May 23, 2014
MAY 23, 2014 - VOL 16, ISSUE 21
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has announced the G650ER, an extended-range version of the G650 that vaulted the company into the market lead. FAA certification is expected in 2015; the company is also seeking formal certification of world-record flights. Read more...
Falcon extends range
Supersonic jet supersized
AOPA Live This Week
Superior Air Parts, AOPA, and the FAA work to get aircraft back in the air with an alternative means of compliance to an airworthiness directive. Plus, take a look at the rare Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon that will be featured at AOPA's Indianapolis Fly-In May 31. AOPA Live This Week®, May 22...
Throttle up the Allison J35 turbojet engine, igniting the afterburner to produce a fuel flow that would empty a car's gas tank in 22 seconds, or debate the merits of the early Allison V1710 and Rolls-Royce Merlin engines at the interactive Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust, Allison Branch museum in Indianapolis. Read more...
AOPA's freshly painted Sweepstakes Debonair, a seven-eighths scale P-51 Mustang, a Curtiss JN-4 Jenny replica, and other rare aircraft will be on display for pilots to ogle at the Indianapolis Regional Fly-In May 31. Plus, go for a flight in a B-17 Flying Fortress, Fairchild PT-26 Cornell, Consolidated Vultee BT-13 Valiant, Boeing PT-17 Stearman Kaydet, or Pitts S2C.
AOPA Fly-In procedures
Pilots flying in to Indianapolis Regional Airport (KMQJ) on May 31 for AOPA's second regional fly-in should review the notam and flight procedures. To accommodate the fantastic attendee response, AOPA has established Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport (KUMP) as a reliever airport for the fly-in in the event that Indianapolis Regional fills up, and is offering free transportation between the two airports every 30 minutes from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 31. Download the fly-in procedures and learn more about ground transportation and lodging.
A decade of aircraft ownership may put you closer to your A&P certificate than you might think.
It all comes down to the checkride, the pressure-cooker flight and oral exam that pits the student against himself.
If your favorite instructor hasn't already called to see if you want to add to your actual-IMC experience (or break into the time category for the first time), reach out.
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Thunderstorms and airplanes don't mix. But if you find yourself near dangerous convective activity, it is critical that you understand how air traffic control can help. The Air Safety Institute's Weather Wise: Thunderstorms and ATC course explains the finer nuances of how to communicate effectively with ATC, how controllers describe precipitation, and what radar services they can offer.
Take the course...
It's not too late to sign up for Redbird Flight Simulations' Flying Challenge Cup.
Before GPS moving maps, there were paper charts. Pilots used to pick their way through the skies with only a chart showing some landmarks on the ground. How would you do with only the paper version of a sectional chart?
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A strong cold front hit the Midwest recently, bringing severe weather with it. Track how AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg traveled from the East Coast to a business meeting in Kansas City and back, using onboard weather and other available information to stay clear of lines of storms.
Aircraft that have been grounded by an airworthiness directive affecting some Superior Air Parts replacement cylinder assemblies can get back in the air thanks to an alternative means of compliance approved by the FAA on May 19.
Eating certain foods might actually slow down angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels, and thereby prevent malignant tumors from surviving.
On behalf of the FAA, The Mitre Corp. is investigating the usage of night vision goggles and enhanced vision systems in fixed-wing operations, and is asking fixed-wing operators to complete a survey on the topic, whether or not they utilize night vision goggles or enhanced vision systems.
Read more and take the survey...
What can Moby Dick teach you about sharing the reasons aviation is important to you?
The Ohio State University and its airport recently hosted to the National Intercollegiate Flying Association's (NIFA) Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference. Opinion Leaders blogger Martin Rottler writes about how collegiate aviation students from 27 schools around the United States competed in ground and flight events ranging from precision landings to aircraft recognition.
Apps of the week
Five new aviation apps help students study for the private pilot exam, practice holds and radial intercepts, and more.
Matt Guthmiller, 19, plans to set a new record and raise funds with a circumnavigation in an A36 Bonanza fitted with ferry tanks. Guthmiller is a freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The digital entrepreneur hopes to unseat Jack Wiegand, current holder of the Guinness World Record for the youngest pilot to circumnavigate solo, while raising money for an organization that supports computer science education. Read more...
Student pilots have the chance to win one of 10 AOPA Flight Training Scholarships, which will be awarded at the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In in October.
One pilot estimates he saved $3,000 doing his private pilot training through a flying club.
If you have an accident and a claim against you, certain renter's insurance policies will provide you with legal defense as added protection. This is an important benefit to have. As you may know, attorney fees can range up to more than $400 an hour. Read more...
British racing pilot Nigel Lamb edged Austria's Hannes Arch to win the third leg of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship series in Malaysia.
Edward Swearingen, an aircraft designer who made a lasting mark on aviation, died May 15. His legacy includes work on aircraft made by Bell, Piper, and Lear, along with 30 original designs culminating with the SJ30 business jet. Swearingen was given the highest honor conferred by the National Business Aviation Association in 1974, and inducted in the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame in 2006.
A U.S. District Court magistrate in Portland, Ore., has recommended that a patent infringement lawsuit against AOPA be dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction. Read more...
Seventy-two years after successfully bombing Japan, changing the course of World War II in the Pacific, the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders are a step closer to being honored with a Congressional Gold Medal. A bill to honor the Raiders with the Congressional Gold Medal is awaiting President Barack Obama's signature after the House passed the measure May 19. Read more...
The Civil Air Patrol has launched the "Our Congressional Gold Medal Journey" website, which tells the story of its volunteer service during the early days of World War II, when more than 120,000 members stepped up to support the military effort. The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill May 19 to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Civil Air Patrol for its wartime service.
See a Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer in Alaska's Brooks Range; a Cessna 150 in Cypress Gardens, Fla.; a Twin Navion in Zihuatanejo, Mexico; and a Lake Amphibian in South Caicos. Plus, take a look at the Curtiss Fledgling and Beagle 206S on the AOPA Pilot covers from 1967. Pick your favorite as pilots narrow down the choices for the best cover in AOPA's history.
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Sporty's awards sweepstakes RV-12
Flying Salukis win 2014 NIFA Safecon
Donated flights advance delta restoration effort
Aviation job board
Are you an experienced airline transport pilot looking to take on the overall leadership and operations of a corporate flight department? Then this job opportunity may be for you. This key management position has direct control over all flight operations and flight crews. Learn more...
AOPA career opportunities
Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? We're looking for a member services representative, associate project manager, major gift officer, AOPA Live producer/videographer I, executive assistant for government affairs, and account manager II. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities,
visit AOPA Online.
If a certificated flight instructor is giving a flight lesson in an airplane with a student pilot, which class of medical is required for the instructor?
A flight instructor must possess a third class medical certificate or higher in order to exercise the privileges of a flight instructor certificate while acting as pilot in command or as a required crewmember. If the flight instructor is not acting as pilot in command or as a required crewmember, then no medical certificate is required. This leaves flight instructors with several scenarios in which they may provide flight training without a medical certificate. For a more complete explanation, check out this article from the AOPA Foundation's Air Safety Institute.
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.
Can you weigh in on Gleim online courses, especially for airline transport pilot?
June 7-8 - Santa Clara, Calif.; and Ashburn, Va.
June 21-22 - Charlotte, N.C.; Minneapolis, Minn.; and Orlando, Fla.
June 28-29 - Columbus, Ohio; and Phoenix, Ariz.
July 12-13 - Memphis, Tenn.; and Pittsburgh, Pa.
For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online. Can't make it in person? Sign up for the Air Safety Institute's new Online eFIRC.
May 29 - Batavia, Ohio.
May 30 - Indianapolis, Ind.
May 31 - Santa Paula, Calif.; and Allentown, Pa.
June 7 - Cortland, N.Y.; Riverside, Calif.; Watkins, Colo.; Southbridge, Mass.; and Aurora, Ore.
For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
Check out user-submitted events from your region. To include an event or to search all events in the calendar, visit AOPA Online. AOPA does not endorse the events listed below, nor have ePilot editors edited the submissions. AOPA assumes no responsibility for events listed.
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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Here are two reasonably priced airplanes that were donated to the AOPA Foundation that are for sale.
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