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eFlightPlan - December 2013
Vol 2 Issue 6 June 2014

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The May/Jun 2014 issue of Pilot Getaways Magazine has many great summer flying destinations, like Milwaukee, Wisc. featured below!

Milwaukee, Wisc. — "Brew Town" is a hotbed of American beer breweries, American motorcycles, and American baseball. Follow along with author Patricia Strutz as she gives tips on how to enjoy Milwaukee's legendary breweries.


While visiting this grand city in the summertime, you won't want to miss a Brewers baseball game, enjoy brats with your beer, and sing "Roll out the Barrel" during traditional seventh inning festivities.


To explore the city and surrounding countryside, rent a Harley Davidson after you tour the Harley museum. Your hog can also take you to Summerfest, one of the world's largest music festivals, or Germanfest with dachshund derbies, polka, and, of course, more beer.

Aviators will especially enjoy the Mitchell Gallery of Flight, commemorating General William "Billy" Mitchell, often known as "the father of the Air Force."

You can't forget the cheese in Wisconsin, and locals like it hand-battered and deep-fried to a golden brown. We'll show you where to get yours, as well as enjoy a fine Midwestern steak, and the best biscuits and gravy in town.

For lodging, you can stay in a hotel near the airport, a boutique hotel downtown in the old Pabst Blue Ribbon Complex, or a cozy, Northwoodsy lodge.

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

Amelia Earhart Project

Denver, CO — Setting in motion what has become one of history's greatest mysteries, in 1937, Amelia Mary Earhart sought to circle the globe infamously disappearing over the South Pacific. Today, she continues to intrigue and inspire young women to push their boundaries and challenge themselves and the status quo.

In the spirit of this legacy, Amelia Rose Earhart (no relation) is embarking on her own around-the-world flight to honor her namesake and log her own bit of history.

Beginning on June 25, 2014 in Denver, CO, Amelia launched her Pilatus PC-12 NG for the 24,300 nautical miles, 17 stop trip. Along the way she will be awarding flight scholarships to young women through her project, Fly With Amelia Foundation.



When she finishes the flight her namesake never could, Amelia Rose will be the youngest woman to round the globe in a single-engine aircraft.

Amelia Earhart Pilatus

"By recreating and symbolically completing Amelia Mary Earhart's flight around the world, I hope to develop an even deeper connection to my namesake and also encourage the world to pursue their own adventures. Amelia believed that, 'adventure is worthwhile in itself' and it is that type of attitude that spurs us to seek the unknown, push our limits and fly outside the lines." - Amelia Rose Earhart

Read more about The Amelia Earhart Project!



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Scud Running
If You Must...
by Crista Worthy

There are many ways to kill yourself in an airplane. Alaska has a few all her own. For instance, it's unlikely you'll survive a forced landing, only to be eaten by a grizzly, in any other state. So, if you fly to Alaska, bring bear spray. The bear scenario is highly unlikely, but you might actually stand a better chance of meeting a bear than you will of having perfectly clear weather for the duration of your trip in Alaska. Overcast conditions are common during the summer months in Alaska and the Yukon, but if you ground yourself every time the weather is overcast, you might not get anywhere. Experienced Alaska pilots say flying on top and finding a hole to get under is not the answer; you're better off staying underneath. How can you "scud run" and keep from becoming a statistic?

First let me clarify that I am not talking about flying a couple hundred feet or less above the ground and under a deck in low visibility. That's suicide. With mountains around, you need thousands of feet of vertical maneuvering room. In controlled airspace, VFR is three miles visibility; in Class G, you legally need only one mile. But in one-mile visibility at 120 mph, your airplane covers the distance you can see in only 30 seconds. Imagine looking down at the chart in your lap or cross-checking instruments. By the time you look up, granite may have emerged from the mist and you can't avoid it. And have you ever actually flown VFR in truly poor visibility? If not, fly with your instructor on crummy days and find out what one, two, and three-mile visibility really looks like. It may give you pause.

Preflight planning is a must, and get a weather briefing if at all possible. Additionally, the FAA has installed many web-cams throughout Alaska; most are updated every 10 minutes and their locations are shown on VFR Sectionals, avcams.faa.gov...

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CA Passes Aviation-Friendly Amendment

Sacramento, CA— Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Senate Bill 1072, which amends the California Recreational Use Statute (RUS) to include recreational aviation. Since the RUS now protects landowners from liability arising from recreational use of their property, airstrip owners will likely be more receptive to transient pilots.

California becomes the 24th state to include such language in its laws. The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) is spearheading an effort to amend RUS language in states nationwide.

"California is such an important aviation state and this is not only an important day for California but a very big day for aviation" said RAF President John McKenna. "The RAF is excited about the momentum this creates to meet our goal of having the RUS passed in all states."

SB1072 Supporters
Left to right: California State Liaison John Kounis, Association of California Airports President Ronald Elliott, Senator Jean Fuller, AOPA Western Pacific Regional Manager John Pfeifer, and California Pilots Association Vice President Carol Ford testified at the California Senate hearing on SB1072 on April 22.

Senator Jean Fuller (R–Bakersfield) sponsored the bill. She and her husband are both private pilots and recognize the value of general aviation for their 250-mile commute to the state capitol as well as their recreational activities. RAF state liaison John Kounis worked with Senator Fuller’s office to provide aviation-specific research and background information throughout the legislative process. Representatives from Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the California Pilots Association, and the Association of California Airports also helped rally support for the bill. "It is a win for both airport owners and for pilots who now have more recreational opportunities in the state," Kounis said.


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!

La Gartia Creek Ranch Fly-In

The La Gartia Creek Ranch Fly-in to southern Colorado was on the last weekend of May, organized by the Colorado pilots group—http://flycolorado.org.  The Fly-In was very nice—even though it was a drive-in for me and Susan—forecast thunderstorms on Friday when we needed to arrive. Lots to do. Lots of parking, and the field is quite adequate with trike gear airplanes as well as the conventional gear, though my preference would be for conventional as the occasional bit of high grass and loose sand on the surface may have eroded a few prop tips for those with short ground clearance. The field dries out very rapidly, and the soft tiedown area mentioned in lead-in information was not a factor at all.


Density altitude didn’t present a problem that I saw, as most folks planned conservatively or brought plenty of power. There was a 1946 J-3 Cub (with the "BIG" engine—85 hp) that did fine, but, like I said, the single pilot planned appropriately, and 85 hp is adequate for a 1000# airplane.

It was a great weekend, even without flying, but the weather should be better for the fall fly-in they are planning (no date yet).  There are lots of hiking and sight-seeing opportunities, the option of rustic cabins (but with hot water and showers) or tent camping, good fishing in the creek that runs through the ranch.  There is direct access to National Forest trails from the ranch, including picturesque Penitente Canyon.  Bring a bike or plan a long walk if you want to get to the north side of Penitente Canyon...

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- Dick Perry, Del Norte, CO

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