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February 9, 2018, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterFebruary 9, 2018, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

VOL 20, ISSUE 6 February 9, 2018
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Top Stories
Seismic study bolsters Santa Monica Airport's role in disaster relief
A new look at California's seismic zones reinforces aviation advocates' assertion that Santa Monica's embattled airport will be positioned to save lives when the next major earthquake strikes. (Photo courtesy of Mark Holtzman, West Coast Aerial Photography.) Read more >
AOPA Live This Week
Falcon Heavy opens new era; Hunter's paradise
Millions watched as SpaceX successfully launched the largest rocket to depart Florida's Kennedy Space Center since the Saturn V, and set the aerospace world abuzz. Pilot and journalist Miles O'Brien talks about the significance, and what's next. Also this week, visit a South Dakota lodge that welcomes pilots for world-class pheasant hunting, and watch drone pilots train for disaster response. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Feb. 8 >
Technique and Safety
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Deciphering aerodynamics
Want to avoid unintentional departures from normal flight? Go beyond dry textbooks and dense equations with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Essential Aerodynamics: Stalls, Spins and Safety online course. Take the course >
Flawed decisions, fatal consequences
The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Accident Case Study: Emergency Management demonstrates why it's crucial to recognize in-flight emergencies and respond appropriately. Watch the video >
Flying on fumes?
It's bad form to glide in on empty tanks as the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Would You Fly This Airline? Pilot Safety Announcement illustrates. Watch the video >
Sponsored by Aircraft Spruce
Aircraft Maintenance: Tips for examining aircraft seat belts
Aircraft seat belts tend to be extraordinarily simple compared to their automotive cousins, but it's important to inspect them regularly for safety. Read more >
FAA delays AD on PA–28 fuel selector cover placards
At AOPA's request the FAA has delayed from Feb. 7 until March 9 the effective date for an airworthiness directive that would have required inspections of 17,957 Piper PA–28-series single-engine aircraft. Read more >
Terminal procedures chart update highlights PBN requirements
The U.S. Terminal Procedures Publication and the digital-Terminal Procedures Publication have begun to display performance-based navigation and conventional-equipment requirements in separate standardized note boxes. Read more >
Pilot Protection Services
Keep an eye out for stress
Dr. Jonathan Sackier explains why it's critically important to recognize when you, or someone you care about, may be struggling under the weight of added stress. Read more >
GA companies vying for Collier Trophy
Here's a sure way to discover some of the most exciting projects striving to push back the horizons of aviation and aerospace: Check out the list of the nine nominees for the 2017 Robert J. Collier Trophy. Read more >
Low-cost autopilot approval list expands
The STC Group secured supplemental type certificate approval Feb. 6 that clears the way for Trio autopilot installations in Cessna 177, 180, and 185 models, adding to a growing list of lower-cost, modern autopilot retrofits for legacy aircraft. Read more >
Pilot magazine
ADS-B Out deadline less than two years away
According to FAA data, as of Dec. 1, 2017, 46,968 U.S.-registered general aviation and U.S. air carrier aircraft had been equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out. How many more will equip by the Jan. 1, 2020, deadline? Read more >
Hot spring hotspot
Hot springs are tangible evidence of geological activity, so it makes sense that they are often found in mountainous areas. Consequently, Colorado is loaded with great hot spring destinations. Read more >
Rejuvenate in sunny SoCal
Fly to Southern California, where you can thaw out and play golf or relax in the warm, sunny climate while enjoying hot spring spas. In mid-February, take in Modernism Week and tour classic mid-century modern homes and gardens. Read more >
Warm-water delights in the Intermountain West
Nothing beats a relaxing soak in a Montana, Idaho, or Wyoming hot spring. Read more >
Piper wins record order for 152 training aircraft
Piper Aircraft Inc. scored a big win with firm orders for 152 training aircraft from Chinese flight training specialists Fanmei Aviation Technologies, the company announced Feb. 7. The transaction is the largest order for training aircraft in Piper's history. Read more >
Top aviation-related income tax questions answered
Get answers to frequently asked income tax questions about aircraft expenses, flight training expenses, aircraft leasing, and aircraft sales during a Pilot Protection Services webinar on Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Register now >
News and Notes
Goulian breaks out on top in 2018 Red Bull air races
Michael Goulian flew his way into first place on Feb. 3 as the 2018 Red Bull Air Race World Championship's eight-stop racing season opened in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Read more >
McFadzean named CEO of Diamond Canada
Diamond Aircraft announced recently that Scott McFadzean has been appointed CEO of the company's Canadian operations. McFadzean, who previously served as chief operations officer, replaces Peter Maurer, who is retiring. Read more >
Love lures Louisianan to aviation
It was love at first sight for New Orleans resident Gerald Herbert. The only problem was that his love lived 330 miles away. Speeding tickets added up, so Herbert found a better way to commute. Read more >
Valentine's Day aviation art becomes teaching tool
CFI Pete Aarsvold's 2017 aviation art project turned into a valuable teaching tool for his students. Read more >
Young pilot plans aviation journey
Kyle Fosso vowed in high school that one day he would pursue aviation and share it with others. That day has come. Read more >
Hangar Talk: AdventureAbove's Kyle Fosso
Pilot and A&P mechanic Kyle Fosso will soon embark on a 50-state journey in a 1954 Cessna 170B that he restored; plus, catch up on the latest aviation news in this week's Hangar Talk podcast. Listen to the podcast >
NBAA accepting nominations for aviation's 'Top 40 Under 40'
A new National Business Aviation Association program recognizes the youth movement in the aviation industry. NBAA is accepting nominations through June 30 for the first "Top 40 Under 40" of aviation's movers and shakers. The leadership recognition for young professionals comes at a time when the industry seeks to attract the next generation of pilots, mechanics, and support personnel.
Career Opportunities
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Job of the week: Assistant airport manager, College Park, Maryland
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is seeking a full-time assistant airport manager to assist the airport manager with complex administrative, operational, and technical responsibilities. Potential candidates must hold at least a bachelor's degree in business administration, aviation management, airport management, or a related field, and a valid driver's license and valid private pilot certificate. 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, aviation program operations coordinator, and Salesforce developer. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online >
Question of the Week

After starting a friend's airplane, you notice that the GPS database is about six months out of date. You don't plan to fly into instrument conditions. Is a GPS database update required for your VFR flight?
In most cases, no, although even in visual conditions, flying with a database in need of an update has risks. Typically, a current GPS database is only required for IFR operations, but you should review the aircraft flight manual/pilot's operating handbook supplement for the particular GPS. Also see the database-currency discussion in Section 1-1-17 of the Aeronautical Information Manual.

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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 20 Germantown, Tennessee; and Wichita, Kansas
Feb 21 Nashville, Tennessee; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Feb 22 Maryville, Tennessee; and Rogers, Arkansas
Feb 25 Puyallup, Washington
Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
Rusty Pilots Seminars
Feb 10 Knoxville, Tennessee; and Morrisville, North Carolina
Feb 17 Carlsbad, California
Feb 24 Puyallup, Washington; and Homestead, Florida
Mar 3 Henderson, Nevada; Kissimmee, Florida; Houston, Texas; Scottsdale, Arizona; San Diego, California; and Valparaiso, Indiana
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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