Story courtesy of EAA - See you at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014—July 28-August 3, 2014

On December 11, 2013, Reps. Todd Rokita (R-IN) and Sam Graves (R-MO) introduced a bill in the U.S. House that seeks to abolish the third-class medical certificate for many pilots who fly recreationally.

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New Flying the Pacific Northwest Book Explores Flying Coastal Washington and Oregon
Written by Dennis Piotrowski    Friday, 13 December 2013 12:12    PDF Print E-mail

A new travelogue memoir, Flying the Pacific Northwest, focuses on the coastal airports of Washington and Oregon. This new publication is based on a 7000-hour flight instructor’s perceptions of the region’s unique airports, with an emphasis on developing and maintaining flight currency.

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Say "NO" to Airspace Anxiety - How to Beat the Fear of Busy Airspace and just Enjoy the Experience
Written by Scott Stahl    Friday, 12 July 2013 08:47    PDF Print E-mail

Every year thousands of pilots descend on the biggest spectacle in aviation, AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. For many would-be attendees the thought of flying in such busy airspace is a daunting one. However, with proper planning and by using techniques that apply to busy airports in general, flying into Oshkosh can be a fun experience for a pilot of any skill level and should be on the to-do list of any pilot interested in going to the show.

There are several actions pilots can take to make operations in busy airspace less stressful and safer for everyone involved. Thorough consideration of these elements will make any flight into crowded airspace a more enjoyable experience and less an exercise in frustration.


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4 Simple Strategies to Get the Most out of your Aircraft when You're Ready to Sell
Written by Chris Kirk    Friday, 15 February 2013 09:21    PDF Print E-mail

Potential buyers get lots of advice about how to buy the right plane—AND, about buying a plane the right way. After all, no one wants to pay too much, nor do they want their “screaming deal” to turn into a screaming nightmare. But, what advice is available to plane owners looking to sell, upgrade, or otherwise opt out of their current craft?

Unfortunately, the time has long since past when most planes could be expected to retain, if not increase, their value over time. Forget about selling your plane for more than you paid for it, especially if you’ve owned it for more than a few years. Your goal should be to minimize loss. There are, however, four crucial steps you can take right now to get the most out of your asset (I hesitate to use the word “investment”) when you’re ready to sell.

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A 'Nickel Tour' of an Engine Overhaul Shop: 10 Steps the Pros take to get Your Engine Flying High!
Written by Floyd Allen    Wednesday, 05 June 2013 13:03    PDF Print E-mail

Time flies when you’re flying— err, having fun.” That’s probably best indicated by how quickly the hours pass regarding TBO! When you reach that magical number of 1500 or 1800 or 2000 hours and decide that something needs to be done, you can have the engine rebuilt, over-hauled, or even replaced. While you might have a general idea of what transpires when your engine is being worked on, it’s reassuring to know exactly what happens when you send your engine out. To that end, we contacted Aircraft Engine Specialists (AES) in Chandler, Arizona, for some inside information.

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Mountain Flying
Written by Scott Stahl    Thursday, 10 January 2013 08:27    PDF Print E-mail

Many pilots have heard the term “mountain flying.” The expression usually conjures up images of fly-fishing trips via short fields and tundra tires. However, the FAA defines mountainous terrain as any terrain with an elevation above 5,000 feet mean sea level (MSL). This definition expands the idea to include much of the United States. While romantic images of fly fishing may be the first thing that comes to mind, the reality is many domestic trips may begin, end, or stop over in mountainous terrain. Mountain flying is a great way for a pilot to see some of the greatest beauty in the United States while providing a fantastic opportunity to enhance and improve knowledge related to weather, atmospheric conditions, aircraft performance, and terrain avoidance procedures. Few would argue the breathtaking scenic opportunities that mountain flying makes available. With careful planning and consideration, mountain flying can also be done with a high degree of safety. It is challenging for the best pilot and enlightening for the newest. The scope of this article is to discuss some of the unique considerations that apply to operations in mountainous terrain. If you are interested in learning more, several training courses are tailored specifically to flying aircraft in mountainous terrain, such as the one offered by the Colorado Pilots Association.

Like any typical pre-flight planning process, a flight in mountainous terrain should include a thorough review of factors related to the day’s trip. These include weather, terrain, aircraft performance, route planning, and even hypoxia.

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