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October 10, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterOctober 10, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

Michael Goulian gives an aerobatic demonstration at the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In in Frederick, Maryland, on Oct. 4

OCTOBER 10, 2014 - VOL 16, ISSUE 41

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AOPA Live This Week

Inside the Debonair giveaway

How did AOPA pull off an in-air reveal to the Debonair Sweepstakes winner? Go behind the scenes to see how it all came together, along with that special moment Steve Lagergren learned the airplane was his. Plus, catch up on the activities from AOPA's Homecoming Fly-In. AOPA Live This Week®, Oct. 9...

AOPA surprises Debonair winner in the air

Sweepstakes roll call: Where are they now?

2015 Sweeps is Reimagined 152



CBP review promises better training, procedures

A promised top-down review of general aviation enforcement practices by Customs and Border Protection's Office of Air and Marine shows that the agency has heard GA concerns, but AOPA will remain vigilant to ensure the rights and freedoms of pilots are respected. Read more...

AOPA Fly-Ins



Golden Isles golden opportunity

The beautiful Georgia coast promises to be a big draw for AOPA's final fly-in of 2014, taking place Nov. 8 on St. Simons Island. Read more...



'Great day to be at an airport'

Rain the night before may have dampened the grass at Frederick Municipal Airport, but it didn't dampen the spirits of about 3,000 attendees who turned out for the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In in Maryland Oct. 4. Read more...

Technique and Safety


Fly like a fighter

Lessons from 400-knot overtake

An Air Force student egged on by his instructor overtakes the three-ship he is supposed to join at 400 knots. Find out why he urges pilots, "Set your limits and stick to them, even if you have a cheering section inside (or outside) of your airplane." Read more...


Safety Spotlights

Tap into safety on the spot

Whether you're eager to sharpen your skills or preparing for a checkride, the Air Safety Institute has you covered with its online Safety Spotlights. Enter the Air Safety Institute's free aviation safety programs easily by selecting your topic of interest for relevant courses, quizzes, videos, and publications neatly arranged by subject. Learn more...



'When ice becomes perceptible'

You describe the current and forecast conditions, taking pains to note that despite the early fall warmth, you made sure to check the freezing level. Read more...



Ready for takeoff?

Practice and hone takeoff and landing techniques beyond currency requirements with the Air Safety Institute's "Takeoffs and Landings" video series. Start with "Determining an Abort Point," which unveils the finer points of choosing an abort point if the takeoff roll isn't going as planned. Then, check out the rest of the series to help you make every takeoff and landing great. Watch the video...



Rapping with the Wolfman

Pilots and controllers sometimes forget that not only do the words have to come out in the correct order, but the person on the other side has to understand them. AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg contrasts the fast and garbled transmission of a pilot he overheard on a recent flight with the reassuring growl of a New York Tracon controller he nicknamed the Wolfman. Read more...




Medical reform a hot topic at fly-in

The FAA hopes to have its proposal for medical certification reform out for public comment by the end of the year, FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker told AOPA President Mark Baker at the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4. Read more...



Support for heater AD inspections

AOPA has submitted formal comments to the FAA on a proposed airworthiness directive to update the inspection requirements for Meggitt (Troy) Inc. combustion heaters. Read more...



Members only

Medical denial: What next?

Two options are available to pilots who wish to question and/or dispute a medical denial: FAA reconsideration and NTSB review. Read more...




Second crash for science

High-speed cameras captured minute details like the shearing of the cabin floor as a retired Sea Knight helicopter was dropped 30 feet onto dirt. NASA, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, FAA, and two international organizations collaborated on this repeat of a 2013 crash with new materials to study, part of an ongoing effort to make helicopters lighter, greener, and safer. Read more...



NASA develops Alaska app

NASA has presented to Alaskan officials the basic ingredients for a satellite-based weather and traffic service for pilots operating in remote areas. The Traffic and Atmospheric Information for General Aviation technology is, so far, a collection of data and algorithms that can be developed by state engineers and aviators into a tablet application providing situational awareness in remote regions. Read more...



Apps of the week

Put ground school in your hands with these five apps

Study everything from checkrides to crosswinds with these five apps designed to help student pilots in flight training. Read more...




Welcome to our world

If more residents of 49 state capitals are thinking about general aviation and appreciating their own GA airports, credit pilots Field Morey and Conrad Teitell. Read more...



AOPA Foundation focus

Giving Back recipients named

The AOPA Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2014 Giving Back grants that recognize good works done through general aviation by nonprofit organizations. Read more...


Aircraft Maintenance

Major vs. minor alterations

The most important place to start with any repair or alteration is with an assessment of whether it is a major or minor alteration. This is critical because the approval and documentation requirements for major vs. minor alterations are significantly different and, in fact, can be the difference between a simple logbook entry and a complex FAA approval process. Read more...

News and Notes



Yale Aviation traces back to WWI

Three tiers of membership, a well-maintained fleet, and a long history of service are reasons to join Yale Aviation, which can trace its history back to 1916. Read more...



Gulfstream set to announce new jet?

Aerospace consultant Brian Foley of Brian Foley Associates predicts Gulfstream Aerospace will be the "talk of the town" Oct. 14 when the company summons aviation reporters to its Savannah, Georgia, headquarters for a major announcement: the mysterious P42 project, the Gulfstream 450 replacement. Read more...



Vote for your favorite 1986 'Pilot' cover

Piper's Cub logo, an instrument approach plate, and Rutan's Voyager were featured on the covers of AOPA Pilot in 1986. Does one of these pique your interest? Vote for your favorite cover...


Member benefits

AOPA Insurance 'like family' for father-son pilots

When U.S. Air Force Col. Jim Kerr's father decided to retire from flying and gave Kerr his Cessna 172, the son continued to insure with AOPA Insurance Services. "AOPA is like a good doctor—you want someone you can grow old with who knows your history," he said. "Just like my father, I enjoy working with them—they're like family." Read more...

Career Opportunities


Aviation job board

Job of the week: Contract flight test pilot, Piper Aircraft Inc.

Are you ready to make a direct impact on the future of aviation? Piper Aircraft is seeking a qualified pilot to provide technical support for aircraft development and certification flight tests. The successful candidate will ensure a proper liaison is established and maintained between appropriate departments, prepare flight test plans and pre/post flight briefings, prepare pilot's operating handbooks (POH), and more. Learn more now.


AOPA career opportunities

Join the AOPA team

Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? We're looking for a social media evangelist, temporary aviation finance administrative assistant part time, 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


Under visual flight rules (VFR), in Class E airspace at or above 10,000 feet msl, a pilot may not operate an aircraft less than how many feet below clouds?


Pilots may not fly VFR less than 1,000 feet below clouds in Class E airspace at or above 10,000 feet msl. Take a few minutes to enhance your airspace knowledge with this Air Safety Institute online course. (Source: FAR 91.155.)

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.



Courtesy cars

Where can one find a central listing for airports/FBOs with courtesy cars? 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 13 - Garden City, New York; Northbrook, Illinois; and Huntsville, Alabama

Oct 14 - Decatur, Georgia; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Lisle, Illinois; and Poughkeepsie, New York

Oct 15 - Greenville, South Carolina; Raymond, Mississippi; Rockford, Illinois; and Albany, New York

Oct 16 - Milan, Illinois; Rochester, New York; and East Peoria, Illinois

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Oct 18 - Chickasha, Oklahoma; and Claredon, Vermont

Oct 24 - Verdi, Nevada

Oct 25 - Spanish Fork, Utah

Nov 7 - St. Simons Island, Georgia

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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