD/ MFD glass combination along with a digital autopilot, designed for the Experimental market, into the recently Part 23-certified XCub. The approval has resulted in a revision to the XCub’s type certificate, and the new avionics will be available on the 2018 XCub models, first scheduled for delivery in January. “Garmin’s G3X Touch 10-inch flight display is an overwhelming favorite of Carbon Cub buyers, and it is a perfect match for the XCub as well,” said CubCrafters’ President Randy Lervold. While the FAA has already shown a willingness to approve…

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auto - throttles

AVIATION TECHNOLOGY MADE SIMPLE Precision flying demands a pilot honing the ability to finely tune their inputs to the ailerons, elevators and rudder, tasks autopilots have proven they can handle better than humans. Of course, precision flying wouldn’t exist if not also for a gentle hand on the throttles. Auto-throttles, the next logical step in cockpit automation, make short work of this chore. Think of auto-throttles like a cruise control for airplanes, automation that frees the pilot to focus on more pressing tasks, especially if he or she is the only person aboard. Auto-throttles, long standard on jets, have now made their way to a variety of turboprops. This automated speed control is typically engaged as the flying pilot completes the lineup checks on the runway prior to brake release. As the…

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a new gps procedure demands some study

The RNAV GPS Z approach to Runway 3 at Santa Monica is so new (April 2017), many pilots might not yet even be aware of its existence. (Two additional approaches to SMO were commissioned at the same time.) This new approach comes with a handful of restrictions, many of which are significant enough to demand a pilot closely scrutinize the approach plate before the first attempt. Expect speed, climb, approach minimums and time-of-day restrictions, just for starters. It’s also an LP, not an LPV, approach, which translates into a more traditional non-precision-approach procedure. It’s worth noting the prevailing winds are coming from the west, putting the airplane in a tailwind at the completion of the approach. FOR THE INTERACTIVE VERSION OF CHART WISE, VISIT FLYINGMAG.COM/CHARTWISE…