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November 1, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterNovember 1, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

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NOVEMBER 1, 2013 - VOL 15, ISSUE 44

Top Stories


Lawsuit to close Santa Monica 'meritless'

The city of Santa Monica, Calif., filed a lawsuit Oct. 31 against the FAA, a move AOPA says lacks any merit in law and is clearly another desperate bid to close Santa Monica Municipal Airport. Read more... Share:  



Glider pilots to aim for FL900

A small team is aiming to soar to the far reaches of the stratosphere in a specially designed glider that will transport its pilots to a desperately lonely place. Within the next two years, the team plans to fly into the ozone hole and gain a better understanding of climate change. They also want to document the structure of a mysterious lifting force that could catapult them to 90,000 feet or more. Read more... Share:  


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Don't be a scud runner

Every year, more pilots are lost in accidents involving low ceilings and visibility than all other weather phenomena combined. It's a major problem—which is why the Air Safety Institute developed the new course Weather Wise: VFR into IMC. Using interactive features and video segments (including interviews with Rod Machado and AOPA Pilot's Tom Horne), the course focuses on essential weather knowledge, common danger scenarios, and decision making. Plus, it's optimized for the iPad, so you can take it just about anywhere. Take the course... Share:  


AOPA Live This Week

Albatross Wi-Fi, 'Tora! Tora! Tora!'

Find out how a Grumman Albatross is responsible for the Wi-Fi on your airliner; AOPA Pilot contributor Barry Schiff flies the big amphibian. Redbird's annual Migration garners ideas for drawing millennials into aviation. And the Commemorative Air Force's Airsho re-creates the day that lives in infamy. AOPA Live This Week, Oct. 31... Share:  


Miss the Oct. 24 edition of AOPA Live This Week? Due to technical difficulties the show was not available online until Oct. 26. Catch up on last week's show with AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines, hosting from the National Business Aviation Association's annual convention. Watch the show... Share:  

Technique and Safety



The RASS factor

That's strange. The weather broadcast should be audible by now. And at this hour, there's probably no one at the FBO. Great time for a glitch to show up. Read more... Share:  


Ice Week is just around the corner

Before cold temperatures and icy drizzle chill the sky this winter, fire up your computer and participate in the Air Safety Institute's Ice Week from Nov. 3 through 9. Each day during Ice Week, learn how to combat debilitating precipitation and icing phenomena and how to avoid treacherous icing encounters. Register now to join Bruce Landsberg and special guests on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. for the live webinar, "Airframe Ice: Avoidance and Escape." Learn more about Ice Week... Share:  



Carrier landing

Some airports are just tougher than others. Mountain Air in Burnsville, N.C., has a 2,900-foot-long by 50-foot-wide runway at a 4,432-foot elevation. Flying into Mountain Air is definitely an A-game activity, as evidenced by nine reported accidents over the past 19 years. Read more... Share:  



Hover Power: Night vision

Threats that are clearly visible during the day are masked by the darkness at night. On July 24, 2000, in Sumner, Ga., a Eurocopter AS350B Astar collided with the ground in a heavily wooded area during a clear, dark night. Read more... Share:  




Sens. demand details on GA stops

Eight senators have signed a strongly worded letter to the head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security expressing opposition to searches of domestic general aviation flights without probable cause or reasonable suspicion of illegal activity, and demanding that the agency produce records of such stops. Read more... Share:  



Cert. reform hearing: Hard work ahead

Congress continues to focus on important aviation certification reforms, but a House aviation subcommittee hearing on the subject made it clear that, while the FAA is making some progress, the aviation community is frustrated with persistent problems like backlogs and inconsistencies, and the agency has much more work ahead. Read more... Share:  



Safety at Santa Monica

Senior AOPA staff fielded questions and presented evidence that should reassure Santa Monica Municipal Airport neighborhood residents during an Oct. 24 safety seminar. Read more... Share:  



FAA finalizes Minneapolis-St. Paul Class B

The FAA has reduced the Class B floor from 7,000 to 6,000 feet in several sectors around Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, while giving just a little more room to a gliderport that had straddled the outer ring. The changes take effect in January. Read more... Share:  



Meet the AOPA regional managers

At the end of the day, an AOPA regional manager's work is all about connecting with AOPA members. Read more... Share:  



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Are you man enough?

In England, there was an advertising campaign for a brand of petroleum whose mascot was a jungle cat; the slogan was, "Have you got a tiger in your tank?" If the ads bombarding men are anything to go by, that is exactly the question they are asking. Read more... Share:  




Automatic traffic

A small airport in West Virginia has taken a pioneering role in the development of a radar-based system that could replicate one of the more important functions of a manned control tower: traffic advisories. Read more... Share:  



Helo biz touts mobile benefits

Apps like FlyQ Pocket, MyRadar, and AeroWeather coupled with an iPhone help Heather Howley, owner of Independent Helicopters, run her business. Read more... Share:  




The missing link in simulation

The combination of a new generation of simulators and PilotEdge's addition of air traffic and ATC could vastly improve the way pilots train and reduce the cost of obtaining everything from a sport pilot certificate to a turbojet type rating. Read more... Share:  



Flying club inspires love of flight, educates community

Airports such as Williamson-Sodus in New York prove that they are good neighbors and an asset to the surrounding communities. Read more... Share:  



Apps of the week

Weighing in on weight-and-balance apps

Calculating weight and balance is an important task. This week, AOPA takes a look at five apps that can handle it: FlightScale, EZ Load, Avilution Weight and Balance, Aircraft Weight and Balance, and NextGen Systems Weight & Balance. Read more... Share:  




Flying Club of Kansas City: Making flying affordable

Shared ownership, low flying costs, and a strong sense of community are among the benefits of membership in Missouri's Flying Club of Kansas City. Read more... Share:  


Member benefit

From motorcycle guy to airplane guy

From passing the written to buying aircraft insurance, AOPA was there for Thomas Remo, who says he has "an ear-to-ear grin every day" after purchasing a Piper Cherokee. Read more... Share:  

News and Notes



Red Tail pilots to be honored with Orlando monument

The Tuskegee Airmen's Red Tail pilots will be honored by Vision of Flight and the city of Orlando with a statue at the Orlando Flight Center. Read more... Share:  



Innovative spirit alive at Migration

Redbird Flight Simulations made clear it is focused on controlling the costs associated with all facets of aviation—from learning to fly to owning an airplane—at the recent Redbird Migration in San Marcos, Texas. Read more... Share:  



And baby makes three

Two Maryland pilots who flew a Piper Cub to the lower 48 states in 2012 are charting a new course with a book, a newly relocated flight school, and an infant daughter. Read more... Share:  



Cops for Kids fly-in marks fifteenth year

When police officers from 10 law enforcement agencies converged by air and land on a target in Loma Linda, Calif., on Oct. 22, the mission was clear: bring hope and happiness (and an inexhaustible supply of new toys) to young patients at the Loma Linda University Children's Hospital. Read more... Share:  



Aspen Flying Club to offer instrument ground course

Pilots in the Denver, Colo., area now have access to a 12-week instrument ground course, thanks to training provided by the Aspen Flying Club. Read more... Share:  



Catch up on October webinars

Did you miss any of AOPA's webinars from October, covering operating rules for flying clubs and avionics upgrades? Catch up on these webinars... Share:  



Strange but true general aviation news

King Air loses door in flight, do the crime do the time for Sea-Tac theft, and making those emergency landings. Read more... Share:  

AOPA Career Opportunities


Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? We're looking for a Web applications developer III, financial analyst, staff assistant/PAC coordinator, and AOPA Live editor/graphic artist. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


In terms of reciprocating engines, what is a compression ratio?


The compression ratio of an engine is the ratio of the volume of space in a cylinder when the piston is at the top of the stroke to when it is at the bottom of the stroke. A higher compression ratio generally means higher engine efficiency.

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.



Personal aircraft ownership

Is an LLC the right choice for ownership of a personal aircraft? Read more...


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Nov 2-3 - Ashburn, Va.; and Atlanta, Ga.

Nov 9-10 - Anchorage, Alaska; and Austin, Texas

Nov 16-17 - San Diego, Calif.

Nov 23-24 - Albuquerque, N.M.

For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online. Can't make it in person? Sign up for the Air Safety Institute's new Online eFIRC.

Air Safety Institute Safety Seminars

Nov 4 -Frederick, Md.; and Saint Petersburg, Fla.

Nov 5 - Fort Myers, Fla.

Nov 6 - West Lafayette, Ind.; and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Nov 11 - San Diego, Calif.; and Daytona Beach, Fla.

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


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. Take a look, and submit your own photos!

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