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January 8, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterJanuary 8, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

AOPA ePilot

JANUARY 8, 2016 - VOL 18, ISSUE 2

Top Stories


AOPA updates brand

As part of AOPA's ongoing efforts to build the pilot community, the association is updating its brand, including a new logo and tag line—"Your freedom to fly." The evolution in AOPA's logo and the design of its materials represent a renewed focus on the fun of flying and on connecting with current and future pilots of all ages and interests. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Fly the Super Chipmunk

Ride along with AOPA Editor at Large Dave Hirschman in a de Havilland DHC-1 Super Chipmunk and get the story behind this trainer, crop duster, aerobat, and award-winning aircraft. Also, AOPA's brand has a fresh look for 2016; a new film follows rusty pilots (including Ariel Tweto of Flying Wild Alaska fame) in Flying Again; and Breitling unveils a new watch designed with pilots in mind. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Jan. 7...  

Technique and Safety


Fly like a fighter

Never give up

An Air Force pilot on his first training dogfight in an F-16 struggled to keep up and pull off a shot. He managed to "tree" his opponent four times and later learned that he had a brief window when he could have taken a kill shot. Read more...  



Listen and look

Accident Case Study: Communication Breakdown holds many important lessons. The most critical point, however, is that you should be visually and mentally aware of others in the traffic pattern, regardless of whether the airport has an operating control tower. Watch the video...  



'Weather Wise: Mistakes we make'

One of the AOPA Air Safety Institute's major roles is accident analysis—learning from real-world mistakes. In this fifth video in the popular Weather Wise series, AOPA Air Safety Institute statistician David Kenny talks about what types of weather are most dangerous for pilots and if the Internet, better forecasts, cockpit weather, etc. have lowered the accident rate. Watch the video...  


Safety seminar

Be ready when things go wrong

The AOPA Air Safety Institute's new seminar, "Emergency! Getting it Right when Things Go Wrong," offers expert advice on how to keep abnormal situations from becoming emergencies. Share your thoughts with fellow pilots and knowledgeable instructors, and learn about best practices for off-airport landings during this in-person safety seminar. Check the schedule for a fly-in or unique aviation location near you...  


Aircraft Maintenance

Tips to address control system issues

Rigging and control system issues are often discovered during a test flight. Here are some tips to repair or adjust the rigging and control system to get the aircraft back in line with the manufacturer's design. Read more...  




Changes coming to TIS-B

The FAA is preparing to implement changes to its Traffic Information Services-Broadcast, which provides traffic information to aircraft using Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out and In. Read more...  



Super Bowl flight advisory imminent

The FAA will publish special flight operation procedures, notams, temporary flight restrictions, and more in advance of the NFL's fiftieth annual Super Bowl Feb. 7 in Santa Clara, California, home of the San Francisco 49ers. Read more...  



FAA updates flight review guidance

The FAA has issued updated guidance for flight instructors conducting flight reviews and instrument proficiency checks, and AOPA is urging instructors to look closely at the changes. Read more...  



Pilot Protection Services

What is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy may have no symptoms, or very mild symptoms that include shortness of breath, fatigue, and palpitations in the chest; however, the condition also can have serious escalating symptoms. Read more...  




Carter pitches copter partners

Carter Aviation Technologies is seeking joint venture partners to build small-scale versions of the CarterCopter as it talks with manufacturers about producing large machines. Read more...  




Aircraft care, safety techniques top Opinion Leaders blog

When it comes to aircraft and engine maintenance, pilots sought advice in 2015 from Opinion Leaders bloggers about protecting their engines and when to say "no" to maintenance, as well as learning how piston engines perform better at higher altitudes. On the technique front, readers were captivated by a debate about when to speak up to a controller after a disagreement and the critical implications of normalizing nonstandard safety practices.



Pilot Getaways feature

Fly-in dining

Ask a recreational pilot in central North Carolina about his favorite daytrip, and he'll likely tell you about a little private airport right in the center of the Sandhills where you can get the finest hickory-smoked barbecue around. Read more...  

News and Notes



Drones vs. FAA

The FAA, model aircraft enthusiasts, and drone pilots are locked in a litigious fight that could affect regulation of manned and unmanned aircraft alike. Read more...  



Air Race Classic registration opens

Registration for the Air Race Classic—the annual all-women's cross-country air race—opened Jan. 5. Read more...  


Online resource

Tips for night flying

Night flying has both benefit and beauty—there is usually less air traffic to contend with, and a clear night offers beautiful star-studded skies. However, the limitations that darkness puts on human vision, along with the effects of pilot fatigue at day's end, raise the risk of night flying. AOPA's subject report on night flying discusses the limitations of night vision, night illusions, lighting and night blindness, weather minimums, regulations, and tips for making your night flight pleasurable and safe. Learn more...  

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 marketing copywriter; Web project manager; AOPA Aviation Finance account executive, analyst I, and loan processor; High School Aviation Initiative senior director; member services representative; Legal Services Plan attorney; major gift officer; and insurance account executive.To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


While looking through your logbook, you notice some abnormalities in how you have been logging simulator time. Some of the entries were recorded under the "total duration of flight" column and others were not. Which entries are correct?


The answer can be found in FAR 1.1 "Definitions and Abbreviations." Flight time is defined as: "(1) Pilot time that commences when an aircraft moves under its own power for the purpose of flight and ends when the aircraft comes to rest after landing; or (2) For a glider without self-launch capability, pilot time that commences when the glider is towed for the purpose of flight and ends when the glider comes to rest after landing." Flight time cannot be logged outside of an actual aircraft, so time in a simulator should not be logged in the "total duration of flight" column. AOPA offers more information in a subject report about logbooks and logging time.

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


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

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

Feb 6-7 - Las Vegas, Nevada; and Louisville, Kentucky

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

Jan 9 - Stevensville, Maryland; and Lawrenceville, Georgia

Jan 16 - Lebanon, Tennessee

Jan 20 - Racine, Wisconsin

Jan 21 - Sebring, Florida

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

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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