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July 29, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterJuly 29, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

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AOPA Sweepstakes 172 at EAA AirVenture

JULY 29, 2016 - VOL 18, ISSUE 31

EAA AirVenture



Non-TSO possibilities abound

There's a change in the air, and it's evident at EAA AirVenture 2016 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. After years of waiting and watching the proliferation of avionics in the experimental market, pilots of certificated aircraft are starting to see the arrival of lower-cost, safety-enhancing, non-technical standard order products—some of which were on display at the show. Read more...  



Huerta: FAA to finalize medical rule

The FAA will move quickly to implement third class medical reform, streamline aircraft certification standards, and allow more modern safety equipment into general aviation aircraft, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said July 28. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Lower-cost avionics; You Can Fly highlights

Garmin's supplemental type certificate approval for its G5 electronic attitude indicator for certificated aircraft supports an AOPA initiative to encourage the availability of less-expensive non-TSO systems for legacy airplanes. Pilots celebrate third class medical reforms, and AOPA President Mark Baker shares what's next in the effort. Plus, learn about AOPA's growing You Can Fly program. All this and more from EAA AirVenture. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, July 28...  



Embraer evolves the Phenom 100

In a response to softening sales of its entry-level Phenom 100, Embraer announced the updated 100 EV. A new engine upgrade and Garmin G3000 Prodigy Touch panel are the hallmarks. Read more...  



Stemme debuts S12 motorglider

The Stemme Twin Voyager S12 motorglider is making its U.S. debut at EAA AirVenture. The new model represents an evolution of Stemme's S10, with several significant enhancements to the previous design. Read more...  



Remos simplifies controls

German light sport aircraft maker Remos AG has simplified the controls of the GXiS, reducing the task of starting the engine to a key twist and a button press. Read more...  



Bonanza society's anniversary G36 package revealed

Beechcraft Corp. and the American Bonanza Society have teamed up to develop a customized G36 Bonanza option—the ABS Sport Package—that will be available in 2017. Read more...  



Rans offers new Titan-powered aircraft

Rans Aircraft has joined manufacturers offering an airframe powered by a 180-horsepower Titan 340 engine. The S-21 uses all that power to carry a payload of about 625 pounds. Read more...  



Night airshow dazzles

An F/A-18 Super Hornet, T-6 Texans, a Mig-17, Van's RV-8s, and a SubSonex JSX-2 were just some of the aircraft that dazzled EAA AirVenture attendees July 27 during the night airshow. The dark sky was the perfect backdrop for fireworks and light displays emanating from aircraft performing aerobatics in the challenging nighttime environment. Read more...  


More EAA AirVenture news

Rotax to begin 915 iS deliveries in 2017

Continental Motors certifying Titan IO-370 engine

Able Flight awards wings

Mooney M10 testing well along

Boeing: Demand for pilots increasing

AOPA Fly-Ins


AOPA Pilot magazine

See you on the sound

Pilots of taildraggers, jets, and helicopters share the ramp at Bremerton National Airport, host of the AOPA Fly-In at Bremerton, Washington, Aug. 19 and 20. Many dash into the Airport Diner for plates of fish and chips with cod or halibut freshly scooped out of Puget Sound. Read more...  

Technique and Safety



CFI studies students, predicts solos

After studying student pilots for more than 50 years, flight instructor John Dougherty says he can predict when most will be competent to solo. How many landings does it take? Read more...  



Know your AOA

Angle of attack (AOA) indicators warn when you're about to exceed a wing's lift capacity. Learn how AOA indicators work with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Margins of Safety: Angle of Attack Indicators video, made possible by the Tom Davis Fund, and brought to you by Aspen Avionics. Watch the video...  



Signal mirrors to the rescue

You don't plan to make an off-airport landing, but if it happened would you be prepared to deal with the consequences? Join AOPA Air Safety Institute Manager of Aviation Safety Programs John Collins Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time for a webinar that offers a commonsense approach to maximize your chances of survival and rescue. Register today...  


Accident analysis

Made to be broken

A night accident in New Mexico shows that some rules are not made to be broken. Read more in this special report from the AOPA Air Safety Institute...  




FAA restores birthday solos

Following a request from AOPA, the FAA has once again made it possible for student pilots to solo on their fourteenth or sixteenth birthday, depending on the type of aircraft they are operating. Read more...  



Final VOR policy released

The FAA has released its final policy on creating a VOR minimum operational network, including a list of 308 VORs to be decommissioned. Read more...  



Global general aviation leaders gather in Chicago

Sixty-three delegates from 25 countries on four continents descended on Chicago July 21 through 24 to hash out challenges facing global general aviation and to celebrate the joy of flying. Read more...  



Pilot Protection Services

Third class medical reform: A vision realized

As the FAA begins its work to craft medical reform language into regulation, "it will become even more important for all pilots to be conscientious about the responsibilities these new privileges will require," counsels Gary Crump, director of the AOPA Pilot Information Center Medical Certification Section. Read more...  


Online resource

Medical reform countdown

The countdown is on! After third class medical reform was signed into law July 15, the clock started ticking on the FAA to create regulations. The FAA has until July 15, 2017, to enact new regulations, and AOPA has launched a countdown clock. Pilots still have a lot of questions about what they will and won't be able to do. Check out AOPA's updated FAQs page, which also features the countdown clock. Learn more...  




Si2 circumnavigation complete

Solar Impulse 2 completed the first ever round-the-world flight in a solar-powered aircraft July 25 with a landing in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, after a two-day, 37-minute flight from Cairo. Read more...  



Lam Aviation boosts performance

Lam Aviation's wing control system delivered its highest and lowest airspeeds to date in its latest round of tests, the company announced July 26. Read more...  




Hartzell ups Top Prop warranty

Hartzell Propeller has increased the warranty on Top Prop conversion propellers all the way to overhaul, while Hartzell Engine Technologies has released the first in a series of educational videos aimed at pilots and technicians, with the first carrying a message for pilots: Give your starter a break, or it will break. Read more...  


More news

Beringer announces Alaskan landing gear

CO detectors grow up

Daher unveils new cabin configuration with lavatory seat




Epic voyage ends in celebration

Epic Aircraft could not have asked for a better result, celebrating a journey around the world that began and ended in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. CEO Doug King, who reported progress on efforts to certify the all-composite, 325-knot, six-seat turboprop, smiled broadly for the cameras and spoke of contingency plans that were never needed. Read more...  




Lancair restructures

Lancair International Inc. is reorganizing. The company is seeking to sell all assets, designs, intellectual property, and its ongoing support business for all no-longer-in-production Lancair aircraft kit models, Kevin Eldredge, Lancair's director of business development, said at EAA AirVenture. The company will continue to produce its Evolution models under a new corporate entity. Read more...  


AOPA Aviation Finance

Questions about aircraft financing?

Looking for competitive rates and terms on an aircraft loan? Wondering if an aircraft appraisal is necessary to apply for a loan or how your credit score affects the rate you might receive? AOPA Aviation Finance Co. President Adam Meredith answers these common questions. Read more...  

News and Notes



Tecnam P2012 takes flight

You may know Tecnam as a manufacturer of two-seat light sport aircraft from Italy with many aircraft in the United States, but it makes commercial commuter aircraft as well. The company announced the first flight in Capua, Italy, of its 11-seat P2012 (named for the year it was designed). Read more...  



LAMA honors Tecnam founder

The Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association named aircraft designer Luigi Pascale the 2016 recipient of the association's President's Award on July 26. Pascale designed Tecnam's P92 Echo, P2008, and Sierra. He was involved in the development of the twin-engine P2006T and P2012 Traveller that recently made its first flight. Read more...  



Win a Reimagined Cessna 150 for your flying club

The deadline for your startup club to submit an application for AOPA's 150 Flying Club Giveaway is fast approaching: Sept. 1 at 11:59 p.m. The winning club will be notified on or about Oct. 1. Read more...  


More news

Redbird announces upgrades

Commemorative Air Force to tell WASP story in traveling exhibit

Florida's DeLand Municipal Airport to build sport aviation complex

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 member services representative, 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're planning a flight to Canada this summer. You've figured out the process, for the most part, but the one question that remains unanswered is whether your 40-year-old Piper needs to have 12-inch registration markings to make the trip; it currently has two-inch registration markings. Where can you find the answer?


It depends. Twelve-inch markings are needed for any flight crossing an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). The good news is that there is no ADIZ between Canada and the contiguous United States, so if that is the extent of your travels, you don't need to put the larger markings on your aircraft. However, there is an ADIZ between Canada and Alaska. If your ultimate destination is Alaska, you'll need to get the larger registration markings on your aircraft, but they can be temporary. For further information on this topic, see this AOPA subject report or reference 14 CFR 45 Subpart C for the regulations on the subject. You also can check AOPA's Destinations page to learn other requirements for international flights or to learn about destinations in the United States.

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


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

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

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

Sep 10-11 - Elkridge, Maryland

Sep 17-18 - Phoenix, Arizona; and Sandston, Virginia

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 29-30 - 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

Aug 13 - Fort Worth, Texas

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

Aug 27 - Fort Wayne, Indiana

Aug 31 - Racine, Wisconsin

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:

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Sarah Deener
Dave Hirschman
Tom Horne
Alton K. Marsh
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