Plane & Pilot is very excited about A Pilot’s Story, an upcoming feature film by Wilco Films. It will showcase many pilots with varied backgrounds, including Patty Wagstaff (aerobatic champion), Cathy Jensen (Southwest Airliner’s first female captiain), Barrington Irving (the youngest person to fly solo around the world), Erik Lindbergh (grandson of Charles Lindbergh), Chuck Aaron (Red Bull’s aerobatic helicopter pilot), and Major Samantha Weeks (Air Force Thunderbirds pilot). The film aims to educate, motivate and inspire the new generation of pilots and future astronauts. It will be entirely shot in HD with an original music score. Visit www.apilotstory.com and www.wilcofilms.com to learn more!
executing Dutch rolls and reading the sectional chart, Rinker Buck's father
taught him how to fly precise. It was hard work, but it paid off. At the age
of 15, Rinker flew coast-to-coast with his 17-year-old brother, as
chronicled in his book, Flight of Passage. Through this extraordinary trip,
he developed a sense of self-confidence and a respect for self-doubt that
remains with him today. What lessons have you learned from flying that are
Alaska, but he got to fly in a Northrop F89D Scorpion. Software entrepreneur
John McAfee drove 17,000 miles to scout suitable routes for aerotrekking.
Stu Horn traded a successful real estate career for Aviat Aircraft. What
adventures, large or small, have brought you closer to your aviation dream?
You’ll find our 20 Aviation Myths listed below. You can read the whole article in the October 2007 issue of Plane & Pilot.
Myth 1: If you make a sudden turn from upwind to downwind, the airplane can stall.
Myth 2: You can buy a fixer-upper airplane and save money by restoring it yourself.
Myth 3: Tailwheel airplanes require much more skill and are inherently dangerous.
Myth 6: Short-field approaches require hanging the airplane on the prop from a mile out.
Myth 7: Flying approaches at higher approach speeds is safer.
Myth 8: 2,000 feet is a short runway.
Myth 9: Pumping brakes is more effective and easier on brakes than steady pressure.
Myth 10: Wear lighter-than-normal shoes for increased rudder sensitivity.
Myth 11: A calm day is safer/easier than a crosswind day.
Myth 12: Power-off landings shock cool engines.
Myth 13: GPS is all that’s needed for cross-country flying.
Myth 14: Ice only occurs in clouds.
Myth 15: Stall-spin accidents always start with a nose-high altitude.
Myth 16: Running up your engine on the ground once a month prevents rust.
Myth 17: On takeoff, it’s safer to leave it on the ground until fast, and then rotate off.
Myth 18: Power-off landings are unnecessarily difficult.
Myth 19: Only licensed mechanics can do mechanical work on an airplane.
Myth 20: Once you fall off the “step,” you must increase power or lose altitude to regain it.