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November 15, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterNovember 15, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

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NOVEMBER 15, 2013 - VOL 15, ISSUE 46

Top Stories


The flying trapeze

The pilots of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Commissioned Corps fly missions that mix science and adventure, taking pilots from the North Atlantic to the edge of Alaska's Aleutian Islands, and toward the edge of the Twin Otter's envelope. Read more... Share:  



Sen. Inhofe's son dies in crash

Dr. Perry Inhofe, son of Sen. Jim Inhofe, was killed Nov. 10 in the crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2B-25 near Owasso, Okla., just outside of Tulsa. Read more... Share:  


AOPA Live This Week

Skydiving midair pilot speaks

The pilot of the lead aircraft in a formation skydiving drop speaks to AOPA Live about escaping from the badly damaged Cessna 182 after a midair collision, and a Beech 18 on straight floats flies across the country in this week's episode of AOPA Live This Week. As of publication deadline, AOPA Live producers were still finalizing the show, which will be available Nov. 15. AOPA Live This Week®... Share:  

Technique and Safety


Ice Week

Ice Week encore

Missed the Air Safety Institute's Ice Week? You can still participate: See the videos, watch the recorded webinar, and take the Ice Flight quiz. In this first installment of the Air Safety Institute's Flying the Weather video series, you'll appreciate the danger of airframe icing as AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne discusses how airframe ice affects the aircraft's handling and that all-important facet of flying, lift. Read more... Share:  


Rotorcraft Rookie

A new beginning

A longtime fixed-wing pilot takes his first step to learning how to fly helicopters. Read more... Share:  



Dangers lurk in 'uneventful' flights

In a NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System record, a pilot attributes his errant decision making, which led to a scary encounter with ice, to "my determination not to disappoint a friend." Has your determination not to disappoint a passenger ever degraded your piloting judgment, putting you in a tight spot? Share your lessons learned. Read more... Share:  



Short-field landing trouble?

Energy management is crucial for short-field landings, and their techniques differ from normal landings for a reason. To avoid confusion, sometimes it helps to take on a broader view of why these differences are important. Watch the video... Share:  



A sensible man?

Who are we to judge our fellow humans as to what makes sense and what's dangerous? If you've seen a recent video of a pilot landing on a cargo ship in a microlight aircraft, you might wonder. Read more... Share:  




Aircraft bill to reduce cost of flying

Congress on Nov. 14 gave final approval to a bill that requires the FAA to streamline the certification methods for smaller general aviation aircraft, advancing an initiative that should reduce the cost of upgrading existing aircraft and bringing new aircraft to market. Read more... Share:  



FAA releases UAS roadmap

The FAA has released its Unmanned Aircraft Systems Roadmap, setting the stage for integrating unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System. AOPA continues to work with the agency to ensure unmanned aircraft operate safely and in compliance with existing operating rules. Read more... Share:  



NTSB weighs in on ECi cylinder AD

In an unusual move, the NTSB is weighing in on a proposed airworthiness directive affecting thousands of ECi cylinders. In formal comments to the FAA, the NTSB says it supports a more conservative approach in line with recommendations issued by the board in February 2012. Read more... Share:  



Members only

Too sweet to fly

Diabetes mellitus that is controlled by diet and exercise does not require a special issuance, so your aviation medical examiner may issue a medical certificate without approval from the FAA. However, you will need some documentation for your AME at the time of your next FAA physical examination. Read more... Share:  




Slowed rotor, speedy cruise

It takes off and lands like a helicopter, cruises like an airplane, and autorotates like an autogyro. Carter Aviation Technologies' Slowed Rotor/Compound (SR/C) prototype reached 200 mph Nov. 7 and broke the mu-1 barrier, a ratio that generally limits the speed of rotorcraft. Read more... Share:  



Swift Fuels gains ASTM approval

An Indiana company has secured ASTM approval for a high-octane and unleaded formula that could replace 100LL. Engine and aircraft manufacturers can now seek FAA certification for specific airframe and powerplant combinations. Read more... Share:  




Flight training on the cheap

What's the best and least expensive flight training tool available to fighter pilots and the general public? You're sitting on it. Read more... Share:  



The future of general aviation is you, so get cracking

Every pilot should commit to replacing him- or herself in the pilot population by actively recruiting a friend, coworker, or acquaintance to become a pilot. Read more... Share:  




FAA approves wingtip device 'cradle' for some aircraft

The FAA has issued a supplemental type certificate for a wingtip device cradle that will give the owners of many popular Piper and Cessna aircraft the ability to attach a variety of electronic devices to their aircraft. Read more... Share:  


Apps of the week

Five random aviation apps

This week AOPA highlights five random apps, covering everything from fuel calculations to an addictive air traffic control game. Read more... Share:  



Garmin launches online training for G5000

To help pilots focus on learning the avionics, Garmin on Nov. 12 launched an interactive online training course for the G5000 integrated flight deck. Garmin plans to expand its eLearning Training courses to additional products in the future, a company spokeswoman told AOPA. Read more... Share:  




Weekend seaplane odyssey

As a baker's dozen of pilots discover, moving five seaplanes—four of them on straight floats—1,200 nautical miles from Minneapolis to Florida is an adventure in flying, and a lesson in human relations. Six degrees may separate the general population, but in aviation, it's only about two degrees. Read more... Share:  


Answers for Pilots

Holiday trip planned?

The holidays are here! It's wonderful. It's memorable. It's exhausting! If you are planning a family trip, it's natural to focus more on the family than on the flying, but that distraction can lead to accidents. Here are some recommendations for pilots flying for the holidays. Read more... Share:  




Wolf Aviation Fund grant applications due Dec. 15

Individuals and organizations involved in general aviation are urged to apply for Wolf Aviation Fund grants by the Dec. 15 deadline. Read more... Share:  


AOPA Foundation focus

Aviation experiences up for bid

A flight in a P-51D Mustang, a Waco Great Lakes biplane, an unusual attitude course, and your airplane in the pages of AOPA Pilot magazine are among the items up for bid in the AOPA Foundation's annual online auction. Read more... Share:  


Member benefit

Do you have nonowner's insurance?

It was just supposed to be an hour-long Sunday-morning flight. But after a botched crosswind landing, the pilot found that a wheel fairing, runway light, and "nicked" prop cost $30,000. Read more... Share:  

News and Notes



Synergy Air taking new orders

Synergy Air is building another dozen RV-12s in the special light sport aircraft category. The company expects to build about 30 RV-12s in the next 12 months and up to 50 the following year. Read more... Share:  



Pilot earns certificate despite injury

Amanda Rodelander deferred her dream of learning to fly after an ATV accident in June 2001 permanently damaged her left arm. But she persevered, earning her private pilot certificate in June 2013. Read more... Share:  



Boeing employee flying club boasts 500 members, 18 aircraft

A fleet of 18 aircraft, access to flight training, reasonable hourly rates, and the support of the company are among the reasons pilots join the Boeing Employees Flying Association. Read more... Share:  


AOPA Strategic Partner spotlight

Car rental deals for members

Alamo, Enterprise, and National are supporting AOPA members by offering car rental discounts of up to 25 percent every day and through sponsorship of AOPA outreach events, AOPA Airports, and the Fly-Outs feature in AOPA Pilot. They also provide financial support that helps AOPA promote, protect, and defend general aviation. Learn more... Share:  


Pilot Protection Services participants only

Logbook mistakes could lead to trouble

Failing to keep up-to-date logbooks or recording inaccurate or incomplete logbook information, even by mistake, can lead to trouble with the FAA. Join Kathleen A. Yodice from the Law Offices of Yodice Associates as she discusses the repercussions of providing incorrect information on FAA forms in a webinar Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. Eastern time. Register here...

AOPA Career Opportunities


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

Question of the Week


As an aspiring airline pilot, you know that a bachelor's degree may qualify you for a restricted airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate after logging 1,000 hours of total time (rather than 1,500). How can you determine which colleges have been given authority to certify their graduates for a restricted ATP certificate with reduced aeronautical experience?


The FAA maintains a list of institutions that have been given authority to certify graduates for reduced ATP minimum hours. In order to obtain this authority, the institution must demonstrate that its degree program meets the program requirements of FAR 61.160 and Advisory Circular 61-139. Here is the list.

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.



Useless pilot gadgets

What do you think are the most useless pilot gadgets? Read more...


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Nov 16-17 - San Diego, Calif.

Nov 23-24 - Albuquerque, N.M.

Dec 7-8 - Denver, Colo.; Orlando, Fla.; and Northbrook, Ill.

Jan 4-5 - Ypsilanti, Mich.; Portland, Ore.; San Jose, Calif.; and San Antonio, Texas

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


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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Benét Wilson

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