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eFlightPlan - March 2015
Vol 3 Issue 3 March 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. And now...

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Check out some great Springtime destinations in the Mar/Apr issue of Pilot Getaways Magazine!

Winslow, Ariz. — As the transcontinental railroad pushed across the American frontier, towns sprang up along the way. Because steam engines needed water, often these towns grew around water sources. Winslow began as such a town, but it was transformed into a tourist destination.

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La Posada, the last hotel built by Fred Harvey, lured well-heeled travelers from back East. The beautiful Southwestern hotel, stocked with Indian jewelry and staffed by Harvey Girls, supplied the finest in cuisine, service, and luxury souvenirs while satisfying tourists' imaginations about the West.

When the nation turned from rail to the automobile for its transportation needs, Route 66 was built through Winslow and the tourists kept coming. But when the new interstate bypassed the town, Winslow began to fade, like an abandoned adobe house. That is, until four young entrepreneurs found a way to buy the old derelict hotel and restore it to its former glory.


Now, Winslow is developing its own edgy art scene. A number of fun events are scheduled each year, from fly-ins to car shows to a Day of the Dead celebration that goes all-out. But La Posada's elegance, and the cuisine in its Turquoise Room restaurant, now draw visitors year-round.

Fly in to Winslow, stay at La Posada, and visit the natural marvels nearby. Petrified Forest National Park is uniquely beautiful and easy to see in a day visit. Meteor Crater, the world's best preserved, lies only a dozen miles west of Winslow. While you're in town, you can make like the Eagles and go "standin’ on a corner"... that would be the corner, in Winslow, Arizona, where a statue now stands in honor of that timeless song penned by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey, back in the 1970s.

Read the whole article in the Mar/Apr issue of Pilot Getaways Magazine!

Think Global Flight
Takes Off!

Burbank, Cali.— Celebrate with the Think Global Flight (TGF) Crew on Saturday, June 13, 2015, as they begin their around the world flight of adventure promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) education.

The TGF crew will recognize donors and volunteers before their departure at 12:00 noon. Among noted heroes attending and expressing their support are TGF Ambassadors Astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin and record-breaking Voyager pilot Dick Rutan. Buzz Aldrin will also be joining the Crew on most of their journey.

A special invitation-only pre-celebration departure party will be held in honor of the Crew, donors, volunteers, and media, recognizing those invaluable toward the success of this historic flight. As part of the event, a fund-raising Citation flight for 5 will be auctioned and cultural food will be served.

Think Global Flight is a 501(c)(3) established to promote the importance of STEM Education and the boundless opportunities in aviation and aerospace industries worldwide. This international in-flight effort will cultivate and promote a greater awareness and interest in STEM in classrooms by way of an around-the-world flight of adventure.


While circumnavigating the Earth, the team seeks to bridge international classrooms across the globe through the use of virtual venues called Student Command Centers (SCC) for all ages.

Through these efforts TGF hopes to:

  • Create a greater awareness for the importance of international green technologies.
  • Empower parents with their child's educational development through a greater awareness of STEM education as related to aviation and aerospace.
  • Increase the number of children across the globe interested in and inspired by aviation and aerospace, especially among under-represented groups such as girls and minorities as they follow the ThinkGlobal Team on their journey around the Earth.

Think Global Flight is still accepting donors in this elite group of widely recognized aviation supporters. Tax-deductible donor campaign levels include:

For questions regarding the June 13th departure celebration, about donations, or student participation, please email: info@thinkglobalflight.org.




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Planning for a Safe Takeoff
Don't Trust Your Airplane
by John T. Kounis

A first-time student peers suspiciously at an airplane older than he is. "Are you sure it will fly?" he asks. It does fly. And it continues to fly. After many successful flights, the former student, now pilot, believes the airplane will fly. Every step of the preflight reinforces his belief. By the time he advances the throttle and accelerates for takeoff, he is convinced the airplane will fly.

Like the above pilot, many of us take for granted that our airplanes will fly. That is when we are least prepared for an aborted takeoff, or worse, an engine failure after takeoff. If we approach every flight with the trepidation of a first-time student, we will anticipate problems and be prepared to take immediate action.

Anticipate Emergencies

How do you prepare for an engine failure? Envision it. In simulator experiments, the mere mention of the words “engine failure” prior to flight significantly improved the pilot’s reaction time.

During an emergency is the wrong time to decide your course of action. The decision may take only 10 seconds, but those seconds are crucial. Anticipating an emergency before takeoff will greatly increase your safety. For this reason, you should add three items to your pre-takeoff checklist: abort point, engine failure procedure, and turn-around altitude.

Abort Point

Establish the point where you will abort if takeoff is not going as planned. Visualize this point in reference to available landmarks: a windsock, fence post, oil stain, etc. Should anything unexpected occur (such as slow acceleration, loud noise, excess vibration) at this point, abort the takeoff. Such a conservative attitude may result in an extra abort or two during your flying career, but could save your life someday.

On long runways, set the abort point where you expect to lift off. If problems occur before that point or you reach it and are not yet airborne, you can abort successfully...

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Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Farmington, Penn. — Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, featured in the May/Jun 2008 issue of Pilot Getaways, is celebrating the completion of its highly-anticipated, 15-month long, $30 million renovation. The property-wide transformation is the largest project of its kind in the resort's 28-year history and features dramatic floor-to-ceiling upgrades spread across three phases, including four of the resort's six lodging options, the Executive Conference Center and public spaces.

Nemacolin is one of North America's premier resort destinations. Situated on nearly 2,000 acres, Nemacolin features 318 luxurious guestrooms, suites, townhouses and private luxury homes, including the AAA Five-Diamond, Falling Rock boutique hotel. Transformation of 263 of the resort's guest rooms began in December of 2013. Guest service upgrades included a state-of-the-art phone integration solution featuring colored touch screen applications; state-of-the-art Smart Card room entry technology and complimentary wake-up service coffee stations were designed on each floor of the Lodge.

The resort's Presidential Suite which is located on the Club Floor of the Chateau Lafayette, designed to be distinctly unlike any other accommodation on property, cost $1 million alone to upgrade, featuring such amenities as private balcony access and vanishing television displays built into the bathroom mirrors. The Presidential Suite is available for guests to book at $3,300 per night during peak season.


In addition to the internationally acclaimed Woodlands Spa, the resort offers 36 holes of golf on two championship courses - the Pete Dye designed Mystic Rock and the traditional Links Course. Over the past year, the resort also added a four-room Holistic Healing Center with services ranging from acupuncture to healing meditation under the direction of qualified therapists, educators, fitness trainers and medical professionals. The Holistic Garden opened in July of 2014 as an extension of the resort's wellness efforts. Featuring over 50 produce and herb varieties, and the beginnings of a vineyard, the garden is open for guests to walk through and is utilized heavily by the resort's culinary team. The resort also opened the 3,000-foot Fatbird SuperFlyer dueling zip lines at the Adventure Center and added the Nemacolin Experience Department, a full-service concierge team.

Outdoor enthusiasts should visit the 30-station Shooting Academy, a sporting clays facility situated on 140 acres complete with a spacious lodge. Trail rides are available at the Equestrian Center, or for a more rugged trail experience, there's the JEEP® Off-Road Driving Academy. Guests can test their luck at the Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin, featuring approximately 600 slots and 28 table games. As the seasons change, the Sundial Lodge kicks into high gear offering downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and for an unexpected winter experience, visitors can enjoy dog sledding. Nemacolin also boasts an impressive collection of 15 restaurants and lounges, including the Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond, Lautrec as well as a multi-million dollar art collection.

For meetings and events, Nemacolin offers 32,000 square feet of meeting and banquet facilities including three ballrooms, a 200-seat lecture hall and 25 meeting rooms—making Nemacolin the ideal setting for functions ranging from weddings to sales meetings.

For those guests arriving by air, Nemacolin's on-property private airfield with 3,900-foot airstrip is available. Check out our Reader Getaway below for a first-hand account of one family's fly-in to the resort in late 2014. For more information, check out the website, www.nemacolin.com or call 866-399-6957.


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!

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

A week of extremes… from camping in a muddy field in Iowa to staying in a beautiful resort in Pennsylvania. Gotta love aviation!

On Wednesday morning, after a nice breakfast, we made our way to Landmark Aviation FBO on the north side of Pearson airport. We met up with our friends Richard and Marilyn Cooper, loaded our luggage into C-FFUN and were ready to make our way to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, located southeast of Pittsburgh. The flight was very smooth and we made it to the resort mid afternoon.

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Nemacolin is situated on 2,000 acres in the Laurel Highlands. The Resort property has been continuously owned by the Hardy family since 1987 and they are responsible for developing the property into the world-class resort that it is today. Kurtis and I had read about Nemacolin several years ago in Pilot Getaways magazine. The resort has it’s own private 3,900 foot paved airstrip located right behind the main Chateau. It had been on our list of places to fly to and we finally made it...

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- Christina Arnold, Toronto, CAN

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