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October 4, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterOctober 4, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

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OCTOBER 4, 2013 - VOL 15, ISSUE 40

Top Stories


Shutdown impacts

The federal government shutdown that began Oct. 1 will not disrupt air traffic control, flight service, or notam-distribution operations. But pilots could feel the bite of a prolonged shutdown in delayed medical certification, canceled knowledge tests, slower processing of pilot certificates, unrepaired navaids, and numerous other FAA functions as a result of staff furloughs. FAA Safety Team activities could be impacted, but seminars and programs hosted by the AOPA Foundation's Air Safety Institute will continue as normal. Read more... Share:  


AOPA Live This Week

Turboprop around the world, fly the Falcon 7X

Controllers are still on the job, but navaid repairs may take a while. AOPA details what pilots can expect while lawmakers wrangle. Also this week, around the world in a twin turboprop, flying the Falcon 7X, and a much slower kind of flying in a U.S. Navy blimp. AOPA Live This Week, Oct. 3. Share:  


Technique and Safety


Accident analysis

Asleep at the wheel

The need for sleep is non-negotiable. A buyer who picked up a Cessna 172 in Boulder, Colo., on Sept. 20, 2012, had made three Atlantic crossings during the preceding nine days. He flew 6.5 hours the first day and more than 17 hours the next before flying into the ground under power near Tampa, Fla.—within 60 nautical miles of home. Read more in this special report from the Air Safety Institute. Share:  



'Go ahead and land'

You have flown a perfect VOR RWY 6 approach to Montauk Airport at the tip of Long Island, N.Y., and you can't resist pointing out to Grumpy Instructor how smoothly you transitioned from the Groton VOR, finessed the parallel entry to the holding-pattern procedure turn, and nailed the fix inbound on the final approach. Read more... Share:  


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Safety starts on the ground

The old saying goes, "Fly 'em all the way to the hangar." With airports becoming increasingly busy you need to be more than familiar with airport signage and markings. You must be an expert on their meanings and usage. Can you rise to the challenge? Take the Air Safety Institute's Runway Safety online course. Take the course... Share:  



Get lost and get found

In 1972 U.S. Rep. Hale Boggs' aircraft went missing in Alaska, never to be found. A law was passed mandating that most aircraft be equipped with emergency locator transmitters (ELTs), but the boxes were moderately expensive, and the performance left something to be desired. Is history repeating itself with a new proposed mandate? Read more... Share:  



Minimum autorotation rpm

When a helicopter is in autorotation, rotor rpm must be maintained. This is done when entering the autorotation by lowering the collective control. Read more... Share:  

AOPA Aviation Summit


PDF download

Fly-in procedures

Planning to fly in for AOPA Aviation Summit? Download AOPA's pilot information packet complete with notam and traffic management information; arrival and departure procedures; and parking, transportation, and hotel information. Download the packet...



Scholarship awards announced

AOPA has announced the winners of the 2013 Flight Training Scholarships that will be awarded at AOPA Aviation Summit in Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 10 through 12. Read more... Share:  



Become an iPad pro

Whether you've been contemplating using an iPad in the cockpit or are a whiz at using the device to enhance your cockpit management, seminars at AOPA Aviation Summit will help you learn how to make it work best for whatever type of flying you do. Read more... Share:  



Fly in 'Fifi,' other warbirds

The Commemorative Air Force AirPower History Tour and Cavanaugh Flight Museum will have warbirds on display and give flights at AOPA Aviation Summit in Fort Worth, Texas. Leading the warbird lineup is the Commemorative Air Force's B-29 Superfortress, Fifi. Summit attendees can book a seat through the Commemorative Air Force AirPower Tour website to receive a discount, or purchase a ticket in person at Summit's Airportfest at Fort Worth Meacham International Airport. Read more... Share:  


Call for volunteers

Volunteers needed for Summit

AOPA is looking for volunteers to help with parking attendee aircraft, directing ground transportation, and managing the flow of people and vehicles Oct. 8 through 13 for AOPA Aviation Summit. Volunteers who work a minimum of five hours will receive a Summit "Exhibits and Seminars" one-day pass (a $55 value). Sign up to volunteer today.




Graves: IG report 'vital' to probe of pilot searches

The Department of Homeland Security should wait until an inspector general's investigation into stops and searches of general aviation pilots by Customs and Border Protection agents is completed before changing its record-keeping rules or shielding information from public disclosure, said Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) in a letter to the department's acting secretary. Read more... Share:  



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Do-over medical reporting

The FAA medical application can be confusing, and it's fairly easy to get tripped up and make a mistake. Inadvertent mistakes on a medical application can be corrected before the FAA discovers them. Read more... Share:  




New swept prop for TBMs

Hartzell Propeller is taking orders for a new five-blade composite propeller for the Daher-Socata TBM 700 and 850 models. The new design boosts performance across the board, and is an eye-catcher as well. Read more... Share:  




IFR required

Fortunate is the businessman or -woman who is certificated as a pilot, maintains proficiency in the art and technology of flight, and has access to a general aviation aircraft, writes Opinion Leaders blogger Jack Olcott. Such capabilities enable access to a world of opportunity unmatched by public transportation. Read more... Share:  



The man in the arena

In the struggle to keep airports open as airports, how do we steel ourselves against the critics and stay involved in the fight? Opinion Leaders blogger Jolie Lucas considers a speech by Theodore Roosevelt. Read more... Share:  




Five weather apps just in time for fall

Now that it's officially fall, it's a good time to highlight weather apps that can help you make the transition: DTC DUAT, Flight Weather, Storm Shield Weather Radio, AirReport Pro-METAR & TAF, and Raindar. Read more... Share:  




Scheduled service in a Cirrus

Charter operators in the New York and Boston areas have teamed up to launch scheduled service in a piston single. Linear Air and its first partner, Hopscotch Air, which operates a small but busy fleet of Cirrus SR22s, hope to draw new business travelers by offering private aircraft seats online. Read more... Share:  




Redbird $1 avgas sales soar

Redbird Skyport of San Marcos, Texas, pumped as much avgas during the first three days of its $1-per-gallon promotion as it would typically dispense in two full months, said the company's marketing manager on Oct. 3. Read more... Share:  


Member benefit

B-29 navigator flies Starduster Too

Marvin Rosenberg bought his first airplane in 1963. After selling his most recent airplane in 2012, he missed owning one, and so purchased a Starduster Too. He turned to AOPA Insurance for help. Rosenberg, 91, has been a member of AOPA for more than 50 years and is a 20-year customer of AOPA Insurance. Read more... Share:  


AOPA Foundation focus

Foundation receives aircraft donation

A donated Socata Trinidad TB 20 will help the AOPA Foundation in its mission to protect and strengthen general aviation. Read more... Share:  



Flying Particles offers safe aircraft at low costs

Hallmarks of membership in the Flying Particles flying club include offering safe aircraft at the lowest cost, coupled with high-quality instruction in a supportive community. Read more... Share:  

News and Notes



Honor Flight continues despite shutdown

Honor Flight officials say they will continue to bring veterans to Washington, D.C., memorials, open or not. Members of Congress may help with getting veterans past barriers of memorials closed by the federal government shutdown. Read more... Share:  



Italian club marks century of seaplane flying

A hundred years of seaplane flying from a lake renowned as one of Europe's most stunning resort and vacation spots will be celebrated Oct. 5 on Lake Como in the Alpine foothills of Italy. Read more... Share:  



Embraer promises upgrades

Embraer will roll out the "Phenom 100 2014 edition," along with new features on the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500, at the upcoming National Business Aviation Association convention. Read more... Share:  



Delaware State trains black pilots, aviation professionals

Delaware State University, which traces its aviation roots back to the Tuskegee Airmen, is offering students a low-cost, high-quality aviation education. Read more... Share:  



Aircraft Spruce prepares for customer appreciation day

AOPA Strategic Partner Aircraft Spruce is holding a customer appreciation day in its three locations that will also benefit Young Eagles and COPA for Kids, a program of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association. Read more... Share:  



Strange but true general aviation news

Colorado National Guard helicopters come to the rescue, cocaine on the airplane, and a tennis champ nixes a private jet. Read more... Share:  



Recorded webinars available

With all of the webinars AOPA has offered recently, it's easy to miss one. No worries; you can view the recordings of webinars online. Share:  




Coming together at Air Mod

The pressure is on. Air Mod is still working, hammer and tongs, on the Debonair. The airplane has to be in place in Fort Worth, Texas, for AOPA Aviation Summit by Oct. 9. 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


During an instrument rating practical test the applicant must demonstrate at least one precision instrument approach. Are there any WAAS GPS approaches that can be used to meet the precision approach requirement?


Yes. An LPV approach may be used to demonstrate a precision approach provided the decision altitude (DA) is equal to or less than 300 feet height above touchdown (HAT). Otherwise, an LPV approach may be used only to demonstrate a nonprecision approach. (Source: Instrument PTS)

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.



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Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Oct 5-6 - Indianapolis, Ind.; Wichita, Kan.; and Corpus Christi, Texas

Oct 12-13 - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and Nashville, Tenn.

Oct 19-20 - Columbia, S.C.; San Jose, Calif.; and Windsor Locks, Conn.

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

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

Oct 7 - Elizabethtown, Ky.; and Hampton, Va.

Oct 8 - Maysville, Ky.; and Richmond, Va.

Oct 9 - Manassas, Va.

Oct 10 -Blacksburg, Va.

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! Share:  

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