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LETTERS
as mechanics, the black males are cooks or stewards, the white males pilot candidates. This gets a strong reaction, “You can’t do it, Mr. Rousch!” This leads to some very meaningful class discussions about individual rights and opportunities, and what a person needs to do to reach their goals in life. I then show the film, and follow up after with more discussions. Thank you Captain Quy for making this tribute, well done! John Rousch, AOPA 6878866 Lake Placid, Florida River dance Thanks for the trip down memory lane (“Challenges: River Dance,” December 2011 AOPA Pilot). I trekked to Alaska and combined a lengthy vacation with a seaplane rating add-on this past September. There were many high points of the trip—and, of course, flying ranks right up there. I did my seaplane rating with Alaska Floats and Skis, and had a great time. In retrospect, it would have been less anguish (since I’m not a mariner) to have reviewed FAA-H-8083-23 (which is available for free download from the web). Other than that, the twice-daily training with a checkride on the fourth day was a blast. I had scheduled a couple of days extra for a retest, but since that was not necessary, I did flight-seeing instead before continuing on with the rest of my trip. Suzanne Collins, AOPA 5677743 Virginia Beach, Virginia I just finished reading Jill Tallman’s piece and was left with one question. The quote: “...fired up the 85-horsepower Continental” left me wondering if Mr. Sweikar has an electric starter on N43459? I assume he does. On my 65-horsepower Taylorcraft, N43909, I must use an Armstrong starter (hand prop it)! If that were the case with N43459, Mr. Sweikar would have to stand on the float to prop it from behind, and do a tricky dance to get in the pilot’s seat. John E. Malene, AOPA 1082435 Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Jill Tallman responds: Stan Sweikar’s Taylorcraft does indeed have an electric starter, for the very reasons you mention. But he’s no stranger to hand propping, and demonstrated it for us on land when we shot photos of the airplane for the article.
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Dogfight: For the holidays It’s good to see you guys agree on something for once (“Dogfight: For the Holidays,” December 2011 AOPA Pilot). My only quibble would be the comparison of West versus East Coast controllers. For the most part you are right, but the notable exception is Jacksonville (Florida) Center—those guys are consistently as friendly, cordial, and helpful as any I’ve encountered anywhere. Steve Leonard, AOPA 419129 Atlanta, Georgia The LSA Starfighter Very nice article on Flight Designs CTLS (“The Last Starfighter,” December 2011 AOPA Pilot). However, at $160,000, I believe this will be out of the reach of at least 80 percent or more of the potential LSA pilots. I have seriously looked at the purchase of an LSA but find that most are well more than $100,000. I believe that most of the available LSA are overequipped with all the glass/electronic gadgetry. What use is it to have IFR capability in an aircraft that is not certified to fly in IFR conditions? I applaud AOPA and EAA for petitioning the FAA to allow pilots to use a valid driver’s license to fly up 180 horsepower, day, VFR. I also note that recently the LSA industry is unhappy with this new initiative. The LSA industry is going on about losing potential customers if the FAA were to agree to this new petition. Frankly, I would suspect that the AOPA/EAA expanded use of driver’s license medical will have little or no impact on LSA future sales. I say this because, at the current prices, I would suspect that the LSA industry’s potential customer base is relatively small and will remain unchanged going forward. Good luck to CTLS. Since I live in Hawaii, access to a LSA is nonexistent. Mark K. Crawford, AOPA 4551049 Captain Hook, Hawaii I’m still a student pilot and don’t have much flight time yet, but I took a lesson in a CTLS once, and, for sightseeing and pure pleasure, I haven’t been in anything that matches it. The article states that “Sport pilots can’t fly…above a cloud layer, but there’s nothing keeping private pilots…from flying…over clouds.” I agree that sport pilots are not permitted to do so. FAR 61.315(c)(13) specifically provides that sport pilots

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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012
Contents
President’s Position
Hangar Talk
AOPA Media
AOPA Action
Letters
Waypoints
Proficient Pilot
Safety Pilot
License to Learn
Pilot Counsel
Fly Well
Pilot Briefing
Rally GA: Pay Up
Budget Buy: Classically Quick
Percival Provost: Fine Englishman
Flying Wild in Alaska
On Brand-New Wings
B-Ball to Biplane
2012 Tougher Than a Tornado Sweepstakes: Water Dog
The Bird and the Leprechaun
Avionics: Pilot Friendly
Technique: Wind Warrior
Wx Watch: The Problem with Pireps
Products: Anywhere Map Septa
Never Again
Fly-Outs
Fly by Wire
Pilots
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Contents
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 3
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - President’s Position
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 5
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Hangar Talk
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - AOPA Media
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - AOPA Action
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Letters
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Waypoints
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Proficient Pilot
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 27
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Safety Pilot
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 29
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - License to Learn
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 31
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Pilot Counsel
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Fly Well
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Pilot Briefing
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 40
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Rally GA: Pay Up
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 43
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Budget Buy: Classically Quick
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Percival Provost: Fine Englishman
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Flying Wild in Alaska
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - On Brand-New Wings
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - B-Ball to Biplane
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 75
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 2012 Tougher Than a Tornado Sweepstakes: Water Dog
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - The Bird and the Leprechaun
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Avionics: Pilot Friendly
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 92
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Technique: Wind Warrior
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Wx Watch: The Problem with Pireps
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - I1
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - I2
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Products: Anywhere Map Septa
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Never Again
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 106
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Fly-Outs
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Fly by Wire
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Pilots
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