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November 10, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterNovember 10, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

VOL 19, ISSUE 45 November 10, 2017
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Top Stories
Retired baseball star Roy Halladay killed in Icon crash
Retired Major League Baseball all-star pitcher Roy Halladay died Nov. 7 when he crashed his new Icon A5 in the Gulf of Mexico, less than one month after taking delivery of the airplane. (Photo courtesy of Icon Aircraft.) Read more >
You Can Fly
AOPA engages, informs high school educators
Educators "plant the seeds" that will allow students to blossom into aviators or pursue aviation-related careers, said David Tatum, director of pilot recruiting for American Airlines, as he welcomed 255 attendees to the third annual AOPA High School Aviation STEM Symposium in Fort Worth, Texas, Nov. 6 and 7. Read more >
AOPA Live This Week
NextGen education; Trip of a lifetime
AOPA gathered experts and educators in Fort Worth, Texas, for two days of sharing best practices for using aviation to inspire high school students. Also this week, we join the nation in honoring veterans like Gen. Chuck Boyd, who endured horrendous torment as a prisoner of war, and fly along on the trip of a lifetime with a pack of Husky taildraggers. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Nov. 9 >
AOPA video show expands viewership
With a technology update, AOPA Live This Week is now available in more places than ever. But the change may leave some viewers wondering what happened to their weekly video news fix. Read more >
Technique and Safety
Sean Tucker details prolonged emergency
In the third episode of the AOPA Air Safety Institute's There I was... podcast, renowned aerobatic pilot and airshow performer Sean D. Tucker recalls a life-threatening ordeal in 2006 in which he had to bail out of his airplane. Listen to the podcast >
Let ATC in on your flight
You've filed a VFR flight plan. Do you also need VFR flight following? In the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Ask ATC: Flight Following vs. Flight Plan video, air traffic controllers explain the difference between the two VFR services. Learn why it makes sense to request flight following in addition to filing a flight plan. Watch the video >
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Cleared for the approach
Whether you have or are training for an instrument rating, you must interpret the aeronautical charts correctly—especially to fly safely in instrument meteorological conditions. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's IFR Insights: Charts course can boost your instrument flying skills. Take the course >
Online resource
AOPA offers guide to aircraft inspections
Learn about annual, 100-hour, and progressive inspections in addition to required checks for altimeters, transponders, ELTs, and more in this AOPA subject report. Learn more >
'The Hill' names AOPA top trade association
Washington, D.C.-based political news publication The Hill has named AOPA a top lobbying association for the fourth year in a row, and recognized AOPA President Mark Baker for his work to defend general aviation against so-called air traffic control privatization. Read more >
Rep. Shuster's bill could set off budget sequestration
The Congressional Research Service recently released a report contending that legislation to privatize air traffic control would set off a budget sequester if the costs of the proposal are not offset by savings in other areas. Read more >
Comments sought on knowledge-testing experiences
The FAA is seeking proposals from vendors for developing, delivering, and administering knowledge tests to the public, and AOPA encourages members to respond to a one-question survey about their experience with the knowledge-testing process, including any changes they think should be made. Read more >
Wing spar AD proposed for some Piper singles
The FAA has proposed an airworthiness directive requiring the installation of an inspection access panel in the lower wing skin of some Piper PA-28 and PA-32 single-engine airplanes, inspection of wing spars for corrosion, and corrective action where indicated. Read more >
Pilot Protection Services
Mitigate the risk of blood clots
One concern for pilots and passengers alike when traveling by general aviation or the airlines is the risk of blood clots. Dr. Kenneth Stahl offers tips to help prevent blood clots. Read more >
Autopilot manufacturers announce approvals, shipments
Autopilot options are expanding for owners of many popular general aviation airplanes, with two companies announcing new strides in the acquisition of supplemental type certificates for their products, and delivery of previously announced systems. Read more >
Fascinating aviation museums dot the Northeast
Tour the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum; climb aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum; or travel back in time to the Golden Age of Aviation at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. These museums make perfect day-trip destinations in the Northeast. Read more >
One-of-a-kind collections
The Erickson Collection, considered one of the top five private flyable warbird collections in the world, and the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, which houses the Hughes H-4 Hercules known as the Spruce Goose, are only two of the must-see aviation museums in the Northwest. Read more >
Aviation history, air power come alive
From major manufacturers like Northrop and Lockheed to military installations like Edwards Air Force Base, the American Southwest has more than its share of aviation history—and great museums. Read more >
Visit the home of Staggerwing Serial No. 1
The Wright Brothers National Memorial; the Beechcraft Heritage Museum, featuring Staggerwing Serial No. 1; and the Kennedy Space Center are but a few of the best aviation museums to visit in the Southeast. Read more >
Out of this world: Tour a space center and cosmosphere
Military aviation museums, a space center, and a cosmosphere are three reasons to spend some time exploring museums across the Central United States. Read more >
Member benefit
Tips for buying out an aircraft partner
Buying out an aircraft partner—whether a divorcing spouse, a retiring partner in a business venture, or a friend moving out of state—can be tricky. AOPA Aviation Finance can help. Read more >
Member benefit
Top 5 reasons an insurance claim might be denied
Aircraft owners can secure some extra protection with their carrier by ensuring that the insurance application is filled out truthfully and that the limitations set within the policy are followed. Learn why a claim might be denied. Read more >
News and Notes
A life of hardship and hope
Chuck Boyd's life in flying has surpassed his loftiest hopes—and brought unimaginable hardships. Boyd learned to fly after joining the U.S. Air Force in 1959, became a fighter pilot, and retired as a four-star general. He also suffered profoundly as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Read more >
AeroShell slot pilot retires
Gene McNeely fell in love with aviation as a kid, took lessons in high school, and finished his first pilot certificate on the G.I. Bill after serving in the U.S. Navy. Now, after 24 years with the AeroShell Aerobatic Team, McNeely has decided to retire. Read more >
Red Bull to return to US in 2018
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship will return to the popular Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Oct. 6 and 7, 2018, the only U.S. stop planned in the race series next year. 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 digital marketing coordinator, account executive, High School Aviation Initiative coordinator, customer service representative, operations clerk, administrative clerk, survey analyst/survey researcher, legislative affairs vice president, and airports and state advocacy vice president. Learn about AOPA career opportunities >
Question of the Week

You plan to fly to a nontowered airport at night. The chart supplement notes that the airfield has pilot-controlled lighting. Where can you find information about pilot-controlled lighting?
For information about airport lighting and pilot-controlled lighting, see these two articles on AOPA's website: "How it works: Pilot-controlled lighting," and "Light up your night: A guide to airport lighting systems." For additional information, see Chapter 2-1-9 of the Aeronautical Information Manual.

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Education & Seminars
Flight Instructor Refresher Courses
Nov 11-12 Albuquerque, New Mexico; Anchorage, Alaska; and Atlanta, Georgia
Nov 18-19 Ashburn, Virginia; and San Diego, California
Dec 2-3 Denver, Colorado; and Northbrook, Illinois
Dec 9-10 Lake Mary, Florida
For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online. Can't make it in person? Sign up for the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Online eFIRC.
Rusty Pilots Seminars
Nov 11 Costa Mesa, California; Berwyn, Illinois; Lawton, Oklahoma; and Batavia, Ohio
Nov 18 Cheyenne, Wyoming
Dec 2 Winter Haven, Florida; Jackson, California; Independence, Oregon; and Panama City, Florida
Dec 9 Murrieta, California; Scottsdale, Arizona; West Chicago, Illinois; Mineola, Texas; New Cumberland, Pennsylvania; and San Diego, California
AOPA Rusty Pilots Seminars are sponsored by Sporty's. 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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