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October 7, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterOctober 7, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

Skip Stewart and Melissa Andrzejewski fly a formation pass at the AOPA Fly-In at Ernest A. Love Field in Prescott, Arizona

OCTOBER 7, 2016 - VOL 18, ISSUE 41

Top Stories

You Can Fly

Aviation curricula in works

AOPA and Purdue University have announced a partnership to develop aviation science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curricula for high schools across America. The program will be the first of its kind, offering students comprehensive four-year aviation study options that are aligned to rigorous math and science standards used in many states nationwide. Read more...  


You Can Fly

Raisbeck leads STEM learning

Students at Raisbeck Aviation High School near Seattle listened intently during a hands-on ground school class as they learned to compute speed and wind correction angle on manual E6B flight calculators. The school has been teaching STEM curricula for several years as other high schools have ramped up for what experts see as an explosion of opportunity for future aviators. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Record fly-in crowd; Red Bull at the Brickyard

Members and guests arrived in record numbers for the final AOPA Fly-In of 2016 in Prescott, Arizona, including one pilot who shook off 40 years of rust to get back in the air in just six hours with help from AOPA, and is now bringing a friend and fellow rusty pilot back into the fold as well. Also, a new Red Bull Air Race champion is crowned, and AOPA throws a party on the famous bricks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Oct. 6...  

AOPA Fly-Ins



Prescott Fly-In sets new record

AOPA set a new fly-in attendance record Oct. 1, with more than 6,300 people coming to the association's fourth and final 2016 Regional Fly-In, held at Ernest A. Love Field in Prescott, Arizona. The Prescott Fly-In pushed cumulative attendance above 40,000 for the 16 Regional Fly-Ins that AOPA has held since 2014. Read more and view a slideshow...  

Technique and Safety



Lines of revision

You contacted your instrument flight instructor after checking your logbook revealed that an endorsement was required to maintain your IFR currency. And some proficiency work can never hurt. Read more...  


Online resource

Common accident traits

The AOPA Air Safety Institute's interactive accident maps reveal year-by-year patterns in takeoff, landing, fuel management, VFR-into-IMC, and stall/spin accidents. Delve deeper into common causes and avoid the same snags that have trapped others. Take a look...  



Ready for a spot landing?

Hone short-field landing techniques beyond currency requirements after reviewing the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Takeoffs and Landings: Short Field Landings video. Flight instructors discuss the point of aiming for a landing spot and touching down at the slowest airspeed. Watch the video...  



Squawk ident

Are you automatically cleared to enter Class B airspace while receiving flight following? In the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Ask ATC: Flight Following and Airspace video, air traffic controllers discuss things to consider when traversing different airspace areas. Watch the video...  




ADS-B rebate process clarified

More than 2,300 aircraft owners applied for a $500 rebate in the first two weeks of the FAA's program to encourage early installation of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) systems in their aircraft ahead of the Jan. 1, 2020, deadline. Read more...  



GA Caucus briefed on rebate program

A panel including AOPA, FAA, and industry stakeholders briefed House General Aviation Caucus members and their staffers on the recently announced Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) rebate program. Read more...  



Share your ADS-B story

In an effort to advocate more effectively for increasing Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast surveillance coverage, AOPA is asking pilots to submit their stories of how equipping with ADS-B Out has benefited them. Read more...  



Altitude corrections for cold temperature airports simplified

The FAA has published an updated list of cold temperature restricted airports—the airports at which altimeter error in extremely cold weather may require pilots to add a correction factor to indicated altitudes on specified instrument approaches. Read more...  




Highs, lows in hydrogen flight

Using hydrogen as fuel with pure water as the only emission has long given fuel-cell power a tantalizing upside. Fuel cells helped propel NASA to the moon, though the technology has struggled to find a foothold in aviation. Read more...  




A pioneer goes West

Many remember the late Arnold Palmer as the famous pro golfer, but Opinion Leaders blogger Ron Rapp writes that "his achievements in the air may have matched anything he accomplished on the golf course." Read more...  




Guardian mount OK'd

Guardian Avionics of Tucson, Arizona, has received FAA approval to install its iPhone/iPad mounts in certificated aircraft as Non-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment (NORSEE). Read more...  


Aviation 'stickers' for messaging

Aviation photographer Jessica Ambats, whose stunning air-to-air images have appeared in national aviation magazines, is making her photography available as close as your iPhone or iPad. Ambats designed a line of aviation-themed stickers featuring her photography and useful phrases like "Check your six" and "Blue skies" to accompany text messages on iOS devices. Aviator Flight Pack 1 costs $1.99 and is available on iTunes.



Answers for Pilots

Cuba travel update

Cuba is still closed to tourism; however, it is welcoming visitors under a special license or qualifying under a general license in one of 12 categories. Read more...

News and Notes



Groups organize hurricane relief

Volunteer general aviation pilots wasted no time responding to the latest natural disaster as Hurricane Matthew slammed the Caribbean and closed in on the coastal southeastern states, forcing evacuations and threatening flooding from Florida to the Carolinas. Read more...  



Drones not welcome at airshows

The International Council of Air Shows is encouraging event organizers to include "no drone" messaging in the publicity plan for 2017. Read more...  



Dolderer wins Red Bull title

Matthias Dolderer flew fast and stayed consistent at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, claiming both the Oct. 2 race victory and the 2016 Red Bull Air Race World Championship title. The German pilot's dream came true while the three American pilots endured a nightmare homecoming weekend marred by a disqualification for running over the rev limit, an over-lean engine that didn't supply the needed power, and more than one pylon strike. Read more...  


Pilot Protection Services

Tips to understand maintenance logbook entries

Discrepancies in airworthiness can cause headaches for owners/operators and mechanics. AOPA Pilot Protection Services Panel attorney Jeffrey R. Ludwig details how to avoid future snafus by keeping proper records. 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 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, flying clubs initiative senior manager, New York You Can Fly ambassador, aviation technical specialist, product marketing specialist, advertising-marketing coordinator, and UI/front-end developer. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


You want to do a flight review in a multiengine aircraft. Is a multiengine instructor required to have pilot-in-command time in the specific make and model to conduct the flight review?


No. According to 14 CFR 61.195(f), "A flight instructor may not give training required for the issuance of a certificate or rating in a multiengine airplane, a helicopter, or a powered-lift unless that flight instructor has at least 5 flight hours of pilot-in-command time in the specific make and model of multiengine airplane, helicopter, or powered-lift, as appropriate." Because the purpose of a flight review is not to give training required for the issuance of a certificate or rating, the instructor is not required to have the five hours of PIC flight time; however, you probably would benefit from flying with an instructor who has some instructional knowledge of the aircraft you're flying. You also should consider insurance and rental requirements, both of which may prevent someone from flying the aircraft without at least a small amount of PIC time in that make and model.

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


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Oct 8-9 - Santa Clara, California; and Nashville, Tennessee

Oct 15-16 - Columbia, South Carolina; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Wichita, Kansas

Nov 12-13 - San Diego, California

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

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

Oct 8 - Watkins, Colorado

Oct 10 - Herndon, Virginia; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Danville, Kentucky

Oct 11 - Frederick, Maryland

Oct 17 - Germantown, Tennessee; Mesa, Arizona; and Van Nuys, California

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

Oct 7 - Fort Myers, Florida

Oct 8 - Morrisville, North Carolina; Stevensville, Maryland; Pearland, Texas; Watkins, Colorado; and Grantsburg, Wisconsin

Oct 12 - Middleton, Wisconsin

Oct 15 - Carson City, Nevada; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Burnet, Texas; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Richmond, Virginia

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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Dave Hirschman
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