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June 12, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterJune 12, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

Cessna 185 Skywagon

JUNE 12, 2015 - VOL 17, ISSUE 24

Top Stories


D-Day lead aircraft found

A Wisconsin company preparing to hang turboprops on a vintage C-47 stopped when a researcher discovered it had played a uniquely significant role in history. The Commemorative Air Force has struck a deal to acquire the airplane that led the D-Day invasion, with plans to restore it as a flying museum. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Time to equip with ADS-B, Baker says

AOPA President Mark Baker says it is time to equip with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out, and Air Safety Institute Senior Vice President George Perry gives a former U.S. Navy fighter pilot's perspective on the value of angle of attack indicators for general aviation. Also this week, Adam Smith of the Commemorative Air Force tells the tale of a wildly successful fundraising campaign to save the C-47 that led the D-Day invasion. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, June 11...  

Technique and Safety


Fly like a fighter

Blindfold cockpit check

Use a fighter pilot's tip and close your eyes to visualize locations of key controls and cockpit switches before flight. Read more...  



Thunderstorms, airplanes don't mix

Did you know there are an estimated 100,000 thunderstorms in the United States each year? These storms may develop quickly, and flying too close to one can pose major trouble. In this Safety Advisor, you'll learn about ATC weather radar services, as well as strategies for dealing with some of nature's most violent storms. Download the Safety Advisor...



Find your crosswind comfort zone

Do you "crab and kick" or sideslip in a crosswind landing? Every pilot learns the techniques for a proper crosswind landing, but it requires practice and experience to tweak the controls correctly when the winds kick up. Looking for sound advice? Watch the Air Safety Institute's Takeoffs and Landings: Crosswind Landings video...  


Aircraft Maintenance

How to clean an airplane, part 1

Keeping your aircraft clean has significant benefits to its performance and long-term health. Learn how to clean, inspect, and protect your aircraft. Read more...  



A quiet evening (on the ground)

A stationary front had settled over New England with low ceilings, fog, and rain. Though Air Safety Institute Senior Safety Advisor Bruce Landsberg had tried to take off early to beat the inevitable summertime convection, a delayed start caused him to encounter deteriorating conditions. On a fuel stop at Hagerstown, Maryland, he looked at the FBO's radar to make the call on whether to continue the trip to South Carolina. Read more...  

AOPA Fly-Ins



Homecoming draws thousands

A steady breeze and partly sunny skies brought welcomed relief to AOPA Homecoming Fly-In attendees from the Mid-Atlantic region who had been deluged with a week's worth of rain. More than 3,300 people attended the Frederick, Maryland, event, with 375 aircraft flying in. Read more...  




AOPA partners with FAA on Fly Safe campaign

The general aviation community is working with the FAA to address important safety issues as part of the Fly Safe campaign. FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker officially kicked off the campaign at the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In on June 6. Read more...  



House passes transportation appropriations bill

The House has approved a major transportation funding bill, while a plan to limit operations at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California, was halted after a proposed amendment was defeated. AOPA and other aviation groups had strongly opposed the amendment. Read more...  



EPA targets commercial jet gases

The Environmental Protection Agency has released a proposed endangerment finding saying that greenhouse gas emissions from commercial aircraft pose a threat to public health and welfare. Read more...  



Tower threatens family airfield

Randy Craft fights to keep a telecommunications tower from closing his family's 40-year-old airfield, and AOPA weighs in to help. Read more...  



Pilot Protection Services

High blood pressure doesn't require a special issuance

Hypertension is among the medical conditions deemed Conditions AMEs Can Issue (CACI). Find out what information you need to provide so that your aviation medical examiner can issue you an unrestricted medical certificate. Read more...  




Citation Latitude certified

Cessna Aircraft Co. has a new Citation ready for delivery. The company announced FAA certification of the Latitude June 5. Read more...  



EPS building and hiring

Engineered Propulsion Systems has begun building a set of pre-production aviation diesel engines, moving the clean-sheet design closer to certification. The company is tooling up, hiring staff, filing patents, and planning a limited presence at EAA AirVenture to focus on maintaining momentum. Read more...  




Pilots practice kindness, accuracy, good decisions

Pilots are connected to each other in the small world of general aviation, so it's good to practice kindness, accuracy, and decisions that will reflect positively on fellow aviators, according to Opinion Leaders blogger Jolie Lucas. Read more...  



Who is the pilot, man or machine?

Do today's digital avionics make us pilots or flight managers? Opinion Leaders blogger Ron Rapp argues that digital avionics advances are transforming today's pilots into "flight managers" rather than stick-and-rudder aviators. Read more...  




Climbing higher

A quarter century after Micro AeroDynamics Inc. introduced its vortex generators for general aviation, the list of aircraft kits—and benefits—still grows. While the company has not included service ceiling amendments in its certification testing protocol, anecdotes (and physics) suggest they help aircraft climb higher, and boost elevator and rudder performance. Read more...  



Pilot Getaways feature

Solitude in the Selway

Few airstrips exude peacefulness like Idaho's Fish Lake. Gentle breezes stipple the surface and bring the water lapping gently on shore. There are no wide-open vistas, but seclusion has its benefits. Within this spruce-shrouded valley, the wildlife is abundant, the sounds are intensified, and visitors are rare. Read more...  



News release

Griffey Jr. tosses Hat in the Ring

Ken Griffey Jr., the 13-time Major League Baseball All-Star and accomplished private pilot, has been named an honorary co-chair of the AOPA Foundation's Hat in the Ring Society. The committed group of pilots supports the AOPA Foundation's mission to promote aviation safety and education and to protect the freedom to fly. Read more...  



Cirrus named AOPA Supporting Sponsor

AOPA welcomed Cirrus Aircraft as a Supporting Sponsor June 9. Cirrus Aircraft is the first general aviation aircraft manufacturer to participate in the AOPA Corporate Partnership program. Read more...  

News and Notes



Redbird supports rescuers

Redbird Skyport at San Marcos Municipal Airport in Texas supported rescue efforts in many ways during the recent devastating floods. Read more...  



Master your environment

Helicopter pilots work in an ever-changing environment. Whatever type of flying you do, writes Hover Power contributor Matt Johnson, you must be fully involved and a master of your environment. The mainstays of a flying environment include aircraft, airspace, weather, and regulations. Read more...  



Perry joins CAP Board of Governors

Air Safety Institute Senior Vice President and former Naval aviator George Perry has joined the Civil Air Patrol's Board of Governors, CAP announced June 10. Read more...  


AOPA Insurance Services

Covered for hurricane season?

During hurricane season, you may have to relocate your aircraft. Some insurance policies may cover the expense of relocating your aircraft, including hiring an evacuation pilot and storage. AOPA Insurance Services offers tips to make the process go more smoothly. Read more...  



Learn the ropes of Lockheed Martin Pilot Web

Are you familiar with the resources available to you online through flight service and direct user access terminal service II (DUATS II) provider Lockheed Martin? Find out the basics of registration, logging in, and filing a flight plan in Lockheed Martin's Pilot Web in a webinar June 17 at 8 p.m. Eastern time. Then dig deeper into flight plan briefing and advanced flight planning tools. Lockheed Martin staff will be on hand to answer your questions during the live event. Register...  

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 marketing project coordinator; 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; 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


When is equivalent airspeed (EAS) the same as calibrated airspeed (CAS)?


Equivalent airspeed is the same as calibrated airspeed when at sea level in a standard atmosphere. (Source: Instrument Flying Handbook, 5-9.)

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


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.

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Jun 20 - Winnemucca, Nevada

Jun 27 - Fullerton, California

Jun 28 - Greenwood, South Carolina

Jul 11 - Atlanta, Georgia; Renton, Washington; and Manchester, New Hampshire

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


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Elizabeth Tennyson
Warren Morningstar
Alton K. Marsh
Dave Hirschman
Tom Horne
Ian J. Twombly
Dan Namowitz

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