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July 24, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterJuly 24, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

AirVenture 2015 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

JULY 24, 2015 - VOL 17, ISSUE 30

EAA AirVenture



Light fantastic

Aerobats dazzle even in the daytime, but the night show at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is a magical sight. Performers flew loops and rolls with pyrotechnics shooting from their wings during the July 22 night airshow. Read more...  



Accident temporarily closes Wittman

A Piper PA-46 Malibu crashed on Runway 27 at Wittman Regional Airport while arriving at EAA AirVenture just before 8 a.m. Central time July 22, closing the airport for about 2.5 hours, according to EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski. Read more...  



Rotax dials up the power

Rotax on July 21 introduced its most powerful engine yet—the 135-horsepower 915 iS. Read more...  



SkiGull details revealed

In a departure from his long-held practice of keeping his airplane projects secret while still in development, Burt Rutan used a public forum at EAA AirVenture on July 22 to reveal details of the SkiGull, an ultra-efficient, long-range seaplane capable of landing on asphalt, grass, snow, or water. Read more...  



Taste of Valdez STOL

Joe Dory IV is an accomplished backcountry pilot, but he admitted he was a little nervous about the task at hand: competing in the short takeoff and landing event at EAA AirVenture before thousands of pilots July 21. Read more...  



Continental certifies CD-230 diesel

Continental Motors has won certification of its CD-230 diesel engine and expects to be working with a "large and interesting" customer next year, the company announced. Read more...  




Big airplanes are drawing big crowds at EAA AirVenture, one of the aviation world's biggest events. Check out some of the show's scaled-up attractions in this slideshow... 


AOPA Live This Week

Piping Bonanzas, STOL faceoff

Who knew you could put Pipers in a Bonanza? It's not what you think. These Los Angeles Police Department reserve officers fly their Bonanzas to play bagpipes at memorial services for fallen police officers, firefighters, and military men and women. Plus, see how short some pilots can land in the Valdez-style short takeoff and landing competition at EAA AirVenture. Also, get an update on That's All Brother, advocacy news from AOPA President Mark Baker's Pilot Town Hall, and Icon's first A5 delivery. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, July 23...  


More EAA AirVenture News

Downsized Rutan designs

Lancairs get new cowls, chutes, and boots

WomenVenture: 'You are your pilot in command'

Embry-Riddle honors Baker with named airplane

Technique and Safety



Approach gone wrong

Controllers alerted a U.S. Air Force F-16 pilot to the presence of nearby traffic seconds before the fighter collided with a Cessna 150, killing two. The NTSB has released a detailed factual report about the July 7 collision over South Carolina. Read more...  



Velociraptors in the air

After a high-profile midair collision involving a Cessna 150 and an F-16, AOPA Senior Safety Advisor Bruce Landsberg reflects on the principles of "see and avoid," the role of technology in collision avoidance, and a mandate that should provide significant savings to the FAA but comes at a cost to users. Read more...  


Aircraft Maintenance

Tips for cleaning your interior

When it's time to clean your airplane's interior, start with a clean slate: Take out all of those flashlights, batteries, pens, paper charts, and Foggles that are stuffed everywhere and put them in a box—and then get to work. Read more...  


Pilot Safety Announcement

Ignorant or reckless? You decide

While humorous in presentation, this Pilot Safety Announcement (PSA) tackles a serious problem: irresponsible behavior of pilots who are influenced by bad judgment and fail to understand the perils of hazardous maneuvering, or who deliberately take significant risks. Help prevent wannabe daredevils from attempting dangerous stunts, and avert a bad flight outcome for someone at risk. Watch and share this "Real Aviation Heroes" PSA...  


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Say again?

Do you know what to say before you press the push-to-talk switch? Brush up on proper radio etiquette and avoid communication blunders by perusing the Air Safety Institute's "Radio Communications and ATC" Safety Spotlight. Learn more...  



EAA looking for pilot safety ideas

Have a good idea for improving aircraft safety? Enter an EAA contest kicking off later in 2015 and you could win $25,000. Read more...  




Medical reform could be added to highway bill

An amendment to the Senate highway bill that includes third class medical reform language has been filed by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.). Read more...  



'We are not going to rest'

AOPA President Mark Baker vowed to pilots at EAA AirVenture that "we are not going to rest until we get the right answer" on third class medical reform. Read more...  



AOPA asks FAA to restore sim time

In formal comments filed with the FAA July 15, AOPA asked the agency to expedite publication of a final rule that would once again allow pilots to count more hours in an approved aviation training device (ATD) toward an instrument rating. Read more... 



FAA resumes approving vintage aircraft for paid pax flights

Organizations that hope to offer the public paid rides in vintage warbirds and other historically significant aircraft may once again petition the FAA for permission. Read more...  



FAA administrator appears at Oshkosh

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta delivered an hour-long address at EAA AirVenture on July 23 that said little about the subjects general aviation pilots care most about: third class medical reform, avgas, and streamlining certification rules for aircraft manufacturers. Read more...  



Pilot magazine

One patient at a time

From a distance of 30 miles, Haiti appears majestic and serene. "It looks like a paradise from here," Randy Rizor, an Atlanta physician, says wryly from the left seat of his Beech Bonanza A36. Rizor has been making medical volunteer flights here for 21 years. "But appearances can be deceiving." For five days, Rizor and fellow medical volunteers will confront typhoid, tuberculosis, malaria, HIV, malnutrition, waterborne parasites, and myriad other maladies while working in the most austere conditions. Read more...  




Swift Fuels to offer 94 MON avgas

Swift Fuels is once again creating a buzz in the general aviation world with the announcement that it will produce 94 MON avgas. The unleaded fuel will work in light sport aircraft that have Rotax engines, aircraft that have a supplemental type certificate for autogas, and airplanes that can run on avgas (engine rated 94 motor-octane-number or lower). Aircraft owners can buy an avgas supplemental type certificate for the fuel. Read more...  



Trig adds Garmin compatibility, expands AML STC

Trig Avionics announced that its 1090ES transponders, which offer Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out, are compatible with Garmin navigators. The TT31's approved model list supplemental type certificate now covers 600 aircraft. Read more...  



FlyThisSim targets schools

FlyThisSim, a company known for producing affordable touchscreen desktop simulators, is stepping up. The TouchTrainer FM 210 is a high-fidelity skills trainer with a 210-degree panoramic visual system. Read more...  



Putting the auto in autorotate

One second. That's all the time helicopter pilots have to get the collective buried on an R22—give or take a tenth or two. Now, a new company thinks it has an innovative solution that will help keep the air flowing through those rotor blades. Read more...  




Is your aircraft OK to fly?

Exactly how does the pilot in command decide whether an aircraft is airworthy, and therefore whether he is allowed to fly it? Opinion Leaders blogger Mike Busch shares his thoughts. Read more...  



Can a mentor really help?

Almost everyone could use a good mentor. "There is simply no reason an aspiring mechanic, pilot, air traffic controller, or anyone else with a keen interest in aviation, should fall into the same dark holes the rest of us have over the decades," writes Opinion Leaders blogger Rob Mark. "Allow us to help you steer clear." Read more...  




FreeFlight partners with Blackhawk on ADS-B

FreeFlight Systems is partnering with Blackhawk Modifications to provide Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast systems to aircraft owners upgrading their engines. Read more...  




Sights of Oshkosh

Pilots have flocked to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to check out aircraft of all shapes and sizes at EAA AirVenture. From sprightly taildraggers to a FedEx freighter, aircraft on display drew crowds all week; but the aircraft weren't the only attraction. Pilots checked out products, got together for food and camaraderie, and connected with AOPA while on the show grounds. View the slideshow...  




Lockheed buys Sikorsky

The oldest name in helicopters is changing hands: Lockheed Martin has struck a $9 billion deal to purchase Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies Corp. The deal between the two aerospace giants is not expected to cause major changes for customers. Read more...  



Slowing sales trigger layoffs at Piper

Piper Aircraft, citing a sales slowdown and economic instability in some of its markets, announced that it will lay off up to 150 workers. Read more...  

News and Notes



Tuskegee Airman flies again

World War II veteran and Tuskegee Airman Lt. Floyd Collins, a former P-51 pilot, was cool and confident when he returned to the cockpit in Maryland for a sightseeing flight near the nation's capital. Read more...  



'All about doing the impossible'

Nina Garkavi was 22, with a new job and life unfolding before her, when she was diagnosed with brain cancer. Then came the rigors of treatment. It was a period of time she describes, simply, as "a whirlwind," and "a reality check." Coming to the Summit Aviation Cancer Camp in Bozeman, Montana, "was all about doing the impossible and seeing what I can do," she said. Read more...  


Pilot Protection Services

NASA's potentially complicating caveat

Filing a NASA report can produce a waiver of sanction if the FAA seeks enforcement action against the reporting pilot. This benefit is subject to restrictions, however. Find out how the NTSB has ruled on cases in which the pilot claimed a violation was "inadvertent and not deliberate." Read more...  



The flying toothbrush

Canadian pilot Raphaël Langumier's 4-year-old daughter took a shine to aerobatics. Now, Léa wanted to know, how does a toothbrush float in outer space? That question prompted a new mission, and another video that will remind you why we love to fly. Read more...  



LAMA award goes to Jeremy Monnett

The Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association President's Award has been presented to the family of Sonex CEO Jeremy Monnett, who died in an aircraft accident in June. Also killed was aircraft assembly mechanic Mike Clark. Read more...  

Career Opportunities


AOPA career opportunities

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Question of the Week


You plan to fly your single-engine aircraft to an airport that is located under the 10-nautical-mile outer airspace ring of a Class C airport. The aircraft does not have a transponder. Can you make the flight into this airport, as long as the Class C airspace is not part of a larger airspace complex such as underlying Class B airspace?


Because a transponder is not required underneath the outer shelf of Class C airspace, you would be able to make this flight with no transponder. However, keep in mind that a transponder is required inside Class C airspace and above the Class C airspace up to 10,000 feet msl. Also remember that if you are flying an aircraft equipped with a transponder, FAR 91.215(c) requires that you operate that transponder, including Mode C (if installed), anytime you are in controlled airspace.

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


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Jul 25-26 - St. Augustine, Florida

Aug 1-2 - Long Beach, California

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

Aug 15-16 - Reno, Nevada; and Fort Worth, Texas

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 24-25 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Jul 25 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Aug 1 - Bulverde, Texas

Aug 8 - Apopka, Florida; Gainesville, Florida; and Chesterfield, Missouri

Aug 15 - Fort Wayne, Indiana; Penn Yan, New York; and Lakeland, Florida

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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