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eFlightPlan - December 2013
Vol 2 Issue 2 February 2014

Love is in the Air!

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The Jan/Feb 2014 issue of Pilot Getaways Magazine has plenty of romantic getaways, as well as adventures for singles or the whole family!

Monterey, Calif. sits at the southern tip of Monterey Bay, which is home to an incredibly diverse array of sea life, from mysterious, luminous, deep-dwelling fish to delicate jellyfish, great white sharks, and impossibly cute sea otters. Anchored by the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, the town was originally made famous by John Steinbeck’s novel, Cannery Row.

Carlsbad, CA

Indeed, sardines were once caught here by the millions, but overfishing caused a population collapse and the canneries moved away years ago. The bay’s waters were made into a preserve and slowly returned to health.


Now, as author Martha Garcia explains, you can paddle a canoe in a quiet slough and see dozens of sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, pelicans, cormorants, and many other sea birds. For the adventurous, scuba diving is another way to commune with local sea life.

Back at Cannery Row, lovely restaurants and hotels cater to visitors. You can see cars speeding at impossible speeds at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, but a rental car lets you enjoy the area at a more relaxed pace. Tour the spectacular 17-mile drive where you'll pass billionaire-owned estate homes or stop by one of Pebble Beach's legendary golf courses. Walk among the tidepools and then visit nearby Carmel-by-the-Sea, home to a number of art galleries and studios. The Point Pinos Lighthouse is in a perfect spot to let you watch another sublime sunset before dinner.

You'll want to make Monterey a regular weekend getaway, any time of year. Read the whole article in the current issue of Pilot Getaways Magazine!

Sean Tucker Summits Aconcagua

Among 30-degree Fahrenheit windchill and 50 mph winds, legendary aerobatic pilot and adventurer Sean D. Tucker summited the beautiful Aconcagua on Sunday, Feb. 9 at about 4:30 p.m. local time, the tallest peak in the Southern Hemisphere, for the cause of Young Eagles, the Experimental Aircraft Association's youth aviation education program. The official journey began with his departure to Argentina on January 24 and took place over three weeks. Updates and photos were provided throughout the excursion by Team Oracle via www.facebook.com/SeanDTucker, www.Instagram.com/TeamOracle and www.twitter.com/@TeamOracle.

Aconcagua is one of the renowned Seven Summits. At 22,841 feet, it is the highest point on Earth outside of the Himalayas. Aconcagua's flanks hold some of the most difficult big mountain routes in the world.

Tucker's route followed a variation of the "False Polish," in the capable hands of Washington-based, International Mountain Guides. The route approached the mountain through the Vacas and Relinchos Valleys and used the first camp on the False Polish. From there, it traversed over to the higher camps on the Guanacos route. The final camp is higher than the False Polish High Camp, which made for a more attainable summit day. The route then traversed the mountain and descended the normal trek to Plaza de Mulas.


"Challenging ourselves can bring incredible joy and a deep sense of accomplishment. It can open new doors of opportunity and understanding," said Tucker. "For me, challenging boundaries through aviation and adventures such as mountain climbing has enriched my life. I hope that when people – and especially kids – see that I can take on a new challenge, that it inspires them to pursue their own dreams."

Sean Tucker

As chairman of Young Eagles, Tucker is encouraging kids to take their first flight in a general aviation aircraft. A first flight is a transforming experience that opens a whole new world and helps discover the potential within. With a Young Eagles flight, that potential is presented at no charge thanks to thousands of volunteer pilots and crew.

Visit www.youngeagles.org to find a Young Eagles flight near you.




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The Right Instructor for You
Getting the Most Out of Training
by Crista V. Worthy

Most student pilots drop out before they get their pilot certificate, often because of problems with their certified flight instructor (CFI). Certificated pilots may face ongoing CFI problems, or they may become too comfortable with one instructor and shy away from new challenges that could lead to improved flight skills.

When I decided to earn my private license, we chose an instructor who owned an airplane and had flown around the country. It may not have been the best way to pick a CFI, but we figured he had more experience than someone who mostly just flew the pattern with students. My CFI was fairly excitable and often challenged me. Once we flew to an offshore area to practice unusual attitude correction. At 4,500 feet, I donned foggles. Up and down, over and over, he would mess up the Cessna 172 and I would horse it back under control. It’s a good thing I have a cast iron stomach! Finally, I became confused and pulled the power, stepped hard on the right rudder, and cranked right aileron, all at once. The plane dropped into a spin, which I didn't realize since I couldn't see (although my head slamming against the left window should have clued me in). The CFI yelled, "My airplane!" We made several rotations and lost over 2,500 feet before I let go and he was able to level us off. Since I didn’t realize what had happened, I wasn't scared, and then I was only sorry I'd missed seeing it under the foggles. But he was shaken and yelled he'd always been afraid his students would try to kill him.

Do I regret training with this CFI? Not really. His tirades made me try harder to get it right the first time. I got my license in 41 hours, one over the minimum. Afterwards, he told me I was his first student to take a checkride. And I was his last. He quit teaching after I got my private. He wasn't cut out for it, and his methods wouldn't suit most students...

(read the full article)

A Tribute to Bob Hoover

Los Angeles, CA – On February 21, 2014 at 5:30 PM, guests will celebrate the legacy of Robert A. "Bob" Hoover, as the aviation community gathers to honor Bob's long, successful flying career. His experience includes time as a World War II combat aviator and Prisoner of War, an unparalled test pilot, one of the airshow community's all-time performers, and the legendary airborne starter of the National Championship (Reno) Air Races, in his P-51 Mustang Ole' Yeller. The celebration consists of the documentary premier, dinner, and announcement of the Bob Hoover Hall of Honor Inductees. Although the event is sold out, check the website, www.hoovertribute.com, for availability and wait-list opportunity.

The Hall of Honor inductees to be introduced during Tribute to Bob Hoover: Neil A. Armstrong, John Leland "Lee" Atwood, Eugene Cernan, Jacqueline "Jackie" Cochran, Gen. James H. "Jimmie" Doolittle, Elbert L. "Burt" Rutan, Richard "Dick" Rutan, and Drury Wood; were chosen by Bob Hoover as the greatest contributors to aviation's innovation during the golden era of flight and space testing, and exploration.


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