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April 7, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterApril 7, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

VOL 19, ISSUE 14 April 7, 2017
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Sun 'n Fun
Trio's Pro Pilot install kit approved
The ability to install equipment designed for experimental aircraft into certified airplanes continued to make progress at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida, as The STC Group announced that it had received a supplemental type certificate for the kit to install a Trio autopilot into Cessna 172s and 182s. (Photo courtesy of Trio Avionics.) Read more >
Just what the doctor ordered
A near-standing-room-only crowd filled the AOPA Program Pavilion at Sun 'n Fun April 4 to learn more about BasicMed, a new alternative to third class medical certification for many pilots, which becomes available May 1. Read more >
French connection
Sun 'n Fun hosted the Patrouille de France, the French national jet demonstration team, April 4 as the team made one of its final performances in its first U.S. tour since 1986. Read more >
AOPA Live This Week
Mustang close-up; From France, with precision
Get up close and personal during an air-to-air filming session with a flight of P-51 Mustangs, and celebrate Stallion 51's birthday at Sun 'n Fun. AOPA's cameras are at the heart of the action, bringing you sights and sounds including France's national jet demonstration team. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, April 6 >
Stallion 51 celebrates 30 years
The premier training facility for North American P-51 Mustangs turns 30 this year, and founder Lee Lauderback decided to throw a party. Read more >
Sweepstakes 172 arrives at Sun 'n Fun
On the opening day of Sun 'n Fun, AOPA members wanted to know one thing about the Sweepstakes 172: "Will you be giving it away with this design?" Read more >
High school students build simulator
Students with Florida's Lakeland Aero Club showed off their skills at Sun 'n Fun by assembling a Redbird FMX full-motion flight simulator. Read more >
More Sun 'n Fun news
Baker dishes AOPA news with ice cream
Mooney celebrates Ultras, shelves M10 project
Lightspeed Aviation offers customers upgrade options
New Rotax nearing certification
SocialFlight releases version 6.0, launches challenge
TKM Avionics expands radio lineup
Technique and Safety
Cleared for takeoff
On centerline, throttle forward, stick back, and off you go! Performing a normal takeoff sounds easy, but do you always give it your best effort? In the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Takeoffs and Landings: Normal Takeoffs video, flight instructors examine theory versus reality. Watch the video >
How to stump a CFII
During an instrument proficiency check, your flight instructor gives you a tough scenario that includes holding at a clearance-limit fix that doesn't have a published holding pattern. As you work through that, you pose a question about holds that stumps your CFII. (Image courtesy of the FAA.) Read more >
More safety products
Baker testifies on GA airports, safety, pilot community
The nation's 2,950 federally funded general aviation airports boost local economies and can serve as a community's lifeline in a natural disaster or other emergency—but billions of dollars from the federal program that funds most GA airport projects has been reallocated to other projects in the past 10 years, AOPA President Mark Baker testified April 6 before a Senate subcommittee. (Photo courtesy of John Harrington.) Read more >
Switch to ICAO flight plan form takes effect June 5
The FAA has set June 5 as the date when use of the international flight plan format, also known as the International Civil Aviation Organization format, will be required for all civil flight plans filed with flight service for flights within the National Airspace System and to Canada. Read more >
Mandatory service bulletin raises concerns
AOPA has concerns about the recommendations of a mandatory service bulletin issued by Continental Motors for the replacement of certain camshaft gears on many Continental IO-520- and IO-550-series engines, and some Continental IO-470 engines. Read more >
EASA lines up certification reform
Europe will implement aircraft certification reforms on the same timeline as the FAA's Part 23 rewrite announced in December, officials said as Europe's largest general aviation show began April 5. Read more >
Pilot Protection Services
Prostate procedures and medical certification wait periods
New procedures are available to help alleviate symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate. Dr. Jonathan Sackier describes the procedures and the required wait period before returning to the cockpit. Read more >
Tecnam adds power
Italian airplane maker Tecnam announced April 5 upgraded models including new powerplants for the P2002 Sierra light sport aircraft and the four-seat P2010, which also gets the latest Garmin glass along with the P2006T twin. (Photo courtesy of Tecnam.) Read more >
The engine that could
From Spitfires to Gulfstreams, Opinion Leaders blogger Ron Rapp highlights some of the notable engines from history and today, including the Avon turbojet engine that was first run in 1946 and is still being produced. Read more >
ForeFlight adds glide range and checklists
ForeFlight 9, the company's just-released software, introduces new features such as glide range and checklists while sticking to its current subscription prices of $99.99 and $199.99. Read more >
Garmin flight planning apps get global components
Garmin announced that expanded features and global enhancements are now available for its Garmin Pilot app for Apple and Android mobile devices. (Images courtesy of Garmin.) Read more >
Good timing: How to simplify an aircraft loan application
You've found the perfect aircraft. You and the seller have agreed on the price. You even agreed on the terms of the pre-purchase inspection. If you haven't already secured financing, now it's time to make sure you can pay for it. Read more >
Member benefit
Are your 'life' eggs all in one basket?
Married people who have children should have life insurance equaling five to 12 times their average salary, but life insurance provided through an employer might only pay up to twice your salary. This leaves a large gap in coverage that AOPA Insurance Services can help you fill. Read more >
News and Notes
Mooney Mite travels by school bus for restoration
Alaska pilot and school maintenance worker Paul Carattini made plans to pluck a 1950s-era wooden aircraft project from the rafters of a Wasilla hangar and transport it by school bus to his tiny village more than 200 miles away for restoration. He recognized the quirky Mooney M18C Mite was a diamond in the rough that could become a valuable teaching tool. (Photo courtesy of Paul Carattini.) Read more >
New electric records ratified
Walter Extra has further cemented his status as a legendary figure in aviation, setting a new world electric airplane speed record in March to go with the electric time-to-climb mark he set in November. (Photo courtesy of Siemens.) Read more >
Philanthropist James C. Ray 'lived life fearlessly'
James C. Ray, a noted aviation philanthropist and World War II veteran who served on the AOPA President's Council, died April 1 in Naples, Florida, after a brief illness. He was 94. (Photo courtesy of Chuck Ahearn.) Read more >
Icon A5 has hard water landing
An Icon A5 was damaged April 1 in a hard water landing off the coast of Miami, the first major mishap involving the high-profile amphibious light sport aircraft. Read more >
Blue Origin lands rocket, Collier
Billionaire and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has spent $1 billion to date developing a reusable rocket to send tourists to space, and will collect the 2016 Robert J. Collier Trophy, the National Aeronautic Association announced March 28. 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 customer service representative, airports and state advocacy vice president, flight training business support senior director, flight training technology senior director, aviation insurance sales director, executive office manager, project manager, UI/front-end developer, legal services plan attorney, travel and destination products director, insurance program administration manager, donor relations director, and part-time administrative assistant. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online >
Question of the Week

You are about to start soloing in gliders. Your instructor stated that you must get a flight review before you can solo because you are rated in single-engine aircraft and are not current. Is this statement correct even if you plan to fly only gliders from now on?
Yes. Because you will be acting as pilot in command during your solo glider flights, and you already hold a pilot certificate, you are required to have a current flight review. According to 14 CFR 61.56, a flight review must be "given in an aircraft for which that pilot is rated," which in this case does not allow a flight review in a glider. For a more detailed explanation, see this letter of interpretation.

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Education & Seminars
Flight Instructor Refresher Courses
Apr 8-9 Denver, Colorado; Salt Lake City, Utah; and San Diego, California
May 6-7 Albany, New York; Hollywood, Florida; and Pensacola, Florida
May 20-21 Conroe, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; and Sacramento, California
Jun 3-4 Charlotte, North Carolina; Columbus, Ohio; and Tempe, Arizona

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

Safety Seminars
Apr 10 Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Lewisport, Kentucky
Apr 11 Rochester, Minnesota; West Des Moines, Iowa; and Williamsburg, Kentucky
Apr 12 Salt Lake City, Utah; Blaine, Minnesota; and Bellevue, Nebraska
Apr 13 Morris Plains, New Jersey; and Olathe, Kansas

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars
Apr 8 Cleveland, Ohio; Valparaiso, Indiana; Pasco, Washington; Worcester, Massachusetts; Washington Court House, Ohio; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Reno, Nevada; San Angelo, Texas; Chesterfield, Missouri; and Big Bear City, California
Apr 12 Carlsbad, California
Apr 15 Beaumont, Texas; and Ballston Spa, New York
Apr 22 Oakland, California; Trenton, New Jersey; Melbourne, Florida; Morristown, Tennessee; Evansville, Indiana; Bessemer, Alabama; and Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania

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.
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