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December 25, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterDecember 25, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

American Champion Decathlon

DECEMBER 25, 2015 - VOL 17, ISSUE 52

Top Stories


Favorite photos of 2015

Travel from Maine's Munsungan Lake to Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park as AOPA's photographers share the favorite images they captured during photo shoots this year. The photographs feature breathtaking sunsets and flashy fireworks; piston singles, warbirds, and jets; and the human side of aviation. Which one is your favorite? View the slideshow...  

Technique and Safety



Top 10 safety products of 2015

Prime the safety pump for your flying adventures with the top 10 AOPA Air Safety Institute products of 2015. Read more...  



Recognize when to ask for help

Some pilots are hesitant to admit to air traffic control that they're in trouble because they are afraid of the ramifications. So they attempt to resolve the problem by themselves. But as the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Real Pilot Story: Trapped on Top illustrates, that decision can be dangerous. Watch the video...  


AOPA Premier Partner sponsored content

Engine out: Where will you land?

We all tell ourselves that if we had an engine failure, we'd simply head to the nearest airport. However, what seems nearest isn't always the best choice—or even the airport we're most likely to make. What would you do with an engine failure in the flight levels where strong winds are a factor? This video from AOPA Premier Partner PilotWorkshops will give you much to ponder. Watch the video and enter to win a Bose A20 headset...


Aircraft Maintenance

Tips for evaluating control issues

Learn how to spot rigging and other control system issues while you fly. Read more...  



What happens when the 'aircraft' decides not to fly?

An Airbus A350 rejected a takeoff because it thought the runway was too short. Could this kind of technology hold value for light general aviation aircraft? AOPA Air Safety Institute Senior Safety Advisor Bruce Landsberg shares his thoughts. Read more...  




FAA issues flight advisory for State of the Union Address

The FAA has issued a flight advisory to notify pilots that restrictions will be in effect Jan. 12 during the State of the Union Address. Read more...  



Pilot Protection Services

Checklists? Check!

Pilots aren't the only ones who use checklists to ensure mission-critical items aren't overlooked. Dr. Jonathan Sackier explains how the medical profession is using checklists as well. Read more...  




Automatic watchman

Aircraft parked in the open face many risks, and a Maryland company has developed technology that acts like an electronic security guard. If anything breaks the sensor barrier, the system takes photos and sends alerts. Read more...  




Signpost up ahead

Opinion Leaders blogger Rob Mark takes a look back at 2015 and looks forward to new ventures in 2016. Read more...  




Aircraft furniture elevates recycling

Several custom furniture businesses have launched in a bid to take recycling to a higher level. The latest salvaging craze is making usable desktops, loveseats, picture frames, and rolling bars from vintage aircraft and retired jets. Read more...  



AOPA Foundation focus

Goal in sight for Hat in the Ring Society's $200,000 match

The AOPA Foundation's Hat in the Ring Society is in the home stretch of the $200,000 match challenge. When you join or upgrade your level of support in the Hat in the Ring Society, your tax-deductible donation will be matched by two generous donors who have challenged the foundation to raise $200,000 by year's end. Read more...  

News and Notes



Report notes November bizav upturn

November 2015 proved a positive month for business aviation activity, which increased 2.8 percent over November 2014. Read more...  



'Doc' out in the cold, hail until '16

Doc, the friendly Boeing B-29 Superfortress that is primed and ready for its first flight—and even has the funds to do it—must spend the winter outside its former hangar. Read more...  



Make your airplane like new

What's involved in making your own old airplane like new? AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines and Editor at Large Dave Hirschman share their experiences and expertise from overseeing multiple aircraft overhauls, rebuilds, upgrades, and refurbishments in the recorded webinar, "Aircraft Refurbishing." Learn what makes some airplanes better candidates than others, where and how to get started, what jobs to tackle, and how to find resources that fit your project. Log in to watch the recorded webinar...  



Two kit aircraft moving to market

While the kitplane Merlin promises to drive new airplane costs as low as they can go, the LoCamp kit promises to make flying as fun as it can be. The Merlin has only one seat while the open-cockpit LoCamp has two tandem seats. Read more...  

Career Opportunities


AOPA career opportunities

Join the AOPA team

Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? AOPA is looking for an aviation finance account executive; aviation finance analyst I; senior director, High School Aviation Initiative; e-learning designer; aviation finance loan processor; member services representative; legal services plan attorney; legal services plan administrative assistant; major gift officer; and insurance account executive.To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


While working on your instrument rating in an aviation training device, your instructor was present, but you didn't wear a view-limiting device. Can these hours be counted toward the 40 hours required for your rating?


No. Hours spent in an ATD without using a view-limiting device cannot be counted toward the 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time required. FAR 61.65(i) lists the specific requirements for counting a maximum of 10 hours of ATD instrument time toward your instrument rating. The list includes a condition that the hours can be counted if "a view-limiting device was worn by the applicant when logging instrument time in the device."

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


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Jan 9-10 - Spokane, Washington; Charlotte, North Carolina; San Antonio, Texas; Santa Clara, California; and Ridgeland, Mississippi

Jan 16-17 - Portland, Oregon; Bellevue, Washington; and Elkridge, Maryland

Jan 23-24 - Rockford, Tennessee; Long Beach, California; and Ypsilanti, Michigan

Feb 6-7 - Las Vegas, Nevada; and Louisville, Kentucky

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

Jan 11 - Reno, Nevada; and The Woodlands, Texas

Jan 12 - Sacramento, California; and Houston, Texas

Jan 13 - Milpitas, California; and San Antonio, Texas

Jan 14 - Santa Rosa, California; and Austin, Texas

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Jan 2 - Lakeland, Florida

Jan 9 - Stevensville, Maryland; and Lawrenceville, Georgia

Jan 16 - Lebanon, Tennessee

Jan 20 - Racine, Wisconsin

For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.


Aviation Calendar

Want something to do this weekend? Planning an aviation getaway? See AOPA's enhanced calendar of events. You can filter events by date range, airport ID, state, or region. Before you take off on an adventure, make sure you check our current aviation weather provided by Jeppesen.

To include an event or to search all events in the calendar, visit AOPA Online. For airport details, including FBO fuel prices, see AOPA Airports. AOPA does not endorse or assume responsibility for the events submitted and listed in the calendar.

Events by Region

Northeast | Eastern | Mid-Atlantic | Florida | Southeast | Great Lakes | Midwest | Southwest | Central | Western | California | Northwest

ePilot Editors:

Alyssa Miller
Jim Moore
David Tulis

Production Assistant:

Melissa Whitehouse


Mike Collins
Sarah Deener
Dave Hirschman
Tom Horne
Alton K. Marsh
Warren Morningstar
Dan Namowitz
Jill W. Tallman
Elizabeth Tennyson
Ian J. Twombly
Julie Summers Walker

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