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November 20, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterNovember 20, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

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NOVEMBER 20, 2015 - VOL 17, ISSUE 47



HondaJet certification near

Certification of the long-anticipated HondaJet could be just days away with deliveries beginning before the end of the year. Read more...  



GE to power Cessna turboprop

GE Aviation has searched for a way to conquer the market now held by rival Pratt & Whitney Canada's PT6 since buying Walter Engines in 2008. Cessna's new single-engine turboprop may be the answer. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Aviation cool, flying Lionheart

Cessna's new turboprop will be powered by GE. We'll show you the details, and what else has people talking in Las Vegas at the National Business Aviation Association convention. Also this week, fly the Griffon Lionheart, a modern kitplane with the classic lines of a Beech Staggerwing and a voice all its own. And watch Jetman fly in formation with one of the largest airplanes in the latest episode of FlyBy, a video feature that aims to inspire the next generation of aviators. Watch AOPA Live This Week, Nov. 19...  



Garmin systems improve runway safety

A new combination of Garmin products, dubbed Terminal Safety Solutions, proposes to improve safety on and near the runway by boosting pilot situational awareness. Read more...  


More NBAA news

Aspen offers ADS-B solution

Embraer boosts Legacy 450 range

One Aviation looks to global market

Sixth Falcon 8X arrives at NBAA

Cessna reveals name of new jet

Datacom coming to an airport near you

Aerion picks up development pace

Challenger 650 to enter NetJets service

Daher offers aid to charter operators

Women pilots offered a networking site

In-flight broadband Internet, TV offered

Universal Avionics offers training, discounts

Innova buys Sierra and Sabreliner

Technique and Safety



Emergency management

In this Accident Case Study, the AOPA Air Safety Institute uses ATC audio and radar data to share lessons from a pilot's unfortunate decisions during a vacuum pump failure in instrument meteorological conditions. The video highlights why it's critical for pilots and controllers to recognize and respond appropriately to in-flight emergencies. Watch the video...  



When to look out below

Unlike in summer when high temperatures create performance-robbing high density altitude conditions, cold air is the villain of this piece, actually impugning an altimeter's credibility. Read more...  


Online resource

Be in the know with 'Safety To Go'

Looking for a free safety program to use at your community event, flying club, or flight school? The AOPA Air Safety Institute recently updated its "Safety To Go" download portal, so you can find what you need by category: seminar presentations, safety videos, Accident Case Studies, Real Pilot Stories, Pilot Safety Announcements, and Ask ATC. New products are added quarterly. Check out the portal...  


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Become a volunteer pilot

Volunteer flying is exciting and rewarding, but it also requires a high level of professionalism and responsibility. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Public Benefit Flying: Balancing Safety and Compassion online course profiles real-world scenarios and includes an in-depth review of what it takes to provide patient and non-emergency medical transport, disaster relief, educational flights, and animal and environmental support. Take the course...




Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 amended

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has brought third class medical reform one step closer to reality after adding an amendment to the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2. A full committee vote on the amended legislation was temporarily deferred as a result of scheduling conflicts. Read more...  



Closer than ever

Third class medical reform is closer than ever. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the coming changes, updated Nov. 18 based on the latest developments. Read more...  



Groups urge medical reform passage

Seventeen aviation groups have sent a joint letter to leaders of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, urging them to pass third class medical reform and other measures designed to protect general aviation pilots. Read more...  



Pilot Protection Services

Medical certification and hepatitis C infection

Dr. Warren Silberman explains the causes, symptoms, and possible complications of hepatitis C, as well as how the condition affects a pilot's medical certificate. Read more...  




DJI tightens drone flight limits

A leading drone manufacturer has unveiled technology to help operators of unmanned aerial vehicles make "smart, educated decisions" about where and when to fly. Read more...  


Pratt & Whitney launches ag engine

Pratt & Whitney Canada announced on Nov. 16 its new PT6A-140A and PT6A-140AG engines, which are aimed at agricultural applications. The engines have a thermodynamic power rating of 1,075 shaft horsepower and a flat-rated, mechanical rating of 867 shp. By providing this margin of power, the engines are optimized for hot-and-high operations. For both engines, maximum power is available for full-load takeoffs at temperatures up to 111 degrees Fahrenheit/44 degrees Celsius. There also are no warm-up or cool-down requirements, and times between overhaul can be extended up to 8,000 hours or 12 years depending on the nature of the operations. Moreover, TBO is not tied to engine cycles, Pratt & Whitney officials said.



FlightFlix prop filter kit fixes distortion

Flight instructors and students using in-cockpit video to enhance their training scenarios have an inexpensive tool to clear up the picture in front of their windscreen.'s small stick-on filters affix to video camera lenses and help solve distracting propeller distortion problems on phones and other video devices. A camera filter variety pack is available online for $24.99.



AOPA Foundation focus

Find your tropical getaway

Three tropical getaways are among the thrilling packages offered in this year's AOPA Foundation online auction. Unforgettable vacation packages to Key West and Mexico are up for bid. Tax-deductible donations to the AOPA Foundation, including those made through the online auction, help the AOPA Air Safety Institute offer free safety and educational materials to pilots, among many other programs and services for the aviation community. Read more...  




Donation funds flight scholarships

A legacy of aviation excellence fostered by the husband and wife team of Frederick and Diane Fitts will continue through a new scholarship program funded by a memorial gift to the AOPA Foundation. Read more...  

News and Notes



ForeFlight adds graphical briefing

A new ForeFlight component converts standard text weather briefings into a graphical format. Read more...  



Bad Elf launches ADS-B Kickstarter

Bad Elf has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund development of a new Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast receiver it plans to sell for $299 —or roughly half the cost of existing units. Read more...  



Budget-friendly aviation gift guide

The holiday season is here, and there are plenty of aviation-oriented gifts to keep pilots happy and safe without breaking anyone's budget. AOPA staff assembled a selection of economical gifts in two modest price ranges to simplify shopping and bring smiles to pilots' faces. Ten items under $20 should please Uncle Scrooge, and ten items under $50 are available for big spenders. Read more...  



Four to be enshrined in aviation hall of fame

The National Aviation Hall of Fame has nominated four to be enshrined during a ceremony Oct. 1, 2016, in Dayton, Ohio. Read more...  



Bob Hoover film wins Combs Gates Award

Kim Furst, the filmmaker who made Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project, received a $20,000 Combs Gates Award from the National Aviation Hall of Fame presented by a group that included Hoover himself. Read more...  



AOPA partners sweep satisfaction survey

AOPA members get discounted rates from three car rental brands that rank at the top of the latest J.D. Power survey: Enterprise, National, and Alamo. Enterprise claimed the top spot for the second straight year in a survey that also marked the highest overall satisfaction in more than a decade. Read more...  

Career Opportunities


Aviation job board

Job of the week: AAR Corp. product line manager

AAR is a rapidly growing global commercial and defense aerospace services provider that is looking for a talented product line manager. Job duties include P/L responsibility, OEM customer relationship accountability, team management, and identification of market trends to anticipate areas of opportunity. Read the full job description and apply today!


AOPA career opportunities

Join the AOPA team

Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? AOPA is looking for a major gift officer; legal services plan administrative assistant; AOPA Foundation administrative assistant; account executive; and aviation event planner.To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


You are a sport pilot and would like to get your private pilot certificate. You received your training from a private pilot who also is a sport pilot CFI. Can you use this training to count toward your private pilot certificate?


Unfortunately, the answer is no. Because a sport pilot CFI is not considered an "authorized instructor" for the private pilot certificate, any training received from one cannot be used toward the 20 hours of flight training required to earn a private pilot certificate. However, you can count the solo time you logged during that training toward the private pilot certificate.

FAR 61.413 explains the privileges of the sport pilot CFI. If there is even a remote chance that you may want to get a private pilot certificate or higher rating after getting your sport pilot certificate, consider getting that training from a full CFI to avoid paying for the same training twice.

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


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Dec 5-6 - Denver, Colorado; Orlando, Florida; and Northbrook, Illinois

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

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

Dec 3 - West Windsor, New Jersey

Dec 5 - Scottsdale, Arizona; and Winter Haven, Florida

Dec 12 - Stow, Massachusetts

Dec 17 - Addison, Texas

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 | Alaska | Hawaii

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Jim Moore
David Tulis

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