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May 20, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterePilot Supersonic reunion; Once-rusty pilot has airline job

Beaufort, North Carolina

MAY 20, 2016 - VOL 18, ISSUE 21

Top Stories


Fighters love their Hun

For a fighter with a bad reputation, a group of pilots can't get enough of the North American F-100 Super Sabre, also called the Hun. The first jet to reach supersonic speeds in straight-and-level flight had qualities that would "bite you" if you exceeded its flight envelope, but for these men, it always got them home. Members of the Super Sabre Society are flying the F-100 again after nearly 50 years. Ed Haerter, whose last flight in the aircraft was a combat mission in Vietnam in February 1969, was all smiles May 17 after he flew, saying it felt "like I'd never been gone." Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Storm-tracking chopper; Navion rescued

In Tornado Alley, news helicopters track storms to help warn people in the path of destruction. It's a life-saving mission that requires steady nerves and an expert approach. Also, David Wakefield spotted the vintage Navion in which his father learned to fly, crumbling into the pavement at Bermuda Dunes Airport. He decided to do something about that. And, watch America's Cup racing yachts slice through waves off New York with amazing speed that owes much to aviation technology. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, May 19...  

AOPA Fly-Ins



Experts to speak at Beaufort Fly-In

Who better to tell the story of general aviation, advise you on best flying practices, and bring you up to date on GA reforms and revitalization than the expert staff from your association? AOPA presenters are a highlight at the AOPA Fly-In May 20 and 21 in Beaufort, North Carolina. Read more...  

Technique and Safety



Efforts underway to reduce accidents

Lessons learned from investigating loss-of-control accidents involving general aviation aircraft, and new ideas to reduce the often-fatal mishaps, were in focus at a National Transportation Safety Board seminar held in partnership with AOPA and the FAA in Ashburn, Virginia, May 14. Read more...  



Trapped by a weather display

Pilots must fully understand the limitations of in-cockpit weather information, such as Nexrad radar, which can be as much as 20 minutes older than the age indication on the cockpit display. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Accident Case Study: Time Lapse looks at a pilot's mistake of relying on datalink weather displays to navigate around quickly developing weather systems with fast-moving convective activity. Watch the video...  


AOPA Premier Partner created content

New: 'Real World Coast to Coast'

AOPA Premier Partner PilotWorkshops has released a new video training program called Real World Coast to Coast. The program lets pilots experience long-range IFR and VFR flying like never before with a left-seat view of an epic journey from New Jersey to Southern California that teaches and inspires. Throughout the legs of the trip, the viewer will experience a wide range of flight conditions, ATC interactions, and the kind of real-world circumstances not normally seen in traditional training programs. Detailed briefings and debriefs accompany each leg and focus on what went right, what went wrong, and how to avoid or correct mistakes. Details and samples are available from PilotWorkshops...  



Clear prop!

Although accidents and injuries from propellers are not widespread, they are serious. Most are easily avoidable. The propeller deserves respect on the ground and in the air. Learn about propeller maintenance and how to ensure passenger safety in this AOPA Air Safety Institute Safety Advisor. Download the PDF...


Online resource

Take safety to go

If you want to share general aviation safety information at a local community event, just visit the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Safety To Go portal and download seminars and videos that you can present at your flying club, fly-in, fixed-base operator, or flight school. New products are added quarterly. Download your favorite products...




Medical reform added to defense bill

Third class medical reform will once again go to the full Senate for a vote, this time as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. Read more...  



Aircraft registration app now online

The FAA has made the form used to apply for a certificate of aircraft registration available online, saving many registrants the need to acquire a paper copy of the form from an FAA office. Read more...  



Bill restores WASPs to Arlington

Both the U.S. House and Senate have passed legislation to allow veteran Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) back into Arlington National Cemetery. Read more...  



Court revives Santa Monica case

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has determined that a district court prematurely dismissed a lawsuit that was brought by the city of Santa Monica to resolve the issue of whether it is obligated to continue operating Santa Monica Municipal Airport. The May 16 decision sends the case back to the federal district court, and reopens the question of whether the property on which the airport is located could revert to the federal government if it ceases to be used as an airport. Read more...  



Pilot Protection Services

FAA works to streamline medical certification

AOPA Director of Medical Certification Gary Crump shares what the FAA is working on to streamline the medical certification process. Read more...  




Sun Flyer proof of concept debuts

A proof of concept of the Sun Flyer, a two-seat aircraft from Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. that flies on solar power, made its debut May 11 at Centennial Airport in Denver, Colorado. Read more...  




Don't worry—they all do that

If you ask a mechanic about some mechanical discrepancy and get the response, "They all do that," or "It's the nature of the beast," consider this a big red flag, and go get an expert second opinion. Doing so might just save your bacon, according to Opinion Leaders blogger Mike Busch. Read more...  



Online resource

Tips for flying to Canada

Some of the world's most beautiful natural landscapes and incredible cities lie just across the Canadian border. Learn how to fly there safely with AOPA's subject report on flying to Canada. The online resource covers pre-trip preparations, regulations for flying in the country, cross-border operations, and more. Read more...  



Member benefit

The path to ownership: Buying insurance

You're buying or have bought an airplane, and you need insurance for it. Before calling your insurance broker, follow these tips to gather some facts and figures about your new airplane. There are different types of coverage the broker will talk to you about. Read more...  


Member benefit

Learn to craft a mutually beneficial sales/purchase agreement

When buying an aircraft, having a good sales/purchase agreement in place is as important as, or even more important than, securing appropriate financing. A sales/purchase agreement allows the buyer to move more quickly and confidently toward the purchase. Read more...  

News and Notes



From rusty pilot to first officer

American Airlines first officer Steve Clarke was confident and dapper in his flight uniform inside Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport's terminal while airline passengers scurried past him for their early morning connections. At age 50, he credits determination, luck, and a timely AOPA Rusty Pilots seminar as the cornerstones for his new aviation career. Read more...  



Robinson Cadet certified

Robinson Helicopter Co. is ready to sell the R44 Cadet following FAA certification announced this month. The two-seat trainer shares the airframe, rotor system, and Lycoming engine of the R44 Raven, minus two seats, and is priced to appeal to the training market. Read more...  



Has your club applied for the Flying Club 150 Giveaway?

AOPA is committed to helping more pilots take flight through flying clubs, and is promoting the creation of flying clubs by awarding a Reimagined Cessna 150 to a startup flying club this October with the Flying Club 150 Giveaway. Read more...  



Wisconsin students to build Glasair Sportsman

Students at Weyauwega-Fremont High School in Wisconsin erupted in applause and high-fives when they were announced as the winners of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge. The team, which consists of four students, a teacher, and a chaperone, will travel to Arlington, Washington, to help build a Glasair Sportsman. 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 a financial analyst, Great Lakes regional manager, medical certification specialist, marketing specialist, communications director, pilot community development coordinator, Great Lakes "You Can Fly" ambassador, 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


While on a long cross-country flight, you receive a request from ATC for a pilot report about the "ride" or turbulence. You can't remember the precise terminology for describing the intensity and frequency. You struggle your way through an answer, but you want to be better prepared in the future. Where can you find this information so you can review it and add notes to your kneeboard?


Information on the terms used to describe turbulence can be found in the Aeronautical Information Manual, Section 7-1-23, "PIREPs Relating to Turbulence." Turbulence reports are subjective, but they are even harder to interpret if pilots don't use the same terms and definitions. For more information, take the SkySpotter: Pireps made easy online course from the AOPA Air Safety Institute.

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


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

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

Jun 25-26 - Santa Clara, California; and Columbus, Ohio

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 21 - Beaufort, North Carolina

Jun 3 - Garden City, New York

Jun 15 - Frederick, Maryland

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

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

May 28 - Ocala, Florida; and Conroe, Texas

Jun 1 - Northampton, Massachusetts

Jun 4 - Southbridge, Massachusetts

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

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