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February 24, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterFebruary 24, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

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FEBRUARY 24, 2017 - VOL 19, ISSUE 8

Top Stories


AOPA welcomes drone pilots

Since AOPA was founded in 1939, aviation has gone through many changes, and the advent of drones has been among the most dramatic. Throughout the decades, we have been faithful to AOPA's core missions—promoting safety, preserving the freedom to fly, and building the next generation of pilots. On Feb. 21, AOPA stayed true to its values when it launched a new line of membership options created for drone pilots, a key part of an ongoing effort to unite manned and unmanned pilots for the common purpose of safe integration of all users within the airspace we share. Read more...  



Aircraft shipments continue slide

The market's appetite for new aircraft continues to sour. Numbers released Feb. 22 by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association show total airplane deliveries slipped by 3.9 percent in 2016, compared to 2015. Deliveries of business jets, piston airplanes, and helicopters (both piston and turbine) saw the biggest declines, down 7.9 percent, 4.9 percent, and 16.9 percent, respectively. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Sweeps 172 debuts, AOPA offers drone memberships

AOPA has worked hard for decades to preserve the freedom to fly, and to enhance safety and pilot education, so adding new membership options for drone pilots was a natural step. Also this week, get your first peek at the AOPA Sweepstakes 172, and learn the state of the aviation industry as the General Aviation Manufacturers Association releases the latest shipment and billing numbers. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Feb. 23...  

AOPA Fly-Ins



Fly-Ins offer in-depth workshops

AOPA Fly-Ins in 2017 will be two-day events that offer more experiences and more hands-on education. On Fridays, pilots can choose one of four seven-hour workshops (at a cost of $105 for members, $155 for nonmembers, and $75 for spouses, with online pre-registration required). The workshops will focus on four tracks: Skills and Safety, You Can Fly, Aviation Experience, and Maintenance and Ownership. The fun will continue with events Friday night and Saturday. Read more...  

Technique and Safety



VFR into IMC confessions

Noninstrument-rated and even instrument-rated pilots have been caught under lowering ceilings and in deteriorating visibility. Such encounters can be frightening. Yet some pilots have rationalized the flight decisions that put them there. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's VFR into IMC: The Experience video takes a closer look at why. Watch the video...  


Accident analysis

Ill-advised 'stunts' end in tragedy

A high-speed, low-altitude pass about 300 feet above the runway in a Van's Aircraft RV-8A isn't the most outrageous ill-advised stunt pilots have performed in recent years. Pilots of a Cirrus and a Van's Aircraft RV-10 did even worse. All three stunts ended in tragedy. Read more in this special report from the AOPA Air Safety Institute...  


AOPA Premier Partner created content

Could this help you fly better?

Many glass-cockpit airplanes offer functionality that can help a pilot hand-fly with the precision of an autopilot, yet few general aviation pilots use it. This short video by AOPA Premier Partner PilotWorkshops explains how you can benefit from using the flight director. Watch the video...  


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Are you ready to fly Rogue?

Circle into Oregon's Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Flying Rogue quiz. From the initial approach fix all the way to touchdown, this localizer back-course approach is exhilarating. Can you use glideslope indications as an aid on this approach? Take the quiz...




Practical test equipment clarified

A change in wording contained in the new Private Pilot-Airplane Airman Certification Standards appears to require using only "installed" systems to demonstrate some navigation skills on a practical test, but the "inadvertent" change was not intended to exclude the use of navigation systems that can be carried aboard, the FAA said. Read more...  



Airman tests updated

Pilots should bookmark or subscribe to the Airman Testing page on the FAA website. Near the bottom of the page, under the heading "What's New and Upcoming in Airman Testing," pilots can find much of the information needed to stay current on the state of flight and knowledge testing source material. Read more...  



FAA concerned about Cessna 180/185 tailcone brackets

The FAA is alerting owners and operators of Cessna 180, 185, and A185 aircraft to the potential for cracks and corrosion of stabilizer hinge brackets and tailcone reinforcement brackets on airplanes equipped with floats or skis. Read more...  



Cessna doorpost cracks prompt FAA concern

Doorpost cracking found on several airplanes during a fleet inspection of Cessna 207s has resulted in the FAA issuing an airworthiness concern sheet that also lists other Cessna models with shared design elements. Read more...  



Pilot Protection Services

Open to negotiation?

Pilots often contact AOPA to find out if a medication they are taking is permitted by the FAA. Pilots who are taking something that is on the FAA's "Do not issue/Do not fly" list might want to negotiate with the FAA to see if the agency will allow it. Read more...  




Airbus attitude control powers Team USA racing yacht

The Oracle Team USA America's Cup racing yacht borrows heavily from aviation to try to get an edge over the competition. "We are literally now flying above the water," said Oracle Team USA skipper and private pilot Jimmy Spithill. The yacht includes Airbus-engineered, hydraulically controlled twin airfoil sailing wings with a flap sail system, as well as rudders and elevators. Read more...  




Wristband honors 'quiet giant'

An aviation-inspired rubber wristband created by a student pilot honors Ron Alexander, a "quiet giant" of aviation, who died in a November 2016 aircraft accident near his beloved Peach State Aerodrome in Georgia. Alexander introduced Cayla McLeod to aviation in 2015. Now she is paying it forward with a gesture she hopes will help hundreds of future pilots attending Alexander's Candler Field Museum Youth Aviation Program. Read more...  



Pilot Getaways

Visit Grand Canyon West

The Grand Canyon is perhaps the Earth's most famous natural feature. People flock here from every continent, then stare in wonder at the huge gap and towering cliffs, more awesome than they could possibly have imagined. The forces of erosion and time required to remove so much solid rock are beyond comprehension, and the remaining red, stacked palisades become more beautiful in the changing light than any man-made structure. Read more...  



Member benefit

Financing available for airplane kits

AOPA Aviation Finance offers options for aircraft kits that are completely owner built, or built through factory-assisted programs. Read more...  

News and Notes



Thrush earns weight increase

Thrush Aircraft of Albany, Georgia, has completed a certification effort spanning more than eight years that allows the 510P and 510G models to take full advantage of their 500-gallon spray tanks and fly at 10,500 pounds. Read more...  


Member benefit

Six steps to take after an accident

In the event of an accident, you should keep six important steps in mind to make sure you and your passengers are protected. Read more...  



Master the Garmin GTN 650/750 in AOPA's Sweeps 172

Brush up on the Garmin GTN 650/750 so that when you win AOPA's Sweepstakes 172, you'll know all the ins and outs of the nav/com. Flight Training Apps has launched an app that offers a tutorial of the GTN 650/750. In addition, the company will give the winner a free copy of the app. Read more...  

Career Opportunities


Aviation job board

Job of the week: Aviation assistant professor

The University of Nebraska at Kearney's Aviation Systems Management program is accepting applications for a tenure-track assistant professor to begin August 2017. The successful applicant will be responsible for teaching undergraduate courses, advising and recruiting students, and helping provide overall program guidance. The program offers a bachelor's degree in Aviation Systems Management with emphasis in Flight Operations and Support Services (Management). The position includes academic and flight responsibilities. Read the full description and apply today!


AOPA career opportunities

Join the AOPA team

Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? AOPA is looking for an executive office manager, IT project manager, UI/front-end developer, public affairs and executive communications manager, communications coordinator, legal services plan attorney, digital asset manager and graphic designer, aviation event operations senior manager, travel and destination products director, insurance program administration manager, donor relations director, aviation technical specialist, flying clubs initiative director, and part-time administrative assistant. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


What is the process for replacing a lost or stolen pilot certificate?


To start the process of replacing a pilot certificate, visit the FAA website. You can make your request through the mail or online through the FAA's Airmen Services website. The processing time for an online request is faster than for a regular mail request. Another advantage of using the online option is that you can request temporary authority to exercise your privileges at the same time. The temporary authority can be sent by email and will allow you to fly while you wait for your replacement certificate to arrive by mail. It is important to note that when you initially sign up on the Airmen Services website, you will need to have your certificate number handy, which you probably won't have if it's lost or stolen. It's a good idea to take some time now to register on the site so you'll have access to it if you ever need it. You can update your address with the FAA on the site as well.

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


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Feb 25-26 - Fairfax, Virginia; and Las Vegas, Nevada

Mar 4-5 - Lake Mary, Florida; Phoenix, Arizona; and Virginia Beach, Virginia

Mar 11-12 - Elkridge, Maryland; and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

Mar 18-19 - Ontario, California; and Santa Clara, 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

Feb 25 - Puyallup, Washington

Mar 4 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Mar 6 - Greenville, South Carolina; and Concord, California

Mar 7 - Columbus, Georgia; and Fresno, California

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

Feb 25 - San Marcos, Texas; Winter Haven, Florida; Panama City Beach, Florida; Scottsdale, Arizona; Chickasha, Oklahoma; Louisville, Kentucky; Puyallup, Washington; and Duluth, Minnesota

Mar 4 - Burlington, Washington; Weyers Cave, Virginia; Georgetown, Texas; Aransas Pass, Texas; Berwyn, Illinois; Butler, Pennsylvania; and Billings, Montana

Mar 11 - Potsdam, New York; Ashland, Virginia; Gainesville, Florida; Toughkenamon, Pennsylvania; Fort Wayne, Indiana; Renton, Washington; and Albany, Oregon

Mar 14 - Fort Myers, Florida

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
Dan Namowitz
David Tulis

Production Team:

Elizabeth Linares
Melissa Whitehouse


Mike Collins
Sarah Deener
Dave Hirschman
Tom Horne
Warren Morningstar
Jill W. Tallman
Ian J. Twombly
Julie Summers Walker

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