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April 24, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterApril 24, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

Sun 'n Fun 2015

APRIL 24, 2015 - VOL 17, ISSUE 17

Top Stories


Fly the 'dirt bike with wings'

Apply a touch of brake to get the tail up, pop the flaps, rotate, and watch the ground disappear. That's the short version of the takeoff procedure demonstrated by Just Aircraft test pilot and chief instructor Harrison Smith, who described the SuperSTOL Stretch XL aptly enough as a "dirt bike with wings." Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Sun 'n Fun action, short-order pilots

AOPA Live® is on the scene at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo, covering the new diesel engine from Superior Aviation, a stretched SuperSTOL from Just Aircraft that launches at an eye-popping angle, and more. Plus, follow three remarkable students as they experience the joy of first flights and get ready to solo in just a week. Watch AOPA Live This Week, April 23...  

Sun 'n Fun News



Welcome to America, P2010

Tecnam is still viewed by many as a light sport aircraft company, despite having certified a twin-engine airplane (the P2006T) for the U.S. market. The single-engine P2010 should change that. The Lycoming IO-360-powered aircraft will do 140 knots in high-speed cruise and comes standard with Garmin G1000 avionics. Read more...  



Super Legend Cub boasts 180 hp

American Legend won approval two years ago to put a 180-horsepower engine on the Super Legend Cub, and now they've done it. Read more...  



Mooney M10 mockup on display

The Mooney M10J mockup at Sun 'n Fun may not be airworthy, but it offers visitors a first look at what's to come. Read more...  



Pilots fly Yuneec drones

Knowing pilots have reservations about sharing airspace with unmanned aircraft systems, drone manufacturer Yuneec came to Sun 'n Fun to showcase its latest products and give attendees a chance to try them out. Read more...  



Good idea launches JetBlue mission

JetBlue Airways is on a mission to inspire humanity to see aviation's best face: Ask any of the more than 140 participants from more than a dozen JetBlue Foundation educational partners in its third annual Sun 'n Fun airlift. Read more...  


One Week Ready to Solo takes off

Three students in the One Week Ready to Solo program have immersed themselves in learning to fly, working in Redbird simulators and flying RedHawk Cessna 172s. They've chased toilet paper rolls through the air, flown with airshow performers, tackled landings and stalls, and learned to embrace the heat and thermals at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Florida. Follow their progress and see how their lessons are going!

First flights

Stalls, thermals, and fun

Ribbon cuts and celebrity CFIs

Getting comfortable: Practice makes a pilot


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Technique and Safety


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IFR quiz: Into a black hole

Sometimes our eyes play tricks on us when we fly. Let's see what happens on the localizer approach to Runway 33 at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, New York. Flying this approach after dark provides an opportunity to experience several optical illusions at once. Can you keep yourself from falling victim? Take this safety quiz from the Air Safety Institute...


Accident Case Study

Learn from 'Cross-Country Crisis'

We shake our heads in disbelief after an accident happens, but how prepared are we to do the right thing? The Air Safety Institute's Accident Case Study: Cross-Country Crisis probes a pilot's ill-fated decisions—leading to a deadly accident—to illustrate why constantly assessing decisions correctly before and during a flight is so important for a safe outcome each time. Watch the video...  


Aircraft Maintenance

Repair tips for failed fuel injection system components

Find out what components of the Continental continuous-flow fuel injection system can fail and how best to proceed with maintenance and repair if any of the parts do fail. Read more...  



Placards needed or are we idiots?

Ever thought about what really prompted some of the placards on the aircraft you fly? "Did the FAA require them or did the manufacturer get sued for not telling someone to do or not do something?" writes AOPA Air Safety Institute Senior Safety Advisor Bruce Landsberg. He takes a look at some of the laughable and not-so-humorous placards on his Bonanza. Read more and share some of the amusing placards on your aircraft...  

AOPA Fly-Ins



Landing at the Zone

Fresh food draws customers to the Landing Zone Restaurant, located in the Salinas Municipal Airport terminal building in Salinas, California. Patrons are as likely to come from the city or the surrounding agricultural businesses as they are to drop in after a flight. Read more...  




Gaps in UAS rule need to be fixed

AOPA is asking the FAA to close gaps in the agency's proposed rules governing small commercial unmanned aircraft systems. The association made the recommendations in formal comments filed April 22 in response to the FAA's notice of proposed rulemaking. Read more...  



Baker delivers update on medical reform

There's a fundamental law in aviation that if you offer coffee and donuts, pilots will come. That was true April 22 for more than 250 AOPA members at Sun 'n Fun who came to see AOPA President Mark Baker give an update on the association's advocacy work on third class medical reform and other topics. Read more...  



GA recognizes need to educate ADS-B consumers

AOPA, equipment manufacturers, and aviation associations will work together to educate aircraft owners about their options when it comes to equipping with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast products, the groups agreed during a meeting hosted by AOPA President Mark Baker at Sun 'n Fun. Read more...  



'An airport to watch'

The Rotary Aviation Zone, a wheelchair-accessible observation tower and picnic shelter with picnic tables, is taking shape near the control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport. The area is designed as a place for people of all ages to connect with their airport community. Read more...  



Pilot Protection Services

Magic in the numbers

It is common for pilots with a cardiac history to be asked to provide a lipid profile and fasting blood glucose as part of their special issuance evaluations. Find out more about what the FAA will look for...  




Avilution: Avionics from scratch

An individual with relatively basic knowledge of computers can build a computer, and that's exactly what Avilution has in mind for the instrument panel. XFS, most simply described as an operating system for an aircraft, aims to revolutionize aircraft electronics by putting the tools to develop, build, install, and operate aircraft systems in the hands of individual builders and manufacturers alike. Read more...  



Aspen lowers ADS-B transceiver prices

Aspen Avionics has lowered the prices of its single-band Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) transceivers. The ATX100 now lists for $2,645, and the recently certified ATX100G lists for $3,495. Both offer ADS-B In and Out capability; the ATX100G adds a WAAS GPS receiver. Read more...  



Swiss ultralight cruises at 160 kt

Pilots in Europe with the lowest category of pilot certificate are able to purchase the Risen aircraft by Swiss Excellence Airplanes that cruises at 160 knots. There is no word as yet on whether it will be available in the United States. Read more...  



German firm prepares flying car

What the world needs is more flying cars, and the German firm Carplane based at the Braunschweig Airport 130 miles east of Berlin intends to fill that need. Read more...  




Instructors to remember ... and forget

Being trapped in a dark Link trainer was difficult enough for Opinion Leaders blogger Rob Mark, who is "a bit claustrophobic," but suffering through lessons with a flight instructor who yelled at him was enough to make him decide he wasn't cut out for flying. A few years later, an encouraging CFI took Mark under his wing, leading to what has become a prosperous career in aviation. Like Mark, many pilots probably have had some CFIs they want to remember or forget. Read more...  




ForeFlight, FreeFlight pair ADS-B resources

Collaboration between avionics manufacturer FreeFlight Systems and mobile flight-planning tool provider ForeFlight will link an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) app with certified ADS-B systems. Read more...  



Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck VFR adds audio warnings

A new feature of Jeppesen's Mobile FliteDeck VFR electronic flight bag gives pilots aural airspace and waypoint warnings through Sennheiser's S1 Digital headset. Read more...  



Electroair approved for most of the fleet

Electroair's lineup of electronic ignition approvals for certified, fixed-wing aircraft engines is nearly complete, and the company is nearing certification for helicopters. Read more...  




Are you a trailblazer?

If you're up for an adventure that will improve your piloting skills, Hartzell Propeller's "Trailblazer Sweepstakes" could take your flying to the next level—that is, if you win. The sweepstakes offers an expenses-paid backcountry flying adventure for two, or a seaplane excursion and opportunity to earn a seaplane rating. Read more...  




Aircraft loans now offered to AOPA members in Alaska, Hawaii

AOPA Aviation Finance Co. now offers members in Alaska and Hawaii competitive aircraft loans that were previously difficult to acquire. Read more...  



Redbird announces new partnerships

Redbird Flight Simulations announced new partnerships with Mooney, Sporty's, and Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. at Sun 'n Fun. Read more...  

News and Notes



Wichita B-29 overcoming obstacles

The B-29 named Doc after the cartoon miner in the movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has faced literally a whirlwind of problems in its bid to fly again after 60 years. Read more...  



Autogyro gets a second chance

Maybe Harold Pitcairn and patent holder Juan de la Cierva were on to something after all when they launched production of the autogyro. A Brit says he is bringing it back. Read more...  



Continental boosts diesel retrofit capacity

Continental Motors Group announced on April 16 that the FAA has approved assembly of CD-100 series engine retrofit kits in the United States. The CD-155 and CD-135 engines made in Germany will be stocked at the same Continental facility in Fairhope, Alabama, where the retrofit kits will be assembled. Read more...  



Concerns raised about Cessna 120, 140 seat belt brackets

A special airworthiness information bulletin raises airworthiness concerns about aluminum seat belt mounting brackets installed in Cessna model 120 and 140 aircraft. Read more...  



Rans Designs prepares Raven for light sport market

Rans Designs first offered its tailwheel bush airplane, the Raven, two years ago and is now preparing to build a prototype for light sport approval expected in August or September. Read more...  

Career Opportunities


Aviation job board

Job of the week: CFI, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is accepting applications for certificated flight instructors to provide training within Part 141 programs. Opportunities are available at two locations: Fly over the mountains and high desert of Prescott, Arizona (elevation 5,000 feet), or over the sandy beaches of Daytona Beach, Florida. Courses include private, instrument, commercial, and flight instructor; training will be provided in a fleet of aircraft including the Cessna 172S and Diamond DA-42 with Garmin G1000 avionics. Apply today for this exciting career opportunity!


AOPA career opportunities

Join the AOPA team

Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? We're looking for part time, temporary digital product support; a senior director of government affairs (airport advocacy); director of government affairs (airspace/air traffic); aviation technical specialist; director, pilot community development; vice president, information and technology; senior ambassador, You Can Fly; outreach and events coordinator; vice president for major and leadership gifts; Sitecore developer; director of studies, research, and analysis; and account executive. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


Flaps increase lift and increase drag, but what do spoilers do?


Spoilers decrease lift and increase drag. (Source: Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, 5-10.)

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Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Apr 25-26 - Tampa, Florida; and San Diego, California

May 2-3 - Sacramento, California; and Kansas City, Missouri

May 16-17 - Dania Beach, Florida; Houston, Texas; Pensacola, Florida; and Albany, New York

Jun 13-14 - Orlando, Florida; Santa Clara, California; and Bloomington, Minnesota

For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online. Can't make it in person? Sign up for the Air Safety Institute's Online eFIRC.

Air Safety Institute Safety Seminars

Apr 24 - Lakeland, Florida

Apr 26 - Lakeland, Florida

Apr 27 - Concord, California; and Waltham, Massachusetts

Apr 28 - East Hartford, Connecticut; and Fresno, California

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Apr 25 - Lakeland, Florida; Quinton, Virginia; and Medford, New Jersey

May 2 - New Century, Kansas; Alexandria, Minnesota; and Southbridge, Massachusetts

May 3 - Anchorage, Alaska

May 9 - Burlington, Washington

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.

Photo Contest

Who's your favorite co-pilot?

We want to find the best general aviation photos that show pilots sharing their passion for flying with their best flying friend. Submit a photo and vote for your favorite from the submissions. The photo with the most votes at 11:59 p.m. Eastern each Wednesday will win a prize from Sporty's and AOPA, and be featured in AOPA ePilot. An overall winner will be picked by Sporty's and AOPA on May 29 for a grand prize. This week's winning photo, "My beautiful bride," was submitted by Mike Carrier.

ePilot Editors:

Sarah Deener
Alyssa Miller
Jim Moore

Production Assistant:

Melissa Whitehouse


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Elizabeth Tennyson
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