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October 11, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterOctober 11, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

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OCTOBER 11, 2013 - VOL 15, ISSUE 41

AOPA Aviation Summit


Conforming SF50 to fly in 2014

Cirrus Aircraft expects to fly its first conforming SF50 Vision jet in early 2014 and the company will be able to build up to 150 new aircraft a year when the program is in full production. Read more... Share:  



Innovation 'speed dating' at training event

Borrowing the concept from speed dating, eight aviation innovators had nine minutes each to pitch products designed to bring more pilots into general aviation at the Flight Training and Pilot Community Summit Oct. 9. Read more... Share:  


Apps of the week

Five aviation apps seen in the AOPA Summit exhibit hall

Aviation app developers with products ranging from flight data apps to digital logbooks showed off their wares at the AOPA Aviation Summit exhibit hall. Read more... Share:  



PS Engineering offers free flight trial for PMA8000

Aircraft owners who have Garmin GMA340 audio panels can test drive PS Engineering's PMA8000 plug-and-play replacement panel for free to see if they want to switch. Read more... Share:  


AOPA Live This Week

Highlights from AOPA Aviation Summit 2013

Hear from AOPA President Mark Baker as he kicks off AOPA Aviation Summit in Fort Worth, Texas; learn about a wounded veteran who overcame the odds to earn his sport pilot certificate with a little help from Able Flight and AOPA; and catch up on the latest aviation products and news. As of publication deadline, AOPA Live producers were still finalizing the show, which will be available Oct. 11. AOPA Live This Week®... Share:  


Technique and Safety


Fly like a fighter

Lost wingman vertigo

Rolling out on a 15-mile final, the T-38 instructor-in-training lost sight of the lead aircraft three feet to his left in clouds. Initiating the lost wingman maneuver with a radio call and a slight turn away, the trainee turned his head to the right to look inside the cockpit. About 30 feet away from the lead, the clouds parted and he started to rejoin. He looked left, and in an instant was back in the clouds. He immediately got vertigo. Read more... Share:  



'Probably just the gauge'

On course, on altitude—but what's this? The oil pressure gauge gets your attention—its needle is deflected low of normal. Oddly, there's no rise in oil temperature to present a classic indication of engine trouble. Still, you wish you had paid closer attention to the engine gauges. Read more... Share:  



Red Bull Air Race back in 2014

After a three-year hiatus, the Red Bull Air Race returns with seven competitions worldwide and some of the favorite pilots in the race's eight-year history, including U.S. pilots Michael Goulian and Kirby Chambliss. The races return with a number of safety enhancements. Read more... Share:  


IFR quiz, login required

Are you ready for the flight review?

A flight review is a great way to refresh your piloting knowledge and ensure you are up to date on any changes since your last flight review or checkride. Be prepared before you meet with your flight instructor by taking this Air Safety Institute quiz. Take the quiz... Share:  


Real Pilot Story

Stacking the deck in your favor

On the night of Oct. 9, 2009, Dr. Peeter Jakobson and two passengers were flying over the Gulf of Mexico when their Mooney experienced a sudden engine failure beyond gliding distance from shore. Were they prepared for the ordeal ahead? Watch the Air Safety Institute's Real Pilot Stories: Ditching in the Dark to learn what decisions saved their lives.



Politics and safety: Santa Monica

All pilots should be interested when politics start to trump safety and operational considerations. AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg shares his op-ed piece scheduled to appear in the Santa Monica Mirror. Read more... Share:  




Aircraft registry, knowledge tests snarled by shutdown

As the federal government shutdown continued into its second week, AOPA joined other general aviation associations in calling on the Secretary of Transportation to reopen the FAA's United States Aircraft Registry to prevent paralysis in sales and delivery of aircraft. Read more... Share:  



Shutdown closes historic airfield

The National Park Service shut down the airstrip at the Wright Brothers National Memorial and two other strips on the Outer Banks of North Carolina as much of the federal government ground to a halt after Oct. 1. Read more... Share:  



Baker to House: Cooperation key to GA growth

General aviation delivers jobs, but user fees, unfunded mandates, and poor regulation can stifle growth, AOPA President Mark Baker told the House Committee on Small Business. Government needs to work with the GA community to help aviation, and the small businesses it supports, thrive. Read more... Share:  



Members only

The value of experience

You may not be aware that one of the many benefits of AOPA membership is unique to the aviation association world. AOPA is the only general aviation organization with a full-time staff of medical certification specialists whose primary role is to assist members with medical certification challenges. Read more... Share:  




Street-legal airplane: A test drive

Engine noise filled the cockpit, but the propeller stood stationary. It wasn't the only thing that felt a bit off as Trey Johnson pulled out of the exhibit space under power of a 50-horsepower Kawasaki engine—there were the rearview mirrors, too, and the orange switches in the cockpit labeled "Fly" and "Drive." Read more... Share:  




A future with more government shutdowns?

What if government shutdowns become the new normal? It wasn't that long ago that filibusters in the Senate were rare, but since 2009 they've become routine. Read more... Share:  



The universal headset

Nothing ruins an otherwise pleasant flight faster than a throbbing headache brought on by the weight and clamping force exerted by a cheap, beat-up, or poor-fitting headset. Could in-ear headsets be the way to go? Read more... Share:  



The importance of hitchhikers and fence lice

Many pilots got their introduction to the field by attaching themselves like lice to the goings-on of the airport at the fence, or getting to hop along on a ride in a new airplane. But Opinion Leaders blogger Martin Rottler says that now it seems "these young (and old, as the Fence Lice phenomena knows no age limits) are considered a mild annoyance or are ignored outright." Read more... Share:  




Garmin introduces unique GPS watch

Garmin's D2 begins a new era in aviation: the wearable GPS. Calling it a watch is sort of like calling the Space Shuttle an airplane. It's more accurate to call it a wearable navigator. Read more... Share:  



Rig it right: Improving aircraft performance, part 3

Proper rigging is essential for top performance. If your airplane is not properly rigged, the aircraft is fighting against itself in flight. Misaligned control surfaces can induce a lot of drag and the control inputs you use to correct things only make matters worse. Read more... Share:  




Baker splashes in

AOPA President Mark Baker attended the newly launched Lake Gaston Resort Seaplane Splash-In Oct. 5 in southern Virginia and, flying in a 1947 Republic Seabee, literally splashed in. Read more... Share:  



World trip, by the numbers

Readers have asked for statistics about Mike Collins' around-the-world trip, and some of them are starting to come in. Read more... Share:  




Redbird calls early halt to $1 avgas sales

Redbird Skyport will end its much-publicized experiment selling $1-per-gallon avgas on Oct. 15—or 16 days earlier than planned—as it struggles to avoid being swamped by demand for the fuel, which normally sells in the $6-per-gallon range. Read more... Share:  



Mooney funding news expected

Mooney Aircraft has promised for months that it is looking for a funding partner, and it may have found one in China. Read more... Share:  


Member benefit

Insurance info for new pilots

Insurance is an important piece of joining the ranks of aviators. New pilots may have an existing life and/or accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) policy; if so, take time to pull it out and read the exclusions thoroughly. Read more... Share:  



Texas partnership a fit for pilot

Buying into a partnership can be risky, but for John Field, the decision to become part of Addison Flyers LLC fit his mission and his personality. The limited liability company has a Cessna 182 and a turbonormalized Bonanza B36 and 10 members. Affordable ownership without any schedule conflicts made the investment risk worthwhile for Field. Read more... Share:  


CORRECTION: In the Oct. 4 issue of AOPA ePilot, we incorrectly identified the model number of a donated Socata Trinidad. It is a TB21TC. We regret the error.

News and Notes



AOPA responds to patent lawsuit

AOPA responded to the SD Holdings patent infringement lawsuit against FlyQ Web on Oct. 7, requesting dismissal due to the fact there is no basis for SDH's patent infringement allegations against AOPA's online aviation flight planning tool that is available to members free of charge. Read more... Share:  



Strange but true general aviation news

A student gets real-world flight training, a cop tickets a Black Hawk helicopter, and Capt. Kirk confesses. Read more... Share:  



Pilots vie for world title

Rob Holland and the rest of the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic Team are on home turf as the FAI World Aerobatic Championships returns to U.S. soil for the first time in 10 years. Read more... Share:  



NBAA to host Teachers' Day

The National Business Aviation Association will host a Build A Plane Teachers' Day at its annual meeting. Read more... Share:  



Piper delivers turbine trainer

Piper Aircraft may reconsider a past decision against marketing its Meridian turboprop to the flight training market, having sold one to Airline Transport Professionals. The comparatively low cost of operating the Meridian will benefit students who need turbine time. Read more... Share:  



View upcoming webinars

AOPA offers several webinars each month. October Webinars will tackle subjects including aircraft insurance for renters, operating rules for flying clubs, avionics upgrades, and health. View the upcoming October webinars here. 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


True or False: Before acting as pilot in command of an aircraft towing a glider, I must file a flight plan with flight service.


False. The pilot in command is not required to file a flight plan. However, the pilot in command must notify the control tower before conducting any towing operation within the lateral boundaries of the surface areas of Class B, Class C, Class D, or Class E airspace designated for an airport. ATC may require the pilot to notify ATC of each towing flight. If a control tower does not exist or is not in operation, the pilot in command must notify the flight service station serving that controlled airspace before conducting any towing operations in that airspace. (Source: 14 CFR Part 91.309.)

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.



iOS 7 upgrade

Has anyone had issues with apps after upgrading to iOS 7? Read more...


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

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.

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

Air Safety Institute Safety Seminars

Oct 14 - Concord, Calif.; Northglenn, Colo.; and Mesa, Ariz.

Oct 15 - Fresno, Calif.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Tucson, Ariz.

Oct 16 - El Paso, Texas; and Bakersfield, Calif.

Oct 17 -Albuquerque, N.M.; and Milan, Ill.

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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