Tuesday, August 24, 2010
From The Editor: Make Your Own Runway
Erik Lindbergh would love to, and probably one day will, own an electric aircraft. In this month’s guest column, the pilot, artist and grandson of Charles Lindbergh discusses his new venture: the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize. Using prize philanthropy, Erik’s goal is to accelerate the development of the electric aircraft industry and motivate students about the future of flight. At EAA AirVenture, students from Seattle’s Aviation High School created a video from interviews with pilots, entrepreneurs and others involved in electric aviation; their film will debut at The Museum of Flight Pathfinder Gala and also will be available on our website.
One hurdle that flight students often find intimidating is radio communications. With experience comes improved skills and confidence, but there are always ways to improve your interaction with ATC. In this issue, Evan Munro, a pilot and a controller at the Fort Worth Air Route Traffic Control Center, helps us to understand “the other side” and offers tips on how to work better with ATC.
Enhancing radio communications is just one facet of the ongoing process to become a better pilot. In the second part of her “Lessons Learned” series, air show star Patty Wagstaff shares real-world examples from her flying experiences after leaving Alaska, where she earned her private pilot license, for the Lower 48. By applying what she learned on long cross-country flights and during aerobatics training to your everyday flying, you can become a more self-aware pilot.
Some of the most self-aware pilots in the world are those who compete in the Reno Air Races. This September, you may be among one of the thousands who trek to Nevada’s Stead Field to watch their low-level, high-speed flying. It’s a week of excitement, friends and festivities, but flying in tight formation close to the ground is serious. Contributor Tim Kern goes behind the scenes at the Pylon Racing School, where rookies and veterans alike participate in intense training sessions, to learn what it takes to be a Reno racer. Check in at planeandpilotmag.com and facebook.com/planeandpilot for our video footage from this year’s event.