January 3, 2014
JANUARY 3, 2014 - VOL 16, ISSUE 1
After decades of repeated attacks, Santa Monica Municipal Airport is today at the center of a new legal challenge, one with potential implications for hundreds of general aviation airports across the country.
Whether in the early morning or late evening, sweltering heat or frigid temperatures, AOPA photographers Mike Fizer and Chris Rose do whatever it takes to snap the perfect shot. Fizer and Rose share their favorite photos from shoots in 2013.
Secret 'no-fly zone'?
Small airplane lands on cargo ship, cameras rolling
Boeing 747 Dreamlifter mistakenly lands at Jabara Airport
New bill would expand driver's license medical
Pilot detained, searched for mysterious reasons
Mayday: Cherokee Six lands in icy Hudson, all survive
Student pilot who hit SUV earns his ticket
Response, lessons learned from sheriff in glider arrest
Cessna designs low-cost military jet
Shell reveals unleaded avgas
When it comes to determining who has the most experience, it can depend on the flight operation and the experiences the pilot has encountered in the past, no matter the number of hours on paper. Has IFR flying ever taken you outside your experience level?
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Cheyenne, Wyo., may see good weather for most of the year, but when the time comes to shoot the challenging ILS or LOC approach into Runway 27, will you be ready?
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Help the presenter unravel several compelling real-life accidents—starting at the crash scene and working backward through physical evidence, eyewitness testimony, and other leads to figure out exactly what went wrong, and why. The seminar debuts Jan. 13.
Visit the website for dates and locations near you.
Helicopters are made to be able to take off and land vertically. But doing so can actually be a dangerous maneuver.
Comparing general aviation to a recent Dilbert comic strip about killing off businesses, AOPA Foundation Bruce Landsberg writes that GA has been too successful.
Many of the advocacy efforts begun and sustained throughout 2013—driver's license medical, Part 23 reform, unleaded avgas replacement, and unwarranted stops and searches by Customs and Border Protection—are laying the groundwork for even bigger battles in 2014, and AOPA is ready.
The FAA has selected six organizations to operate sites for testing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in a key step toward establishing "a much-needed proving ground" for the integration of UAS technology into the National Airspace System, AOPA said.
Satellite navigation offers great efficiency for terminal airspace routings, but the FAA's use of the technology to date has not always improved on existing Victor airway-based transitions. To address the emerging need, the agency should convene a user committee to help create a system-wide policy for implementing RNAV terminal routes (T-routes), AOPA said.
A medical condition that brings the FAA down on you can be scary. The last thing you need is more worry.
Embraer announced a successful first flight of the fly-by-wire Legacy 450 on Dec. 28. Company test pilots logged about 1.5 hours on the maiden flight, reporting smooth responses and an intuitive cockpit design. Read more...
The Icon A5, Cessna 182 Turbo Skylane JT-A, Redhawk 172, Mooney, space tourism, and military flight demonstration teams could have a far-reaching impact on the aviation community and the industry that supports it, according to Opinion Leaders blogger Rod Rakic.
The key to happiness as a professional pilot is to "know thyself." Forget Hollywood films and dreams of financial riches, counsels Opinion Leaders blogger Ron Rapp. Do you fit in as an Alaskan fish spotter, Gulfstream corporate pilot, or somewhere else?
Opinion Leaders blogger Martin Rottler says pilots do prospective future professionals a disservice by painting the aviation field as excessively rosy or excessively gray.
Apps of the week
"General" apps that do everything from offering instructor tools to handling documents for TBM aircraft are highlighted this week.
The Mexican government is set to implement a new law requiring advanced passenger information for flights to and from the country similar to U.S. eAPIS requirements, and it is causing some confusion. AOPA is working to get answers for pilots.
AOPA Stay Smart webinar
Join Caribbean Sky Tours' Rick Gardner, who is also AOPA's regional representative south of the border, and AOPA Pilot Information Center Vice President Woody Cahall on Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. Eastern time to learn tips on planning trips to and flying in the Bahamas, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
The Air Race Classic, an annual all-women's cross-country race, is accepting entries for its June event.
For more than a decade, AOPA has been notifying members of upcoming temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) in their area. Now, AOPA offers graphical TFR email alerts. In addition to noting the location, size, altitudes, effective times, and airports affected by the TFR, the alert will include an image of the TFR overlaid on a chart. Members who receive AOPA ePilot automatically receive these alerts.
Stock analysts expressed general approval of the purchase by Textron of Beechcraft for $1.4 billion during a conference call with Textron executives Dec. 27. Some expressed concerns about low sales of the T-6 military trainer.
Two aviation foundations receive funding, while two youth scholarships are announced.
Leaders from 10 flying clubs across the country offer advice to new and existing organizations.
If there are two things Roger Cannell knows a few things about, it's flying and aviation insurance. The former aviation insurance underwriter has been a pilot for more than 50 years and relies on AOPA Insurance Services.
AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson shares her favorite stories of the year. What are yours?
Drugs falling from the sky, interesting use of drones, and a helicopter rescue.
AOPA career opportunities
Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? We're looking for an account manager II, event planner, aviation insurance agent, director of insurance business operations, and Web graphic designer I. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities,
visit AOPA Online.
Instrument departure procedures are designed such that the aircraft will acquire positive course guidance within how many nautical miles?
An aircraft should acquire positive course guidance within 10 nm for straight departures and 5 nm for departures that require turns. (Source: Instrument Procedures Handbook, page 2-14.)
Is there a good iPad app that let's you build a checklist, and then allows you to step through the items as you perform them?
Jan 4-5 - Ypsilanti, Mich.; Portland, Ore.; San Jose, Calif.; and San Antonio, Texas
Jan 11-12 - Knoxville, Tenn.; Jackson, Miss.; Seattle, Wash.; and Charlotte, N.C.
Jan 25-26 - Baltimore, Md., and Long Beach, Calif.
Feb 8-9 - Fairfax, Va.; Nashua, N.H.; New Orleans, La.; and Louisville, Ky.
For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online. Can't make it in person? Sign up for the Air Safety Institute's new Online eFIRC.
Jan 13 - Mesa, Ariz.; and Reno, Nev.
Jan 14 -Tucson, Ariz.; and Sacramento, Calif.
Jan 15 - Milpitas, Calif.; and El Paso, Texas
Jan 16 - Albuquerque, N.M.; and Santa Rosa, Calif.
Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
AOPA's online photo gallery allows you to upload your own aviation photography as well as view, rate, and comment on others' photos.
Take a look, and submit your own photos!
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