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March 11, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterMarch 11, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

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MARCH 11, 2016 - VOL 18, ISSUE 11

Top Stories


Cirrus save ends with a hug

A pilot and his teenage daughter walked away (briskly) with barely a scratch after their Cirrus SR22 lost power over Long Island. The sixty-third deployment of the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System was captured on camera. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Fly Diamond's new twin

Diamond Aircraft's DA62 twin diesel is cleared for delivery, with FAA certification now in place. Find out what this new twin can do, and why it has people talking as AOPA puts it to a flight test. A Cirrus pilot acted quickly and pulled the parachute after losing the engine at low altitude over Long Island, and cameras captured the happy ending. Also this week, inspiring the next generation of aviators can start with a world record attempt for paper airplanes. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, March 10...  



Proposed rule will streamline GA aircraft certification

The FAA has announced a proposed rule that would make it easier, faster, and less expensive to get modern safety equipment into general aviation aircraft. Read more...  

Technique and Safety



Fuel folly

Reducing energy consumption may be a laudable goal, but skimping on fuel is not the best way to achieve it. Taking a cue from televised public service announcements, the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Hybrid Power Pilot Safety Announcement is meant to raise awareness of proper fuel planning. Watch the video...  


Safety Spotlight

Appreciating the rules of motion

Angle of attack is a fundamental aerodynamic principle, but do we understand how it applies? Find out how to be safe during critical phases of flight with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Aerodynamics Safety Spotlight. Fortify your knowledge...  


Aircraft Maintenance

Engine overhaul leads to failure

Regardless of the reason for an engine overhaul, it's a big job; making sure that the engine is properly overhauled and reinstalled in the aircraft is critical. Read more...  


Fly like a fighter

Smooth, stable, and precise

If you want your flying to be really smooth, stable, and precise, just imagine that you are flying at night, in instrument meteorological conditions, with three aircraft in close formation on your wing. Retired U.S. Air Force pilot Larry Brown shares his experience leading a tanking operation on a cloudy night. Read more...  



'Invest wisely' to keep them flying

A healthy respect for mechanics and shops grows with each encounter, says AOPA Air Safety Institute Senior Safety Advisor Bruce Landsberg, who is in the midst of his second owner-assisted annual. He says diligent maintenance, a keen eye, and common sense are keys to keeping your aircraft safe for flight. Read more...  




Senate unveils FAA reauthorization

The Senate Commerce Committee has unveiled its own version of FAA reauthorization legislation, which it will mark up on March 16. Read more...  



AOPA seeks Disneyland waivers

AOPA is asking the FAA to make it easier and safer for general aviation aircraft to operate in the busy airspace near Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. Read more...  



Your help needed: Annual GA survey

Keep an eye out for the thirty-eighth annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey. Be sure to complete the information requested because this important tool helps pinpoint where improvements in GA funding and safety can best be applied. Take a look at previous years' survey results.




NASA wins Collier

The Dawn spacecraft, a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory mission to the distant reaches of our solar system, has won the 2015 Robert J. Collier Trophy. The National Aeronautic Association assembled a panel of 32 experts (including AOPA President Mark Baker) to choose the winner from a crowded field of nominees. Read more...  



Racers hone their Edges

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship returns to action with qualifying for the first race of 2016 on March 11. The two American teams in the Master Class return to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with fresh aircraft modifications and fresh determination to win. Read more...  



L-3 adds terrain, aural traffic to Lynx

L-3 Aviation Products has added terrain warnings and an aural Traffic Advisory System to its Lynx NGT-9000 touchscreen Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast transponder. The upgrades are available to existing users through a software update. Read more...  



Scott Kelly sets U.S. space record

When he returned to Earth after spending a record 340 consecutive days in outer space (and 522 days in his career, another record), NASA astronaut Scott Kelly said he was a little bit taller, a wee bit wobbly, and longing for a fresh salad. Read more...  




'Zen Pilot' provides inspiration and confidence

After hearing motivational speaker Robert DeLaurentis caution against letting fear and self-doubt hold you back, Opinion Leaders blogger Jolie Lucas put the theory to the test in San Carlos, California. When she was unsure of a noise abatement procedure on departure, Lucas "did what a lot of pilots maybe don't do, I asked for clarification and help." Controllers even thanked her for it. Read more...  




Garmin buys DeLorme

Customers should see no changes to the general aviation product line of navigation and messaging company DeLorme resulting from the firm’s acquisition by Garmin. Read more...  



AOPA Pilot magazine

Getaways: Burning Man

The semicircular speck on the desert floor below could be a mirage. From 20 nautical miles, it's visible one moment, then partially obscured by shifting plumes of wind-driven dust the next. At 10 miles, however, the distinctive outline of Black Rock City and the Burning Man festival comes into focus. It's just one of the many exciting destinations featured in AOPA's new Getaways Web page. Read more about Burning Man...  



Learn about great flying destinations

Looking for new flying adventures this year? Join AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines and George Kounis, publisher of Pilot Getaways, for a webinar on March 16 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time to learn about fabulous general aviation destinations across the country. Seats are limited, so register now.


Pilot Protection Services

A foreign matter: International ops and FAA enforcement

Cross-border operations require careful preflight planning and preparation. Numerous considerations range from customs requirements and landing permits to equipment mandates and insurance liability minimums. What happens if you break an aviation regulation in a foreign country? Read more...  



Member benefit

Top 5 factors that affect your aircraft financing loan terms

When financing an aircraft, the aircraft itself determines some of the conditions of the financing. Here are the top five factors that an aircraft financing company examines. Read more...  

News and Notes



Record attempt celebrates women

Aviation enthusiasts around the world had 15 minutes to test their paper airplane-folding skills for a record attempt helping celebrate Women of Aviation Worldwide Week and International Women's Day March 8. Read more...  



Air Force may miss ADS-B deadline

Top U.S. Air Force officials have told a House subcommittee that they won't make the FAA's 2020 deadline for installation of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast position reporting equipment. Read more...  



Help AOPA grow the pilot community

You can help AOPA in its efforts to grow the pilot population by inviting pilots and aviation enthusiasts to join the organization's worldwide community. Read more...  



TBM 900 gets safety upgrades

Daher, the French manufacturer that builds the TBM 900 single-engine turboprop, announced several new safety enhancements to the airplane at the recent Singapore Airshow. Read more...  



FAA begins vetting B-29 'Doc'

The FAA begins the airworthiness certificate process March 14 in Wichita for Doc the B-29 bomber. The bomber could fly by May. Read more...  




Piper delays M600 to third quarter

It was back to the drawing board for Piper engineers after the single-engine turboprop M600 failed to make speed goals that owners said they needed. The wing interior has been redesigned, allowing certification in the third quarter of 2016, one year late. Read more...  


Standard time ends March 13

If you live in an area that observes daylight saving time, don't forget to move your clocks forward an hour March 13. Remember that the conversion to Zulu time will change, too. See the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's time conversion chart.

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, social media evangelist, Flying Clubs Initiative manager, marketing copywriter, Web project manager, and member services representative. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


While looking at an instrument approach plate for an airport to which you plan on flying in the next week or two, you notice that the final approach course is lined up with the runway heading, and the descent profile doesn't look too steep, but the approach is still designated as circling only (VOR-A instead of VOR-29). You may not end up shooting this approach, but your curiosity is piqued. Is there anyone you can contact to find out exactly why this approach is circling only?


Yes. The FAA's Instrument Flight Procedures Information Gateway allows users to look up an airport and view its procedures. Click the "email us" link on that particular procedure to send questions or comments to the FAA procedures team. This service is not limited to approach plates—it includes airport diagrams, hot spot diagrams, STARs, DPs, and minimums as well.

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


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Mar 12-13 - Phoenix, Arizona; Burlingame, California; King of Prussia, Pennsylvania; and Virginia Beach, Virginia

Mar 19-20 - Orlando, Florida; and Elkridge, Maryland

Apr 2-3 - Denver, Colorado; Tampa, Florida; Needham, Massachusetts; and Dulles, Virginia

Apr 9-10 - Indianapolis, Indiana; and Salt Lake City, Utah

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

Mar 14 - Northbrook, Illinois; Fletcher, North Carolina; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Mar 15 - Lisle, Illinois; Jamestown, North Carolina; and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Mar 16 - East Peoria, Illinois; Morrisville, North Carolina; and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Mar 17 - Rockford, Illinois; and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

Mar 11 - Nashville, Tennessee

Mar 12 - Reading, Pennsylvania; El Cajon, California; and Bulverde, Texas

Mar 19 - Belleville, Michigan; West Lafayette, Indiana; and North Las Vegas, Nevada

Mar 23 - Riverside, California; La Porte, Indiana; and Middleton, 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.

Events by Region

Northeast | Eastern | Mid-Atlantic | Florida | Southeast | Great Lakes | Midwest | Southwest | Central | Western | California | Northwest | Alaska

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Jim Moore
David Tulis

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Dave Hirschman
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