Tuesday, March 26, 2013
From The Editor: Plane On A Mission
The Cessna 172 is a perfect trainer for the private license but also for an instrument rating. For those with busy schedules, it can be difficult to train on a regular basis. Instrument training is highly demanding, and as lessons are pushed farther apart, our skills become rusty. For some, it's worth it to carve out a chunk of time that can be dedicated solely to training. Contributor Marc Lee was up for the challenge. He signed up with AFIT for a 10-day accelerated program to earn his instrument rating. With instructor John Templeton, Marc flew an intense—but rewarding—43 hours in a Cessna 182 out of Utah's Cedar City Airport. Ride along with Marc, and see if this type of training is for you!
Several months ago, we launched a search for the plane that would be ideal for an airpark residential lifestyle. Contributor James Wynbrandt visited Big South Fork Airpark (BSFA) in Oneida, Tenn., for a hands-on look. At BSFA, not only do you get to live right by your plane, but the airpark neighbors 125,000 acres of the Big South Fork National Recreation Area. For pilots who are outdoor enthusiasts—the airpark has a focus on equestrian sports—it's a dreamland.
In this month's Let It Roll column, Patty Wagstaff tells of how she first got involved with competition aerobatics. After learning to fly in Alaska, she caught the "akro bug" and knew she had to fly aerobatics. Her first contest in her new-to-her Super Decathlon was a nerve-wracking and intimidating experience. But passion pushed her to persevere and she pushed her own boundaries, competing in more aerobatic contests—always in search of the perfect line.