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July 22, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterJuly 22, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

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JULY 22, 2016 - VOL 18, ISSUE 30

Top Stories


New Eclipse jet announced

Garmin avionics, more thrust, speed, and range highlight the next model of the Eclipse jet, according to One Aviation CEO Alan Klapmeier. With the code name "Project Canada," the new model is expected to be certificated by early 2018. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Takeoff myths; Dawn of a new Eclipse

Check out the new Eclipse jet by One Aviation in a sneak peek ahead of EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where the latest Eclipse will make its public debut. We'll brief you on what else you can look forward to at the show. Also this week, AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Dave Hirschman tests short-field takeoff procedures to separate solid technique from myth, and a California drone pilot is busted for interfering with firefighters. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, July 21...  

EAA AirVenture



Six Epics circle Earth

Six single-engine turboprops carrying between them 26 Epic Aircraft owners, pilots, photographers, and a few friends are on a voyage around the world to promote the kitbuilt speedster that is nearing entry to the certificated market. Read more...  



Win ADS-B hardware at Oshkosh

Compliance with the FAA's Jan. 1, 2020, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out mandate will be a little closer for 47 lucky aircraft owners when EAA AirVenture 2016 concludes July 31. Three avionics manufacturers are giving away a total of 42 sets of ADS-B hardware, and a trade organization is awarding five owners $1,000 each toward the cost of ADS-B installations. Read more...  


AOPA Flight Planning Tools

Plan your route to AirVenture with AOPA's new weather tool

At a time when many pilots are meticulously planning their flights to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and checking the weather for the best travel windows, AOPA has released a beta Weather Along Route feature in the AOPA Flight Planner. Read more and watch a video tutorial...  



Find out what medical reform means for you

Third class medical reform is law! Now what? AOPA staff will be on hand during EAA AirVenture to talk to you about the details of the law—what you need to do to take advantage of the new reforms, what the 10-year lookback means, and what you can do under the new law. Read more...  

AOPA Fly-Ins



Register for Bremerton Fly-In tours

Pilots making plans for the AOPA Fly-In at Bremerton, Washington, are in for a treat if they act quickly when registration for two special events opens July 25 at 9 a.m. Pacific Time. Exclusive tours are available Aug. 19 to the first 100 who sign up for each of two concurrent options: an inside look at Boeing's manufacturing facility and time aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis. Read more...  

Technique and Safety


Online resource

Tiptoeing through TFRs

Worried about busting TFRs? Get tips from NORAD on working around them. Can't remember VFR weather minimums for different airspace classes? Aviation humorist Rod Machado solves that problem with a clever visual mnemonic. Access the free CFI to CFI newsletter now and subscribe to receive it quarterly. Read more...  



Out of energy

The airplane collided with trees during an emergency approach due to fuel exhaustion. But that was only the final link in a long chain of mistakes and missed opportunities. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Accident Case Study: Final Approach, brought to you by AOPA Insurance Services, reminds pilots to get in-flight weather updates, select appropriate alternates, and recognize and convey an emergency—before it's too late. Watch the video...  



Plan B and ATC

You have a plan B for changing weather. Good! But, what if you're flying on an assigned heading and altitude? Does that mean it is ATC's responsibility to deviate you around the weather? Learn what an air traffic controller has to say in the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Ask ATC: Weather Deviating video.  


Aircraft Maintenance

The power of two

Many maintenance tasks can be easily accomplished by a single person, but certain tasks require a second set of hands and eyes. Pilot and A&P Jeff Simon explains how a seized cable joint went unnoticed until it caused an incident in flight. Read more...  




Medical reform victory

Third class medical reforms became law July 15, and the clock started ticking on an FAA mandate to translate that law into regulations within one year. Read more...  


Medical reform resource

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Pilot Protection Services

Tips to stay cool in the summer heat

Summer is fun, but it can cause problems for pilots beyond the usual challenge of dealing with afternoon thunderstorms. Learn how to keep yourself and your passengers cool and hydrated. Read more...  




On the best of days

A long-range forecast calling for days of clear skies and tailwinds seems too good to be true with 1,200 miles to fly. A prudent pilot doesn't buy such long-rage predictions, and even a 36-hour forecast is viewed with a healthy dose of skepticism. But sometimes, particularly in summer, rosy prognostications really do come true, writes Opinion Leaders blogger Amy Laboda. Read more...  




Those things on your wings

The AOPA Sweepstakes 172 will be on display at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and your new Skyhawk has a number of new features including micro vortex generators on the wings and horizontal stabilizer. You don't have to wait for AirVenture to see these VGs in action. Read more and watch a video...  



Online resource

Aircraft Fact Sheets are valuable resource

Soon after earning their pilot certificate, many aviators dream of owning their own airplane. Help make that vision a reality with the AOPA Aircraft Fact Sheets—a full complement of data sheets that describe the power, performance, and range of aircraft listed alphabetically by manufacturer and model. View the fact sheets...  


AOPA Aviation Finance

Learn the ins and outs of cash-flow lending

For many pilots, your ability to secure an aircraft loan will be based on cash-flow lending. When a lender examines your cash flow, that lender is going to examine paperwork that you supply. Which documents you supply depends on your sources of income. Learn the ins and outs...  

News and Notes



'Doc' takes flight

Doc, the B-29 trucked from a desert bomb-testing range in California that was a "mess" according to its successful restoration crew, flew for the first time since 1956 on July 17. Read more and watch a video...  



Flying Club 150 Giveaway

A key date is approaching for pilots who are thinking about forming a flying club to lower the cost and raise the fun of their aviation experience—and perhaps win a Reimagined Cessna 150 single-engine airplane in the process. Read more...  



Racers battle bumps in Budapest

Flying with precision on a choppy day, Matthias Dolderer of Germany navigated the Red Bull Air Race pylons in 58.653 seconds, a time that held up for first place as uncooperative weather curtailed the Red Bull Air Race in Budapest, Hungary, July 17. Read more...  



Smithsonian explores 'Aerial America'

From the glaciers in Denali, Alaska, to the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Smithsonian Channel has combined stunning aerial imagery with narration highlighting places of historical significance and beauty on visual journeys throughout the United States. Visit the channel's schedule for new shows, view your favorite episodes online, or download videos using popular digital players. Watch the video...  

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 pilot community development coordinator, Central Southwest regional manager, graphic designer, administrative coordinator, New York You Can Fly ambassador, aviation technical specialist, fundraising specialist, government affairs federal and state vice president, 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've been working toward getting your airline transport pilot multiengine land rating for the past couple of years. You passed the ATP written in July 2014, and you're ready to take the practical test. However, the aircraft that you planned to use is down for engine overhaul. It won't be up again until August, and it's is the only one for rent within a reasonable distance. Can you get an extension to use the test from July 2014?


Unfortunately, there is no way to get an extension on your ATP written results—once they expire, they're expired. You'll need to find another light twin to take the test in, because the alternative is to take an ATP Certification Training Program. The rule change is now in effect, requiring you to complete the ATP CTP as a prerequisite to taking the ATP written. The good news is that these results will be valid for 60 calendar months, not the 24 calendar months they were previously.

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


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

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

Sep 10 - Elkridge, Maryland

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 27-30 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Aug 20 - Bremerton, Washington

Aug 24 - Frederick, Maryland

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

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

Jul 27 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Aug 13 - Fort Worth, Texas

Aug 20 - Bremerton, Washington; Hayden, Idaho; and Fullerton, California

Aug 27 - Fort Wayne, Indiana

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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