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April 15, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterApril 15, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

Ercoupe at Sun 'n Fun

APRIL 15, 2016 - VOL 18, ISSUE 16

Top Stories

AOPA Pilot feature

In Focus: Iconic aviation photos

No one personifies the question "Where were you?" more than the photographer, the one on the scene who saw the event through a viewfinder and pressed the shutter at just the right moment. Click! A moment caught forever for everyone to remember. Which of the iconic photos in the May photography issue of AOPA Pilot is your favorite? View the photos...  


Photo contest

Unleash your inner photographer

Combine your love of flying and photography in AOPA's photo contest, sponsored by Faro Aviation. Submit your best photo in one of three categories—aircraft, places, or people—before May 15. AOPA will choose the top three submissions in each category, and you can vote between May 27 and June 6 to pick the winners. Finalists will receive an AOPA T-shirt and hat, and winners will receive a Faro headset and AOPA backpack. Learn more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Photographer's best friend; Hair-raising slalom

The AirCam has earned a following among photo and video professionals who appreciate flying low, slow, and steady—and their work, in turn, helps sell the airplane. Also this week, Red Bull Air Race pilot Hannes Arch flies slalom through a set of wind turbines, and a father and daughter earn their seaplane ratings together. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, April 14...  

Technique and Safety


Digital publication

'CFI to CFI' at your service

Get firsthand tips on checkride preparation from a designated pilot examiner, learn why cell phone distractions and delayed decision making have no place in the cockpit, and get practical guidance on the new student pilot certification process from the AOPA Air Safety Institute's chief flight instructor. Read the institute's free newsletter brought to you by Lockheed Martin Flight Service...  


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Proceed on course

During instrument flying, aeronautical charts correspond to various segments of a flight from departure to arrival. Understanding how to use the charts is essential to flying IFR safely. Boost your skills with practical tips and solid guidance offered in the AOPA Air Safety Institute's IFR Insights: Charts online course. Take the course...


AOPA Premier Partner created content

Should you abort this takeoff?

What before-takeoff checks do you perform between applying full throttle and pitching for rotation? If you pause to think about that or wonder what checks are possible during the takeoff roll, it's time to review your takeoff procedures. Watch this powerful, six-minute video that explains a simple mnemonic for light general aviation airplanes that can help you catch a problem before liftoff so you can abort before it becomes an emergency. Watch the video from AOPA Premier Partner PilotWorkshops...  



It only takes 178 seconds

VFR flight into instrument meteorological conditions causes the highest number of fatal weather-related accidents in general aviation. Despite the inherent danger, pilots continue to gamble and lose. This AOPA Air Safety Institute Pilot Safety Announcement reminds pilots to not get lured into the trap. Watch the video...  




AOPA supports uniform UAS regulation

AOPA and nine other aviation groups signed a letter opposing a proposed amendment to the U.S. Senate's FAA Reauthorization Act that would do away with federal preemption in the integration of drones into the National Airspace System. Read more...  



FAA restores sim time

Beginning May 12, pilots will again be able to count up to 20 hours in an approved aviation training device toward the instrument rating. Read more...  



Area forecast discussion extended

The National Weather Service's Aviation Weather Center has extended the public comment period on the experimental graphical forecasts for aviation to June 11. Read more...  



Chart printing changes, WAC replacements coming

The FAA is moving forward with changes to chart printing and is closer to releasing the replacement products for the world aeronautical charts that are being discontinued. Read more...  



Helicopter CFI test updated

Demonstrations of straight-in or 180-degree autorotations to touchdown are no longer required on helicopter instructor practical tests. Read more...  



FAA issues Cessna, Piper ADs

Two airworthiness directives that will take effect April 26 affect some Cessna twins and Piper single-engine models. Read more...  



Pilot Protection Services

Take a 'trial run' before MedXPress

Take advantage of AOPA's TurboMedical tool and do a "trial run" of the medical application before you complete the FAA's online MedXPress. TurboMedical will save all your responses so you can refer to the completed form when you are ready to submit your application via MedXPress. Read more...  




Sun Flyer rollout coming soon

The Sun Flyer proof-of-concept aircraft, designed by Arion Aircraft LLC to be a two-seat trainer, will have its official rollout in "a couple weeks," Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. CEO George Bye announced at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida. Read more...  




Moving to Germany with a Cub

Ever thought about throwing caution to the wind and moving to a foreign country for endless hours of pleasure flying over new scenery? Opinion Leaders blogger Garrett Fisher did just that, moving to Germany and shipping his Piper PA-11 so he could fly it around Europe for an aerial photography book. Follow along as Fisher shares monthly updates about his adventure...  



What's up with premature overhauls?

Why does Opinion Leaders blogger Mike Busch believe prematurely overhauling an engine is like committing a capital crime? Find out in his latest post...  




Bahamas deals for pilots

If turquoise water, white sand beaches, and aviation fuel credits sound enticing, there are deals to be had in the Bahamas. Read more...  



A 'life changing' mission

Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) flew west around the world in a Mooney, on a mission to honor those who died in the Vietnam War. Through the connections he made with people of different cultures and faiths along the way, the journey evolved into something even more profound. Read more...  




AirMap lands $15M for drone safety

AirMap, the Santa Monica, California, firm founded by pilot Ben Marcus, has raised $15 million to support safe integration of drones. The new funding will further development of sophisticated airspace management tools. Read more...  


Member benefit

The legalese of prebuys

When purchasing a turbine aircraft, you should insist on a prebuy inspection, a title search, and a fair purchase and sale agreement. Read more...  

News and Notes



Factory Zenith STOL offered

An Alabama builder of light sport aircraft has struck a deal with Zenair to produce factory-built Zenith STOL CH 750s, priced at $99,990. Paul Mather of M-Squared Aircraft will build factory-authorized (and supported) special light sport aircraft versions of the popular kit. Read more...  



FAA approves five jet biofuels

Five bio-based jet fuels have been authorized for use for air travel, now that the FAA has announced approval of another renewable fuel. Read more...  



Study finds wildlife not stressed by recreational aircraft

Wildlife experiences no significant increase in stress as a result of recreational aircraft activity, according to a study released by the Recreational Aviation Foundation. Read more...  


Member benefit

What should you do after an accident?

Every pilot should know what to do when an accident happens to ensure that no regulations have been violated and insurance matters are handled properly and expediently. Find out the first three things you must do immediately after an accident. Read more...  



Drone 101

Drones and other unmanned aircraft are the largest-growing segment of aviation. AOPA Pilot Protection Services is sponsoring a webinar April 27 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time to provide answers to frequently asked questions about drone registration, and information about integrating into the National Airspace System, applying for a Section 333 exemption, and enforcement relating to rule violations. Register now...  

Career Opportunities


AOPA career opportunities

Join the AOPA team

Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? AOPA is looking for a communications director, pilot community development coordinator, Great Lakes "You Can Fly" ambassador, donor relations director, AOPA Foundation communications director, aviation technical specialist, Flying Clubs Initiative senior manager, marketing copywriter, interactive project manager, and member services representative. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


You have already started flight training and have a paper student pilot certificate that was issued eight months ago. Does the student pilot certificate regulation that went into effect April 1 mean you need to get a new student pilot certificate, or is your paper certificate still valid?


Your paper student pilot certificate is still good for its original valid period, which is 60 calendar months if you were under 40 years old when it was issued and 24 calendar months if you were over 40. You will need to get a new plastic student pilot certificate if your paper certificate expires before you earn your pilot certificate. (See 14 CFR 61.19(b)).

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


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Apr 16-17 - San Diego, California

Apr 23-24 - Atlanta, Georgia

May 14-15 - Sacramento, California; Pensacola, Florida; and Kansas City, Missouri

May 21-22 - Hollywood, Florida; Albany, New York; and Conroe, 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

Apr 18 - Portland, Oregon

Apr 19 - Towson, Maryland; Blaine, Minnesota; and Eugene, Oregon

Apr 20 - Rochester, Minnesota; Seattle, Washington; and Frederick, Maryland

Apr 25 - East Hartford, Connecticut

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

Apr 16 - Lansing, Michigan; Dallas, Texas; and San Diego, California

Apr 23 - Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Apr 27 - Logan, Utah

Apr 29 - Blaine, Minnesota

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

ePilot Editors:

Alyssa Miller
Jim Moore
David Tulis

Production Assistant:

Melissa Whitehouse


Mike Collins
Sarah Deener
Dave Hirschman
Tom Horne
Alton K. Marsh
Warren Morningstar
Dan Namowitz
Jill W. Tallman
Elizabeth Tennyson
Ian J. Twombly
Julie Summers Walker

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