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November 28, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterNovember 28, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

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NOVEMBER 28, 2014 - VOL 16, ISSUE 48

Top Stories


'Sky Kids' get taste of flight

An Arizona airport ramp usually packed with business aircraft was transformed into a venue for fun and joy for 135 special-needs children and family members in November. Joe Daichendt of Southwest Jet Center had volunteered to help out on the ground, but he quickly found himself going beyond his original plan and taking kids up in the center's Cessna Citation Mustang. "That's where I got to see a lot of magic happen," said Daichendt, who recalled the reaction of some of the parents. "They'd be blown away that their kids were flying a jet." Read more...  



Inspired to serve others

Giving an injured U.S. Marine a taste of the freedom of flight set a Mississippi pilot on a course to do much more. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Glamour Gooney, fly with Wagstaff

The DC-3 based at St. Simons Island, Georgia, has a long and colorful history. It landed a film role with John Travolta, and represented the iconic Douglas design on a world tour. This airplane's current owner continues to put it to work inspiring the next generation. Plus, a camera rides along with Patty Wagstaff (and so can you), and learn the how and why of staying on centerline. AOPA Live This Week®, Nov. 27...  

Technique and Safety



Why 'No SID'?

Your CFII usually follows up route-planning drilling with a review of appropriate regulations, and today's selection is 14 CFR 91.185, "IFR Operations: Two-way radio communications failure." Read more...  


Accident analysis

Don't wait to go around

For those who fly either airplanes or helicopters, the go-around is like Monopoly's Get-Out-of-Jail-Free card. The go-around is not a difficult maneuver, but it does get harder the longer you wait. Read more in this special report from the Air Safety Institute...  


Safety Spotlight

Spotlight on student pilots

You're eager to learn more, but how do you find the information appropriate for a particular stage of your flight training journey? Whether you're in need of a refresher on towered airport operations or proper radio etiquette, the Air Safety Institute has your back. Learn more...  


Pilot Safety Announcement

Combat 'get-there-itis' over the holidays

Before hopping into the airplane this season, be prepared to resist pressures to complete a trip no matter what. For a quick antidote, watch the Air Safety Institute's rhyme for the unwary flier—a darkly humorous reminder of ills that can befall the careless pilot. Make sure your name isn't next on the list. Watch the video...  




AOPA continues medical push

Although third class medical reform is taking too long and legislation is unlikely to pass this year, AOPA will keep advocating for change and the prospects for reform in 2015 are good, AOPA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Jim Coon said during an AOPA Live interview. Read more...  


Join the Airport Support Network

Ensuring the health and vitality of your airport is up to you—incompatible development and economic and political pressures can restrict your flying. Every day, close to 2,500 Airport Support Network (ASN) volunteers work with AOPA headquarters to help save their airports, but we need more. To learn more and nominate yourself as a volunteer, visit the Airport Support Network online. See a list of airports that need and currently have volunteers.



Members only

Tips for getting your medical back after a stroke

How do the FAA's medical certification folks look at airmen who have had a stroke? Current FAA policy denies medical certification for two years after such an event. Once that time has passed, pilots can apply for a medical but must supply the appropriate paperwork. Find out what kind of tests and reports you'll need to provide. Read more...  




Flight made simple

Among the very first lessons a pilot learns is that a control yoke is not a steering wheel. Research underway in Europe could change that. Researchers hope to make aviation a transportation option for the masses in years to come by making future aircraft as simple and intuitive to operate as a car. Read more...  




A self-evident solution

The banning of opposite-direction approaches at towered fields, delays in third class medical reform, strict hangar policies, a lack of field approvals, and slow approvals for RVSM for large aircraft are on Opinion Leaders blogger Ron Rapp's list of gripes with the FAA. His solution? "Less FAA oversight and more self-regulation." Do you agree? Read more and share your thoughts...  



Aircraft Maintenance

Heater health for your twin

All aircraft heating systems should be inspected prior to seasonal use. Learn considerations specific to the combustion-based heater systems found in most twin-engine aircraft. Read more...  



Pilot magazine article

Alaskan adventure

Flying in Alaska's towering Brooks Range, where moose and bears are more common than people, the margin for error is tiny and the consequences harsh. Find out how one pilot with little mountain flying experience tackled the five-hour journey from the Anchorage area to north of the Arctic Circle in a VFR-only Cessna 150. Read more...  




Bell Sky Pilots mark a milestone

For a flying club in Reedley, California, right-sizing has been the answer for 50 years of affordable flying fun. Read more...  



Support the AOPA Foundation this #GivingTuesday

The AOPA Foundation is taking part in #GivingTuesday on Dec. 2. Read more...  

News and Notes



Chicago fire review released

The FAA is working to automate a contingency plan developed on the fly when Chicago Center was taken out by arson from within Sept. 26. The agency released a five-page report on the fire and its aftermath Nov. 24, following a review of security and the response to the sudden loss of a major air traffic control facility. Read more...  



O'Brien shares path back to the sky

One of the first things CNN and PBS NewsHour TV personality Miles O'Brien thought about after his left arm had to be amputated was what he would do about flying. He's since gone up with an instructor and told AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines, "I know I can do it, and that was a really good feeling." Now he's trying to find the right airplane for him. Watch this exclusive AOPA Live video interview...  



Turtle airlift

Pilots and aircraft owners have volunteered to transport hundreds of sea turtles rescued in Massachusetts to facilities equipped to care for them. Airlift organizer Leslie Weinstein is arranging turtle transportation to Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, and return flights will also be needed. Read more...  



NAA honors Bob Hoover

Tickets are available online for the Dec. 12 Wright Memorial Dinner in Washington, D.C., as the National Aeronautic Association honors R.A. "Bob" Hoover. Read more...  


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Members receive 50 percent off Spot products

For a limited time, AOPA members will receive 50 percent off several Spot satellite tracker and communications products through AOPA's Lifestyles Member Discounts program. Spot Trace provides theft-alert tracking to allow protection of your aircraft. Spot Gen3 allows friends and family to track your flight and know you are okay during off-the-grid adventures. Spot Global Phone allows you to make calls virtually anywhere beyond the boundaries of cellular coverage. View this and other deals...  



Vote for your favorite 'Pilot' cover from the late '90s

The Mooney Bravo, Piper Malibu Mirage, American Champion, Aeronca C-3, and Piper Archer III were featured on the covers of AOPA Pilot magazine in 1998. Rounding out the end of the decade, Pilot featured the Cessna 206, Raytheon Beech Baron, North American Navion, and the Maule M-7-260C Orion. Vote for your favorite.

Career Opportunities


Aviation job board

Job of the week: Community manager, Cirrus Aircraft

Aviation is all about community, and Cirrus Aircraft is currently seeking a dynamic talent to lead the Cirrus brand community. The community manager will implement online community strategy, manage engagement and interactivity with the audience, and foster community spirit. This role coordinates with the internal marketing teams to support their respective missions, ensuring consistency in voice and cultivating a strong community around the brand. Learn more about this unique career opportunity.


AOPA career opportunities

Join the AOPA team

Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? We're looking for an associate editor— Web/ePilot, coordinator for pilot community development, program manager for flight training initiatives, 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


On IFR aeronautical charts, what does "MRA" indicate?


MRA is the acronym for minimum reception altitude. It is the lowest altitude at which an intersection can be identified from an off-course navaid. Enhance your knowledge of IFR charts with this Air Safety Institute online course. (Source: Instrument Flying Handbook (large download), page 1-6.)

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

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, Tennessee; and Bellevue, Washington

Jan 17-18 - Santa Clara, California; Ridgeland, Mississippi; and Baltimore, Maryland

For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online. Can't make it in person? Sign up for the Air Safety Institute's Online eFIRC.

Air Safety Institute Safety Seminars

Jan 5 - Mesa, Arizona; and Reno, Nevada

Jan 6 - Sacramento, California; and Tucson, Arizona

Jan 7 - El Paso, Texas; and Milpitas, California

Jan 8 - Santa Rosa, California; and Albuquerque, New Mexico

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Jan 8 - Carlsbad, California

Jan 10 - Farmingdale, New York

Jan 17 - Keene, New Hampshire

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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