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March 25, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterMarch 25, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

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MARCH 25, 2016 - VOL 18, ISSUE 13

Top Stories


First Air Force One flies again

A Lockheed Constellation named Columbine II, the first aircraft to fly as Air Force One, arrived in Virginia March 23 under its own power. The flight marked another remarkable milestone for an aircraft that was nearly lost in a boneyard, and its arrivals in Texas and Virginia drew admiring crowds. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Sweepstakes surprise delivered

Eric Peterson didn't see it coming. AOPA's cameras were rolling as the missionary pilot with nearly 40 years of humanitarian flying under his belt took delivery of his new ride, the AOPA You Can Fly Sweepstakes Reimagined 152. Also this week, get a sneak peek at the next AOPA sweepstakes airplane—it could be yours in 2017. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, March 24...  


AOPA sweepstakes news

Missionary wins Cessna 152

How is the sweeps winner identified?

AOPA Sweepstakes 172 kicks off

Technique and Safety



Build your skill set

AOPA will present a packed schedule of seminars during the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo to help you save money, and perhaps much more. Experts will share tips for handling emergencies, incorporating new technology, and sharpening your flying skills. Make plans to drop by for coffee with AOPA President Mark Baker too. Read more...  


Accident analysis

No shortcuts

In aircraft maintenance, shortcuts around approved methods can cost much more than they save. Read more in this special report from the AOPA Air Safety Institute...  


Aircraft Maintenance

Injector maintenance leads to power loss

After one hour of uneventful post-maintenance flying, the owner of a Mooney M20M who had just had the aircraft's fuel injectors cleaned thought the aircraft was out of the "post-maintenance woods." That wasn't the case. Read more...  


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Airplane trouble at night

"Cleveland Center, N613JM, do you copy? I'm declaring an emergency!" In the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Real Pilot Story: Engine Failure at Night, pilot Emanuel Kanal recounts how he, his passenger/wife, and air traffic control secured a positive outcome in an emergency. Learn what happened...


PDF download

Get POH details in a flash

Looking for a handy way to brush up on speeds, systems, and emergency procedures for any aircraft you fly? Whether renting, owning, or transitioning, review particulars with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Aircraft Flash Cards. Customize each card with appropriate POH information and toss them into your flight bag. Download the cards...



Mark Baker takes your questions

Want to know more about third class medical reform, flying clubs, or the future of the pilot community? Here's your chance to ask AOPA President Mark Baker. He will be taking some of your questions for an upcoming issue of AOPA Pilot and a segment on AOPA Live This Week. Send your questions to [email protected].



FAA funding extended into July

Funding for the FAA has been extended through July 15, following House passage of a bill to keep the agency operating. Read more...  



Allow solos on 16th birthday, AOPA says

AOPA is asking the FAA to revise new procedures for issuing student pilot certificates that preclude student pilots from soloing on their sixteenth birthday. Read more...  



Drone 101: FAA rules explained

Drone pilots operating near airports can get help deciphering FAA guidance and learn more about best practices from a new AOPA fact sheet. Read more...  



House passes WASP inurnment bill

The House of Representatives has unanimously passed AOPA-supported legislation that would once again allow Women Airforce Service Pilots to have their ashes placed in Arlington National Cemetery, restoring a privilege that was revoked in 2015. Read more... 



Brussels attacks postpone European GA meeting

The terrorist attacks in Brussels early March 22 postponed a key meeting between officials with IAOPA Europe and the European Parliament that was scheduled to take place that evening. Read more...  




Spin doctor crushes record

California airshow performer Spencer Suderman popped open the canopy of his Sunbird S-1x and shouted for joy on the ramp after performing 98 consecutive inverted flat spins in a modified biplane. Read more...  




10 million reasons to smile

Women in Aviation International has given $10 million in scholarships to more than 1,400 men and women in aviation-related fields since 1995. Opinion Leaders blogger Amy Laboda writes that some recipients have since established their own scholarships through the organization because "that's how we enable the next generation of aviators to soar." Read more...  



DuraCharts exits print market

According to its March newsletter, DuraCharts, the maker of tear-resistant aeronautical sectional charts, stopped producing new charts as of March 21. The company is exiting the market. "We are sorry that this has happened, but we have come to the end of a feasible business to sell paper charts," the company wrote to its clients.



Pilot Getaways feature

Rockets and dunes

In New Mexico's high desert, rugged mountains encircle an arid land spiked with yuccas and agaves. In this landscape, one can visit a desert within a desert and explore the past, present, and future of space exploration. Read more...  




Piper trims M-class prices

Piper Aircraft Inc. has cut prices on the lower end of the M-class turboprops, anticipating the arrival of the M600. The company announced reduced prices for the Matrix and M500 models as progress toward M600 certification continues. Read more...  


Pilot Protection Services

Deal or no deal?

Imagine a scenario in which sending an email about selling your airplane creates a legally enforceable offer to sell it. Sound like an email phishing scam? Think again. Learn about the pitfalls of digital communication from one aircraft owner's costly mistake. Read more...  

News and Notes



Student plans Vin Fiz flight

A Tennessee aerospace college student hopes to inspire young people when he re-creates Calbraith "Cal" Rodgers' 1911 Vin Fiz cross-country flight from New York to California in May. Read more...  



Build loyalty, boost business

Outstanding customer service helps build loyalty among flight school students and is key to a successful training operation. Join AOPA for a webinar March 30 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time to explore business-boosting strategies from AOPA Flight Training Excellence Awards winners. Register today...



A flying gig in Guyana

Pilots wanted: Remote Area Medical brings vital health services to isolated places in Guyana by flying a single-engine Cessna U206 into a network of unimproved airstrips. Read more...  



FAA enforcement: Protect yourself

Learn about FAA investigations, the FAA's options in compliance and enforcement matters, and the agency's records and expunction policy. Lawyer, CPA, and flight instructor Ray Speciale explains what you need to know to protect yourself during an enforcement in this previously recorded webinar. Log in to watch the webinar...  

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 pilot community development coordinator, "You Can Fly" ambassador—Great Lakes, donor relations director, AOPA Foundation communications director, aviation technical specialist, Flying Clubs Initiative senior 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


You're planning a flight down the east coast of Florida to Key West. The last time you made this flight, Miami Approach couldn't take you on as VFR traffic to transit the Miami Class B airspace, so you ended up flying through two alert areas and over some less-than-favorable terrain. Is there a way you can transit Miami's Class B airspace without involving Miami Approach?


Yes. On the back of the Miami Terminal Area Chart you will find the VFR Flyway Planning Chart. This flyway chart uses light blue lines to show suggested routes and altitudes for VFR aircraft to transit outside/under Class B airspace. VFR flyways were created to give VFR pilots a way to avoid Class B airspace. An ATC clearance is not required to use these routes. You can plan to use the VFR flyways as a backup in case you are unable to pick up services from Miami. For more information about VFR flyways and other VFR routing options see Aeronautical Information Manual Section 3-5-7 and the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Know Before You Go: Navigating Today's Airspace online course.

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


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

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

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

Apr 16-17 - San Diego, California

Apr 23-24 - Atlanta, Georgia

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

Apr 5 - Olathe, Kansas; and Lakeland, Florida

Apr 6 - Bellevue, Nebraska; and Lakeland, Florida

Apr 7-9 - Lakeland, Florida

Apr 11 - Hopkinsville, Kentucky; and Salt Lake City, Utah

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

Mar 26 - Englewood, Colorado; Lake in the Hills, Illinois; Fort Pierce, Florida; and Pearland, Texas

Mar 31 - Cheektowaga, New York

Apr 2 - Henderson, Nevada; Hayden, Idaho; Vancouver, Washington; Appleton, Wisconsin; Findlay, Ohio; Colby, Kansas; Elyria, Ohio; and Columbus, Ohio

Apr 5 - Nashville, Tennessee

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

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
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