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September 26, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterSeptember 26, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

T-6 at the AOPA Fly-In in Chino, California

SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 - VOL 16, ISSUE 39

Top Stories


Watchdog cites ADS-B issues

A new report from the Department of Transportation's inspector general says the FAA's implementation of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) continues to suffer from delays, cost overruns, and technical problems that make it difficult to fully justify the billions of dollars already spent on the system. Read more...  



FAA calls summit on barriers to NextGen mandate

In advance of the critical report from the Department of Transportation's inspector general, the FAA announced that it would host a "call to action summit" to address the barriers and potential challenges associated with equipping tens of thousands of aircraft for ADS-B. Read more...  


Pilot magazine feature

Over-the-top restorations

A Piper Tri-Pacer, Cessna 182, and Cessna 310 today are better than the factories ever imagined—thanks to owners who wanted their aircraft to be, as the U.S. Army says, all they can be. They succeeded. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Voyages for a cause

An inspector general report adds to the criticism and confusion surrounding the 2020 Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) mandate, and AOPA is calling for a fresh look at solutions. Also this week, Barrington Irving launches a round-the-world mission to get kids excited about science, and a 49-state journey to raise general aviation awareness takes off. AOPA Live This Week®, Sept. 25...  

AOPA Fly-Ins



'Direct to' and other fly-in gotchas

Flying in to an aviation event is a great way to hone your skills, show off your airplane, and get together with fellow pilots upon landing—but flying in doesn't mean winging it, so do your homework before you head to AOPA's Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4 in Frederick, Maryland, to ensure you're safe and legal. Read more...  


Seminar schedule

Fly safer, own smarter

What goes wrong in a chain of events that leads to an accident? How can pilots make the best use of iPads in the cockpit? Seminars will tackle decision making, health, communication, technology, and maintenance at AOPA's Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4. Plus, don't miss an update on the latest general aviation issues with AOPA President Mark Baker at a Pilot Town Hall at 2:30 p.m. Pilots who haven't flown in a while can come early to brush up in a Rusty Pilots seminar Friday, Oct. 3. See the full schedule of seminars...  


Spread the #AOPAFDK fun

Ready for AOPA's Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4 in Frederick, Maryland? Help invite members to tour the association's headquarters and more by spreading the word via social media! Share the events of the day with others by following @AOPA on Twitter, using the hashtag #AOPAFDK for tweets, and liking our Facebook page.



SoCal pilots descend on Chino

AOPA's fifth regional fly-in of 2014 brought 329 aircraft and some 2,500 people to Chino, California, Sept. 20. The event set records for exhibitors and display aircraft. Read more...  



Pilots share Chino excitement

Pilots who attended AOPA's fifth regional fly-in of the year in Chino, California, shared the excitement of the people, airplanes, and educational events via social media. See what they were saying. Read more...  

Technique and Safety



Two white, two red

What a pilot gleans from a PAPI's white and red lights depends on other design features of the approach, reviewed and noted during preflight planning. Read more...  



The wrong runway

An hour before sunrise, the crew of an Atlanta-bound regional jet received a clearance to taxi to Runway 22 at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky. But in the darkness they mistook their position on the airport and lined up for the wrong runway. Watch the Air Safety Institute's accident animation to see what happened. Watch to learn more...  



Don't try this at home

Flying VFR into IMC makes as much sense as flying blindfolded. You'll get the idea when watching this Air Safety Institute "Flying Blind" Pilot Safety Announcement. Watch the video...  



Getting out of Dodge in IMC

If you depart VFR and request an instrument clearance but cannot climb to the published minimum IFR altitude without going into the clouds, what are your options? A controller weighs in...  




Rokita: Medical reform will happen

As momentum builds for the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act, Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), a co-author of the bill, expressed optimism on AOPA Live This Week that medical certification reform will happen, either by FAA rulemaking or legislation. Read more...  



Members only

Flying with diabetes: How to get your medical

Diabetes is an increasingly common condition. Diabetes mellitus treated with oral medications or insulin is one of the FAA's 15 specifically disqualifying medical conditions. Dr. Warren Silberman explains how to go through the AME-assisted special issuance process to obtain a medical certificate. Read more...  




Supersonic project hits 'high gear'

Aerion, the Reno, Nevada, company formed in 2002 to reintroduce supersonic flight to commercial aviation, has found a collaborator for its work: global aerospace powerhouse Airbus Group. Read more...  




Backdoor rulemaking?

Could Cessna's 2014 revision to the service manual for cantilever-wing Cessna 210 airplanes to add a new section, "Airworthiness Limitations," be a backdoor attempt to circumvent the FAA's rulemaking process? Opinion Leaders blogger Mike Busch has serious concerns about this seemingly benign move. Read more...  




What do you complain about most in aviation? Fuel prices, the Transportation Security Administration, third class medical? Opinion Leaders blogger Jolie Lucas encourages pilots to take their complaints and harness them to come up with a solution. Two pilots did that at Grand Junction Regional Airport in Colorado. Read more...  



Reflections on being an aviator

The confidence gained in becoming a pilot led Thomas Watson Jr. to become CEO of IBM from 1956 until retiring in 1971. Opinion Leaders blogger Jack Olcott shares what the late Watson told him about the connection between the two professions. Read more...  




Navigation by touch

The complexity of engineering and testing a navigator designed to anchor an instrument panel helps explain why Avidyne's IFD 540 has only just arrived. Three years after the first public announcement, the Massachusetts firm hopes that the IFD 540—and the IFD 440 still being tested—will prove timely replacements for thousands of Garmin GNS 530 and 430 units. Read more...  



Aspen offers vision trial

Aspen Avionics announced certification of a VFR primary flight display and a certified synthetic vision trial available at the other end of the Evolution line. (Synthetic vision is one of the optional features built into the Evolution 1000 Pro PFD, and can be unlocked with software alone if an Aspen analog converter is also installed.) Aspen's glass-cockpit Evolution begins below $5,000; the VFR PFD, priced at $4,995, can be upgraded to unlock Pro-level (IFR) features. Read more...  



Pilot Getaways feature

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

If you have sophistication and a sense of humor, then Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is the place for you. It is the kind of place where you can enjoy the finer things in life without taking yourself too seriously. Pilot Getaways recommends checking it out before or after AOPA's Homecoming Fly-In on Oct. 4. Read more...  




OpenAirplane gains traction

Just over a year after launch, OpenAirplane has 71 aircraft rental locations and counting, with a new location joining each week. Now, the company is adding yet another incentive: a referral bonus for participating pilots. Co-founder Rod Rakic said OpenAirplane's freshman year surprises have been pleasant, and satisfaction with the concept—a single checkout to allow rentals in many locations—is running high. Read more...  


Member benefits

Retired retail exec turns to AOPA for Turbo Arrow IV coverage

Allen Yarborough used AOPA Insurance Services for his aircraft coverage and was surprised at how inexpensive it was. Read more...  

News and Notes



Sporty's ATP program approved

Sporty's has been added to the short list of training providers offering a newly required course for the multiengine airplane airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate, the company announced Sept. 24. Read more...  



Barrington Irving launches flying classroom

Pilot Barrington Irving used an event at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23 to launch his Flying Classroom project, created to offer interactive science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education to children around the world. Read more...  



Air Force flying club expands membership to civilians

The Robins Aero Club at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia hopes that its plan to expand membership to civilians will help keep operations running. Read more...  



1984 the year of the twin in 'AOPA Pilot'

Twin engine aircraft dominated the covers of AOPA Pilot magazine in 1984, with half of the covers featuring multiengine machines. Can you name all of them? Plus, check out a blimp and helicopter. Vote for your favorite cover...  

Career Opportunities


Aviation job board

Job of the week: CFI, TransPac Aviation Academy

TransPac Aviation Academy in Phoenix, Arizona, is currently hiring full-time certificated flight instructors. Responsibilities include conducting flight, ground, and simulator training under 14 CFR Parts 141 and 61. Successful candidates may be eligible to choose from an array of signing bonuses. 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 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 two types of light-sensitive cells in the human eye should pilots be aware of?


Rods and cones. Rods are more effective than cones at night, and pilots should adjust their visual scan accordingly. Test your knowledge of night flight operations with this Air Safety Institute safety quiz. (Source: Airplane Flying Handbook 10-1)

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.


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Sept 27-28 - Richmond, Virginia

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

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

Sept 29 - Mesa, Arizona; Reno, Nevada; and Hampton, Virginia

Sept 30 - Sacramento, California; Tucson, Arizona; Richmond, Virginia; and Northglenn, Colorado

Oct 1 - Danville, Virginia; Colorado Springs, Colorado; San Jose, California; and El Paso, Texas

Oct 2 - Santa Rosa, California; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Blacksburg, Virginia

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Sept 27 - Burlington, Washington

Oct 2 - Independence, Oregon

Oct 3 - Frederick, Maryland

Oct 4 - Willoughby, Ohio; and Sanford, Maine

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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