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August 2, 2013
VOLUME 15, ISSUE 31 — August 02, 2013
AOPA Live® crews are right in the thick of things at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., as the general aviation world gathers to make news and take in the views. This special edition of AOPA Live This Week includes a look at the diesel-powered RedHawk trainer from Redbird Flight Simulations. Rod Machado's License to Learn feature covers coordination, and AOPA will give you an up-close look at the AOPA Sweepstakes Debonair's new panel fitted with the Aspen Avionics Evolution 2500 three-screen primary/multifunction display with synthetic vision and emergency back-up battery, Garmin GTN 750 and GTN 650, and an iPad Mini, among other instruments. AOPA Live This Week, Aug. 1, from EAA AirVenture.
Kestrel's new single-engine turboprop needs more investment to get off the ground. That from company officials, who reported at EAA AirVenture that substantial progress has been made on design, and toward certification, but a lack of funding has put the program behind schedule. Read more >>
Wing walker Ashley Battles wowed the crowd, and Terrafugia flew the Transition roadable aircraft for the biggest audience yet as EAA AirVenture opened for 2013 on July 29. Thousands watched as the single-seat FLS Microjet flew past, along with a pair of HondaJet production test models. Even in the midst of all that action, there was still time to sit back and enjoy the blue skies on a beautiful day capped by a performance from classic rock band Chicago. View the slideshow >>
Military displays and airshow acts were nowhere to be found at EAA AirVenture, thanks to federal budget cuts known as sequestration. Read more >>
Rotax 912 iS engines are dominating the light sport aircraft marketplace. The company has shipped more than 400 of its fuel-injected, computer-controlled engines in the first year. Read more >>
Just Aircraft Founder Gary Schmitt wasn't sure anyone else would be interested in the no-compromises bush airplane that he wanted to own and fly. But in the year since the South Carolina firm introduced its SuperStol, the company has shipped 38 kits, added staff, and is backlogged until April 2014. "It turns out there are quite a few people who want to do the same kind of backcountry flying that I like to do," Schmitt said. "It's come as sort of a surprise to us." Read more >>
The venerable PT6 by Pratt & Whitney has long since established itself as a major player in the turboprop market. Celebrating 50 years of PT6 power, Pratt & Whitney officials made the rounds at EAA AirVenture, joining various aircraft makers who have put variants of the PT6 to work. Read more >>
The world of iPad applications is dominated by complete, IFR-centric flight planning and mapping solutions. Jeppesen is embracing a different strategy with its new Mobile FliteDeck VFR application. Read more >>
AOPA President Craig Fuller was presented with the EAA Chairman's Award July 30 for his significant contributions to general aviation. Read more >>
Flight Design has chosen Garmin to provide the avionics for its four-seat C4, and is designing a cabin to absorb energy and better protect the pilot and passengers. Read more >>
Aspen Avionics is developing a two-ounce device to mount behind the panel that will serve as a wireless hotspot to relay weather information to panel-mounted displays and tablets. Read more >>
Quicksilver Aeronautics announced pricing at EAA AirVenture for the first of two models that will be offered as special light sport aircraft, factory-built versions of the Sport 2S and GT500 models. The Sport 2S open-cockpit airplane is based on one of Quicksilver’s two-seat ultralight-derived models. The GT500 has a partially enclosed cockpit. Both are closing in on FAA approval, and another new model is coming for the ultralight market. "We want to put Part 103 back in business," said designer Brian Carpenter. Read more >>
An unmanned aircraft that combines characteristics of an airplane, hang glider, and dirigible; a diesel-electric hybrid amphibian; and Jetman are among the exhibitors granted free space in the EAA Innovations Pavilion, a new feature for EAA AirVenture in 2013. Read more >>
AOPA Insurance Services representatives have played instrumental roles in EAA AirVenture 2013 panels, offering advice on insurance protection for pilots and aircraft owners and covering topics that include the right level of aircraft coverage and risk management for aircraft. On Aug. 3, AOPA Insurance expert Cher Clare will offer "A Crash Course in Protecting Your Plane." Read more >>
In 1937, Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, flew into history by attempting to circumnavigate the world in Earhart's Lockheed Electra. The airplane disappeared on July 2, presumably somewhere near Howland Island in the South Pacific. Now, a distant relative of Earhart's is on a publicity campaign for her own flight around the world. Read more >>
GreenWing International, a company formed by Chinese electric aviation firm Yuneec, showed off its new eSpyder E280 for the first time at EAA AirVenture. The airplane sports a 32-horsepower Yuneec electric motor and a new two-blade, carbon fiber propeller. Also aboard is a BRS ballistic parachute, main gear brakes, a windshield and fairing, and a two-battery power system. The extra battery gives the eSpyder E280 a nominal two-hour endurance; charge time is two hours as well. Read more >>
Société de Motorisations Aéronautiques (SMA) introduced a 330- to 400-horsepower diesel-cycle engine at EAA AirVenture 2013 that is expected to be certified in 2015. Read more >>
Able Flight, an organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities become pilots, presented wings to its six newest pilots at EAA AirVenture. Read more >>
EAA AirVenture is known for the products pilots can buy to augment their flying. This year, companies announced products including new water-cooled engines, an Electroair Husky STC, and a Tanis preheat STC. Read more >>
ECi gets STC for 180-hp O-320 replacement
Teachers learn about STEM resources for the classroom
Build a Plane teens reunite with the Glasairs they built
Hartzell to sponsor Team AeroDynamix
Starr Aviation, SAFE partner on Pilot Proficiency Project
Debonair Sweepstakes: A Debonair Oshkosh
LSA Mall moves indoors, goes virtual
Glasair highlights diesel project, teen builders
Beechcraft Corp. announced Aug. 1 that it has secured an order for up to 105 King Air 350i turboprops from Wheels Up, a new membership-based private aviation program that will provide access to a fleet of the aircraft. In addition to the aircraft order, valued at $788 million, Beechcraft has been named the aircraft and comprehensive maintenance provider for Wheels Up in North America and Western Europe, making the total value of the deal up to $1.4 billion, according to the company. Beechcraft said in a media release that the first 35 King Airs will be delivered between now and mid-2015, with the first nine to be delivered by the end of 2013. Read more >>
Sporty's has pledged to support AOPA's Flying Club Initiative, a nationwide effort to promote existing flying clubs and launch new ones. In particular, Sporty's will be a co-sponsor of AOPA's Club Connector e-newsletter. As part of the new agreement, Sporty's also will serve as a co-sponsor of the annual AOPA Aviation Summit, which will be Oct. 10 through 12 in Fort Worth, Texas. Read more >>
The experimental avionics market has experienced some consolidation in recent years, and Dynon recently added to that trend when it acquired Advanced Flight Systems. Read more >>
MyGoFlight's new display makes reading an iPad easier in direct sunlight. Read more >>
Going long periods between flight lessons or personal flights? Check out these apps that simulate the flight and radio navigation instruments in common aircraft to help keep your skills sharp. Read more >>
Aerovalley Flying Club says low initiation fees and monthly dues, along with low aircraft lease rates, are the keys to its success. Read more >>
The Commemorative Air Force has narrowed to eight its list of potential new headquarters locations. The chosen site will include the corporate offices, and what CAF President Stephan Brown calls "a new aviation attraction." The process should be complete in the first quarter of 2014. When complete, the headquarters will function as the central point for the group's flying activities, airshow planning, and educational efforts. Read more >>
Lycoming CEO Michael Kraft, in a wide-ranging press conference at EAA AirVenture, said the long-debated transition to unleaded general aviation fuel will ultimately benefit the industry, owners, and pilots. Lycoming has fielded an engine for an unmanned military aircraft that runs on unleaded fuel, and Kraft said the general aviation community can expect spinoffs from that effort. Read more >>
Fighting crime from the sky, drone speed cameras, and a fake pilot charged with real crime. Read more >>
Helicopters powered by normally aspirated piston engines use manifold pressure as an indicator of power levels. Typically, pilots calculate limit manifold pressure for each day, which is the maximum power setting allowed by the helicopter's manufacturer. Read more >>
How your Health History Affects your Medical Certificate, Aug. 8, 8 p.m. Eastern
CORRECTION: In the July 26 issue of AOPA ePilot, we incorrectly described the recent history of a New Jersey airport. Lincoln Park Airport, which received grants for airport improvements, was not damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
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The Air Safety Institute and the American Bonanza Society have joined forces to make it easier for pilots participating in the Beechcraft Pilot Proficiency Program to complete the required six hours of ground instruction. Read more >>
The twin was 300 feet above minimums, descending, when ATC called with new missed approach instructions. Read more >>
Pilots are trained not to let the importance of completing a flight affect their assessment of the safety of attempting it. Some emergency medical services programs take this to the extent of not informing the pilot whether the mission is an emergency scene call, routine patient transport, or just a training exercise. The margin of safety should be equally high for each. But did the pressures of an organ transplant weigh too heavily in a pilot's decision to fly a mission that ended in a fatal crash? Read more in this special report from the Air Safety Institute.
Nearly one-third of all fatal accidents in the past decade occurred during maneuvering flight, which includes buzzing, formation flying, aerial work, stalls/spins, canyon flying, aerobatics, and normal flight operations. Any type of flying performed close to the ground or involving steep turns and aerobatics is considered maneuvering. Learn more about what pilots can do, and should not do, when maneuvering—read the Air Safety Institute's Maneuvering Flight Safety Advisor.
RNAV approaches aren't hard to fly, but they are different than the procedures most pilots are used to. And with the increase in cockpit GPS units, the number of these approaches is growing across the nation. Learn more about this increasingly popular form of IFR flying by taking the Air Safety Institute's IFR Chart Challenge: RNAV Approach online course. Log in to take the course >>
A Boeing 737 ended up with a collapsed nosewheel after a recent landing mishap at LaGuardia. In the final seconds of the visual approach, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, the pitch attitude went from 2 degrees nose up to 3 degrees nose down. Also in recent news, the FAA said it was advising foreign carriers against executing purely visual approaches into San Francisco. Read more >>
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The Small Airplane Revitalization Act, which won swift and unanimous passage in the House of Representatives, has taken another step forward with a favorable vote in a Senate committee. Read more >>
The FAA, vowing to "embrace innovation," has released the report of an industry-led aviation rulemaking committee that recommends ways to overhaul small-aircraft certification rules to double safety and cut costs in half. Read more >>
AOPA, citing the FAA's authority to regulate the nation's airspace, has asked officials in Austin, Texas, to reconsider plans to draft an ordinance that would restrict or prohibit aerial advertising. Read more >>
A newly passed ordinance banning aerial advertising over the America's Cup boat races on San Francisco Bay should be rescinded, AOPA said in a letter to the California city. Read more >>
Learning to fly is a tremendous life accomplishment that can open many doors to learning and adventure. One of the first steps to a private pilot certificate is getting an airman medical certificate. Read more >>
Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? We're looking for an AOPA Live editor/graphic artist. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.
Checkride day is coming. Today's prep session will focus on takeoffs and landings, especially on planning how you will perform the assigned technique given this particular runway and today's conditions.
That's essential prep. Although the practical test standards define acceptable performance, every runway and every set of weather conditions shape what's required to achieve it. How you incorporate that reality into your demonstration will speak volumes about your abilities—and judgment.
Your instructor is playing the role of designated examiner for this rehearsal, saying little but observing closely as you taxi to the runway of the nontowered airport to demonstrate a soft-field takeoff.
It was a wise first step to review the departure process before engine start. The taxi route crosses another runway, requiring care and vigilance. And the takeoff will call for some very specific decisions.
Given today's surface winds, you will take off from 3,200-foot-long Runway 22, which has a displaced threshold and a stand of high trees off the departure end. Also, the other runway intersects it at the approximate point where you will become airborne—something not to overlook when complying with the requirement to use "procedures before taxiing onto the runway or takeoff area to ensure runway incursion avoidance." (In other words, don't just verify "no aircraft on final" on the "active" runway. Give the other runway's traffic pattern equal scrutiny, even if the common traffic advisory frequency is silent.)
As you complete your pre-takeoff checklist, your "examiner" speaks up, asking whether you can use the portion of the runway "behind" the displaced threshold for takeoff.
Don't let the question distract you! At a logical stopping point in your checklist review, explain that "the portion of runway behind a displaced threshold is available for takeoffs in either direction and landings from the opposite direction."
It's a hot day with high density altitude, so those high trees off the departure end are a factor in your planning. For the best safety margin, you have decided that after liftoff at the lowest possible airspeed, as required, you will accelerate to Vx, best-angle-of-climb speed, and maintain it to a safe maneuvering altitude.
A soft-field takeoff under other conditions or from another airport would likely raise a completely different set of considerations for your planning. Soon you will demonstrate to a real designated examiner that you can make the right calls in every instance.
The FAA has released the Pilot Guide to Takeoff Safety, created to reduce the number of rejected-takeoff-related accidents by improving the pilot's decision making and associated procedural accomplishment through increased knowledge and awareness of the factors affecting the successful outcome of the "go/no go" decision.
Aviation acronyms and terms can be overwhelming for student pilots. So keep this student glossary handy to look up any unfamiliar terms.
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Question: Who was the first person to hold a flight instructor certificate in the United States?
Answer: Arthur Banks was issued the first flight instructor certificate on Sept. 27, 1939, by the Civil Aeronautics Authority. Flight instructor certificates were not granted independently of pilot certificates before 1938. During that time, any pilot with 200 or more hours logged could provide flight instruction.
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Aug 3 — Beverly, Massachusetts. Beverly Municipal Airport (KBVY). Beverly Homecoming Week Airport Day.
Aug 3 — Danbury, Connecticut. Danbury Municipal Airport (KDXR). Casual Fly-In @ Business Aircraft Center.
Aug 4 — Elmira, New York. Elmira Corning Regional (KELM). Fly-in Breakfast.
Aug 6 — Wiscasset , Maine. Wiscasset Municipal Airport (KIWI). Wings Over Wiscasset: Voices of Freedom.
Aug 10 — Stow, Massachusetts. Minute Man Airfield (6B6). Young Eagles Rally.
Aug 10 - Aug 11 — Moravia, New York. Owasco Airfield (Y92). Owasco Airfield Days.
Aug 11 — East Windsor, Connecticut. Skylark Airpark (7B6). Corn Roast & Cookout Fly-In.
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Aug 3 — Shelby, Ohio. Shelby Community Airport (12G). EAA Chapter 148 Pancake Breakfast and Fly In.
Aug 3 — Morristown, New Jersey. Morristown Municipal Airport (MMU). Fly-in/Drive-in for an Open House, Free Lunch and Wings Seminar.
Aug 3 — Princeton, New Jersey. Princeton Airport (39N). PALS Fly-In Event.
Aug 10 — Smoketown, Pennsylvania. Smoketown Airport (S37). Smoketown Fun Fly In.
Aug 10 — Galion, Ohio. Galion Municipal Airport (GQQ). Galion Pancake Breakfast.
Aug 11 — Butler, Pennsylvania. Butler County Airport (KBTP). EAA 857 Fly-In Breakfast & Lunch with Young Eagles.
Aug 4 — Greenville, South Carolina. Greenville Downtown (KGMU). South Carolina Breakfast Club.
Aug 3 — Pompano Beach, Florida. Pompano Beach Airpark (PMP). Fly-in/Drive-in for an Open House, Free Lunch and Wings Seminar.
Aug 8 — Stuart, Florida. Witham (KSUA). Stuart Florida IMC Club Monthly Meeting.
Aug 3 — Lawrenceville, Georgia. Briscoe Field (LZU). 1st Saturday Aviation Program & Breakfast.
Aug 3 — Chamblee, Georgia. DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK). Fly-in/Drive-in for an Open House, Free Lunch and Wings Seminar.
Aug 10 — Williamson, Georgia. Peach State Aerodrome (GA2). Backcountry Operations Refresher Clinic.
Aug 3 — Zionsville, Indiana. Indianapolis Executive Airport (KTYQ). 7th Annual Down Syndrome Indiana Open House/Fly-In.
Aug 3 — Wheeling, Illinois. Chicago Executive Airport (PWK). Fly-in/Drive-in for an Open House, Free Lunch and Wings Seminar.
Aug 3 — West Chicago, Illinois. DuPage Airport (DPA). Fly-in/Drive-in for an Open House, Free Lunch and Wings Seminar.
Aug 3 — Shawano, Wisconsin. Shawano City-County Airport (EZS). Shawano Community Fly-Out.
Aug 9 - Aug 10 — Zionsville, Indiana. Indy Executive Airport (KTYQ). The Indy Air Race.
Aug 10 — Mason, Michigan. Mason Jewett Airport (KTEW). Young Eagles.
Aug 10 — Brighton, Michigan. Brighton Airport (45G). BAA Fly-In / Drive-In.
Aug 10 — Winn, Michigan. Woodruff Lake Airport (53W). EAA 907 Fly-in/Drive-in Pancake Breakfast.
Aug 10 — Greenville, Michigan. Greenville Municipal Airport (6D6). Fly-In, Drive-In..
Aug 10 — Fort Wayne, Indiana. Smith Field Airport (SMD). EAA Chapter 2 Young Eagles Rally.
Aug 11 — Sandusky, Michigan. Sandusky City Airport (Y83). Sandusky Dawn Patrol.
Aug 10 - Aug 11 — Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Stevens Point Municipal Airport (KSTE). Private/Sport Pilot Weekend Ground School.
Aug 11 — La Crosse, Wisconsin. La Crosse Municipal Airport (KLSE). Aviation Day & Flying Waffles Breakfast.
Aug 3 — Ellsworth, Kansas. Ellsworth Municipal (9K7). Cowtown Fly In.
Aug 8 — Olathe, Kansas. Johnson County Executive Airport (KOJC). Airspace and Airport Operations.
Aug 3 — Spring, Texas. Hooks Memorial Airport (DWH). Fly-in/Drive-in for an Open House, Free Lunch and Wings Seminar.
Aug 3 — Pineville, Louisiana. Pineville Municipal Airport (2L0). Pancake Breakfast.
Aug 3 — Addison, Texas. Addison Airport (ADS). Fly-in/Drive-in for an Open House, Free Lunch and Wings Seminar.
Aug 3 — McKinney, Texas. Collin County Regoinal at McKinney (TKI). EAA Chapter 1246 1st Saturday Coffee and Donut Fly-In.
Aug 4 — Red Cloud, Nebraska. Buster Lewis Feild (7V7). Red Cloud Fly-in.
Aug 10 — Erie, Colorado. Erie (EIK). Spirit of Flight Center Rods & Wings.
Aug 11 — Vermillion, South Dakota. Harold Davidson Field (KVMR). Airport Breakfast.
Aug 11 — Flandreau, South Dakota. Flandreau Airport (4P3). Airport Breakfast.
Aug 3 — Las Vegas, Nevada. McCarran Int'l Airport (LAS). Fly-in/Drive-in for an Open House, Free Lunch and Wings Seminar.
Aug 3 — Chino, California. Chino Airport (KCNO). Living History Event - Whistling Death: Solomon Islands.
Aug 3 — Fort Jones, California. Fort Jones/Greenviewe (A30). Scott Valley Fly-In.
Aug 3 — Santa Monica, California. Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). Fly-in/Drive-in for an Open House, Free Lunch and Wings Seminar.
Aug 3 — Renton, Washington. Rainier Flight Service (KRNT). FREE Pacific Northwest Mountain Flying Workshop.
Aug 10 — Prineville, Oregon. Prineville Airport (S39). Wings and Wheels.
No events have been submitted for Hawaii through next weekend. Submit your own in the online calendar of events.
No events have been submitted for Alaska through next weekend. Submit your own in the online calendar of events.
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Question: What is a through-the-fence agreement?
Answer: Some airport users have aircraft storage facilities that are located off the airport property. For example, there may be a series of hangars on a parcel of land that is adjacent to the airport's land. While this opens up greater opportunities for airport access, it could pose a serious challenge to future airport development. For that reason, sponsors of publicly owned general aviation airports enter into a residential through-the-fence (RTTF) agreement with airport users who park their aircraft off airport property. The agreement ensures that the future development and viability of the airport is protected while allowing direct access to the airport from adjacent property. Learn more about how residential through-the-fence access may affect your airport on the FAA's website.
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Contemplating IFR flight scenarios for airports like Delta, Utah, is excellent review for any instrument pilot. That's because briefing for a flight into and out of Delta covers bases unlikely to be encountered on your next two-hour tour of your home field approaches.
What’s your heading?” Rare is the student pilot who hasn’t let distraction, or turbulence, spoil a slick stint of steady flying. Then you vow to do a better job next time of keeping track of the messages your instruments are displaying.
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