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November 22, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterNovember 22, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

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NOVEMBER 22, 2013 - VOL 15, ISSUE 47

Top Stories


AOPA to FAA: Nix apnea policy

The FAA plans to require pilots deemed obese to be screened and, if necessary, treated for obstructive sleep apnea before receiving a medical certificate. AOPA is insisting the agency immediately withdraw the new policy or go through the rulemaking process, a position that received support from Congress in the form of legislation introduced Nov. 21. Read more... Share:  



Fat necks: The latest safety bogeyman

Regulation by anecdote? The FAA's new policy on sleep apnea has no general aviation accident or incident data to back it up, writes AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg. Read more... Share:  



The Huerta/Tilton diet

Opinion Leaders blogger Martin Rottler weighs in on the FAA's new obstructive sleep apnea policy, advising pilots to rethink that "extra helping of gravy this Thanksgiving." Read more... Share:  



'Uh, say again?'

The pilots of an Atlas Air Boeing 747 Dreamlifter en route from John F. Kennedy International Airport to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan., mistakenly landed 8 nautical miles away at Colonel James Jabara Airport Nov. 20. Jabara's single, 6,101-foot-long runway is closely aligned to McConnell's parallel 12,000-foot-long runways. Read more... Share:  


AOPA Live This Week

New sleep apnea policy, fly the Harley of the sky

There's no evidence of a problem, but the FAA wants to solve it: Get the scoop on a new sleep apnea policy. Plus, AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Al Marsh flies the "Harley of the sky," the Super Legend Cub. And find out what these National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association pilots say is their favorite airplane—it's not the P-3 Orion. AOPA Live This Week®, Nov. 21. Share:  

Technique and Safety


Accident analysis

A question of emphasis

On Nov. 23, 2012, a 68-year-old private pilot with more than 5,000 hours of flight experience undertook some flight testing in an amateur-built Coot-A amphibian. After two successful flights with other pilots, the pilot took off solo. He crashed and was killed on a base-to-final turn. Read more in this special report from the Air Safety Institute. Share:  



Worse weather wanted

After prolonged flight by instrument references, any chance to return to visual flying will be a strong temptation. But will it be the safe call? Read more... Share:  


Rotorcraft Rookie

A lean machine

Airplanes are made to fly. For helicopters it isn't so easy. Robinson Helicopter uses a number of creative and inexpensive features to make the most of the Robinson R22. Read more... Share:  


Rotorcraft Rookie

Keep it welded to the pole

Learn how to hover a helicopter, or how to fly on a balance beam. Read more... Share:  


Digital edition

Hone your skills with digital CFI newsletter

Whether you're an active CFI, getting back into instructing, or have an interest in flight training, the Air Safety Institute recommends its free CFI to CFI newsletter, optimized for PCs and tablets. You'll find tips on stall recovery, staying healthy while instructing, and helping restore a student's confidence. Use the "Leave a Comment" tab to exchange ideas with other CFIs, and share videos, safety quizzes, and courses with your students. Sign up now for your free quarterly issue. Read this issue...




Criminal charge for hangar golf cart?

Rob Moore was looking at a criminal charge for keeping a golf cart in his rented hangar at Hawaii's Honolulu International Airport, a golf cart he had received permission to use for moving his aircraft. Read more... Share:  



AOPA opposes $15 'takeoff fee'

AOPA has notified the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey of the association's strong objections to a new fee to be levied against general aviation aircraft taking off from Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, N.Y., beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Read more... Share:  



Avgas is lifeblood of GA, AOPA tells caucus

Avgas is critical to the operation of general aviation and must continue to be available while the work to bring alternatives to market continues, AOPA told Senate GA Caucus members during a briefing on the future of aviation fuel. Read more... Share:  




Fly Well: Insure, insure, insure

Many aviators, fearful of losing their medical, decry disease-screening modalities or ignore early signs of impending doom. Yet Dr. Jonathan Sackier advises pilots to address your health first, and then your flying privileges. Read more... Share:  




Resin for runways

A petroleum-based wax resin developed three decades ago to stabilize and suppress dust on mining roads is now being marketed for runway use. Airport operators may find the performance and cost savings appealing. Read more... Share:  



Layering STCs: Understand, manage risks

A Cessna T337G that broke up in New Jersey during climbout from a low pass over the runway in 2010 had been modified under 22 different supplemental type certificates. The concept of implementing STCs on previously modified aircraft is known as "layering STCs," and doing it properly is paramount to safety. Read more... Share:  




Preventing spoilage: Currency, proficiency, and winter

Are you prepared if you suffer an electrical failure that forces you to reduce electrical loads and rethink your routing mid-trip? How long has it been since you thought about the no-radio procedures if your VHF communication fails and you need to shoot an IFR approach? Read more... Share:  



Dream machine

One look at Bob Walwyn's immaculate 1950 "B" model Beechcraft Bonanza will show how off-the-charts one man's ambitious quest for perfection can go when renovating a vintage airplane. Read more... Share:  



Personal aircraft as business tools

Realizing the broad potential of general aviation as a means of business transportation requires at least two foundational elements: The first is safety, and the second is designing aircraft that are easier to operate. Read more... Share:  



Apps of the week

Five more instrument simulator apps

This week, AOPA highlights another five instrument simulator apps: Radionav Sim, ADFVis, Aircraft Altimeter, iHUD, and GPSCockpit. Read more... Share:  



ASA announces checkride, flight review apps

ASA has released apps for the private, instrument, commercial, flight instructor, helicopter, and multiengine checkrides, as well as one for pilots prepping for a flight review. Read more... Share:  


Gift guide

Find holiday gift ideas for pilots

Find the perfect holiday gift for pilots—choose from headsets, build-your-own flight bags, and stunning aviation posters or framed prints. Read more... Share:  



Member benefit

Lienholder coverage

The lending institution that helped fund your aircraft purchase wants to ensure that your loan will be repaid in the event of an accident in which your insurance company denies the hull claim. The most common example of such a violation would be a loss arising when your aircraft is being operated by a non-approved pilot. Read more... Share:  



Nantucket Flying Association: No aircraft yet, but promotes GA

Despite having no aircraft for now, the Nantucket Flying Association does everything else a typical flying club does: promote general aviation and serve the community. Read more... Share:  


AOPA Foundation focus

Support the AOPA Foundation on #GivingTuesday

Members can help the AOPA Foundation in its continued efforts to safeguard general aviation by making a donation on Dec. 3, the second annual #GivingTuesday. Read more... Share:  


AOPA Foundation focus

Matching gift challenge supports GA safety

The AOPA Foundation has been offered a $50,000 matching gift challenge grant, but to receive the full benefit of this challenge, the foundation needs to obtain new Hat in the Ring Society members by Dec. 31. Read more... Share:  

News and Notes



Super Legend wins LSA approval

Delayed seven weeks by the government shutdown, a Super Legend with a more powerful engine than its Legend Cub sibling has won approval as a light sport aircraft. Read more... Share:  


Members only

Time to file a NASA report

The Aviation Safety Reporting System is a voluntary safety reporting program that allows airmen to make anonymous reports to the government about issues encountered in aviation, with anonymity allowing the airman to be candid—even when his or her actions may have been a violation of the regulations. Read more... Share:  



'Planes' available on Blu-ray, DVD

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Disney's Planes was released Nov. 19 as digital HD, on demand, and as a Blu-ray 3-D combo pack, Blu-ray combo pack, and DVD. Read more... Share:  



Grants fund mission work, pilot outreach

An organization dedicated to transporting rescue, shelter, and foster animals was selected as the top charity in Lightspeed Aviation Foundation's 2013 Pilot's Choice Awards. Read more... Share:  



Strange but true general aviation news

Miracle survivor stories, jets as time tools, and an interesting place to deliver pizza. Read more... Share:  

Question of the Week


You've filed an IFR flight plan and departed from an airport that underlies a Class B airspace floor of 2,000 feet. The weather is great so you planned on obtaining your IFR clearance once airborne. You've contacted ATC and the controller replied with your call sign and instructed you to stand by. May you continue your climb into Class B airspace?


Since you have not received your IFR clearance you are still flying under VFR. ATC has not said you are cleared to enter Class B, so you may not enter the Class B airspace. You must maintain VFR and remain outside of the Class B airspace until a clearance is received, even if that means stopping your climb. (Source: 14 CFR 91.131.)

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Career Opportunities


AOPA career opportunities

Join the AOPA team

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


Aviation job board

Job of the week: Aviation captain at Quest Diagnostics

Quest Diagnostics is currently seeking an aviation captain to act as the pilot in command of the company's aircraft while executing safe and efficient transport of medical specimens. The captain will work closely with dispatch, management, and other pilots. Learn more and check out other exciting opportunities.


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

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

Jan 11-12 - Knoxville, Tenn.; Jackson, Miss.; Seattle, Wash.; and Charlotte, N.C.

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

Jan 13 - Mesa, Ariz.; and Reno, Nev.

Jan 14 -Tucson, Ariz.; and Sacramento, Calif.

Jan 15 - Milpitas, Calif.; and El Paso, Texas

Jan 16 - Albuquerque, N.M.; and Santa Rosa, Calif.

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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