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October 3, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterOctober 3, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

Come to the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In on October 4

OCTOBER 3, 2014 - VOL 16, ISSUE 40

Top Stories

Pilot magazine feature

Meet GA's candidates

Many of general aviation's staunchest advocates are preparing to fight tough election battles nationwide. Here are profiles of some of GA's most dependable supporters in Congress. Read more...  



Medical board supports reform

The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Honoring Dr. Copter, feeding a fly-in

AOPA has set in stone a lasting tribute to Dr. David B. Nichols, a pilot who cared for residents of a remote Chesapeake Bay island. Also this week, ride in the Phenom 100 and see how Embraer bizjets are finished in Florida, and take a look at the art of keeping hundreds of hungry pilots happy with help from food trucks. AOPA Live This Week®, Oct. 2...  

AOPA Fly-Ins



10 reasons to come home to AOPA

A high-adrenaline aerobatic demonstration, warbird rides, and gourmet food trucks are among the highlights of AOPA's Homecoming Fly-In at Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland Oct. 4. Here are some of the top reasons you should join your fellow pilots at AOPA's home field for a fun day of aviation activities. Read more...  



Training excellence honored

A Florida flight school and a Virginia flight instructor were ranked best in the nation by thousands of students polled online by AOPA. Each of the 22 Flight Training Excellence Award winners will be recognized at the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In. Read more...  



AOPA Flight Training Scholarships awarded

Competitive shooter and raiser of champion livestock Anna Weilbacher is working to add another title to her résumé: private pilot. Weilbacher is one of 10 recipients of AOPA Flight Training Scholarships. Read more...  



Breitling becomes AOPA Strategic Partner

AOPA and famed Swiss watch maker Breitling have announced a Strategic Partnership that will support programs to educate and engage the next generation of pilots across the country. Read more...  

Technique and Safety


Accident analysis

Maintenance oversight turns fatal

Overlooking something in a rush may have serious consequences when it comes to aircraft maintenance. The mechanic who replaced the main rotor blades of a Robinson R44 that crashed April 3, 2013, killing the owner and the mechanic, had been under pressure to return the helicopter to service. Read more in this special report from the Air Safety Institute.  



'One harrowing experience'

Even brief flight under actual instrument conditions can expose holes in your basic instrument flying skills. Read more...  


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Avoid the deadly trap

Have you ever been tempted to or, worse, succumbed to temptation to fly under low ceilings and in poor visibility? If so, you're lucky to be alive and need to watch Weather Wise: VFR into IMC to see why. This Air Safety Institute course covers the basic weather knowledge you need to avoid such conditions, as well as real-life issues that can influence your decision making in the future. Take the course...



Single-point failure

The recent fire at Chicago Center that affected area traffic for days got the Air Safety Institute's Bruce Landsberg thinking about single-point failure modes—not for ATC but for pilots. Perhaps the most notorious aviation single-point failure over the years was the dry vacuum pump, he writes. Read more...  




Additional Pilot Program finalized

Builder pilots ready to test fly an experimental amateur-built or experimental light sport aircraft constructed from a commercially produced kit can now use a qualified additional pilot. Read more...  



Pilots: Note DC airspace change

AOPA is urging pilots who transit the Washington, D.C., area Class B airspace to note an amendment pertaining to restricted area R-4001C. Read more...  



Crown to support fuel testing

A consulting firm that specializes in helping the FAA and NASA manage research will help develop an unleaded fuel for the general aviation fleet. Read more...  



IAOPA hosts World Assembly

Leaders of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations' (IAOPA) 73 worldwide affiliates convened in Beijing in September for their twenty-seventh biennial World Assembly to discuss challenges confronting the world's general aviation community. Read more...  



Members only

Special issuance not required for hypertension controlled by meds

Pilots with high blood pressure no longer need a special issuance. It is now one of the conditions aviation medical examiners can issue (CACI). When pilots (of any medical class) are placed on a blood-pressure-lowering medication, they should ground themselves for about one week to see if they develop any adverse side effects. Read more...  




Latitude boasts extended range

The Cessna Latitude business jet will range farther and take off shorter than originally announced, Textron Aviation officials said Oct. 1. Flight test data reveals improved performance in several phases of flight. Read more...  



Bizjet tests laser turret

A Falcon 10 donated to the University of Notre Dame has been put to work testing a laser turret for the military. Lockheed Martin and the Air Force Research Laboratory partnered with the university on a series of missions over Michigan that demonstrated the airworthiness of a turret developed to give combat aircraft the capability to fire high-energy laser guns in any direction. Read more...  



FAA approves six companies for unmanned aircraft filming

The FAA on Sept. 25 granted requests from six aerial photo and video production companies to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for film and television. Read more...  




Liability: The price we pay

One of the big challenges facing the aviation world has been from product liability issues, writes Opinion Leaders blogger Ron Rapp. Read more...  




Voila! The first G600/GTN 750 TBM

Daher-Socata announced that it had installed the first Garmin G600 and GTN 750 avionics in one of its 2004 TBM 700C2 airplanes. Read more...  


Apps of the week

Five apps for helo pilots

Helicopter pilots may find these five apps helpful with navigation calculations, simulator flying, and ground school study. Read more...  



Companies offer upgrades on remote electrical boxes

Remote electrical outlet makers SwitchBox and Regal have introduced new models in time for winter's chill. Read more...  



Member discount

Goulian invites you to Vegas

Twenty-three of the world's best pilots will carve through the sky over Las Vegas Motor Speedway Oct. 11 and 12 during the Red Bull Air Races. AOPA Ambassador and Red Bull Air Race pilot Michael Goulian invites AOPA members to take advantage of an exclusive 20 percent discount off reserved and general admission tickets. Use the code "AOPA" on this Ticketmaster page or call the Las Vegas Motor Speedway ticket office.


Pilot Getaways feature

Chesapeake Bay escape

For decades, pilots have headed to Bay Bridge Airport in the Chesapeake Bay for scenic coastal flying and great seafood. Check it out after attending the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In on Oct. 4. Read more...  



Mexico eases APIS rules for GA pilots

Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third-party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests. Read more...  



Login required offers subscription deal to AOPA members

New AOPA Lifestyles Collection member is offering a discounted one-year subscription to its services for $17. (It typically retails for $19.95 a year). provides a secure place on the Web to store airframe, engine, and propeller logs. Plus, enjoy secure backup of logs, a calendar for helpful reminders and owner coordination, a public website for your airplane, and a forum to share maintenance information. Join now...  


AOPA Foundation focus

Grant funds study on effect of aircraft on wildlife

The Recreational Aviation Foundation is hoping that a study, funded partly by an AOPA Foundation Giving Back grant, will definitively measure the stress-related effects of aircraft noise on wildlife. Read more...  

News and Notes



Mandate by other method?

Maintenance experts have asked the FAA to clarify whether recurring inspections of Cessna 210-series aircraft can be mandated without following required rulemaking procedures. The agency's interpretation of regulations and federal law could affect all aircraft owners. Read more...  



Midair collision during EAA event claims two

A midair collision involving two aircraft participating in an EAA Young Eagles event near Buffalo, New York, claimed the lives of two occupants of one aircraft. Read more...  



Dr. Copter's legacy set in stone

A state-of-the art medical facility on Virginia's remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols' dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols' aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone. Read more...  



Chicago-area ops recovering

Chicago airports were back to near-normal traffic volume three days after a fire allegedly set by a despondent Chicago Center contractor. Special air traffic control procedures remained in effect (including a prohibition on transiting the Chicago ARTCC airspace) as the FAA pledged to study system security, and return the air route traffic control center to service Oct. 13. Read more...  



Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club taps youth for aviation efforts

Training the next generation of African-American pilots is the goal of the Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club, a chapter under the Black Pilots of America Inc. Read more...  



Record-setting aviatrix Geraldine 'Jerrie' Mock dies

Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock, who in 1964 became the first woman to fly solo around the world, died Sept. 30 at her home in Quincy, Florida, according to news reports. She was 88. Read more...  



Aerospace medicine pioneer Stanley Mohler has died

Stanley R. Mohler, physician, pilot, educator, author, and former member of AOPA's Medical Advisory Board, has died. Read more...  


More News

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Elite opens retail sim training center

Perlan pilots win contest

Liberty Mutual offers painless pest control for AOPA members

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Career Opportunities


Aviation job board

Job of the week: Airport wildlife biologist, USDA

NASA Moffett Airfield in Mountain View, California, is seeking a full-time wildlife biologist to assist in reducing wildlife hazards to aircraft. The successful candidate will monitor wildlife behavior and abundance, evaluate hazards posed by various species, plan and implement management activities, and update the airport's Wildlife Hazard Management Plan as necessary. Read 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 an executive assistant for accounting/finance and legal, legal services plan program manager, financial analyst, major gift officer, and account manager II. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


What are the four types of hypoxia?


The four main types of hypoxia are hypoxic, hypemic, stagnant, and histotoxic. Test your knowledge of this important topic with this Air Safety Institute safety quiz.

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.



Mode C transponder

Why do pilots still need to retain the legacy Mode A/C transponder after they install Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out? Read more...


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Oct 11-12 - Santa Clara, California; Corpus Christi, Texas; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Nashville, Tennessee

Oct 18-19 - Columbia, South Carolina

Oct 25-26 - Windsor Locks, Connecticut; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Wichita, Kansas

Nov 1-2 - Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Ashburn, Virginia

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

Oct 6 - Madison, Wisconsin; Concord, California; and Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Oct 7 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Fresno, California; and Des Moines, Iowa

Oct 8 - Irvine, California; Bellevue, Nebraska; and Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Oct 9 - Olathe, Kansas

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Oct 3 - Frederick, Maryland

Oct 4 - Willoughby, Ohio; and Sanford, Maine

Oct 18 - Chickasha, Oklahoma; and Claredon, Vermont

Oct 24 - Verdi, Nevada

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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