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February 7, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterFebruary 7, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

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FEBRUARY 7, 2014 - VOL 16, ISSUE 6

Top Stories


Historic DC-3 goes to new home

A Douglas DC-3, one of two movable items on the National Register of Historic Places, is about to move to its permanent home at the Texas Air & Space Museum in Amarillo. The DC-3, tail number N34, was built in May 1945 and spent its first 10 years flying worldwide for the U.S. Navy. Read more... Share:  


AOPA Live This Week

Sporty Tecnam; cool aviation high school

What do you get when you marry a light sport airframe with a turbocharged engine and Italian design? The Tecnam P2008—an airplane with a supercar finish. Plus, see a high school in Seattle that offers hands-on experience in aerospace engineering through a paid internship. And hear from a U.S. senator who is ticked at Customs and Border Protection for general aviation stops and searches. AOPA Live This Week®, Feb. 6... Share:  

Technique and Safety



'Confusion reigned'

Can you identify the misunderstanding that was developing between the parties during an approach to Florida's Daytona Beach International Airport? Read more... Share:  


Accident analysis

Overconfidence ends in tragedy

Confidence is generally regarded as a good thing—and like most good things, it's possible to have too much. The pilot who took off from Angel Fire, N.M., in March 2013, when winds were gusting to 47 knots perpendicular to the runway, had told the lineman that he didn't think the winds would be a problem. Four people died in a crash just after takeoff. Read more in this special report from the Air Safety Institute. Share:  


Rotorcraft Rookie

Night flight

Flying a helicopter at night takes more planning than it does in an airplane, but the rewards can be even sweeter. Read more... Share:  


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Say again?

Do you know what to say before you press the push-to-talk switch? Get a little help from the Air Safety Institute and avoid communication blunders with Say It Right: Mastering Radio Communication. Take the course...



Landing attitude, dude (or dudette)

Words often get in the way of explanations, especially between students and instructors. And stuff happens fast during landings, so AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg offers a technique to slow things down and help CFIs communicate the proper landing attitude. Read more... Share:  



Teaching autorotations

Autorotation is one of the most critical maneuvers that helicopter CFIs perform with their students. During the first two months of 2012 three accidents happened during practice autorotations, and the National Transportation Safety Board's probable cause findings are instructive. Read more... Share:  




Small business owners say they need FAA changes to grow

The owners of several small aviation companies told the House Committee on Small Business Feb. 5 that regulatory and policy changes are needed to help general aviation grow so businesses like theirs can thrive. Read more... Share:  



AOPA digs into state issues

With 46 of the nation's 50 state legislatures in session this year, AOPA's experts are gearing up to review, track, and weigh in on proposals that affect the way you fly. Read more... Share:  



Hearing reveals FAA behind on NextGen, UAS, consolidation

A House aviation subcommittee hearing has revealed that the FAA is woefully behind on numerous key mandates associated with NextGen, unmanned aircraft, and facilities consolidation. Of special interest to pilots, a report showed that the agency is unlikely to meet its own 2020 deadline for full Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) implementation. Read more... Share:  



Members only

The case of Schuyler 'Sky' King

When a pilot needs a second class medical for his job—as would a law enforcement officer pilot—it's important to get all of the required documentation to the FAA quickly after surgery for prostate cancer. Could AOPA help get fictional crime-fighter "Sky" King back in the air? Read more... Share:  




FAA streamlines approval for angle of attack indicators

The FAA announced Feb. 5 a policy change that could help put angle of attack indicators in thousands of cockpits. The new policy modifies certification testing requirements—and lowers the associated costs—that have long been a barrier to widespread adoption of the life-saving devices in the general aviation fleet. Read more... Share:  




Preflight your passenger, too!

According to National Transportation Safety Board data, the best thing that ever happened to passengers who survive aviation accidents was the passenger safety briefing, writes Opinion Leaders blogger Amy Laboda. What do you include in your passenger briefing? Share your example... Share:  



The future of aviation

It's unlikely that if asked about the aviation industry a decade from now you would factor in the potential effect of a radical global shift in climate or a collapse of the global financial system, or picture the beginning of an age of electric airliners. That's a problem. Read more... Share:  




FlyQ EFB 1.3 adds ADS-B traffic, more IFR features

The newest version of FlyQ EFB now includes the most-requested feature: the addition of portable ADS-B receiver traffic display. Read more... Share:  


Apps of the week

Is there an app for that? Probably

Logbooks, fuel calculations, artificial glideslopes for short-field approaches—there's an app for that. Read more... Share:  




Red Bull adds race stop

The Red Bull Air Race, set to return to action at the end of February, has added a new stop to the 2014 series, on Croatia's Mediterranean coast. Read more... Share:  



Pilots help with Bahamas project

Bahamas Habitat is gathering pilots to fly to the islands Feb. 20 through 23 to work with Bahamas Methodist Habitat on projects ranging from putting up drywall in a medical center to painting the Zion Children's Home. Read more... Share:  



Bahamas bound

After weeks of cold, windy, and snowy weather in the mid-Atlantic, 12 airplanes headed south to the Bahamas. Read more... Share:  




Epic hiring

Epic Aircraft of Bend, Ore., will hold a career information day Feb. 8 as it seeks to recruit more than two dozen new employees to work on certification of the factory version of its high-performance turboprop. Read more... Share:  


Member benefits

AOPA Insurance site adds features

AOPA Insurance Services has expanded online capabilities of its website to include policy service requests for its customers. Read more... Share:  

News and Notes



Star-studded homage for Hoover

A living legend of aviation if ever there was one, R.A. "Bob" Hoover will be honored in grand style as he joins aviation luminaries for a special tribute in Los Angeles. The "Tribute to Bob Hoover" dinner on Feb. 21 will cap a series of planned events, and include the premiere of a new documentary about Hoover's extraordinary life. Proceeds will support scholarships, in keeping with Hoover's penchant for paying it forward. Read more... Share:  



Strange but true GA news

The crash that wasn't; private flight gone to the dogs; and upside-down helicopter. Read more... Share:  



75-year-old encourages older flyers

A 75-year-old pilot says it's never too late to get hooked on flying. In the past 10 years, he earned his private pilot certificate and an instrument rating, and bought a Piper Archer III. Read more... Share:  


More News

Aviators launch Slipstream Radio podcast

Sweepstakes blog: Flying the Debonair

Career Opportunities


AOPA career opportunities

Join the AOPA team

Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? We're looking for an event planner, aviation technical writer contractor, coordinator of pilot community and development, director of insurance business operations, member services and airport directory representative, and Web graphic designer I. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.


Aviation job board

Featured job: Director of insurance business operations

AOPA is seeking a director of insurance business operations in its Wichita, Kan., office. Requiring experience as an insurance professional, this position is responsible for managing assigned segments of insurance agency operations and all administrative functions. Responsibilities include development of the budget and operating plans; tracking, analyzing, and reporting on sales and other key operational metrics; collaborating in the development and execution of marketing plans; overseeing the agency's IT systems and continuous productivity-improvement efforts; and managing HR operations in coordination with the HR department. Learn more now or search for other exciting career opportunities.

Question of the Week


One of the early practical uses for the airplane was to carry mail. The first airplane flights to carry mail took place in which three countries?


Air mail was carried in India, the United States, and England in 1911. The first was on Feb. 18 in India by French pilot Henri Pequet. (Source: 1001 Questions Answered About Aviation History, C.H. Hildreth and Bernard Nalty.)

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.



Double duty

What percentage of weather briefers and air traffic controllers are pilots? Read more...

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Feb 8-9 - Fairfax, Va.; Nashua, N.H.; New Orleans, La.; and Louisville, Ky.

Feb 15-16 - Melbourne, Fla.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Las Vegas, Nev.; and Fort Worth, Texas

Feb 22-23 - Sacramento, Calif.

Mar 1-2 - Phoenix, Ariz.; Ontario, Calif.; and King of Prussia, Pa.

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

Feb 10 - Jacksonville, Ark.; and Northglenn, Colo.

Feb 11 - Fayetteville, Ark.; and Colorado Springs, Colo.

Feb 12 - Bethany, Okla.

Feb 13 - Wichita, Kan.

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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