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February 16, 2018, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterFebruary 16, 2018, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

VOL 20, ISSUE 7 February 16, 2018
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Top Stories
Trump budgets ATC giveaway
Despite growing opposition—not to mention the $100 billion price tag—President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2019 budget proposal calls for removing air traffic control operations from the FAA. (Photo by Joshua Roberts, Reuters.) Read more >
AOPA Live This Week
ATC fight continues; Utah by Quest
President Donald Trump has released a budget proposal to privatize air traffic control, and AOPA will continue to fight to save aviation as we know it. Also, find out why the Kodiak, by Quest Aircraft Co., is a turboprop made to sink its teeth into adventure. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Feb. 15 >
AOPA Fly-Ins
Flying fun: Register for AOPA's Fly-Ins today
AOPA's 2018 Regional Fly-Ins will take you to the Northern Rockies, the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Range, the Midwest, and the Gulf Coast. Registration for all four events opened Feb. 14. Read more >
Technique and Safety
Get the scoop on ice
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne explains how ice accumulation affects aircraft handling and lift in the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Flying the Weather: Airframe Icing video. Watch the video >
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See the lights?
Can you ask air traffic control to adjust the approach light intensity at a towered airport? The AOPA Air Safety Institute's quiz about IFR airport lighting has the answer. Take the quiz >
Scud squeeze
The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Real Pilot Story: From Miscue to Rescue reviews a flight plagued by weather and mountains. What would you do differently under similar circumstances? Watch the video >
AOPA Premier Partner created content
How to practice a partial-panel approach
Use these tips to practice a partial-panel approach, requesting no-gyro vectors from ATC. This is what you'd want during an actual vacuum failure in instrument conditions, so it makes sense to practice it this way. Watch the video from AOPA Premier Partner PilotWorkshops >
Canada airports report avgas shortage
AOPA has received reports of 100LL aviation fuel being unavailable at a number of airports in Canada, possibly in connection with a "bad batch" of avgas that was produced at the only refinery in the country that produces the fuel used by most general aviation aircraft. Read more >
Future of flight includes $2 million payout
Design a safe, thrilling, and useful personal flying device and you could walk—or fly—away with a hefty reward. The first deadline for the GoFly Prize is April 18, when a written report and a preliminary drawing are due. Read more >
Battle of Mediterranean winter
Opinion Leaders blogger Garrett Fisher captures stunning views of snow-covered Spain, France, and the Pre-Pyrenees. Read more >
TruTrak autopilot gains new approvals
TruTrak Flight Systems, a manufacturer of autopilots for certified, experimental, and light sport aircraft, announced supplemental type certificate approval for the TruTrak Vizion autopilot in more Cessna and Piper single-engine airplane models. Read more >
Aviation, autos, and art glass
Each February, the Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show returns to Puyallup, Washington, just south of Seattle. While there, explore Tacoma's revitalized waterfront area. Read more >
Arkansas' historic spa city
Fly to Hot Springs, Arkansas, for a genuine old-world spa experience in a quaint, quirky Victorian town with a unique baseball history. It's the place to be if you can't help but get yourself into hot water. Read more >
HondaJet lands largest order yet
Honda Aircraft Co. has sold 16 HondaJets to French air taxi provider Wijet, which serves 1,200 airports in Europe and North Africa, and plans to replace a fleet of 15 Cessnas in the coming 18 months. Read more >
Sun Flyer's developer announces more funding
Electric and solar aircraft pioneer Bye Aerospace, developer of the two- and four-seat Sun Flyer airplanes, announced it has closed a $5 million funding round for projects to bring innovative solar-electric propulsion technology to aviation and aerospace. Read more >
Member benefit
Three reasons for an insurance middleman
Learn how an insurance middleman can help aircraft owners by matching the aircraft and flying style with the correct options and coverage. Read more >
News and Notes
Heat, and tweaks, for 2018 TBMs
Daher, manufacturer of the TBM series of single-engine turboprops, has announced some enhancements to its 2018 line of TBM 910 and TBM 930 models. Topping the list are electrically heated seats. Read more >
PlaneSense receives first Pilatus PC–24 jet
Fractional ownership operator PlaneSense announced on Feb. 8 the delivery of the first Pilatus PC–24 twinjet. Customer flights will begin in March. Read more >
FAA notes modified fuel system in 2016 AT–6 accident
The FAA is recommending that operators of some Boeing (North American) AT–6 and T–6 single-engine airplanes verify their aircraft are equipped with appropriate fuel system placards and mechanical provisions, citing a 2016 fatal crash. Read more >
Pilot Protection Services
Preparing for an informal conference with the FAA
The FAA applies its compliance philosophy to address unintentional pilot deviations and regulatory violations, but the agency still requires legal enforcement action for intentional violations and reckless acts. Read more >
Radar expert Archie Trammell remembered
Noted aviation safety expert Archie Trammell, who served from 1981 to 1983 as the executive vice president of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation, died Feb. 5 at his Mansfield, Texas, home. Read more >
Aviators' wedding photos amid warbirds dazzle
Mindy and Kevin Lindheim landed in the aviation community's limelight after sharing stunning images from their hangar wedding. Read more >
Career Opportunities
Aviation job board
Job of the week: Assistant or associate professor, Kearney, Nebraska
The Aviation Systems Management program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is seeking a full-time, tenure-track faculty member at the rank of assistant or associate professor. Teaching responsibilities will be based on the successful candidate's strengths but may include one or more of the following: aviation safety, aviation law, airport management, air traffic control, and other topics. Potential candidates must have a passion for teaching and hold at least a current advanced ground instructor certificate and instrument ground instructor 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 marketing coordinator, business analytics intern, facilities technician, 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

While preparing for a long cross-country, you notice a few symbols on the sectional that you don't recognize and that don't appear in the legend. Where can you go to review all the charting symbols in one place?
When you see an unfamiliar symbol on a chart or instrument procedure, you can check the Aeronautical Chart User's Guide. The guide is available online or as a PDF download.

Got a question for our technical services staff? Contact AOPA.
Education & Seminars
Flight Instructor Refresher Courses
Feb 17-18 Sacramento, California; and Nashua, New Hampshire
Feb 24-25 Fort Worth, Texas; and Kenner, Louisiana
Mar 3-4 Tempe, Arizona
Mar 10-11 King of Prussia, Pennsylvania; Ontario, California; and Santa Clara, California
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 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
Mar 10 Tuskegee, Alabama; Chickasha, Oklahoma; and San Antonio, Texas
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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