Facebook Like Us on Facebook      Twitter Follow Us on Twitter
eFlightPlan - December 2013
Vol 2 Issue 9 September 2014

Welcome to eFlightPlan!

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'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.

We continue to expand with new product options and are rereleasing our iPad app before the holidays! Also, check out previous issues of eFlightPlan in our archives, and keep up with our latest happenings on Facebook, Twitter, or go to our ever-evolving website, www.pilotgetaways.com.

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

Buffalo Outdoor Center, Ark. — For a wonderful wilderness retreat in the Ozarks, look no further than the Buffalo Outdoor Center (BOC), perched above the banks of the Buffalo River near the tiny hamlet of Ponca, Ark.

Ponca, Int'l

Author Bill Roberts takes you on a journey over the beautiful Ozark Mountains to a neatly manicured private airstrip lovingly referred to as "Ponca International."

Both the airstrip and the BOC are owned and operated by Mike and Rhonda Mills. Mike bases his Peterson 260SE STOL airplane at the 1,300-foot airstrip and will meet you after you land.


Next, he'll take you to one of a selection of private cabins in the woods that he built. Relax on your porch or go for a walk in the woods.

You can also take a canoe or kayak down the peaceful river where the fishing is excellent. Guided horseback trail rides, spa treatments, and a zip line tour are also available. Borrow the courtesy car and drive to Mystic Caverns, eat at a local restaurant, or drive the scenic highway.

Jump into your plane for a short flight to enjoy another grass airstrip at Gaston’s White River Resort. It has an excellent restaurant beside the large turf runway. Buffalo Outdoor Center is one of those secret surprises we love to reveal to our readers—don't miss it!

Read the whole article in the current issue of Pilot Getaways Magazine!

Pilot Getaways
iPad Relaunch

Glendale, Calif. - Our Pilot Getaways digital subscribers are already able to read the latest issue on their desktop, laptop, iPad, Android, tablet... any flash-capable computer or browser-enabled mobile device. Now, the eagerly anticipated relaunch of the Pilot Getaways Magazine dedicated iPad app will be here in time for the holidays!

Like our online digital subscription, the iPad app delivers the current issue to subscribers, offers back issues for sale, and includes a free preview of the current issue. All current digital subscribers will receive instructions to download the app, from which they can simply log-in and access their full digital subscription. Customers with the prior existing iPad app will receive an automatic update.

Editor-in-chief John Kounis explains, "Foreign subscribers can... receive our publication digitally without incurring high shipping fees." Available for iPad and iPad-mini, an annual subscription starts at $19.95; or download or view back issues for $4.95. And, the annual print subscription is discounted to $11.99 (U.S. shipping) with purchase of a one-year digital/iPad subscription, www.pilotgetaways.com/subscription-options.

Since its debut in 1998, Pilot Getaways has focused on recreational destinations that are accessible to general aviation aircraft, from remote grass airstrips with under-wing camping to full-service, fly-in luxury resorts.


"Readers have been demanding an easy way to reference our extensive travel information without carrying 80 back issues weighing more than 30 lbs.

Cessna Flying Challenge

"[Within the next] year, we expect to have our complete library of more than 500 destinations available," says Kounis.

Go to pglinks.net/digital to check out a free preview issue, and sign up for your digital and iPad subscription!

You can help us fund our digital product development and expedite the process to bring you our great getaway destinations and back issues online and via mobile, even faster! We've applied for a funding grant from Chase Bank, and need your support of at least 250 votes by Oct. 18 to be frontrunners.

Vote for us at Chase's Mission Main St Grants site, and share the link with your flying friends!


Ponca, Arkansas



Recreational Aviation Foundation

Alpine Airpark

Cirrus Aircraft

Deaf Pilots Association


Discounts available for online digital & print subscriptions combinations!

Digital SubscriptionPilot Getaways on iPad


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

American Air Campers Associationpers


1 in 109 Could Happen to You
Are You Ready?
by Crista V. Worthy

Recently, we boarded a Boeing 767 direct from San Francisco International (SFO) to Kona International (KOA) on Hawaii’s big island. Spirits were high: a tropical vacation was in store and the big jet was half-empty, so everyone had room to stretch out. Two flight attendants were serving their final workday before retirement. Parties awaited them in Hawaii, but they didn't get there that day.

A couple of hours into the flight, the aircraft began an almost-imperceptible right turn. I tracked it against the scattered clouds hovering over the ocean from my right-side window seat. After 30 degrees, I thought it meant we had problems and as we neared 180 degrees, the first officer (F.O.) made an announcement. With a shaky voice, he told us the aircraft had lost all its navigation systems, including backups, and we were on our way back to SFO. An emergency had been declared with ATC. We were climbing to a "VFR altitude" of 34,500 feet to maintain traffic separation until a wide enough path could be cleared.

Immediately I felt a knot in my stomach. Did we have enough fuel to get all the way back? Never had the Pacific seemed so vast. I asked, and was told we took off with seven hours of fuel, which was enough... if we didn't get lost. Still, with no radar coverage over the ocean, we were on our own, and I had no desire to discover whether our captain was as good at ditching as Captain Sullenberger. Obviously now hand-flown, the jet made numerous small corrections right and left all the way back.

Fortunately it was VFR at SFO. The emergency vehicles were waiting, but all was fine. After landing, I congratulated the captain and F.O. on a great job. I told them I was a pilot and asked how they navigated back. The grinning captain replied, "Whiskey compass!" I was just going to ask which specific instruments failed when an FAA inspector stepped into the cockpit and ushered me out...

(read the full article)

Jerrie Mock Dies at 88 Years Old

Columbus, Ohio - Jerrie Mock, the first woman to fly solo around the world, died in her sleep at the age of 88 on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. She was cremated and her ashes were spread on the Gulf of Mexico currents without any service or memorial. Always humble, Mock received a medal from President Lyndon B. Johnson for her heroic feat which she claimed to have done mostly "to have fun."

This year will mark the 50th anniversary of her groundbreaking flight, launched from Port Columbus in central Ohio on March 19, 1964 in an 11-year-old, single-engine Cessna 180, the Spirit of Columbus. She was 38 and a full-time mother of three, at the time. She had only held her pilot certificate for seven years, and had never flown beyond the Bahamas, though she had decided she would become a pilot when she was seven years old and began planning her round-the-world trip at age 11.

While Mock had to manage the same sorts of insidious mechanical and weather problems along her flight with which any pilot would have to contend, she also encountered unique cultural and gender experiences. When she mistakenly landed at a restricted air force base in Egypt, she was only allowed to leave after nightfall. And, as the petite, 5-foot brunette emerged from her aircraft In Saudi Arabia, the patient crowd continued to await the pilot. Upon noticing the empty cockpit, onlookers cheered the peculiarity of the female pilot in a country where women are still banned from driving. She landed back in Columbus after 29 days on April 17, 1964, after making 21 stops over 22,860 miles. A nighttime crowd of 5,000 people cheered her arrival.

Mock is survived by her daughter, Valerie Armentrout, as well as many grandchildren. She will be inducted into the City of Columbus Hall of Fame, at noon on Columbus Day, Oct. 13, 2014, and statues have been dedicated in her honor at both the Port Columbus and the Works museum in her hometown of Newark. The Spirit of Columbus is on display in the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., in association with Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Read the full story in the Columbus Dispatch.


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!

Pilot Getaways is always accepting submissions for our eFlightPlan Reader Getaways!

Have you had a great vacation based on something you read in Pilot Getaways? We'd love to share your experiences with other readers!
Send your stories (and photos if you have them) to eFlightPlan@pilotgetaways.com and we'll publish some of them in our monthly bulletin,
No professional writing or photography experience necessary!

Copyright © Airventure Publishing, LLC                 Contact Us: eFlightPlan@pilotgetaways.com

You are receiving this email because of your subscription to Pilot Getaways Magazine,
or your interest in special offers and information about aviation products and services.
If you no longer wish to receive this newsletter, click "Unsubscribe," below.