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LETTERS
Please consider Aircraft Owner
Maintenance Podcast hosted
by Dean Showalter. Dean provides in-depth information for
owners of aircraft interested in
maintaining and learning more
about aircraft maintenance.
Please give it a listen, you will
be impressed.

Tobin Genung
AOPA 5429027
Smyrna, Georgia

I cannot believe you left
Uncontrolled Airspace out of
the list. It is by far my favorite, though many of the others
listed are certainly great to listen
to. It's also among the most long
lived and popular aviation podcasts. I'd also add SonexFlight to
the list; even though type-specific, it is an excellent podcast.
Robbie Culver
AOPA 9560446
Naperville, Illinois

I just read the December issue
of AOPA Pilot and was a bit
disappointed that one of the
oldest aviation broadcast/podcasts was overlooked in your
roundup. JustPlaneRadio has
been on the air and the internet
for over eight years covering the
latest in aviation news, learning
to fly and the aviation lifestyle.
In fact, we feature your own
Tom Haines frequently on the
show. Feel free to check out our
back catalog of episodes, they
are available on iTunes or your
favorite podcast app.
Dennis Hayes
AOPA 1004077
Fort Myers, Florida

Watts up?

Barry Schiff is probably right
about the future of electricpowered aircraft. They will
be a novelty until the endurance problems are resolved. I
would recommend that when
he states that " The electric airplane, of course, does not create
14 | AOPA PILOT February 2021

Fly Well

I am a regular reader of
Jonathan Sackier's " Fly
Well " articles and was
sad to learn his December
2020 article will be his
last. I regularly read his
monthly articles and
regret that these will
not continue. I wish him
well in his future writing
endeavors.
Jack Henion
AOPA 629891
Trumansburg, New York

FLY WELL

BY DR. JONATHAN M. SACKIER

'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'
Please heed the lessons of this pandemic

DR. JONATHAN
SACKIER is a private

pilot and surgeon.
He helps members
through the AOPA
Pilot Protection
Services program.
aopa.org/pps

EVERYONE LOVES CLINT EASTWOOD'S FILMS, but
his performance as " Blondie " in the 1966 spaghetti
Western referenced in my headline is, in my opinion,
unsurpassed. Pursuing Confederate gold and viewing
wartime carnage, he proclaims, " I've never seen so
many men wasted so badly. " The movie's title entered
common parlance, illustrating the totality of any situation, so let's apply it to COVID-19: the good; the bad;
and, sadly, the ugly.
The Good. That's easy: international scientific
collaborations characterizing the virus, developing
diagnostic tests, building vaccines, initiating clinical trials, and finessing treatments, all at warp speed.
And to be clear, there is plenty of international collaboration: Advancing the Oxford vaccine involves
a British university; a Swedish company; the United
States' National Institutes of Health and its Rocky
Mountain Laboratories; and trial sites in the United
States, Britain, South Africa, Brazil, Japan, and Russia.
In the movie, Eastwood's character agrees to share
the gold with Tuco, the ugly, but restrains Tuco so
he can make his getaway. To quote President Ronald
Reagan: " Trust, but verify, " a phrase Reagan used during nuclear arms negotiations.
The Bad: Playing the bad guy, " Angel Eyes, " came
easy to Lee Van Cleef. For our current situation it's hard
to know where to begin, as there are so many bad guys.
COVID-19 spread around the world like wildfire; if
someone sneezes in China, someone in Chicago catches
a cold. We must embrace the good and engage in polite
discourse; challenge thinking, but do so respectfully.
For instance, emerging data implied those with darker
skin pigmentation fared worse from this disease. Kneejerk reaction suggested socioeconomic factors were to
blame, when it is possibly because of low vitamin D
levels-in other words, a biological cause, just as West
Africans are less likely to contract severe malaria. All
humans can learn and benefit from each other.
As I write this, more than 1.1 million people have
died from the novel coronavirus, more than 220,000
in America alone. Many will have so-called " long
Covid " -enduring fatigue and malaise. Sadly, countless people will suffer more serious sequelae such as
cardiac and neurologic problems. The economic devastation to commercial aviation, hospitality, and many

other sectors (except debt-relief companies) will take
years to recover.
The Ugly: Tuco was played by Eli Wallach, " The
Rat. " Viruses that cause human disease often start in
animals and " jump " species: MERS from camels; SARS,
and the current virus, likely from bats; a reservoir of
myriad coronaviruses with the potential to cause human
harm. The Wuhan " wet markets " have been implicated
as a source for the pandemic-a place where multiple
species that do not mingle in nature are thrust together,
including humans. We must rethink our interactions
with the animal kingdom, or eventually a virus will arise
that is as easily transmitted as that causing COVID-19
but much, much more fatal. The first SARS epidemic
killed about 14 percent of those infected; MERS exterminated 34 percent, and Ebola slaughtered as many as
90 percent of those infected. Think about that.
We need to learn the lessons and remove our egos
from the equation while we await a potential vaccine.
And that is no sure thing. Please accept the measures
that my medical colleagues advise, including hand
washing, social distancing, and wearing masks. My
father used to say that if something looked like a conspiracy it was probably just error; humans are not as
Machiavellian as one might think and, let's face it, very
few secrets are not eventually leaked. There is no conspiracy, no hidden agenda, I personally know people
who have died from this disease. It is very real and very
nasty. Our future demands we collaborate; be cautious,
yes; verify, yes. But without collaboration, without
trust, it is not a matter of if but when a pandemic will hit
that could decimate the population in biblical fashion.
Ennio Morricone's haunting score to The Good, the
Bad, and the Ugly features a tune called " The Trio "
as Blondie, The Rat, and Angel Eyes participate in an
iconic standoff. The Bad dies, killed by the Good, and
the Ugly is put in his box. We need to do the same.
This will be my last Fly Well column in AOPA Pilot
magazine, although I shall continue to contribute to
the online newsletters. Thank you for your interest
over the years; it has been my privilege to serve you
and I hope you have found my scribbles helpful. Please
stay safe, stay well, and fly well.
AOPA
EMAIL DrJonathanSackier@gmail.com

26 | AOPA PILOT December 2020

I was quite dismayed when I read that I
had just finished the last " Fly Well " column.
Sackier's humorous spin to all things medical
made it a pleasure for the common person
to enjoy reading about how to take care of
ourselves. 
Phill Wolfe 
AOPA 1027911
Warrenville, Illinois 

For several years I've enjoyed being educated by Jonathan
Sackier through his " Fly Well " column in AOPA Pilot. His lessons, spiced with British humor, have been an important source
of information to keep me flying into my seventh decade.
Mike Moore
AOPA 680554
Gainesville, Virginia

Please see Dr. Brent Blue's column " Flight MD " on p. 24. Jonathan
Sackier continues to contribute his wit and wisdom online
(aopa.org/pps). -Ed.

pollution, " he should mention
that the electricity needed for
the airplane is generated by
polluting power plants. Most of
the power plants in the United
States use coal or natural gas.
Lots of folks think that by plugging the item into the grid, it is
free of pollution. There are still
some folks who do not want
" atomic " -generated electricity
or undependable wind turbines

that are eyesores, make excessive noise, and kill birds. Solar
panels are still a pipe dream.

Sam Merrill
AOPA 783350
Brownsville, Texas

New panel,
new checklist

I see that Catherine Cavagnaro
bought one of the best airplanes ever made. I found with
the preflight checklist that

Beech provides in the POH I
continually missed something.
I amended the list:
Electric: Turn the battery
on, lower the flaps, and walk
around the airplane checking every light. Also, in cold
weather make sure the pitot
heat is on (touch it) and the
heating pads on the prop are
on (touch them). And while at
the prop, check it for any problems. Then turn off the battery.
Control surfaces, fuel
tanks, tires, wheels, and interior of wheel wells: Beginning
at the right flap and doing a
complete 360 ending at the
step, all cotter pins or connections of any kind are hand
checked to make sure they are
secure. All control surfaces
are checked by hand through
full travel with the ailerons
visually checked that they are
correct with respect to correct
position of the yokes. Also, the
elevator is checked against the
pitch of the yokes. Fuel tanks
are visually checked and
sumped. With a flashlight, the
inside of wheel wells is visually checked. One time I found
a large bag of kitchen garbage
in the far corner of the left
wheel well. 
Engine: Open both sides of
the cowling and with a flashlight check everything. Oil is
checked that the prescribed
nine quarts are present. I have
purposely omitted everything
that I found that needed to be
repaired over the 13 years that
I flew the airplane.
Don Stein
AOPA 1315762
Franklin, Tennessee

We welcome your comments.
Send letters to Editor, AOPA
Pilot, 421 Aviation Way, Frederick, Maryland 21701 or pilot@
aopa.org. Letters may be
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