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June 5, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterJune 5, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

Michael Goulian gives an aerobatic demonstration in Frederick, Maryland.

JUNE 5, 2015 - VOL 17, ISSUE 23

Top Stories


Goulian rallies in Rovinj

Red Bull Air Race pilot Michael Goulian barely missed his first podium in years, snapping a dismal streak of first-round exits with a spot in the final four in Rovinj, Croatia, and vowing "there will be more." The season's third race was among the tightest in the series' history, with 0.148 seconds separating winner Hannes Arch from third-place finisher Matt Hall. Read more...  



Sonex CEO killed in aircraft accident

Sonex Aircraft CEO Jeremy Monnett and assembly mechanic Mike Clark were killed June 2 in an aircraft accident near the company's headquarters in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The two-seat, piston-engine Sonex SA crashed on approach to Wittman Regional Airport. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Ditching tips, Falcon 5X rollout

A ditching was caught on tape, and Air Safety Institute Senior Vice President George Perry gives tips to save your life in the event of a forced landing on water. Plus, AOPA Live® shows you the very theatrical rollout of the new Dassault Falcon 5X business jet. Watch AOPA Live This Week, June 4...  

Technique and Safety


Accident analysis

Almost beyond belief

What could possibly account for the crash of a meticulously maintained North American P-51D Mustang flown by an expert pilot in beautiful weather? Read more in this special report from the Air Safety Institute.  


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Steer clear of convection

As the summer season heats up, so does the potential for encountering dangerous convective activity. Learn how to communicate effectively with ATC, how controllers describe precipitation, and what radar services they can offer with the Air Safety Institute's Weather Wise: Thunderstorms and ATC online course. Take the course...



Unknown problem, imperfect solution

There was a bang, the instructor says, followed by a vibration in the control column. Did something on the cowling let go, striking the tail? Read more...  


AOPA Premier Partner sponsored content

IFR challenge: 'Dizzying approach'

You planned the perfect flight to build your IFR confidence: 1,000-foot ceilings and stable clouds, a mission to bring your daughter home from a commercial airport to your home town, and your regular instructor on board to make sure it all worked out. Except it didn't. Your instructor is doing a charter elsewhere, and you're on approach in instrument conditions with your daughter up front—and now the instrument indications don't make sense. There's no time to lose in making your next move. What will you do? Watch this short scenario video from PilotWorkshops, make your choice, and compare with other pilots... 


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Flight review refresher

The flight review is an opportunity to brush up on maneuvers and make sure you're up to date on any changes since your last flight review or checkride. Do you know what the regulations require? Test your knowledge in this Air Safety Institute quiz. Take the quiz...

AOPA Fly-Ins



Big names headline Homecoming

The Breitling Jet Team, aerobatic stars Michael Goulian and Sean D. Tucker, NTSB Chairman Christopher A. Hart, retired Navy Cmdr. Kirk S. Lippold, and filmmaker Brian Terwilliger are some of the big names headlining AOPA's Homecoming Fly-In in Frederick, Maryland, June 6. Read more...  



Pilot Protection Services

FAA reporting obligations following a DUI-type event

There is a potential for three FAA reporting obligations following a DUI-type event. Failure to make timely reports, as necessary, can have serious consequences. Read more...  




No-fly map for drones

With consumer-grade unmanned aircraft selling like hotcakes, a California firm released a free online tool to help operators steer clear of trouble. Read more...  



Future flight service today

Struggling with a go/no-go decision? You have more resources available to you than you may realize. Learn about some of the tools available to pilots at in a webinar with AOPA and Lockheed Martin June 17 at 8 p.m. Eastern time. Guest presenter Joe Daniele, a general aviation pilot and Lockheed Martin senior engineer, will discuss weather briefing, flight planning, and flight plan filing information available free to pilots through Lockheed Martin's Pilot Web. Register...  




FAA reauthorization from a global perspective

Opinion Leaders blogger Amy Laboda shares highlights from the Regional Airline Association conference, where FAA reauthorization, a pilot shortage, and more was discussed. Laboda writes that general aviation pilots should take an interest in what various aviation groups—both U.S. based and abroad—are saying about the topics, especially because "GA pilots have a stake in how the FAA's limited resources are parceled out." Read more...  




Apple iOS 8.3 bug solution coming

An update is near that will resolve a software bug in Apple’s 8.3 operating system that shut down data between GPS receivers and aviation navigation programs, Apple officials promise. Read more...  




Pacific crossing foiled

Solar Impulse 2 was forced to land in Japan after a cold front made the Pacific Ocean crossing to Hawaii too dangerous to attempt. Pilot André Borschberg endured 44 hours, 10 minutes of flight time in the cramped cockpit, the longest solar flight to date. Read more...  



Member benefits

Say 'yes' to business aircraft

You don't have to be a Fortune 500 company or multinational corporation to benefit from using a general aviation aircraft in pursuit of business. In fact, thousands of entrepreneurs and small companies currently use GA aircraft and gain a competitive advantage. Why not you? Read more...  

News and Notes



Party under the space shuttle

The good that pilots are doing to help others was celebrated May 30 with a Hollywood bash at the Los Angeles Science Center. Read more...  



Tourist pilots rile NORAD

Pilots returning from the Caribbean are failing to pick up transponder codes, contributing to the 8,000 scrambles NORAD has performed since 9/11. Read more...  



California museum to screen Hoover documentary

Aviation legend Bob Hoover will be in attendance when the Aerospace Museum of California screens a recently released documentary about his life. Read more...  



OSAPs, HEDAs, and ARAs, oh my!

Imagine being able to create an instrument approach while en route, and then fly the approach down to a minimum of 200 feet in 3/4 statute miles visibility. It's not as crazy as it sounds, writes blogger Markus Lavenson. Learn how IFR helicopter pilots are adapting approach templates to almost any location offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more...  

Career Opportunities


Aviation job board

Job of the week: Helicopter pilot, Charleston Co. Sheriff's Office

The Charleston County, South Carolina, Sheriff's Office is seeking applicants for helicopter pilot vacancies. The Air Support Unit currently operates two Bell OH-58A helicopters equipped for NVG and FLIR operations. This unit provides law enforcement aviation capability to assist with missing persons, search and rescue, and patrol operations; vehicle pursuits; and VIP security, as well as large public event security. Read the full job description now.


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 marketing project coordinator; accounting clerk; account executive, AOPA corporate partnerships; manager, airport policy; videographer, Air Safety Institute; senior director of government affairs (airport advocacy); director of government affairs (airspace/air traffic); aviation technical specialist; vice president, information and technology; outreach and events specialist; vice president for major and leadership gifts; director of studies, research, and analysis; and account executive. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


True or false: Off-route obstruction clearance altitudes (OROCAs) guarantee ground-based navigation signal reception.


False. A published OROCA is intended to be used for situational awareness and emergencies. Signal coverage from ground-based systems is not guaranteed. (Source: Instrument Procedures Handbook, 2-27.)

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Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

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

Jun 20-21 - Sterling, Virginia

Jun 27-28 - Charlotte, North Carolina; Columbus, Ohio; and Phoenix, Arizona

Jul 11-12 - Parsippany, New Jersey; and Millington, Tennessee

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

Jun 6 - Frederick, Maryland

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Jun 6 - Frederick, Maryland

Jun 20 - Winnemucca, Nevada

Jun 27 - Fullerton, California

Jun 28 - Greenwood, South Carolina

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?

Pilots have been sharing their favorite photos of how they share their passion for general aviation and flying with their best flying friends. Sporty's and AOPA selected a grand prize winner May 29. Congratulations to Jeff Fisher whose photo, "Bogs with the boy," was selected as the winner. Fisher will receive a one-year AOPA Premier Membership and a $200 Sporty's gift card.

ePilot Editors:

Sarah Deener
Alyssa Miller
Jim Moore
David Tulis

Production Assistant:

Melissa Whitehouse


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Elizabeth Tennyson
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Alton K. Marsh
Dave Hirschman
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