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May 16, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterMay 16, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

AOPA 75th anniversary

MAY 16, 2014 - VOL 16, ISSUE 20

Top Stories

Special message from AOPA President Mark Baker

Setting the stage for the next 75 years

AOPA President Mark Baker is focused on setting the stage for general aviation and the association for the next 75 years by growing the pilot population, making GA more affordable and accessible than ever, and keeping it fun and safe. Read more...  



There at the beginning

AOPA celebrated its seventy-fifth anniversary May 15. Take a look back at how it all started, with brothers Philip T. and Laurence P. Sharples getting lost en route to a fly-out. Read more...  



The first to sign up

Seventy-five years after its founding in May 1939, a dozen charter members remain active on AOPA's membership rolls. Hear what aviation has been like over the years from three of the members. Read more...  

Bill Bailey: Seeing the light

Clancy Hess: A fortuitous youth

Ed Adams: The 'baby student'



How we'll fly in 2089

General aviation's future depends on dealing with higher costs and on making do with less, says industry analyst Richard Aboulafia. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Upset training in an L-39, celebrating AOPA's 75th

Strap in and fly an L-39 through unusual attitude training—it could save your life one day. Hear special messages from AOPA President Mark Baker and AOPA Trustee Andy Pew commemorating the association's seventy-fifth anniversary. And taste the hottest cocktail sauce in Indianapolis at St. Elmo Steak House as AOPA highlights its May 31 Fly-In at Indianapolis Regional Airport. AOPA Live This Week®, May 15...  

AOPA Fly-Ins



A rare bird: 'Hot Stuff' PV-2

Hot Stuff turns heads on ramps wherever it goes. The warbird's twin tails are a hallmark of the famous B-25 Mitchell bomber, but Hot Stuff has a tailwheel instead of nosewheel. To the trained eye, there are other differences as well, like the fuselage, interior configuration, and wingspan. It's a rare Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon. Read more...  


AOPA Fly-In seminar schedule

Hone your skills at the AOPA Fly-In

Improve your radio communication skills, learn how to get the most out of your iPad in the cockpit, find out how to save a few bucks with owner-performed maintenance, and get unusual attitude recovery tips that could save your life. Experts will delve into these topics during educational seminars at AOPA's Indianapolis Fly-In May 31 at Indianapolis Regional Airport. See the seminar schedule...  

Technique and Safety



Briefing for the Brickyard

Descending in moderate turbulence through multiple cloud decks, the two pilots, who are unfamiliar with the destination airport and local approach architecture, are all business. Read more...  


Accident analysis

'Moderate' peril

Pilots flying in areas covered by airmets for moderate turbulence often encounter nothing especially alarming, so it's easy to forget that actual conditions may be worse than predicted. Early in the evening of Dec. 14, 2012, a Beech King Air E90 broke up in flight about 15 minutes after takeoff from the Rick Husband International Airport in Amarillo, Texas. Read more in this special report from the Air Safety Institute.  



Air pockets or worse

Too many airlines think we can't handle the truth, and so the flight crew refers to "bumps" rather than turbulence. You'll even hear media types occasionally mention "air pockets," a long outdated term. For light general aviation, turbulence is often uncomfortable and occasionally dangerous. Read more...  



Fly safely with the Air Safety Institute

Have you visited the Air Safety Institute's new homepage? It is now easier than ever to learn online, take safety to go, read publications, renew your flight instructor certificate, check transcripts, and reprint certificates. Learn more...  




AOPA repeats call to withdraw ECi cylinder AD

AOPA is once again asking the FAA to withdraw a proposed airworthiness directive that could affect thousands of ECi cylinders. AOPA repeated the request in formal comments on the FAA's initial regulatory flexibility analysis. Read more...  



Santa Monica council strikes back

The Santa Monica City Council is considering putting its own charter amendment regarding the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport on the ballot in November. On May 13, the council voted unanimously to direct staff to investigate a charter amendment designed to compete with a petition now being circulated in the city. Read more...  



Members only

Blood pressure refresher

Get your high blood pressure treated sooner rather than later. The risks of untreated hypertension (stroke, heart attack and heart failure, kidney failure, and death) are much more severe than medical certification challenges. Read more...  




Rutan flies 'revolutionary' diesel

Dick Rutan powered up the new Graflight V-8 diesel on May 5 and flew a mission with potential to change the paradigm. Engine designers Michael Fuchs and Steven Weinzierl have worked largely under wraps in recent years, and deliberately so, subjecting their new machine to torturous ground tests and preparing to greet a skeptical audience (pilots) this summer with a powerplant like no other—diesel or otherwise. Read more...  



New composite prop certified

McCauley Propeller Systems announced FAA certification of the Blackmac Carbon Series three-blade, constant-speed, composite propeller May 9, along with plans to display it at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Expo in Orlando, Fla. Read more...  



Emissions testing in flight

It is a mission not every pilot would relish: Deliberately fly into the wake turbulence of a DC-8. Read more...  




Quest for a TBO-free engine

Is it any wonder pilots are still flying behind engine technology designed in the '40s and '50s? If the FAA won't grant a competitive time between overhaul to a Lycoming clone, imagine the difficulties that would be faced by a company endeavoring to certify a new-technology engine. However, Opinion Leaders blogger Mike Busch writes, there could be hope for a TBO-free engine someday. Read more...  



The hacked airplane

The relentless march of technology means people are more connected than ever, in more places than ever. For the most part that's good. But there's a dark side to digital connectivity, and Opinion Leaders blogger Ron Rapp predicts that it's only a matter of time before it enters pilots' airborne lives. Read more...  




Bose cheers 25 years in aviation

Great word-of-mouth recommendations from pilots, along with publicity from the Voyager around-the-world trip, helped Bose thrive and grow for 25 years in the aviation headset business. Read more...  


Apps of the week

Now taking off: Helicopter apps

Helicopter apps are in the forefront this week, with ones that promote safety and offer rotorcraft comparisons. Read more...  



Pilot Getaways feature

Fly-in dining: Rick's Cafe Boatyard

Rick's Cafe Boatyard provides a great lakeside escape from the city, just steps away from the tiedown area. Perched on an overlook at the southeast shore of Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis, the restaurant serves great seafood and other specialties. It's the perfect side trip after AOPA's Indianapolis Fly-In May 31. Read more...  




Stick and Rudder Flying Club: Great flying, reasonable rates

A reasonable yet challenging flying area, a good aircraft fleet, and low member and flight rates are among the benefits of the Waukegan, Ill.-based Stick and Rudder Flying Club. Read more...  


Member benefits

Clearing up renter's insurance coverage confusion

Carrying medical payments coverage on your renter's insurance policy is a smart idea because it can sometimes cover the smaller injury claims and prevent a larger lawsuit against your bodily injury liability coverage. Read more...  


AOPA Stay Smart webinar

Webinar tackles flying club insurance

Discover what drives the cost of flying club insurance, plus find out what types of coverage are available and which ones are best for your club. AOPA Insurance Services President Bill Snead will discuss these issues and more during a webinar May 21 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Register now...  

News and Notes



Group turns to GA to help disadvantaged youth

East Bay Aviators, a nonprofit organization based at Hayward Executive Airport in California, hopes to reach out to African-American inner-city youths to teach them how to fly. Read more...  



Icon to move to Northern California

Southern California-based Icon Aircraft announced May 14 that it will relocate to a 140,000-square-foot facility in the city of Vacaville, about 50 miles northeast of San Francisco. Read more...  



What's your favorite 1966 'Pilot' cover?

Make an approach into Mexico City International, and take a look at the diverse airplanes—including the Seabee amphib, Grumman Ag-Cat, and Piper Navajo—on the 1966 AOPA Pilot covers. Vote for your favorite: It could be in the running for the best cover in AOPA Pilot's history. Take the poll...  



Las Vegas high school team will build Glasair Sportsman

A team of students from a Las Vegas high school has won the 2014 General Aviation Manufacturers Association/Build a Plane STEM competition. Read more...  




The Deb's paint job debut

After months of wearing decals, the Debonair's new paint job is quite a change. It has a clean look, and with a predominant color of "Bahama Blue" is somewhat reminiscent of one of AOPA's previous sweepstakes airplanes. Read more...  


More News

The final painting

Showtime: San Marcos and the stormy trip home

Career Opportunities



Job of the week: Flight ops coordinator at Honeywell

Honeywell is currently seeking a flight operations coordinator to prepare trip itineraries for flight crews and coordinate all necessary logistics. View the full job description.


AOPA career opportunities

Join the AOPA team

Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? We're looking for a member services representative, associate project manager, major gift officer, AOPA Live producer/videographer I, executive assistant for government affairs, director of state government affairs, and account manager II. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


During which phase of flight is a pilot at increased odds of experiencing a somatogravic illusion?


Rapid acceleration during takeoff can cause the illusion of being in a nose-up attitude. This may cause the pilot to push the aircraft into a nose-low attitude. A rapid deceleration may cause the opposite sensation. (Source: Aeronautical Information Manual 8-1-5)

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.



Cross-country planning

Has anyone seen a cross-country planning form in Microsoft Excel? Read more...


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

May 17-18 - Sacramento, Calif.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Houston, Texas.

June 7-8 - Santa Clara, Calif.; and Ashburn, Va.

June 21-22 - Charlotte, N.C.; Minneapolis, Minn.; and Orlando, Fla.

June 28-29 - Columbus, Ohio; and Phoenix, Ariz.

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

May 22 - Milan, Ill.

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

May 29 - Batavia, Ohio.

May 30 - Indianapolis, Ind.

May 31 - Santa Paula, Calif.; and Allentown, Pa.

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.

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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