AOPA AV8RS Newsletter - February 2014

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AOPA AV8RS Eric Wilkins asks:

Q: I recently finished army flight training and I have my private pilot ASEL, and a commercial helicopter certificate with instrument rating. What are the times necessary to take that commercial rotary wing and do my commercial multi transition? I have around 150 hours fixed wing time, around 10 hours complex and high performance, and 6 hours of multi-engine instruction.

A: Thanks for your question. The issue really comes down to how much of your previous flying and training time can be applied towards applying for a commercial AMEL certificate. Referencing FAR 61.129, you would satisfy the majority of the requirements except for the multiengine airplane training time: FAR 61.129 requires 20 hours of training on the areas of operation listed in ยง61.127(b)(2) of this part . This line item in the regulations refers specifically to multiengine training time. The only other thing to note would be that you do not need to take a commercial written since you already hold a commercial pilot certificate, as per FAR 61.63(b). You would, however, have to take a full AMEL practical test.

--Adam O'Hara, AOPA

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Member Benefits

AOPA Announces Regional Fly-ins

Is there one in your area?

As a pilot or aspiring pilot, you know - there's no better way to spend a Saturday than enjoying all things general aviation. That's the experience AOPA is bringing to members and aviation enthusiasts nationwide with a series of six regional AOPA Fly-Ins and a special AOPA Homecoming in Frederick, Md.

Enjoy a traditional pancake breakfast and town hall discussion with AOPA President Mark Baker to learn more about you association, ask questions and share ideas.

There will be opportunities for members to meet and mingle with other members and AOPA staff, take part in educational and safety seminars, and explore aircraft displays, aviation exhibits, and participate in flying activities and clinics. For those who aren't yet pilots enjoy a learn-to-fly area and maybe even take a "first flight" with an instructor!

In addition to the Frederick event, six AOPA Fly-Ins are scheduled.

San Marcos Municipal Airport (HYI), San Marcos, Texas–April 26, 2014

Indianapolis Regional Airport (MQJ), Indianapolis, Ind.–May 31, 2014

Plymouth Airport (PYM), Plymouth, Mass.–July 12, 2014

Spokane Felts Field (SFF), Spokane, Wash.–Aug. 16, 2014

Chino Airport (CNO), Chino, Calif.–Sept. 20, 2014

Frederick Municipal Airport (KFDK),Frederick, Maryland–October 4th, 2014

Malcolm McKinnon Airport (SSI), Brunswick, Ga.–Nov. 8, 2014

We hope to see you at one of the regional fly-ins!

Career Profile

Canelon: 'Never take no for an answer'

Francesca Canelon admits she didn't have the best grades in high school. But she did have a determination to succeed, and that is taking her far.

Canelon will graduate in May from the U. S. Naval Academy and then will begin training as a naval aviator at the Naval Air Station Pensacola.

Member Profile

Meet AOPA AV8R, Sean Patrick Cothran

Ever since Sean Patrick Cothran sat in an F-15 Eagle as a 4-year-old at an Atlanta air show, he's known what he must become – a pilot.

"I feel like it's in my blood because I can't remember a time when I didn't want to fly," says Sean, now 19 and a sophomore at Liberty University with a major in math and a minor in aviation. "I've been dreaming of a career in aviation my whole life."

He racked up thousands of hours on flight simulators before he took his first flight in October 2007 as his father was taking flight lessons. Because he had been doing flight simulator for so long, he was able to take-off and land the aircraft, a Piper Warrior II, that day, he recalls.

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Famous Pilots

Howell–Warner: 1st woman to be hired as a pilot by major U.S. airline

Emily Howell Warner says her parents couldn't afford to send her to college, so after graduating from high school she looked into becoming a stewardess.

"But you had to be 21 because they served liquor," she recalls.

A friend suggested she instead become a pilot; a flight on Frontier sealed her decision. "It was a great flight. We went over the Rocky Mountains in the winter with all the snow," she says. "On the way back, ... knowing I was curious, they invited me up into the cockpit. I sat in the jump seat between the co-pilot and pilot, and it was fantastic looking out that front window."

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Cool Stuff

Aviation schools preparing future drone pilots

Forget about flying in the clouds. Many new future pilots won't ever leave the ground.

That realization has created a new opportunity for aviation schools and students, as universities add programs to teach students to fly unmanned aircraft, more commonly known as drones, by using only video monitors, a keyboard and mouse.

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Thunderbirds, Blue Angels back in air shows in 2014

They're back – at least partially. The Air Force Thunderbirds and the Navy Blue Angels air demonstration teams will once again fly in America's air shows in 2014, after being grounded by sequestration cuts in 2013. But don't expect to see them do many flyovers, as the government looks to cut spending.

The Pentagon has decided to resume its military community outreach programs, but pared down the number of events significantly in light of new budget realities, ABC News reported. A 45-percent reduction in the number of events from last year will result in savings of $104 million in fiscal year 2014 and $1 billion over the next decade.

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NASA launches first satellite created by high school students

In November, a group of high school students accomplished something no other high school students have ever done: a satellite they built was launched into space.

The satellite, called TJ3Sat, was made at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va. and was launched on an Orbital Minotaur I rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

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China's Chang'e-3 makes successful moon landing

A wheeled vehicle has not been on the moon's surface since the 1970s. Until December, that is.

China's Chang'e-3 mission launched atop a Chinese-developed Long March 3B rocket on Dec. 1 from Xichang in the country's south, the BBC reported, and landed on the lunar surface on Dec. 14.

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Historical Firsts
  • Feb. 1, 2003 – About 15 minutes before its scheduled touchdown on Feb. 1, 2003, the Columbia orbiter broke apart during its reentry to Earth and all seven crewmembers died. The group had just finished a two-week mission, STS-107, completing dozens of science experiments. An investigation later showed that damage during launch to the shuttle's thermal protection system led to structural failure of the shuttle's left wing.

  • Feb. 3, 1959 – Rising American rock stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died when their chartered Beechcraft Bonanza crashed in Iowa a few minutes after takeoff. Investigators blamed the crash on bad weather and pilot error. Singer Don McLean later memorialized the three in the 1972 hit "American Pie," which refers to Feb. 3, 1959 as "the day the music died."

  • Feb. 4, 1902 – Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. is born. In 1927, he became the first to make a solo, nonstop transatlantic flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

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Contributing Writer: Barbara A. Benish

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