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September 30, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterSeptember 30, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

A Cessna 172 Skyhawk takes off from Ernest A. Love Field in Prescott, Arizona

SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 - VOL 18, ISSUE 40

Top Stories


FAA challenges Santa Monica

The FAA is demanding answers from city officials in Santa Monica, California, and is clearly unwilling to accept at face value claims that the city will provide fuel, flight training, and aircraft maintenance services after kicking the current providers out of Santa Monica Municipal Airport. Read more...  



Associations seek role in Santa Monica case

AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed a motion to intervene in a case before the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit regarding the continuing operation of Santa Monica Municipal Airport. Read more...  



'Los Angeles Times' supports Santa Monica airport

The Los Angeles Times has joined the chorus of voices urging the city of Santa Monica to keep its airport open and operating on reasonable terms even as legal maneuvering over the future of the California field continues. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Remembering Arnold Palmer; Live from Prescott

The aviation community lost a great advocate and passionate pilot with the passing of Arnold Palmer. Although Palmer's achievements as a golf legend were widely known, his accomplishments in the cockpit are no less impressive. This week's show comes to you from Prescott, Arizona, home of the final AOPA Fly-In of 2016 on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, where we will bring you up to date on the latest developments in the battle over the future of California's Santa Monica Municipal Airport. Also this week, a grass runway with a rich history in Pennsylvania draws a collection of rare taildraggers and their pilots for a picnic. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Sept. 29...  

AOPA Fly-Ins



High-desert get-together

The Old West meets the high desert in Prescott, Arizona, which is both a destination and a gateway to Arizona's scenic wonders. Pilots in the Southwest will want to be there Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 for AOPA's fourth and final 2016 fly-in. Read more...  

Technique and Safety


Accident analysis

ATC can't fix everything

To a pilot in a difficult situation, a sharp air traffic controller can be the best friend in the world. However, not all controllers have firsthand experience in the cockpit, and the depth of their understanding of what a pilot in distress might be going through varies. Even the best can't part the clouds, restart the engine, or turn darkness into daylight. Read more in this special report from the AOPA Air Safety Institute.  


Online resource

Ready to taxi?

Cockpit distractions, confusing airport layouts, and miscommunication can result in trouble when taxiing to and from the runway. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Safety Spotlight about runway safety offers help. Tackle the complexities of airport surface operations after reviewing videos, quizzes, flash cards, and the recently updated Runway Safety online course. Learn more...  


AOPA Premier Partner sponsored content

Land a Skyhawk at Logan

Many pilots shy away from landing at a busy Class B airport, but watching a Cessna 172 land between Boeing jets at Boston's Logan International Airport is interesting whether or not you ever want to do it. Listen to the rapid-fire ATC communications and watch pilot Keith Smith slip into a smooth landing in this video from AOPA Premier Partner PilotWorkshops. Watch the video...  


Online resource

Learn with the best

The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Flight Instructor Refresher Course is the most comprehensive FAA-approved CFI renewal program available—and it puts all of its revenue back into developing free safety initiatives. Not a CFI? No problem: You, too, can learn what an instructor needs to know. The two-day, in-person course provides an opportunity to network with other flight instructors in your area, while the online course can be completed at your convenience at home. Learn more…  




NTSB urged to admit GA is safe

Twenty-one organizations representing hundreds of thousands of general aviation and business pilots have sent a letter to the National Transportation Safety Board asking the panel to "publicly convey that general aviation is one of the safest modes of transportation in the United States." Read more...  



Pilot Protection Services

Flu season around the corner

Flu viruses can be detected year-round in the United States, but the bug is most common between December and March, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As flu season nears, find out what the CDC recommends regarding the flu shot. Read more...  




A look at 70 years of flight research

Celebrating 70 years of flight research, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center has released a YouTube video highlighting the technological advances made over the decades, from supersonic travel to space exploration and atmospheric research. The center also provides a glimpse into the new technologies that it is testing, including supersonic aircraft quiet enough for overland routes. Watch the video...




SiriusXM unveils new receiver

ForeFlight customers who want in-cockpit satellite weather from engine start to shutdown can now get it through SiriusXM. Read more...  



AOPA Pilot magazine

Fly your state

To promote and publicize their general aviation airports, many states have "passport" or ambassador programs in which they offer a passport book that can be stamped to keep a record of landing at each airport; pilots present it to claim an incentive prize. In Maine, it's a lobster dinner. In Virginia, North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Carolina, you can get a leather flight jacket. In New Jersey there's an instrument flying course, and in North Carolina a pilot's watch. In some states it's cash. Find out if your state offers rewards...  


Online resource

Explore Canada

Some of the world's most beautiful natural landscapes are just across the Canadian border, and autumn is a colorful time to enjoy them. Check out AOPA's travel resources, including a short video, to prepare you with everything you'll need for a general aviation flight north. Learn more...  




Gulfstream builds last G150

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced Sept. 28 that it sold the last G150, ending a 10-year production run for the model that replaced the G100. Today almost 120 G150s crisscross the sky for operators in the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, and Asia, the company said. Read more...  


AOPA Aviation Finance

Refinance covers rebuild

Rebuilding an aircraft engine is expensive. JP Guilbault used AOPA Aviation Finance to refinance his Cessna 172S, secure a lower interest rate, and use the remaining principal to rebuild the aircraft's engine. Read more...  

News and Notes



Golf, aviation legend dies

Arnold Palmer, a man remembered as "The King" of the fairways and as an accomplished pilot, died of heart complications Sept. 25 at age 87, according to Reuters. Read more...  



Teen pilot flying high

Flying a rock star to and from a gig; earning an instrument flight instructor certificate; and qualifying in Australia to fly large, experimental drones before turning 19, Colorado teen Olivia Scout Lockhart has already packed quite a lot into an aviation career that has only just begun. Read more...  



Controllers much in demand

More than 35 years after President Ronald Reagan fired 11,000 air traffic controllers who had gone on strike in the midst of a bitter labor battle, the FAA still faces periodic waves of shortages. For the first time in seven years, however, the FAA is poised to catch up with recruiting efforts, at least in the near term: The agency is on track to hire 1,781 new air traffic controllers before the end of December. Read more...  



A gathering of TBMs

Among the turbine crowd, the TBM Owners and Pilots Association ranks high when it comes to its members' enthusiasm for the airplane. Many of its 805 members have owned successive TBMs as these single-engine turboprops have moved through their design evolution: the TBM 700, 850, 900, and most recently, 930. Read more...  



New flying club the latest addition at thriving Florida airport

A new flying club in Florida helped a rusty pilot return to active status on the club's very first flight when the group's president completed a flight review in its leased Cessna 172. 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, development communications director, high school aviation initiative manager, flying clubs initiative senior manager, New York You Can Fly ambassador, aviation technical specialist, product marketing specialist, and advertising-marketing coordinator. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


While discussing IFR lost-communications procedures, you and the other members of your flying club agree on what route and altitude should be flown, but there is a difference of opinion as to when to descend from that altitude and when to attempt an approach. Where can you find the answer?


You can find the answer in 14 CFR 91.185(c)(3). The basic rule is that if your clearance limit is a fix that starts an approach, you should commence your descent or your descent and approach "as close as possible" to the expect-further-clearance (EFC) time or ETA (if no EFC time is provided). If your clearance limit is not a fix from which an approach starts, you should leave the fix at the EFC time or upon arrival (if no EFC time is provided) "and proceed to a fix from which an approach begins," then follow the previous rule for commencing the descent and approach. For more information on this topic, read this AOPA Online article. This FAA flow chart illustrates the decision process.

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


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

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

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

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 5 - West Lafayette, Indiana

Oct 6 - Zionsville, Indiana

Oct 8 - Watkins, Colorado

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

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

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

Oct 7 - Fort Myers, Florida

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

Oct 12 - Middleton, Wisconsin

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
Julie Summers Walker

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