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Vol 1 Issue 2 May 2013

Welcome to Pilot Getaways eFlightPlan!

If you missed our first issue, last month, you can check it out in our archives. We are expanding into the digital realm with many new options! Now, you can check us out on Facebook, Twitter, or go to our ever-evolving website, www.pilotgetaways.com, for multiple avenues to access the unparalleled travel resource for pilots and their flying companions—be they family, friends, or our non-human pals. We focus on having fun with your airplane at a plethora of pilot-friendly destinations, from unmarked backcountry strips to exclusive fly-in resorts!

Our current issue features the "Greene Valley Retreat."

The Yukon

Idaho has more backcountry airstrips than any other state in the lower 48. One of the finest gems in the Gem State is privately owned and has been off-limits to the public. But this year, the beautiful, long, and well-maintained Greene Valley airstrip (pictured at top) will be open to pilots with reservations to stay at the 17,000-square-foot Greene Valley Retreat, as well as for occasional weekend fly-in breakfast events.

Our Mar/Apr 2013 issue has all of the details on this not-to-be-missed getaway. Technical Editor Crista V. Worthy—who has visited nearly every guest ranch in Idaho—claims Greene Valley has the most beautiful setting of them all!

  The 450-acre property lies at the southwestern edge of the Sawtooth Mountains among green meadows, two lakes, plenty of wildlife, and a ponderosa forest. The Boise River also runs through the property, with cutthroat and rainbow trout fishing.

You can visit two nearby hot springs, or just lounge in the clean, turquoise hot pool and hot tub in front of the lodge (both are continually replenished with fresh hot spring water). All your gourmet meals are included with your stay; be among the first to visit this lovely retreat!
Risk Management

We gain knowledge through experience and education. Experience is the most memorable teacher, but also the most time-consuming and costly to obtain. Education supplements experience and allows us to gain knowledge from the mistakes of others. It is efficient, cost-effective, and low-risk. A safe pilot is always learning.

Knowledge acquired through education is less memorable than experience and must be constantly reinforced. Recurrent flight training and even simulated flight—including the personal-computer variety—can sharpen our decision-making skills.

Aeronautical decision-making (ADM) represents a systematic approach to forming sensible conclusions and choosing the appropriate course of action in response to a given set of circumstances. It is a skill that can be learned.


FlightRisk designed a useful resource that can be a vital component of ongoing ADM training. Their customizable web-based flight planning and risk analysis system identifies hazards and recommends the appropriate risk mitigation procedures. This tool becomes a personal operations manual that takes such flight parameters as aircraft type, weather, regulations, and runway conditions and consolidates the information into a digestible form.

Info Caution Stop!

FlightRisk also enables pilots to rate hazards and report conditions associated with each phase of flight, learning from one another's experiences, sharing knowledge, and improving the ADM process. Set up a free account and try it out today at www.flightrisk.com!



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Think Global Flight


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In our Jan/Feb 2013 issue, we addressed risk management and aeronautical decision making. Aviation safety is a topic that deserves no shortage of attention. We all want to fly safely; yet NTSB records reveal the same stubborn problems each year.

While it’s true some aircraft accidents are caused by mechanical failures, pilot incapacitation, and the ever-mysterious “unknown causes,” the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s “Joseph T. Nall Report” reveals that nearly three-quarters of accidents are “pilot-related.” The report points out that most of these pilot-related accidents are the result of specific failures of flight-planning, decision making, or the typical hazards one encounters in the high-risk phases of flight, such as taking off, landing, low-level maneuvering, descent, and approach. It goes on to explain that fuel mismanagement and weather-related accidents generally give pilots advance warning and so “…can be considered failures of advanced planning or in-flight decision-making. Takeoff and landing accidents…tend to happen very quickly, focusing attention on the pilot’s airmanship (though the decision-making that leads airmanship to be tested can usually be called into question).”

What can you do to reduce the stubbornly high, non-commercial GA accident rate?

(read the full article)
Think Global Flight

This international in-flight effort will cultivate and promote a greater awareness of and interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education, as well as the boundless global opportunities in aviation and aerospace industries, by way of an around-the-world flight of adventure taking off in April of 2014. Think Global Flight also maintains a focus on environmental responsibility and green technology.

Interested students are connected in home schools, through after school and youth programs, and in flight schools through virtual venues, called Student Command Centers (SCCs). Students research, analyze, and report data related to the Think Global Flight and its carbon footprint throughout the endeavor, working together to help provide the technical support required for the flight crew to circumnavigate the world.

Join Think Global Flight’s around the world flight of adventure, promoting education and inspiring students for as little as $25. Your tax-deductible donation will go directly toward fuel for the flight. You can even choose your favorite route adding your name, your child’s name, or a company name to it: www.ThinkGlobalFlight.org.
Think Global Flight
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