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July 1, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterJuly 1, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter


JULY 1, 2016 - VOL 18, ISSUE 27

Top Stories


Nailing the meatball

A visit to the USS George Washington aircraft carrier provides a glimpse into the life of service members who toil around the globe on our behalf to maintain the freedoms we enjoy this holiday weekend. Never content with the status quo, flight test pilots demonstrate a new system for making carrier landings safer and more efficient. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Inside look at Boeing

Go inside the Boeing factory for an exclusive look at how the behemoth airliners are built—and learn how you can have this and other cool experiences during the AOPA Fly-In in Bremerton, Washington, in August. Also this week, we get "trapped" on the USS George Washington and honor those who are serving our country; pay tribute to a legendary aviation journalist and former AOPA employee; and host a group of Cub Scouts excited about aviation. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, June 30...  

AOPA Fly-Ins



Boeing's VIP tour is big, really big

Disneyland would fit inside The Boeing Co.'s factory, as would the Pentagon, the Taj Mahal, and the Egyptian pyramids. Overall, 40,000 people work in the factory operating three shifts per day, Monday through Friday, and the facility is akin to a small city with its own security, fire, and medical teams. Get an up-close look at the Boeing 737, 747, 767, 777, and 787 in a VIP tour of the Everett, Washington, plant. Read more...  


Aviation Pavilion opens

A nine-story-tall roofed addition to the Museum of Flight opened to the public June 25 across the road from Boeing Field/King County International Airport in Seattle. The first Boeing 737 and 747 jets, a British Airways Concorde, World War II-era B-17F and B-29 bombers, and "jet fighters spanning the wars from Korea to the Persian Gulf" are housed in the new display with other historic aircraft. The three-acre Aviation Pavilion augments more than 175 aircraft and spacecraft already on display. Find out more...  

Technique and Safety



The 'NA at night' restriction

Customs officers were waiting for a twin-engine Piper PA-44-180 Seminole to land in Houlton, Maine, from an international ferry flight in predawn fog and darkness Aug. 27, 2015, when an impact was heard. Read more...  


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Don't get trapped in weather

Take the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Weather Wise: VFR into IMC course to learn why it's best to stay on the ground when the weather is not on your side. Find out how you can avoid getting wedged between terrain and lowering ceilings, and get the weather facts that will guide your decisions when the lines are blurred. Take the course...



Topping the clouds

How should you request and receive a clearance for "VFR on top," and what is expected from you and air traffic control? Watch this installment of Ask ATC...  



Beyond the emergency landing

You train to handle in-flight emergencies, but do you know what to do next? In Survive: Beyond the Forced Landing, the AOPA Air Safety Institute shares how to keep everyone safe until help arrives. Watch the video...  




Fire season underway

Wildfires have razed hundreds of homes and blackened hundreds of thousands of acres across the western states, and the 2016 fire season is just getting started. Hazards affecting airmen include smoke, convection, and potential conflicts with aircraft working to contain the fires. Pilots are urged to pay particular attention to temporary flight restrictions, and give them a wide berth. Read more...  



ADS-B advances, advantages

The prospect of a $500 rebate for installing Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out equipment is far from the only reason to equip sooner than later. NextGen newcomers will find the system is already delivering technological tools that enhance safety, take situational awareness to the next level, and save critical time locating a stricken aircraft in an emergency. Read more...  



Tips for installing ADS-B in your aircraft

AOPA Pilot Technical Editor Mike Collins and Lancaster Avionics Manager Todd Adams will provide a systematic approach to equipping your aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out during a webinar July 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Register today...  



Winter runway condition descriptions updated

Airport reports noting winter runway conditions and expected braking action will be clearer for pilots landing and taking off after Oct. 1, when more concise terms and new procedures take effect. Read more...  



Pilot Protection Services

AOPA's medical experts offer advice

Check out some of the common questions AOPA's medical experts receive and learn how their advice could help you with your medical certification. Read more...  




Surveillance Cirrus approved

Cirrus Aircraft in May received FAA approval for customers to install external cameras, sensors, and communications equipment on the Cirrus G5. Read more...  




Flying in the extremes

Did you know the Diamond DA20 airframe has a temperature limit of 55 degrees Celsius? Or that the limit is 72 degrees Celsius for the Extra 300? How about the temperature limits for cockpit system displays, life rafts, and main aircraft batteries on the Gulfstream IV? When it comes to flying in extreme heat or cold, Opinion Leaders blogger Ron Rapp reminds pilots to be aware of their aircraft's limits, as well as their own. Read more...  




EPS diesel passes tests

A Wisconsin company developing an eight-cylinder aviation diesel engine from the ground up has demonstrated to the U.S. Air Force that the Engineered Propulsion Systems Graflight 8 can handle a variety of propellers and missions. Read more...  



FltPlan updates free logbook, the free, web-based flight planning and integrated flight plan filing service, has added new features to its electronic logbook and simplified the user interface. Read more...  




Seaplanes with history

Travelers and merchants alike have been attracted to Italy's Lake Como from time immemorial. The ancient Romans called it Larius, George Clooney calls it home. This glacial lake nestled in the folds of the Alps and lined by picturesque villages, majestic villas, and mountains covered with foliage ranging from palm trees to cypresses, is one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe. Lake Como has proved the ideal location for the seaplane operation Aero Club Como. Read more...  



AOPA Aviation Finance

Pick the right one: Tips for financing an older jet

If you've got your eye on an older jet, but you know you will need bank financing—shop wisely. Read more...  

News and Notes



Cub Scouts soar into aviation

Surrounded by general aviation aircraft and flight simulators, more than 160 Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., Cub Scouts participated in a five-day Expedition Galactic day camp to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math concepts at AOPA's Frederick, Maryland, campus. View the slideshow...  



'Doc' wins Pentagon approval

Doc, one of seven B-29s named for Snow White's dwarfs, has hard-won approval from the Pentagon to conduct shakeout flights from McConnell Air Force Base. Read more...  



ERAU dominates Air Race Classic

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University pilots Emmy Dillon and Abbie Pasmore took first place overall, as well as first place in the collegiate division of the 2016 Air Race Classic. The overall win was a first for their school. The Riddle Racers Gold team was among more than 50 teams of pilots, all of them women, who completed the 2,716-mile winding route between two Embry-Riddle campuses. Read more...  



Charles Spence remembered

Charles Spence, veteran aviation journalist, newspaperman, pilot, and former AOPA senior vice president of public relations, died on June 23. He was 94. Read more...  



Tom Wathen mourned

Thomas William Wathen, who rescued California's historic Flabob Airport from becoming a housing development and made it the center of his charitable mission to use aviation to inspire lifelong learning, died June 20 with his wife, Carol, at his side. He was 86. Read more...  



Get back into flying with Rusty Pilots 2.0

Remember the exciting adventures you've had exploring new areas in airplanes? AOPA's new Rusty Pilots 2.0 seminar will walk you through a fun cross-country trip with the family to satisfy the ground portion of the flight review, making getting back into the left seat fun and easy. Learn more about the program and the new Rusty Pilots Resource Guide during a webinar July 12 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Register today...  


Member benefit

Answers to your top five aviation insurance questions

How do you get the best value for your insurance dollar and find out whether you are still covered if your medical has expired? Are you covered when flying from the right seat or landing at backcountry airstrips? What are the most common reasons for insurance claim denials? AOPA Insurance Services provides answers to these most-asked questions. 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 an aviation technical specialist, fundraising specialist, government affairs federal and state vice president, member services representative, Great Lakes regional manager, communications director, donor relations director, AOPA Foundation communications director, and marketing copywriter. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


You've started training for a rotorcraft add-on rating and are about to do your first helicopter solo flight. Before starting this training, you hadn't flown for a couple of years, and your instructor says you need to complete a flight review in a single-engine airplane before you can solo. Is this true? If so, why can't your instructor just sign you off?


Yes, you must have a current flight review to act as pilot in command in any aircraft, including one for which you've just received a solo endorsement. Because you have a pilot certificate you must comply with 14 CFR 61.56, even when you're operating on an instructor's solo endorsement. Your rotorcraft instructor can't give you a flight review because you aren't yet rated in a helicopter; the flight review must be done in an aircraft in which you're currently rated. Read this FAA letter of interpretation.

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


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Jul 9-10 - Coraopolis, Pennsylvania; and Elizabeth, New Jersey

Jul 23-24 - Jacksonville, Florida; and Memphis, Tennessee

Aug 6-7 - Atlanta, Georgia; Fort Worth, Texas; and Long Beach, California

Aug 20-21 - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; and Reno, Nevada

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

Jul 9 - Alpine, Wyoming

Jul 27-30 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Sep 6 - Wichita, Kansas; Madison, Wisconsin; and Seattle, Washington

Sep 7 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Portland, Oregon

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

Jul 9 - Savannah, Georgia

Jul 16 - San Marcos, Texas; and West Mifflin, Pennsylvania

Jul 27 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Aug 13 - Fort Worth, 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.

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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