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October 17, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterOctober 17, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

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OCTOBER 17, 2014 - VOL 16, ISSUE 42

Top Stories


Hypoxia: Insidious emergency

Many in-flight emergencies arrive with fanfare: annunciator lights, engine sputtering, smoke. Hypoxia may insinuate itself into the cockpit quietly, without the pilot even knowing. Would you recognize your symptoms of this insidious condition? Read more...  



Which movie pilot are you?

Hollywood has portrayed pilots in many ways: handsome and dashing (The Rocketeer), brave and resolute (Thirty Seconds over Tokyo), and slapstick or drunk (It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World). Take this fun quiz, brought to you by Pilot Insurance Center, to find out which famous actor in a leading movie role best reflects your own personality. Take the quiz...  


AOPA Live This Week

Hypoxic in Battle Creek, test pilot for a day

See how AOPA staffers react to hypoxia in a simulated trip to Flight Level 300, and watch AOPA Senior Editor Dave Hirschman take a test pilot turn for a homebuilt's first flight. Also this week, an inside look at Aircraft Spruce. AOPA Live This Week®, Oct. 16...  

AOPA Fly-Ins



Access adventure

The beaches are wide, the water warm, and the sun bright. But St. Simons Island on Georgia's Gold Coast is more than a beach town; it's truly a small town, with tree-lined streets, locally owned shops, and drivers who wave at one another as they pass. The difference is that they live among world-famous golf courses and the occasional international political summit. Malcolm McKinnon Airport, host of AOPA's seventh and final fly-in of 2014, is the gateway to it all. Read more...  

Technique and Safety


Accident analysis

Don't do it yourself

Initiative is widely regarded as admirable, and having the gumption to manage one's own education is one of the most admired initiatives of all. But flying isn't a skill that lends itself to being "self-taught." Read more in this special report from the Air Safety Institute.  



The fine print: Weather briefings 101

The weather is clear and forecast to be VFR for a quick jaunt to your favorite hamburger hop some 30 miles away. Should you be on record with a preflight weather briefing? It might be a good idea. Find out why...  



'Only localizer minimums authorized'

Some weather, a self-inflicted communications glitch, and the distraction of diverting had forged the error chain. Read more...  


AOPA Partner Spotlight

Free manual offers ForeFlight tips

Did you know there are five ways to enter a flight plan in ForeFlight? PilotWorkshops' free ForeFlight manual shows you simple, step-by-step procedures to ensure you are getting the most out of this app. Download this free manual and learn some things about ForeFlight that you may not know.



A basic and complex maneuver

Do you practice go-arounds enough? Air Safety Institute Senior Safety Advisor Bruce Landsberg offers tips for executing a go-around smoothly and safely, and reminds you who's not going to help you if you need to abort a landing. Read more...  




AOPA works to end border hassles

At an Oct. 2 meeting hosted by AOPA, U.S. Customs and Border Protection leaders met with their counterparts from the Canada Border Services Agency to discuss ways to ease general aviation border crossings without compromising security. Read more...  



The Kiwi way

Members of the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority came away from a recent visit to AOPA with a better understanding of the challenges associated with moving to a satellite-based navigation system and a clear message to avoid heavy-handed new rules that require pilots and aircraft owners to install expensive new equipment for which they receive little benefit. Read more...  



Voters Decide campaign plans election push for Santa Monica

Santa Monicans for Open and Honest Development Decisions is making a pre-election push in support of a ballot measure that would put the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport into the hands of the voters. Read more...  



AOPA thanks TSA Administrator John Pistole for his service

Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole announced Oct. 16 that he would retire from the helm of the agency on Dec. 31. According to the TSA, Pistole is the longest serving administrator the agency has had. His nomination to head the TSA was confirmed in 2010. Read more...  



Members only

Hypoxia explained

The federal aviation regulations dictate required use of supplemental oxygen, but pilots need to go beyond the FAR/AIM and know their own physiology to stay safe at altitude. Read more...  




Gulfstream intros G500, G600

Gulfstream Aerospace has just added two more long-range, wide-cabin airplanes to its line of business jets: the G500 and G600. Read more...  



Garmin offers King Air updates

Garmin announced a series of NextGen-ready upgrades and operational enhancements for King Air C90 and 200/300 series turboprops. Read more...  




Nearly empty skies

In two countries, Portugal and Spain, where the terrain and weather are conducive to flying, Opinion Leaders blogger Amy Laboda notes that the skies are eerily quiet. Read more...  




Avidyne announces ADS-B receiver

Avidyne has announced the MLB100 Datalink Receiver, designed to receive traffic and weather information for display on various Avidyne multifunction displays. Avidyne said the $2,495 unit will be available in early 2015. Read more...  



Garmin ADS-B for bizjets

Garmin has partnered with dealers to secure FAA approval for a simple ADS-B solution for select business jets. Read more...  




Shooting volcanoes

Circling a volcano is just one of the thrills of general aviation in Iceland, an island known for spectacular scenes. Pilot Haukur Snorrason's dramatic images of Iceland's most recent (and now record-setting) volcanic eruption are only the latest in a long and colorful progression. Read more...  



Vegas wind curtails race

Canadian Pete McLeod earned a place atop the Red Bull Air Race podium after howling winds cut the racing short Oct. 12 in Las Vegas. British pilot Nigel Lamb finished second and took the lead in the eight-race World Championship series heading into the final event in Austria. Read more...  



AOPA Foundation focus

Double your impact to protect GA's future

Two of the AOPA Foundation's most generous patrons recently teamed up to offer a $50,000 donation—but only if the foundation matches this full amount with contributions from friends like you. Learn more and help the cause...


AOPA Foundation focus

One-of-a-kind packages to highlight AOPA Foundation

As the AOPA Foundation prepares to launch its annual online auction in November, it is arranging one-of-a-kind packages and flight experiences that will thrill any aviator, including a package for aviation experiences in Switzerland. Read more...  

News and Notes



NTSB rules on wing walker accident

Veteran airshow pilot Charlie Schwenker was flying slower to help wing walker Jane Wicker get into position on the modified Stearman’s bottom wing. The NTSB ruled this month that the June 2013 crash that killed them both was the result of controlled flight into terrain, with slower speed, lower altitude, and being out of position in the airshow box contributing factors. Read more...  



Frederick Aero Club bills itself as a true flying club

The Frederick Aero Club has structured itself to encourage members to fly regularly. Read more...  



Humanitarian pilot Peter VandenBosch has died

Peter VandenBosch, pilot, author, and founder of a charitable aviation organization that has flown thousands of patients to medical care, has died. Read more...  



Aircraft Insurance 101 webinar set for Oct. 23

The only thing harder than choosing the right aircraft insurance is understanding aircraft insurance. Cher Clare from AOPA Insurance Services will provide answers to all of your insurance-related questions during a webinar, Aircraft Insurance 101, on Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. Eastern time. Register now...  



Digital edition 'Pilot' subscribers get extra cover

Subscribers to the enhanced digital edition of AOPA Pilot got to see an alternate version of the November cover that was not selected for publication. Don't miss out on videos and other rich content—members can add a digital subscription for $10. Sign up today...  



Pick the best covers from 1987 and 1988

The Ford Tri-Motor is one of the highlights on the covers of AOPA Pilot magazine in 1987 and a Pilatus PC-7 in 1988. Take a look at the covers from both years and vote for your favorite.

Career Opportunities


Aviation job board

Job of the week: Director of flight education, OSU Airport

Under the direction of the director of Ohio State University Airport, the director of flight education is responsible for managing the daily operations of the Ohio State University, College of Engineering's Flight Education Division. The Flight Education Division consists of a fleet of 17 aircraft and approximately 15 instructors. Training takes place at the Ohio State University Airport (Don Scott Field). Ohio State's airport is certificated by the FAA for commercial service, and is a general aviation reliever airport for the Port Columbus International Airport. Read 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 .Net applications developer, social media evangelist, executive assistant for accounting/finance and legal, legal services plan program manager, and account manager II. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


What is the normal useful range of a terminal class VOR in feet and nautical miles?


A terminal class VOR is normally usable up to 12,000 feet and to a radius of 25 nautical miles. Find further details on VOR service volumes in Aeronautical Information Manual 1-1-8. (Source: Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge Chapter 15.)

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.



Joining a flying club

What questions should one ask before joining a flying club? Read more...


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

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

Nov 8-9 - Atlanta, Georgia; and San Diego, California

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 20 - Eugene, Oregon

Oct 21 - Portland, Oregon

Oct 22 - Seattle, Washington

Nov 5 - West Lafayette, Indiana

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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