August 8, 2014
AUGUST 8, 2014 - VOL 16, ISSUE 32
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Swiss manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft rolled out its first prototype PC-24 twin business jet Aug. 1 in a dramatic unveiling before thousands of spectators. Read more...
AOPA Live This Week
See what it's like to fly with airshow performer Sean Tucker at EAA AirVenture, take a tour of the Paul Poberezny workshop, and get an inside look at Rocket Engineering, based at Spokane's Felts Field in Washington, home of the Aug. 16 AOPA Fly-In.
AOPA Live This Week®, Aug. 7...
Head-up display for GA, behind the design of Midget Mustang
Lake Winnebago seaplane adventure, helping women soar
Jet-fueled Skyhawk, program touts affordable flying
Experimental Aircraft Association Chairman Jack Pelton said Aug. 3 that AirVenture 2014 was one of the best in years, and previewed coming attractions for 2015.
Hall of Fame pilot Sean D. Tucker strapped fellow pilot Aaron Wypyszynski into the Oracle Extra 300L to say "thank you." Tucker, chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association's Young Eagles program, taught Wypyszynski (who has flown more than 200 Young Eagles in four years) the outside loop, hammerhead, barrel roll, Cuban 8, and even an inverted flat spin during a flight over Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Superior Aviation is building a town and executive airport near Beijing to accommodate the needs of companies doing business in China.
With sweaty palms and racing hearts, they walked onto the stage to strap on the simulator. It may not have been the pressure of a real airplane, but with an audience, performing a spot landing, steep turn, and lazy 8 in a simulator feels far beyond any stress of a normal flight.
Mahindra Aerospace, a part of India's Mahindra Group, announced that it intends to offer Wipline's 3450 amphibious floats for its eight-passenger utility airplane, the Airvan 8. Wipaire Inc. has begun feasibility testing on the Airvan 8. If the results are successful, a certification program to install the floats will be launched in late 2014, a Mahindra spokesman said.
More than 150 attendees were treated to some frank discussion and useful insight into the stunningly complex world of ADS-B at an AOPA-hosted seminar on the subject at EAA AirVenture.
Pilot Glenn Burt has the rakish grin, twinkling eye, and handlebar mustache to match his vintage Royal Flying Corps uniform with full effect. His replica Sopwith Pup (a Camel predecessor), flown to EAA AirVenture and displayed with pride, set him back about $30,000—engine and all. And it is much more flyable than a Camel ever was, he insists.
As an alternative to exorbitantly priced new aircraft, AVweb publisher Tom Bliss is forming a national network of aircraft rebuilders to refurbish existing aircraft to as-new condition and market them.
When Dianna Stanger hops out of her new L-139 prototype fighter on the flight line at airshows and fly-ins among the other warbirds, she hopes girls and young women will become inspired to enter aviation as a hobby or career.
AOPA's '152Reimagined,' a yellow-and-black refurbished Cessna 152, caused a flurry of excitement at the association's exhibit during EAA AirVenture. Pilots interested in flying clubs and aircraft partnerships were interested in the aircraft's price point—about $65 an hour—which makes it a viable option as an affordable, entry-level aircraft for flight training or ownership.
A teacher and the students he inspired to raise $120,000 to fight cancer got a VIP tour of EAA AirVenture.
Updated: Fatal accident at Oshkosh
Medical reform moves forward
Cessna to offer diesel-powered Skyhawk
AOPA tests new ways to open doors to aviation
MVP Aero developing light sport amphib
Continental 310-hp diesel makes first flight
Avgas replacement: It’s not just about octane
Boeing introduces solution to stem global pilot shortage
A new Mooney delivers its first new Mooney
Pelton hits FAA delays on third class medical
Pilot Getaways feature
The murmur of a breeze in the evergreens sings a soft harmony to the deep blue of a brightening sky—it's morning in the Idaho mountains. At Priest Lake, the choices of fun and relaxation, from water-skiing to huckleberry picking, are nearly limitless. Explore the area during your visit to AOPA's Spokane Fly-In. It's just 60 nautical miles from Washington's Felts Field.
Aviation in the West started at places such as Spokane's Felts Field (SFF). The historic airfield was once known as Parkwater because it is situated along the south bank of the Spokane River.
AOPA Fly-In procedures
Start planning your arrival at the Aug. 16 AOPA Fly-In at Felts Field in Spokane, Washington! Everything you need to know—arrival procedures, frequencies, and camping and parking information—is in the pilot information packet. Spokane International Airport is the official reliever for the AOPA Fly-In. AOPA will be offering complimentary ground transportation Aug. 16 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. between the XN Air FBO at Spokane International and Felts Field.
Download the fly-in procedures...
The Air Safety Institute's twenty-third Joseph T. Nall Report offers a detailed analysis of general aviation accidents during 2011, a year that in many ways looked a lot like 2010. The numbers of accidents on helicopter and noncommercial airplane flights were almost identical. However, the preliminary data for 2012-2013 in the accompanying GA Accident Scorecard provides some surprises, especially in the noncommercial fixed-wing sector, whose 2013 record appears to have been its best in decades.
Download the report and accident scorecard...
Fly like a fighter
On his first lesson in defensive dogfighting in an F-15B, an Air Force pilot learns that stepping up to the new aircraft is harder than he thought. In a 7-G turn at 420 knots, he couldn't lift his head to look outside the cockpit, forcing him to fly blind off his instructor's commands.
The center controller who had issued the flight's late-night IFR clearance heard the truncated transmission but thought little of it.
AOPA Partner Spotlight
In this free 13-minute video available to AOPA members courtesy of Premier Partner PilotWorkshops.com, former FAA meteorologist and CFII Scott Dennstaedt delves into thunderstorm forecasts and analyzes a variety of online tools you can use to get a better picture of storm potential. You'll learn which products are most useful for aviation and how best to interpret them.
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In this Real Pilot Story, find out how a hot magneto and pilot complacency converged at the wrong time. It's a good reminder of why you should always handle a propeller as though it will turn over unexpectedly, because it might. Just ask Bruce Stanfield.
Watch the Real Pilot Story...
Some flight instructor refresher courses can be dry, monotonous, tedious, and downright painful—but the Air Safety Institute's eFIRC makes the process easier and more engaging.
Online commenters rushed to judgment—some calling for manslaughter or murder charges and even the banning of personal flight—after two people on the ground were killed when a Piper Cherokee made an emergency landing on a beach. The pilot, maneuvering to land, apparently failed to see a young father and his daughter walking along the shore.
AOPA has been leading an effort to bring together government officials and other pilot groups in Canada and the United States to simplify border crossings for international general aviation flights.
Electroair's fuel-saving electronic ignition systems are an option for more certified aircraft than ever. The company announced fresh approvals at EAA AirVenture, allowing installation in normally aspirated Continental 470 and 520 engines, as well as Lycoming's 540 series.
Hilton Software announced at EAA AirVenture a new feature for WingX Pro7 that captures and records digital flight data 10 times per second. Founder and CEO Hilton Goldstein said WingX Rewind will be a valuable tool for flight instructors, students, and anyone who wants to digitally re-create a flight.
Trig Avionics announced July 31 that its Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) capable transponders can now be paired with Garmin 430W and 530W navigation systems in certified aircraft.
The pilot shortage debate has Opinion Leaders blogger Ron Rapp thinking about "the long-term possibility of ab initio schemes migrating to the United States and what a profoundly bad thing that would be for aviation at every level."
Sporty's Pilot Shop is offering a solution for pilots who need to stay in touch everywhere: a mobile hotspot delivering voice and data via satellite.
Apps of the week
Thinking about retiring that paper logbook? Take a look at apps that will transform your logbook from paper to digital.
Jeppesen at EAA AirVenture introduced simplified data subscriptions for general aviation customers, dramatically lowering costs for many IFR pilots.
Whelen Engineering, the leading manufacturer of lighting products for general aviation aircraft, has introduced its Parmetheus Plus landing and taxi LEDs.
After flying 5,600 miles over six days at 85 knots in a Citabria from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Oshkosh, Wisconsin; camping out at airports along the way; and eating Mountain House dried food, 21-year-old Alex Mumley-Dupuis said he was ready for a good meal upon arrival at EAA AirVenture.
Before taking off on a trip where you'll be gone for an extended period of time or flying in remote areas, gather some spare parts and tools to take along in case a maintenance issue arises along the way.
Growth in two key segments of the aircraft manufacturing industry in 2014 is setting the stage for a "sustainable recovery" of the industry.
Minnesota's Flywell Flying Club offers ownership shares for up to 40 members.
If you are thinking of purchasing an aircraft, check out these two new AOPA Pilot Information Center podcasts, "Aviation Finance" and "How to Buy an Airplane," brought to you by the AOPA Aviation Finance Co. and AOPA Insurance Services. Listen on your computer or mobile device.
Pilots are a practical-minded lot. Most seek opportunities to reduce flying expenses, and cost sharing is a common practice. FAR 61.113 (c) dictates how pilots may share the cost of flying with passengers.
When it came time to choose insurance for his Cessna 182, former Naval aviator Ron Cuff selected AOPA for its "superior service and fair pricing." In fact, said Cuff, "My aircraft insurance with AOPA costs less than my auto policy."
Check out prototypes of the Aries T-250 and Falcon Aircraft F-1 sport biplane, the Cessna Skymaster, Grumman American Lynx, Cessna 152, Polish Wilga, Piper Commanche, Hawker Siddeley HS 125 series 700, and more on the covers of AOPA Pilot from 1977.
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A chance sighting in a bookstore led to the making of a documentary film about a group of college students who formed what became the basis for U.S. air power in both world wars.
The late Neil Armstrong, Harrison Ford, and Dick and Burt Rutan are among those featured in a documentary on legendary airshow pilot Bob Hoover.
Lifestyles Member Discounts
AOPA members can save $50 on weeklong overnight camp, family camp, or adult camp programs from Space Camp, Aviation Challenge, or Space Camp Robotics with an offer through AOPA Lifestyles Member Discounts. The offer is not valid with any other offer or discount. Registration must be before Sept. 26, 2015.
Learn more and take advantage of the offer...
Aviation job board
Put your experience in emergency management or public administration to good use at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. Responsibilities include developing and coordinating emergency and disaster response plans, business/ops continuity plans, and recovery plans, and identifying associated training needs.
Find more information on this unique career opportunity here.
AOPA career opportunities
Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? We're looking for a financial analyst, human resources assistant, payroll technician, contract Air Safety Institute presenter, member services representative, major gift officer, AOPA Live producer/videographer I, and account manager II. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities,
visit AOPA Online.
By early 1916, the German Air Service held air superiority over the western front. This was due in large part to the Fokker Eindecker, one of the earliest airplanes to dominate the skies as a fighter during World War I. The Fokker Eindecker's single engine produced how much horsepower?
The most common variant of the Fokker Eindecker was powered by a 100-horsepower engine.
Got a question for our aviation services staff? The AOPA Pilot Information Center is a service available to all members as part of the annual dues. Contact AOPA.
What are some ideas for flying club fundraisers?
Aug 9-10 - Reno, Nevada; and Allentown, Pennsylvania
Aug 16-17 - Atlanta, Georgia
Aug 23-24 - Long Beach, California
Sep 13-14 - Sacramento, California; and Tempe, Arizona
For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online. Can't make it in person? Sign up for the Air Safety Institute's new Online eFIRC.
Sep 2 - Germantown, Tennessee
Sep 3 - Salt Lake City, Utah; and Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Sep 4 - Boise, Idaho; and Maryville, Tennessee
Sep 8 - Wichita, Kansas; Florham Park, New Jersey; and Detroit, Michigan
Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
Aug 9 - Scott City, Missouri; and Hartford, Connecticut
Aug 11 - Belgrade, Montana
Aug 15 - Spokane, Washington
Aug 22 - Bemidji, Minnesota
For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
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Take a look, and submit your own photos!
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The FAA announced Sept. 18 that it would host a “call to action summit” to address the barriers and potential challenges associated with equipping tens of thousands of aircraft for ADS-B, a move welcomed by AOPA.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is pressing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to offer pilots and aircraft owners more flexibility when it comes to the use of hangars at airports that have received federal funding.
General aviation accident reductions in 2013 could be “a positive sign” about how pilots are approaching training, education, and proficiency.
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