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May 6, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterePilot

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MAY 6, 2016 - VOL 18, ISSUE 19

Top Stories


Wooden radial engine inspires

A hobbyist combined his passion for woodworking with his love of all things mechanical to create a nine-cylinder radial engine from lumber and plastic. Read more...  



AOPA launches new website

AOPA has redesigned its website to help provide you with the tools, information, and inspiration to keep doing what you love—flying. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

'Fifi' up close; Special-use airspace tips

Almost 300 hours of work for every flight hour: That's what it takes to keep Fifi, the Commemorative Air Force's B-29 Superfortress, flying. AOPA traveled to Fifi's home base to see the care the warbird receives. Special-use airspace is intimidating to some pilots, but you don't have to let restricted areas and military operations areas keep you from flying to where you want to go. Also this week, updates on a couple of around-the-world flights. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, May 5...  

AOPA Fly-Ins



Beaufort fly-in procedures

Are you coming to the AOPA Fly-In at Michael J. Smith Field in Beaufort, North Carolina, May 20 and 21? If you intend to fly to the event, watch this fly-in procedures video to plan your arrival. The video provides an eagle's-eye view of what to expect, whether arriving from the north, west, or south. You also should download the pilot information packet for in-depth details. Watch the video and plan your flight...  

Technique and Safety


Pilot Protection Services

Accident or incident?

Did your aircraft's wingtip hit the fence while you were parking? Did you have a gear-up landing or prop strike? Did you knock over a taxiway light while taxiing, or brush your aircraft against another on the ground? Did a passenger fall and break an arm while exiting the airplane? Find out which of these events must be reported. Read more...  


Safety Spotlight

Fuel facts

Tapping the fuel gauges in an attempt to summon the last drops of fuel to keep the engine alive is not the best way to conclude a flight. Don't let it come to that—check out the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Fuel Management Safety Spotlight for fuel planning and fuel management suggestions.



Tips for charitable flights

Charitable flights are a terrific way to contribute to the community while doing something you love. But conducting a charitable flight also means taking on additional responsibilities as pilot in command. To help step up your game and ensure the safety of your passengers, the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Charity Fund Raising Flying Safety Brief provides guidelines and details of the rules and regulations. Download the PDF...



Crossing G airspace

It is the pilot in command's responsibility to know what kind of airspace the route will take them through. Direct routings enabled by GPS technology are becoming more the rule than the exception. But does that capability come with a catch? Read more...  




FAA urged to finalize Part 23 reform

AOPA and eight other industry groups sent a letter urging the FAA to "work swiftly to implement" Part 23 reform and issue a final rule by the end of 2016. The letter comes on the eve of a two-day FAA public hearing on Part 23 changes in College Park, Georgia. Read more...  



AOPA, CBP building on progress

Following a successful campaign to end unwarranted searches of general aviation aircraft, AOPA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are looking at other ways to improve the experience of pilots flying cross-border operations. Read more...  



Aviation specialists brainstorm FAA data use

Fueled by coffee, doughnuts, and goodwill, 20 aviation professionals participated in a discussion at FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C., April 29 to brainstorm how the agency could use its vast quantities of aeronautical data to make flying safer and more affordable, and spur future innovation. Read more...  



AOPA seeks feedback on PIREPs

Pilot weather reports (PIREPs) represent a unique source of information about in-flight weather conditions. AOPA would like to learn more about how pilots use this information and how they participate in providing reports. Information from this anonymous survey will aid the association's advocacy efforts to improve the PIREP system, and will help AOPA develop future educational programs and outreach activities. Take the survey...  



Use WAAS? Share your experience

AOPA is asking pilots to complete a Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) GPS questionnaire that the association can use to better understand WAAS users and advocate for improvements. The anonymous survey should take 10 to 15 minutes to complete, and final results will be shared with members. The deadline to participate in the survey is May 20. Take the survey...  




Solar Impulse lands in Phoenix

Solar Impulse co-founder and pilot André Borschberg logged a much shorter trip May 2 than some he has made. A predawn launch from California was followed, just under 16 hours later, by a warm welcome in Phoenix. Read more...  




L-3 discounts Lynx ADS-B pricing

L-3 Aviation Products is offering promotional pricing on its Lynx line of transponder-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out and In products. Read more...  



Appareo ships experimental ESG

Appareo began shipping the experimental version of its new Stratus ESG—an all-in-one, panel-mounted Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out transponder—late last week, the company announced May 5. Read more...  



ADS-B for drones

A Palo Alto, California, company has released the first in a series of lightweight Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast solutions for drones. The pingRX, at $175, is the first of these, enabling ADS-B In for drone pilots. Read more...  




jetAVIVA acquires Kansas Aircraft

Two of the most successful general aviation sales and brokerage firms—jetAVIVA and Kansas Aircraft Corp.—have signed an agreement to join forces. Read more...  



Santa Monica flight school to close

Santa Monica's largest flight school will close its doors for good May 11 following an agreement with the city government, which had served an eviction notice. Read more...  

News and Notes



Huerta talks drones

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced May 4 a new permanent advisory committee on drones, and the easing of rules for students and schools. Huerta, speaking at Xponential 2016 in New Orleans, said drones can soon be flown for education without a Section 333 approval. Read more...  



AOPA honors moms

Being a mom is the toughest, most selfless job in the world. Moms go above and beyond to care for their families, often asking for nothing in return. AOPA applauds the achievements of moms who, on top of everything else, are also pilots. Many exceptional pilot moms work at AOPA—here are a few of their stories. Read more...  



Student creates own company for first job

A Washington, D.C., student has created his own computerized refueling system to handle paperwork more efficiently, more safely, and less expensively, and FBOs are listening. Read more...  


Photo contest

Pilots showcase GA in photos

Pilots and aviation enthusiasts have submitted more than 400 photos showcasing general aviation in the AOPA Photo Contest sponsored by Faro Aviation. Entries will remain open until May 15 so you can submit your best image. AOPA will choose the top three submissions in each category (aircraft, places, and people), and you can vote between May 27 and June 6 to pick the winners. Learn more about the prizes and submit your photo...  

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 AOPA Air Safety Institute and AOPA Foundation executive assistant, marketing specialist, communications director, pilot community development coordinator, Great Lakes "You Can Fly" ambassador, donor relations director, AOPA Foundation communications director, marketing copywriter, and member services representative. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


Your flight bag, with your logbook inside, was stolen from your car overnight. You have no copies or electronic backups for your logbook. Where do you go from here?


You will need to re-create your logbook the best you can. AOPA has published a subject report about logbooks that covers what to do if they’re lost. The FAA also has a section in the Inspector Handbook that covers this too. You will need to prove the time that you have or that you had in your logbook. If you aren’t planning on going for another certificate or rating, then you just need to prove you're current: flight review, instrument currency, landings, etc. You'll also have to remember and prove all the endorsements you have, like high altitude, tailwheel, high performance, etc.

If you plan to pursue higher certificates and ratings, you will want to prove and re-create as much of your logbook as possible. Requesting your airman file from the FAA can help substantiate your time. If you don’t have a backup for your logbook, please take the time now to make copies of your logbook or back it up electronically. You’ll be glad you did.

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


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

May 14-15 - Sacramento, California; Pensacola, Florida; and Kansas City, Missouri

May 21-22 - Hollywood, Florida; Albany, New York; and Conroe, Texas

Jun 4-5 - Tempe, Arizona; and Orlando, Florida

Jun 11-12 - Bloomington, Minnesota; Ashburn, Virginia; and Charlotte, North Carolina

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

May 17 - Madison, Wisconsin

May 18 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

May 19 - Manitowoc, Wisconsin

May 21 - Beaufort, North Carolina

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

May 7 - Davenport, Iowa; Victoria, Texas; Willoughby, Ohio; and Greeley, Colorado

May 14 - Georgetown, Texas

May 18 - Carlsbad, California

May 21 - Cozad, Nebraska; Broomfield, Colorado; and Stevensville, Maryland

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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