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July 8, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterJuly 8, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

U.S. Air Force cadets of the 94th Flying Training Squadron at the 2015 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships

JULY 8, 2016 - VOL 18, ISSUE 28

Top Stories


Student praised after engine-out

Just 400 feet after takeoff on a solo cross-country, 17-year-old student pilot Sierra Lund was faced with a situation that pilots hope will never happen to them: engine failure. The Georgia student's training and quick action to land on a nearby golf course has earned praise. Read more...  



Pilots fly disaster-relief supplies

One by one, airplanes started touching down at West Virginia's Greenbrier Valley Airport July 2. But the aircraft weren't carrying passengers for the PGA tour's Greenbrier Classic that had been scheduled for July 7 through 10. Three Cessna 172s, a V-tail Beechcraft Bonanza, and a Piper Cherokee PA-28-180 filled with disaster-relief supplies from generous donors flew in from North Carolina and Maryland. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Fly the HondaJet; Pilots help after WV flooding

AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines takes the new HondaJet up and says it's best in its class but a bit late to the market. General aviation pilots are rallying to help West Virginians who have been devastated by floods; see how you can make a difference when disaster strikes. And learn how wounded warrior Adam Kisielewski tackles the odds (again) to earn his instrument ticket. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, July 7...  

Technique and Safety



Going on vacation?

It can't get any better: flying general aviation to your vacation destination. You get to do something enjoyable and avoid standing barefoot in long TSA lines. But beware of the ills that can befall the careless or unwary vacation flier. Recite this AOPA Air Safety Institute Vacation rhyme and make sure your name isn't next on the list...  


Aircraft Maintenance

Tire trouble

Even the simplest of maintenance tasks, such as tire changes, can get complicated. Pilot and A&P mechanic Jeff Simon explains the importance of following the proper procedures and checking parts for manufacturing defects. Read more...  



Buckle up!

Taking up family and friends for some sightseeing is a great way to share the fun of flying. No doubt you feel responsible for their safety, so give them a first-rate briefing before taking off. No problem if you're a bit rusty on the drill required by the federal aviation regulations: The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Critical Information: The Passenger Safety Briefing has you covered. Watch the video...  


Pilot Protection Services

Are 30-day VOR checks still required?

If you are flying an aircraft with an IFR-certified GPS, do you still need to perform and log VOR checks within the preceding 30 days in order to fly IFR? The answer isn't a simple yes or no. Read more...  


Genesys Aerosystems created content

Getting to know George...

Whether you're flying on a sunny Sunday or in hard IFR, when properly used, your autopilot can reduce the workload and increase the safety of every flight. Read more...  



Do something, anything

A U.S. senator is pressing the FAA to ramp up ramp checks, citing a need to prevent accidents. Ramp inspections and FAA staff have declined in the past decade, but will more inspections stop trouble before it starts? AOPA Air Safety Institute Senior Safety Advisor Bruce Landsberg would like to hear your thoughts. Read more…  




House, Senate include medical reform in FAA extension

House and Senate negotiators have agreed on an FAA extension deal that includes third class medical reforms and will keep the agency operating through September 2017. Read more...  



Pirep system under microscope

Any pilot who has ever planned to fly over remote areas with few weather reporting stations during marginal conditions knows the value of pilot reports. Hearing what another pilot flying through the same area experienced can better inform the go/no-go decision. Too often, there are no pireps to provide that extra glimpse into the weather. To address the submission, collection, and dissemination of pireps, the National Transportation Safety Board convened a forum June 21 and 22 in Washington, D.C. Read more...  



AOPA urges FAA to enact Part 23 changes quickly

AOPA is backing proposed reforms to Part 23 and urging swift implementation while addressing the National Transportation Safety Board's concerns about changes designed to make it easier to bring new and innovative aircraft to the general aviation market. Read more...  



TFRs scheduled for political conventions

The FAA has released flight advisories for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in July, reminding pilots that temporary flight restrictions will be in effect in Cleveland and Philadelphia where the conventions will take place. Read more...  




The sky is not the limit for Skytypers

Opinion Leaders blogger Jolie Lucas offers an inside glimpse of the family behind the West Coast Skytypers. Read more...  




ADS-B slot reservations open

Are you concerned about getting Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast equipment installed in your aircraft before the FAA's Jan. 1, 2020, mandate? Still trying to determine the best ADS-B solution for you? Do you wish you could reserve an installation slot at an avionics shop now, so you can take your time deciding on the hardware? Well, you can. The number of shops offering reserved ADS-B installation slots is increasing. Read more...  



Appareo ESG gets TSO approval

Appareo's panel-mount Stratus ESG transponder, which provides Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out compliance, has received TSO authorization. The lead STC, covering the Cessna 172 through the 172S model, is expected this week; popular Cessna, Piper, Beech, and Mooney models will be added to the AML STC soon. Read more...  



Learn options for equipping with ADS-B

AOPA Pilot Technical Editor Mike Collins and Lancaster Avionics Manager Todd Adams will explain a systematic approach that you can follow to sort through options to equip your aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out before the FAA's 2020 mandate. Join them for a free webinar July 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Register today...  


Lightspeed Aviation offers summer deals

Lightspeed Aviation announced a summer promotion for Tango wireless, Zulu PFX, Zulu.2, or Sierra active noise reduction headsets until Aug. 15. Customers purchasing one of these models will receive a 16,800-mAh multifunction, portable power bank and jump-starter kit in a vinyl case that is valued at $100 and "can charge just about any common portable electronic device."



Pilot Getaways

AirVenture bound?

Located less than 20 miles north of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Appleton International Airport, formerly Outagamie County Regional Airport, in Appleton is a popular stop for EAA AirVenture-bound pilots. Read more...  

News and Notes



'Let's go commit some aviation'

Few among us get the chance to be at one with the sky in an open-cockpit biplane, motoring low and slow above the terrain in an aircraft recognizable to aviation's pioneers. The annual Round Engine Round-Up hosted by Idaho Falls Regional Airport's FBO Aero Mark is one of those places where pure aviation mixes with a welcoming community that fosters friendships. Read more...  



Europe set to allow turboprop-single ops

While U.S. and other operators around the world have been using single-engine turboprops for night and IFR passenger and cargo flights for years, it has been a different story in Europe. But that may be about to change. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association has reported some encouraging signs from a regulatory committee in the European Aviation Safety Agency. Read more...  



Enterprise car rental founder dies

Jack Taylor, founder of AOPA partner Enterprise Holdings, died July 2 in St. Louis. He well represented the American dream of the self-made man, an entrepreneur largely responsible for his own tremendous success that greatly benefited not only himself but his community. He was 94. Read more...  



Sweepstakes mystery wires

Wires are being pulled as Yingling Aviation works on your Sweepstakes Cessna 172, but what exactly they're up to and where those wires lead is under wraps until your new aircraft arrives at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. A fresh set of photos in this blog might help you solve the puzzle before the show. Read more...  


PDF download

Must-see seminars at AirVenture

AOPA has an action-packed lineup planned for pilots who visit the association's campus at EAA AirVenture July 25 through 31. Seminars range from the educational to the hilarious, led by some of the biggest names in the industry, including Rod Machado. You won't want to miss the AOPA Air Safety Institute's seminars that will help make you a better pilot. Also, join AOPA President Mark Baker for coffee and doughnuts or ice cream to get the latest on AOPA's initiatives. Download the schedule...

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 administrative coordinator, New York You Can Fly ambassador, aviation technical specialist, fundraising specialist, government affairs federal and state vice president, member services representative, Great Lakes regional manager, communications director, donor relations director, and AOPA Foundation communications director. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


You are doing your first solo oil change on your aircraft. After changing the oil, you realize you are not clear on how to complete the logbook entry for return to service. You know you can make the entry and sign it off, but otherwise you're lost. Where can you find this information?


FAA Advisory Circular 43-12A outlines the answer to this question and many more you may have about preventive maintenance. It elaborates on the requirements for record keeping required by 14 CFR 43.9. You also can check this AOPA subject report.

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

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Sarah Deener
Dave Hirschman
Tom Horne
Alton K. Marsh
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