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July 11, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterJuly 11, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter


JULY 11, 2014 - VOL 16, ISSUE 28

Top Stories


Engine-out spin

Roughly a mile above Cascade Airport in Cascade, Idaho, Rich Stowell did something nearly unthinkable to most pilots: The veteran CFI pulled the mixture to idle cutoff before diving his American Champion Super Decathlon for speed and demonstrating a spin out of the backside of a loop. Stowell paid tribute to Harry Hawker with a video that is part salute, part message to pilots. Read more...  



Registration opens for AOPA Homecoming Fly-In

Registration is now open for the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4, so sign up now for your free lunch and a day of educational seminars, meeting with fellow pilots, and more at AOPA's home base in Frederick, Maryland. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Runway incursion, friendly Fly-In

A runway incursion in Barcelona, Spain, got plenty of media attention recently, although it may not have been quite as hairy as some would have you think. AOPA Live® chats with AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg about the lessons, including "look both ways." Plus, the show takes you to Plymouth, Massachusetts, for a look at what makes it a perfect place for an AOPA Fly-In, and returns to San Marcos, Texas, for some unconventional taxi lessons. AOPA Live This Week®, July 10...  

AOPA Fly-Ins



Food truck convoy

AOPA has lined up an array of menu options for those attending the third regional AOPA Fly-In in Plymouth, Massachusetts, July 12. Lunch will be served from the best kitchens (and chefs) on wheels in the region. Read more...  



Goulian named AOPA Ambassador

Legendary airshow and racing pilot Michael Goulian will serve as an "AOPA Ambassador," the association announced July 10. Read more...  



Recruiting for a cause

With hundreds of volunteer pilots logging hundreds of hours each year to support conservation, LightHawk offers pilots a chance to make a difference. The nonprofit organization will put a grant from the AOPA Foundation to work recruiting pilots—an effort that includes a visit to the July 12 AOPA Fly-In in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Read more...  


Fly-In Resources

Things to do in Plymouth

Flight procedures and notam (PDF)

Educational seminar schedule

Lodging and transportation

Register for meals

Technique and Safety


Fly like a fighter

Ready for IMC systems failure?

With warnings of a looming systems failure in a T-38A, an Air Force instructor weighs his options for getting the aircraft safely on the ground under instrument conditions. Read more...  


Rotorcraft Rookie

Second chance at a first passenger

Can you have two first passengers? A new helicopter pilot takes his first passenger 15 years after the first experience in an airplane. Read more...  



What color is your SA?

No one ever said that pilots flying raw-data approaches had sacrificed their airmanship on the altar of technology. Would your raw-data instrument skills stand up to the challenge of a low-tech instrument proficiency check? Read more...  


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Get to know stalls, spins, safety

Understanding aerodynamic principles involving maneuvering flight doesn't have to involve reciting dry textbooks and dense equations. The Air Safety Institute's Essential Aerodynamics: Stalls, Spins, and Safety helps you grasp need-to-know concepts to avoid unintentional stalls and spins. Take the course...



AirVenture attraction a draw for IFR pilots

Pilots can now add improving their instrument proficiency to the long list of reasons to attend EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Read more...  


Digital newsletter

Did you know about 'CFI to CFI'?

Whether you're an active flight instructor or getting back into the cockpit, you can access the Air Safety Institute's free digital quarterly flight instructor newsletter anywhere, anytime. See the video of a CFI's "Real Pilot Story," explore ways to improve your radio communication with ATC, and come along with Rod Machado on an experiment of flying under the influence of density altitude. Not a CFI? No problem. Subscribe here. Read the latest issue...



Clueless in Barcelona?

An Airbus 340 recently crossed a runway in Barcelona, Spain, while a Boeing 767 was on short final. This serves as a reminder that while it doesn't happen often, a runway incursion is one of those low-probability, high-consequence incidents that can go really bad, really quickly. AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg offers tips for safe ground operations. Read more...  




Nine fuels vie to replace leaded avgas

The FAA has accepted nine fuels to be evaluated as potential replacements to 100 low-lead avgas, marking significant progress in the search for an unleaded fuel to serve the general aviation fleet. Read more...  



AOPA joins complaint to keep Santa Monica airport open

AOPA has joined with aviation businesses, organizations, and individuals in a complaint filed with the FAA July 2 to ensure that Santa Monica Airport remains open after 2015. Read more...  



Additional Pilot Program proposed for Phase I testing

Pilots flight testing experimental amateur-built aircraft could add an additional pilot under a proposed FAA draft advisory circular. Read more...  



Members only

Medication do's and don'ts

Pilots may not be aware that certain drugs may produce adverse side effects that can affect cognitive function, including reaction time, judgment, and decision-making skills. Read more...  




Propeller captured in action

German scientists have captured high-resolution close-ups of an aircraft propeller in flight, revealing exactly how the blades deform under flight forces. Read more...  



'Smart' quadcopters

Researchers at the University of Sheffield in England are designing autonomous flying machines that think for themselves, and learn as they go. The effort is geared toward preparing robots to operate in environments hostile to humans, avoiding collisions without human intervention. Read more...  



New LSA amphib to be announced at Oshkosh

There's always one company that gets all the buzz at each EAA AirVenture, and this year it may be The company is developing an amphibious light sport aircraft that looks similar to the Icon A5, the previous buzz king of the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, show. Read more...  



Savvy Analysis: Predicting engine trouble before it happens

Savvy Analysis founder and CEO Mike Busch has developed a new computer program that can spot impending exhaust valve failures before they happen. Read more...  




We don't train for that

The NTSB has released some factual details about a recent fatal Gulfstream IV accident in Boston, including that the airplane reached takeoff speed but the pilot flying was not able to raise the nose. "We don't train for that," thought Opinion Leaders blogger Ron Rapp, who flies the Gulfstream IV, when he heard that detail. Read more...  



Seoul plane: Observations on general aviation in South Korea

Opinion Leaders blogger Martin Rottler discusses standing beside a Cessna 172 on the flight school ramp of Hanseo University in Taean, South Korea, 6,700 miles away from home. Read more...  



Apps of the week

Members offer up five favorite apps

Apps that help with flight planning, track flights, and calculate weight and balance are among the favorites submitted by AOPA members. Read more...  


Members only

Site offers members 20 percent off prescription eyewear

AOPA members receive 20 percent off all prescription eyewear at through the AOPA Lifestyles Collection. specializes in prescription sunglasses and glasses from top brands such as Oakley, Ray-Ban, Smith, Kaenon, Serengeti, Spy, Zeal/Maui Jim, and many more. Members can access this new offer by logging in to the AOPA Lifestyles Collection page.  



Flying Eyes Sunglasses looks to crowd-funding for new product

Flying Eyes has launched a crowd-funding effort to launch its new sunglasses line. Read more...




Father-son 'ultimate cross-country'

At some point, Rodney Bowers recalled, "somebody called it 'the ultimate cross-country,'" and the name for the coast-to-coast journey in a Cessna 150 stuck. Read more...  



Hong Kong rendezvous

After a grueling 20-hour slog on the airlines, AOPA Editor at Large Tom Horne arrived in Hong Kong to join a round-the-world Air Journey trip for the legs to Tokyo, Japan. Check out photos from the start of his East Asian Odyssey, and follow the trip online.  


Aircraft Maintenance

Summer vacation flying: Maintenance tips for smooth trips

Owning an aircraft provides the freedom to take epic adventure-vacations across the United States or around the world. Any successful cross-country trip requires careful maintenance planning well in advance of the first leg of the trip. Read more...  



Opportune views

Aerial survey pilot Steve Benner has captured some of his most memorable images flying between gigs, taking advantage of unexpected opportunities with a handy camera. Benner shared some of his scenic shots with AOPA. Read more...  



Florida landmark closing

Chalet Suzanne, a landmark restaurant with its own grass strip in Central Florida, will end an 83-year tradition Aug. 4. The family-owned establishment known for gourmet food (including soup fit for astronauts) is for saleā€”lock, stock, and barrel. Read more...  




Club offers affordable flying

Reasonable club costs and affordable flight training are among the benefits of joining Oregon's Chief Joseph Flyers flying club. Read more...  


AOPA Stay Smart webinar

Tips for purchasing an aircraft

Thinking of buying an aircraft? Join AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines and Rodney Martz, senior aviation technical specialist in the AOPA Pilot Information Center, on July 23 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time for a discussion on pre-purchase considerations, financing options, types of insurance, title searches, escrow services, and more. The free webinar, "Aircraft purchasing," is brought to you by AOPA Insurance Services and AOPA Aviation Finance Co. Register now...  


Member benefits

In love with a taildragger

AOPA member Frank Sperandeo converted his tricycle landing gear airplane into a taildragger to get rid of drag and increase speed. He chose AOPA insurance for coverage of the award-winning Piper Pacer. Read more...  


AOPA Stay Smart webinar

Get help wading through the paperwork to start a flying club

In "Unravelling the mystery of flying club paperwork," a free webinar, Ray Speciale, AOPA counsel, CPA, and pilot, will discuss organizational forms such as the 501(c)3. Participants can ask questions via text. The webinar takes place July 16 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Register now...  

News and Notes



Animated firefighting

The makers of Disney's Planes: Fire and Rescue strove to keep the animated action as realistic as possible. Read more...  



AOPA at OSH: More to do, new spot

Attendees at EAA AirVenture can learn about advanced iPad flying or radio communication, meet AOPA President Mark Baker, or attend a Pilot Town Hall at the AOPA activity tent, part of the association's expanded presence at the show. Read more...  



Airplanista blog to hold AirVenture meetup July 29

The Airplanista blog's annual "aviation geek" #Oshbash meetup on July 29 will feature a panel discussion on the GA Power Collective. Read more...  



Bowling Green State outsources flight training program

Aviation students enrolled at Ohio's Bowling Green State University will now take flight lessons through partner North Star Aviation's new Bowling Green Flight Center. Read more...  



Which aircraft do you like best on 1974 covers of 'Pilot'?

In 1974, you would have seen the Hughes 500C, Bonanza V35B, Rockwell International Commander 112A, Cessna AGtruck, Cessna 180 on amphibious floats, Stearman PT-17 and Fleet 1, Transavia Airtruk, Helio Courier on floats, Aerospatiale Gazelle, Trigull 320 Amphibian, Aerostar 601, and Seneca II on the covers of AOPA Pilot. Vote for your favorite...  

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 administrative assistant for communications, aviation technical specialist, Air Safety Institute intern, 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


If the pitot tube is blocked but the drain hole remains open, what is the resulting indication on the airspeed indicator?


The indicated airspeed is zero. No new ram air can enter the pitot tube, and any air that was in the tube vents through the drain hole. In this case, the airspeed indicator can sense no difference between static and ram air pressure. (Source: Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge.)

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.



Complex endorsement tips

Do you have any tips for getting a complex endorsement in a Mooney M20J? Read more...


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

July 12-13 - Memphis, Tennessee; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

July 19-20 - Jacksonville, Florida; and Newark, New Jersey

Aug 2-3 - Fort Worth, Texas

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

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

July 31-Aug 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

July 11 - Plymouth, Massachusetts

July 12 - Terre Haute, Indiana; and Perry, Georgia

July 16 - Independence, Oregon

July 19 - Englewood, Colorado; Hillsboro, North Dakota; and Burlington, 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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