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eFlightPlan - July 2013
Vol 1 Issue 4 July 2013

Welcome to the Independence Day
edition of eFlightPlan!

eFlightPlan is our free monthly newsletter designed to supplement our bimonthly magazine (now available both in print and on iPad). We are expanding into the digital realm with many new options! Now, you can check us out on Facebook, Twitter, or, as always, go to our ever-evolving website, www.pilotgetaways.com.

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.

The Jul/Aug 2013 issue of Pilot Getaways Magazine takes you to the International Seaplane Fly-In in Greenville, Maine!

Jul/Aug 2013

Greenville, Maine
plays host to one of the largest seaplane events east of the Mississippi. If exploring the wilds of Alaska [see our May/Jun 2013 issue] isn't in your near future, let author Jeff Van West take you to the next best thing!

Greenville is the gateway to Maine’s North Woods, one of the largest areas of unbroken wilderness east of the Mississippi, and to Moosehead Lake, the largest mountain lake in the eastern U.S. at 40 miles long and ten miles wide.

This lake fields mighty competitions where sea-faring pilots pit their skills against one another.


Enjoy such contests as the Takeoff Challenge, spot landings, and the Bomb Drop, as well as on-the-water events like the Slalom and Canoe races.

Don't worry if you don't have a seaplane: Greenville Airport is just a short drive up from town, and provisions are wheel-friendly.

The fly-in alone is worth the trip, but so is Greenville itself. Though the hills only reach 1,500 feet, there's plenty of wilderness for hiking, fishing, and camping to your heart’s content. You could easily fill a week with canoeing, whitewater-rafting, boat cruises, fall foliage patrols, and even a “moose safari.” Local attractions also include an aviation museum.

There are plenty of accommodations from bed and breakfasts to four-star resorts, accompanied by an equal array of eateries.

Read the whole article in the Jul/Aug issue issue of Pilot Getaways Magazine.

The 2013 fly-in, in early September, celebrates the 40th anniversary of the event, so it’s likely to be a big one! Find out more information at www.seaplanefly-in.org.

ELITE Simulation Training Systems

Since 1987, ELITE (acronym for Electronic IFR Training Environment) has provided IFR training software for pilots worldwide, as well as desktop trainers and full cockpit training simulators with multiple screens. For the last decade, their line of aviation training devices has incorporated real Garmin GPS and G1000 equipment.

Now, in cooperation with Flight 1 Technologies, the company is introducing a low-cost G1000 training solution with the most accurate and complete virtual G1000 available.

The new ELITE Model PI-1000 features Flight 1 Tech G1000 software, a standby instrument package (ISIS), and the industry standard Instructor/Operator Station, VISPRO.


An ELITE Pro Panel II flight console, dual computer systems, 32-inch LED external visual display, and rudder pedals coupled with the P3D world-wide visual display by Lockheed-Martin provides an effective, affordable, high-quality solution for glass training.

Elite Simulation Solutions

The PI-1000 comes with eight simple and complex SEL aircraft and includes the twin-engine Diamond DA-42 and Beech Baron G58. The system comes with a full 30-day money back guarantee. Contact them at 407-359-8787 or toll-free at 800-557-7590, or visit online www.flyelite.com.



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Think Global Flight

Recreational Aviation Foundation



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


Get a 1-year print subscription for just $11.95 with registration of a 1-year iPad App subscription!

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Controlling the Uncontrolled
Sharing the Skies
by Mel Futrell

With its long daylight hours and pleasant weather, summer often means the opportunity for cross-country trips and fly-ins. Many of these flights require landings at unfamiliar, uncontrolled airfields. This magazine routinely features non-towered airports. Of the more than 5,000 public-use and 8,000 private-use airports around the United States, only about 500 are towered. Even the towered airports revert to uncontrolled airfields when the tower closes, which can cause anxiety in some pilots. Operations at non-towered airports are more hazardous than their tower-controlled big brothers. About 78 percent of midair collisions in the traffic pattern occur at non-towered airports.

When operating without controllers, pilots often rely solely on radio communications and count on the announcements of fellow pilots to alert them of traffic. This is a dangerous habit because in doing so, they forget the primary safety technique at uncontrolled airports: see and avoid.

In addition to maintaining strict visual vigilance, adherence to recommended procedures at uncontrolled airports is crucial, yet many pilots fail to comply. Non-towered airports see their fair share of flight training, and these eager student pilots depend on the knowledge and practice of their more accomplished fellow aviators to demonstrate proper pattern work. If you are a little rusty on pattern etiquette and procedure, a review of the recommended procedures outlined in the FARs can go a long way. FARs 91.126 and 91.127 establish traffic-flow rules, and FAR 91.113 cites basic right-of-way rules. Also familiarize yourself with the Aero­nauti­cal Information Manual (AIM), particularly §4-1-9, www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/ atpubs/aim/aim0401.html, and FAA Advi­sory Circular 90-66A, which details pattern procedures, radio phraseology, right-of-way, etiquette, instrument procedures, and advice about non-standard arrival and departure methods.

(read the full article)

Bound for the Backcountry

First published in fall 2012, the coffee table book, “Bound for the Backcountry,” is by far the most comprehensive history ever compiled of more than 100 of Idaho’s famed wilderness airstrips. The first edition quickly sold out. Fortunately, Cold Mountain Press just published the second edition with updated information, additional photographs, corrections, and an index. The construction and historical events of each airstrip are thoroughly documented, supplemented by maps and over 1,000 historical photos, many never before published. The 560- page, hardbound, 8.5-by-11 inch book relates stories of homesteaders, runway owners, boaters, hikers, pilots, and airplanes. It is available signed by the author for $59.95 plus $6 shipping (Idaho residents add $3.60 sales tax), checks payable to Richard Holm c/o Cold Mountain Press, P.O. Box 294, McCall, ID 83638; or via PayPal at www.coldmountainpress.com. A paperback version is also available for $40 via email request to boundforthe backcountry@gmail.com. The author, Richard H. Holm, Jr., is a commercial pilot and recent graduate of the University of Idaho with a passion for history. His other book, “Points of Prominence,” also available on the website, details the history of fire lookouts on U.S. Forest Service land, with emphasis on the many important lookouts in Idaho.

Bound for the Backcountry


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!

Sedona Adventure, March 2013

My flight student, Jake, had passed his Private Pilot check ride with flying colors, but now wanted more experience planning long cross country trips, using flight following and negotiating through Class B airspace—aviation opportunities we don't have in western Montana. Jake was also anxious to get his high performance endorsement and check out in Helena's Sleeping Giant Flying Club's Cessna 182.

Jake needed at least 10 hours of dual in the C182, and my husband, Bill, and I badly needed a cure for Montana's March Malady: Cabin Fever. Pilot Getaways gave us the medicine.

Instead of flying around Helena for 10 hours we decided to plan an adventure that would meet all our needs and more. The November/December 2012 issue showed us the perfect prescription. Flying to Sedona, Arizona, would let us contact Salt Lake Center for transition through SLC Class B using the I-15 corridor, see the beautiful country around the Grand Canyon, find lodging and dining within walking distance of the airport, and provide us with more active outdoor opportunities than we could pack into three days.

Think Global Flight

Instead of flying around Helena for 10 hours we decided to plan an adventure that would meet all our needs and more. The November/December 2012 issue showed us the perfect prescription. Flying to Sedona, Arizona, would let us contact Salt Lake Center for transition through SLC Class B using the I-15 corridor, see the beautiful country around the Grand Canyon, find lodging and dining within walking distance of the airport, and provide us with more active outdoor opportunities than we could pack into three days...
(Read more)

- Jeanne MacPherson, Helena, Montana

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