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Mar. 15, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Mar 15, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 11 — March 15, 2013 MARS EXPLORATION WINS TROPHY CONTROLLER SAVES RECOGNIZED HALT SEQUESTRATION CUTS TARGETING GA QUIZ ME: PILOTAGE Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Letter to AOPA members from chairman of the board: As the AOPA Board of Trustees begins the search for the association's fifth president, board Chairman Bill Trimble lays out AOPA's commitment to advocacy efforts that protect our freedom to fly, the association's economic state, and its plans for the future to "focus on our core member, the pilot who enjoys flying his owned or rented piston single as many hours as he or she can afford." Read more >> Featured Curiosity captures Collier: Possible life on Mars? Sometimes the planets line up just right.

Detroit Tuskegee Airmen Glider Club on a mission

Article | Mar 12, 2013

The Detroit Tuskegee Airmen Glider Club, which operates under the auspices of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum, flies its three Schweizer SGM 2-37 motorgliders donated by the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Aviator kept remarkable airplane alive

Article | Jan 17, 2013

Keith Hinshaw worked harder than anyone to keep the BD-5 alive through the lean years following the demise of Bede Aircraft Inc. If not for Hinshaw, who died Jan. 4, the remarkable single-seater that has wowed airshow crowds and earned a place in James Bond's arsenal might well be no more than a museum piece today.

Response, lessons learned from sheriff in glider arrest

Article | Jan 17, 2013

Law enforcement officers who arrested a glider pilot for flying legally in airspace over a nuclear power plant were not familiar with operations of that type of aircraft, and some made mistaken assumptions about the airspace over the plant, the sheriff told AOPA after the incident drew criticism from pilots.

Secret 'no-fly zone'?

Article | Jan 10, 2013

Robin Fleming was arrested for breach of peace after flying his sailplane over the H.B. Robinson Nuclear Generating Station at an altitude of 1,518 feet msl—by his estimates, about 1,000 feet over the power plant’s dome. Why?

Aviation adventures included on Extreme Bucket List

Article | Nov 16, 2012

A former bobsledder has leveraged his relationships in sports to create an Extreme Bucket List that includes aviation adventures - such as flying with the Red Baron Squadron and the Blue Angels.

Concordia the top U.S. glider at world championships

Article | Aug 23, 2012

Tightly packed groups of gliders vied for speed and the power of thermals, though there was only one collision--with no injuries--at the World Glider Championships. High in the sunlit silence, though hardly hov’ring there, sailplane pilots from around the world posted “tremendous” speeds at the Thirty-second World Gliding Championships in Uvalde, Texas—the first time the biennial event has taken place on U.S.

Groundbreaking sailplane soars at world championships

Article | Aug 09, 2012

A decade in the making, the Concordia sailplane piloted by Dick Butler, among a team of creators who labored for a decade, led the field on Aug. 7 at the thirty-second World Gliding Championships in Uvalde, Texas. Dozens of pilots and sailplanes from around the world will be crisscrossing the Texas skies through Aug. 19.

Meet the Thunderbirds No. 3 pilot

Article | Mar 31, 2012

Air Force Maj. Caroline Jensen, the fourth woman to hold a flight slot with the Thunderbirds and the second to fly the No. 3 jet, is the last of the team to touch down at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla., on March 29. "I'd like to meet a bunch of kids this weekend and have them send me an email some day and say, 'Hey, I met you at Sun'n Fun 2012 and now I'm going to be Thunderbird No. 3."

FAA changes VFR code for gliders

Advocacy | Feb 15, 2012

AOPA is notifying glider pilots and other members that the FAA has changed the VFR transponder code for gliders, effective March 7. Use of the new code, 1202, is intended to help air traffic controllers differentiate gliders, with their unique maneuvering capabilities and limitations, from other VFR aircraft.