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August 1, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterAugust 1, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

Homebuilt aircraft at EAA AirVenture 2014

AUGUST 1, 2014 - VOL 16, ISSUE 31

EAA AirVenture



Medical reform moves forward

The FAA has sent a proposal to reform the third class medical certification process to the Department of Transportation for review, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced July 31 at EAA AirVenture. Read more...  

Medical reform AOPA top priority, Baker says

Baker uses AirVenture Cup to tout third class medical reform


AOPA Live This Week

AOPA Live goes to AirVenture

AOPA Live® is at EAA AirVenture 2014, where a diesel-powered Cessna 172 was unveiled, the first production HondaJet was revealed, and AOPA's "152 Reimagined" project was announced. AOPA Live This Week®, July 31...  



Continental 310-hp diesel flies

Continental Motors Group has been hard at work expanding its diesel line of engines since acquiring the bankrupt Thielert Aircraft Engines line of powerplants in 2013. At EAA AirVenture the Chinese-owned company announced the first flight of yet another new diesel. Read more...  



American Champion to offer diesel Scout

American Champion Aircraft will pair its Scout bush plane with an Austro Engines diesel to increase speed, extend range, and allow its aircraft to fly in remote regions where avgas is unavailable. Read more...  



Financing, insurance options offered for 'Reimagined Aircraft'

As part of AOPA's "Reimagined Aircraft" effort to open the door to flying and aircraft ownership for more people by refurbishing older aircraft and putting them in a flying club or partnership, the association is offering financing and insurance options. Read more...  



First delivery for new Mooney

It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer's newly reactivated factory site. Read more...  



Avgas replacement: Not just octane

After testing more than 3,000 formulas over a 10-year period, Shell Aviation submitted its candidate fuel to the FAA for consideration as a fleet-wide, unleaded avgas replacement in July. Shell officials talked to AOPA about the industry's unprecedented effort to replace leaded fuel. Read more...  



Fatal accident at Oshkosh

The pilot of a custom-built Breezy died from his injuries after a landing accident at Wittman Regional Airport on July 31, the Experimental Aircraft Association said. Read more...  



DeltaHawk flies diesel-powered Cirrus SR20 to Oshkosh

After six hours of cruise flight from Florida to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, DeltaHawk Diesel Engines' 180-horsepower diesel-powered Cirrus SR20 still had one hour of reserve on board, pilot Nate Zucker said, despite having a 55-knot headwind part of the way. Read more...  



SMA announces big-bore engines

After Cessna chose SMA's 230-horsepower engine for its Jet A-powered Skylane JT-A, SMA is moving up in horsepower, and is developing two new turbodiesel engines in the 260- to 400-hp categories. Read more...  



Oshkosh in pictures

A panoply of aircraft drew admirers at EAA AirVenture, from aerobatic showplanes to homebuilders' long-term projects. Check out some of the sights you may have missed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, or enjoy the show vicariously with this selection of AOPA photographs. Read more...  


More AirVenture News

An iPad-based HUD from MyGoFlight

Blog: Oshkosh, pilots take care of their own

Able Flight celebrates new sport pilots

Slideshow: The Oshkosh scene

Tecnam P2010 certified in Europe

For AOPA's complete coverage of EAA AirVenture, see

AOPA Fly-Ins



10 things to do in Spokane

Spokane, Washington's Felts Field has a little bit of everything for the aviation enthusiast. The historic airstrip features beautifully renovated terminal and hangar buildings, a 4,500-foot-long runway, a 6,000-foot seaplane landing area, and a delightful diner serving breakfast and lunch, and it is home to renovators and collectors of historic aircraft. Pilots can find plenty to do and see at or near the field. Read more...  


Excitement growing for Spokane Fly-In

Excitement is growing for the fourth AOPA Regional Fly-In, planned at Spokane, Washington's Felts Field Aug. 16. Events include clinics, safety briefings, seminars, and discussions to improve flying and safety; product exhibits; and the chance to meet AOPA President Mark Baker and other leaders. RSVP online to let AOPA know you are attending and reserve your free AOPA-member lunch ticket. Leading up to and during the fly-in, spread the enthusiasm on social media. Follow @AOPA on Twitter and use the hashtag #AOPASFF, and like our Facebook page.

Technique and Safety


Accident analysis

Too many unhappy returns

On Aug. 5, 2013, the 34-year-old pilot of an Air Tractor AT-400 became at least the fourth crop duster in the past few years killed when his airplane collided with a meteorological tower. Read more in this special report from the Air Safety Institute.  



11 degrees of separation

The arcing dashed arrow that ushers in the missed approach lends it a deceptively simple appearance, but there's more here than greets the eye. Read more...  


Flash-based, login required

VFR GPS guide for GNS 430/530

If you have misplaced the ops manual or would like a quick refresher on the Garmin GNS 430 or 530 panel-mount GPS, you'll enjoy this self-paced presentation, which focuses on the most frequently used functions during a VFR flight. There's also a quick-reference card at the end of the presentation that you can download and carry in your flight bag on your next trip. Take the course...


Members only

When ATC is not in charge

When you're at an airport without an operating tower in Class G airspace, can ATC clear you to make turns to the right even though the regulation requires that all turns when approaching the airport must be made to the left? Read more...  



Moving weather into the 21st century

The venerable area forecast (FA), produced by the National Weather Service's Aviation Weather Center, is firmly rooted in the middle of the last century. "It's well past time for an upgrade," writes AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg. Read more...  




FAA encourages angle-of-attack systems for GA

The widespread presence of angle-of-attack indicators in general aviation aircraft could reduce fatal loss-of-control accidents caused by inadvertent stalls, said the FAA. Read more...  



TFR to suspend flights at Maryland's 'DC-3' airports

AOPA is notifying pilots that operations at the so-called "DC-3 airports" in Maryland will be suspended Aug. 4 through 7 under a temporary flight restriction that will be in effect in the Washington, D.C., airspace. Read more...  



Fly Well

Sneezing and wheezing

The word allergy means "different action" and was coined by Dr. Clemens von Pirquet in 1905. He maintained that immunity, the body's response to external stimuli, could be helpful, or, when overblown, have adverse effects. Read more...  




In-flight Charger

Chip Yates, who set five electric aircraft world records in 2012, now aims to cross the Atlantic on battery power. First, he needs to perfect his in-flight recharging system. Read more...  



Rotax rolls out 912 iS Sport

Rotax now offers a new, follow-on engine to its popular 912 iS engine. From now on, the company will deliver its new, 100-horsepower, fuel-injected 912 iS Sport engines. Read more...  



L-3 plans to offer ADS-B product line

L-3 Aviation Products plans to join the general aviation ADS-B world with its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System. The new products will be "specifically tailored to fit the panel and budget of today's general aviation aircraft and pilots," said Larry Riddle, vice president of sales and marketing. Read more...  




Coming together, we can do big things and small things

En route to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for EAA AirVenture 2014, Opinion Leaders blogger Jolie Lucas and her husband were handed the keys to a nice sedan, no paperwork necessary; met an accomplished 8-year-old tour guide and golf cart driver; and looked ahead to a meeting of the minds about the future of general aviation. Read more...  



Commercial certificate not required, part 2

Many companies prohibit the use of personal aircraft by employees for business transportation or establish policies that are so restrictive that few private pilots can comply. "There is no rational excuse" for treating a personal aircraft for business travel differently from a personal car, writes Opinion Leaders blogger Jack Olcott. Read more...  




AOPA exits EFB market

AOPA is exiting the electronic flight bag (EFB) market, and the association's existing products, the FlyQ EFB iPad application and FlyQ Pocket smartphone application, will transition to Seattle Avionics. Read more...  


Apps of the week

Developers offer Oshkosh updates

Timed to coincide with EAA AirVenture, aviation companies offer updates on five apps across the iOS and Android platforms. Read more...  




Nationwide Parade of Planes set

Online aviation event hub SocialFlight is working with aircraft manufacturers to host a nationwide Parade of Planes during the month of September. Read more...  



Georgia pilot wins trip to AirVenture

A Georgia pilot attended EAA AirVenture after winning a travel package in an aviation headset manufacturer's random drawing. Read more...  



Earhart completes round-the-world flight with help of GA industry

Fresh off her around-the-world flight in a Pilatus, Amelia Rose Earhart spoke about her adventure at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 28, and credited the trip's success with the support she received from the general aviation industry. Read more...  




Piper makes gains in trainer market

Continuing significant orders to the training market show that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena. Read more...  



Embraer touts milestones

Business has been very, very good for Embraer recently. Among all light jets, the company's offerings have scored impressive competitive milestones. In a press conference, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Intelligence Jose Eduardo Costas said that Embraer's Phenom 300 claims 54 percent of light jet market deliveries. Read more...  



Hartzell inks deal to buy Plane-Power

Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC announced July 29 that it finalized an agreement to buy the assets of Granbury, Texas-based Plane-Power LTD. Read more...  


Member benefits

New date for renter's insurance webinar

AOPA Insurance Services is offering a webinar Aug. 7 to help answer questions about renter's insurance and to help you understand which policy is best for you. Read more...  

News and Notes



Arch wins Poland

Austrian Hannes Arch is well on his way to a Red Bull Air Race Championship following a victory in Gdynia, Poland, July 27. Read more...  



Flight Design says C4 on schedule

Flight Design says production and testing of its four-seat C4 are on target despite the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Read more...  



SAM LS completes spin testing

The SAM LS experimental light sport aircraft has successfully completed spin testing, SAM Aircraft Founder Thierry Zibi announced July 30 at EAA AirVenture. Read more...  



Mike Busch writes first book

Well-known aviation writer Mike Busch's Manifesto is to be the first of a maintenance series. It spells out his approach to general aviation maintenance, ownership, and safety. Read more...  



SkyCraft LSA finishes flight testing

The SkyCraft SD-1 Minisport has completed flight testing and the company hopes to achieve certification by September, Skycraft announced July 30 at EAA AirVenture. Read more...  



Ice protection for Evolution

Ice protection and a gross weight increase are improving the utility of the Lancair Evolution turboprop, according to Doug Meyer, CEO of the Oregon aircraft kit manufacturer. Read more...  


More News

Light sport industry celebrates 10 years, looks ahead

Beringer announces new wheels for certified, light aircraft

WomenVenture participants swarm Boeing Plaza

Career Opportunities


Aviation job board

Job of the week: Executive director, Airway Science for Kids

If you are a science nut and want to share aviation with the next generation, Airway Science for Kids has a job for you! The 501(c)(3) organization, which uses aviation as a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program in middle schools, is seeking an executive director. Learn more about this exciting opportunity today. Learn more or apply now.


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, human resources assistant, payroll technician, contract Air Safety Institute presenter, member services representative, major gift officer, AOPA Live producer/videographer I, and account manager II. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


One hundred years ago Europe was on the brink of World War I. As the war went on air combat become more deadly, and pilots had to be trained quickly to replace those who were lost. Of the total number of British aircraft accidents during the war, what percentage occurred during training?


Approximately 60 percent of aircraft accidents experienced by the Royal Flying Corps occurred during flight training. (Source: Legend, Memory, and the Great War in the Air, by Pisano, Dietz, Gernstein, and Schneide, 1993, page 79.)

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.



Summer flying considerations

What advice can you offer for summer flying?


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Aug 2-3 - Fort Worth, Texas

Aug 9-10 - Reno, Nevada; and Allentown, Pennsylvania

Aug 16-17 - Atlanta, Georgia

Aug 23-24 - Long Beach, California

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

Aug 1-2 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Sep 2 - Germantown, Tennessee

Sep 3 - Salt Lake City, Utah; and Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Sep 4 - Boise, Idaho; and Maryville, Tennessee

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Aug 9 - Scott City, Missouri; and Hartford, Connecticut

Aug 11 - Belgrade, Montana

Aug 15 - Spokane, Washington

For 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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