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Sept. 23, 2011, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletterSept. 23, 2011, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter


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VOLUME 13, ISSUE 38 — September 23, 2011

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Reno accident probe continues
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United Airlines First Officer Eric Short was making his usual 1 a.m. arrival on a trip from San Francisco to Washington Dulles International Airport. But he had one more stop after that. With assistance from United, the stop was carefully coordinated by AOPA staffers on a mission: to inform Short that he was the winner of AOPA’s 2011 Crossover Classic sweepstakes. All the elements of the plan came together with the help of a network of willing accomplices. An AOPA staffer with connections at United learned of Short’s schedule. United’s Dulles Operations staff agreed to pick up Short right at his arrival gate, and then drive him to the Signature fixed-base operator on the field. It was only after the van pulled to a stop on the Signature apron that Short sensed things weren’t quite right. Read more and watch AOPA Live® >>

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Peak Experience: AOPA Aviation Summit

Sky’s the limit for bids, acrobats in GA auction

Pilots opened their wallets to make the skies safer and protect general aviation by bidding on 120 items in the AOPA Foundation’s A Night for Flight online auction, which culminated Sept. 22 at a benefit gala in Hartford, Conn., during AOPA Aviation Summit. “I hope you raise a ton of money for safety tonight,” FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt told the more-than 200 attendees during the second annual fundraiser dinner, "because you will make my life a lot easier." While guests dined and continued bidding, acrobatic performers with AiRealistic wowed the crowd with feats of human motion and interpretation. Read more >>

United Technologies acquiring Goodrich

United Technologies Corp. (UTC) announced late Sept. 21 that it has reached an agreement to purchase Goodrich Corp. for $18.4 billion. UTC Chairman and CEO Louis Chênevert could not address the AOPA Aviation Summit opening keynote session Sept. 22 because of the pending transaction. Pratt & Whitney President David Hess, who addressed the standing-room-only audience for Chênevert, confirmed the deal. Read more >>

Dale Klapmeier takes reins at Cirrus

Company co-founder Dale Klapmeier has become the new chief executive officer of Cirrus Aircraft, replacing Brent Wouters. Wouters was named president and chief operating officer in 2008 after serving as vice president and chief financial officer since 2002, and shortly thereafter became CEO. Wouters carried the company through its worst financial troubles and oversaw the sale of the company to the Chinese. Read more >>

Klapmeier brothers won’t reunite at helm of Cirrus

New Cirrus CEO Dale Klapmeier announced Sept. 22 that his brother and Cirrus co-founder Alan Klapmeier, who is busy with his own company, Kestrel, will not be returning to the company. Dale spoke to reporters during AOPA Aviation Summit just days after the company released that he was assuming the reins of the company he and his brother Alan started 25 years ago. Cirrus has now delivered 5,000 aircraft. Read more >>


New Bristell LSA introduced at Summit

Glasair fly-in Liberty Sport Aviation unveiled a new light sport airplane, the Bristell, at AOPA Aviation Summit on Sept. 22. The all-metal, low-wing airplane, designed by Milan Bristela—who was behind the Evektor SportStar and PiperSport (now SportCruiser) LSAs—is manufactured by BRM Aero in the Czech Republic. Powered by a 100-horsepower Rotax 912 ULS engine, the airplane cruises as fast as 117 knots; its fuel capacity of 34.3 gallons provides endurance of up to eight hours. Read more >>

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Seattle Avionics announces free iPhone app

Seattle Avionics announced Voyager FreeFlight, a new flight-planning application for the Apple iPhone, at AOPA Aviation Summit on Sept. 22. Although it has some functions usable in flight, FreeFlight doesn’t have a moving map because it’s intended to be used for preflight planning, offering airport data, weather information, and planning capabilities. It’s not designed for the iPad, either. That’s because people don’t use cellphones in the same way they use tablets, explained Steve Podradchik, CEO and co-founder of Seattle Avionics. “The usage pattern is different. You always carry your phone with you—it’s your buddy.” Read more >>

Avidyne adds Multi-Touch to IFD540

Avidyne unveiled at AOPA Aviation Summit the addition of Multi-Touch functionality to the new IFD540 touch-screen FMS/GPS/Nav/Com that the company had announced in July. The IFD540 is designed to be a plug-and-play replacement for the Garmin GNS 530. What is Multi-Touch? "It’s the ability to pinch zoom," said Tom Harper, Avidyne marketing director. Read more >>

Garmin 400/500 series to work with Aspen Connected Panel

Aspen Avionics said at AOPA Aviation Summit that its Connected Panel concept will work with Garmin 400/500 series GPS units. With the addition of Aspen’s Connected Panel box and a partner iPad application, the user will be able to send flight plans wirelessly to the Garmin units. This means pilots could plan a flight on the iPad at home and simply hit a button to make it appear in their Garmin 430 or 530. Connected Panel is expected to launch by the end of the year.

Flight Design picks C4’s engine

Flight Design selects Teledyne Continental Motors engine for C4 At AOPA Aviation Summit, Flight Design announced its decision to go with Teledyne Continental Motors’ new, six-cylinder IO-360-AF engine in its recently announced four-seater, the C4. The engine, given the "AF" suffix because of its ability to use alternative fuels, will be rated at 180-horsepower and be able to use both 100LL avgas and auto fuel. “We remain committed to also offer a diesel engine operating on Jet A, but the decision on a heavy-fuel engine will come later,” said John Doman, Flight Design director of business development and global sales and marketing. Read more >>

WingX announces Zaon traffic support

Hilton Software, maker of WingX, said Sept. 22 that its iPad application will soon show traffic through a wireless connection with Zaon’s XRX PCAS system. The capability is expected to be available in October through WingX version 7. Read more >>

Aviation Summit Friday highlights

Make the most of the day at AOPA Aviation Summit by catching some of Friday’s highlights. Start the day with an update from FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt; then catch educational seminars such as “How to Save Your Life in an Aircraft Accident” and “Spin Myths.” Salute the centennial of Naval Aviation at the 12:30 p.m. luncheon, and party into the evening at the Rock ‘n Rally at Airportfest. Daily highlights include the exhibit hall and Airportfest, which open at 9 a.m. Educational seminars and the AOPA Learning Pavilion open at 10 a.m., and live performances by the Flying Musicians at Airportfest begin at 11 a.m. See the full three-day schedule.

Latest GA issues, adventures to air on AOPA Live

Get the latest from Cessna Aircraft and find out more about the epic flight to Greenland featured in the October issue of AOPA Pilot Sept. 23 on AOPA Live, which is streaming from AOPA Aviation Summit each day of the event. Watch the broadcast from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, including a rebroadcast of the morning keynote at 1 p.m. Find the full schedule online. Attendees at Summit can catch the filming in person at the AOPA Live stage in the exhibit hall. AOPA Live is brought to you by United Technologies Corp.

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Reno accident probe examines memory cards, telemetry

National Transportation Safety Board investigators on the scene of the Sept. 16 accident of Jimmy Leeward’s P-51 racing aircraft at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev., said that memory cards found at the scene might provide key details of the accident sequence. Data from equipment on Leeward’s racer Galloping Ghost could help shed light on what caused the airplane to crash into the box seat area in front of the main grandstand, causing dozens of injuries and multiple fatalities. Read more >>

FAA proposes fine for Cessna Corvalis defects

The FAA has proposed a $2.4 million civil penalty against Cessna Aircraft Co. resulting from the separation in flight last December of carbon composite parts of a high-performance Corvalis’ wing. The agency said Cessna “failed to follow its FAA-approved quality control system when it manufactured the wings on the damaged airplane, as well as 82 additional parts,” in a Chihuahua, Mexico, factory. It said that “an FAA test pilot performing a production audit test flight in a Corvalis experienced a failure of the skin on the left wing. About seven feet of the left wing skin separated from the forward spar and damaged a fuel tank.” Read more >>

You may be an excellent pilot, but are you also experienced handling the FAA?

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Pilot helps homeowners assess Texas wildfire threat

When wildfires broke out earlier this month in Spicewood, Texas, Bernie and Joan Devine could not determine if their house was threatened. They were 1,600 miles away, visiting their son Jason Devine, who lives in Carlisle, Pa. Jason, a private pilot who flies out of Carlisle Airport, had no idea that another general aviation pilot would soon be able to put his parents’ fears to rest. Read more >>

Aerobatic artist honored by Smithsonian

Aerobatic artist Lise Lemeland honored by Smithsonian Is she an up-and-coming aerobatic star or an up-and-coming artist? Lise Lemeland is both. The 300-hour pilot was chosen last year to exhibit three of her works, an oil painting and two mixed-media designs, in the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, a branch of the National Air and Space Museum, at Washington Dulles International Airport. As you might expect, the works have an aviation theme, from airplanes performing aerobatics across a San Francisco terminal area chart to ghost aircraft in an aerobatic box. Read more >>

Entrepreneur to chair AOPA Foundation Board of Visitors

AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg announced the appointment of Ned Bennett as the new chairman of the AOPA Foundation’s Board of Visitors Sept. 22. Bennett takes over the reins from Emeritus Russell Meyer Jr. Bennett is co-founder and executive vice chairman of the brokerage firm optionsXpress that was acquired by Charles Schwab on Sept. 1. In addition to starting optionsXpress, taking it public, and then merging it with Charles Schwab, Bennett has helped launch and turn around about a dozen businesses. Read more >>

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FAA issues special notice for satellite re-entry

NASA said that a falling satellite would probably miss North America on its predicted Sept. 23 re-entry to the atmosphere. The FAA nevertheless issued a special notice warning pilots “that a potential hazard may occur” due to the satellite’s descent path through Sept. 26. Read more >>

LogTen Pro version 6 released for iPad, iPhone, Mac

Coradine Aviation Systems announced this week the newest update to its flagship LogTen Pro electronic logbook software. The new version 6.0 will be available for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. The biggest feature of the release is the integration of Apple’s iCloud system, which will store data remotely. Read more >>

Remos launches dialed-back model

Remos has offered a lower-priced GXeLite, for $133,924, for pilots who don’t want to pay for all the bells and whistles available in the cockpits of more advanced Remos light sport aircraft. The aircraft can be ordered from Germany with a nine-week waiting time. They are used in daylight, visual conditions only, and have limited Dynon glass cockpit features as well as less expensive radios, compared to the higher-end Remos models. Read more >>

Scheyden unveils two new models

Scheyden Precision Eyewear recently added two new models to its product lineup. The Albatross and the Mustang add to Scheyden’s extensive aviation-minded offerings. Read more >>

AOPA Aircraft Financing Program offers NEW lower rates

Our goal is to get pilots into the aircraft of their dreams. To help make aircraft ownership more attainable we just lowered our rates to make monthly payments more affordable. For more information, or to have a representative call you to discuss financing, go to

Pickup truck on floats

Cessna’s heavy hauler, the Caravan, is very popular in the backcountry of Canada and Alaska. This week, The Aviators shows us that with floats, the Caravan is a go-anywhere, do-anything kind of airplane. Watch AOPA Live >>

BlogsHover Power: Fuel exhaustion

It’s hard to understand, especially in an aircraft that can just about land anywhere, but one type of accident that seems to happen over and over is running a helicopter out of fuel. The following accident happened almost nine years ago. At night on Oct. 15, 2002, a Schweizer 269C experienced an engine failure because of fuel exhaustion and was substantially damaged during the ensuing hard landing. The CFI was providing night VFR cross-country instruction to a student. They had discussed the low-fuel situation, but elected not to refuel because neither had a credit card. Read more >>

BlogsReporting Points: Warm hearts, wagging tails

With all of the sadness that affected general aviation last weekend, it was nice to be in the midst of a small bright spot in Florence, S.C. That’s where the volunteers and pilots who sign up for rescue flights through Pilots N Paws met to transport dogs from a high-kill shelter to new homes in Virginia, Florida, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. Read more >>


For daily news updates, see AOPA Online.

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Safety & Proficiency

Obstacle departure procedures: Not just for IFR flight

Dr. COPTR Before you land at an airport, it stands to reason that you have to depart one first. When visibility is low and the airport environment is unfamiliar, an obstacle departure procedure (ODP) can give you a little more peace of mind about reaching the en route environment safely. Do you know when you should fly an ODP or how to request it? What information pertaining to an ODP is vital to know before you crank the engine? Find out here with the Air Safety Institute’s safety quiz on obstacle departures, sponsored by the AOPA Insurance Agency. Just because you can’t see the terrain doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Take the quiz >>

Go beyond ‘direct to’ with VFR GPS course

These days, satellite navigation is so common that many pilots barely give it a second thought. Be that as it may, there’s more to using GPS well than just punching “direct” and following the magenta line. Whether you’re new to the game or just looking for a refresher, the Air Safety Institute’s free GPS for VFR Operations course will get you up to speed with great tips on flight planning, in-flight use, potential “gotchas,” and lots more. Get started >>

Nervous about your upcoming flight review?

A flight review can somewhat unnerve many pilots. After all, we’re human and generally don’t enjoy having to perform while someone scrutinizes our every move. But if you step back and understand that flight reviews are designed to make us safer pilots, they become an opportunity to learn and grow. Having the opportunity to test our mettle in the cockpit can become a chance to find out how to step up our flying game. The Air Safety Institute has compiled most of what you need to know, as pilots and instructors, in the Pilot’s Guide to the Flight Review Safety Advisor. Download it now >>

BlogsLeading Edge: What does it take?

As you’ve probably heard by now, general aviation is on the NTSB’s most wanted list. The GA accident rate is flat, and it is disproportionately high in the personal flight category relative to the estimated number of hours flown. One solution that comes up regularly is that “of reaching the unreachables.” For your consideration of the challenge, here is an informal review of a flight that took place last week at AOPA’s home base of Frederick, Md. Read more >>

Flight Instructor Refresher Clinics

Air Safety Institute Safety Seminars

Sept. 24 and 25

Baltimore, Md.

Oct. 1 and 2

San Jose, Calif.

Nasvhille, Tenn.

Oct. 8 and 9

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Indianapolis, Ind.

Oct. 15 and 16

Windsor, Conn.

Wichita, Kan.

Columbia, S.C.



For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.

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Sept. 26

Reno, Nev.


Sept. 27

Sacramento, Calif.

Gaithersburg, Md.

Sept. 28

Milpitas, Calif.

Oct. 3

Santa Monica, Calif.

Morristown, N.J.

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Weyers Cave, Va.


Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.

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Associations gird to resist aviation user fees

The nation’s leading general aviation associations registered joint opposition to job-killing aviation user fees—and a potential new tax-collection bureaucracy—in President Barack Obama’s plan for stemming the twin crises of the federal deficit and stubborn unemployment. AOPA and eight other associations issued a joint statement warning of “devastating” consequences for aviation-industry jobs from a proposed $100-per-flight fee for those who use air traffic services. The association joined 26 other organizations, representing virtually the entire aviation community, in urging House and Senate leaders to resist any taxes—including those “disguised as user fees.” Read more >>

CFIs, students win training relief in California

Dr. COPTR California flight instruction providers who waited more than a year for relief from crippling regulatory burdens imposed under a 2009 education-reform law got the news they were waiting for Sept. 21, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill exempting them from its provisions. “Since we learned a year and a half ago about AB 48 and its unintended devastating consequences on the California flight training industry, AOPA has been continuously working to convince the legislature that the health of aviation in the state is vitally important to the health of the whole state economy,” said John Pfeifer, AOPA California regional representative. Read more >>

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AOPA expands commitment to state-level advocacy

AOPA is creating a new regional manager program as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen its presence at the state and local level, AOPA President Craig Fuller has announced. In the first significant change in its field representation program in decades, AOPA will create a new team of seven full-time regional managers, whose focus will be on building government relations and strong local aviation communities. To augment the efforts of these regional managers, AOPA will refocus its existing regional representative program on promoting and supporting aviation-related events. Read more >>

Senators urge FAA, EPA restraint on leaded-avgas rules

A letter from a group of senators to the administrators of the FAA and the Environmental Protection Agency urges the agencies not to use the rulemaking process to force the elimination of lead from aviation fuel before a suitable replacement is found. Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), John Thune (R-S.D.), and 25 co-signers stressed the importance of the agencies working with the aviation sector and congressional General Aviation Caucus members in developing the fuel to replace leaded avgas. Read more >>

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LightSquared media tactics trigger firestorm

The chairman of the House aviation subcommittee has fired off a letter to the head of communications venture LightSquared over a company media campaign that blames the GPS industry for setbacks confronting the firm’s proposed wireless network. An ad by LightSquared published in the Sept. 14 edition of the Wall Street Journal carries a "very different tone" than was set by the company in June testimony before the subcommittee, said its chairman, Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.). "Apparently the new strategy being employed by LightSquared in its public relations campaign is to place all the blame on GPS," he wrote. Read more >>

Nevada pilot helped preserve GA access at Reno/Tahoe

AOPA awarded its highest honor for individuals Sept. 23 to Dr. Robert Larkin, a county commissioner in Washoe County, Nev., and volunteer for AOPA’s Airport Support Network at Reno/Tahoe International Airport. Commissioner Larkin was honored for his work to ensure that general aviation would continue to have access at Reno/Tahoe International. The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority took action last year to reduce and limit GA access at the airport by failing to renew the leases of two fixed-base operators and taking over rental of hangars there. Read more >>

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Pilot’s Bill of Rights hearing sought

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and 31 co-sponsors have requested a hearing for the Pilot’s Bill of Rights in the Senate Commerce Committee. The bill is designed to ensure pilots fairer treatment and more access to information in FAA enforcement actions, reform the appellate process, and improve the notam and medical certification processes. AOPA members are encouraged to contact committee leaders Jay Rockefeller (202/224-6472) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (202/224-5922) and express support for Inhofe’s request for a hearing. Download the letter >>


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Member Benefits

Clubs, partnerships make flying cheaper, safer

Consider a partnership or flying club to achieve aircraft ownership Sharing the costs of owning and maintaining an aircraft can put the airplane you’ve dreamed about within reach, and the increased flight activity can ward off safety concerns associated with the lack of use. AOPA’s subject report on flying clubs can guide you through the myriad questions that may arise if you decide to pull a group together. Plus, AOPA recently launched the Aircraft Partnership Program with the goal of making aircraft ownership safer and more affordable by helping AOPA members and nonmembers alike find people interested in co-owning aircraft.

Sporty’s founder talks dynamic partnership

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of Sporty’s Pilot Shop. It also marks the fiftieth anniversary of Sporty’s Founder and Chairman Hal Shevers becoming a flight instructor. Shevers’ dedication to quality flight training has guided his company’s growth and success over the years. AOPA caught up with Shevers to ask him about Sporty’s long-time relationship with the association. Read more >>

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Picture Perfect

AOPA’s online photo gallery allows you to upload your own aviation photography as well as view, rate, and comment on others’ photos. Your favorite aviation images from AOPA Pilot are still available online through this new gallery. Take a look, and submit your own photos!

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Forums: My newest quest ... 1971 PA-28-235

A former Piper Cherokee Six owner has his sights set on a 1971 Cherokee PA-28-235: No damage history, all ADs complied with, current annual completed, Garmin 430, and IFR capable. While there is concern about the 40-year-old Lycoming engine with 1,100 hours on it, the airplane seems perfect! Nevertheless, he’s still worried about “gotchas” or any other things he should worry about. Fill him in on the AOPA Forums.


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Question: I recently came across a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the amendment of Class D and E airspace at Martin State Airport near Baltimore, Md. What is an NPRM and how can I get involved in the process?


Answer: An NPRM is the second phase in the rulemaking process by which regulations are enacted, following the initiation of actions such as studies and public hearings. The key part of the NPRM is that it is only a notice, meaning that the associated proposed regulation has not yet been made into law. For example, the current NPRM for Martin State Airport can be found online, including instructions on how to comment on the proposal. AOPA regularly submits comments regarding NPRMs, and we encourage our members to do the same. If no comments are submitted for a given proposal, the associated agency, such as the FAA, can easily assume that the public either agrees with or doesn’t care about a proposed regulation. If you would like to submit a comment regarding a proposed rule, you can do so through the website—just look for the orange “Submit a Comment” button in the upper right corner of the Document Details page for a particular proposal


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