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eFlightPlan - December 2013
Vol 2 Issue 8 August 2014

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Check out the Jul/Aug 2014 issue of Pilot Getaways Magazine for more great end-of-summer getaways!

Duluth, Minn. — If you're looking for a trip where you can cool off at the end of the summer, look to Duluth, 220 nm northwest of Oshkosh, home of the annual EAA AirVenture air show.

Jul/Aug 2014

As author Patricia Strutz explains, Duluth sits on the north shore of Lake Superior, so prevailing easterly winds and the lake's cooling effects have earned the northeastern Minnesota city the nickname "The Air-Conditioned City," where a hot day in July is 76 degrees.

Duluth has reinvented itself into a trendy tourist spot.


Enjoy a sightseeing cruise on Lake Superior's waters, walk the beaches in search of banded agate gemstones, or watch immense cargo ships pass under one of the largest aerial lift bridges in the world. You can tour a magnificent 1908 lakefront estate, a retired lake freighter, or pilots might be interested in a tour of the Cirrus aircraft factory. The lakeshore also makes a great bird watching area, especially when large groups of raptors gather during migration.

Duluth offers unique attractions and a refreshingly cool change of pace. Start your day at a popular bakery and café with a hip, urban coffeehouse vibe, which also has live music several evenings each week. Find exceptional craft beer and cuisine that uses the brews as a main ingredient, or head to a popular saloon and grill with outstanding views of the aerial bridge to go with the authentic "up north" walleye and other dishes.

You can stay in the heart of Canal Park, cuddle up in a cottage on the beach, or pitch your tent atop a high ridge overlooking the St. Louis River. Duluth is full of pleasant surprises and makes a fun summer getaway.

Read the whole article in the current issue of Pilot Getaways Magazine!

Cessna Discover
Flying Challenge

Wichita, Kan. — Cessna Aircraft Company is sponsoring its third annual Discover Flying Challenge (DFC). Eight DFC participants are taking part in the internship, designed to promote interest in GA and engage aviation enthusiasts across the country.

Six of the interns are piloting Cessna 172 Skyhawks for summerlong excursions across the U.S. The other two interns assist in scheduling and dispatching the pilot interns during the program. Past DFC participants have continued their careers in aviation after the internship, including many who have accepted positions with Cessna.

OpenAirplane, a company that allows users to find, book, and pay for aircraft rentals on its website, is participating by providing detailed itineraries and a map of DFC appearances.


Rod Rakic, co-founder at OpenAirplane said, “Pilots use our mapping tool to find available airplanes across the country. Now everyone can use the same technology to find these events. It's a great way to bring the experience to a new audience."

Cessna Flying Challenge

At the kickoff event, the DFC pilots performed a synchronized engine start and then departed toward their respective regions around the U.S. You can follow the pilots' progress and scheduled events at DFC.OpenAirplane.com. Read biographies of the participants at www.CessnaDFC.com or follow them through www.Facebook.com/Discover FlyingChallenge.




Recreational Aviation Foundation

Alpine Airpark

Cirrus Aircraft

Deaf Pilots Association


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Personal Locator Beacons
One Could Save Your Life
by Crista V. Worthy

It can be amazingly difficult to find a lost airplane. After the Super Decathlon being flown by famous aviator Steve Fossett vanished, the largest search and rescue effort ever conducted within the U.S. failed to find him. A lone hiker discovered the crash site by chance a year later. In Idaho, on Dec. 1, 2014, a Bonanza disappeared from radar after the pilot told ATC he would attempt an emergency landing at Johnson Creek airstrip. After nearly six weeks of official and unofficial searches, a 61-year-old grandmother in Vancouver, B.C., who had studied over 10,500 satellite images of the area, pointed searchers to within 0.2 mile of the crash site, which was finally located just 1.7 miles from the north end of the strip.

If you fly over remote areas, you owe it to yourself and your family to consider what options are available to help locate you. The old 121.5 MHz Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs) are notoriously inaccurate and are no longer continuously monitored. Newer 406 MHz ELTs are better, but most pilots don't have them and nearly 20 percent of the time they don’t even get triggered in a crash. The advantage with an ELT is you don't have to remember to activate it before you crash (although you can). On the other hand, if it's destroyed or the battery dies, it provides no signal that indicates where you were before it activated.

With regard to Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) and GPS Satellite Trackers, three companies produce satellite trackers so reliable the FAA has approved them for a special program in Alaska called Enhanced Special Reporting Service (eSRS)...

(read the full article)

Santa Monica Airport Land-Use - Voters Decide

Santa Monica, Calif. Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) encompasses 227 acres of the most valuable land in Southern California. The airport is low-density land use that protects Santa Monica from more traffic congestion.

But SMO's influence goes beyond its 227 acres. Because of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules restricting building heights around airports, the SMO airspace also protects Santa Monica from high-rise buildings in adjacent Westside communities and the beach. It also restricts LAX air traffic overhead.

Politicians, developers and special interests know the value of SMO land and have had their eyes on it for years. The result has been multiple legal battles with the federal government, millions wasted on studies and development plans, and a revolving door of special interests seeking to cash-in at the expense of taxpayers.

The question voters will decide this November 4 is: Will politicians, developers and a few special interests succeed in redeveloping 227 acres of airport land without voter approval? Look at the facts and you'll agree that it's time to stop the political game by putting final authority for this question in the hands of Santa Monica voters, www.smvotersdecide.com.

-From the www.smvotersdecide.com Fact Sheet


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