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July 25, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterJuly 25, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

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JULY 25, 2014 - VOL 16, ISSUE 30

Top Stories


Under fire

A small corps of pilots in Kenya put their lives on the line to protect wildlife, and their nation's future. American pilots have once again stepped up to help, making another journey to this equatorial nation this year to help Kenya Wildlife Service pilots hone flying skills that are often the difference between life and death. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Over Africa, medical reform

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta fielded questions about medical certification reform during a recent visit to AOPA headquarters. Hear it straight from Huerta, and then travel with AOPA to Kenya, where American pilots volunteer to help stop poachers. Also this week, get a sneak peek at what's in store at EAA AirVenture, and fly the PBY-5A Catalina with Barry Schiff. AOPA Live This Week®, July 24...  

AOPA Fly-Ins


AOPA Fly-Ins

Spokane speaker lineup impressive

Event speakers for the fourth AOPA Fly-In, which will be held in Spokane, Washington, on Aug. 16, include experts on a wide variety of aviation topics. AOPA Alaska Regional Manager Tom George will set the tone for backcountry flying with his personal glimpse into flying to Alaska. AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg will dig deeper into radio communication, and AOPA's national CFI spokesman Rod Machado and Savvy Maintenance CEO Mike Busch will provide entertaining information on the topics they know best. See the schedule and RSVP...  



AOPA issues call for airports to host 2015 regional fly-ins

Following on the success of its 2014 regional fly-ins, AOPA on July 23 issued a "Request for Airport Proposal" for its series of regional fly-ins for 2015. Read more...  

EAA AirVenture



Airshow flights in HD

The new gives viewers, for a fee, the chance to see and hear what it's like to fly in an AeroShell Aerobatic Team T-6 via live HD video. Read more...  



AOPA at new, central location

AOPA has a new, expanded location at EAA AirVenture this year, across from the historic Brown Arch that serves as the gateway to the airshow and fly-by action at Wittman Regional Airport. Read more...  



Disney's 'Planes' at AOPA tent

Kids attending EAA AirVenture July 28 through Aug. 3 can join crop duster/air racer/firefighter Dusty Crophopper from Disney's Planes: Fire and Rescue for activities at an interactive display on the AOPA campus. Read more...  



WomenVenture to celebrate seventh year

Women attending EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, can participate in a slate of events focused on excitement and career possibilities within the aviation community. Read more...  

Technique and Safety


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IFR quiz: GPS approaches

How low can you go? If terms like "LNAV" and "LPV" have you feeling confused, you're not alone! Boost your knowledge with the Air Safety Institute's new IFR quiz and learn more about the different types of GPS approach minimums before your next IFR flight. Take the quiz...



Area forecasts set for an overhaul

The Air Safety Institute is supporting an FAA plan to revamp and modernize area forecasts, which have remained virtually unchanged since the 1930s. The proposed changes include switching from a text to a graphical format and providing additional details. Read more...  



Where there's smoke

Spot quiz: What is the METAR/TAF code for smoke? Read more...  


Social media

'Like,' follow Air Safety Institute

The Air Safety Institute's Facebook community has grown by close to 100,000 new "likes" in less than a year! The Air Safety Institute thanks you for your extraordinary support and desire to promote general aviation safety around the world. If you're not already part of the institute's growing Facebook community, join today and learn more about its safety programs. Follow the Air Safety Institute on Facebook...



Media 'bogusity' and truth

After a recent New York Times op-ed tried to compare general aviation's safety record to the airlines, AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg calls out the false comparison and highlights how the Air Safety Institute addresses the real areas of risk in GA. Read more...  




Competing Santa Monica ballot measures approved for vote

Santa Monica voters will be faced with two competing ballot measures in November regarding the future of the California city's embattled airport. One would require a vote by residents before the city could make changes to land uses at Santa Monica Municipal Airport. The other, placed on the ballot July 22, leaves the door open to the city council closing the airport without voter approval. Read more...  



What's in your hangar?

Pilots who spruced up their hangars with a couch, chairs, refrigerator, and a radio, or who set up shop with tool chests to work on their aircraft at times have found themselves running afoul of an FAA policy prohibiting nonaeronautical uses of hangars at federally funded airports. Now the FAA has drafted a new policy to more clearly define what is and is not an acceptable use of a hangar. Read more...  



Cert. reform will be delayed, FAA says

The FAA will miss a December 2015 deadline to reform aircraft certification processes by two years, the agency told the House Aviation Subcommittee during a July 23 hearing. Read more...  



The administrator comes to Frederick

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta spent several hours visiting AOPA headquarters in Maryland recently, and "I think it's a great sign of Administrator Huerta's interest in the GA community," writes AOPA President Mark Baker. Read more...  



Members only

I have palpitations over you

Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) are "extra beats" that originate in the ventricles of the heart. They can either be benign or a sign of something more serious with your heart, so if an electrocardiogram shows two or more PVCs, the FAA will request a cardiovascular evaluation. Read more...  




Garmin G3X Touch gets smaller

Garmin is offering a downsized version of its popular G3X Touch designed for tight experimental and light sport panels. Read more...  



Connext links tablets, avionics

Garmin has created a wireless bridge to connect tablet computers running the Garmin Pilot app with panel-mount avionics. Read more...  



Guardian Avionics wireless bridge saves engine data in cloud

Guardian Avionics has created a wireless bridge that displays engine and flight data on up to six iPads at a time and automatically stores the information in the cloud. This offers the potential for broad diagnostic engine monitoring that can spot potential mechanical failures before they happen. Read more...  



Surveillance by Cirrus

Cirrus Aircraft is adapting its popular SR22-series aircraft for surveillance and related missions. The company is offering law enforcement, broadcast television, aerial surveyors, and other operators an adapted design including interchangeable sensors to be certified in 2015. Read more...  




Money well spent

Owning an airplane will lighten your wallet, but Opinion Leaders blogger Amy Laboda offers her equation to minimize the pain and angst involved in budgeting. Read more...  



Flying trains on tracks

Opinion Leaders blogger John Petersen looks at the potential of unmanned aircraft for different applications. "No matter what your area of focus—agriculture, power generation and exploration, wildlife management and protection, news gathering, law enforcement, military, personal entertainment, etc., the list goes on and on—there's a drone in your future," he writes. Read more...  




Plan flights with these five apps

Check out five apps that help users with flight planning. Read more...  



Aircraft Maintenance

Tips for smooth trips, part 2: Pre-trip maintenance

Get your airplane ready for a long cross-country trip by keeping an eye out for these common "trip interrupters." Read more...  




Safety, friendship, affordable flying

A diverse fleet, reasonable buy-in fees, good flight hour rates, and a strong camaraderie are among the benefits of joining Lebanon, Ohio-based Flying Neutrons. Read more...  


Member benefits

RV-6 partners insure with AOPA

Three joint owners of an RV-6 are in their second year of insurance with AOPA. One said the partners appreciate "the reasonable pricing, quick response, friendly staff and the pledge not to penalize coverage of a claim for minor issues." Read more...  



ATP buys majority of Higher Power Aviation

ATP Flight School has purchased a majority share of Higher Power Aviation, enabling the training provider to offer the FAA's new airline transport pilot certification training program course. Read more...  

News and Notes



Judge dismisses patent case against AOPA

A U.S. District Court judge in Oregon has dismissed a patent infringement lawsuit against AOPA. The lawsuit, brought by SD Holdings, was dismissed July 22 for lack of personal jurisdiction. Read more...  



Wingsuit pilots race

A field of 52 wingsuit pilots took turns racing through an aerial course, four at a time, in a first-of-its-kind event organized by Red Bull. A pilot for the Austrian energy drink maker came up with the concept, a slalom race through aerial gates suspended between helicopters. Read more...  



World record bid ends in fatal crash

News organizations reported the death in an aircraft accident of Haris Suleman, 17, who was attempting to set a world record as the youngest pilot in command to fly a single-engine airplane around the world. As of July 24, his father was missing. Read more...  



Ministry offers education, careers

Parishioners at Landover, Maryland's First Baptist Church of Glenarden have access to an aviation ministry that teaches youth science, technology, engineering, and math subjects and offers career guidance to adults. Read more...  



Vote for favorite 1976 'Pilot' cover

AOPA Pilot covers from 1976 feature a 260-horsepower Rockwell Commander 114, Bellanca Viking, Cessna 210 Centurion, Citabria, Aerostar 600, Commander 114 instrument panel, Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 biplane, Hustler turboprop/jet mockup, Navion Rangemaster H, American Eaglet sailplane, IAI Arava short-takeoff-and-landing commuter-executive-cargo twin, and Piper Turbo Aztec. Vote for your favorite...  



New ATP rule clarification offered before Aug. 1 changes

Pilots pursuing a multiengine airplane airline transport pilot certificate should be clear on new requirements that will go into effect on Aug. 1. Read more...  



Building in memory

Build A Plane, the nonprofit education organization that matches kids with aircraft projects around the country, has teamed with the Thomas Wathen Center in Riverside, California, to launch an aircraft shop at Flabob Airport where kids are poised to start work restoring an aircraft in which many will learn to fly. Read more...  


More News

Washington state aviation resources fight wildfires

Global weather data available

FAA issues fuel selector SAIB for some Piper aircraft

Piper engine mounts may crack



'Pilot' magazine feature

Debonair on deck

What began as a forlorn, underused 50-year-old Beechcraft Debonair at Connecticut's Hartford-Brainard Airport has morphed into a one-of-a-kind classic. Read about the sweepstakes airplane's transformation, and join or renew by July 31 to be automatically entered to win it and other prizes. Read more...  

Career Opportunities


Aviation job board

Job of the week: Program manager, CGH Technologies

Are you a program manager with a proven track record of delivering exceptional results for government clients? CGH Technologies is looking for you. This position will manage implementation and staff assigned to the specific statement of work and interface directly with the FAA program manager. Learn more about this exciting opportunity today.


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, 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


After a change in rate of climb or descent, how much time passes before the vertical speed indicator shows an accurate indication of the aircraft's new rate of climb or descent?


The vertical speed indicator will stabilize 6 to 9 seconds after the change. This amount of time is called the "lag." (Source: Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, 7-8.)

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.



Oshkosh plans

What are some tips to prepare for attending EAA AirVenture? Read more...


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

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 26 - Zionsville, Indiana

July 30 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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

For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.


Aviation Calendar

Check out user-submitted events from your region. To include an event or to search all events in the calendar, visit AOPA Online. AOPA does not endorse the events listed below, nor have ePilot editors edited the submissions. AOPA assumes no responsibility for events listed.

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