Posts Tagged ‘Photo of the Day’

Photo of the Day: Ercoupe

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012


Often imitated, never duplicated, the Ercoupe is one of the nation’s quirkiest and best-loved GA aircraft. A  brief history: It was born in 1939 (its designer, Fred Weick, later worked on the Piper Cherokee line). Weick gave it tricycle landing gear and trailing-link main gear to help make challenging landings tamer, and he limited elevator up-travel to help reduce the potential for a stall. Oh, and he did away with rudder pedals, and interconnected the ailerons to the rudders–so you steer it like a car. You can fly it with the canopy open, and AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne swears that you can stick your arm out the window and turn the airplane that way. He wrote about it in the March 2012 issue (;&WT.mc_sect=gan ).—Jill W. Tallman

Photo of the Day: Cirrus SR22 GTS

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

It’s not traditionally considered a trainer, yet several flight schools do offer the Cirrus SR22 for primary training. Many pilots who came of age using computers find the Cirrus glass panel display easier to grasp than traditional six-pack engine instruments.—Jill W. Tallman

Photo of the Day: Twin Velocity

Monday, August 27th, 2012

This rare bird–said to be the only one in the nation flying—landed at Frederick Municipal Airport last week to participate in a photo shoot. The twin-engine Velocity experimental flew with two of its single-engine brethen.—Jill W. Tallman

Photo of the Day: Go around!

Friday, August 24th, 2012


We asked our Facebook friends, “When was the last time you did a go-around?” Answers ranged from “Today!” to “Never.” (Really? Never?) The discussion was enthusiastic as pilots shared the reasons behind the go-around: an animal on the runway; an aircraft that trundled out onto the runway; or some instances in which the pilot in command decided that the approach wasn’t working out. Interestingly, a side discussion developed on exactly what’s going on in this photo. Some folks seem to think we happened to be in the air when this happened. Bear in mind that Flight Training often stages situations to illustrate our articles—it’s rare when one of our highly skilled photographers “just happens” to be around—in an airplane—when a go-around occurs. Why is the airplane on short-short-short final so off-center? I’m guessing this photo didn’t make the cut precisely because the airplane was so far off the center line. And why was the airplane on the runway skewed to the right? Again, it’s not clear. Maybe the pilot taxied out so fast he spun out?—Jill W. Tallman

Photo of the Day: Mooney Acclaim

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

There’s something about a red paint job that just screams speed. But the Mooney Acclaim comes by its speed reputation honestly. Its piston single performance evokes that of a turboprop: 237 knots; 1,840-nm range; 25,000-foot ceiling. The Acclaim replaced the Bravo when it was introduced in 2006. Read more about the Mooney Acclaim here.—Jill W. Tallman

Photo of the Day: Top Cub in flight

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

CubCrafters’ Top Cub, photographed over Yakima, Washington, is a certified aircraft with a 180-hp engine and a gross weight of 2,300 pounds. It doesn’t qualify under the Light Sport Aircraft requirements, but its sister models–the Carbon Cub SS and the Sport Cub S2–do qualify.—Jill W. Tallman

Photo of the Day: Taxi time

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012



Do you remember the first time you taxied a GA airplane? Maybe you tried instinctively to turn the yoke as you would a steering wheel. Maybe, as you wobbled your way down the taxiway, you wondered if all of flying was going to be this bizarre. Or maybe you chalked it up to a new learning experience and just went with it. However your first time taxiing fared, the strangeness went away and you quickly became accustomed to navigating a perfect line. And your CFI never again called you “Mister Zig-Zag.”—Jill W. Tallman

Photo of the Day: News ‘copter

Monday, August 20th, 2012


 Mike Fizer photographed the Eurcopter Astar, a news helicopter for a Fox Channel 5 affiliate in New York City, near the Empire State Building.—Jill W. Tallman

Photo of the Day: The happy Champ

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

A friend of mine once owned an Aeronca Champ, which she affectionately called “The Happy Champ.” I’m not sure whether it earned its nickname because of its appearance or because of the emotions it inspired in her and others. In any event, the Champ is a popular member of the tailwheel family. While it doesn’t have the legion of fans that Piper Cubs boast, pilots new to tailwheel training enjoy the Champ because it’s a little more forgiving and it doesn’t sit up quite so high, making its forward view a bit better.–Jill W. Tallman

Photo of the Day: 2005 Sweeps Commander

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

AOPA’s annual sweepstakes aircraft contest is a favorite among our members. Sometimes we acquire an older aircraft and refurbish it from the ground up. Sometimes–as is the case with this year’s Tougher than a Tornado Husky–the aircraft comes to us fairly new. (The Husky had sustained some damage in the storm that blew through Sun’n’Fun 2011. That’s since been repaired.) For the 2005 sweepstakes, we found a 1974 Rockwell Commander 112A that had a low-time engine and propeller and an airframe with just 2,038 hours. The Commander got a new instrument panel, among other upgrades. —Jill W. Tallman