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eFlightPlan - December 2013
Vol 2 Issue 7 July 2014

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Greetings from Oshkosh, Wisconsin! eFlightPlan is a free monthly newsletter designed to supplement our other pilot travel resources, including our bimonthly Pilot Getaways Magazine—available in print and digital formats!

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The Jul/Aug 2014 issue of Pilot Getaways Magazine brings you great getaways to wrap up the summer!

Bar Harbor, Maine — When August arrives with the dog days of summer, cool "Downeast" Maine's rocky coastline makes a perfect escape. You'll find Bar Harbor just across Frenchman Bay on Mount Desert Island.


Pilots can easily visit Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island when they fly into Hancock County–Bar Harbor Airport. As author Heather Sanders-Connellee explains, this quintessential New England town comes with dramatic cliffs and island views, great lobster, a lighthouse, and Acadia National Park, the oldest national park east of the Mississippi.


This is a place that can be the perfect place for a romantic getaway. Hike through the park, sip champagne from your balcony overlooking the ocean, or take a sunset paddle tour. Sail on a 151-ft., four-masted schooner, bring the kids for a day of whale watching, or learn how to catch lobsters.

In town, you can shop the boutiques and savor fresh seafood. This popular tourist destination has retained its integrity and charm. Take part in a dining tradition that dates back to the 1800s when you enjoy tea and popovers on the lawn of a restaurant inside Acadia National Park. You can also grab a quick lobster roll in a seaside shack, or savor fine dining with a Latin flair in the quaint downtown.

When it's time to turn in, you can choose from a waterfront room, a chic boutique hotel, an elegant Victorian mansion, or a cozy bed and breakfast. You can be in the heart of everything or away from it all, while you enjoy the cool ocean breezes!

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

Crowdfunded Sunglasses

Austin, TX — Austin, Texas — Flying Eyes sunglasses are specifically designed to be worn with aviation-style headsets. The manufacturer, Summer Hawk Optics, is now updating their high-quality sunglasses to make them even more comfortable and appeal to a wider audience. Flying Eyes have the ability to easily swap between two wearing options: either rigid temples like conventional sunglasses, or a soft nylon-webbing strap. The thin strap doesn't create pressure or pain under a headset and allows a better seal between the headset and the wearer's head to better block out sound in headsets.

A new design adds a 1-mm thin set of temples and an updated release mechanism to switch between the three wearing options. The new temples make the sunglasses even easier to wear under a headset, while also appealing to other helmet wearers such as bikers and equestrians.


Optically correct, distortion-free, polycarbonate lenses are shatter and scratch resistant; lenses are available with or without polarization. The neutral gray, medium tinted lenses allow accurate perception of the entire visible color spectrum and offer UV400 sun protection; options include full prescription as well as non-prescription bifocal lenses.

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To bring the new sunglasses to market quickly, the company has launched a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo that closes on August 8. Among the funding options is a $99 level, which earns donors an early release of the new sunglasses, 512-213-2390, www.Indiegogo.com/projects/flying-eyes-sunglasses or www.FlyingEyes.biz.


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Canyon Weather
by Amy Hoover

Mountain flying often requires flights through deep, winding, sometimes narrow, and randomly oriented canyons. You might fly to an airstrip in the bottom of a canyon, or on top of a ridge or mesa. Or, you might just need to fly through the canyons to get to your destination. In any case, how do you prepare for Mother Nature’s challenges? Primarily, you need to anticipate where air currents will be. The first step, of course, is to get a thorough weather briefing. However, the weather synopses provided by the briefer may not adequately prepare you for the weather factors and phenomena specific to canyons along your route of flight.

Deep canyons can effectively separate landing areas that may only be a few miles apart, so weather can vary greatly over a small distance. The factors that affect weather are often very localized, so a flight service station may have no insight into the weather in a particular canyon. When flying in a new area, knowledge from local pilots is invaluable.

If two canyons are in the same drainage system, pressure usually equalizes quickly between them and the altimeter setting is nearly uniform. However, local winds and pressure patterns can be very different in river drainage systems only a few miles apart. If you fly from one canyon across a ridge into a different canyon that is not connected, there may be a pressure differential between the two canyons. In that case, you can expect wind and turbu- lence at the divide between the two drainage systems. The different pressure in the new canyon may cause your altimeter to be off by several hundred feet until you get a new altimeter setting. All pilots share the same problem, so be aware that other airplanes may be reporting altitude with a different altimeter setting from yours. Set your altimeter to the field elevation each time you land, and verify altimeter settings with other pilots when passing.

If you're heading toward a region with lower pressure, your actual altitude will be lower than your altimeter indicates. So remember the adage "high to low, look out below," and don’t necessarily trust an altimeter setting, particularly when a storm approaches...

(read the full article)

New Affordable Airstrip Liability Coverage

Orlando, Fla.— Morse Insurance Agency, together with a major A++ insurance carrier with extensive experience in insuring public airports, is working with the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) to offer low-cost liability protection for publicly and privately owned airstrips, whether improved or unimproved, including both public and private use. For many airstrip owners, the provision of liability insurance coverage has been cost prohibitive. A major component in the preservation of recreational and backcountry airstrips involves providing liability relief for both public and private landowners. While the passage of Recreational Use Statutes (RUS) provides valuable protection and discourages frivolous lawsuits, there remains the potential for litigation in a liability claim.

With thousands of small airstrips across the nation currently restricting use due to liability concerns, the RAF believes that reasonably priced airstrip liability insurance will significantly increase the inventory of airstrips available for recreational use. The RAF has led the initiative to see RUS amendments pass in every state (see California RUS above). In addition to discounted liability rates for RAF members, there is a 12.5% discount for policies issued in an RUS state. To find out more about the insurance program, contact Morse Insurance Agency, 407-869-4200, www.MorseAgency.com/aviation.


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!

Australia - An "Outback" Flying Adventure

Most pilots, including myself, have a "bucket list" of places where they want to fly. After 1,500 hours, and 30 years, of flying around Canada and the US, from Alaska and the Yukon and Florida to California, and some in Europe, I was looking for another "adventure." I started flying in East Africa, where I got my private license when I was working in Kenya in the mid 70's. I then returned to the US and converted the Kenya license to a FAA certificate, picked up an instrument rating, and currently fly a Lancair Legacy I built in 2008. So, in 2012, I headed "down-under" to Australia for a three week, 5000-mile, 40-hour flying adventure with my son-in-law to be.


In the end we decided on a circular 5000-mile route starting out from Toowoomba, which is about 100 miles west of Brisbane our arrival point in Australia from the US. Then we flew west to the center of the continent in the outback (to Alice Springs), then north to the Gulf of Carpentaria, then south along the Pacific Coast, and back to Toowoomba where Darling Downs Aero Club is located and where we rented the plane. During the trip we were in about 15 airports and stayed in 9 different places over-night (see route map). About one-third of the airports were remote dirt strips with no services or gas of any type, one-third were paved but with limited services (usually but not always with avgas), and one-third full service airports but only three with control towers.

For those who are interested, and good at Google map etc., you can view the sites we stopped overnight at including Toowoomba, Innaminka, Dig Tree, Coober Pedy, Ayers Rock, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Adel’s Grove, Sweer’s Island, Einasleigh, Undara, Hamilton Island, and Hervey Bay. We did not encounter any airports I would rate as "difficult" to land at, and even the dirt strips were about 3000 feet...

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- David Fretwell,
Paso Robles, CA

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