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2005 Articles

Breakin’ Up is Hard to Do

23-04-2014 Hits:1470 2005 articles Robert Gandt - avatar Robert Gandt

November 2005- Let me say up front that this isn’t one of those broken-heart stories that country singers like to warble about. Nothing like that. The breakup between me and my J-3 Cub was amicable in almost every respect, with a few exceptions. But first, you need to know about the Cub. This wasn’t your humble, garden variety, plain yellow J-3 Cub. It was a vain, short-winged, tail-wagging, attention-demanding little animal with chubby wheel pants, a hundred-horse Continental engine and a bright...

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In The Beginning

18-04-2014 Hits:1394 2005 articles Daryl Murphy - avatar Daryl Murphy

 “…with a rising shriek, the speed began to rise rapidly and large patches of red heat became visible. The engine was obviously out of control. All the personnel went down the factory at high speed in varying directions…” —Sir Frank Whittle, describing an early test of his gas turbine design   Today, the gas turbine is known for making high-speed, efficient flight a reality. Its output can range from a few horsepower to tens of thousands. Whether it is a turboprop or a...

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Dreams Do Come True

18-04-2014 Hits:1433 2005 articles Dan Lakeman - avatar Dan Lakeman

It’s been said everyone has a story. It’s also been said that everyone has a dream. My story has its beginning in the 1930s when my grandfather took his first plane ride in a 40-horse Cub. Lessons in the Cub followed, leading my grandfather, together with several friends, to form the Haleyville, Ala. Aero Club. When Papa John Lakeman earned his pilot’s license, my father was his first passenger, starting a family tradition that includes a love of flying and...

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Tugs, Tows and Winches

18-04-2014 Hits:1399 2005 articles John Ruley - avatar John Ruley

July 2005- When you take flying lessons, you learn the basics of moving an airplane on the ground. At first, you’ll help your instructor, then you’ll do the moving under his or her supervision. If your trainer is kept on a tiedown, most of what’s involved is just taxiing, but from time to time you’ll have to move the airplane without using the engine. Where modern trainers are concerned, this is just a matter of muscle power—attach the tow bar...

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The Short Wing Pipers

17-04-2014 Hits:1795 2005 articles Daryl Murphy - avatar Daryl Murphy

  September 2005- The design must have been perfect, because every Piper built until 1948 used exactly the same wing. Of course, that made for good manufacturing economies, which was one of Bill Piper’s specialties. But suddenly, the order book began to get thin. More than 50,000 civil airplanes had been built since 1945, and the government began dumping another 31,000 military surplus aircraft on the civilian market at prices even less than Bill Piper could offer.   The Short Wings The company was...

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Hits ‘n Misses

30-12-2013 Hits:1504 2005 articles Michael Leighton - avatar Michael Leighton

August 2005-  Every year in April, I set off to go to the annual EAA event in Lakeland, Fla., commonly known as Sun ‘n Fun. Armed only with a press pass and a shopping list, I work my way around the show seeking out the specific products and services I have been contemplating to purchase. Sometimes I stumble across something I hadn’t planned on looking at and other times I find myself standing at the show booth, dealing with the disappointment that...

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Defining Commercial Operations

27-12-2013 Hits:1470 2005 articles Michael Leighton - avatar Michael Leighton

August 2005-  In the wake of 9/11 and the massive government reorganization that followed, it was inevitable that some government agencies would have different rules and guidelines for defining specific operations than others. As pilots, we are all very familiar with the FAA and the rules it publishes by which we operate our aircraft. But other government agencies don’t necessarily share the FAA’s definitions. Specifically, I am speaking about U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or CBP. Now if you never fly out of...

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Piper’s Bug-Zapping, Weed-Whacking Pawnees

27-12-2013 Hits:2353 2005 articles Daryl Murphy - avatar Daryl Murphy

June 2005-  The Piper Pawnee is a working airplane, an employee that is paid by the hour and usually does hot, dirty jobs, often seven days a week. It’s not likely that many Piper Flyer readers have ever flown a Pawnee, but you can be sure that the experience the company gained with this tough little bird found its way into every succeeding airplane from Lock Haven and Vero Beach. The first crop duster was actually a U.S. Army pilot, Lt. John Macready...

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Roll Your Own Reservations

27-12-2013 Hits:1415 2005 articles Michael Leighton - avatar Michael Leighton

May 2005-  Philadelphia Eagles in Superbowl XXXVIX, which was played for the first time in Jacksonville, Fla. I was there. Not at the game, at Jacksonville. This is what charter pilots do. We take people to and from special events all the time. Since 9/11, the airspace around these large gatherings has become targets of complex and often totally non-understandable TFRs that would require a Philadelphia lawyer to interpret. So it was that weekend. In the 16 pages of instructions that constituted the...

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Flying for Profit

26-12-2013 Hits:1535 2005 articles PFA Staff - avatar PFA Staff

May 2005-  Jay Taffet is a new member of the Piper Flyer Association. He lives in Montgomery, Ala. and, like many of you, flies his Piper Arrow recreationally every weekend and sometimes on weekdays if he can justify it at work. What may be different about Jay is that in over 2 ½ years he hasn’t paid for one drop of fuel…or insurance, maintenance, hangar, upgrades or even an overhaul. Instead, he earns over $35,000 each year shooting aerial photography from his left-seat...

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Piper People

13-01-2013 Hits:2037 2005 articles Michael Leighton - avatar Michael Leighton

January 2005   Dr. Gary Schorr is a great aviation success story. I met the doctor several years back when he and I got involved with a fractional ownership of a King Air. Part of the deal was that I would teach Gary to fly. Schorr turned out to be a great student and earned his private license flying a variety of late model aircraft that were available from the local flight school. He passed his checkride and the aviation bug bit him hard...

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