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June 3, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterJune 3, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

North American Navion

JUNE 3, 2016 - VOL 18, ISSUE 23

Top Stories

AOPA Pilot feature

Living a western life

The "10-minute warning" text message is simple enough. It might be "sunset flight" or "breakfast, Driggs" or "Costco." With that, hangar doors yawn open and a pack of Aviat Huskys and maybe a few other brands fire up and trundle toward the end of Runway 13 or 31 at Wyoming's Alpine Airpark. "Within minutes we'll have five to 15 Huskys and they just go," explains Scot Cook, owner of Landings Aviation, the FBO at Alpine. The text message might be initiated by any resident of the fly-in community, located 29 nautical miles southwest of Jackson Hole Airport—morning, noon, or evening. Read more and watch the video...  


AOPA Live This Week

Fly the Legacy 450; Go inside the Snowbirds' DC flyover

Find out how the Embraer Legacy 450's six-foot-high cabin, fly-by-wire technology, and 2,900-mile range stack up against those of other mid-light jet competitors. And if you fly long enough, you might one day face flying an aircraft you know nothing about—find out what to look for and how to stay safe in an unfamiliar airplane. Also this week, discover what it takes to become a Canadian Snowbird pilot and how the demonstration team prepared for its recent Washington, D.C., flyover. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, June 2...  

Technique and Safety



Dueling databases

Inbound to Boeing Field beneath Seattle's Class B airspace, the flight instructor checked the GPS/nav/com's moving map and realized that the left-seat pilot had failed to descend below the 5,000-foot floor of the oncoming block of airspace. Find out what happened...  


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Fly young at heart

Enjoy flying safely as you grow older with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Aging Gracefully, Flying Safely online course. Hear from pilots who share tips to help you plan well into the future, and learn about adjusting to age-related changes and ways to keep flying longer. Also, get practical advice on the effects of aging and the possible impact they could have on pilot performance. Take the course...


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A tale of two ILS approaches

Find out how mountains and weather factor into the approaches to Southern Vermont Regional Airport in Rutland. There's a lot more to it than just following a glideslope to minimums. Take the quiz...


Online resource

Runway safety in a flash

Need a quick refresher on the markings and lights that provide directions for moving on airport surfaces? Use the AOPA Air Safety Institute's new digital runway safety flash cards. The cards include high-resolution illustrations of runway signs and markings. Those that depict pulsing lights include animation to replicate what you'd see in real life. Download the flash cards...  




AOPA presents Hartranft Award to Inhofe, Manchin

Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) received the 2015 Joseph B. Hartranft Award from AOPA President Mark Baker. Read more...  



TFR violations cut in half

The number of general aviation violations of temporary flight restrictions has dropped by 50 percent since 2009, and the head of the North American Aerospace Defense Command thanked AOPA for its role in reducing the number of incursions. Read more...  



Airman standards to take effect

New airman certification standards are set to take effect June 15. The new standards, which affect those applying for a Private Pilot Airplane certificate or an Instrument Rating Airplane, are available on the FAA's airman testing website. Read more...  




What are common reasons for medical denials?

Learn some of the common reasons for airman medical denials by joining Dr. Jonathan Sackier and AOPA Director of Medical Certification Services Gary Crump during a free webinar June 15 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Register today...  




New Remos LSA has first flight

All values "were in the green" when Remos AG conducted the maiden flight of its new light sport aircraft, the Remos GXiS, in Pasewalk, Germany, May 26. Read more...  




Leasebacks: Doing it right

Leasing to a flight school or charter company typically means high usage, above average wear and tear, and less pride of ownership than you'd typically find in a privately operated airplane, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Opinion Leaders blogger Ron Rapp shares examples of owners who successfully lease back their airplanes. Read more...  




Thinking about flying to Cuba?

Join AOPA Vice President of Operations and International Affairs Craig Spence and AOPA Pilot Information Center Manager Ferdi Mack for a free webinar June 8 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time to hear the latest on the regulations, procedures, and restrictions for flying general aviation aircraft to Cuba. Register today...  



Member benefit

The do's and don'ts of pre-buy inspections

When it comes to having a pre-buy inspection, don't use the mechanic who currently maintains the airplane. Find out why...  

News and Notes



Lilienthal likely lost to wind

Aviation pioneer Otto Lilienthal built a glider that was ahead of its time in many respects. A replica of the first series-built aircraft, Lilienthal's "normal glider" (Normalsegelapparat in the designer's native German) has proved stable and efficient in wind tunnel tests of a replica. The crash that killed Lilienthal in 1896 was most likely caused by wind that exceeded the glider's limits, researchers found. Read more...  


AOPA Photo Contest

What's your favorite photo?

Voting for the top photos is underway in the AOPA Photo Contest sponsored by Faro Aviation. AOPA narrowed the field to the nine best—three each featuring an airplane, person, or place—and now is your chance to pick the best photo from each category. Make sure you place your vote before June 6. Vote today...  


Member benefit

Plan to protect your aircraft during hurricane season

With hurricane season underway, AOPA members who live in or plan to travel to hurricane-prone areas should have a plan in place to relocate their aircraft in advance of a storm. AOPA Insurance Services offers tips to help you prepare a plan. Read more...  


Pilot Protection Services

How can you fly after your FAA aircraft registration has expired?

In 2010, the FAA revised the aircraft registration process to require re-registration of U.S. aircraft every three years. By now, most aircraft owners have developed their own systems or purchased an app to remind them of their aircraft registration expiration dates. But what happens if your registration expires—how can you get it back quickly? 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 administration executive assistant, government affairs federal and state vice president, Aviation Insurance Services director, member services representative, financial analyst, Great Lakes regional manager, medical certification specialist, marketing specialist, communications director, Great Lakes "You Can Fly" ambassador, donor relations director, AOPA Foundation communications director, and marketing copywriter. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


While flying in VFR conditions with light traffic, you request an instrument approach from the local approach controller. After a few vectors, the controller clears you for the approach. The problem is that this approach has a course reversal with a procedure turn, and you're unsure what ATC expects from you. What do you do?


Ask! If you are ever unsure of what ATC expects from you, just ask—it's what they are there for, and it beats having to call after the fact to discuss a pilot deviation.

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


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Jun 4-5 - Tempe, Arizona; and Orlando, Florida

Jun 11-12 - Bloomington, Minnesota; Ashburn, Virginia; and Charlotte, North Carolina

Jun 25-26 - Santa Clara, California; and Columbus, Ohio

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

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

Jun 3 - Garden City, New York

Jun 15 - Frederick, Maryland

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

Jun 4 - Southbridge, Massachusetts

Jun 5 - Albany, New York

Jun 11 - Lakeland, Florida; New Century, Kansas; Conroe, Texas; and Chatham, Massachusetts

Jun 18 - Hebron, Nebraska

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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