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November 4, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterNovember 4, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

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NOVEMBER 4, 2016 - VOL 18, ISSUE 45

NBAA 2016

Top news from NBAA 2016

Despite a cool jet market forecast from Honeywell, the National Business Aviation Association's Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, buzzed with new announcements. Cirrus earned certification of its SF50 Vision Jet; Embraer debuted its Legacy 650E; Pilatus announced that its popular PC-24 was sold out through 2019; Gulfstream showed off a new interior for the G500; and Cessna touted progress on its Hemisphere and Longitude jets. Get all the news from NBAA...  



Leaders offer predictions, advice

During the National Business Aviation Association's convention, best-selling author and historian David McCullough, author of The Wright Brothers, shared his thoughts on the presidential race and explained work ethics that today's society can learn from the Wright brothers, while Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) offered insights into which political party might control the House and Senate after the upcoming election. Also, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske discussed the progress that a government-industry working group (which includes AOPA) has made on easing the border-crossing process for general aviation travelers. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Vision Jet makes NBAA splash; Warbirds over Dallas

Cirrus Aircraft told attendees at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Orlando, Florida, that the newly certificated, single-engine SF50 Vision Jet will be a game changer. Renowned biographer David McCullough discusses what made the Wright brothers great as well as his views on the current race for president. Also this week, AOPA takes you to Texas as the Commemorative Air Force relocates and holds its first Wings Over Dallas airshow. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Nov. 3...  

Technique and Safety



Pilots unaware before midair

The F-16 pilot flying alone over South Carolina was told 40 seconds before the collision that traffic was straight ahead, two miles away. The Air Force officer had never heard an initial traffic alert so close, he later told investigators. He scanned the sky "aggressively" but did not spot the Cessna 150 until it was too late to prevent the collision that claimed two lives. Technology that could have given each pilot ample warning was absent from both aircraft. Read more...  



A new FICON format

Airports in the Northeast braced for high winds and heavy precip from a late October storm. As the rain pounded down, this notice to airmen reported field conditions (FICON) on the longest runway at New Hampshire's Manchester Airport: "MHT 10/088 MHT RWY 35 FICON 5/5/5 100 PRCT WET OBSERVED AT 1610281100." If this notam's presentation appears different from what you are used to reviewing, that's because it is an example of the new format for FICON notams. Read more...  



Spot a power-on stall

The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Margins of Safety: Avoiding Power-On Stalls illustrates the difference between stall training and real-world scenarios. The video, brought to you by BendixKing by Honeywell, discusses techniques to recognize and prevent an accidental power-on stall. Watch the video...  



Online weather site overhauled

Before you get a complete weather picture at the Aviation Weather Center's revamped website, let the AOPA Air Safety Institute guide you through some of the excellent resources available. Weather Wise: The AWC Website is one installment in a video series focused on practical weather flying. Watch the video...  




AOPA Supreme Court filing sparks interest in legal community

The legal community is taking note of AOPA's recent friend of the court filing asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case involving aviation product liability. Read more...  



Owners praise ADS-B

Aircraft owners who have already equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out are enjoying the benefits of the new technology—especially the optional ADS-B In benefits of in-cockpit traffic information and subscription-free weather, including Nexrad radar images. Almost all of the pilots responding to a recent AOPA request for ADS-B feedback equipped before the FAA rebate became available on Sept. 19, and also chose to add ADS-B In capabilities while equipping with ADS-B Out. Read more...  



Thousands of drone pilots certificated

The FAA has granted more than 18,000 remote pilot certificates for the non-hobby operation of drones since Part 107 took effect Aug. 29. About 23,000 people have completed the FAA Safety Team online course designed for pilots who already have certificates and want to fly drones for non-hobby pursuits. Read more...  



84 members of Congress urge swift action on medical reform

A bipartisan group of senators and representatives signed letters to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, pressing the agency head to ensure third class medical reform is implemented on time and according to the provisions signed into law in July. Read more...  



Indiana airport highlights GA contributions

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) visited Elkhart Municipal Airport in Elkhart, Indiana, with an AOPA representative, pilots, and airport officials to highlight the role general aviation and local airports play in the state's economy. Read more...  



Pilot Protection Services

Medical specialist explains carotid artery disease

The carotid arteries are major vessels that deliver oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the brain, so they are important conduits to keep open. AOPA Director of the Pilot Information Center's Medical Certification Section Gary Crump discusses how to prevent and treat carotid artery disease and the tests that the FAA will require to grant a special issuance authorization. Read more...  




Drone fence arriving in Denver

Drones approaching sensitive facilities can be instantly identified and tracked; their operators located; and, if need be, the defense system developed by Sensofusion can even force the offending drone to land at a location designated in advance—all without need for human intervention. Read more...  





Aircraft limitations serve to help pilots safely operate within a known envelope, but once pilots exceed a limitation, "the margin of safety built into the aircraft by the designer is now gone," writes Opinion Leaders blogger Ron Rapp, noting that pushing beyond the limits in a "moment of carelessness" can ruin an otherwise safety-conscious aviation career. Read more...  



Pilot magazine

Gear for the mission: Future pilot

The budding aviator in your family probably has no shortage of gadgets on his or her wish list. AOPA Pilot offers gift ideas for future pilots that are perfect for birthdays and holidays. Read more...  



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Flying across the border?

If you plan to fly your aircraft across the U.S. border, remember to submit passenger and crew manifests electronically to U.S. Customs and Border Protection using the Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS). Brush up on the process with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Understanding eAPIS: A Pilot's Guide to Online Customs Reporting course. Take the course...




Flight Design sells CT series, C4

Flight Design GmbH is selling the rights to the market-leading CT series, as well as the four-seat C4 in development, as it works to emerge from receivership. AeroJones Aviation, the Taiwan company that inked an agreement with Flight Design in early 2016 to manufacture the CTLS, will own the designs and be the exclusive manufacturer of the aircraft. Read more...  



Pipistrel, China form deal

A September agreement between Pipistrel and Chinese company Sino GA Group to produce airplanes in China will be presented publicly during an airshow in China in November. Proceeds from the sale could be used to develop hydrogen-powered fuel cells for aircraft. Read more...  

News and Notes



A different perspective

Like most AOPA members, Brad Sunshine follows the AOPA Sweepstakes 172's restoration effort closely, but he has a different perspective: Sunshine, who now flies for a Fortune 50 corporate flight department, used to fly the airplane in the mid-1990s. "All these years later, the aircraft remains an enduring component of my flying passion and experiences," he said. "As an AOPA member, I take comfort knowing that I at least have a shot (albeit a very small one) at reuniting with N739HW." Read more...  



Advanced flight planning 101

Want to know how to determine the most efficient route and save fuel as you plan your flight? Ever needed an easy way to determine whether departing just a few hours earlier or later could help you avoid adverse weather or flight restrictions? Join Leidos Flight Service and AOPA for a free webinar Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time to learn about advanced flight planning capabilities available through Register today...  



AOPA named to prestigious museum's Hall of Fame

AOPA will be enshrined in the San Diego Air and Space Museum's International Air and Space Hall of Fame along with an "exemplary" group of pilots, aeronautical pioneers, and aviation organizations in a Nov. 17 induction ceremony. Read more...  



National Aviation Hall of Fame announces 2017 inductees

The National Aviation Hall of Fame has announced the names of four individuals to be enshrined in 2017 for contributions dating "from the dawn of the jet age through the manned exploration of space." Read more...  



Listen, watch, and learn with AOPA podcasts, webinars

AOPA's Pilot Information Center offers an aviation podcast feed that covers popular subjects members have asked about, including unmanned aircraft systems, aircraft purchasing and upgrades, aviation finance, and insurance. Read more...


Time change means new time conversions

When most of the United States switches to standard time on Nov. 6, be sure to make the applicable time conversion changes to Coordinated Universal Time. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides a useful time conversion chart online.

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 government affairs federal and state vice president, Central Southwest regional manager, Great Lakes regional manager, account executive, annual giving manager, donor relations director, high school aviation initiative manager, New York You Can Fly ambassador, aviation technical specialist, and UI/front-end developer. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


Where can I learn how to log PIC time when the autopilot is in use?


You can find the answer in the FAA Letters of Interpretation, in particular this letter, which states, "The FAA considers a pilot's use and management of the autopilot to be the equivalent of manipulating the controls, just as one manages other flight control systems, such as trim or a yaw dampener." According to this letter, the FAA considers management of the autopilot to be the same as hand flying as it relates to manipulation of the controls and logging PIC time.

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


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Nov 12-13 - San Diego, California

Nov 19-20 - Anchorage, Alaska; Atlanta, Georgia; and Austin, Texas

Dec 3-4 - Denver, Colorado; and Orlando, Florida

Jan 7-8 - Charlotte, North Carolina; Rockford, Tennessee; Santa Clara, California; and Ypsilanti, Michigan

For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online. Can't make it in person? Sign up for the Air Safety Institute's Online eFIRC.

Rusty Pilots Seminars

Nov 5 - Austin, Texas; and Carlsbad, California

Nov 12 - Lakeland, Florida; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Lawrenceville, Georgia

Nov 19 - Loveland, Colorado; Henderson, Nevada; and Murrieta, California

Dec 3 - Tyler, Texas; and Scottsdale, Arizona

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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Dan Namowitz
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