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Vol 1 Issue 1 April 5, 2013

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Pilot Getaways eFlightPlan!

We are expandinginto the digital realm with many new options!
Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, or 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 next issue takes you up into British Columbia and the Yukon, Canada for awesome scenery and fishing.

The Yukon
  Have a seaplane rating? Flying floats opens up a whole new world of aviation adventures! If our Jan/Feb story on getting your seaplane rating inspires you to get yours, our next issue will feature a fantastic float-plane trip to British Columbia, Canada, the Yukon, and beyond! You can fly your amphibious floatplane all the way to the NWT, and along the way, land on gorgeous lakes for primitive camping, or stay in unique, isolated, yet luxurious lodges that offer the ultimate in privacy, scenery, and incredible fishing!
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For 15 years, we have been featuring recreational destinations that are accessible to general aviation aircraft—from grass strips with under-wing camping to full-service, fly-in resorts.

“Readers have been demanding an easy way to reference our extensive travel information without carrying 73 back issues weighing more than 30 lbs. By the end of the year, we expect to have our complete library of more than 500 destinations available,” said editor-in-chief John Kounis.

“Furthermore, foreign subscribers can now receive our publication digitally without incurring high shipping fees.” An annual subscription costs $19.99 and back issues are available for $4.99. For more information, visit www.pilotgetaways.com/subscription-options.


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Planning a trip across the country can be intimidating, especially if you live in an area dominated by green on the sectional chart (indicating altitudes below 2,000 ft.). The Denver Sectional Aeronautical Chart, on the other hand, has five colors: all shades of brown, indicating terrain up to 14,433 ft. Brown is also the predominant color on the Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, and Great Falls sectionals.

Running right through these brown colors is the Continental Divide, which forms an obstacle for both rivers and air travel. Fortunately, it’s possible to cross it over terrain as low as 4,500 ft., but you have to select a good route. Flight planning is easier if you understand the effects of two forces: erosion and economics. Let’s start with erosion. For eons, water has been literally moving mountains by carving canyons and valleys, creating natural flyways. From just about anywhere between the Mississippi River and the Pacific Ocean, you can follow a river upstream to the Continental Divide. And you won’t have to cross a single ridge until you get there.

The second force, economics, results in another type of flyway: highways. Because it’s cheaper, highways usually follow the lowest and easiest terrain between two points... 

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Help Rebuild Big Creek Lodge

Nearly every map of Idaho marks the tiny settlement of Big Creek. The lodge was originally built in the1930’s as a single, Forest Service cabin and later expanded to include a post office, general store, small hotel and airstrip. Many pilots exploring Idaho’s backcountry have fond memories of enjoying meals and outdoor activities with friends and family at the historic lodge.

Sadly, Big Creek Lodge burned to the ground in October 2008, leaving just three structures standing. Today, with a pristine, mountain meadow airport but no lodge to service backcountry pilots or other recreationists, the remaining Big Creek buildings are a humble reminder of the destination it once was.

But there’s good news on the horizon. The Idaho Aviation Foundation (IAF) has announced an initiative to rebuild the lodge so new memories can be made at Big Creek. The lodge will include many of the old amenities, including a café, general store, and rooms to rent for overnight stays. Register for updates and see how you can get involved by visiting our site: www.RebuildBigCreek.com.
Big Creek Lodge

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