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eFlightPlan - February 2015
eFlightPlan
Vol 3 Issue 2 February 2015

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Get acquainted with the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) in the Jan/Feb issue of Pilot Getaways Magazine!

Commemorative Air Force — In this all-volunteer organization, over 11,000 people in 29 states and four countries work together to maintain and fly 162 World War II aircraft in order to preserve part of our American heritage and honor the veterans who served in that terrible conflict.

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Managing Editor Crista V. Worthy explains what it’s like to be inside one of these rare birds and how you can go for a flight in one.

Choose a fighter like a P-51 Mustang, or a bomber like the B-17 Flying Fortress, or even the world's only flying B-29 Superfortress, Fifi. CAF aircraft perform in over 300 airshows per year, so it's a good bet that at least one of them will be coming to an airfield near you.

 


Sometimes a CAF aircraft will be flown in to a small local fly-in; you’re welcome to climb aboard, look around, and touch a piece of history. Or, you can arrange for a ride. CAF aircraft also attend airshows nationwide; we'll show you how to find their schedules. The CAF also produces some of its own airshows each year. Two of the largest are in Houston and New Orleans, but the granddaddy of them all is simply called AIRSHO, when some 17,000 spectators thrill each year to over 80 CAF warbirds that fill the sky over two days.

This August, the 52nd annual AIRSHO will be held in its customary location at the Midland International Airport. Special guests will include the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds precision demonstration team. The 2015 CAF AIRSHO will have a tribute to honor the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Other highlights include a special segment recognizing the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. Aircraft from the conflict that will fly as a unique tribute to veterans of Vietnam include the Douglas A-1 Skyraider, Bell UH-1 Huey, Bell AH-1 Cobra, and the Cessna 0-1 Bird Dog.

Read the whole article in the Jan/Feb issue of Pilot Getaways Magazine!

Flytenow Sues FAA

Washington, D.C.— Flytenow Inc., a start-up business that uses the Internet to connect private pilots with passengers who wish to share travel plans and flight expenses, has sued the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for shutting down the reservations portions of its website. The agency claims that by accepting paying passengers through online systems, companies like Flytenow are essentially operating as commercial operators but without the oversight normally given to commercial operations.

The FAA forbids private pilots from being compensated by passengers for more than their share of expenses, such as fuel. Flytenow says that its pilots must pay their share of expenses for each flight and receive no compensation beyond what they would using other accepted methods of sharing travel expenses, such as word of mouth, telephone, email, or posting flights on bulletin boards at airports. While pilots may still share costs, the FAA is now preventing pilots from using public posts on the Internet to find riders.

 

Jon Riches, an attorney at the Goldwater Institute, which is representing Flytenow in its suit against the FAA said, "This is a classic case of government overreaction to new technologies and innovative ideas. Instead of updating regulations to reflect the way Americans communicate today, the FAA is sti fling innovation and silencing pilots who want to use the Internet to communicate their travel plans."

The FAA could not provide the company with any guidance on communication methods that did not violate agency rules. The Goldwater Institute argues that the FAA's decision to shut down Flytenow violates the First Amendment and due process rights of the company, its owners and members, and that the agency's rules are unconstitutionally vague because it cannot provide legally-required "fair warning" of what communication activities of private expense-sharing pilots are allowed or not.

The Goldwater Institute wants the FAA to update its regulations to allow private pilots to make cost-sharing arrangements via websites like FlyteNow.com and to make allowances for other new innovations that will be developed in the future. A successful outcome in this case could have wide-ranging implications for the broader "sharing economy," www.GoldwaterInstitute.org, www.FlyteNown.com.

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FLYING TIPS

IFR Clearances
What You (Mostly Don't) Get With One
by Crista V. Worthy

After enjoying your hundred-dollar hamburger, it's time to fly home, but the weather is tanking, so you're sitting in your airplane, copying your IFR clearance. Aside from permission to fly through IMC in controlled airspace, does ATC give you further services along with that IFR clearance? How about weather avoidance? Terrain avoidance? Traffic separation from VFR aircraft? From others in the IFR system? Actually, once ATC issues you an IFR clearance, the only other service they are required to provide you is separation from other IFR aircraft.

Your first surprise may come even before you take off. Are there any man-made obstructions or terrain around your departure airport? If you're cleared via a SID, you'll have obstacle clearance so long as you fly it. If your departure airport doesn't have a SID, it's up to you to find and fly the proper ODP so you don't hit anything. Make sure you can meet the required climb gradient. If there aren't any ODPs, you can sometimes roll your own by climbing in circles over the airport until you're clear of surrounding terrain. Two words: VFR charts. Don't leave home without them; they show terrain that IFR charts don't. Even though ATC may issue a heading to fly, you're not assured of obstacle clearance until you're on a published route or procedure, or are receiving guidance in the form of radar vectors. Check your clearance; if that initial heading sends you toward the rocks, ask for the ODP or an amended heading. Even the phrase "radar contact" doesn't mean ATC is assuming responsibility for obstacle avoidance; they only do that when they give you a vector, so plan your departures as carefully as your approaches.

Think ATC is going to tell you not to fly into a building cumulus cloud? Think again. We launched into clouds with reported tops of 6,000 feet. At 10,000 feet, we still hadn't punched out, it was bumpy, and my husband complained that ATC shouldn't have let us fly into this. Actually, that's not their job; it's the pilot's. After famed military pilot Scott Crossfield’s Cessna 210 broke up in a thunderstorm, however, the NTSB did accord a small portion of the blame with ATC. They cited pilot error for flying into a severe thunderstorm, but the tapes also revealed that the controller had plenty of time and could have issued a warning, which he didn't. Still, it’s your life on the line...

(read the full article)

Chalet Suzanne Auction

Lake Wales, Fla. — Pilot Getaways has featured Chalet Suzanne - a quaint little inn with a grass airstrip. Now closing its doors, on Friday, February 27th, the fly-in hotel began to auction its real estate, which includes the restaurant (with a license to the Chalet Suzanne name), inn (similarly licensed), public airport, cannery (and licenses), vineyard, employee and management homes and all other undeveloped property. Most of the 130+acres (in 57 parcels), including the restaurant and inn, are being auctioned "absolute," which means that they will change hands no matter how low the bids tendered may be. To make it even more interesting the current owners, the Hinshaws, are offering very reasonable financial terms (owner financing) for qualified buyers. The auction method being used is called "multi-parcel" and allows the sale of the property as individual lots or as one large unit, even somewhere in-between, if that's what works best for everyone.

They are hoping for a single buyer who will maintain this property as a block and develop it. This might be continuing the vision of J.L. Kraft and Carl and Bertha Hinshaw from nearly 90 years ago or using the extremely powerful and flexible zoning of TCC (Tourism Commercial Center) to develop a vision of their own.

Around 2PM Friday and continuing on Saturday, February 28th at 11AM, the secondary auction begins of all personal property which includes antiques, memorabilia, photographs, airplanes, boats, cars, and furniture.

It should be a fun time and a great chance to take a piece of the Chalet Suzanne home with you. Come say good-bye to the Hinshaws and wish them well as they move on to new adventures. This part of the auction will last two days and continue until it’s all gone!

There was a special announcement regarding Carl Hinshaw’s aerobatic flights in his little "Flippen Floppen" or Gyro-Copter at 11AM on Friday, the 27th. His son, Eric, offered a promise on Carl’s death-bed not to fly it, so come see what's next for this piece of aviation history. At 11AM, Saturday the 28th, they will open a time capsule that has been buried outside the restaurant for many years. Who knows what THAT will turn up! There will be great food, music and a liberal sprinkling of tears and laughter for both days. 4000 Chalet Suzanne Lane, Lake Wales, FL 33859.

If you can't make the auction in person, there will be just a few items available for bidding online at www.oglesbyauctioneers.com.

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