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October 31, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterOctober 31, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

Chill out with Ice Week from the Air Safety Institute

OCTOBER 31, 2014 - VOL 16, ISSUE 44

Top Stories


ADS-B mandate unworkable

The FAA must address the serious concerns of the general aviation industry before pushing ahead with a 2020 Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) mandate, AOPA told the FAA administrator in a strongly worded letter. Read more...  



AOPA sends strong ADS-B message

AOPA's message that the cost to equip is too high and must be lowered substantially was heard loud and clear at a "call to action" summit on ADS-B put together by the FAA. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Cutting-edge training technology, St. Simons preview

AOPA tells the FAA that the ADS-B mandate just won't work; hear why from AOPA Live's advocacy expert. Take a look at Redbird Migration, and the technology at the leading edge of flight training. Plus, get a preview of the AOPA St. Simons Fly-In in Georgia. AOPA Live This Week®, Oct. 30...  

AOPA Fly-Ins



10 things to do, see in St. Simons

The water temperature at St. Simons Island in Georgia averages 73 degrees in November. Attendees at AOPA's last regional fly-in of 2014 on Nov. 8 may check out popular beaches such as Massingale Park and Coast Guard Station Beach. Find out what else you can do...  


Social media

Spread the #AOPASSI fun

Ready for AOPA's final fly-in of the year Nov. 8 at St. Simons Island, Georgia? Help spread the word via social media! Share the events of the day with others by following @AOPA on Twitter, using the hashtag #AOPASSI for tweets, and liking our Facebook page.


Seminar schedule

Unusual attitudes with Wagstaff, buying tips among fly-in seminars

Unusual attitudes are not so unusual for aerobatic champion and airshow star Patty Wagstaff, who will speak about the merits of upset training, stall/spin aerodynamics, and why aerobatics are good for your health at AOPA's Regional Fly-In at St. Simons Island, Georgia, Nov. 8. Attendees also can find out how to simplify their aircraft purchase from AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines and learn about decision making in crisis from retired Navy Cmdr. Kirk Lippold, the former commander of the U.S.S. Cole. Find the seminar schedule online.  



Review St. Simons Fly-In procedures

Start planning your arrival at the Nov. 8 AOPA Fly-In at Malcolm McKinnon Airport at St. Simons Island, Georgia. Everything you need to know—arrival procedures, frequencies, and parking information—is in the pilot information packet. Download it now...

Technique and Safety


Online learning

Safe pilots. Safe skies.

You've probably heard the adage, "Safe pilots are always learning." So hone your skills and take off with the Air Safety Institute's new home page. It's now easier than ever to learn online, check transcripts, read publications, renew your flight instructor certificate, and take safety programs to go. Learn more...  


Accident analysis

No guarantees

In an unprotected airplane, anything more than a trace of ice is cause for immediate action, including declaring an emergency if that's what it takes to get out. In a better-equipped aircraft, the urgency of the situation depends on a number of things. Learn more in this special report from the Air Safety Institute.  


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Warm up to cold weather ops

From stubborn engines to slick runways, winter can serve up plenty of challenges. But don't wait until snow and frost blanket you and your aircraft: As Ice Week concludes, the Air Safety Institute invites you to confront this winter's chilly spells with its Cold Weather Ops safety quiz. Take the quiz...



Ice Week

Icing season is upon us. Ice isn't a big accident producer—on average about one per month during the icing season—but you likely don't want to add to the statistics. What resources can you use to avoid an icing encounter? Read more...  



Military exercise

Few features are more striking on an aeronautical chart than a mass of special-use airspace near a planned destination or astride a proposed route. Read more...  


Clocks 'fall back' Nov. 2

If you live in an area that observes daylight saving time, don't forget to return your clocks to standard time Nov. 2. Remember that the conversion to Zulu time will change, too.




Type clubs join medical reform push

The Type Club Coalition has become the latest group to join AOPA in urging the Department of Transportation and Office of Management and Budget to speed up their review of a proposed rule to reform the third class medical process. Read more...  



'USA Today' story 'sensationalistic'

USA Today has offered its readers sensationalistic and incomplete journalism with its latest story targeting general aviation, according to AOPA. The Oct. 28 article purports to examine the potential for post-crash aircraft fires. Read more...  



Members only

AME sequel

About a quarter of aviation medical examiners designated by the FAA still are not familiar with a program that allows them to issue a medical certificate in the office for more conditions, AOPA Director of Medical Certification Services Gary Crump discovered at a recent aeromedical meeting. He offers tips for saving time in the medical certification process and increasing your chances of getting an office issuance. Read more...  




Redbird unveils disruptive tech

Redbird Flight Simulations demonstrated four new technologies, ranging from visual and voice coaching to voice-controlled simulators, and proposed a new way to organize flight schools at its annual Migration Oct. 27 through 29 at the Redbird Skyport in San Marcos, Texas. Read more...  



Red Bull parachute record tumbles

Google Senior Vice President Robert Alan Eustace, a 25-year pilot with multiple ratings, has taken the world record for the highest parachute jump, soaring above the mark set by Red Bull-sponsored Felix Baumgartner. You might be able to take the same ride in 2016, for a price. Read more...  




Upset recovery training vs. aerobatics

Upset recovery training is essential for corporate pilots who spend 99 percent of their time flying straight and level. But Opinion Leaders blogger Ron Rapp, a corporate and aerobatic pilot, cautions that upset recovery training should be conducted in aerobatic aircraft, not in normal category aircraft. Read more...  




Garmin introduces new ADS-B solution

Garmin announced a new Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) solution Oct. 28 that meets FAA requirements for ADS-B Out while delivering traffic and subscription-free weather to mobile devices. Read more...  



Pilot Getaways feature

Leisure in the tropics

Deep in the dense, moss-draped, oak forest of Amelia Island, Florida, is a luxurious plantation resort. Check it out before or after AOPA's Regional Fly-In at St. Simons Island, Georgia, on Nov. 8. Read more...  


AOPA Stay Smart Webinar

Expert tips: How to fly to Bahamas

Are the islands of the Bahamas calling to you? Learn about preflight preparation, crossing the air defense identification zone, clearing customs in the Bahamas, island hopping, and returning to the United States in a new AOPA Stay Smart Webinar on Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Register now...  



What's your perfect flying destination?

There's still time for fun flying before winter weather hits most of the country. Find out where your perfect flying destination is and start planning one last great escape of the flying season. Take the destinations quiz...  

News and Notes



Lamb takes Red Bull race crown

Nigel Lamb of Great Britain has won the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Read more...  



Back to the airport

A touch of history, affordable flying, unique sightseeing, a good meal, and a community of pilots: Isn't that what general aviation is all about? Read more...  



Tragedy close to home

A collision near Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland Oct. 23 claimed three lives and left the local aviation community—including AOPA—in mourning. Read more...  



Head of National Gay Pilots Association killed in accident

Steven Moore, executive director of the National Gay Pilots Association, died Oct. 27 when his Mooney crashed after takeoff at Boulder Municipal Airport in Denver. Read more...  



Vote for your favorite 1991 'Pilot' cover

The Douglas DC-3, Piaggio Avanti, American Champion, Piper Aztec, Piper Cherokee, Beech F33A Bonanza, and more graced the covers of AOPA Pilot in 1991. Vote for your favorite...  

Career Opportunities


Aviation job board

Job of the week: Research pilot, University of Wyoming

The Department of Atmospheric Science at the University of Wyoming is seeking applications for an atmospheric research pilot. The successful applicant will have a varied background with experience in nonstandard, complex flight profiles, and a can-do attitude. Essential duties include pilot-in-command and second-in-command flights for research and transportation flights. 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 a 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


What is the difference between the geometric pitch of a propeller and its effective pitch called?


It is known as propeller slip. (Source: Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, page 4-25.)

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.



Structuring a partnership

What are some ways to structure a 40/40/20 partnership after an aircraft acquisition? Weigh in...


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

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

Dec 6-7 - Orlando, Florida; Northbrook, Illinois; and Denver, Colorado

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

Nov 7 - St. Simons Island, Georgia

Nov 8 - Kennesaw, Georgia

Nov 15 - Farmingdale, New York; Greensboro, North Carolina; and Waukegan, Illinois

For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.


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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