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March 10, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterMarch 10, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

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MARCH 10, 2017 - VOL 19, ISSUE 10

Top Stories


Tucker accepts Hoover Trophy

The greatest showman-pilot of his generation was rendered speechless for several seconds when the bronze visage of his late friend and mentor, R.A. "Bob" Hoover, was placed in his hands. When the words returned, Sean D. Tucker spoke of a conversation with Hoover decades before that reminded him of the responsibility carried by those whose mission includes inspiring aviation's next generation. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Fun, practical in one; Glenn's Baron flies on

German designer and aerobatic pilot Philipp Steinbach (once an employee of aircraft designer Walter Extra) set up shop in Arkansas to bring his latest creation to life: a fun-flying aerobat that claims to have a practical side. Also this week, astronaut John Glenn's Beechcraft Baron is painted in a beautiful tribute to its former owner, and AOPA Live® recorded this week's episode at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, site of the 2017 AOPA R.A. "Bob" Hoover Trophy presentation to airshow legend Sean D. Tucker. As of publication deadline, producers were still finalizing the March 9 edition of AOPA Live This Week. Watch the show on March 10...  

Technique and Safety



HAI wants safe UAS integration

As far as the Helicopter Association International is concerned, when it comes to integrating unmanned aerial systems into the National Airspace System, safety is the objective, HAI President Matt Zuccaro said as he kicked off an HAI safety symposium on the topic. The presentation opened the first day of the 2017 HAI Heli-Expo, held March 6 through 9 in Dallas. Read more...  



Declare an emergency

Pilots often worry they'll be punished for declaring an emergency, and thus hesitate to say the "E" word. In Declaring an Emergency, an air traffic controller explains how ATC can help. Whether you fly VFR or IFR, learn more in this video excerpt from the AOPA Air Safety Institute's IFR Insights: A Practical Approach online course. Watch the video...  



Getting there with fuel to spare

Tapping the fuel indicator will not feed the engine, but a healthy fuel reserve will—yet, pilots and their airplanes still come up short of their intended destinations. Sit back, relax, and watch the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Would You Fly This Airline? Pilot Safety Announcement—a witty reminder to pay attention to fueling and in-flight fuel. Watch the video...  




FAA to issue AD on Piper twins

The FAA has proposed issuing an airworthiness directive applicable to numerous Piper Aircraft twin-engine airplanes, including Apaches, Aztecs, and Twin Comanches, superseding an existing AD that requires inspection of the heater exhaust extension, replacement of the extension as necessary, and overhaul of the combustion heater assembly because of a risk of carbon monoxide entering the cabin. Read more...  




Bye joins TriFan effort

George Bye, creator of the Sun Flyer electric trainer prototype, has teamed up with XTI Aircraft Co. to accelerate development of a vertical takeoff and landing design that aims to seat six and cruise at business-jet speed. Read more...  




Overcoming aversion

A forced landing, along with the cost and bureaucratic obstacles endemic to aviation in Europe, left Opinion Leaders blogger Garrett Fisher with an aversion to venturing far from home. Introspection, and a pilot's natural desire to spread his wings, led to an interesting adventure. Read more...  




Cessna picks Safe Flight AOA

Safe Flight Instrument Corp. announced that its Angle of Attack Stall Protection System has been selected by Textron Aviation for the Cessna Denali single-engine turboprop, which is expected to make its first flight in 2018. Read more...  



Avidyne gains system, software approvals

Panel-mounted avionics manufacturer Avidyne announced that it has received two key FAA approvals for a new software release and a new navigation system. Read more...  




Accessible Arctic adventures

A polar bear looks up at a passing Piper Super Cub with curiosity, its long neck bending to follow the yellow airplane's path. This solitary adult male is hip deep in seawater at a rock-strewn beach on the western edge of Canada's Hudson Bay. At about 1,500 pounds, the bear outweighs the 1953 PA-18 that's made this 1,000-nautical-mile northward trek from Minnesota for just this kind of encounter. Learn about Arctic Canada and fly along with AOPA Editor at Large Dave Hirschman on this exciting adventure. Read more...  



Where's your hidden gem?

Do you have a place you love to fly to, with breathtaking scenery or a multitude of activities to explore? Share your favorite spot and submit some photos of it to AOPA to enter the Hidden Gem contest, sponsored by Aviat Aircraft. You will be entered for a chance to win a backcountry experience in Wyoming and Idaho, flying an Aviat Husky along the world-famous Salmon River. Enter today!



Hangar Talk: Seaplane fun

Every pilot dreams of getting a seaplane rating. For many who actually get one, it's a great weekend experience but nothing else. For a lucky few, it translates to a life of incredible adventures. Brian Schanche of Adventure Seaplanes talks about his guided seaplane trips, including one to see polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. Listen to the podcast...  




Turbine helicopter sales forecast dips slightly

Impacted by slow global economic growth and volatile oil and gas-related markets, the helicopter industry is reacting with a cautious outlook for near-term new purchases. In its nineteenth annual "Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchase Outlook," Honeywell forecasts that 3,900 to 4,400 civilian-use helicopters will be delivered between 2017 and 2021—approximately 400 fewer helicopters than called for in the 2016 five-year forecast. Read more...  


Pilot Protection Services

Airplanes, like houses, need clear titles

Very few people would buy a house without researching the title, but a surprising number close deals on airplanes without first checking for liens or encumbrances. Due diligence prevents unwelcome surprises, and is usually left to professionals. Read more...  


AOPA Aircraft Finance

Pre-approve your aircraft loan

It may surprise many pilots to know that lenders will pre-approve an aircraft loan without a specific aircraft in mind. AOPA Aviation Finance Co. President Adam Meredith writes that this holds true for pistons, and even some turbines, and for buyers it means locking in a low rate and shopping with confidence. Read more...  

News and Notes



Bell reveals future model

Bell Helicopter delivered the first Bell 505 Jet Ranger X and revealed a concept design fit for an augmented-reality future of flight at the 2017 HAI Heli-Expo in Dallas. Read more...  



AOPA celebrates women in aviation

AOPA was a proud participant in the twenty-eighth International Women in Aviation Conference, which brought an estimated 4,500 participants from 19 countries together in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, March 2 through 4 to share their passion for aviation and reach out to the next generation of female aviation professionals. Read more...  



Advice for future female pilots

Women of Aviation Worldwide Week is the celebration of women in aviation, past, present, and future held annually in March. The week is designed to raise awareness of aviation opportunities available to girls of all ages. In honor of this special week, AOPA reached out to female members and staff to find out what advice they would offer future female pilots. Read more...  



Club marks 50 years of fun

What's the secret to keeping a flying club airborne a long, long time? A group of pilots has been upholding a longstanding tradition of flying for fun in the heart of West Virginia coal country, and they evidently have some answers. Read more...  


Online resource

AOPA webinar schedule available

AOPA's 2017 webinar schedule is now online with a wide variety of aviation-related topics the association has lined up for the year. Pilots can register now for the March 22 webinar, "BasicMed: What it means for you," brought to you by AOPA Pilot Protection Services. View the webinar schedule...  



Nominations sought for Crossfield award

The National Aviation Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for its thirty-first annual A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Educator of the Year Award, which will honor a teacher in grades kindergarten through 12 for quality aerospace education. Read more...  



Colorado instructor is 2017 CFI of the year

Charles Orville Gensler of Parker, Colorado, has been named flight instructor of the year in the 2017 National General Aviation Awards, one of three standouts receiving national aviation recognition by the FAA. Read more...  


Standard time ends March 12

If you live in an area that observes daylight saving time, don't forget to move your clocks forward one hour March 12. Remember that the conversion to Coordinated Universal Time will change, too. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides a useful time conversion chart.

Career Opportunities


Aviation job board

Job of the week: Assistant chief CFI

Vermont Flight Academy is looking for an assistant chief flight instructor for its program in Burlington. Qualified applicants must meet the requirements of 14 CFR 141.36. The successful candidate will provide flight, simulator, and ground instruction under Part 61 and Part 141. This position also is responsible for students' flights; records; and ensuring that each lesson meets course objectives, standards, and requirements. Management experience and seaplane flight instruction is highly desirable. 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 aviation insurance sales director, graphic design intern, 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, 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


Pilots know that a 30-minute fuel reserve is required for day VFR flights. What is the basis for this requirement?


According to 14 CFR 91.151, a pilot must have the fuel to be able to fly to the point of landing and then for at least 30 minutes after, assuming normal cruising speed. This FAA letter of interpretation states that pilots should consider weather reports and forecasts, as well as factors such as the aircraft's normal cruise-speed fuel consumption. For more information, see "Pilot Counsel: Running on empty" from AOPA Online.

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


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

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

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

Apr 1-2 - Atlanta, Georgia; Dedham, Massachusetts; Dulles, Virginia; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Tampa, Florida

Apr 8-9 - Denver, Colorado; Salt Lake City, Utah; and 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

Mar 13 - Monroe, North Carolina

Mar 14 - Fletcher, North Carolina

Mar 15 - Greensboro, North Carolina

Mar 16 - Morrisville, North Carolina

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

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

Mar 14 - Fort Myers, Florida

Mar 18 - Galveston, Texas; Torrance, California; Lima, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; Berkley Township, New Jersey; and Homestead, Florida

Mar 25 - Orlando, Florida; Kennesaw, Georgia; Spencer, Iowa; Burlington, Iowa; Sarasota, Florida; Belleville, Michigan; Van Nuys, California; Gaithersburg, Maryland; Bedford, Massachusetts; and Olathe, Kansas

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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