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eFlightPlan - Sep 2015
Vol 3 Issue 9 September 2015

eFlightPlan brings you snippets and snapshots from our various information platforms, including links to our full Flying Tips articles from our bimonthly Pilot Getaways Magazine — available in print and digital formats! We continue to expand with new product options.

We've always helped you have fun with your airplane at a plethora of pilot-friendly destinations, from unmarked backcountry strips to exclusive fly-in resorts! Pilot Getaways now offers multiple avenues to access this unparalleled travel resource for pilots and their flying companions—be they family, friends, or our non-human pals.

As we move forward converting and uploading our back-issues catalog of more than 16 years of Pilot Getaways magazines, we will explore a featured back issue each month. Some of these sold-out-in-print issues are available for purchase for the first time in years, in the new digital format!

Check out previous issues of eFlightPlan in our archives, and keep up with our latest happenings on Facebook, Twitter, or go to our ever-evolving website, www.pilotgetaways.com.

Get a jump on the Fall flying season with the Sep/Oct issue of Pilot Getaways Magazine!

Yakima, Wash. — Harvest time is the perfect time to visit Yakima, in south-central Washington state. Although best known for its apples and cherries, the Yakima Valley produces a wide array of crops, including many that are transformed into sublime beverages.

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Three-quarters of America's hops are actually grown in Washington, and Yakima is becoming a hot-spot for craft beers. It's also Washington's biggest wine country, and you can sip wines in downtown tasting rooms or out at the wineries themselves. One winery has hiking trails and a beautiful canyon that makes a perfect stop for a picnic lunch. You can also visit an orchard-side distillery to sample fruit brandies made with plums, pears, peaches, apricots, or cherries picked at the moment of peak flavor. With all the apple varieties grown here, Yakima is also the perfect place to make fine cider. Sure enough, a downtown cider bar offers their own delicious cider by the glass, by the bottle, or in tasting flights. Enjoy the lively atmosphere indoors or out on the patio, where you'll find a bocce ball court. Live music and food are available some nights too.


When it comes to dining, you'll discover that farm-to-table cuisine really is possible in this town surrounded by family farms. But there's plenty more to do here than eat and drink. Pilots will appreciate that CubCrafters, manufacturers of top-quality tailwheel airplanes perfect for the backcountry, is based at the Yakima airport. Visit the factory and then walk next door to see the McAllister Air Museum, home to an eclectic collection of memorabilia and displays about the history of aviation in central Washington.

Get your horseback riding Western-style with trail rides that start on a working cattle ranch. Prefer English style? That same ranch offers polo lessons and even clinics during October with a well-known polo player. You can also play a round of golf, and even stay in a house with views of the golf course. If you prefer elegant B&B accommodations, you can choose from a historic home near downtown or a rural manor with a swimming pool, pond, and gardens, all surrounded by vineyards. Stock up on good Northwest wine, brandy, beer, and cider while you visit Yakima. Be sure to leave plenty of room and payload in your airplane before your trip!

Read the whole article in the Sep/Oct issue of Pilot Getaways Magazine!

Carbon Cub FX Builder Assist Program

Yakima, Wash.- Backcountry aircraft manufacturer CubCrafters announced a new program to assist buyers with building their airplane. Jim Richmond, Founder and CEO of CubCrafters says, "Carbon Cub FX turns the familiar 'builder assist' convention upside down. Instead of assisting your assembly of parts from a kit, CubCrafters' technicians facilitate your fabrication of the parts themselves.

"Then, CubCrafters will use your parts to assemble a factory-perfect Carbon Cub, complete with all the options that you choose." This new program satisfies the FAA Major Portion Rule (or "51% rule") that the builder must complete more than half of the aircraft construction. No technical experience is necessary.


The Carbon Cub FX is an extension of CubCrafters' Carbon Cub EX-2 kit, but may be certified up to 1,865 lbs. gross weight, allowing a usable load over 900 lbs. The aircraft is equipped with a 180-hp CC340 engine, long-range fuel tanks, extended baggage, and extended landing gear. A range of panels, paint schemes and other options are available.

FX builders spend five full days at CubCrafters’ headquarters working with factory technicians to fabricate and assemble steel, aluminum, and composite aircraft components. CubCrafters uses the customer- built components to assemble a nearly-complete Carbon Cub FX. About 50 days after the first build session, the builder returns and spends one day on final assembly and preparation for airworthiness inspection, and one day for the inspection, certification and a minimum of two test flights by CubCrafters test pilots. The buyer receives a one-year aircraft warranty (unprecedented for E-AB aircraft), 509-248-9491, www.CubCrafters.com.





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How to Lighten Up
by Amy Hoover

Summer is a time to slip the surly bonds for that adventure to the coast or the mountains, to load up the family and make your way to Disneyland, or go airplane camping and fishing in the wilderness. It is a time to use your craft in the myriad ways for which it was intended. But, when the mercury rises you know your airplane just isn't going to perform like it used to. Increase in density altitude (DA) means reduction in engine horsepower (thus in thrust), increased ground speed (longer takeoff and landing rolls), and decreased climb performance. The changes can be significant, especially at higher elevations.

A turbocharger can solve some problems (except with your pocketbook). However, loss of propeller efficiency is a big factor, even on a turbo-charged aircraft. If your summer flying takes you to the mountains, you will learn to operate in the morning or late evening when your engine, propeller, and wings perform better. A major item you can control is how you load your airplane.

When you operate at higher elevation airports in the heat of the summer, do you have a good handle on how much weight reduction is necessary for safe operations? How often do you really know just what you can expect from your airplane at higher density altitudes? Your aircraft performance charts are a good place to start. However, many charts only give performance figures at gross weight, and some older aircraft do not have substantial charts or data. Remember that you are not flying a new airplane, and your performance will probably not meet the expectations of the charts.

An excellent method of determining effects of density altitude is to build your own performance charts...

(read the full article)

Ryan Field Reopens

Bozeman, Mont. — After a very hot, dry summer the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) has now been able to reopen Ryan Field (2MT1) at beautiful West Glacier, Montana. Acting to preserve the airstrip's beauty for the future, the RAF previously announced the temporary closure due to extreme drought, which turned the airfield brown and created a high fire hazard. Due to the unusual conditions, the airstrip had been marked with X’s at both ends and the road entry gate posted with signage indicating the temporary closure. Despite recent rain and cooler temperatures, the RAF advises pilots to use extreme caution in the area, and still campfires are still not permitted.


Ryan Field, a private airstrip co-owned by the RAF and Ben and Butchie Ryan, is located one mile southeast of West Glacier, MT, and is depicted on the Great Falls Sectional Chart. It is open to pilots with the requirement that each pilot request and receive a current safety briefing on an annual basis.

The request can be made electronically by clicking "Ryan Field Safety Briefing Request" on the "Pilot Info" menu of the RAF website.

You will receive by return email a current safety briefing for Ryan Field valid only for the pilot making the request. The RAF needs to have electronic record of who requested and received the briefing. This briefing is valid only for the year issued as field conditions may change from year to year.

Check out our featured back issue of the month, Sep/Oct 2011, for the cover story on Ryan Field. Help support this and other RAF projects by making your contribution today. The Recreational Aviation Foundation is a public 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed to "preserve, maintain and create public use recreational and backcountry airstrips nationwide," 1711 W. College St., Bozeman, MT 59715, www.theraf.org.


Since Pilot Getaways started publication in 1998, many subscribers have written to us about trips they have taken after reading about particular destinations featured in the magazine. We're featuring a reader-written getaway in select issues of eFlightPlan. Check out all of the Reader Getaways in our blog!

Pilot Getaways is always accepting submissions for our eFlightPlan Reader Getaways!

Have you had a great vacation based on something you read in Pilot Getaways? We'd love to share your experiences with other readers!
Send your stories (and photos if you have them) to eFlightPlan@pilotgetaways.com and we'll publish some of them in our monthly bulletin,
No professional writing or photography experience necessary!

Featured Back Issue of the Month
September/October 2011

Sep/Oct 2015

Stu Horn, president of Aviat Aircraft, flies a 2011 Husky A-1C over Ryan Field during the annual RAF fly-in.




Now that the long days of summer are beginning to shorten and the temperatures are starting to cool, it is a perfect time to hop into your airplane and enjoy some unique getaways.

This issue has some wonderful escapes from a private Montana grass strip right next to Glacier National Park, to a desert sandstone canyon with ancient Native American ruins.

There's also an amusement park with the world’s largest collection of roller coasters, and a city that’s "always 72 degrees."

Now, with the new Pilot Getaways digital catalog, you can buy this and many other back issues today at PGLinks.net/Digital.

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