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February 14, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterFebruary 14, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

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FEBRUARY 14, 2014 - VOL 16, ISSUE 7

Top Stories


Skycatcher's inglorious end

Cessna Aircraft was reportedly on the cusp of a sale of all remaining Skycatcher aircraft when the decision was made in late January not to sell the 80 aircraft registered to Cessna. Instead they will be used for spares. The move brings to an end Cessna's effort to bring a light sport aircraft to market. Read more... Share:  


AOPA Live This Week

Santa Monica suit; Mooney comeback

AOPA teams with the National Business Aviation Association to fight the good fight over Santa Monica Municipal Airport. Mooney is back, but the Skycatcher is gone. Learn how Honeywell is making takeoffs safer for heavy iron pilots. And what does a pokey pig have to do with aviation? AOPA Live This Week®, Feb. 13... Share:  

Technique and Safety


Fly like a fighter

How can 'lazy' be so precise?

Find out how military pilots flying T-38s set their power and trim, and then fly hands off using only rudder to perform Lazy 8s with 90 degrees of bank and 30 degrees of pitch. Read more... Share:  



'The dark side of automation'

The unpronounceable object is a computer navigation fix (CNF). Now that you know that, ignore it. Read more... Share:  



The art of crosswind landings

Managing a crosswind landing correctly is both art and science. Pilots learn the technique (the science) during their training, but rarely is emphasis placed on the art. And if the science is not practiced often, the art can slip away. Watch the video... Share:  


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Don't pay the price of ice

Could you recognize an imminent tail stall caused by ice accumulation? Avoid hazardous conditions that cause airframe icing with this Air Safety Institute quiz. Take the quiz...




Senators ask for more complete answers about CBP stops

Senate General Aviation Caucus members are asking the Department of Homeland Security for more information and a briefing after the agency responded to some of the questions senators raised about the monitoring, stops, and searches of domestic GA flights by Customs and Border Protection. Read more... Share:  



AOPA, NBAA fight for Santa Monica

AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have joined forces to file a friend of the court brief in a lawsuit over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport. In the filing, the associations point to the important role of the airport in the national transportation system and the potential domino effect if airports are allowed to walk away from land grant agreements. Read more... Share:  



Incomplete airport spending story slams GA

General aviation airports in Wisconsin were caught in the crosshairs of an "investigative" report by a Milwaukee TV station on how taxpayer dollars are being used to upgrade facilities. AOPA reached out to the station before the story aired, but the association's comments were not included in the report. Read more... Share:  



Media and 'spending your tax dollars'

Never let the facts get in the way of a good story! Instead of getting a balanced view, too often we get what the TV producer wants the slant to be, especially during sweeps. Read more... Share:  



AOPA opposes recommendation to phase out 121.5 MHz ELTs

In response to a new proposed federal equipment mandate, AOPA urges Washington to allow pilots to determine the best safety technology to invest in based on their type of flying. Rather than being forced to junk working emergency locator transmitters, pilots should be free to choose the best technology for their missions, AOPA is telling the Federal Communications Commission. Read more... Share:  



FAA, industry to work to make pilot testing relevant

AOPA plans to join a new FAA-industry working group that will help make pilot training and testing more relevant. Read more... Share:  




Apnea bill would force rulemaking

The House has passed a bill that would force the FAA to go through the rulemaking process before imposing any new policies relating to sleep disorders, setting the stage for the Senate to consider an identical measure. Read more... Share:  




Driven by dreams

More than a century after Robert J. Collier commissioned a trophy to honor and encourage aeronautical innovation, nominees for the prestigious award continue to find diverse new ways to advance human achievement, from university gymnasiums where human-powered helicopters are setting new records to the edge of the solar system—and beyond. Read more... Share:  



Drop-in ADS-B Out

Avidyne has received technical standard order (TSO) approval for the AXP340 transponder, a drop-in replacement for Bendix/King legacy models that offers Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) capability. The $3,995 device is ready for certificated aircraft in the United States and Europe. Read more... Share:  



Garmin marks GPS anniversary

Garmin is celebrating 20 years of instrument flying with a GPS as the primary navigation device. The GPS 155 was the first receiver certified by the FAA for use in instrument approaches, and by that measure the IFR GPS era began on Feb. 16, 1994. Read more... Share:  



NavWorx ADS-B at FL950

An Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) transceiver developed for general aviation by NavWorx was recently used to test the technology at a much higher altitude: 95,000 feet. Read more... Share:  




Reliability-centered maintenance

The airlines and military have learned how to reduce scheduled preventive maintenance while improving aircraft reliability: reliability-centered maintenance. But the proven concept hasn't been adopted by piston general aviation aircraft owners, writes Opinion Leaders blogger Mike Busch. Read more... Share:  



Freedoms of the air

Chinese foreign exchange students experience flying over Los Angeles in a Cessna 182. Opinion Leaders blogger Jolie Lucas shares how the flight exposed them to freedoms and a world they couldn't imagine in their country. Read more... Share:  



Aviators all

Could pilots learn a thing or two from the heroine Juliet, who said, "What's in a name?" Opinion Leaders blogger Jack Olcott writes, "What things are matters, not what we call them. The aviation community spends far too much effort labeling the various segments of flight." It all comes down to the pursuit of flight. Read more... Share:  



Apps of the week

What's app? Aviation games

With nasty weather grounding many pilots, you can still get in your flying fix by playing these five aviation game apps. Read more... Share:  




Night comes quickly in the Bahamas

As a group of pilots headed toward Cat Island in the Bahamas, the sun began to sink lower on the horizon. In the United States, this wouldn't be a problem. In the Bahamas, it's a cause for concern. Read more... Share:  




Mooney to resume production

High-performance single-engine airplane maker Mooney will resume building new aircraft Feb. 26 at its Kerrville, Texas, factory, ending a five-year absence from production. Read more... Share:  

News and Notes



Club raises funds for Honor Flights

Thanks to a fundraiser by the Bakersfield Flying Club in California, five World War II veterans will be flown to Washington, D.C., on Honor Flights. Read more... Share:  


Best Aircraft Showdown

'Best Aircraft' nominations open

Basketball fans have NCAA March Madness. Pilots have the Best Aircraft Showdown! Nominate your favorite aircraft to be in AOPA's third annual Best Aircraft Showdown. Nominations will be accepted from Feb. 14 to 28. Then, get ready to vote as the first 16 matchups will be opened on March 18. Nominate an aircraft... Share:  



Why you need social media

What image of your flight school do potential customers see on social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus? AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benét Wilson will help flight schools create the perfect social media plan and will offer tips for using social media effectively in a webinar Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Register now... Share:  


Members only

Wet versus dry leasing: It's not about the fuel

The FAA doesn't care if you rent or lease an airplane with or without fuel. It certainly does care, however, about another type of wet lease operation that could run afoul of the regulations. Read more... Share:  


Member benefits

Why plan for the worst-case scenario...

We are more at risk while we're traveling, so we're more likely to need help when we get hurt or sick in a place we don't know. That's why AOPA has developed MedFlight Freedom especially for AOPA members and their families. Read more... Share:  



Strange but true general aviation news

Landing without a propeller, no more drone beer deliveries, and trainer jet ejection. Read more... Share:  


More News

Able Flight seeks female pilot candidates

Trailer released for 'Planes: Fire & Rescue'

Flight school conference wraps up in San Antonio




First look: ECi cylinders

The delivery of six new ECi cylinders to Genesis Engines by D'Shannon and the disassembly of the entire original engine mark a new phase in the sweepstakes Debonair's transformation. Check out the old and new side by side, and find out the advantages of these shiny new cylinders. Read more... Share:  

Career Opportunities


Aviation job board

Job of the week: Aviation project manager

CH2M Hill, a global leader in consulting and design, is seeking an aviation project manager with experience on a broad range of airport projects. Responsibilities include working with aviation professionals in delivering planning, programming, architectural, engineering, and construction solutions for exciting airport projects, including passenger terminal airside and landside project components, with significant contribution to business development and building the aviation practice in the region. Learn more about this exciting career opportunity and others...


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, and member services and airport directory representative. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


A simplified directional facility (SDF) transmits a signal that is fixed at how many degrees?


The SDF signal is fixed at either 6 or 12 degrees.  (Source: 2014 AIM 1-1-10.)

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.



Flight training lesson plan/curriculum

Which lesson plan/curriculum should a student use for the private pilot certificate? Read more...


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

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.

Mar 8-9 - Baltimore, Md.; and Orlando, Fla.

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 18 - Germantown, Tenn.

Feb 19 - Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Feb 20 - Alcoa, Tenn.

Feb 24 - Ocala, Fla.

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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