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eFlightPlan - Sep 2015
Vol 3 Issue 10 October 2015

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 continue to expand with new product options.

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.

As we move forward converting and uploading our back-issues catalog of more than 16 years of Pilot Getaways magazines, we will explore a featured back issue each month. Some of these sold-out-in-print issues are available for purchase for the first time in years, in the new digital format!

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.

It's Time to Fall back with the Sep/Oct issue of Pilot Getaways Magazine!

Kanab, Utah — Fly to Kanab for "The Greatest Earth on Show" and immerse yourself in simply astounding scenery. Millions of years of erosion have sculpted the area's multi-colored sandstone layers into towers, buttes, arches, and rounded arroyos.

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Kanab is surrounded by an array of national parks, monuments, forests, and recreation areas, as well as state parks, and makes a perfect base from which to explore this unique area. The views begin before you even arrive, because the lands surrounding Kanab provide some of the most dramatic flightseeing opportunities available anywhere, and we'll tip you off on the best routes to follow. You can even overfly the Grand Canyon legally in certain areas and, from the comfort of your own airplane, see what other tourists pay hundreds of dollars to see.


Once on the ground, we’ll show you the best hikes around Kanab, all of which offer panoramic views. Engage an outfitter for rock climbing, rappelling, or slot canyon adventures, or try four-wheeling the coral sands of the nearby state park.

The iconic scenery around Kanab has served as the backdrop for many iconic Western films, so many in fact that Kanab's nickname is "Little Hollywood." Visit the Little Hollywood Movie Museum to see sets and memorabilia from classic films, as well as several recent ones.

Animal lovers will want to visit or even volunteer at Best Friends Animal Society, America's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals. You can even stay in an onsite cottage or cabin. Other choices include a historic lodge, elegant boutique hotel, and a unique rental home that features an array of geodes, polished rock, petrified wood, sandstone, and fossils.

This small town offers family-friendly restaurants with home-cooking, a pizza buffet, and an upscale bistro that serves free-range bison with a burgundy balsamic reduction and other culinary delights. Read the whole article in the Sep/Oct issue of Pilot Getaways Magazine!

"The Aviators" Premier with Jessica Cox

"The Aviators," an award-winning show about all things aviation, includes fascinating profiles of individuals, aircraft, technology, and great fly-in destinations. The show's Season 6 debut this October reviews the Pitts Special, the first aircraft whose design is dedicated to aerobatics, as well as a feature on Jessica Cox, the world's first FAA-certificated pilot born without arms, for which she holds a Guinness World Record.

In addition to earning this phenomenal distinction, Cox completed her degree in psychology at the University of Arizona, secured her open-water SCUBA dive certification, and achieved a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She travels all over the world as an inspirational keynote speaker, showing audiences that while she may not have arms, she hasn't been limited by disability.


After penning her autobiography, Disarm your Limits, she recently released a documentary film, Right Footed, directed by award-winner Nick Spark, which details her life story and her work as a disability rights advocate, www.RightFootedMovie.com. Visit her website, www.JessicaCox.com, for more information and inspiration!

"The Aviators" runs weekly in the United States on PBS to an audience of nearly 10 million, according to Nielsen ratings for Season 2. The series also airs in Canada several times weekly on the Travel & Escape network, as well as in over 100 countries internationally, primarily on the Discovery Channel. The show is also available on iTunes, Amazon, and Hulu, www.TheAviators.tv.





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Rejected Takeoffs
by Crista Worthy

Ah, youth! The time when we do stupid things and hopefully live through them so we can enjoy being smart later. Many years ago, for fun, we landed on an extremely remote road. Trouble was, the local "Barney Fife" wouldn't let us take off again. A few amused farmers gathered around our red Centurion. One woman with a large horse pasture offered, "You're welcome to take off from my property... I don't mind." We measured the distance, noted the fence and telephone line at the end (our 50-foot obstacle), consulted the POH, and determined that we could depart. We tore across the field at full throttle, using the full array of short/soft field techniques. Alas, the grass grew longer and the dirt deeper. The fence and wires loomed ahead and above. About three-quarters of the way down, still on the ground, we pulled the power. Despite horsing back on the yoke, the nosewheel sank into the soft soil and broke. Thankfully, we were unharmed (and so were the prop and engine).

Just as the instrument pilot should always be ready to go missed during an instrument approach, the smart pilot should both plan ahead and be ready to abort before liftoff. Being ready will help you avoid a loss of control on the ground (LOC-G) should you have to stop. Having a plan helps you avoid a takeoff when something goes wrong, in which case you risk an in-flight loss of control (LOC-I). One of the NTSB's primary topics in accident reduction efforts this year is LOC-I, which continues to be the top cause of GA fatalities. According to NTSB member Earl Weener, Ph.D., about 40% of GA fatal accidents involve LOC-I, especially during approaches to landing, maneuvers, and takeoff/climbout.

There are many reasons to reject a takeoff besides running out of runway. Some possible causes include a door or baggage compartment popping open, a brake dragging, abnormal instrument indications, unusual sounds from the engine or airframe, a strange smell, or an animal, person, or aircraft entering the runway. Outright engine failures are rare. Sudden airspeed fluctuations, or winds that cause the aircraft to swerve, requiring large rudder inputs, might indicate wind shear, another good reason for the prudent pilot to stop. Sometimes you just get a feeling that something isn't right...

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FAA User Fees while Flying in the Caribbean

Caribbean — "User fees" are once again a topic of discussion between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the general aviation community. This time, the commotion concerns "overflight fees" charged to operators of aircraft in the United States' radar-controlled airspace on flights to and from the Bahamas and Caribbean. Caribbean destinations include the Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, the French West Indies, Netherland Antilles, Nevis and St. Kitts, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Barbados, Grenada and Carraicou, Trinidad and Tobago, and Cuba, where recent regulatory amendments permit flights.


While the FAA is once again considering legislation to increase these overflight fees, they do not apply to any flight for which the origin or destination is a United States airport. The FAA also does not collect on any invoice that totals $250 or less in a given month. Therefore, if your flight originates at the end of one month, and returns at the beginning of the next, the fees are split between the two months and are much less likely to reach the $250 threshold. The rates are charged per 100 nm of travel, as measured by "Great Circle Distance," which is the shortest distance between entry and exit points, regardless of actual route of travel. Problems only seem to arise when a flight of U.S. origin or return makes a technical fuel-stop in the same day, and the FAA is unable to determine that the flight's origin (or destination) was on U.S. soil. In these cases, submitting receipts for verification of U.S. origin (or destination) is generally sufficient to have the invoice cancelled.

The two types of fees charged, either oceanic or enroute, have been increased annually since 2012 and make no distinction for aircraft size or type. For some, the fact that a general aviation flight in a Cessna 172 is subject to the same fees as a commercially operated Boeing 747 is cause for consternation. A recent call-to-action from Jim Parker of Caribbean Flying Adventures generated an overwhelming response to the FAA's proposed increase. The letters and emails asked for general aviation's exclusion from the overflight fees or an increase in the $250 threshold to coincide with the increase in fees. A full explanation of these fee types and amounts can be found on the FAA's website detailing international aviation regulations. The FAA has formed a review committee to consider this public request.

Flying outside of the United States can place a lot of additional factors on the general aviation pilot's flight planning responsibilities. Potential fees for the use of Air Traffic Control services and other logistics can be daunting. However, there are quite a few resources available to assist, such as Caribbean Sky Tours. The company provides reliable service and dependable information to facilitate these international flights in nearby regions. They have been assisting general aviation pilots and flying organizations for more than 10 years, addressing regulatory matters in civil aviation, including assistance with immigration and customs officials in different countries throughout Central America, The Bahamas, Caribbean, and South America, as well as Mexico. Many different countries govern the islands of the Caribbean, therefore, it's necessary to clear Customs and Immigration when entering and exiting each one.

For more information and further resources, check out the Caribbean Pilot's Guide and other guides on international destinations available for purchase from the Pilot Getaways online store.


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!

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Send your stories (and photos if you have them) to eFlightPlan@pilotgetaways.com and we'll publish some of them in our monthly bulletin,
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Chris Woods flies over some of the lush green golf courses in Palm Springs in his 1980 A36TC Bonanza.




As hot weather is being replaced by cool nights and crisp leaves, we look forward to fall, which brings some of the year's best flying weather with clear days, fewer thunderstorms, and less wind.

Our Sep/Oct 2012 cover story on Palm Springs was timely, as aviators gathered there for the once annual AOPA Aviation Summit.

You can also celebrate fall colors along Lake Michigan, sample the harvest in Washington's Wine Country, or pull up an Adirondack chair in luxurious Lake Placid.

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