Tuesday, October 25, 2011
From The Editor: It’s Better In The Bahamas
If you're headed north instead of south, we've got you covered there, as well. Winter's arrival shouldn't put your flying on hold; in fact, some of the best flying is done in cooler weather. Contributor Mike Vivion, an experienced winter pilot who flies his Cessna 170B in Minnesota's backcountry, offers tips on preparing for the challenges of winter flying. He covers winterization kits, what to wear, night operations and much more.
James Lawrence reports on the Green Flight Challenge, an electric aircraft competition sponsored by the CAFE Foundation, NASA and Google. Aircraft were challenged to fly a distance of 200 miles at an average speed of at least 100 mph, while burning no more than one gallon of fuel per passenger. Out of 13 initial entrants, five aircraft ended up competing for the available prize money of $1.65 million, with one winner emerging at the end of the historic event. James also takes a look at other ongoing electric aviation projects, and a peek at what's in store for the future.
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