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November 14, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterNovember 14, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

Hundreds of airplanes flew in to the AOPA St. Simons Fly-In

NOVEMBER 14, 2014 - VOL 16, ISSUE 46

Top Stories


Mooney unveils two diesels

Mooney is taking aim at the international market with its new M10T and M10J diesel-powered singles announced Nov. 11. The composite, fixed-gear M10T is powered by a Continental CD-135 diesel engine and marks Mooney's first foray into the flight training arena. The retractable M10J plays off the popular Mooney M20J, and is powered by the Continental CD-155 diesel engine. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Aviation innovation, traffic in the family

Mooney International announced two new diesel models this week, and AOPA Live® put the Glasair Sportsman Diesel through its paces for a flight report. Also this week, an inside look at the North Carolina factory where Honda Aero Inc. is making innovative engines, and go behind the scenes with the husband-wife team that landed and launched more than 500 aircraft during the last AOPA Fly-In of the year. AOPA Live This Week®, Nov. 13...  

AOPA Fly-Ins



St. Simons welcomes thousands

AOPA's final fly-in of the year was a resounding success with thousands of pilots, hundreds of airplanes, and dozens of activities. Some 543 airplanes flew in for the event, including 17—from Bonanzas and Cherokees to a Wilga—whose occupants camped out the night before. Read more...  

Technique and Safety


Fly like a fighter

'You can't bust me'

An Air Force student gets a surprise when his solo flight is deemed unsatisfactory for safety of flight. You might not be graded on every flight, but a "You can't bust me" attitude is dangerous. "If we are all to become better pilots, we owe it to ourselves to evaluate our performance on every sortie," writes retired Air Force pilot Larry Brown. Read more...  


Online course

Learn from CFI renewal program

Regardless of your certificate level, you can take the Air Safety Institute's online flight instructor refresher course (eFIRC) anytime, any day. It is the most comprehensive FAA-approved CFI renewal program available, with a two-year training window for CFIs—from the enrollment date until certificate expiration—and credit is given for already completed Air Safety Institute courses. Not a CFI? No problem: Enjoy learning what they need to know to instruct and give flight reviews. The Air Safety Institute also conducts in-person FIRCs. Read more...  



'My first ever runway incursion'

You have your clearance, have made the "go" decision, and are taxiing toward the active runway. Gusty winds and rain are making this a more demanding task than usual; if anything unexpected comes up such as a last-minute routing change or an anomalous indication on the panel, will you be able to sort everything out without error? Read more...  


Flash-based, login required

Flying abroad for the holidays?

If your holiday plans involve flying your aircraft internationally into or out of the United States, don't forget to submit passenger and crew manifests electronically at least 60 minutes before departure using the Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS). Rusty on the process? Take the Air Safety Institute's eAPIS Customs Training course...



Push happens

Really good flight planning involves both traffic and weather. Traffic is predictable, weather is not as much. Knowing airspace or anticipating airline push times cuts down on delays and reroutes. AOPA Air Safety Institute Senior Safety Advisor Bruce Landsberg discusses routes and reroutes on recent flights, and the role that Washington Dulles International Airport traffic played. Read more...  




AOPA seeks low-cost ADS-B fix

AOPA is standing ready to work with the FAA and industry to break down the barriers to meeting the 2020 Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out mandate. At the top of the association's list of concerns is lowering the cost to comply. Read more...  



Loss-of-control panels issue report

Two FAA and industry working groups issued a combined report offering 29 safety enhancements that could reduce general aviation loss-of-control accidents. Read more...  



Members only

Six medical tips for the student pilot

Many student pilots are woefully unprepared for their first flight physical, notes one aviation medical examiner. Here's what they can do to be ready for that first visit to the AME. Read more...  




Laser defense for pilots

A thin film made with a cutting-edge technique could soon render laser attacks on cockpits harmless. A Canadian firm working with aerospace giant Airbus hopes to begin testing of a windshield application in 2015. Read more...  




Dreams deferred?

The aerospace world took one step forward, and then two big steps back, all in one week in October. What do these developments mean for the future of the commercial space industry? Is the dream of space tourism a reasonable possibility? Read more...  



Aircraft Maintenance

Heater health for your single

The No. 1 concern with any aircraft cabin heating system is safety. In the muffler-based heating systems found in single-engine aircraft, the primary danger comes from carbon monoxide. Here are tips for inspecting your heating system to make sure it's safe. Read more...  



AOPA Foundation focus

Bid on two tickets to get away

Two travel certificates to fly anywhere that Alaska Airlines flies comprise just one of the many "getaway" options available in this year's online auction to benefit the AOPA Foundation. As the charitable arm of AOPA, the AOPA Foundation helps provide funding for important work that membership dues alone cannot support. Other getaways offered in the auction include tickets to the Master’s Tournament and Daytona 500, an Alaskan excursion with Jim Tweto, and a week at a "fly-in" vacation villa in Key West, Florida. Browse auction items and begin bidding...  




Small airplanes bounce back

An upswing in the long-languishing small aircraft market is among the indications that have one analyst predicting the doldrums may finally be behind us. Read more...  


AOPA Aviation Finance

Demystifying the aircraft loan process

You've decided to buy an airplane. How will you pay for it? That's where AOPA Aviation Finance can step in and make the process as painless as possible. Read more...  

News and Notes



Clubs made Sporty's possible

Sporty's Pilot Shop founder Hal Shevers said he might never have made aviation his career if not for local flying clubs. Read more...  



Honda plant goes operational

The HondaJet has made yet another step toward its certification goal of early 2015. Officials opened Honda Aero Inc.'s newly completed engine manufacturing facility in Burlington, North Carolina. Read more...  



Views from the cockpit

Pilots arguably get the best view of the world from the cockpit. AOPA's Facebook fans have been sharing their favorite aerial photos that we've collected into an album. Like your favorites, and share the album with your friends so they too can experience the beauty we see from the left seat. View the album...  


Member benefits

AOPA offers options for term life

AOPA offers three distinct options when it comes to securing term life insurance to provide for your family's needs if something happens to you. Explore your options...  



Vote for the best 'Pilot' cover from 1994 and 1995

The Berkut with its canard is one of the unique aircraft designs featured on the cover of AOPA Pilot in 1994, while a 1995 cover brings you a different perspective of the Extra 300L (along with the announcement of AOPA Online's debut "@Compuserve"). Vote for your favorite as we narrow the covers down to the best of the best while AOPA celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary.

Career Opportunities


Aviation job board

Job of the week: Aviation design engineer, Robertson Fuel Systems

Robertson Fuel Systems in Tempe, Arizona, is seeking an experienced aviation design engineer to design, draft, and develop aircraft fuel system components. The successful candidate also will be responsible for writing clear and concise test plans, reports, and trip reports. Read the full job description now.


AOPA career opportunities

Join the AOPA team

Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? We're looking for a senior advertising sales account executive, senior financial analyst, digital marketing manager, major gift officer, senior ambassador, ambassador for Southern California, .Net applications developer, social media evangelist, legal services plan program manager, and account manager II. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


Does the air around an area of high pressure rotate clockwise or counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere?


In the Northern Hemisphere the air around an area of high pressure is deflected to the right and circulates in a clockwise fashion. (Source: Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, 11-7.)

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.


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Nov 15-16 - Anchorage, Alaska; and Austin, Texas

Dec 6-7 - Orlando, Florida; Northbrook, Illinois; and Denver, Colorado

Jan 3-4 - Charlotte, North Carolina; Portland, Oregon; and Ypsilanti, Michigan

Jan 10-11 - San Antonio, Texas; Long Beach, California; Knoxville, Tennesee; and Bellevue, Washington

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

Nov 17 - Marietta, Georgia; and Tampa, Florida

Nov 18 -Birmingham, Alabama; and Fort Myers, Florida

Nov 19 - Pensacola, Florida; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Nov 15 - Farmingdale, New York; Greensboro, North Carolina; and Waukegan, Illinois

Jan 10 - Farmingdale, New York

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.

ePilot Editors:

Sarah Deener
Alyssa Miller
Jim Moore

Production Assistant:

Melissa Whitehouse


Jill W. Tallman
Elizabeth Tennyson
Warren Morningstar
Alton K. Marsh
Dave Hirschman
Tom Horne
Ian J. Twombly
Dan Namowitz

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