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September 2, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterSeptember 2, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter


SEPTEMBER 2, 2016 - VOL 18, ISSUE 36

Top Stories

AOPA Foundation focus

AOPA awards scholarships

Fifteen individuals have been selected as winners of the 2016 AOPA Flight Training Scholarships, a program designed to help aviation trainees of all ages earn a pilot certificate. The scholarships are funded by donations to the AOPA Foundation. The 2016 winners include seven female aviators, an active-duty Marine, four high-school- and college-aged student pilots, and one recipient in his fifties. They will receive grants ranging from $2,500 to $12,000. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Drones galore; Waco tour

The new remote pilot rule has taken off, and pilots are turning out in droves to earn certificates to operate unmanned aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds for purposes other than recreation, while hobby flying can lead to racing drones for dollars. Also this week, go behind the scenes to see how Waco Aircraft produces Waco YMF-5 and Great Lakes biplanes. The aircraft will be on display during the AOPA Fly-In at W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek, Michigan, Sept. 16 and 17. Plus, 15 student pilots get a lift from the 2016 AOPA Flight Training Scholarships program. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Sept. 1...  

Drone Pilot



Small drone rules take effect

New rules for operating unmanned aircraft systems weighing less than 55 pounds took effect Aug. 29, marking a big step forward in integrating drones into the National Airspace System. Read more...  



Drones fly beyond sight

The FAA announced 76 waivers had been granted on Aug. 29, the day Part 107 took effect, demonstrating that the agency is entertaining requests to push beyond the current limits. One among that first batch of waivers will allow PrecisionHawk to fly drones beyond the remote pilot's sight. Read more...  



New markets, and old, for Part 107 pilots

More than 3,300 people signed up to take the FAA knowledge test for remote pilots on the first day they could, Aug. 29, the agency reported. Those new pilots will add to the Section 333 crowd already taking jobs flying cameras for use in construction, agriculture, real estate, film, television, and other applications. Landing a paying gig with a drone will prove more complicated for many pilots than obtaining the new certificate. Read more and watch a video...  

AOPA Fly-Ins



Battle Creek Fly-In at hand

Get ready to land at Michigan's W.K. Kellogg Airport and join fellow pilots and aviation enthusiasts at the AOPA Fly-In at Battle Creek, Sept. 16 and 17. From Friday's Barnstormers Party to the aircraft displays and exhibits, the fun starts when you arrive at the airport. But first, watch the fly-in procedures video, and download the pilot information packet at the end of the video. Watch the video...  

Technique and Safety


Pilot Protection Services

FAA: Fix faulty fuel gauges

Pilots are taught not to rely on gauges alone to determine fuel quantity. A visual check of fuel in the tanks during preflight inspection to verify quantity is the prudent practice. But can you fly with a faulty fuel gauge? Find out what the FAA says. Read more...  



Take part in 'Trivia Night!'

How long did Charles Lindbergh go without sleep during his transatlantic flight? What piece of equipment "caused" Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 to crash? Find out when you attend the AOPA Air Safety Institute's new 90-minute fall seminar—brought to you by AOPA Insurance—which will be offered at various locations across the United States. Test your knowledge of the arcane, explore safety issues behind the trivia, and become a safer pilot. Check dates and locations, and mark your calendar...  


AOPA Premier Partner created content

Scary departure

A flight from a beautiful grass strip over the scenic hills of Vermont started out like a postcard, but the beauty masks a departure far trickier than it looks. Danger creeps up quickly. GoPros on board the aircraft captured the flight and show how, despite a thorough briefing, the pilots almost got into trouble. Learn how you can avoid something like this happening to you. Watch the video from AOPA Premier Partner PilotWorkshops...  



The VCOA option

Here's a drill you probably didn't practice on your last proficiency flight: the VCOA option. Do so on your next ride and it may be a learning experience for you, your instrument flight instructor, and even air traffic control. Read more...  



From short circuit to smoldering wiring

A slight burning odor, higher than normal electrical load, or tripped circuit breakers may signal the beginning of an in-flight fire. But how do you prevent a fire hazard in flight? Find out what to look for and how to deal with it in the AOPA Air Safety Institute's In-Flight Electrical Fires Safety Brief. Download the PDF...




FAA warns Santa Monica about anti-airport action

The FAA has once again advised the city of Santa Monica that it must keep Santa Monica Municipal Airport open and operating on "fair and reasonable terms" and "without unjust discrimination" at least until 2023. In a strongly worded letter dated Aug. 30, the FAA said it is "prepared to pursue all legal remedies at its disposal" if the city council acts to undermine the FAA's decision regarding the future of the airport. Read more...  




G5000 for Beechjet 400

Chalk up another legacy airplane as a candidate for a complete glass-cockpit upgrade: Garmin International announced that its G5000 avionics suite has earned supplemental type certificate approval for installation in Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP business jets. Read more...  




Instructor shortage affects aspiring pilots

Opinion Leaders blogger Ron Rapp notes that the air carrier pilot shortage has affected career pilots because competent flight instructors are quickly snapped up by the airlines. He explains that some of the best instruction occurs unofficially in the cockpit because every co-pilot is really a captain in training. Read more...  



AOPA Pilot magazine

Product review: Charging cords and flight bags

Charging cords that won't interfere with aircraft radios when charging your electronic devices, and flight bags for beginners and professionals alike, are reviewed in AOPA Pilot. Read more...  




Bahamas flight experience set

Pilots will have a chance to island-hop the Bahamas this fall on an Air Journey modern-day Bahamas Treasure Hunt that offers a way to explore and enjoy the Bahamas during a no-hassles, guided aviation adventure. Read more...  




'Buzz Buggy' needs new engine

A volunteer group that restored a Douglas C-47 Skytrain in Australia for donation to the Flying Tigers Heritage Park and Museum in Guilin, China, experienced an engine failure shortly after stopping for fuel in Indonesia and is hoping to raise funds for a replacement. Read more...  

News and Notes



Marriage proposal hits bumps

A pilot intending to execute a surprise marriage proposal above the central Maryland countryside on Aug. 26 had to change his plan on the fly after a bird strike badly damaged his aircraft's right wing and required an immediate landing at Frederick Municipal Airport. Read more...  


Online resource

Hermine threatens East Coast

The National Hurricane Center reported Sept. 1 that Hurricane Hermine would bring tropical force winds and flooding rains to the Eastern Seaboard as it tracks northeast from Florida's Gulf Coast through the Labor Day weekend. Pilots should watch the storm's path, prepare to protect their aircraft, and visit AOPA's hurricane reference page for additional information. Learn more...  



FAA notes engine-mount failure risk on some Bell helicopters

The FAA has advised helicopter operators and repair facilities of the potential failure of engine-mount assemblies on Bell helicopter models 206L1 and 206L3 from corrosion. 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, administrative coordinator, Central Southwest regional manager, account executive, donor relations director, development communications director, flying clubs initiative senior manager, communications director, New York You Can Fly ambassador, aviation technical specialist, product marketing specialist, advertising-marketing coordinator, and member services representative. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


Must an already certificated manned aircraft pilot have a current flight review to apply for a remote pilot certificate?


If a certificated pilot does not want to get a current flight review to meet the requirements of applying for a remote pilot certificate, he or she can take the FAA written exam just like applicants who do not already have a pilot certificate. Details on both avenues for obtaining a remote pilot certificate are available on the FAA's website.

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


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Sep 10-11 - Elkridge, Maryland

Sep 17-18 - Phoenix, Arizona; and Sandston, Virginia

Sep 24-25 - Colorado Springs, Colorado

Oct 1-2 - Windsor Locks, Connecticut; and Hollywood, Florida

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

Sep 6 - Wichita, Kansas; Madison, Wisconsin; and Seattle, Washington

Sep 7 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Portland, Oregon

Sep 8 - Eugene, Oregon; Manitowoc, Wisconsin; and Bentonville, Arkansas

Sep 12 - East Hanover, New Jersey

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

Sep 8 - Newnan, Georgia

Sep 17 - Battle Creek, Michigan; Santa Paula, California; Roanoke, Virginia; Winter Haven, Florida; Medford, New Jersey; and Trenton, Maine

Sep 24 - Westminster, Maryland

Oct 1 - Prescott, Arizona; Wichita, Kansas; Camarillo, California; Renton, Washington; and Carlsbad, California

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


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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