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October 24, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterOctober 24, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

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OCTOBER 24, 2014 - VOL 16, ISSUE 43




Bombardier debuts Challenger 650

Bombardier has launched the 12-passenger Challenger 650 with an order from NetJets. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

New wings fly, aircraft voice control

AOPA Live from the National Business Aviation Assocaition's convention in Orlando, Florida, looks at some new aircraft that are actually flying. The acting NTSB chairman worries about automation causing a lack of professionalism in the cockpit and diminishing safety. Also this week, aircraft control by voice command. AOPA Live This Week®, Oct. 23...  



Honeywell forecasts increased jet deliveries

Honeywell's annual forecast of jet deliveries based on interviews with operators shows signs of improvement for the jet industry. Read more...  



Textron ups King Air performance

The Beechcraft King Air flies into its second half-century with a new round of improvements that boost performance for the C90GTx and the 250 models. Read more...  



Nextant to fly G90XT in early 2015

Nextant Aerospace, adding a remanufactured King Air to its remanufactured Hawker 400 offering, says the King Air (Nextant G90XT) will fly early next year. Read more...  



Safe Flight demos chopper powerline sensor

Safe Flight is demonstrating in Orlando a digital version of its powerline sensing system for helicopters that gives pilots an eight-second warning. Read more...  



HondaJet preps for 2015 deliveries

After years of preparation and engine development that had frequent delays, HondaJet is ready for prime time with certification set for the first quarter of 2015, with deliveries immediately to follow. Read more...  



Dassault 5X, 8X on track

Dassault Aviation reports that progress on its upcoming Falcon 5X and 8X airplanes is on schedule. Read more...  


More News

Sabreliner recasts itself as jet refurbishment center

Nextant names dealer for refurbed jet, turboprop

Williams extends FJ44 inspection interval

AOPA Fly-Ins



Discover barbecue heaven

In a world of airport burgers, Southern Soul stands out. Swing by this top-notch barbecue joint when you visit St. Simons, Georgia, Nov. 8 for AOPA's final regional fly-in of the year. Read more...  

Technique and Safety


Aircraft Maintenance

Major vs. minor alterations, part 2

Find out how to determine if an alteration you want to make to your aircraft is major or minor and how to build a case for any modification you are considering. Read more...  



'We missed this'

When you brief an instrument approach with circling minimums, can you explain whether it has a standard circling approach maneuvering radius, or an expanded one? Read more...  


Ice Week

Chill out with Ice Week

Take part in the Air Safety Institute's Ice Week from Oct. 26 through Nov. 1. When Mother Nature serves up ice, be the first to know how to avoid icing encounters and learn how to assess icy conditions in a forecast so you can apply that knowledge before your next flight. While you explore the Ice Week site, register for the Air Safety Institute's brand-new webinar, "Known Icing, Known Risk," which will launch Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. Eastern time. Ice Week is brought to you by AOPA Insurance Services and VOYA. Register now...  


Seminar schedule

Got weather on your mind?

Get ready for a no-nonsense look at how you can get better, more complete weather information with the Air Safety Institute's "Real World Weather" seminar. Find a seminar location near you and get together with fellow pilots to take a look at what's really going on out there and how it affects your flying. You'll even get FAA Wings credit and AOPA Accident Forgiveness! Learn more...  



Automation and potties

Corporate aviation's safety record is excellent, and technology helps inform many in-cockpit decisions. But with increasing automation, is something being lost? What are the trade-offs, and what is the optimal blend of skill versus automation? Weigh in...  




Shuster calls for bold thinking

Aviation leaders in Congress should make the renewal of the FAA reauthorization bill something “big, bold, and transformational,” Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said Oct. 21. Read more...  



More automated, less professional?

Does automation lead to a lack of professionalism? The acting NTSB chief thinks it does, and recently called for a new approach to the man-machine interface. Read more...  



Members only

10 food intake tips for healthy flying

If you think of yourself as what you eat, are you imagining a day-old brown-and-gray cheeseburger and grease-sodden fries, or a crisp, brightly colored salad? Check out these 10 tips from Dr. Jonathan Sackier to help you improve your food intake. Read more...  




Elbit upgrades infrared vision

Elbit Systems has upgraded infrared systems that see through darkness and weather for nearly visual landings and takeoffs, as well as taxi operations. Read more...  



Wearable cabin controller

Flight Display Systems now lets passengers control their cabin environment and entertainment from a wearable device that looks like a watch. Read more...  



Lockheed envisions nuclear aircraft

Aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin stirred the pot with an Oct. 15 announcement that compact fusion could power vehicles, even aircraft, within a decade. Skeptics were quick to speak up, while Lockheed filed for patents and hopes to find partners in government, academia, and industry. Read more...  


More News

Universal Avionics offers new flight deck

Safe Flight offers icing conditions detector




Another successful flight of Haywire Airlines

Who inspired you to learn to fly? Opinion Leaders blogger Jolie Lucas shares how her father inspired her to learn to fly, and she highlights the stories of others who also caught the flying bug. Share who helped you get into aviation.  



What is business aviation?

Many prominent opinion leaders in the media know little about business aviation. "Consequently our community too often is the target for pejorative rhetoric by politicians as well as some who wish to stir discontent and envy between different economic strata," writes Opinion Leaders blogger Jack Olcott. Read more...  



Carbon monoxide: Silent killer

Opinion Leaders blogger Mike Busch cautions that accidents related to carbon monoxide poisoning "aren't confined to winter-time flying with the cabin heat on." He cites more than 18 accidents attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning, as well as some close calls. Learn how to recognize the signs and be safe.  




FlightAware adds VFR tracking

FlightAware, the aircraft tracking website, has made several upgrades including world tracking, tracking of VFR flights, and upgraded tracking displays. Read more...  



Rockwell upgrades flight support

Rockwell Collins, which purchased ARINC last year, has combined the flight support services offered by it and ARINC, and enhanced onboard systems for passengers and pilots. Read more...  



Pilot Getaways feature

Gem of the South Atlantic Coast

If you wanted to visit Jekyll Island in the early 1900s, you would have been out of luck unless your name appeared on a social registry with the likes of the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and Pulitzers. Now, all are welcome. Consider stopping by while you are in the area for AOPA's St. Simons Fly-In Nov. 8. Read more...  



OpenAirplane teams with Cirrus

Cirrus owner training standardized by the company can now be used to rent Cirrus aircraft from others across the country. OpenAirplane, the company founded to allow pilots to rent aircraft from locations across the country with a single (model-specific) checkout, now accepts Cirrus credentials in lieu of an OpenAirplane checkout. Read more...  



No ordinary airshow

Though just 20 miles off the Southern California Coast, Santa Catalina is one of the most challenging spots to run an airshow you could find. Navigating those challenges for the first time in the show's three-year history, Scheyden, a company built to sell watches and eyewear made with aviators in mind, rose to the formidable task of running the entire operation. Read more...  




Quest signs China dealer for Kodiak

Quest Aircraft Co. has signed a dealer in China for its Kodiak and eventually will do limited assembly and manufacturing there. Read more...  

News and Notes



Inside 'Planes: Fire & Rescue'

Famed aerobatic helicopter pilot Chuck Aaron shares about his role as the main helicopter flight consultant for Disney's Planes: Fire & Rescue to ensure the flight scenes were authentic. Plus, in this exclusive bonus video, Aaron points out his favorite flight scene and Cal Fire Battalion Chief Travis Alexander talks about the water-dropping scenes. Watch this exclusive video...  



Bellanca AD extends inspections

The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive to require continued repetitive inspections of aft fuselage structures for cracks on some models of Bellanca airplanes. Read more...  



'Yak club' trains, entertains

RedStar is one of a handful of organizations authorized to provide the standardized training that earns a pilot formation flying credentials for airshows. Read more...  



Plain and simple: The Bell 206

The Bell 206 Jet Ranger is what the non-helicopter-flying public pictures when you talk about vertical flight. Advanced Helicopter Concepts owner Neal Lanning writes about flying what he calls "one of the most reliable airframes ever built." Read more...  


Member benefits

Keep your car battery healthy

Whether you're taking a family road trip or just running an errand at the store, a reliable car battery is imperative. AOPA Insurance Services partner Liberty Mutual offers some basic tips for improving your car battery's health and performance. Read more...  



Judge the best 'Pilot' cover

As AOPA members continue to help narrow the top AOPA Pilot covers to their favorite, weigh in on the best cover from 1989 and 1990. The Falcon 900 and Piper Seminole are two of the aircraft that were featured on the covers in 1989, while the Beech Starship and Piper Cub were featured in 1990.

Career Opportunities


Aviation job board

Job of the week: Vice president of marketing, Astronics AeroSat

Reporting directly to the president, the vice president of marketing will manage all marketing functions including brand management and awareness, product marketing and marketing communications, and all marketing activities that fuel sales growth. The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall corporate marketing strategy, competitive strategy analysis, and management of the product launch process and product life cycle management. Read more about this exciting opportunity!


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, 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 a sectional chart, what does a dashed magenta line indicate?


A dashed magenta line indicates that the floor of the Class E airspace is the surface. (Source: Aeronautical Chart User's Guide.)

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.



Airports with bicycles

What airports have bicycles available for use? Weigh in...


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

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

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

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 5 - West Lafayette, Indiana

Nov 10 - Jacksonville, Florida

Nov 11 - San Diego, California; and Daytona Beach, Florida

Nov 12 - Frederick, Maryland; Long Beach, California; and Melbourne, Florida

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Oct 24 - Verdi, Nevada

Oct 25 - Spanish Fork, Utah

Nov 7 - St. Simons Island, Georgia

Nov 8 - Kennesaw, 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


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

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