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VOLUME 12, ISSUE 43— October 22, 2010

Cessna hints at secret turboprop
Inside the Citation Ten
FAA adds Piper twin for fuel tests
Quiz Me: Radio failure in Class D


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Eclipse gains Sikorsky as minority partner

Feature Eclipse Aerospace gained the credentials and expertise of Sikorsky Aircraft Oct. 20 when Sikorsky became a minority partner for sales and service worldwide of the Eclipse 500. While Eclipse already had the financial means to resume production, a cash investment from Sikorsky further assures that goal. Sikorsky is best known as a helicopter company, but its worldwide sales and service network can obviously be used for any type of aircraft. It will take two months before the details of the agreement are final. “This agreement in principle affords us an opportunity to invest in a great product, and to further leverage our strong aftermarket and product support capabilities for fixed-wing applications,” said Mark Cherry, vice president of strategy and synergy for Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. Read more >>

SJ30 jet company for sale again

Investors who purchased Sino Swearingen and rights to produce the SJ30 business jet, renaming it Emivest Aerospace, ran into financial trouble almost as soon as the deal was completed and have placed the struggling company back on the market. Four of the aircraft, one of them owned by the factory, are in customers’ hands, including one flown by actor Morgan Freeman and another used by Déjà Vu, an entertainment company with a presence in Las Vegas. Read more >>

Jack Pelton interview Mustang-inspired single-engine turboprop?

Persistent rumors that Cessna is developing a single-engine turboprop appear to be correct. In an interview with AOPA, Cessna President Jack Pelton hinted strongly that the company has been working on a design that would fill the niche between Cessna’s Corvallis TT high-performance piston single and its Mustang light twinjet. “The Mustang evolved from a twin turboprop design we were exploring in the late 1990s,” Pelton said. Rumors assert that there have been sightings of a single-engine turboprop that closely resembles the Mustang in the Wichita area. Find out more in this AOPA Live® exclusive interview. Watch AOPA Live >>

Cracking the VLJ code

High hopes for a number of very light jets have met a harsher reality, but Stratos Aircraft hopes to plow through the wreckage and on to success. Alexander Craig, president and CEO, tells AOPA Live about the company’s jet in development. “The mission was four people in luxury over 1,500 nautical miles with NBAA reserves, at over 400 knots,” he says. The Stratos 714 is expected to have 3,000 pounds of thrust and a gross weight of 7,200 pounds. “It’s gonna be a rocket at the high end,” he said. “But at the low end, with a stall speed of 63 knots, it’s gonna be a kitten.” Watch AOPA Live >>

Learjet 85 to have one-piece composite fuselage

Learjet 85 The eight-passenger, $19 million Learjet 85 is well on its way through the design phase for delivery in 2013 and will have the first one-piece composite fuselage ever approved by the FAA, a company official said. The entire fuselage will have just one part number. The composite construction will use a lay-up process rather than winding composite materials on a spool before they are placed in an oven to be cured. The detailed design of the Mach 0.82 airplane is 50-percent complete. Read more >>

Piaggio fleet passes 500,000 hours

Piaggio Aero says its P.180 Avanti and Avanti II aircraft fleet has passed the landmark of 500,000 flight hours. The P.180 Avanti world fleet comprises 203 aircraft (plus four prototypes). The Avanti was certified in 1990, while the Avanti II was certified in 2005. “The total flying hours is not just a number; it marks a milestone of steadily accumulated experience in building, operating, and maintaining the most innovative, fast, and environmentally green, multi-utility aircraft,” said Alberto Galassi, Piaggio Aero’s CEO. Read more >>

Eclipse announces flight management system

Eclipse Aerospace and Innovative Solutions and Support have developed an integrated flight management system (FMS) for the Eclipse twin-engine jet. Innovative Solutions and Support Inc., based in Exton, Pa., is an avionics supplier for civil, military, business, and commercial markets and operators. The AvioNG Integrated FMS provides for a coupled LPV approach, airway/Victor route navigation, required navigation performance, holding patterns and procedure turns, parallel offsets, storage for 99 flight plans, user-defined waypoints, nearest airports and navigation aids, OBS mode, and route information. Read more >>

Raisbeck preps for Lear locker flights, EASA certification

Raisbeck Engineering’s latest projects build on the company’s tradition of offering aircraft owners more capability, flexibility, and versatility. The company announced at the National Business Aviation Association convention that it is moving quickly in the development of its Learjet 60 aft fuselage locker program. The external locker will provide an additional 25 cubic feet of storage and 300 pounds of capacity in two external compartments faired into the aft fuselage. For European King Air C90 operators, Raisbeck announced EASA certification of its C90GTi Epic performance enhancement kit. Read more >>

Get Jeppesen charts online

Thanks to startup customer and fractional aircraft company Avantair, Jeppesen now offers a Web-based digital chart that includes an auto-update service that eliminates the need for manually inserting new charts in your approach and departure chart binder. The online capability means pilots can print charts on the go from any computer. Read more >>

Standard Learjet 40 XRs get more range

Bombardier Aerospace announced that standard-equipped Learjet 40 XRs will now come with what was formerly an option: increased fuel capacity. This additional fuel will permit the airplane’s maximum range to stretch to 1,991 nautical miles, 268 nm farther than was previously possible in standard 40 XRs. Read more >>

Gulfstream’s new 'Cabin Essential' G650 interior

Gulfstream cabins have always been large and luxurious, but the company’s new G650s will come with a wide range of extra enhancements not previously available. New, electrically-adjustable seats lead the list of features, which also includes an enlargement of the airplane’s 16 cabin windows—which will measure 28 inches across. Read more >>

Aircell offers new in-flight Internet service

Aimed at smaller jets and turboprops, Aircell has introduced the Aviator 200 SwiftBroadband system. It offers voice service and data connectivity at up to 200 kbps in multiple world regions, uses a small antenna needed by smaller aircraft, and costs $55,000, not including installation. It weighs 13 pounds. Read more >>

Avitat Premier Card offered

World Fuel Services and ExxonMobil Aviation now offer a VIP card to give flight departments recognition, special fuel pricing, and discounted services. The card can be used at participating ExxonMobil Aviation-branded Avitat FBO locations in the United States and the Bahamas. Read more >>

GA News

Aerospace companies study flying car

After a century of efforts to solve the problem of a flying car, military contractors working for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will now take a look. Six teams will study for a year whether a land-based military vehicle can transform into a helicopter. DARPA’s Transformer (TX) program seeks to combine the advantages of ground vehicles and helicopters into a single vehicle equipped with flexibility of movement. Read more >>

Hawker Beechcraft employees reject contract offer

Hawker Beechcraft employees, presented with an offer cast by Kansas governor as preventing their jobs from moving to Louisiana, rejected the offer by a 55 to 45 percent majority. The company says it had made its best offer. Workers told reporters for The Wichita Eagle that the cuts and sacrifices asked by the offer cut too deep. Read more >>

Ed Tripp, pioneering ‘AOPA Pilot’ editor, dies

Former AOPA Pilot editor and AOPA Senior Vice President of Publications Edward G. Tripp, 75, died Oct. 16 at his home in Cincinnati. Tripp was born in Boston, Mass., and was a graduate of Columbia University. His long and colorful career began when he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War. Subsequently, he began flying and went on to become a commercial pilot with instrument, multiengine, glider, and helicopter ratings. Read more >>

Steve Fossett's jet car Want the world land speed record?

Engineering data indicates Steve Fossett’s Spirit of America/Sonic Arrow jet car could have gone between 850 and 900 mph had there not been a steering incident during a run by the car’s original owner. The Fossett team had modified and improved the car at the time Fossett died in an aircraft accident. The old record stands at 763 mph, faster than the speed of sound. All you need to do is find $3 million, and then take it to the desert and have the courage to turn the key. Read more >>


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Mooney sheds debt to appeal to investors

At least three groups of investors have indicated interest in Mooney, but not in its debt load. For that reason, Mooney Airplane Company has restructured itself, shedding debt in the process and changing its name to Mooney Aviation Company. The former Mooney Airplane Company no longer exists. In a complicated legal maneuver, the company foreclosed on itself. It makes the company more attractive to new investors, but will leave some former investors behind in the process. Read more >>

Van's RV-3 Van’s Aircraft reaches 7,000 airplanes

Van’s Aircraft, maker of the RV series of kit-built aircraft, has surpassed 7,000 aircraft registered and flown, the Oregon-based company announced. More than 500 RVs have been finished in each of the last two years. “We’ve been averaging about 1.5 completions a day for the last four years,” said Ken Scott, a 21-year employee at the firm, which has just more than 60 U.S. workers. “We’re humbled by the loyalty of our customers.” Read more >>

Cessna down, Bell up in third quarter

Cessna's revenues decreased $290 million in the third quarter from the same period in the prior year, while Bell's revenues increased $197 million in the third quarter from last year. Bell’s U.S. government revenues increased $172 million due to higher V-22 and H-1 deliveries. Both are Textron companies. Cessna’s numbers reflected lower new aircraft sales, including the delivery of 26 jets compared with 68 in the corresponding period last year. Read more >>

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Doctor Copter GA Serves America pilot recognized for medical work

“NBC Nightly News” featured Dr. David Nichols, better known to AOPA members as “Dr. Copter,” Oct. 20 for his humanitarian efforts to provide medical care on remote Tangier Island off the Virginia mainland in the Chesapeake Bay. Nichols has flown to the island almost every Thursday for 30 years. This summer, a new state-of-the-art clinic that he spearheaded opened. But the opening came with mixed emotions, as Nichols was diagnosed with terminal cancer. AOPA awarded Nichols with a Presidential Citation for his humanitarian efforts and his participation in the association’s GA Serves America campaign. Learn more about Nichols in this AOPA Live video and September 2009 AOPA Pilot feature >>

Agents question Bonanza pilot, search for ‘dope and cash’

Robert Riddlemoser knew there was something wrong as soon as he stepped out of his airplane during a fuel stop in Pueblo, Colo., on Oct. 1. A hose was dangling from the cowling of his newly turbo-normalized Beechcraft Bonanza. Better go inside the FBO and call a mechanic. Preoccupied with the glitch, Riddlemoser walked toward the building with his passenger, an employee. Riddlemoser gazed ahead vaguely as several vehicles pulled up to the FBO. He observed that six or seven men dressed in street clothes were standing there, too. Read more >>

Wing overload failure accident prompts Skymaster AD

The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive requiring wing inspections of some aircraft in the Cessna 336 and 337 twin-engine series. The AD, effective Nov. 3, also requires repair of any damage, installing an operational limitation placard in the cockpit, adding limitations to the flight manual supplement, and reporting the results of the inspection to the FAA if damage was found. The AD covers certain Cessna 336 and 337 airplanes that are, or have ever been, modified by specific Aviation Enterprises supplemental type certificates for wing extensions. Read more >>

King Schools offers new online RNAV and icing ops courses

King Schools is offering a new online RNAV course and an updated icing course, and both satisfy FAA training requirements, company officials announced. FAA regulations require that commercial operators get specific training before flying RNAV and RNAV-2 departures, routes, and arrivals. Read more >>

Golf and aviation come together at exclusive resort

Magellan Jets, a provider of charter air service, has announced its partnership with French Lick Resort, located in French Lick, Ind. Magellan and French Lick will provide private air and golf packages. Situated atop the hills overlooking the Hoosier National Forest in southern Indiana, French Lick Resort is the nation’s newest premier golf destination. Read more >>

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Pilots to fly wounded soldiers to Tangier Island

On Nov. 13, general aviation airplanes carrying combat-wounded soldiers will descend on Tangier Island near the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The day’s mission: to give the soldiers a scenic flight and a seafood lunch in grateful recognition of their service. If weather permits, “Wings of Appreciation” will fly an estimated 40 soldiers and non-medical assistants (NMAs) to the island. Read more >>

VAC seeks corporate sponsorship

The Veterans Airlift Command has formed an alliance with Mach 2 Management to seek out corporate sponsorship for VAC’s ongoing work providing free general aviation transportation for wounded veterans and their families. “By partnering with Mach 2, it allows me to remain focused on what I am most passionate about—recruiting volunteer aircraft owners and identifying the needs among our wounded war heroes,” said VAC “Air Boss” Walt Fricke. Read more >>

New Jersey education partnership to launch aviation program

A $100,000 grant awarded to a group of New Jersey business and education professionals will be used to create an aviation-based curriculum that emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The group will use aviation-based STEM curriculum and hands-on activities at the airport to motivate and mentor students and faculty. Read more >>

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Aviation training center opens in Wichita

A National Center for Aviation Training has opened in the Wichita, Kan., area at Colonel James Jabara Airport. The 230,000-square-foot facility offers high-tech training and research, and also will train government agencies in new technologies. “What makes this the most unique aviation training facility will also make it a national hub for aviation training,” said John Tomblin, executive director of Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research. Read more >>

Bid on getaway, support GA

An escape to the white sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters of Cancun or outdoor excursions in the Bahamas could be within reach with a bid on a travel package in the AOPA Foundation online auction. A private jet charter flight from Synerjets can get you where you need to go, and golfers may be interested in stays at resorts near the green in French Lick, Ind., or on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. You can even bid on experiences such as a wine country vacation or a private tour of President Ronald Reagan’s ranch. Read more>>

BlogsHover Power: Backpack helicopter

The quest for a device that a person could strap on his back, lift off from his backyard, and fly around started in the 1940s. One of the more popular ideas came from Seattle, Wash., inventor Horace Pentecost. He designed and built a small backpack with a coaxial rotor system powered by a 20-hp two-cylinder air-cooled engine. The assembly weighed about 90 lbs and had a 12-foot rotor diameter. Dubbed the “Hoppi-Copter,” it was plagued with issues such as getting away from the fuselage quickly in an emergency and using legs as landing gear. Read more >>


Tour the new Citation Ten

Cessna Citation Ten Cessna’s new Citation Ten, a significant upgrade from the Citation X, is a thoroughly new airplane, with redesigned cockpit, systems, and interior. Cessna Ten Product Manager Joel Mugglin took AOPA Live on a tour of the expanded cabin and brand-new G5000 glass cockpit at the National Business Aviation Association convention. Find out about the new integrated cabin management system—complete with LED displays, entertainment, and seat-to-seat texting—and the G5000’s touch-screen interface technology as part of Garmin’s first Part 25 offering. Watch AOPA Live >>

Flying the Amazon

Missionary pilot Allen Yoder lives in a floating house on the Amazon River with two Cessna 185s docked on either side. Working for the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism, he serves difficult-to-access areas in the challenging Brazilian climate. In this AOPA Live interview, Yoder talks about transporting an alligator bite victim to medical care, losing a cylinder over the Andes on the way to the United States for a retrofit, and more. Watch AOPA Live >>

A look at bizjet market outlook

Honeywell’s experts predict the beginning of a rebound of the business aviation market in 2012. AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Thomas A. Horne adds his analysis. Watch AOPA Live >>


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Safety & Proficiency

Aircraft Preflight Safety Quiz Are you up for a preflight challenge?

The Air Safety Institute quizmasters just released their latest brainchild, Aircraft Preflight Safety Quiz. Knowing you don’t just kick the tires and scrape bugs off the windshield, they put together a thoughtful preflight primer. For example, what are your options if the red beacon is not working? Can you legally fly with only white strobe lights? Would you blow into the pitot tube to clear away a small obstruction? These and other thought-provoking questions are yours to take on. This quiz is underwritten by the AOPA Insurance Agency. Take the quiz >>

Answers for Pilots: Aircraft theft insurance

Imagine your shock if you walked into your hangar to preflight your aircraft and saw that it was empty. Your airplane was missing. You would be stunned as you slowly realized your vanished airplane may have been stolen. After you had called the authorities and some of the initial confusion had settled down, you would want to be assured that your aircraft insurance policy covered theft. Janet Bressler, president of the AOPA Insurance Agency, discusses insurance issues that would likely concern a theft victim. Read more >>

Touch ’n go with Garmin’s aera™ GPS portables

Say hello to the aera series: Easy-to-use pilot/motorist GPS solutions from the leader in both Aviation and Automotive portable navigation. So, you can go from runways to roadways with the best in moving-map guidance to match your needs and budget.

GPS for VFR Operations course Go beyond ‘direct to’ with GPS course

Let’s face it. When you rent different aircraft or have purchased a new GPS unit a little help would be welcome to distill the thick user manual. The Air Safety Institute’s GPS for VFR Operations online course is the answer with a quick, thorough refresher on GPS technology. Enjoy the interactive program, which explores panel-mounted and handheld receivers. Find out about GPS “gotchas” with mode confusion and flight plan activation and what to do if the equipment fails. Take the course and qualify for AOPA Accident Forgiveness and the FAA Wings program.

Course offers tools to protect your airport

Many homeowners in the vicinity of an airport fear the worst—that an airplane will end up in their living room. The truth is, fatal accidents involving light aircraft striking buildings or residences are extremely rare. Yet misperceptions abound—often fueled by exaggerated media reports. Learn how to educate the non-flying public and promote your airport by addressing community safety concerns and other negative perceptions. The AOPA Airport Support Network (ASN) works with volunteers throughout the country to promote and protect airports. Learn about the ASN, educate yourself on threats to our safe landing spots, and sign up to become an ASN volunteer today!  Take the course >>

Don’t miss out on the greatest aviation celebration of the year—

AOPA Aviation Summit in Long Beach, Calif., on Nov. 11-13. Enjoy educational forums, captivating speakers, the hottest aircraft on the market, and special events at Summit this year.

BlogsAir Safety eJournal: 178 Seconds to Live

We periodically get onto a doom-and-gloom kick when something nasty happens that really shouldn’t have. VFR into IMC is one of those. In 2009 there were 14 accidents of which twelve were fatal.  Not many pilots or their passengers come back from this misjudgment.  The Air Safety Institute has a new Pilot Safety Announcement (PSA) about VFR into IMC. How long does it take for a VFR pilot to lose control in IMC and crash? Many don’t even make it to the two-minute mark. Read more >>

Flight Instructor Refresher Clinics

Air Safety Institute Safety Seminars

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Albuquerque, N.M.

Austin, Texas

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Anchorage, Alaska

Atlanta, Ga.

Ashburn, Va.

Dec. 4 and 5

Denver, Colo.

Orlando, Fla.

Dec. 11 and 12

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Oct. 25

Concord, Calif.

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Grand Forks, N.D.

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Kings and Rep. Bilbray Industry, Congress seek solutions after Kings’ detention

Their mistaken detention at gunpoint Aug. 28 left them rattled and shocked the general aviation community, but John and Martha King of King Schools quickly turned their attention to preventing future mishaps—and they’ve found allies in the quest. Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.), whose district includes the Kings’ San Diego facilities, met with the couple Oct. 14 and discussed the incident, along with the value of GA to the United States. By the end of the visit, Bilbray had joined the House GA Caucus. Read more >>

Supporters rally around threatened Ohio airport

Move the runway; don’t close the airport. That’s what AOPA and local supporters are telling officials in Huron County, Ohio, where county commissioners have been trying to shut down Norwalk-Huron County Airport and use the land for expansion of a drag-racing enterprise. The airport, in north-central Ohio, has 22 based aircraft and about 10,000 annual operations. The drag strip, situated just south of Runway 28, hosts up to four national race events a year, and smaller events. Read more >>

FAA Hughes Center FAA’s Hughes Center adds Piper twin for fuel testing

When the FAA’s NextGen Alternative Aviation Fuels Program examines how unleaded fuel formulas measure up to the performance of 100LL, much of the testing takes place in the William J. Hughes Technical Center’s New Jersey laboratories. But one also needs in-flight data, and that’s Armando Gaetano’s department. He manages the FAA’s R&D flight test program. A few months from now, a Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain will make its initial research flight, becoming the newest tool in the industry-wide effort to develop an unleaded avgas to replace 100LL. Read more >>

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Calif. flight training industry looks to long-term reg fix

With the final signature on a measure delaying the implementation of controversial flight school regulations in California, aviation groups shifted their attention to developing a long-term solution. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the measure in a package of trailer bills to the state budget Oct. 19, finalizing a budget agreement from earlier in the month. The delay gives AOPA and allies time to work with the legislature to hash out a more reasonable way to protect students without crippling the flight training industry. Read more >>

TFR set for Las Vegas Oct. 22 through 23

A temporary flight restriction (TFR) will curb access to the three airports in Las Vegas, Nev., and impose other restrictions up to 30 nautical miles from its center beginning Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. local time, and ending Oct. 23 at 10:30 a.m. local time. Numerous general aviation activities and business operations will be required to cease operations in the TFR airspace while it is in effect, revisiting complications that occurred when other recent TFRs were ordered in Las Vegas and elsewhere. Read more >>

Pilots can aid in search for missing aircraft

A 1964 Cessna 150 is missing from its hangar at Hornell Municipal Airport in Hornell, N.Y., and presumed stolen. Pilots, aircraft owners, and airport personnel can aid in the search by being on the lookout for the airplane, N43ED, and reporting any sightings to the Steuben County Sheriff's Office at 607/776-7009. The aircraft is equipped with long-range tanks and a 150-hp engine. Read more >>

Planners eye 200 residential units near Nut Tree Airport

AOPA is urging officials in Vacaville, Calif., to heed warnings about safety at the Nut Tree Airport and reject a plan that would put a high-density residential development within 1,000 feet of the end of the runway. Numerous residents and airport advocates spoke against the mixed-use development plan that calls for building 200 residential units within 1,000 feet of the end of Nut Tree’s 4,700-foot-long Runway 2 at a city planning commission meeting Oct. 19. Read more >>

Lively pilot meeting draws pilots to West Houston airport

More than 200 pilots enthusiastically joined the conversation on the big issues facing general aviation when AOPA President Craig Fuller visited Houston, Texas, for a pilot town meeting on Oct. 13. The industry-wide efforts to develop a replacement fuel for 100LL avgas; resisting aviation user fees; and how pilots can get out the good word about GA all came in for lively discussion at the event at West Houston Airport. Read more >>

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Columbus, Ga., Class C airspace reverting to Class D

The airspace surrounding Columbus (Ga.) Metropolitan Airport will become Class D airspace on Jan. 13, 2011, at 0901 UTC, replacing the Class C airspace now in effect. The FAA issued a final rule revoking Columbus’s Class C airspace, citing passenger enplanement and instrument approach numbers that showed activity at the airport to be only a fraction of the volume required for the Class C designation. Read more >>

ASN volunteers gather at Frederick

AOPA Airport Support Network (ASN) volunteers from the Mid-Atlantic gathered Oct. 16, at Frederick Municipal Airport to share information, eat lunch, and tour AOPA headquarters. “We always look for opportunities to see our volunteers face to face and learn more about the things that are happening at their airports, and inviting everyone to AOPA’s home airport was a natural,” said Joey Colleran, ASN director. Read more >>

AOPA Aircraft Financing Program offers NEW lower rates

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Peak experience: AOPA aviation summit

‘Fifi’ Superfortress to land at Airportfest

Fifi, the only airworthy B-29 Superfortress, will arrive at Long Beach-Daugherty Field this November to give attendees at AOPA Aviation Summit a chance to experience history. The long-range heavy bomber, restored and flown by the Commemorative Air Force, will be on display at Airportfest during Summit Nov. 11 through 13. Tours will be offered for a small donation, and the Commemorative Air Force plans to offer rides in the historic aircraft for a fee. Boeing B-29s are best known for their role in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Read more >>

Plan your flight to Summit

Arriving by GA at AOPA Aviation Summit? Whether you plan to fly in early and enjoy all three days, Nov. 11 through 13, in sunny Long Beach, Calif., or just plan to attend AOPA’s Airportfest events on Saturday, Nov. 13, make sure you review the notam and arrival and departure procedures. AirFlite Aviation Services, the host FBO for Summit, will greet you upon arrival. You can catch a shuttle from the airport to the convention center. Register for Summit today!

Women’s Wing offers inspiration, connections

From early pioneers to current industry leaders and innovators, the Women’s Wing at AOPA Aviation Summit will shine a spotlight on women in aviation. Attendees will have a chance to find out more about women who flew military aircraft during World War II and those who now hold positions at cutting-edge companies and at the top of their field. This year’s offerings include daily mini-forums, chances to fly a full-motion flight simulator, “behind the scenes” movie presentations, daily drawings, and more. Read more >>

Business aviation gets down to business

When it comes to getting the job done, aircraft can be a true asset for businesses. Flying for business not only saves time and money but allows more flexibility than the airline schedules. Learn how to leverage aircraft for your business during AOPA Aviation Summit. In conjunction with the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), AOPA has created a light business aviation (LBA) track for this year’s Summit that will cover everything from reimbursement policies and insurance to safety. Read more >>

Save up to $25 off your AOPA Summit rental with Hertz

Save $5 a day, up to $25 off your AOPA Aviation Summit rental when you include PC# 132860 in your Hertz reservation.  Plus, you will receive your standard member discount, as well as all the other Hertz benefits.  This special offer is valid one week before Summit through Nov. 20. Go online and your AOPA CDP# 10232 will automatically be applied to your reservation.

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Member Benefits

Calling all motorcycle, ATV, and golf cart owners

Whether you are flying through the sky or down the highway, the AOPA Insurance Agency wants to ensure that AOPA members are protected. Its new program for AOPA-member motorcyclists provides coverage for motorcycles, trikes, ATVs, and even golf carts—plus an extra 5-percent discount for members on top of all other available discounts. Why motorcycles? Almost 20 percent of the association’s members own motorcycles, said Brenda Jennings, AOPA Insurance Agency vice president. Call 800/622-2672 for a quote. Read more >>

Your favorite airports, fast

The AOPA Airports application for Apple iPhone and iPod touch gives pilots quick access to airport information on the go. You can save your favorite airports for quick reference, and any airport you view is automatically added to your “Recents” list for easy recall. Powered by ForeFlight, the app is free to AOPA members as part of the association’s suite of mobile applications. Visit the Apple App Store to download this exclusive member benefit to your iPhone or iPod touch today.

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Membership Forums: Is this idea too crazy?

An AOPA Forum member asks if there is a way that he could get an intro flight in a helicopter. Share your story >>


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Question: Last weekend I experienced a radio failure while inside Class D airspace. I promptly exited the area and landed at an uncontrolled field. What are the proper procedures for dealing with a radio failure in VFR conditions inside Class D airspace?


Answer: Chapter 4-2-13 of the Aeronautical Information Manual describes the procedures to follow when the transmitter and receiver become inoperative. Remain above or outside the Class D surface area until the flow and direction of traffic has been determined; then you may join the traffic pattern. Maintain visual contact with the tower and expect to receive light signals. Acknowledge light signals during daylight hours by rocking your wings. At night, acknowledge by blinking the navigation or landing lights. Chapter 6-4-2 of the AIM also recommends that the pilot squawk 7600 on the transponder after experiencing a loss of two-way radio capability. Test your knowledge with a lost communications quiz from the Air Safety Institute.


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