Already a member? Please login below for an enhanced experience. Not a member? Join today

February 23, 2018, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterFebruary 23, 2018, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

VOL 20, ISSUE 8 February 23, 2018
Click here for this week's custom content.
Top Stories
Aircraft deliveries 'encouraging' in 2017
Growing deliveries of piston airplanes, business jets, and rotorcraft led an "encouraging" 2017 highlighted by stabilization of the rotorcraft sector after several down years, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association said Feb. 21 in its annual State of the Industry news conference. Read more >
Textron drops Cessna TTx
Citing slow sales, Textron Aviation on Feb. 21 confirmed that it has stopped producing the sleek, speedy Cessna TTx. Read more >
AOPA Live This Week
Fire and ice from the air; State of the industry
Iceland has long been a fuel stop for general aviation pilots crossing the Atlantic Ocean, but our aerial tour might inspire you to make it a destination. Also, learn what the latest aircraft sales report means for the market, and see how Continental Motors vaulted from World War II engine-making technology to a thoroughly modern factory. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Feb. 22 >
Technique and Safety
You Can Fly
'Hangar full of Mustangs' to host AOPA Rusty Pilots seminar
The North American P–51 Mustang inspired many would-be pilots to start living the dream, and now it's calling those who have let the dream slip away to come back and relive it. (Photo courtesy of KT Budde-Jones.) Read more >
Sponsored by Aircraft Spruce
Aircraft Maintenance: Shoulder harnesses can increase safety
Installing shoulder harnesses on an aircraft can reduce major injuries and fatalities in accidents. Find out what it takes to add them. Read more >
Online resource
Safe pilots, safe skies
Improve your skills to make the right choices—every flight. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Aeronautical Decision Making Safety Spotlight can help. Learn more >
Spot landing 101
Could your short-field technique use a refresher? Nail your short-field landings with this AOPA Air Safety Institute video. Watch the video >
Transition training tip
Flying experimental amateur-built airplanes is fun. But first, get training, as this video from the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Transitioning to Other Airplanes online course recommends. Watch the video >
AOPA fires back at errant ATC opinion
In a Feb. 15 editorial supporting the removal of air traffic control from the FAA, The Wall Street Journal claimed opponents, including AOPA, have orchestrated a "misinformation campaign" on the issue. AOPA fired back. Read more >
FAA to shift DC FRZ flight plan filing
Pilots authorized to fly in the Washington, D.C., Flight Restricted Zone will have to call in their required flight plans to the Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center instead of flight service starting March 29. Read more >
Pilot Protection Services
ADHD and the FAA
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is complicated to diagnose, writes Gary Crump, director of AOPA's Pilot Information Center Medical Certification Section. Find out why medications prescribed to treat ADHD might interfere with a pilot's duties. Read more >
Frasca International celebrates 60 years
Rudy Frasca was fresh out of the U.S. Navy when he built his first flight simulator in the family garage in 1958, launching what would become a global flight training device powerhouse. Read more >
If you build it, they will come
Find out how backcountry pilot, A&P IA, and airport manager Amy Helm is turning things around at Glenwood Springs Airport in the Colorado Rockies in this exclusive interview with Opinion Leaders blogger Jolie Lucas. Read more >
Avidyne slides into Robinson helicopters
Avidyne's IFD series of navigation and communication units created as slide-in upgrades to legacy navigators have been cleared for installation in Robinson helicopters. Read more >
Garmin updates helicopter glass
Garmin International has announced new helicopter products, including updated integrated cockpit displays and the GFC 600H flight control system designed to reduce pilot workload through automation. Read more >
Gliders, skiing...and a Frozen Dead Guy?
Fly to Boulder, Colorado, where you can soar over the Rockies in a glider, or head to Nederland to ski at a little-known resort and party with the locals as they celebrate the real frozen dead guy in their midst. Read more >
Sandstone, solitude, and silence
Mexican Mountain, Utah, boasts superlative opportunities for camping, hiking, and spotting rock art next to the San Rafael River. This may just be the quietest place you've ever been. Read more >
Member benefit
Medical liability limits for passengers
AOPA Insurance Services Director of Operations Jim Pinegar explains medical liability limits for aircraft passengers. Read more >
News and Notes
Last of AOPA's charter members dies
Earle Benjamin Blomeyer learned to fly before AOPA was formed and was the last of the association's first 250 members to make his final flight: Blomeyer died Feb. 8 in Atlanta, at age 102. Read more >
Cracked spar cap prompts AD on Cessna twins
An airworthiness directive is scheduled to take effect Feb. 28 requiring repetitive inspections of many models of Textron Aviation Inc. twin-engine airplanes for cracks in the left and right forward lower carry-through spar caps, replacing the spar caps if cracks are found, and reporting the inspection results to the FAA. Read more >
Hangar Talk: Tips for flying with children
Instrument-rated private pilot, mother, and AOPA Pilot Managing Editor Sarah Deener and her husband, Matt, share tips for flying with children; also, catch up on the latest aviation news in this week's Hangar Talk podcast. Listen to the podcast >
Taming tailwheels
Tailwheel flying can take you on amazing adventures in even more amazing aircraft, but earning the endorsement can come with a serving of humble pie. Learn more about tailwheel flying in a Feb. 27 webinar at 8 p.m. Eastern time. Register now >
Career Opportunities
Aviation job board
Job of the week: CFI, Lewis University
Lewis University, located 25 miles southwest of Chicago, is seeking a full-time certificated flight instructor to assist with instruction in its flight education program. This position will be responsible for teaching flight laboratories and ground school as assigned. Potential candidates must be self-motivated and hold a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree. 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, High School Aviation Initiative manager, aviation program operations coordinator, Flying Clubs Initiative intern, Salesforce developer, marketing coordinator, and business analytics intern. Learn about AOPA career opportunities >
Question of the Week

You want to complete your flight review this weekend, but your medical certificate expired last month. Can you complete a flight review without a current medical?
Yes. You can complete the flight review as long as the instructor giving the review has a current medical. The instructor must act as pilot in command for the flight. You can still log PIC time because you will be the sole manipulator of the controls and are rated in the aircraft.

Got a question for our technical services staff? Contact AOPA.
Education & Seminars
Flight Instructor Refresher Courses
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
Apr 7-8 Atlanta, Georgia; Salt Lake City, Utah; and San Diego, 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 25 Puyallup, Washington
Mar 12 Jacksonville, Florida; and Fresno, California
Mar 13 Melbourne, Florida; and Concord, California
Mar 14 Daytona Beach, Florida
Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
Rusty Pilots Seminars
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
Mar 13 Fort Myers, 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.
© 2018 Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
421 Aviation Way Frederick, MD 21701
301-695-2375 Fax
Facebook Twitter Instagram Google+
ePilot Editors:
Alyssa J. Cobb
Jim Moore
Dan Namowitz
David Tulis

Production Team:
Elizabeth Linares
Melissa Whitehouse
Mike Collins
Sarah Deener
Dave Hirschman
Tom Horne
Warren Morningstar
Jill W. Tallman
Ian J. Twombly
Julie Summers Walker
Advertise in ePilot:
Gary Brennan, 301-695-2052

Eastern and Central United States and International:
Jeff Rockwood, 301-695-2089

Western United States:
Tom Linton, 301-695-2055

AOPA Advertising website