August 22, 2014
AUGUST 22, 2014 - VOL 16, ISSUE 34
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In an AOPA-led effort, seven influential general aviation organizations are asking the Department of Transportation and the Obama administration to expedite a review of the FAA's proposed rulemaking on third class medical reform.
Lawmakers are asking the Department of Transportation and administration to expedite a review of the FAA's proposed rulemaking on third class medical reform.
Of all the general aviation destinations, where are you meant to fly? The AOPA Flying Destinations Quiz, brought to you by Pilot Insurance Center, matches you with your perfect destination.
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AOPA Live This Week
AOPA and industry partners tell the Department of Transportation to open the medical certification reform rule for public comment within 30 days. Take a look at some old airplanes at historic Felts Field in Spokane, Washington—you won't want to miss the Gee Bee! And imagine flying a taildragger from Alaska to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and back: A 21-year-old did just that as a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project.
AOPA Live This Week®, Aug. 21...
"I want to spend every day here!" cried a small boy as the fourth 2014 AOPA Regional Fly-In in Spokane, Washington, came to a close at Felts Field Aug. 16.
Attendees at AOPA's Spokane Fly-In used social media to share the excitement and offer their impressions of the event.
Chino Airport, home of the Sept. 20 AOPA Fly-In, has a rich heritage. It was built in the early 1940s as a training base for Army Air Corps pilots, and the airport still sees a lot of active World War II-era aircraft, whether flown by individual owners based there or one of the field's two world-class aviation museums. Flo's Airport Café, where the area's agricultural and aviation interests intersect, also has plenty of history—it has operated on the field for 50 years.
Veteran airshow performer Billy Werth teaches students to consider roads in case of emergency. On Aug. 10, he took his own advice.
If you think shooting any old ILS to minimums is straightforward, think again. Fly into the mountainous and foggy Southern Vermont Regional Airport and learn why there's a lot more to it than just following a glideslope to minimums.
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If it's been a while, try starting your next proficiency session by getting the weather with a pad, not the iPad.
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Are you a volunteer pilot, or have you considered becoming one? Whether you're curious about what it takes or want to brush up on safety guidelines and passenger comfort recommendations, check out the Air Safety Institute's Public Benefit Flying: Balancing Safety and Compassion online course. Immerse yourself in the world of giving through flying—the reward is priceless.
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How far should pilots go to modify an aircraft? Should pilots get transition training with unfamiliar aircraft? AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg weighs these questions while discussing the NTSB's factual report of Micron CEO Steve Appleton's fatal accident in a Lancair IV-TP.
AOPA is actively pursuing the relaxation of third class medical requirements for pilots flying recreationally. For now, though, pilots still have to undergo medical examinations, and choosing an aviation medical examiner can be an important part of your FAA medical certification renewal experience.
A day after getting checked out in a Schleicher ASK 21 two-place fiberglass sailplane, Opinion Leaders blogger Amy Laboda writes that she was "aching to fly." But the winds that day were gusting near 40 knots. The towplane and pilot sat at the end of the runway, waiting for a signal from her as to whether she would fly.
Did she decide to go up, or wait to fly another day?
With all the recent attention to in-the-ear and on-the-ear headsets, Lightspeed has fired back with a new cutting-edge, over-the-ear model that takes noise attenuation and audio processing to new levels.
Respected author and aviation funnyman Rod Machado has written a new book he hopes will get you back to basics.
Apps of the week
With all of the calculations pilots are required to do for every flight, here's a look at five apps that can help with that process.
"A lot of firsts" is how Kayla Graham describes participating in an air rally designed to promote France's general aviation sector.
Having to deal with any form of aircraft maintenance when you're far from home isn't fun. Your resources are limited, you don't necessarily know the local fixed-base operator, and your options may be very limited. When you're away from home, it's in your best interest to become your own maintenance manager and advocate.
The Beechcraft Flying Club and the Cessna Flying Club, groups with a long and storied history, have merged to create the new Textron Aviation Employees' Flying Club.
The FAA has delivered unfavorable opinions to two online startups offering a new twist on an old idea: sharing flights and expenses. While private pilots may share certain costs with passengers under certain circumstances, they cross the line when spreading the word.
AOPA Insurance Services has partnered with Liberty Mutual Insurance to provide AOPA members with an auto and home insurance benefit program.
Red Bull celebrated National Aviation Day Aug. 19 with the first in a series of profiles of the Red Bull Air Force extreme athletes. The online videos, a total of 10 to be released, include a perspective on what drives athletes to push the limits of skydiving at its most extreme.
The FAA is making a final push to urge AOPA members to participate in its thirty-sixth annual General Aviation Survey.
Port-A-Cool is trying to keep things cold with its new Hurricane evaporative cooler.
British pilots thrilled their home crowd and tightened up the Red Bull Air Race World Championship Aug. 17 in Ascot, United Kingdom. Paul Bonhomme and Nigel Lamb dominated a windy day, with Bonhomme closing within two points of the series lead with three races remaining—including the two U.S. stops.
Visit ancient ruins; see the Beech Skipper, Taylorcraft, and Piper Aerostar; and celebrate forty years of AOPA with the 1979 anniversary edition of AOPA Pilot magazine. Vote for your favorite as members continue narrowing the covers to the best in AOPA's history.
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There's nothing like a family fun day out. A recent fly-in at Tazewell County Airport in Virginia showed that the airport can be the place to be for the whole family. "And I'm not talking about a couple of family members tolerating it while one (the pilot) runs around like a kid at Christmas," writes AOPA Director of eMedia Alyssa J. Miller. "I'm talking about families lounging around, listening to music, playing, laughing, and spending quality time together like hanging out at an airport and watching airplanes is the most natural, inviting pastime in the world."
In order to ensure you are receiving what you need and to better develop member benefits and services, AOPA wants to make sure it has your most up-to-date information. Update your contact and aircraft information, view your Air Safety Institute transcripts, set your home airport, update your proxy status, update your credit card information, and more!
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Aviation job board
LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, seeks an experienced flight instructor to serve as assistant chief flight instructor. This is a year-round position with responsibilities including classroom teaching, flight instruction, course material preparation, mentorship, and other responsibilities.
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AOPA career opportunities
Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? We're looking for a financial analyst, contract Air Safety Institute presenter, major gift officer, AOPA Live producer/videographer I, and account manager II. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities,
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As World War I continued into the summer of 1917, the Sopwith Camel emerged as an effective fighter aircraft for British forces. What was the best rate of climb for the Camel?
The Camel's best rate of climb was approximately 1,000 feet per minute. (Source: Jane's All the World's Aircraft, 1919 edition.)
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.
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Aug 23-24 - Long Beach, California
Sept 13-14 - Sacramento, California; and Tempe, Arizona
Sept 20-21 - Colorado Springs, Colorado; Baltimore, Maryland; and Bellevue, Washington
Sept 27-28 - Richmond, Virginia
For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online. Can't make it in person? Sign up for the Air Safety Institute's new Online eFIRC.
Sept 2 - Germantown, Tennessee
Sept 3 - Salt Lake City, Utah; and Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Sept 4 - Boise, Idaho; and Maryville, Tennessee
Sept 8 - Wichita, Kansas; Florham Park, New Jersey; and Detroit, Michigan
Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
Aug 22 - Bemidji, Minnesota
Sept 6 - Fredericksburg, Virginia; and Santa Fe, New Mexico
Sept 9 - Knightdale, North Carolina
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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