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eFlightPlan - September 2013
Vol 1 Issue 7 October 2013

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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.

Check out previous issues of eFlightPlan in our archives, and keep up with our latest happenings on Facebook, Twitter, or, as always, go to our ever-evolving website, www.pilotgetaways.com.

Attending this year's AOPA Summit? The Sep/Oct 2013 issue of Pilot Getaways Magazine is your definitive guide!

Fort Worth, Tex. — If you are in Fort Worth for the AOPA Aviation Summit, make sure to read this article. Author Narcisco Tovar, a Texas native, gives you the lowdown on "Cowtown."

Marco Island, FL

You can start by visiting two aviation museums at the airport, and then make a beeline for the best boot shop in Fort Worth’s famous Stockyards.


Sashay across the street for all your Western wear needs, right on up to the cowboy hat, and you'll be ready for everything else downtown Fort Worth has to offer: plenty of honky tonk nightlife, dancing, live performances, bull riding, and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

When it’s time to dine, we’ll point you to the best Texas BBQ, prime steaks, wood-smoked game, or fresh organic burgers, with or without live music accompaniments.

As for lodging, you can choose between a premiere world-class hotel just steps away from the convention center, a four-diamond property adjacent to the best shopping, or a historic Stockyards-area hotel that notorious outlaws Bonnie and Clyde slept in 80 years ago!

Read the whole article in the Sep/Oct issue issue of Pilot Getaways Magazine!

AvGas for $1 per Gallon

Redbird Skyport, a multi-faceted general aviation services facility, flight school, and aviation laboratory at San Marcos Municipal Airport wants to rejuvenate general aviation. At Oshkosh this year, they announced their new RedHawk, a Cessna 172 with a Centurion turbo-diesel engine that burns 4.5 gallons per hour of Jet-A and can reduce the cost of training for flight schools.

In an effort to determine what would happen if the cost of fuel were removed as a barrier to flying, Redbird has teamed up with big names in the aviation business world to offer 100LL at the breath- takingly low price of $1 per gallon this October. The low price will certainly increase fuel sales and flying hours, especially with the 2013 AOPA Summit being held in nearby Ft. Worth on October 10-12.

Jeff Van West, Director of Redbird Media, says the goal is to determine how big a role fuel price plays in flying activity, and, if fuel price isn’t the barrier, what it is.

Data will be collected on all pilots who fuel at San Marcos. The fuel offer is open to any piston aircraft that can fly in and out, so long as the pilot participates in the study about how flying choices are made.


(See this month's Pilot Getaways Reader Poll, based on Redbird Skyport's survey.) Pilots arriving in cars or with fuel cans are not eligible.

The city of San Marcos, local businesses, as well as Garmin, Aspen Avionics, King Schools, ForeFlight, Bendix King, EAA, GAMA, Jeppesen, Phillips 66, Piper Aircraft, Avemco Insurance, Sennheiser, Hartzell, Bad Elf, and Brown Aviation Leasing have joined forces to fund the experiment, www.redbirdskyport.com/flymore.


Recreational Aviation Foundation


Deaf Pilots Association

Think Global Flight


Access to the American Air Campers Association (AACA) database comes FREE with any paid subscription: print or iPad!

American Air Campers Associationpers

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Pilot Getaways on iPad


Crosswind Operations
Keeping It Lined Up with the Runway
by Mark Heiner

How proficient are you in crosswinds? An incorrect crosswind procedure can sometimes result in a skid and a little rubber left on the runway. At worst, it could result in a ground loop, collision with obstacles adjacent to the runway, or an even more serious accident. A solid knowledge of crosswind procedures, combined with adequate training, will help you become proficient and ultimately increase safety.

Know Your Airplane
Before operating in high winds, you should be familiar with your airplane’s operating limitations. All aircraft that have been certified in the last 50 years have a "demonstrated crosswind" speed published either in the Pilot's Operating Handbook or on a placard. This is not the maximum crosswind allowed for any given aircraft. Demonstrated crosswind speed is just what it says: it is the maximum crosswind component demonstrated to the FAA during the certification program for that aircraft. If the maximum crosswind experienced during certification of a given airplane was 10 knots, and the test pilot was able to land and take off in that crosswind "without requiring exceptional pilot ability or skill," then 10 knots becomes the maximum demonstrated crosswind speed. This is true even if the airplane is capable of handling a greater crosswind. The demonstrated crosswind speed should be used as a guide to help "average" pilots not get in over their heads...

(read the full article)

RAF Awarded AOPA Foundation Grant for Scientific Study

The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) was selected to receive one of AOPA Foundation’s $10,000 awards from its "Giving Back" program. The RAF was one of ten charities who "do good work through general aviation, keeping pilots safe and safeguarding the future of GA," according to today’s AOPA Foundation announcement.

The RAF has committed to match the grant with an additional $10,000 and will seek contributions from associated organizations. The funds will pay for a scientific study of the impact of aircraft noise on wildlife, and form a credible basis for productive discussion regarding aviation access to some of our nation's special places. The application process was led by RAF Florida state liaison, Jack Tyler with input from the Science & Environment Advisory Committee.

RAF's Science & Environment Advisory Chair, Dr. Ric Hauer, is Professor of Limnology and Director of the Institute on Ecosystems at the University of Montana. Under his direction, the study will commence summer of 2014. Field research will be conducted in backcountry airstrip settings; wildlife trapped blood samples collected; decibel levels measured. The completed study is scheduled for peer-review April, 2015.

Using best scientific practices in research design and analysis, the goal of the study is to develop the first valid measures of stress-producing corticosteroids in birds and mammals attributable to noise from small aircraft in multiple backcountry airstrip settings. Publication in peer reviewed science publications will widely validate these measurements to land managers and the general public.

The Recreational Aviation Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization headquartered at 1711 W. College, Bozeman, MT 59715; 406-582-1723; www.theraf.org

The Recreational Aviation Foundation
 photo by M. Sidders


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 each issue of eFlightPlan. Check out all of the Reader Getaways in our blog!

Seaplane Rating—Montana Style

After reading and saving Pilot Getaways magazines for several years, I hit the jackpot with the January/February 2013 issue. Typically, I read through each issue marking the potential trips I'd like to take so that a given trip will be easily found when the time is right.

Bingo! Seaplane Rating, Montana Style! A friend, Nalena Rieder, and I had already planned a month in McCall, Idaho to fly the backcountry strips that the area is famous for. How easy it would be to use part of that already scheduled time to go north to Montana and refresh that seaplane rating I'd earned several years back.

Wilma, Nalena, & the PA12

There it was all laid out before me with names and phone numbers! I picked up the phone and spoke to John Carmichael immediately after reading the article. No time was wasted in convincing Nalena that she too would love to cross a seaplane rating off her bucket list. We were going to Montana as part of our summer adventure...

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- Wilma Mehlville, Ojai, CA

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