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January 12, 2018, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterJanuary 12, 2018, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

VOL 20, ISSUE 2 January 12, 2018
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Top Stories
Fatal midair sparks renewed call for collision avoidance
The widow of a pilot in a fatal Virginia midair collision that involved FAA and NTSB personnel in 2012 has put the spotlight on collision avoidance through pilot education and awareness. Read more >
AOPA Live This Week
Canyons and decisions; SiriusXM partnership
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Dave Hirschman takes you for a tour of Alaska's mountains and canyons, and offers tips to explore this terrain safely. Also, AOPA Air Safety Institute programs get a boost from a new strategic partnership with SiriusXM, and Liberty University reflects on the growth of a program that builds character and leadership along with pilot skills. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Jan. 11 >
Technique and Safety
How much did you pay for your most recent checkride?
The Flight School Association of North America wants to know how much you paid for your most recent practical exam. Read more >
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Roger, wilco, over and out
Whether you want to get better at talking to other pilots or to air traffic control, the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Say It Right: Mastering Radio Communication online course explains what to say and when to say it. Take the course >
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Departure diligence
Do you need an air traffic control clearance to fly a published obstacle departure? What's the difference between an ODP and a SID? The AOPA Air Safety Institute's "IFR Quiz: Obstacle Departure Procedure" explains the reasons why these procedures provide important safety guidance for IFR and VFR pilots. Take the quiz >
Sponsored by Aircraft Spruce
Aircraft Maintenance: Major repairs and overhauls for propellers
Propellers may need the special attention and capabilities of a propeller shop for routine overhaul limits, operating inspections, and major repairs. Read more >
Overwhelmed and overloaded
Proficiency is critical, particularly when facing a high workload in busy airspace during instrument conditions. This accident video, excerpted from the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Public Benefit Flying: Balancing Safety and Compassion online course, explores the importance of setting appropriate personal minimums and staying current and proficient. Watch the video >
Former airline pilot named acting head of FAA
Deputy FAA Administrator Daniel Elwell was named acting head of the agency following the conclusion of Michael Huerta's five-year term Jan. 6. Read more >
Hangar Talk: Outgoing FAA Administrator Michael Huerta
Outgoing FAA Administrator Michael Huerta's candid talk with AOPA President Mark Baker reveals what Huerta learned about general aviation during his time at the helm of the agency; and catch up on the latest aviation news in this week's Hangar Talk podcast. Listen to the podcast >
Drone spotting
Flight crew reports of drone sightings have been plentiful, but the magnitude of risk that unmanned aircraft flown irresponsibly pose to other aircraft and people flying in the National Airspace System remains unclear. Read more >
Aviation weather researcher honored for education, outreach
A weather expert AOPA credits with "tireless education efforts" and advocacy for continued research has won an education and outreach award from the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Read more >
Pilot Protection Services
Certain medications studied at high altitudes
Acetazolamide, ibuprofen, dexamethasone, and inhaled corticosteroids have been shown to help "people who have gone to altitudes from 10,000 feet up to 18,000 feet." Read more >
Additional NavWorx AMOCs issued
Two new alternative methods of compliance for the airworthiness directive affecting most NavWorx Inc. universal access transceivers were approved by the FAA just days before the Jan. 11 deadline requiring affected owners to take action. Read more >
Rage against the machine
After replacing various engine components to ferret out a "wobble," Opinion Leaders blogger Garrett Fisher notes the expensive lesson that "things in Europe take twice as long and cost twice as much for no seemingly discernible logic." Read more >
AOPA, SiriusXM enter strategic relationship
SiriusXM and AOPA are offering a free one-year AOPA membership to pilots who purchase any eligible new SiriusXM aviation receiver between Jan. 1 and March 31. This new strategic alliance also will support AOPA Air Safety Institute programs and feature SiriusXM Aviation services in the AOPA You Can Fly Ambassador Program. Read more >
Slow airplanes and fast cars
Pilots looking for a winter warmup with an aviation theme are in luck: The annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo takes place each January in Sebring, Florida. After you get your aviation fix, you'll find plenty of other ways to enjoy the warm Florida weather. Read more >
SoCal's alpine playground
When Southern Californians want to get out of the big city, they head to Big Bear, the closest alpine playground for activities year-round. Read more >
Double ski delight
Often called "the adventure capital of the Northern Rockies," Bozeman is home to Montana State University and a strangely pleasing assortment of ski bums and cowboys. Read more >
Member benefit
How TBO affects insurance premiums
Time between overhauls has no impact on insurance premiums, but premiums are only half of the story: TBO can have a significant effect on claim payouts. Read more >
Pilot Protection Services
Sales and use tax on aircraft purchases
Sales tax and use tax are effectively the same consumption tax, and aircraft owners should plan on paying one or the other when purchasing an aircraft. Read more >
News and Notes
Discovery XL–2 out of hibernation
Expected demand for thousands of new piston training aircraft worldwide has prompted Discovery Aviation, which purchased the Liberty XL–2 design in 2014, to resume production. Read more >
Baker to be inducted into Living Legends of Aviation
What do Harrison Ford, John Travolta, and AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker have in common? Baker will join the ranks of aviation's greatest influencers by being inducted into the Living Legends of Aviation Jan. 19. Read more >
Piper upgrades panels
Piper Aircraft now offers Garmin G1000 NXi panels in new M500 turboprop and M350 pressurized piston singles. Read more >
John Young was pioneer among astronauts
John W. Young, whose career as an astronaut spanned "three generations of space flight" and included two trips to the moon, a moon walk, and commanding the first space shuttle mission, died Jan. 5. Read more >
Ray Maule, son of Maule Air's founder, has died
Ray Maule, eldest son of Maule Air founder B.D. Maule and June Maule, and one of numerous family members who worked at the company's aircraft manufacturing factory in Moultrie, Georgia, died Jan. 7. Read more >
American Barnstormers Tour returns in 2018
The American Barnstormers will once again tour the Upper Midwest, bringing an array of vintage aircraft to five cities and five states in July. Read more >
Career Opportunities
Aviation job board
Job of the week: Flight instructor, Avel Flight School
Avel Flight school in the Chicago area is seeking a full-time certificated flight instructor. Primary duties include conducting ground, flight, and other various training when assigned. In addition, this role is responsible for helping to maintain the highest quality of flight instruction to ensure the success of Avel's local and international students. 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 manager, medical certification specialist, writer/editorial long-term temp, insurance account executive, High School Aviation Initiative manager, accounting clerk, 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

While flying, I heard an air traffic controller ask a pilot with a malfunctioning radio to "please say every phrase twice." Where can I find more information about this request and other unfamiliar terms?
For definitions of the "words twice" request and other terms you may not have heard before, see the Pilot/Controller Glossary.

Got a question for our technical services staff? Contact AOPA.
Education & Seminars
Flight Instructor Refresher Courses
Jan 13-14 Portland, Oregon; Costa Mesa, California; Alcoa, Tennessee; and Renton, Washington
Jan 20-21 Jackson, Mississippi; Frederick, Maryland; and Romulus, Michigan
Jan 27-28 San Antonio, Texas
Feb 10-11 Louisville, Kentucky; Orlando, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Fairfax, Virginia
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 15 Reno, Nevada; and Houston, Texas
Jan 16 Sacramento, California; and Houston, Texas
Jan 17 Milpitas, California; and San Antonio, Texas
Jan 18 Santa Rosa, California; and Austin, Texas
Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
Rusty Pilots Seminars
Jan 13 Stevensville, Maryland
Jan 20 Bartow, Florida; and Fort Worth, Texas
Jan 26 Sebring, Florida
Jan 27 Waco, 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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