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June 17, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterJune 17, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

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JUNE 17, 2016 - VOL 18, ISSUE 25

Top Stories

Call to action

Support medical reform

AOPA has issued a call to action on third class medical reform. The association is asking its members to contact their representatives in the House and urge them to take up and pass the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2. Read more...  



Inhofe touts GA bill

The Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 is the "single most important general aviation bill" before Congress, writes Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) in an op-ed. "The foundation of the bill establishes the third class medical reform we've long been waiting for." Read more...  



Like father, like son

Before AOPA Photographer Mike Fizer was hanging out of airplanes to get award-winning images, his father, Bob Fizer, a retired fighter pilot, was flying photo missions for Cessna. Find out how aviation, specifically fighters, and photography have brought the two together with a sense of admiration and honor that flows both ways. Watch the video...  


AOPA Live This Week

Help pass medical reform; Aerobatics without engines

With medical reform hanging in the balance, AOPA President Mark Baker is urging members to call and write their representatives in Congress and keep the pressure on to seal the deal. Also this week, ride along with one of America's very few world-class aerobatic glider pilots, and get an inside look at one aviation publishing company that has opted to keep the printing presses rolling in a digital age. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, June 16...  

Technique and Safety


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Hot and humid spell 'DA'

Your airplane already may have decreased performance during summer's hot temperatures and increased humidity. Flying in high terrain and a heavily loaded airplane? You're now in for a high-density-altitude takeoff and landing challenge. Get an extra margin of safety with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Density Altitude safety quiz. Take the quiz...


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Stalls, spins, and safety 101

You want to fly the airplane, not design it. But perhaps you would like a better understanding of the aerodynamic principles involved in maneuvering flight. Take the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Essential Aerodynamics: Stalls, Spins and Safety online course. The updated course is optimized for desktop and mobile applications. Grasp vital need-to-know concepts and avoid unintentional stalls and spins.



'No greater burden: Surviving an aircraft accident'

For Russ Jeter, the January 2011 tragedy that took his son's life is something to grapple with every day. This AOPA Air Safety Institute special half-hour presentation takes a sobering look at the accident and how it happened. Jeter shares the devastation it wrought and the lessons we can take away from it. Watch the video...  


AOPA Premier Partner created content

Tips to master GPS approaches

In this video, Master CFI and Designated Pilot Examiner Wally Moran breaks down the different types of GPS approaches and shares some tips to help you fly them more smoothly, safely, and precisely. He provides an important, three-step check prior to final approach and some strategies to avoid "chasing the needle." Watch the video, provided by AOPA Premier Partner PilotWorkshops...  




Airman standards take effect

Airman certification standards took effect June 15 for those applying for a private pilot (airplane) certificate or an airplane instrument rating. The new standards replace the practical test standards familiar to most pilots. Read more...  



AOPA seeks modernization policy

AOPA is asking the FAA to create a comprehensive policy that will make it easier and more affordable for aircraft owners to install modern technology in type-certificated aircraft. Read more...  



Survey says: WAAS enhances access, safety

A large majority of pilots who used the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) in IFR operations between 2009 and 2013 said they strongly agree that the technology, which enhances the quality of GPS, improved their flights, according to an AOPA WAAS usage survey completed in May. Read more...  



FAA clarifies hangar-use policy

The FAA published a policy update to the Federal Register June 15 focusing on hangar use at federally obligated airports. The update will take effect July 1, 2017, and is meant to be a clarification of "how aviation facilities—including hangars can be used on airports that receive federal funds," according to the FAA. Read more...  



Medical reform passes Senate again

The U.S. Senate has passed third class medical reform for the third time in six months, this time as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, which passed June 14 by a vote of 85 to 13. Read more...  



Pilot Protection Services

What can 007 teach you about heart attacks?

Fictional secret agent James Bond hardly lives a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Jonathan Sackier writes that because of 007's high alcohol consumption and high-fat, low-fiber diet, he's more likely to die of a heart attack than a bullet. Learn some of the symptoms of a heart attack...  




Solar Impulse in New York

The first airplane able to fly for days and nights on end using solar power alone circled the Statue of Liberty in the predawn darkness June 11 before landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The 165-mile journey ended with the final U.S. stop for Solar Impulse 2 during a circumnavigation that has set records and aims to inspire interest in renewable energy. Read more...  



Rivals enter joint NextGen project

A 130-year college sports rivalry between South Dakota's Hardrockers and Yellow Jackets didn't keep one school's president, a Grumman Cheetah pilot, from emailing the other school's leader, who flies a Cessna 152, to pitch a plan to pool their academic resources to tackle a task that all general aviation pilots must confront by 2020. Read more...  




Flying frugal, with paper

In an age of high-tech moving maps and electronic flight bags, Opinion Leaders blogger Garrett Fisher found out that avgas and airplanes are not the only things that make flying much more expensive in Europe. Aiming to delay a $400 purchase to save a few dollars but not miss the good weather, Fisher resorted to old-fashioned paper charts—and found it surprisingly easy, as well as rewarding in unexpected ways. Read more...  



Shops that bar the door

Many aircraft owners get frustrated when a shop refuses to welcome them on the floor during an annual inspection. Opinion Leaders blogger Mike Busch shares the frustrations of hands-on owners but also presents the perspective of shop managers. Read more...  




TFRs dot New Mexico, California

With Father's Day weekend coming and the summer flying season getting underway, AOPA recommends that pilots who will be flying in western states between June 17 and 19 check notams frequently to stay updated on temporary flight restrictions that will be in effect in California and New Mexico during a presidential visit to several national parks in connection with the National Park Service's centennial celebration. Read more...  




Buy like a pro

AOPA Pilot Information Center Vice President Mike Filucci and Senior Aviation Technical Specialist Rodney Martz will cover the ins and outs of buying an aircraft in a webinar June 22 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Get expert advice on how to find the right aircraft, and make the jump from renter to owner. Register today...  


Member benefit

Retired Navy captain buys Archer

New private pilot Dennis Hopkins is maximizing the fun of his certificate with his 1979 Piper Archer that hauls him and his wife (plus their stuff) yet sips fuel to allow him to fly without worrying about the fuel bill. AOPA Aviation Finance helped make the purchase possible. Read more...  

News and Notes


AOPA Photo Contest

Ready, set, shoot

In May, AOPA asked you to submit your best aviation images celebrating the joy of flying. More than 750 entries flooded in to the AOPA Photo Contest, sponsored by Faro Aviation, for three categories—people, places, and aircraft. Check out the winning images...  



Aviation engineer Mary Feik dies

Mary S. Feik, a noted aviation engineer, pilot, aircraft restorer, and inductee of aviation halls of fame, died June 10 at her home in Annapolis, Maryland. She was 92. Read more...  



Gaffney to depart NAA

Nine years and five months after taking over the National Aeronautic Association, the 111-year-old organization that certifies aviation records and administers awards including the Robert J. Collier Trophy, Jonathan Gaffney will step down Sept. 30. His tenure may have set a record, though Gaffney, with a laugh, said that he just can’t be sure. Read more...  



Mooney flies Ovation Ultra

The Mooney Ovation Ultra, one of two upgraded models that feature left-side doors and enhanced interiors, made its maiden flight June 4 at Kerrville, Texas. The aircraft performed well in a 60-minute sortie by Chief Test Pilot Mike Miles, and will join the Acclaim Ultra at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in July. Read more...  



Doolittle Center acquires Lockheed Vega

When Willis Allen Jr. learned that a "stunningly beautiful" 1933 Lockheed Vega in a private collection had gone up for sale after the death of its owner, Allen knew exactly where the airplane belonged, for history's sake and for the public to enjoy. Read more...  



ASA makes room for new airman standards

Two columns of floor-to-ceiling warehouse shelves were cleared at Aviation Supplies & Academics to make room for pallets of handbooks containing the new airman certification standards, which went into effect June 15. Read more...  



Huerta visits Sweepstakes 172

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta was among the admirers checking out your AOPA Sweepstakes 172 during a recent visit to Wichita, Kansas, where work is well underway transforming the vintage Skyhawk into a modern machine. 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 aviation technical specialist, 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, communications director, 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


You're an avid radio-controlled and manned aircraft pilot. A local organization has asked you to photograph an event with your quadcopter. The organization plans to use these photos in advertising. You have a commercial pilot's certificate, but you've never done any commercial operations, manned or unmanned. Is this something you can do?


No. The FAA's model aircraft provisions apply only to hobby and recreational purposes. Non-recreational operations fall under a different set of rules, for which you are not authorized. Your best option is to recommend that the organization hire a commercial drone operation to take the photos. For more information, see the FAA website.

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


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

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

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

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

Jun 18 - Hebron, Nebraska

Jun 19 - Dodge Center, Minnesota

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

Jun 26 - Greenwood, South Carolina

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.

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Jim Moore
David Tulis

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