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June 9, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterJune 9, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

VOL 19, ISSUE 23 June 9, 2017
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Top Stories
AOPA expresses concern about Trump's ATC plan
AOPA President Mark Baker expressed dismay June 5 over President Donald Trump's characterization of the U.S. air traffic control system as "an ancient, broken, horrible system that doesn't work." Trump called for funding a privatized system with user fees. Read more >
AOPA Live This Week
Baker reacts to privatization push; High schoolers take flight
AOPA President Mark Baker reacts to President Donald Trump's call to privatize the air traffic control system and fund it with user fees. Also this week, a 24-year-old aerial applicator makes a living in a Thrush, and high school students get a chance to fly the aircraft they built. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, June 8 >
Technique and Safety
Talking tips and radio rules
Do you know what to say before keying the mic? The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Safety Tip: Four Ws of Communication will help jog your memory. Whether you're flying at a nontowered field or communicating with air traffic controllers, concise communication improves safety. Watch the video >
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Say 'No' to nodding off
Are you tired of being fatigued? A lack of sleep can cause fatigue, but there are other factors at play as well. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's updated Fighting Fatigue Safety Advisor explores the facts and how to combat sleep deprivation. Learn more >
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Fly safely into the future
Looking for practical advice on the effects of aging and their possible impact on pilot performance? Learn about ways to keep flying longer with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Aging Gracefully, Flying Safely course. Get pilot tips for flying safely as you grow older. Learn more >
Aircraft Maintenance
Deferred maintenance
When is it acceptable to mark equipment on an aircraft inoperative rather than fix it? A&P Jeff Simon explains. Read more >
Joint military CrossTell exercise eyes TFRs
Find out what it's like to be on the wrong side of a Coast Guard MH-65D Dolphin during an intercept exercise, and learn how a little advance work will help you avoid violating temporary flight restrictions and experiencing such a scenario. Read more >
NavWorx position source barred
The FAA published a final rule June 6 concerning the proposed airworthiness directive affecting certain NavWorx Inc. universal access transceivers (UATs). The WAAS GPS position source built into the affected UATs cannot be used; aircraft owners have more than seven months to determine their best course of action before the units must be removed from the aircraft or disabled. Read more >
FAA notes Luscombe landing gear corrosion concern
A special airworthiness information bulletin is alerting operators of JGS Properties LLC (Luscombe) Models 11A and 11E series airplanes and Luscombe Models 8 and Phantom 1 series airplanes of a need for inspection procedures to detect and correct corrosion inside the main landing gear legs. Read more >
Civil Air Patrol volunteers can fly under BasicMed soon
Volunteer pilots for the Civil Air Patrol are standing by for final clearance to fly under the BasicMed rule, according to Lt. Col. John W. Desmarais Sr., the organization's director of operations, who reached out to insurance carriers, the U.S. Air Force, and the FAA to confirm that pilots would be allowed to continue their missions under the regulation. Read more >
AOPA expert explains what BasicMed means for you
Gary Crump, director of AOPA's Pilot Information Center Medical Certification Section, explains the new BasicMed rule, what it means for aviation, and what it means for you in the latest episode of Hangar Talk. Listen to the podcast >
Pilot Protection Services
BasicMed can help pilots progress
BasicMed, the new alternative to medical certification that is a result of third class medical reform, offers pilots a chance to progress to something better, according to Dr. Jonathan Sackier. Read more >
Pilot praises replacement lens
The FAA quickly approved a cataract-correcting replacement lens said to outperform the standard options, a relatively new product that earned the praise of an AOPA member who seeks to pass the word to fellow pilots. Read more >
Williams turbofans selected for 'Project Canada' jet
One Aviation has selected Williams International FJ33-5A-12 turbofan engines to power its newest jet announced last year under the name "Project Canada." Read more >
Turbo Skyhawk earns certification, notes performance gains
The diesel-powered Cessna Turbo Skyhawk JT-A, equipped with next-generation avionics and a standard angle of attack display system, has been certified in the United States and Europe, and is exceeding some initial performance targets, said Textron Aviation. Read more >
Garmin G5 STC announced
Garmin has obtained a supplemental type certificate for its G5 electronic flight instrument as a replacement directional gyro or horizontal situation indicator for certificated fixed-wing aircraft. Read more >
AOPA Flight Planner provides visual briefings
The latest enhancements to the AOPA Flight Planner include integration with Leidos Flight Service and an interactive, easier-to-view visual route brief that highlights pertinent information. Read more >
Genesys Aerosystems created content
Digital autopilots and free ADS-B
Genesys Aerosystems is offering a Lynx NGT-9000 touchscreen 1090ES/ADS-B transponder for free with installation of a new S-TEC DFC 2100 autopilot before June 30 (not including installation costs). Read more >
Dude ranches offer upscale retreats
Craving a dude ranch vacation? Read about some of America's best guest ranches that also offer airport access—and start planning your next aviation adventure. Read more >
Visit a historic luxury ranch in Big Bend Country
In the remote Big Bend Country of Texas beneath the Chinati Mountains sits the 30,000-acre Cibolo Creek Ranch, a restored ranch constructed in the mid-19th century and now reborn as a luxurious fly-in retreat. Read more >
News and Notes
Muroya wins second straight Red Bull Air Race
Japanese pilot Yoshihide Muroya moved to the top of the leader board June 4 with a victory in Chiba, Japan, on the third stop of the eight-race 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship. It also marked his second year of winning the Chiba race. Read more >
AOPAngels preparing for Air Race Classic
A new pilot, a rusty pilot, and a professional pilot are putting their skills together to fly in the Air Race Classic, a 2,400-statute-mile, all-female aviation journey from Frederick, Maryland, to Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 20 through 23. Read more >
Shannon Air Museum reopens
Pilots, aviation enthusiasts, and the public descended on Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg, Virginia, June 3 to celebrate the reopening of the Shannon Air Museum. The museum is home to 20 rare aircraft from aviation's golden age, dating from World War I through the 1940s. Read more >
Second mass Cub flight to AirVenture planned
More than 100 vintage Piper Cubs gathered in 2012 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to commemorate the J-3 Cub’s seventy-fifth anniversary. The Cubs 2 Oshkosh event will be repeated in July to mark 80 years of flying Cubs. Read more >
EAA founder's prize entries close June 15
Innovators are encouraged to enter their best ideas to combat loss of control during the second annual Founder's Innovation Prize hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association. The top five entrants competing for $25,000 will be invited to EAA AirVenture for a public presentation of their ideas. The 2017 judging panel includes an astronaut, an airshow performer, a test pilot, a safety investigator, and an aircraft designer. The inaugural competition in 2016 drew 140 entries.
Drone law briefing livestream postponed
The drone law briefing scheduled for June 13 has been postponed. AOPA will notify members of the new date and time. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Career Opportunities
Aviation job board
Job of the week: Flight instructor, Falcon Executive Aviation
Falcon Executive Aviation in Mesa, Arizona, is a Cessna Pilot Center providing training under 14 CFR Parts 141 and 61, as well as sightseeing flights in a variety of aircraft. Full-time CFI, CFII, and MEI positions are available. 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 a copy editor, IT systems administrator, product marketing specialist, legislative affairs vice president, customer service representative, airports and state advocacy vice president, flight training business support senior director, project manager, UI/front-end developer, and legal services plan attorney. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online >
Question of the Week

When is a Part 107 drone operator required to report an accident to the FAA?
According to 14 CFR 107.9, you have 10 calendar days to report to the FAA an accident that has either caused serious injury or any loss of consciousness, or damage to any property, other than the drone, where the cost to repair or replace is greater than $500. You can report an accident by using this electronic reporting form.

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Education & Seminars
Flight Instructor Refresher Courses
Jun 10-11 Lake Mary, Florida; and Santa Clara, California
Jun 24-25 Ashburn, Virginia; and Bloomington, Minnesota
Jul 15-16 Englewood, New Jersey; and Jacksonville, Florida
Jul 22-23 Memphis, Tennessee; and Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
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
Jul 26-29 Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
Rusty Pilots Seminars
Jun 10 Jacksonville, Florida; Toughkenamon, Pennsylvania; Basye, Virginia; Madison, Wisconsin; Meridianville, Alabama; Torrance, California; Rochester, New York; West Chicago, Illinois; and Henderson, Nevada
Jun 11 Farmingdale, New York
Jun 14 Carlsbad, California
Jun 17 Spokane, Washington; Moraine, Ohio; Northampton, Massachusetts; Manitowoc, Wisconsin; Forty Fort, Pennsylvania; Princeton, New Jersey; and Portage, Michigan
For a complete schedule, visit the AOPA Hangar. (Log in to the AOPA Hangar using your AOPA website username and password to view these events.)
Aviation Calendar
Want something to do this weekend? Planning an aviation getaway? See AOPA's enhanced calendar of events. You can filter events, add an event, or search all events in the calendar. (Log in to the AOPA Hangar using your AOPA website username and password to search the events or to add an event.) Before you take off on an adventure, make sure you check our current aviation weather provided by Jeppesen.
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.
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