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Apr. 19, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Apr 19, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 16 — April 19, 2013 Fly the new Just Aircraft SuperSTOL IFR Fix: Controlled airspace, sort of MEDICAL PETITION SUPPORT WANING AT FAA? QUIZ ME: IMPORTING AN AIRPLANE Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here to view this week's custom content. Featured Fly the new Just Aircraft SuperSTOL The landing procedure in Just Aircraft's new SuperSTOL seems nothing short of suicidal.

IFR Fix: Maximum magenta

Article | Apr 19, 2013

The altitude was one of only two numbers spoken in the radio call from the center controller, but not one the pilot would want to miss if reception were poor in the low altitudes after departure: “Leaving 3,000 feet,” the controller said, “Turn left to heading 270; when able proceed direct Augusta.” If you haven’t heard an ATC call like that one, eventually you will, because those are the type of instructions a flight receives from an air route traffic control center on initial call-up after departure from an airport not served by either radar approach/departure control or a control tower. (This airport’s tower is scheduled to close.) The “altitude leaving” part is there because a controller can’t give you an IFR clearance until you are above the sector’s minimum vectoring altitude (unless you can climb in VFR conditions).

IFR Fix: Controlled airspace, sort of

Article | Apr 12, 2013

Want to get a pilot off his high horse? Ask him to tell you about Class E airspace. Not just to change the mood during a hangar session.

FAA extends effective dates of some navigation charts

Article | Apr 11, 2013

The FAA has extended the effective date of the current editions of the New York Sectional Chart, New York Terminal Area Chart, and Boston Terminal Area Chart. The charts will now expire on July 25.

Nashville Class C airspace expansion not necessary

Article | Mar 27, 2013

The FAA’s proposal to modify Class C airspace at Nashville International Airport in Tennessee lacks justification for expanding its surface area in the vicinity of a now-closed airport, AOPA said. Members are encouraged to review the airspace proposal and submit comments by April 1.

Cities, states fight to keep towers open

Article | Mar 27, 2013

Across the country, the imminent closing of contract control towers was eliciting a variety of responses from region to region. Texas announced that its Transportation Commission would hold an emergency meeting to provide authority for state funding of 13 control towers at regional airports—including one, San Marcos, that began operation as a contract control tower in 2011.

Garmin introduces new traffic alert systems

Article | Mar 27, 2013

Garmin’s new radios, the GTR transceiver and GNC NAV/COMM series, feature text displays identifying the tuned frequency. Garmin announced a pair of new active traffic alert systems, and what amounts to an upgrade of an existing system priced at the entry level on March 26 at the Aircraft Electronics Association convention in Las Vegas.

Tower’s closed, what now?

Article | Mar 26, 2013

If you are one of the pilots in 37 states affected by the closure of 149 control towers, do you remember nontowered procedures? As one AOPA staffer said, “Now we go back to the way we did it 50 years ago.”

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience My commercial certificate solo XC On August 19, 2002, I had taken a flight from Van Nuys, CA (KVNY) to Hayward, CA (KHWD) to Monterey, CA (KMRY). This flight was to be completed with a mix of VFR and IFR flying.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience Florida Morning Thunder I am an instrument-rated commercial pilot, and in the early summer of 2002 was training for my multi-engine rating, flying PA-44 Seminoles in the Daytona Beach, Florida area. Typical Florida summer weather involves fairly clear skies in the morning, and quickly developing thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Custom content for the Mar. 22, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Mar 22, 2013

training tips An elegant arrival Pointers were offered in the March 15 Training Tip for your first solo experience flying to a busy airport, and what that might be like during “prime time,” or a period of peak activity. Whether you arrive at times when activity is slack or speedy can dictate many operational details, from the class of airspace in effect to the kinds of flight operations permitted (such as noise-abatement rules or any possible restriction on touch-and-go practice).

A personal toll

Article | Mar 19, 2013

Editor’s note: The FAA on March 22 named the 149 federal contract towers that will begin closing April 7. She’s served as an air traffic controller aboard a nuclear aircraft carrier and at U.S.

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.

Mar. 15, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition' weekly newsletter

Article | Mar 15, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 13, ISSUE 11 — March 15, 2013 Ready for prime time? Halt sequestration cuts targeting GA Plane Spotter: KC-135 Stratotanker Final Exam: Airport beacon Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Training Tips Ready for prime time? Your flight instructor has told you that you are “ready for prime time.” You heard the CFI say that once before, on the day of your first solo. What does it mean now as you work through the solo cross-country phase of training?   It means there’s no reason to limit your destinations to outlying airports where your comfort level is already pretty high.

Professional Women Controllers promotes ATC career

Article | Mar 15, 2013

The Professional Women Controllers Inc. (PWC) used the Women in Aviation International convention March 14 through 16 as a platform to push its mission: create environments and opportunities to grow the female air traffic controller population.

Custom content for the Mar. 15, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Mar 15, 2013

training tips Ready for prime time? Your flight instructor has told you that you are “ready for prime time.” You heard the CFI say that once before, on the day of your first solo. What does it mean now as you work through the solo cross-country phase of training?   It means there’s no reason to limit your destinations to outlying airports where your comfort level is already pretty high.

Dallas airspace redesign a chance to improve GA access

Advocacy | Mar 12, 2013

The redesign of Class B airspace at Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, could be an opportunity for the FAA to offer general aviation more options for transiting and navigating the airspace, AOPA said.

'We got a rogue vehicle': ATC honored for assists

Article | Mar 07, 2013

The airliner was on short final, descending from a 600-foot overcast, when Philadelphia Tower controller Dave Giberson shifted his attention from the airborne radar to ground radar and saw a blip. He ordered the airliner to abort, and saved lives. Giberson was one of many controllers honored with the Archie League Medal of Safety Award. Find out what caused the blip.

Minneapolis Class B redesign plan still poses concerns

Advocacy | Feb 21, 2013

The FAA's proposed redesign of Class B airspace in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., continues to leave some unresolved concerns for general aviation.

Rome by air

Article | Feb 21, 2013

Flying over the Vatican, Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Appian Way at 3,000 feet offers a view of Rome few--including pilots--can experience. Flying (or learning to fly) in Italy is not easy or cheap.

Adding to Nashville Class C surface area 'unjustified'

Advocacy | Feb 06, 2013

The FAA has proposed to modify Class C airspace at Tennessee's Nashville International Airport by incorporating airspace previously associated with a now-closed airport, but has cited no justification for doing so, AOPA said.

Mayday: Cherokee Six lands in icy Hudson, all survive

Article | Jan 30, 2013

A New Jersey pilot eager to show off her newly purchased Piper Cherokee Six on a sightseeing excursion over the Hudson River found herself showing her skill handling an emergency power-off ditching.

Jan. 25, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

ePilot Newsletter | Jan 25, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 4 — January 25, 2013 David Clark: Under pressureIFR Fix: Detonating, and ditchingGPS tracking to speed Alaska rescuesQuiz Me: Cleared into Class B Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content Featured David Clark: Under pressure Perched at the edge of a capsule 128,100 feet above the Earth, Felix Baumgartner marveled at how small it all looks, waved, bent his knees, and dropped into space. He broke the sound barrier in seconds, protected from a near-vacuum that would have boiled his blood in an instant only by a David Clark Co.

Comments needed for Dallas/Fort Worth airspace changes

Advocacy | Jan 24, 2013

Although there are few major changes to the proposed design of the Dallas/Fort Worth Class B airspace area, AOPA remains concerned with the proposed lowering of the Class B floor in several areas and the extension to the north and urges pilots to weigh in.