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October 16, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterOctober 16, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

AOPA Fly-In at Tullahoma Regional Airport in Tennessee

OCTOBER 16, 2015 - VOL 17, ISSUE 42

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New course touts 'practical' IFR

IFR training teaches pilots to focus on flying the airplane within precise parameters, but it often overlooks practical tips that could reduce workload. Become a better IFR pilot with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's new IFR Insights: A practical approach online course, and learn techniques and procedures that seasoned pilots, instructors, and air traffic controllers use. Take the course...



Secret of Snoopy's Red Baron chase

Flying secrets are revealed as to what really happened behind the scenes during the filming of The Peanuts Movie starring Snoopy and that other guy, Charlie somebody. Do you know why Snoopy chases the Red Baron? Find out...  


AOPA Live This Week

Tullahoma triumph, drones behaving badly

Rain didn't wash out the fun in Tullahoma, Tennessee, where more than 2,500 gathered for the final AOPA Fly-In of 2015. AOPA talks to one man who has attended every AOPA Fly-In since the association launched the events in 2014. Los Angeles police aviators can attest that drones are a serious problem, with sightings being logged daily at altitudes of 800 feet or more. Also this week, ride along as AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne puts the new Cessna Citation Latitude through its paces. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Oct. 15...  

Tektober 2015



A slow march to supersonic

A dozen years after the Concorde's final commercial flight, civilians are still waiting for the return of supersonic speed. The obstacles remain formidable, though optimists project test flights could begin within three years. Read more...  


AOPA Premier Partner sponsored content

Can you do this with your iPad?

Not everyone can afford a glass panel in their aircraft, but the iPad revolution means anyone can have a moving map and backup attitude indicator for less money than a new TV. Having that backup is one thing, but using it to replace the installed equipment is another. Watch this short video by AOPA Premier Partner PilotWorkshops, take the one-question quiz, and see the expert analysis. Watch the video...  

AOPA Fly-Ins



Terrific Tullahoma

Airshows bring out the fickleness of Mother Nature—it will be hot, it will be cold, the wind will blow, the humidity will rise, and the rain will be majestic. In Tullahoma, Tennessee, for AOPA's final regional fly-in of 2015, attendees had it all. Read more...  

Technique and Safety


Pilot Protection Services

FAA clarifies loggable approaches

The FAA recently clarified what constitutes a "loggable" instrument approach. Find out what conditions must be met to log approaches for currency requirements. Read more...  


Accident analysis

Caution: Prop will bite

A fatal prop strike on a sandbar in Alaska is a solemn reminder that a single second's distraction can cost the life of even an experienced, careful pilot. Read more in this special report from the Air Safety Institute...  


PDF download

Learn the anatomy of an engine

Why are there two magnetos? Is it okay to lean the engine below 3,000 feet? Should we worry when the carb heat drop is 300 rpm or more during runup? Get answers and some practical advice on treating your aircraft engine with the respect it deserves with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Engine Operations Safety Advisor. Download the Safety Advisor...



Cones of silence

As NextGen approaches are coming online, legacy navaids are signing off—sometimes more quickly than the FAA's system keeps up with the changes. It would be a rude shock to plan an IFR flight in an aircraft with a /U equipment suffix when a more updated navigation capability is required in weather at the destination. Read more...  




New airport to rise amid oil boom

Sloulin Field International Airport was never intended to handle the crush of traffic that an oil boom brings. Pilots using the crowded facility may only have to cope until 2018, however: An FAA grant has been awarded to purchase land for the construction of a new airport, Williston Basin International. Read more...  



Ever experienced a GPS failure?

AOPA and the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association are launching a survey to gauge the amount of GPS interference and the number of outages pilots flying in both countries have experienced. Read more...  




AOPA's medical experts offer tips to keep you fit to fly

Learn how to maintain good health and enjoy the continuing privileges of a current airman medical certificate during a webinar with AOPA Pilot Protection Services experts Dr. Warren Silberman, former manager of FAA Aerospace Medical Certification; Dr. Jonathan Sackier, a surgeon and aircraft owner; and Gary Crump, AOPA's director of medical certification services. The webinar will be Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Register today...  




Connected Cockpit now patented

Aspen Avionics has received a patent that the company requested four years ago for its Connected Cockpit technology that allows personal devices to talk to aircraft avionics. Aspen claims to be the only company with such a patent. Read more...  




Assault on GA in Australia

Many pilots and owners of legacy Cessna aircraft are grounded in Australia after the country's Civil Aviation Safety Authority required them to comply with Cessna's Supplemental Inspection Documents, making it "economically impossible for owners of legacy GA aircraft to keep them flying." The requirement could expand beyond Cessnas, explains Opinion Leaders blogger Mike Busch. Read more...  



Perseverance pays off for teacher, students

A California teacher who tried for three years to launch an aviation program at Canyon High School in Anaheim is finally reaping the benefits of his success. The school has a four-year program and purchased six simulators thanks to two separate grants. Opinion Leaders blogger Jolie Lucas takes you inside the program. Read more...  




Lunar watch to be auctioned

A watch worn by astronaut Dave Scott during one of his Apollo 15 mission moonwalks will be auctioned in Boston Oct. 22. It could fetch $1 million. Read more...  



WingX Pro on Fire

Hilton Software announced Oct. 12 that the WingX Pro7 electronic flight bag will soon be released for Amazon's Kindle Fire series of low-cost tablets. Read more...  



Cool ideas for aviation-related Halloween costumes

Halloween is around the corner and stylish aviators, whether they are adults or children, should be looking for the perfect costume. Read more... 




Talk to Red Bull pilots after championship race

After watching 14 Red Bull Air Race pilots fly through pylons at speeds up to 230 knots at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, celebrate the end of the action-packed season with them during a special AOPA-member tour. Read more...  




Scholarships honor memory of Sonex staffers

Kitplane producer Sonex Aircraft and the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Area Community Foundation have established two scholarships in memory of company employees who died in an accident. Read more...  


Member benefit

Finance your aircraft upgrades

Aircraft upgrades can cost thousands of dollars, but AOPA Aviation Finance can help by securing loans for members for engine overhauls, avionics upgrades, paint, and interior. Read more...  


AOPA Foundation focus

Double donations to foundation

Learning to fly presented you with new challenges, just as there are challenges with every new skill you master. The AOPA Foundation has another challenge for you. Read more...  

News and Notes



Bringing a B-17 back to life

Bill Albers recalls hearing stories about the Boeing B-17s that flew low over his homeland, the Netherlands, on a mission of mercy during the final days of World War II. Seven decades later, Albers is part of a crew of volunteers working to bring a B-17 back to flying form. Read more...  



Joaquin relief efforts continue

General aviation pilots are still needed to help deliver relief supplies in South Carolina after severe flooding, caused in part by Hurricane Joaquin, devastated the area. Read more...  



Idaho crash claims popular air-race pilots

The air racing community is mourning the deaths of two veteran women air racers and the pilot-husband of one in an Oct. 8 cross-country accident. Read more...  



Mooney offers certified program

Mooney Aviation now offers a certified used-aircraft program developed in cooperation with Premier Aircraft of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A 27-point checklist and "no excuses" improvements are part of the program. Read more...  



Seaplane group gets lakefront

The Seaplane Pilots Association struck a deal to move from its landlocked Lakeland, Florida, headquarters to a more float-friendly Winter Haven facility on Lake Hartridge. Read more...  



Artist honors Army helo crews

Joe Kline paints military aircraft, crew, and scenes with painstaking detail—some have said, "I can hear the radios and smell the smoke"—to honor fellow Vietnam War veterans "who lived and died flying the helicopters" in the war. Read more...  



Conference focuses on drone integration

A Las Vegas conference will focus on the issues surrounding safe integration of unmanned and manned aircraft; AOPA members can register at a discount. Read more...  



Air and Space Hall of Fame inductions set

An "exemplary" Class of 2015 will be inducted into the International Air and Space Hall of Fame at the San Diego Air and Space Museum Nov. 19. Read more... 

Career Opportunities


Aviation job board

Job of the week: Marketing automation specialist, Cirrus Aircraft

Cirrus Aircraft is seeking a marketing automation specialist. The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker who has strong analytical skills, is organized, and is focused on results. Applicants must have a strong understanding of marketing processes including campaign execution, QA testing, and conversion measurement. The ideal candidate will have three or more years of CRM and marketing automation experience. Read the full job description...


AOPA career opportunities

Join the AOPA team

Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? We're looking for an account executive; human resources coordinator; legal services plan specialist; payroll technician; database developer; aviation event planner; manager of aviation safety programs; ambassador—Texas; director of aviation security; director of media relations; and director of regulatory affairs.To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


You just earned your instrument rating and would like to purchase a home desktop training device so that you can stay current. You checked with the manufacturer and confirmed that you can log approaches for currency. Do you need to have a CFII present to log any of the approaches or instrument time for currency?


Yes. Even if the device you are practicing on can be used to log approaches and hours for currency, you still must have a CFII present for any of it to be logged and used toward currency. See this FAA letter of interpretation on the subject.

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


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Oct 17-18 - Wichita, Kansas; and Santa Clara, California

Oct 24-25 - Corpus Christi, Texas

Nov 7-8 - Atlanta Georgia; and San Diego, California

Nov 14-15 - Ashburn, Virginia; Austin, Texas; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Anchorage, Alaska

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

Oct 19 - Northbrook, Illinois

Oct 20 - Lisle, Illinois; and Greenville, South Carolina

Oct 21 - Columbus, Georgia; East Peoria, Illinois; and Frederick, Maryland

Oct 22 - Huntsville, Alabama; Rockford, Illinois; and Salisbury, Maryland

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Oct 17 - Waukegan, Illinois; and Carlsbad, California

Oct 24 - Santa Paula, California; Swanton, Vermont; and Burlington, Washington

Nov 7 - Auburn, California

Nov 14 - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Ashland, Virginia; and New Orleans, Louisiana

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.

AOPA Featured Event

Oct 17 — Frederick, Maryland. Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK). AOPA Movie Night at the AOPA National Aviation Community Center.

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