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June 24, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterJune 24, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

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JUNE 24, 2016 - VOL 18, ISSUE 26

Top Stories


Piper M600 earns certification

During a celebration ceremony June 17 at Piper Aircraft's Vero Beach, Florida, Hangar 21, the company announced that its M600 turboprop had received FAA type certification, paving the way for first deliveries. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

New rules for drones, hangars

The FAA has issued new rules for commercial drones that will, for many operations, eliminate the need for a Section 333 exemption. Also this week, find out what the new FAA rules for hangar use could mean for you, and get your airplane shining in the summer sun with a few products you may already have under the kitchen sink. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, June 23...  

Technique and Safety



Steer clear of terrain

For many pilots, accidents involving terrain and obstructions fall into the "can't happen to me" category. But getting caught in a tight situation is easier than you think, and escape can be difficult or impossible. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Look Out! Avoiding Terrain and Obstructions video aims to raise awareness of the risks. Learn to recognize potentially dangerous situations before it's too late. Watch the video...  


Accident Analysis

This is not a drill

The fatal crash of a Cessna T310R near Cody, Wyoming, on July 18, 2015, bore all the hallmarks of a sudden engine failure at altitude. Read more in this special report from the AOPA Air Safety Institute...  



Use your flying passion—become a volunteer pilot

Being a volunteer pilot is a great way to use your pilot certificate and help others in need. But how do you go about joining a public benefit flying group that shares your passion? Learn more with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Volunteer Pilots: Balancing Safety and Compassion Safety Advisor. Download the PDF...




FAA releases small drone rules

The FAA on June 21 published its final rule for the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems weighing less than 55 pounds along with new airman certification standards for operators of small UAS. Read more...  



Navy plan prompts notam

Military exercises planned between June 28 and July 22 off the East Coast could reduce the sensitivity of collision avoidance and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast equipment using the 1030/1090-MHz band, though similar activities in the past have not resulted in adverse effects. Read more...  



'Not authorized at night'

A pilot is planning a cross-country flight to a destination likely to have instrument meteorological conditions for the expected nighttime arrival. On reviewing the one-runway airport's instrument approach procedures, the pilot is dismayed to discover notices to airmen advising that the IAPs are "NA at night." Read more...  



Pilot Protection Services

AOPA helps members through special issuance medical process

If you are one of 30,000 pilots each year whose medicals have been deferred or initially denied, AOPA's medical certification specialists can guide you through the special issuance medical process to get you back in the left seat. Read more...  




Terrafugia gains weight exemption

Terrafugia, a Massachusetts-based company founded by graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has secured FAA approval to increase the maximum weight of the street-legal Transition light sport aircraft, and to increase its stall speed beyond normal LSA limits. Read more...  



Solar Impulse arrives in Spain

Solar Impulse 2 arrived at Seville International Airport June 23, after a three-day crossing of the final major ocean along its route around the world promoting clean energy. While turbulence over the Azores cut short Bertrand Piccard's sleep schedule, favorable winds pushed the aircraft ahead of the projected schedule. Read more...  




Into thin air: A problem even in low country

Flying at lower elevations doesn't exempt you from the effects of high density altitude. High density altitude caused by hot temperatures and high humidity can affect all pilots. Opinion Leaders blogger Amy Laboda shares planning tips to help you cope safely with this condition. Read more...  




Avionics companies launch ADS-B rebates

FreeFlight Systems and Avidyne are offering $500 rebates for qualifying Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) hardware now, bridging the gap until the FAA’s rebate becomes effective in September. NavWorx also is offering a special deal. Read more...  


AOPA Flight Planning Tools

Flight planner, WingX Pro7 talk

The latest version of WingX Pro7 (v has been directly integrated with the AOPA Flight Planner, allowing WingX Pro7 users to link their accounts to the AOPA Flight Planner to access saved flight plans from inside the EFB app. The integration helps eliminate potential errors when re-creating the same route on the EFB device. WingX Pro7 subscribers can find detailed instructions for linking and downloading routes by checking out the AOPA Flight Planner User Guide that is available from within the flight planner.




Air Race Classic heads to Florida

The tower controller at Ernest A. Love Field in Prescott, Arizona, had a busy morning June 21, handling more than 50 "classic racer" departures in rapid succession as the fortieth Air Race Classic launched. The field of 130 women participating in the oldest race of its kind in the nation embarked on a 2,716-mile sprint to Daytona Beach, Florida. Read more...  




Icon revises purchase agreement

Icon Aircraft has done away with airframe life limits and capped recurring inspection costs in a new purchase agreement. Read more...  


Member benefit

Life insurance a priority for pilots

Does your family have enough life insurance? AOPA Insurance Services offers AOPA members a solution with aviation coverage that is affordable. Read more...  

News and Notes



Hot fun in the summer

It's no fun sweating on the ground in an airplane, waiting to take off. The winner of AOPA's 172 Sweepstakes won't have that issue. That's because the technicians at Yingling Aviation have installed a complete PolyOne SC15 UV/infrared blocking solar gray window set from LP Aero Plastics Inc. that is said to decrease cockpit temperatures 10 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Read more...  



Doolittle Raider Thatcher dies

David J. Thatcher, who was an engineer gunner on the April 18, 1942, mission to bomb Tokyo under the command of then-Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, died June 22 at the age of 94 in Missoula, Montana. Richard Cole, Doolittle's copilot on the mission, is the last surviving Raider. Read more...  



Mustang pilot remembered

His legs twisted by cramps, Capt. Robert H. "Punchy" Powell had to be carried from the cockpit after flying 16 hours of nonstop combat on June 6, 1944. He and fellow fighter pilots flew to the point of exhaustion, protecting the Allied invasion of Normandy, France, the D-Day that marked the beginning of the war's end. Powell spent that longest day in his P-51 Mustang, dubbed The West "by Gawd" Virginian. Read more...  



How will your panel get ADS-B?

Your aircraft could be a case study for "ADS-B Equipage and Installation," an AOPA webinar beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on July 13. Read more...  



Barry Schiff honored

Barry Schiff, the retired airline pilot, aviation speed record holder, award-winning author of 13 aviation books, and aviation media consultant who writes AOPA Pilot's Proficient Pilot column, took his place among many internationally recognized aviators as a 2016 inductee of the International Forest of Friendship. Read more...  


Online resource

Hurricane season is underway

As activity heats up in the tropics, look to AOPA's hurricane subject report for resources and practical tips to help you and your aircraft safely hunker down during a major storm. Learn 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, 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 these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


After moving to a new area about three months ago, you've decided to get back into flying and are at the local fixed-base operator for a check-out flight. The instructor helping you fill out the forms notices that the address on your driver's license doesn't match the address on your pilot certificate. He seems to think it's a big deal and that you should have taken care of this discrepancy months ago. What's the rule concerning updating your address with the FAA, and what happens if you don't?


According to 14 CFR 61.60, you should inform the FAA within 30 days of a change in permanent address; if you have failed to update within that time frame, you cannot "exercise the privileges of the certificate." There's no need to get a replacement certificate with the new address, but you can if you would like to do so. You can update through the mail or online through FAA Airmen Services. Also, if you own an aircraft, don't forget to update the address on your aircraft's registration; updating the address on your pilot certificate doesn't update it on your aircraft registration.

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

Jun 26 - Greenwood, South Carolina

Jul 9 - Savannah, Georgia

Jul 16 - West Mifflin, Pennsylvania

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


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Sarah Deener
Dave Hirschman
Tom Horne
Alton K. Marsh
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