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July 17, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterJuly 17, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter


JULY 17, 2015 - VOL 17, ISSUE 29

EAA AirVenture



Visit AOPA at AirVenture

AOPA has nearly four dozen events planned at the association's front-row position on the flight line during EAA AirVenture, July 20 through 26. The AOPA campus is in a prime location for socializing, attending seminars, and viewing the daily airshow performances. Read more...  



Pilot who saved 469 to speak

Qantas Capt. Richard de Crespigny will address an EAA AirVenture audience on the emergency that crippled his Airbus A380 with 460 passengers and nine crewmembers aboard in 2010. Read more...  



'Top Prop' winner to be named at AirVenture

Pilots may sign up through July 21 for a chance to win a three-day backcountry flying adventure or a seaplane rating in Hartzell Propeller's Top Prop Trailblazer Sweepstakes. The winner will be selected in a drawing at EAA AirVenture July 22. Read more...  



Daily drawings award $1,000 toward ADS-B equipage

The Aircraft Electronics Association will award five aircraft owners with $1,000 toward Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast equipment during EAA AirVenture. The daily drawing is meant to give owners incentive to equip with ADS-B Out equipment that meets the requirements of the FAA's 2020 mandate. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

AirVenture preview, anniversary of a two-seat classic

AOPA Live® takes a sneak peek at what's in store at EAA AirVenture 2015. Plus, Civil Air Patrol instructors can only sit back and watch as their cadets fly solo during a nine-day total-immersion summer flight camp, and AOPA renews a call for the FAA not to withhold traffic data from aircraft not yet equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out. And take a ride in the Ercoupe, a fun, affordable airplane that has been around for 75 years. Watch AOPA Live This Week, July 16...  

Technique and Safety


Accident analysis

Margin for error

Why would an experienced pilot put his aircraft into a position where any unexpected event would create a hazard—especially with family members on board? On the morning of July 6, 2014, a 180-horsepower Piper Arrow crashed into a mountainside on the edge of a ravine near Lake Elsinore in Southern California. Read more in this special report from the Air Safety Institute.  



What's the window?

A pilot planning a day trip to the coast in the FBO's new IFR-equipped aircraft has more than just weather to consider. Read more...  


AOPA Premier Partner sponsored content

First flight after maintenance

How do you handle getting your airplane back from the shop? Hall of Fame CFI Tom Turner shares some stories and explains specific actions every pilot should take on the first flight after getting work done on your airplane. Whether you listen to the five-minute audio or read the quick report, you won't soon forget Turner's experience-based advice. Access the tips from AOPA Premier Partner PilotWorkshops...  



152 pilot wins Q2 Learn & Earn

California pilot Nathan Parker said he likes AOPA's online courses and quizzes because they "keep my mind in aviation mode." Completing those educational activities had another benefit for Parker in July: a Stratus 2 Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast receiver, courtesy of Sporty's Pilot Shop. Read more...  




Call to action: Help push medical reform through Congress

AOPA is calling on all members to band together and help push third class medical reform through Congress before the end of July. "There are only a few weeks remaining before Congress takes a month-long recess beginning in August, so now is the time for all AOPA members to act and urge members of Congress to co-sponsor the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 and get this done in July," said Jim Coon, AOPA senior vice president of government affairs. Read more...  



Make ADS-B traffic available to all, AOPA urges

In the wake of a fatal midair collision over South Carolina, AOPA is renewing a call to the FAA to stop denying pilots an inexpensive source of traffic information that could aid their situational awareness. Read more...  



Santa Monica airport tenants face higher rents

Businesses leasing property at Santa Monica Municipal Airport will face higher rates and shorter lease terms after the Santa Monica City Council approved changes to more than 70 lease agreements July 14. Read more...  



FAA offers tips for making a switch

Whether you're stepping up to something faster, making the switch to an experimental aircraft, or renting a familiar model airplane with different avionics, transitioning to an unfamiliar aircraft involves risk. The FAA offers tips for mitigating risk during that transition in an updated Advisory Circular 90-109A—"Transition to Unfamiliar Aircraft" released June 29. Read more...  



Hunt for avgas replacement on target

The hunt for one or more unleaded replacements for avgas is continuing on target, members of the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI) Steering Group said following a three-day meeting to evaluate progress. Read more...  



Proposed 406-MHz ELT mandate for Canada opposed

AOPA has registered its strong opposition to a Transport Canada proposal to mandate 406-MHz emergency locator transmitters in aircraft currently required to carry ELTs. Read more...  



Pilot Protection Services

Developing healthier eating habits

Developing healthier eating habits will keep you aloft—and alive—longer. Read more...  




Who's first? Airbus or Cri-Cri?

Airbus' electrically powered E-Fan crossed the English Channel on July 10, but the story certainly hasn't ended there. Airbus says that the E-Fan was the first electrically powered airplane to make the flight—from Lydd in the United Kingdom to Calais, France. Read more...  




ForeFlight to pair with Garmin avionics

In a move that brings together two former rivals, ForeFlight and Garmin announced a close collaboration that pairs ForeFlight's market-leading iPad app with Garmin's dominant panel-mount avionics. Read more...  



Garmin offers ADS-B component for experimentals, LSAs

Garmin is offering the noncertified GPS 20A, an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out compliant WAAS GPS position source for experimental amateur-built and light sport aircraft. Read more...  



Garmin showing new products at Oshkosh

Garmin has released details on several new products it will show during EAA AirVenture, including an electronic logbook and a Bluetooth audio panel. Read more...  




Solar Impulse stuck in Hawaii

Solar Impulse, an airplane powered only by the sun and 2,000 pounds of batteries, has completed the most difficult leg of a round-the-world flight, but will sit grounded in Hawaii for several months to repair damage caused by battery overheating. The Solar Impulse team announced July 15 that the second half of the trip would be delayed until April 2016. Read more...  



Member benefits

Consider a flexible aviation loan for your next aircraft purchase

Traditional aircraft loans are secured by an aircraft, but a flexible aviation loan may be a better option for you. Before you make that decision, you need to know the differences. AOPA Aviation Finance explains the differences and why amortization matters.

News and Notes



Weekend in the wilderness

Deep in the northern woods of Maine, the grandson of one of the most influential aircraft designers hosts "Sikorsky Weekend" each year, telling tales of his grandfather, Russia before the Bolshevik Revolution, and the early days of helicopter design—and taking visitors seaplane flying and fishing. Meet Igor Sikorsky III. Read more...  



CAP flight academy solos cadets

Civil Air Patrol cadet Josh Thompson, 16, could barely contain his pride and enthusiasm after soloing a Cessna 172 during a National Flight Academy camp in July at the Army National Guard's Fort Pickett in Blackstone, Virginia. Read more...  



Lakeland kids helping build GA

These young folks are going somewhere: Oshkosh, to be exact. Not only are they adding to the aviation industry, pilot population, and registered aircraft count, they are encouraging younger kids along the way. Read more...  



Noted designer James Bede dies

James R. Bede, an aircraft designer whose concepts included a micro jet and a single-engine airplane that evolved into the American Aviation Yankee, has died. Read more...  



'Pilot Getaways' Editor in Chief John Kounis dies

John Kounis was a pilot, NASA engineer, world traveler, and an irrepressibly positive force in aviation who co-founded Pilot Getaways magazine with his brother, George, and turned it into an authoritative source for pilots in search of adventure. Kounis, 51, died suddenly on July 13, near his home in Glendale, California, about two weeks after returning from a Cessna 185 ferry flight to Malaysia. Read more...  



All-you-can-fly air service to bring convenience, jobs

Startup subscription-based airline service Beacon announced a $400 million partnership with aviation solutions firm Dynamic Aviation to provide its initial service. Read more...  



King Schools offers new TSA course

Flight instructors have a new way to comply with the TSA's annual security awareness training requirement with King Schools' new online course. Read more...  



More on 'scud running'

When weather starts deteriorating on a cross-country flight, a helicopter pilot has a few options, according to blogger Maria Langer: Alter your route to completely avoid the weather; land and wait it out; or continue toward your intended destination. She discusses the variables that determine which option you pick. 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 graphic design intern; director of media relations; director of regulatory affairs; Northwest Mountain regional manager; AOPA National Aviation Community Center aviation event planner; marketing project coordinator; account executive, AOPA corporate partnerships; videographer, Air Safety Institute; and aviation technical specialist. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


You've just leveled off at your cruising altitude for a three-hour cross-country. You departed your local nontowered field and now need to activate your VFR flight plan. (You remembered to file one, right?) The closest VOR to you, Montebello, lists Leesburg as the FSS and 122.1R MHz as the only contact frequency. The frequency for the Montebello VOR is 115.3 MHz. How will you contact Leesburg Radio to activate your flight plan?


First, tune in 122.1 MHz into your com radio and 115.3 MHz into the nav radio. You will transmit to Leesburg radio on 122.1 MHz and listen for the reply over the identification feature on the VOR frequency, 115.3 MHz. On your initial call-up, announce to Leesburg that you are transmitting on 122.1 MHz and receiving over 115.3 MHz, so they know which frequencies you are attempting to use and how to reply to you. Find further information on using FSS on AOPA's website.

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


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Jul 18-19 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jul 25-26 - St. Augustine, Florida

Aug 1-2 - Long Beach, California

Aug 8-9 - Atlanta, Georgia; and Allentown, Pennsylvania

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

Jul 20-25 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Jul 18 - New York, New York; and Broomfield, Colorado

Jul 22 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Jul 25 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Aug 1 - Bulverde, Texas

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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