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The newest in a series of “Seasons of Safety” webinars has been released, featuring the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s Air Safety Institute‘s Richard McSpadden ferrying an inactive PA-18 Super Cub across the country this summer during the pandemic.
His long-range, solo VFR flight took him from the desert of New Mexico, through the Idaho, Montana and Wisconsin backcountry, and east to the Atlantic coast.
McSpadden discusses risk management on his journey, handling strong winds on the surface and amid the mountains; crossing high terrain; ferrying inactive airplanes; staying safe during a pandemic; and more.
“I purchased an aircraft earlier this summer when COVID-19 restrictions were loosened and it needed some work. It was ready for pick up in August,” McFadden said. “I knew that getting it home might be a challenge and I would need to do some good preflight planning to make this work well. Here’s what happened on the flight and some key takeaways about long VFR cross-country flights that you can benefit from.”
The webinar can been downloaded at Webinars.AOPA.org.
This is the third in the four-part series, which is sponsored by Hartzell Propeller.
“Hartzell Propeller’s love of flying and passion for safety inspired us to sponsor this series from the AOPA Air Safety Institute,” said company President JJ Frigge. “The series highlights safety and awareness even though we weren’t able to participate in the in-person pilot proficiency forums normally conducted at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh due to the pandemic.”
The first webinar, The Awakening — Coming Out of Hibernation, which aired March 5, generated more than 10,000 views. It covered the keys to regaining pilot proficiency and making sure the airplane and other equipment is ready for flight.
The second webinar, 105 Days of Safe Summer Flying, delved into the challenges of summer flying.
You can see both of the earlier webinars at AOPA.org.
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