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February 2, 2018, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterFebruary 2, 2018, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

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VOL 20, ISSUE 5 February 2, 2018
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Top Stories
AOPA
You Can Fly
AOPA opens primary, advanced training scholarships
AOPA has opened three scholarship programs—two to help student pilots earn their initial pilot certificate and a new one to help certificated pilots achieve an advanced certificate or rating. Read more >
Article
Pilot recounts emergency night landing on busy freeway
An engine failure in a Beechcraft Bonanza over the ocean at night ended safely when the pilot abandoned his Plan A, to glide to an airport eight miles away, and improvised a Plan B, setting down on a California freeway by maneuvering beneath an overpass. Read more >
AOPA Live This Week
'That's All, Brother' takes flight, Standing O
That's All, Brother, the Douglas C–47 Skytrain that led the World War II D-Day invasion, takes flight after being restored. AOPA's fixed-base operator pricing initiative is getting results with better access and lower fuel prices at certain airports. Plus, fly the "lightning fast" Mooney Ovation Ultra. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Feb. 1 >
Technique and Safety
IFR Fix
You've got mail (from ATC)
If you are an instrument pilot or trainee who flies practice approaches under visual flight rules at an airport with radar service, there may be a letter waiting for you from your local air traffic control facility. Read more >
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Be safe on the ground
Pilot alertness should begin before your wheels leave the earth. There are dangers on the runway as well as in the air. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Runway Safety online course will get you up to speed. Take the course >
Video
Prevent an inadvertent stall
Stalls are a core part of training. But in real life, they rarely happen the way they do in a simulation. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Margins of Safety: Avoiding Power-On Stalls video offers expert guidance on how to avoid stalls during takeoffs or go-arounds. Watch the video >
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Test your ice knowledge
Flying in winter means knowing about ice, and how it can affect your airplane and environment. Do you know the risks of slushy runways and rime ice? Conquer winter with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's "Ice Flight" quiz. Take the quiz >
Advocacy
Advocacy
Complained-about airport opens access, lowers fuel prices
AOPA is withdrawing its complaint against Waukegan National Airport just outside Chicago now that officials have taken steps to make the airport more accessible and pilot friendly. Read more >
Advocacy
State of the Union silent on ATC 'privatization'
From a general aviation standpoint, what is most telling about President Donald Trump's Jan. 30 State of the Union address is what was not said. There was no mention of a plan to remove the air traffic control system from the FAA and hand it over to a board of special interests. Read more >
Article
Customs automates service at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport
Florida's Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport has become the nation's first general aviation airport to introduce automated passport control self-service kiosks at its onsite U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility. Read more >
Advocacy
FAA proposes widespread AD for Cessna fatigue cracks
The FAA has proposed to adopt an airworthiness directive affecting numerous models of Cessna 172, 182, 206, 207, and 210 airplanes that would require inspection for possible metal-fatigue cracking in the lower area of the forward cabin doorpost bulkhead, and any necessary repairs. Read more >
Health
Pilot Protection Services
Rest, sleep crucial to brain function
Poor sleep habits can impact brain performance in areas critical to safe flight, according to Dr. Kenneth Stahl. Read more >
Technology
Article
Red Bull race pilots pass on dessert
Every extra pound adds one-hundredth of a second to the track time in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship series. As the 2018 world championship quest gets underway Feb. 2 and 3 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the U.S. teams are hungry for wins, even if winning means skipping the chocolate cake. Read more >
Opinion
Blog
You did what?
Opinion Leaders blogger Mike Busch recounts a maintenance disaster in which a shop removed an engine from an owner's Cirrus without permission. Read more >
Gear
Article
BendixKing certifies AeroVue for B200s
BendixKing's new AeroVue panel modification for Beechcraft’s B200 King Airs amounts to a total overhaul of the panel, featuring three 12-inch diagonal displays with synthetic vision, new radios, dual WAAS GPS units, and autopilot, among other upgrades. Read more >
Travel
Slideshow
Get your kicks above Route 66
Albuquerque, New Mexico's EAA Chapter 179 is sponsoring a fun fly-out Feb. 16 to 19 that will take you across the state and into Arizona, following Route 66, the "Mother Road." Read more >
Slideshow
Still rolling with the good times
New Orleans is known for Mardi Gras, but Mobile, Alabama, hosts the nation's oldest Mardi Gras (aka Carnival) celebration, dating back to 1703. Read more >
Financial
Member benefit
Time to move up?
You have owned your first aircraft for some time. How do you decide if you should move up to a larger, faster aircraft? Read more >
News and Notes
Article
C–47 that led D-Day flies again
That's All, Brother, the Douglas C–47 Skytrain that led a formation to Normandy, France, to drop paratroopers for the D-Day invasion, lifted off Jan. 31 from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, following extensive restoration. Read more >
Article
Ladies Love Taildraggers to host fall flying tour
After eight years of hosting a traditional fly-in to celebrate the women who fly conventional-gear aircraft, the founder of Ladies Love Taildraggers has decided to try something new. Read more >
Article
AOPA welcomes industry leader to board of trustees
AOPA welcomed a new member, William "Bill" Ayer, to its board of trustees. No stranger to AOPA and general aviation, Ayer was a previous chairman of the AOPA Foundation Board of Advisors and has been a member since 1980. Read more >
Reminder: TFRs in effect for Super Bowl
Pilots should take note that a large temporary flight restriction will be in effect over Minneapolis for the 2018 Super Bowl on Feb. 4. Check notams before flying in the area and comply with the outlined restrictions.
Career Opportunities
Aviation job board
Job of the week: Flight operations manager, Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City State University, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, is seeking a full-time flight operations manager for its aviation science program. This position will provide direct supervision of flight and ground training instructional delivery. Candidates must meet Part 141.35 chief instructor qualifications and hold a current flight instructor certificate with single- and multiengine and instrument ratings. 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 facilities technician, insurance account executive, High School Aviation Initiative manager, legislative affairs vice president, aviation program operations coordinator, and Salesforce developer. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online >
Question of the Week
Question

You plan to have your 1969 Cessna 172 repainted and would like to put smaller registration marks on it. What are the regulations concerning the size of registration marks?
Answer
According to 14 CFR 45.22(b), you can display the smaller registration marks on your aircraft because it is more than 30 years old. Keep in mind that you still must display the larger marks when crossing an Air Defense Identification Zone.

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Education & Seminars
Flight Instructor Refresher Courses
Feb 10-11 Louisville, Kentucky; Orlando, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Fairfax, Virginia
Feb 17-18 Sacramento, California; and Nashua, New Hampshire
Feb 24-25 Fort Worth, Texas; and Kenner, Louisiana
Mar 3-4 Tempe, Arizona
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
Feb 7 Northglenn, Colorado
Feb 8 Colorado Springs, Colorado
Feb 20 Germantown, Tennessee; and Wichita, Kansas
Feb 21 Nashville, Tennessee; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
Rusty Pilots Seminars
Feb 3 El Monte, California; Dallas, Texas; and Fort Myers, Florida
Feb 10 Knoxville, Tennessee; and Morrisville, North Carolina
Feb 17 Carlsbad, California
Feb 24 Puyallup, Washington; and Homestead, Florida
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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