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January 29, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterJanuary 29, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

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JANUARY 29, 2016 - VOL 18, ISSUE 5

Top Stories


Winter storm recovery slow

Snowfall is typically measured easily with a ruler in Mid-Atlantic states, but not this time around. Yardsticks were required to tally the totals across Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia after snow fell by the foot Jan. 22 and 23, and many runways and taxiways remained closed days later. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Digging out, digging drones

A massive winter storm dumped nearly three feet of snow in the Mid-Atlantic and at AOPA's home in Frederick, Maryland, leaving pilots and airport crews digging out for days. Learn an easy way to find out if airports along your route are closed, and get winter flying tips from the AOPA Air Safety Institute. Rain, gusty wind, and cold temperatures at the end of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Florida didn't douse all the fun. A new drone area attracted many, including visitors who arrived with parents in tow. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Jan. 28...  

Technique and Safety


Learn & Earn Safety Challenge

Be in it to win it!

The AOPA Air Safety Institute's 2016 "Learn & Earn Safety Challenge" offers you a chance to sharpen your skills and win access to seven proficiency training programs—valued at more than $1,500—from Enter the challenge¬†and read about the lucky 2015 fourth-quarter winner...  



VFR flight plan—a smart choice

What is involved in filing a VFR flight plan, and how will it help you? Watch Ask ATC: VFR Flight Plans...  


Accident analysis

Full house

A relatively new private pilot took off from an airport near Cleveland at night with three passengers on board—putting the aircraft at or above maximum gross weight—with tragic consequences. Could more experience have helped save the flight? Learn more in this special report from the AOPA Air Safety Institute...  


Accident analysis

Learn from common accidents

The AOPA Air Safety Institute's interactive accident maps reveal year-by-year patterns in takeoff, landing, fuel management, VFR-into-IMC, and stall/spin accidents. Click on any marker to see details—taking a moment to delve deeper into what happened may help you avoid the snags that have trapped others. Check out the maps...  



Conquer hazards, tame risks

Unchecked hazardous conditions and attitudes increase aviation risks, according to Hover Power blogger Matt Johnson. He offers tips to conquer those hazards. Read more...  




Super Bowl flight advisory released

The FAA has issued a flight advisory to make pilots aware of temporary flight restrictions that will be in effect Feb. 7 in connection with Super Bowl 50, when the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos face off at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The FAA urges pilots to check frequently for changes to valid times and dimensions prior to operating in the affected areas. Read more...  



Pilot Protection Services

Four deep breaths

Dr. Jonathan Sackier explains four conditions in which it can be difficult for you or your passengers to breathe in the aircraft. Read more...  




PS Engineering adds IntelliAudio to popular panel

PS Engineering has announced that it is offering multi-dimensional audio, dubbed IntelliAudio, in its new PMA8000BTi audio selector panel. Read more...  




Born into the Golden Age of Aviation

Norm Baker grew up during the Golden Age of Aviation and learned to fly in a Piper J-3 Cub. Now, the octogenarian flies his Cessna 172 around the country and, when able, gets to know children in order to learn how best to inspire them in aviation. Opinion Leaders blogger Jolie Lucas shares his story. Read more...  




Cirrus offers iBook flight manual

Cirrus Aircraft launched an Apple iOS-based interactive flight manual designed to give pilots everything they need at their fingertips to perform safe flight operations, the company announced Jan. 21. Read more...  



Online resource

Tips for flying to the Bahamas

With winter in full swing, many pilots' thoughts might be turning toward warmer climates. It's never too early to start planning a trip to the Bahamas. AOPA offers a video; podcast; and step-by-step tips to help you plan the trip, cross the U.S. border, work with customs, and fly around the islands. Learn more...  

News and Notes



CAP, Air Force prep for Super Bowl

Before Carolina or Denver Super Bowl players land in the Levi's Stadium end zone for a touchdown, a trio of Cessnas from the Civil Air Patrol's California Wing will have assisted U.S. Air Force jets in testing their defense systems. Read more...  



Droners register in droves

The FAA reports that nearly 300,000 hobbyists took advantage of the limited-time opportunity to register their drones at no cost. The rest of those flying outdoors for fun with a small unmanned aircraft (weighing 0.55 pounds to 55 pounds) have until Feb. 19 to register online. Read more...  



Textron streamlines turbine service

Textron Aviation has created a call center for owners of Beechcraft, Citation, and Hawker brand jets and turboprops who need unscheduled maintenance. Dubbed 1Call, the new call center streamlines repair services, and operators can arrange alternative air transport if needed. Read more...  



Weather curtails sport expo

The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo had two good days, one rained out, and one that was nearly blown away. High winds on Jan. 23 kept most aircraft on the ground and kept the crowds sparse, though those visitors who braved the conditions found a few deals on new products, and hints of more to come. Read more...  



'Beyond the Powder' coming to TV

Beyond the Powder, a documentary that meshes the history of women pilots during the 1929 Women's Air Derby with their modern counterparts, will be made available to public television stations nationwide beginning in June. Read 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; High School Aviation Initiative senior director; member services representative; and Legal Services Plan attorney.To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


You want to accomplish an instrument proficiency check to regain your instrument currency. Can you complete the IPC with a CFII who is not instrument current?


A CFII who is not instrument current can conduct an IPC, although he or she may not feel comfortable doing so. There are some conditions that must be met, including the limitations listed in 14 CFR 61.57, which apply to every pilot who is not instrument current. The CFII can't act as pilot in command under instrument flight rules or in weather conditions less than those required for VFR. Because neither you nor the CFII can act as pilot in command in instrument conditions, this IPC would have to be accomplished under VFR in visual conditions.

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


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

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

Feb 20-21 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Fort Worth, Texas; Fairfax, Virginia; Nashua, New Hampshire; and Sacramento, California

Feb 27-28 - Kenner, Louisiana; and Melbourne, Florida

Mar 5-6 - Ontario, California

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

Feb 2 - Northglenn, Colorado

Feb 3 - Colorado Springs, Colorado

Feb 8 - Jacksonville, Florida

Feb 9 - Daytona Beach, Florida

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Jan 30 - Orlando, Florida

Feb 6 - Roanoke, Virginia; Bartow, Florida; Carlsbad, California; and Trenton, Maine

Feb 13 - Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Scottsdale, Arizona

Feb 20 - Vero Beach, Florida; and Chickasha, Oklahoma

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

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