Just ahead in the July issue

GliderWhat great summer trips are you planning this year? What hot-weather issues confound you as you progress through your flight training? Our July 2013 issue, just off to the printer, touches on weight and balance, density altitude, and nailing your best glide speed in the event of an engine failure.

  • Weigh in: Why You Should Calculate Weight and Balance—Every Time: Your instructor makes you calculate weight and balance, but it shouldn’t become one of those “I’ll never need to do this again” situations once you become a certificated pilot. In fact, it will become even more critical for you to go through the calculations, as you’ll learn in this article.
  • Just Like the Real Thing: Moving Training Toward Reality: When you start training with real-world situations in mind, that simulated short-field landing on a longer runway gets a little more challenging.
  • Glider Pilot for a Day: How Fast to Fly When The Engine Quits. We take some tips from the folks for whom an engine-out is an every-day occurrence—glider pilots.
  • Technique: Short-Field Takeoff: When you absolutely, positively must get off the ground quickly.

There’s a lot more, of course, so keep an eye out for your digital edition–hitting your device May 28–or your paper copy, arriving in your mailbox after June 6. Happy reading and safe flying (credit julien)!—Jill W. Tallman

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  • http://www.nvwg.cap/units/rcs/rcs.htm J. Tyler Ballance

    I am in the Reno Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. A lot of our pilots have left flying due to age. Although CAP is not the place to learn how to fly, it is certainly a great place to build flight time while serving your community. Even for non-pilots, just being there as good adult examples for the cadets to emulate helps to build better citizens for the future.

    Here’s the problem: The 20-30 year-old crowd just doesn’t volunteer in the numbers that previous generations have done. They don’t read magazines or newspapers, so many have never heard of Civil Air Patrol. Add to this that some of our older members are rather curmudgeonly characters who have never been particularly welcoming to nugget pilots, and our squadron finds ourselves with access to two planes, but no Mission Pilots to fly them.

    If any of you readers have ideas on how best to reach out to the best citizens among our young men in the 20-30 range, I would really appreciate hearing your ideas. If you know anyone in the Reno area who is a good, experienced pilot, please pass along my contact information to them.

    With your help, our Civil Air Patrol will become a more friendly and proficient group of pilots as we move forward into the Twenty-first Century. 775-352-3808

  • Ben Chennault

    To: J. Tyler Ballance

    Colonel Ballance, you are quite correct regarding the recruiting of new pilots for our Civil Air Patrol. I think that one good way to reach younger pilots is for CAP squadrons to sponsor Fights (subordinate groups) at local colleges; even those that already have AFROTC. By being on campus, you will provide an outlet for young aviators to keep training and learning about flying, while they complete their studies.

    I would also like to see CAP do more meaningful flying, for example out West, CAP could take on the operation of quick-response tanker operations to put out brush fires, immediately after they are started by lightening strikes. This would save millions in fire crew dollars by putting the fires out early, while they are still small.

  • Ben Chennault

    That should have read: “…sponsor FLIGHTS” (not Fights) although the latter may be a good way to get some tough recruits, too!

  • http://www.fitnesstipsforlife.com Bill

    As n IT person at an airline I love any kind of info about flying and the need for proper skills. I can tell you that weight and balance is a very important calculation on 737 aircraft and should be taught anytime we are thinking about how to get people ready for the airline industry