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eFlightPlan
Vol 1 Issue 3 June 2013

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eFlightPlan is our free monthly newsletter designed to supplement our bimonthly magazine (now available both in print and on iPad). We are expanding into the digital realm with many new options! Now, you can check us out on Facebook, Twitter, or, as always, go to our ever-evolving website, www.pilotgetaways.com.

eFlightPlan brings you snippets and snapshots from our various information platforms, including links to our full Flying Tips articles from Pilot Getaways Magazine. 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.

This month, we are debuting two new features: our Reader Poll and Reader Getaway. Check out previous issues of eFlightPlan in our archives.

The May/Jun 2013 issue of Pilot Getaways Magazine takes you to Southern Alaska!

The Yukon

Flying in Alaska really is the ultimate pilot's adventure, but most pilots never make it up there with their airplane. They miss the chance to see majestic mountains, smoking volcanoes, lush rainforests, salmon migrating by the millions, and giant brown bears that feast upon them each summer.

In our May/Jun issue, Technical Editor Crista V. Worthy lays out a sample itinerary that covers most of south-central Alaska and some of the 49th state's most beautiful wilderness areas. Find out how to travel

 

both the coastal and inland routes to Alaska from the lower 48.

You'll read about exclusive fly-in-only lodges surrounded by pure wilderness, where the only trails are game trails and where you can fish lakes and streams full of hungry native trout, grayling, or Arctic char. Turquoise lakes, glaciers that are wider than freeways, and row upon row of snow-clad mountains all make for spectacular flightseeing.

You may wish to grab a chartered float or ski plane and let a local bush pilot take you to his favorite secret haunts. You can land on a glacier or in an alpine meadow, go deep sea fishing for giant halibut, and even earn your seaplane rating while learning mountain flying techniques. In the evenings, feast on fresh game, freshly caught fish, and organic vegetables grown behind the lodge.

You'll see why pilot/songwriter John Denver visited one of these special lodges 26 times. Relax by the fire and watch the alpenglow on distant mountains as the summer sun finally dips toward the horizon.

 

Alpine Airpark

While researching our upcoming Jul/Aug cover story on Afton, Wyo., we recalled that last year at this time, our cover story was a destination just 30 nm north of Afton. Alpine Airpark (46U) is a world-class fly-in community with residents who are very enthusiastic about flying.

If you love year-round outdoor recreation, you'll discover paradise here. The airpark is just 35 miles from Jackson Hole at the southeast corner of the Palisades Reservoir near the confluence of three trophy trout rivers.

Picturesque mountains crisscrossed with hiking trails surround Alpine, and the adjacent Bridger-Teton National Forest is home to moose, elk, and wolves. The area invites exploration by foot or horseback in summer and snowmobile in winter.

 

The Airpark boasts new custom homes bursting with amenities, roomy luxurious hangars, and rustic Western design. Non residents can experience Alpine Airpark living in the "Eagle's Nest" home, a beautifully furnished townhome that comes with a private hangar and use of a car. Also, fishing lodges provide free airport pickup or you can explore on your own with a rental car.

When you visit, you will most likely notice the large number of Huskys based here. (Some residents joke that you have to fly a Husky in order to live here.) The Airpark is conveniently located just 30 miles from the Aviat Aircraft Husky factory in Afton.

Caution

Once you visit, you might follow the lead of the other pilots who've settled here. You may just decide to stay and make this your own little slice of heaven on Earth. For more information visit www.alpineairpark.com.


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Alpine Airpark, Wyoming

 
Aviat Aircraft, Inc.

 
Deaf Pilots Association

 
Think Global Flight

 
Recreational Aviation Foundation


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FLYING TIPS

Flying the Alaska Wilderness
by William Pass

People fly across the Mojave Desert, to the Bahamas, and to the southern tip of Baja California. But any time you bring up flying in Alaska, people look at you like your landing gear didn't extend. Maybe TV shows like "Flying Wild Alaska" and "Ice Pilots NWT" contribute to that fear. Flying in Alaska can be as fun and safe as in other remote areas as long as you haven't lost your common sense. As a contract pilot, I've flown turboprops in all corners of the world, including Alaska.

In case you intend to fly your own airplane from the lower 48, then you will have a great training run ahead: the route across Canada, which is mostly as remote as Alaska. If you fly to Alaska commercially and rent an aircraft there, your first level of survival training should be your checkout flight with a professional flight instructor. Your instructors are local pilots and a treasure chest of valuable information. Reserve a whole day and glean as much of their knowledge as you can.

All cross-country flights require solid planning, especially in Alaska. Allow your first flight plans to be crosschecked by a local pilot or flight instructor. What looks like a simple route to you might be a shortcut to hell and you didn't even see it coming.

Survival Kit
Under some conditions, FAR 91.323 allows a 15 percent increase in maximum gross weight in Alaska. The unofficial reason could be Alaska's survival gear requirements. I believe in carrying the required gear for Part 91 flights. Plus I wear a float survival vest, since most of my gear will probably sink to the bottom of a 300-foot-deep lake. But the ugly truth is that many pilots and air taxi operators violate the Alaska statute during their daily operations, due to weight and cost of the survival gear.

Even a 15-minute flight in Alaska can result in an extended stay in the bush, so always bring survival equipment unless you know for sure the required gear is provided with your aircraft (and is actually usable). Prepared Pilot specializes in aviation survival gear, 801-455-5271, www.preparedpilot.com. Sporty's also has a reasonable starter kit for about $70, www.sportys.com/PilotShop/product/13080. In Alaska, local stores like Northern Lights Avionics in Anchorage at Merrill Field carry their own line, www.northernlightsavionics.com.

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The Deaf Pilots Association Hosts 2013 Fly-In

The Deaf Pilots Association (DPA) consists of men and women of all ages, from all occupations and walks-of-life. Though many hearing members participate through associate membership, active/voting members of the DPA are either deaf or hard-of-hearing: some were born deaf, others lost their hearing later in life. Some are culturally Deaf and use American Sign Language (or another) as their primary language. (There are as many signed languages as there are spoken.) Others employ speech and lip-reading. Their diverse association spans the United States, with several members in Europe, and throughout Australia. However, like any pilot population, they are united by a common love of flying.

Deaf have been pilots since the earliest days of aviation. In fact, the pilot of the first transcontinental flight (Calbraith Perry Rodgers in the commercially sponsored "Flight of the Vin Fizz” in 1911) lost much of his hearing from a bout with scarlet fever during his childhood. DPA members demonstrate that deaf people can become pilots, and the use of radio is not required in order to earn private pilot and commercial pilot certificates.

DPA members are involved in a number of activities. They represent deaf pilots’ interests with the FAA, AOPA, EAA, NAFI, and other aviation organizations, and give presentations at schools for the deaf and aviation organizations. They maintain a library of materials for the use of pilots and student pilots, such as closed-captioned instructional videotapes. They publish a newsletter containing information important to deaf pilots as well as articles featuring members and their flying activities. Alone and in groups, they participate in local air shows, airport pancake breakfasts, and fly-ins demonstrating their pilot skills and raising awareness.

Every year, the DPA hosts a weeklong fly-in, to which members and their families come from all over to enjoy the fellowship of flight as well as to discuss mutual concerns. Participants enjoy sightseeing around the localities of the fly-ins and making short hops to interesting nearby airports. This year's fly-in is taking place this month, June 12-18, at Weiser Airpark in Cypress, TX. Check it out at and make some new pilot friends — all are welcome, hearing or deaf, pilot and enthusiast alike! Visit www.deafpilots.org for more information.

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READER GETAWAY

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 kicking off our first "Reader Getaway" with a submission from our own Technical Editor, who has been with the magazine since 2006.

Pilot Getaways—My Life-Changing Adventure

Pilot Getaways has undoubtedly enriched the lives of many of its readers, but I have a hunch that, aside from the magazine’s founders, John and George Kounis, nobody’s life has been changed by it more than mine. Long before my professional association with Pilot Getaways, the magazine introduced me to a whole new lifestyle, and something I read in it eventually led us to move from Southern California to Idaho.

I started flying with my husband, a long-time pilot, in 1995. We rented Cessna 172s or 182s, and flew all over the western U.S. When we bought our Cessna 210 in 1997, our very first trip in it was a 17-day safari across America with our three kids, from Los Angeles to northern California and across to Utah, Nebraska, Indiana, Baltimore, Washington D.C., North Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, New Mexico, Nevada, and home. The following year, I received a postcard announcement of a new magazine, Pilot Getaways. I was already reading half a dozen aviation magazines cover to cover each month, but this one was different—all about places to travel with your airplane! My check for a three-year Charter subscription was in the mail the next day.

Think Global Flight

Pilot Getaways instantly became my favorite magazine; I devoured each issue and saved them all. We started almost immediately taking trips based on the articles we read. I wanted to go everywhere; some trips I knew we would make alone after our kids were grown, but other articles guided us to a variety of satisfying family adventures. One of these family trips was in 2003...
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- Crista Worthy, Hidden Springs, Idaho

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