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June 10, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterJune 10, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

Cessna 180

JUNE 10, 2016 - VOL 18, ISSUE 24

Top Stories


Backcountry surprise

The XCub is full of surprises, starting with its existence. A new, FAA-certified, piston general aviation aircraft is extremely rare these days, and the XCub comes to the flying public as a fait accompli. Its six-year development was closely guarded, and the project wasn't even announced until its application for an FAA type certificate was final, and the first production aircraft were on the assembly line. That's unheard of. Read more and watch the XCub in action...  



AOPA scholarships top $156,000

AOPA is offering more than 40 scholarships this year worth more than $156,000 through three different programs. Scholarships are open to a wide range of aviation enthusiasts ages 13 and up. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Fly the new XCub; ADS-B rebate

It's not your father's SuperCub: Find out how the new CubCrafters' XCub will redefine backcountry flying. Not yet equipped for the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out mandate? The FAA will give you $500 if you are among the first 20,000 to equip starting this fall. Also this week, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta tours the newly restored B-29 Doc during a recent visit to Wichita. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, June 9...  

ADS-B Update



FAA bets on more ADS-B installs with $500 rebate

The FAA is betting that $500 will spur more aircraft owners to equip with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out technology. Following months of encouragement from AOPA and others in the industry, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta placed such a bet June 6 during a meeting at the Wichita Aero Club in Kansas. Read more...  



Making friends with ADS-B

In researching upgrade paths to allow his airplane to keep flying legally in controlled airspace beyond 2020, AOPA Editor at Large Dave Hirschman found a minimal, cost-efficient route to compliance based on some basic criteria. Read more...  

Technique and Safety


Fly like a fighter

Lose sight, lose the fight

Early in F-15 training, retired U.S. Air Force pilot Larry Brown learned the importance of visual lookout. Whether it was acquiring an attacker to avoid being shot or gaining a tally to go in for a kill, Brown said trainees were guided by the phrase, "Lose sight, lose the fight," which general aviation pilots can apply to their own flying. Read more...  



Escape IMC with ATC

You know to stay out of instrument meteorological conditions unless you are instrument rated and current (or are training with your instrument instructor). But, if by mistake you get caught in the clouds, get help immediately. Talk to air traffic control and admit to the emergency. Learn how controllers can help you escape this perilous situation. Watch the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Confess to ATC video...  


Aircraft Maintenance

It could have been worse

Unplanned aircraft maintenance is rarely good news, but sometimes it's a blessing in disguise. A&P Jeff Simon shares how investigating small discrepancies on his aircraft revealed larger issues that could have caused serious problems. Read more...  


Safety Spotlight

Don't test the tempest

The convective season is here in most parts of the United States, with the potential hazard of strong—even violent—thunderstorms lurking on the horizon. So now is a good time to brush up on how to avoid these convective beasts. Learn how to stay safe with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Thunderstorm Avoidance Safety Spotlight.  



Speak up early and often

AOPA Air Safety Institute Senior Safety Advisor Bruce Landsberg offers tips on how to communicate effectively with air traffic control. Read more...  



Air Safety Institute hosts Long Island town hall

AOPA's Air Safety Institute hosted a Safe Skies, Good Neighbors town hall June 3 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, New York, following a series of recent, high-profile accidents in the area. Read more...  




House urged to reauthorize FAA

Aviation organizations have banded together to urge the House to pass an FAA reauthorization bill that can be signed into law before the agency's current funding extension expires July 15. Read more...  



RTCA meets for annual symposium

RTCA held its annual Global Aviation Symposium in Washington, D.C., June 1 and 2, where AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines and AOPA Vice President of Government Affairs Melissa Rudinger hosted panel discussions about NextGen. Read more...  


FAA seeks more pilot participation in GA survey

The FAA is asking aircraft owners to complete the General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Surveys, conducted by third-party research firm Tetra Tech, so that the agency can get an accurate understanding of the number of GA hours flown in 2015 and why pilots fly. According to the FAA, 45 percent of experimental, 40 percent of helicopter, 38 percent of fixed-wing piston, and 32 percent of fixed-wing turbine aircraft owners have responded. The FAA seeks owners' participation even if they didn't fly in 2015. Owners invited to participate would have received a mailing from the FAA.



Navy cancels planned GPS outage in SoCal

The U.S. Navy has canceled plans to jam GPS signals in the vicinity of the China Lake, California, Naval Air Weapons Station. AOPA had raised concerns about the impact on civilian air traffic and the size of the affected area. The Navy did not reveal the cause of the cancellation, other than to say the reason was "internal." Read more...  




Experts explain reasons behind medical denials

AOPA Director of Medical Certification Services Gary Crump and Dr. Jonathan Sackier will discuss the common reasons for airman medical certificate denials in a Pilot Protection Services webinar June 15 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Register today...  




FreeFlight to test UAS avionics

FreeFlight Systems, a NextGen avionics manufacturer based in Waco, Texas, announced that it has been granted FAA approval to test Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast and radar-altimetry applications designed to help safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System. Read more...  




Help save GA

What can the average aviation lover do to help inspire the love of flight and protect their home aerodrome? Opinion Leaders blogger Jolie Lucas offers some advice. Read more...  




Reverse thrust offered for Cessnas

Flight Resource, the Bloomer, Wisconsin-based distributor of composite MT propellers and upgrades, has received a supplemental type certificate for a thrust-reversing system for many Cessna single-engine piston aircraft equipped with MT composite two-blade and three-blade props. Read more...  



Pilot Getaways feature

Rustic luxury in Big Bend Country

Old movies about Texas often depict the entire state as a desert surrounded by rugged mountains. This is true of only one special region of Texas—the Big Bend Country, where the Chihuahuan Desert unfolds. Within this starkly beautiful country lie numerous ranches, and Cibolo Creek Ranch is one of the grandest, with dozens of springs creating an oasis in the desert. Read more...  




Learn the ins and outs of buying an aircraft

You've decided to make the jump from aircraft renter to owner. Walk through the purchasing process with AOPA Pilot Information Center and Flight Operations Vice President Mike Filucci and AOPA Senior Aviation Technical Specialist Rodney Martz during a webinar June 22 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Register today...  

News and Notes



Muroya wins Japan's Red Bull race

Japanese pilot Yoshihide Muroya "wrote a new page in Japan's sporting history" before 50,000 fans June 5 with his victory at the Red Bull Air Race World Championship event in Chiba, Japan. Read more...  



EAA to host Sport Pilot Academy

The Experimental Aircraft Association plans to train a small number of pilots to "fly the Oshkosh way" at its first EAA Sport Pilot Academy. Read more...  



Demo teams' schedules uncertain

After the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and U.S. Navy Blue Angels had accidents June 2, the teams' future performances at airshows this season are uncertain. Read more...  



Causes of 2014 midair identified

A National Transportation Safety Board accident investigation has concluded that the probable causes of a fatal midair collision between a Robinson R44 II and a Cirrus SR22 near AOPA headquarters at Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland Oct. 23, 2014, included the pilots' failure to look for known traffic, and their use of nonstandard traffic pattern altitudes. Read more...  


Pilot Protection Services

By the regs: Charity flights 101

Thinking about giving rides to support a charity raffle? AOPA Pilot Protection Services attorney Jared Allen explains the federal aviation regulations governing the way private pilots can conduct flights offered by a charitable organization in exchange for donations. Read more...  


Member benefit

Get inspired to travel

Join a flying club, take on a new type of flying, visit new destinations, attend aviation events, take your family on a vacation—these are just some of the ways you can put your private pilot certificate to use. 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 a fundraising specialist, 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


On your way back from a long cross-country, you advise the tower that you would like to do some pattern work. ATC clears you for the option, but you are not sure what that allows you to do. Where can you learn more about "the option"?


A pilot in command who is cleared for the option can choose to perform a touch-and-go, low approach, missed approach, stop-and-go, or full-stop landing, according to Chapter 3, Section 8 of FAA order JO 7110.65W.

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


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

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

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

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 15 - Frederick, Maryland

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

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

Jun 18 - Hebron, Nebraska

Jun 19 - Dodge Center, Minnesota

Jun 25 - Temple, Texas; Morrisville, North Carolina; Lincoln, California; Burlington, Washington; Bakersfield, California; and Long Beach, California

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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