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eFlightPlan - September 2013
Vol 1 Issue 6 September 2013

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Jump into fall fun with the Sep/Oct 2013 issue of Pilot Getaways Magazine and a trip to Marco Island, Florida!

Marco Island, Fla. — If you're looking for plush accommodations and high-end real estate, you can certainly find that in Marco Island, in southwest Florida. However, Marco Island is truly all about island life.

As the northern entrance to the Ten Thousand Islands, a chain of hundreds of uninhabited barrier islands, Marco Island teems with wildlife; dolphins frolic and osprey soar overhead. This is a trip for those who love to get out on the water.

Marco Island, FL

Land on an airstrip set among the mangroves, or tie your seaplane up near the wildlife observation platform, and within 20 minutes you can be on a 34-foot sportfishing boat with an experienced captain who will target whatever is providing the most action on that day. Or fire up a waverunner and tour the coast; you'll likely be joined by friendly dolphins that play in your wake, just a few yards away.

If a quiet weekend is more to your liking, rent a kayak and explore Marco Island's dense mangrove forests, filled with seabirds, while you look for sea turtles and manatees.


Local beaches provide some of the best seashell beachcombing anywhere, while the area's numerous bars and restaurants provide a variety of live entertainment. Choose from the rowdiest chickee huts where revelers party while dining on ultra-fresh fish, or simply pull your boat up to one of the quiet tropical restaurants where you can relax, sip your daiquiri, and watch the palm trees sway in the gentle breeze.

While in Marco Island, you can also visit the Historical Museum or take in a comedy show. Accommodations range from high-rise luxury resorts with golf courses, spa services, and high-end restaurants to simple beach camping on a remote island. Pitch your tent, make a campfire, cook your freshly caught fish, and then fall asleep to the sound of the ocean waves gently lapping only a few feet away.

Read the whole article in the Sep/Oct issue issue of Pilot Getaways Magazine!

"Swamp Ghost"

The Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor announced it is seeking funds to restore the Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress bomber #41-2446 "Swamp Ghost." This aircraft was to have been one of the B-17s in the flight that arrived at Hickam Army Air Field during the December 7, 1941 attack, but its delivery was delayed due to engine problems.

On the night of February 22, 1942, it was one of five B-17s in the Kangaroo Squadron that took off from Townsville, Australia, to attack ships at Rabaul, a harbor of Japanese-held New Britain. The mission was the first American heavy bomber offensive raid of World War II. The B-17 sustained damage, ran out of fuel, and crash-landed in the remote primitive Agaimbo swamp on the north coast of Papua New Guinea.

Over the next several days, the nine-member crew battled malaria, fatigue, and heat exhaustion, while they hacked their way through razor-sharp swamp grass to safety. Amazingly, all nine men made it back to the base alive.


Having crash-landed in one of the most remote locations on Earth, the aircraft virtually disappeared until Australian soldiers spotted it in 1972, still partially submerged in the swamp, and nicknamed it Swamp Ghost. It was in remarkable condition. The machine guns were in place, fully loaded, and there was a thermos with what used to be coffee in the cabin. It soon became obvious that this plane would become the best-preserved example of a combat B-17 in existence.

It took Alfred Hagen of Aero Archaeology 30 years to secure the return of this amazing artifact to the United States. In 2011, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor began negotiations to receive the aircraft. "The B-17E 'Swamp Ghost' will be one of the crown jewels in our aircraft collection," said Kenneth DeHoff, Museum Executive Director. "While we restore these aircraft to static display standards of aviation museums globally, this one will take us several years to raise the funds to do so. We expect it to cost $5 million dollars."


Until restoration begins, it is planned to be on display in an exhibit resembling the Papua New Guinea swamp in which it was found, the perfect backdrop for this historic artifact. Donors are invited to purchase a brick for a loved one or World War II pilot, in the garden setting of the exhibit, to help restore the aircraft, 808-441-1006, www.PacificAviationMuseum.org.




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Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck Products
iPad Apps for VFR and IFR
by John T. Kounis

My first experience with an electronic flight bag (EFB) was more than a decade ago when I purchased a 200 MHz Pentium tablet PC and Jeppesen's NavSuite to replace six two-inch binders. Since then, the company has continually refined and upgraded their software. At the end of last year, Jeppesen announced the most recent upgrade of their IFR EFB software, Mobile FliteDeck for the iPad. It was followed this summer by the announcement of Mobile FliteDeck VFR, a version tailored to VFR pilots. After loading both products at AirVenture Oshkosh, I familiarized myself with them in the 20+ hours of flying back to California.

The apps are self-explanatory. Not once did I crack open an instruction manual; the small help button at the top of the screen was more than sufficient. (However, I did download the Mobile FliteDeck VFR US Legend PDF from the Jeppesen website to my iBooks app for quick reference.)

The key feature that differentiates the Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck apps from other EFB apps is that the base maps are not simply scans of paper maps; they are built dynamically from underlying data. When you zoom out, the map is decluttered and details are removed, so it remains legible rather than becoming a sea of tiny text. When the map rotates in "track up" view, the text remains right side up too. You can further declutter the map by hiding layers, such as terrain, navaids, military routes, and airspace.

As someone who has glanced down at my EFB during an approach and been annoyed that I had accidentally swiped it and moved a waypoint or selected another screen, I welcome the "lock screen" function that disables the touch screen and allows you to handle the iPad like a paper chart.

Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck VFR
Jeppesen's newest product, Mobile FliteDeck VFR has a modern look and feel, and employs many iOS user interface standards. The stored routes on the home page are displayed in a grid, like icons on the iPad home screen. When you drag one route on top of another, you create a folder of routes, to which you can give custom titles, like "My Summer Vacation." When you create an aircraft profile, you can snap a photo or attach one to it...

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The Recreational Aviation Foundation

As you know, there is increasing pressure on backcountry lands—those less-travelled places we love. The Recreational Aviation Foundation organized in 2003 when it was clear that backcountry aviation needed a vigilant, strong and credible advocate from the grassroots to the halls of Congress. It's too late for some of these special places—but they need your help to continue the work of preservation, creation, and respectful and safe use of backcountry aviation destinations. Here are a few of the successes the RAF has delivered to the backcounty flying community:

  • Through relation-building with federal policymakers, they've established that backcountry aviation is a legitimate, safe, ethical and low-impact use of public lands;
  • Developed, built and charted a new airstrip on US Forest Service land in Montana - the first in 45 years - in cooperation with Montana Pilots Association
  • Built positive and productive relations with the Bureau of Land Management to retain and protect backcountry airstrips;
  • Attained a seat on the Congressional General Aviation Caucus, joining AOPA and GAMA as aviation advocates;
  • Recruited a cadre of volunteer state liaisons who coordinate efforts in their respective states;
  • Facilitated passage of state legislation that adds aviation to recreational laws. This protects private landowners from liability. So far, 21 states now include aviation in their recreational use laws, and they're not finished.

The Recreational Aviation Foundation is asking for your vote for the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Pilot's Choice Award. It will take less than a minute and could mean up to $10,000 for the RAF Endowment Fund. Please see our website www.theraf.org for more detail, and the quickest way to add your voice and support to this worthy effort. The RAF is a public 501(c)3 charity, and your contribution is tax-deductible. You'll see why nearly 5,000 folks have already added their support.

See you in the backcountry with the confidence that these special places will be here for future generations!

The Recreational Aviation Foundation


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!

Camping in the Wet Mountain Valley

After seeing on the pilotgetaways.com web site that the Silver West airport (C08) was open to on-airport camping, I couldn't wait to try it. I had done a touch and go there a couple of weeks prior when flying from my home airport near Colorado Springs (Meadowlake, KFLY) to the San Luis Valley. I was struck by the setting of the airport and the magnificent views. This photo shows the view looking west from the Wet Mountain Valley toward the Sangre De Cristo Range.

Bonanza in Monument Valley

The Silver West airport is located 83nm southwest of Pueblo (KPUB) at an elevation of 8290 feet. It has a single, paved runway (13 – 31) 7,000 feet in length. There is ample paved parking for aircraft, with five tie-down spots for transients (we were the only transient aircraft there during this mid-week visit). The tie-down spots have rings, but no ropes, so bring your own. The airport management I spoke with on the phone prior to my visit was gracious to a fault, let me know how welcome I was, explained in detail what could be expected at the airport, and what I would have access to.

There is a central hangar just north of the self-serve gas pump. A section of the hangar is open 24/7 and has a bathroom (including a shower), a pilot planning room, and a beverage vending machine. I don't know how old the facility is, but everything had a "new" feel to it. The building has WI-FI as well, with the access code available to visitors. This came in handy for using my iPad to get updated weather and maps. There is also a phone in the planning room....

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- Jim Greer, Colorado Springs, CO

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