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eFlightPlan - October 2014
Vol 2 Issue 10 October 2014

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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 the Sep/Oct 2014 issue of Pilot Getaways Magazine for some awesome retreats to start your Fall flying!

Albuquerque, New Mex. — Albuquerque has been the location for AMC's popular show Breaking Bad, but the real city defies the stereotypes seen in the show. Set in the shadow of the beautiful Sandia Mountains, and with the Rio Grande running through it, Albuquerque makes a wonderful—and safe—weekend getaway.

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As Managing Editor Crista Worthy explains, visitors can start with Petroglyph National Monument, which begins right across the street from Double Eagle II Airport. In the monument, you can view hundreds of ancient petroglyphs and hike to several volcanoes.

Outdoor enthusiasts can also hike or bike the Sandia Mountains, where they'll enjoy cool breezes and expansive views of the valleys below.


Or go for a jog beside ancient, tree-line aquecias (irrigation ditches), which residents still use to irrigate their locally grown crops.

Every October, fans of hot-air ballooning flock to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the world's largest. You'll feel pure joy when you watch about 600 colorful balloons ascend into the blue sky or when you watch the evening Balloon Glows. Pilots can take a tour of the Eclipse jet factory to see cutting-edge technology right on the assembly line.

Albuquerque has plenty of upscale shopping and art galleries, as well as authentic Indian jewelry and art, all over town. You'll want to try authentic New Mexican cuisine while you visit. When it comes to chiles, New Mexico takes them seriously. Even their state question is: "Red or green?" This refers to what type of chile sauce you'd like. If you can't decide, just order it "Christmas" style, and get both!

Accommodations range from upscale eco-hotels downtown with hopping nightlife and rooftop bars to cozy B&Bs and even an historic farmstead designed by a legendary architect in his signature Pueblo Revival style.

Like so many others who visit, we bet you'll fall in love with this place! Read the whole article in the current issue of Pilot Getaways Magazine!

Missouri Breaks Airstrips

Bozeman, Mont. — The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) recently announced a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that largely upholds the backcountry airstrip designations within Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. Created by President Clinton during his final days in office in January 2001, the Monument comprises about 375,000 acres and 149 miles of the Missouri River. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) then formulated a management plan that did not authorize new impacts, and further applied certain restrictions to long-existing uses of the Monument, such as roads and airstrips. The RAF and Montana Pilots' Association (MPA) mobilized to retain the airstrips early in the planning process, agreeing to allow some to be closed while keeping six open for public use.

A suit challenging the resulting plan was filed by preservation groups led by the Montana Wilderness Association and The Wilderness Society. The Missouri River Stewards and Fergus, Phillips, Blaine, and Choteau counties joined the RAF and MPA in defending BLM's management plan.


RAF president John McKenna observed, "We are relieved to see the Ninth Circuit support the BLM's reasonable approach for the continued use of six airstrips in the Monument. We have worked many years alongside the BLM and other interests to seek a balanced management plan that can be a model for other Monuments."

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The Ninth Circuit did rule in the preservationist plaintiffs' favor on a single narrow issue, directing BLM to conduct a more intensive "Class III inventory" of the roads, ways, and airstrips designated for continuing use. Costs of appeal are normally applied in favor of the prevailing party, but the Court specifically ordered each party to bear its own costs. The aviation groups are represented by Paul Turcke of Boise, Idaho, and Rob Cameron of Helena, Mont., www.TheRAF.org.




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Angle of Attack Indicators
End the Guessing Game
by Crista V. Worthy

We know a stall occurs when a wing exceeds its critical angle of attack, and this can happen at any airspeed or attitude. The key during takeoff, landing, and other maneuvers is to know how much remaining lift is available to keep the airfoil flying. If your brain is as quick as a computer, you could calculate when your airplane will stall. It's a function of your airplane's exact weight at that moment, how many Gs you are subjecting the airplane to based on your bank angle, and so forth. I don't do that, nor do most of us, so we ballpark safe indicated airspeeds. But if you're trying to get into a tight airstrip, you can't just add a few extra knots as a safety margin or you may overrun the end. You have to shrink your margins, and not knowing exactly when the plane will stop flying is what greatly increases the pucker factor at short airstrips. Pilot Getaways editor, John Kounis, happens to be a math whiz; before he got an angle of attack (AOA) indicator, he would always calculate his exact minimum indicated airspeed for landings and other maneuvers based on his operating weight. I know this because I've flown with him. If I came in at exactly the indicated airspeed he told me to, the plane would set down fine. If I came in faster, we would float.

As the GA accident record shows, too many pilots run off the ends of runways or turn too steeply at too low an airspeed, causing a stall, spin, and crash. An AOA indicator ends this guessing game, which means it can save lives. The FAA recognized this fact last February by greatly simplifying design approval requirements for AOA devices. Now, AOA indicators offer the greatest safety enhancement for the money since seat belts, and most systems are priced under $2,000.

In many AOA systems, a lift reserve computer uses the difference in pressure measured between two ports on a calibrated pitot probe, usually mounted on an existing inspection plate on the underside of the wing outside the propeller arc. Proper calibration is critical though not difficult, plus, the instrument will only be 100 percent accurate in exactly the conditions during calibration. Heated probes are recommended for those who fly IFR. The differential pressure data collected by the probe is serialized within an interface module and then sent to the AOA indicator, which is typically mounted on the glareshield within the pilot’s field of vision. An AOA indicator reacts more quickly than your stall warning or airspeed indicator and is more reliable; AIs often become inaccurate at low airspeeds or unusual attitudes, precisely when their information is most critical. Manufacturers have jumped into the AOA arena with both feet and pilots can now choose from a variety of devices...

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AOPA Seeks GAPPA Support

"Few issues will have as much impact on as many pilots as third-class medical reform.

"I know many pilots are frustrated by the pace of change, but I want you to know that I've made this a top priority. And with your help and the help of our advocacy experts at AOPA, we can and will get action.

"Under considerable pressure form our friends in Congress and all of us in the general aviation community, the FAA launched a rulemaking process in April. Since then, we've kept the pressure up. I've spoken with FAA Administrator Michael Huerta about the importance and urgency of this issue on many occasions, and I will keep reminding him of just how vital quick action is to our members.

"We've also worked closely with Congress to keep building support for the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act (GAPPA) legislation that would significantly expand the number of pilots who can fly without a third-class medical certificate. At this writing, GAPPA has 129 cosponsors in the House and 17 in the Senate. Many of those cosponsors were persuaded to get on board after they heard from AOPA members telling them just how much this change would mean to them personally and to the general aviation community as a whole.

"A few weeks back, the FAA announced that it had completed its initial draft of the rulemaking and had sent it to the Department of Transportation for review. Because the proposed change is considered "significant," the rulemaking must be reviewed and approved by both DOT and the Office of Management and Budget before it can be released for public comment. That can be a lengthy process, but we can't afford to let reform get held up by bureaucracy. So we, and our friends in Congress, are getting in touch with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, urging him to expedite and complete the review process within 30 days.

"And we have once again asked our members to weigh in with their elected officials to keep GAPPA legislation moving forward. If your senators and members of Congress have not yet signed on to cosponsor GAPPA, give them a call and ask them to be part of this important legislation. You can see a current list of cosponsors at http://www.aopa.org/Advocacy/Legislative-Affairs/General-aviation-pilot-protection-act.

"Allowing more pilots to fly without going through the costly and cumbersome third-class medical process is vital to the future of general aviation. With your help, we will get this done!"

Mark R. Baker
President & CEO, AOPA

*For more information on the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the issues that affect your flying, go to www.aopa.org today.


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!

Kellee-Set-Go![es] to Curacao

For my moonlighting job, I often get to go on amazing trips all around the world. Recently, I was sent to Curacao—a small Dutch island in the Caribbean just off the coast of Venezuela—by the Tourism Board to make a travel video highlighting adventures on the Island. My moniker Kellee Set Go! represents the ultimate adrenaline junkie who seeks adventure by Land, Air, and Sea, so as a pilot, my first instinct was to rent an airplane and go up to see the island from a bird's eye view before I explored down below. I thought would be interesting as I had never flown out of the country before.

So how exactly would I go about doing this? The answer was simple: find a flight school with an N-model airplane, the easiest way to fly out of the country with an FAA issued license. After some research and a few emails later, I was set to fly on a Wednesday morning with Falki Aviation located at Hato International Airport.

Kellee Set Go! in Curacao

The morning-of was gorgeous, which was a relief because the day before the island was experiencing some serious trade winds that would have made for an incredibly bumpy ride. I then met up with Ramed, a young guy in his twenties who also flew for the Coast Guard, who would do my check out. Once we were in the air, at about 2000 AGL, I set out to spot a few of the places that I would be visiting during my stay...

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- Kellee Edwards, Toluca Lake, CA

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