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August 21, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterAugust 21, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

Aircraft at Anoka County-Blaine Airport, site of the third 2015 AOPA Fly-In

AUGUST 21, 2015 - VOL 17, ISSUE 34

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Safety alert: Avoid midairs

Although the frequency of midair collisions has decreased over the past few years, when they occur the outcome is often tragic. Most recently, a Cessna 172 and a Sabreliner jet collided near San Diego. While the NTSB is investigating this accident, the Air Safety Institute recommends that pilots review these steps to minimize the risks and improve their safety margins. Read the alert...


AOPA Live This Week

Anoka splash-in, first-person racing

Splash in to the land of 10,000 lakes for the AOPA Minneapolis Fly-In Aug. 22 at Anoka County-Blaine Airport. Watch a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and others arrive at the seaplane base, then ride along with pilots who race much smaller aircraft in a budding sport that's drawing sponsors and investors with stadiums in mind. In light of the recent collision of a Cessna 172 and a Sabreliner jet over Southern California, the Air Safety Institute has issued a new safety alert and a renewed call for vigilance. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Aug. 20...  

Technique and Safety



Keep stalls at bay

Would you like a precise way to gauge when you're about to exceed a wing's lift capacity? Enter the angle of attack (AOA) indicator. The Air Safety Institute's latest safety video, Margins of Safety: Angle of Attack Indicators, developed with technical assistance from Aspen Avionics, explains how an AOA indicator can help you avoid exceeding the critical angle of attack. The video is made possible by the Tom Davis Fund, and brought to you by Aspen Avionics. Watch the video...  


Accident analysis

Into the void

You've heard about the hazards of black hole approaches. What about black hole departures? Learn about the hazards in this special report from the Air Safety Institute...  



Nonprecision requires precision

Flying the VOR RWY 9 approach into Anoka County-Blaine Airport in Minneapolis, how would you plan your descent to the minimum descent altitude? Read more...  


AOPA Premier Partner sponsored content

What if your iPad does this in IMC?

iPads and other electronic flight bag devices have become increasingly popular in the cockpit with the incredible situational awareness and detailed information they provide. In this scenario, you are on an IFR flight that you make frequently, but this time something goes wrong. Does your iPad help you or hurt you in this situation? Watch this thought-provoking video from PilotWorkshops and enter to win a Bose A20 aviation headset...  


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Do you know your aircraft's true age?

Whether you own or rent, you should consider factors that affect the aircraft's health and aging process—its true age does not necessarily coincide with its factory age. The Air Safety Institute's Aging Aircraft course delves into what causes aircraft to age, offers suggestions for proactive inspection and maintenance practices, and discusses renovation opportunities that can extend an aircraft's useful life. Take the course...

AOPA Fly-Ins



Top 10 reasons to come to Anoka

Rain or shine, you won't want to miss AOPA's Minneapolis Fly-In at Anoka County-Blaine Airport on Aug. 22. Check out these top 10 indoor and outdoor activities that are a must-do while in the area for the fly-in. Read more...  


Aircraft display

Warbirds, homebuilts at fly-in

Attendees at the Minneapolis Fly-In Aug. 22 will have an opportunity to check out aircraft on display ranging from new models to rare vintage aircraft and venerable warbirds. In addition to vintage aircraft from the Golden Wings Flying Museum and the first Piper Super Cub, the American Aviation Heritage Foundation will display a Vultee BT-13 Valiant being restored to airworthy condition to honor the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II; the Experimental Aircraft Association will show off its One Week Wonder, built by more than 2,500 EAA AirVenture participants; and AOPA will exhibit the You Can Fly Sweepstakes Cessna 152. Find out more about the aircraft display online...  


Pilot magazine

Colorado Springs hosts September fly-in

With Peterson Air Force Base at the north end of the field, a commercial terminal to the south, and general aviation facilities to the west, Colorado Springs Municipal Airport is like three airports in one. Lockheed C–130s mix with airliners, trainers, and business jets at the more than 7,000-acre field, which on Sept. 26 will welcome AOPA members to the association's second-to-last AOPA Fly-In of 2015. Read more...  




AME urges his senators to back medical reform

An aviation medical examiner and pilot who leads the Minnesota Pilots Association has called on his state's two U.S. senators to support third class medical reform. Read more...  



End date set for Flight Watch frequency

AOPA is reminding members that the FAA will discontinue the universal Flight Watch frequency 122.0 MHz for in-flight weather services on Oct 1. Read more...  




Racing 'like Superman'

Measured in inches and ounces, camera-toting drones raced like hummingbirds around a track, taking their pilots along for the ride. Drone racing is fast emerging from a "primordial ooze" of loose-knit groups of tinkerers who connected online, progressing to real-world events that have drawn sponsors and investors hoping to create the next great motorsport. Read more...  



AMA issues drone challenge

The Academy of Model Aeronautics is offering kits and education for student teams to compete in a search-and-rescue challenge with drones. The UAS4STEM program is similar to school robotics programs, with an aeronautical twist. Read more...  




Overhauling overhauls

The new website aims to help aircraft owners make confident, well-informed decisions about aircraft engine overhauls. Read more...  




Zenith Aircraft to host Open Hangar Day

Zenith Aircraft Co. will host its twenty-fourth annual Open Hangar Day event on Sept. 18 and 19 at its factory at Mexico Memorial Airport (MYJ) in Mexico, Missouri. Read more...  




AOPA Foundation awards training scholarships

The AOPA Foundation has selected two nonprofits to receive the first $5,000 grants from a new program supporting organizations that offer scholarships to their members. Read more... 

News and Notes


Pilot Protection Services

Airworthiness is more than flyability

As the pilot in command of an aircraft, federal aviation regulation 91.7 makes you responsible for determining whether your aircraft is in an airworthy condition before it is flown. What does "airworthy" mean? Read more...  



Aerobatics 101: Among friends

Pilots count on friends and family to make organized aerobatic competition possible, and each contest poses a logistical challenge that requires many volunteers. Whether the flight is near perfect or a low-scoring dud, every pilot can count on a smiling staff to make sure those numbers get where they need to go. Read more...  



National Aviation Day celebrated

Aviators celebrated National Aviation Day and Orville Wright's birthday Aug. 19 by flying to favorite destinations, sharing aviation with friends and family, and visiting U.S. aviation attractions. Read more...  



'Feathered Edge' delights

Filmmaker Kim Furst received three ovations from Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and fellow aviators for her film, Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project, during a National Aviation Day showing of the movie at the U.S. Capitol. Read more...  



Deaf pilots connect at Colorado Springs

Neil Anthony Thomas said he earned his pilot certificate without having met another deaf pilot. In the year or so since he met Todd Barker at Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, he's connected to a community. Read more...  



Bonhomme gains ground

Britain's Paul Bonhomme made four solid flights to win the Red Bull Air Race World Championship event in Ascot, United Kingdom. The American pilots struggled, and the 2015 title is now mathematically out of reach for both heading into their home events. Read more...  



'Beyond the Powder' to debut

Beyond the Powder, a new documentary on women air racers, will debut Labor Day weekend on public television stations in northeast Ohio. Read more...  

Career Opportunities


AOPA career opportunities

Join the AOPA team

Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? We're looking for a database developer; aviation event planner; manager of aviation safety programs; ambassador—Texas; director of aviation security; graphic design intern; director of media relations; and director of regulatory affairs.To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


You've decided that you're finally going to get the multiengine add-on you've been thinking about for years, but you're worried that you may have to repeat all of the cross-country flights and various other requirements that were needed for your single-engine certificate. When you add a class to an existing rating, do you need to meet all applicable aeronautical experience requirements listed in Part 61 of the federal aviation regulations?


In this circumstance, you would not need to repeat the cross-country flights or other requirements listed in FAR 61.109. Normally when adding a class to an existing pilot certificate you do not need to meet the specified training requirements under Part 61. (You would be required to meet the experience requirements only if you had a lighter-than-air category rating in a balloon and were seeking an airship class rating.) You still need to obtain the correct endorsements and pass the practical test, but you do not need to take another knowledge test. Adding a class is a good way to challenge yourself, increase your knowledge, and get back into flying if it's been a few years. Learn more about adding a class to an existing rating in FAR 61.63(c).

Got a question for our technical services staff? Contact AOPA.


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Sep 12-13 - Colorado, Springs, Colorado; Elkridge, Maryland; and Sandston, Virginia

Sep 19-20 - Phoenix, Arizona

Sep 26-27 - Sacramento, California

Oct 10-11 - Nashville, Tennessee; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Windsor Locks, Connecticut

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

Aug 22 - Blaine, Minnesota

Aug 26 - Colorado Springs, Colorado

Aug 27 - Northglenn, Colorado

Aug 31 - Ypsilanti, Michigan; Houston, Texas; and Florham Park, New Jersey

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Aug 22 - Blaine, Minnesota; Mitchellville, Maryland; Tucson, Arizona; and Lebanon, Ohio

Aug 25 - Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Aug 26 - Racine, Wisconsin

Sep 5 - Hayden, Idaho; and Santa Ynez, California

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
David Tulis

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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