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June 23, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterJune 23, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

VOL 19, ISSUE 25 June 23, 2017
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Top Stories
AOPA backs Senate FAA bill
The U.S. Senate released a draft FAA reauthorization bill June 22, the day after a controversial bill to continue FAA operations was introduced in the House of Representatives. Unlike the proposed House bill, the Senate version would keep air traffic control in the hands of the FAA. Read more >
GA groups oppose ATC privatization
AOPA joined other general aviation groups lining up to oppose legislation introduced June 21 in the U.S. House of Representatives that would privatize air traffic control. Read more >
AOPA Live This Week
Private ATC opposed; Cuba still an option
Legislation introduced June 21 that would privatize air traffic control was not welcomed by AOPA or other general aviation groups. Also this week, travel to Cuba remains an option, firefighters bring drones to the rescue, and a venerable air race gets under way with AOPA in the thick of the action. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, June 22 >
Technique and Safety
Learn from real-world mistakes
One of the AOPA Air Safety Institute's major roles is accident analysis to help others avoid unfortunate outcomes. In Weather Wise: Mistakes We Make, Air Safety Institute Statistician David Kenny talks about the kind of weather that is most dangerous for pilots, and if technology has lowered the accident rate. Watch the video >
Aircraft Maintenance
Custom N numbers
Perhaps it's time to paint the airplane, or maybe you are nearing completion of that homebuilt you poured your soul into. A custom registration can be the perfect finishing touch. Read more >
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Keep an eye on birds in the sky
Pilots and birds both love airports, so it's important to anticipate birds' behavior. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Bird Strikes Safety Brief offers helpful and practical tips to reduce the risk of avian collision. Read more >
See and avoid with flight following
Air traffic advisories are a welcome addition to visual scanning, but when controllers are busy, pilots may hesitate to request these advisories. Learn why you should not be afraid to key the mic in the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Ask ATC: Flight Following video. Watch the video >
You Can Fly
AOPA names winners of high school flight training scholarships
AOPA has named 23 students to receive scholarships from the 2017 AOPA You Can Fly High School Flight Training Scholarship Program. Read more >
Groups urge Congress to delay new drone laws
AOPA joined 12 other organizations urging Congress to wait for Drone Advisory Committee recommendations before legislating. Read more >
Aviation groups speak out in support of the FLIGHT Act
Following the introduction of the Forward Looking Investment in GA, Hangars, and Tarmacs (FLIGHT) Act of 2017, AOPA and 27 other aviation industry groups signed letters to the congressional sponsors of the legislation speaking out in support. Read more >
Trump moves to limit US travel to Cuba
President Donald Trump announced in a June 16 speech in Miami that the federal government will reinstitute regulations restricting U.S. travel to and business in Cuba. Read more >
Pilot Protection Services
Understand the basics of drug testing
Pilots and mechanics have contacted AOPA's Pilot Protection Services plan attorneys for advice about submitting to the Department of Transportation/FAA drug testing program. Here are some basics about the testing and what to do if a test comes back positive. Read more >
Rutan's Proteus marks milestone
It has the distinctively futuristic look of a Burt Rutan design, a one-of-a-kind airplane built for high-altitude and long-endurance science and communications missions, with or without a pilot. Proteus, now nearly two decades old and still operated by Scaled Composites, recently marked a milestone: 1,000 total flights (and more to come). Read more >
Father's Day at the airport
A Father's Day fly-in and camp out at a California airport nestled in the foothills of the Sierras made a spectacular backdrop for a family-friendly weekend, writes Opinion Leaders blogger Jolie Lucas. Read more >
Triple Tree invites eclipse viewers
Triple Tree Aerodrome in Woodruff, South Carolina, will welcome pilots and passengers gathering to view the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse. Read more >
Island flying adventures: Pacific Coast islands and Hawaii
Sometimes you just need to get away from it all, to a different kind of time—island time. Here's a list of fun islands to visit off the Pacific Coast, in Puget Sound, and in Hawaii. Read more >
Member benefit
Insurance options for jump pilots
If you are, or are considering, working as a jump pilot to fly skydivers, check into the skydiving operation's insurance coverage. AOPA Insurance Services Vice President and Director of Operations Jim Pinegar explains what to look for in the skydiving company's policy and how to ask to be added to the policy. Read more >
News and Notes
You Can Fly
Rust removal in progress
Two years ago former U.S. Air Force pilot Stephen Maus wondered if there might be room in general aviation for someone who had flown military aircraft in war zones more than four decades ago. Read more >
Air Race Classic begins
Competitors hugged and a crowd cheered as the first of more than 50 all-female race teams started their aircraft engines June 20 to begin a 2,648-statute-mile journey from Frederick, Maryland, to Santa Fe, New Mexico, for the Air Race Classic. Read more >
Follow the AOPAngels in Air Race Classic
Air Race Classic rookies Luz Beattie, Kathy Dondzila, and Paula Wivell are flying as Team AOPAngels and sharing insights along the four-day, 14-state cross-country flight from AOPA's Frederick, Maryland, home to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Read more >
Tucker builds youth program in Hoover's name
Legendary airshow performer and aviation advocate Sean D. Tucker sought and received R.A. "Bob" Hoover's permission to name an aviation education nonprofit that serves at-risk youth in California's Salinas Valley in Hoover's honor. Tucker is now turning to the wider general aviation community to seek support. Read more >
Online resource
Prep your aircraft for a hurricane
June 1 marked the official start of hurricane season, which runs for six months every year, usually peaking in late summer and early fall. Find out how to prepare your airplane when tropical storms and hurricanes are in the forecast. Read more >
Career Opportunities
Aviation job board
Job of the week: Certificated flight instructor, Mesquite Aviation
Mesquite Aviation, a competitive and busy mid-sized flight school in Mesquite, Texas, is seeking a full-time flight instructor. This position is perfect for the pilot who wants to build hours fast—current full-time instructors log an average of 100 hours per month. Weekend work is required. 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 operations clerk, 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

During a preflight inspection before taking some friends up for a night flight in your aircraft, you discover that your landing light is not working. Is it required to be operational for this flight?
According to 14 CFR 91.213(d), the landing light is not required for this flight. Check next week's ePilot for another question about this topic.

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Education & Seminars
Flight Instructor Refresher Courses
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
Aug 5-6 Fort Worth, Texas; and Reno, Nevada
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 24 Manhattan, Kansas; Bartow, Florida; Mankato, Minnesota; Ankeny, Iowa; and Lacon, Illinois
Jun 25 Hillsboro, Oregon
Jul 1 Fort Meade, Maryland; and Broomfield, Colorado
Jul 8 El Monte, California
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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