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November 24, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterNovember 24, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

VOL 19, ISSUE 47 November 24, 2017
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Top Stories
Terrafugia sale may accelerate flying car arrival
The acquisition of flying car company Terrafugia by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group of China seems likely to accelerate the long-awaited arrival of what's billed as the first practical flying car. (Image courtesy of Terrafugia.) Read more >
AOPA Live This Week
Bonanza battles Centurion; Backcountry Quest
Side-by-side tests of power, speed, and short-field capability pit two of general aviation's six-seat, big-engine stalwarts against each other. Only one could emerge victorious from our fly-off. Also this week, the Quest Kodiak is a brawny backcountry beast that is right at home in Utah. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Nov. 23 >
AOPA Fly-Ins
AOPA Fly-In attendees help develop runway safety tips
In addition to having fun and connecting with fellow aviators, pilots who attended the AOPA Fly-In at Camarillo, California, had the opportunity to participate in a Runway Safety Roundup. The results of their input were released in October in a "Runway Safety Pilot Best Practices" document. Read more >
Technique and Safety
The Goldilocks approach
Is your approach to the runway too high, too low, too fast, too slow, or just right? The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Takeoffs and Landings: Stabilized Approach video shares how you can turn every approach into a smooth landing. Watch the video >
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Turn, time, twist, throttle, talk
Are you ready to tackle the ILS or LOC/DME Runway 30R approach at Bakersfield, California? See how proficient you are at interpreting the chart with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's IFR Chart Challenge: ILS Approach course. Take the course >
Accident analysis
Time in type: How much is too little?
A multiengine flight instructor with 11.6 hours logged in a Beech D–95A Travel Air crashed while demonstrating a stall, killing himself and injuring his student. Key knowledge of the aircraft could have prevented the accident. Read more in this special report from the AOPA Air Safety Institute >
AOPA Premier Partner created content
Approach lighting for IFR pilots
This six-minute video from AOPA Premier Partner PilotWorkshops describes the different approach lighting systems and how they affect your final approach and landing, especially in instrument meteorological conditions. Watch this short refresher and learn how a deeper understanding of approach lighting can help you in the final phase of your flight. Watch the video >
Pilot Protection Services
The right kind of fuel for your brain
Starving the brain of glucose can result in all kinds of bad things for a pilot trying to maintain safe flight. Dr. Kenneth Stahl offers tips to fuel your brain for flight. Read more >
'Gotta get that rating'
Earning the instrument rating is one of the hardest things Opinion Leaders blogger Jolie Lucas says she has done: "Being a learner is hard. It is hard on the ego, your emotions, and your confidence." Find out how she overcame challenges to earn the rating. Read more >
Seattle Avionics releases FlyQ Online, upgrades FlyQ EFB
Seattle Avionics launched the new FlyQ Online flight planner and announced that it will soon release the upgraded FlyQ electronic flight bag with augmented reality capabilities, among other features. Both products also now offer helicopter charts. Read more >
America's seaplane city
Several years ago, the central Florida city of Tavares rebranded itself as "America's Seaplane City," rolling out the red carpet for seaplanes of every stripe. It's easy to see why—winters are mild and the town is surrounded by lakes. Read more >
Bavarian holidays, skiing, wine, and apples
Winter or summer, the central Washington towns of Wenatchee and Leavenworth provide wonderful getaways on the sunny side of the Cascades. Read more >
Member benefit
Top finance questions answered
Two common questions pilots ask AOPA Aviation Finance Co. President Adam Meredith focus on securing financing for a new airplane purchase and learning what steps are required. Read more >
AOPA Foundation focus
AOPA Foundation to participate in Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday, the global day of giving that occurs during the week after Thanksgiving, provides renewed focus on charitable giving. The AOPA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AOPA, is a participating charity. Read more >
News and Notes
NTSB reports Halladay flying low before crash
Retired baseball star Roy Halladay flew as low as 11 feet at 92 knots over the Gulf of Mexico in the moments before he crashed his Icon A5 and lost his life, the NTSB revealed in a preliminary report published Nov. 20. Read more >
Brown remembered for Hartzell Propeller leadership
James W. Brown Jr., who led Hartzell Propeller Inc. for nearly a quarter century that spanned the aviation industry's tumultuous 1990s, died Nov. 20 at age 84 surrounded by his family. Read more >
Mooney delivers first production Ovation Ultra
Mooney International has announced the first customer delivery of a new M20U Ovation Ultra, marking what the company described as the latest in a series of major milestones for 2017. Read more >
You Can Fly
Sharing the joy of flight again
Bryant Paulsen's flight review was a bit out of date when he showed up at an AOPA Rusty Pilots seminar in Puyallup, Washington, last February to see about getting back into flying, but that didn't deter him. Read more >
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Tips for flying with family
If you plan to fly your family to visit relatives or to take a vacation over the holidays, check out these tips to ensure a pleasant flight for everyone on board. Learn more >
Member benefit
Winter is coming
Aircraft owners who will park their aircraft in a hangar for winter or have their aircraft in the maintenance shop for months at a time should check into a different level of insurance coverage known as "ground not in motion." Read more >
FAA to update 'obsolete' rotorcraft certification rules
The FAA has filed a notice of its intention to revise regulations dating to the 1960s that govern the certification of rotorcraft, noting that some technological advances "have rendered the regulations obsolete." Read more >
Initiative aims to get veterans into flying jobs
Amid the growing pilot shortage, the U.S. Department of Transportation launched the Forces to Flyers program to help nonpilot military veterans get the training they need to find commercial pilot jobs. Read more >
Career Opportunities
Aviation job board
Job of the week: Light jet and turboprop captain, Charles City Aeronautics
Charles City Aeronautics in Mason City, Iowa, is seeking a qualified light jet and turboprop captain for its rapidly expanding air charter operations. The position is full-time and will require travel approximately 150 days per year. Potential candidates must possess excellent communication and customer service skills and maintain a high degree of confidentiality. 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 medical certification specialist, aviation safety analysis manager, insurance account executive, High School Aviation Initiative coordinator, customer service representative, accounting 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

Where can I find information about using the new graphical area forecasts?
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Aviation Weather Center provides several resources to help you learn how to use this new product, including an explanatory video and webpage, as well as a tutorial page.

Got a question for our technical services staff? Contact AOPA.
Education & Seminars
Flight Instructor Refresher Courses
Dec 2-3 Denver, Colorado; and Northbrook, Illinois
Dec 9-10 Lake Mary, Florida
Jan 6-7 Charlotte, North Carolina; and Santa Clara, California
Jan 13-14 Portland, Oregon; Costa Mesa, California; Alcoa, Tennessee; and Renton, Washington
For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online. Can't make it in person? Sign up for the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Online eFIRC.
Safety Seminars
Jan 10 Fairfax, Virginia
Jan 15 Reno, Nevada; and Houston, Texas
Jan 16 Sacramento, California; and Houston, Texas
Jan 17 Milpitas, California; and San Antonio, Texas
Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
Rusty Pilots Seminars
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
Dec 16 Oxford, Iowa; and Middleton, Wisconsin
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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