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January 26, 2018, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterJanuary 26, 2018, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

VOL 20, ISSUE 4 January 26, 2018
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Top Stories
Volunteers create Santa Barbara airlift
For nearly two weeks, general aviation pilots transported medical patients who could not afford to wait for U.S. 101 to be cleared following the devastating mudslides in California's Santa Barbara County. The volunteers are ready to do more. (Photo courtesy of Emily Barany.) Read more >
Aviation honors its own at Legends gala
Aviation recognized the best of the best at the fifteenth annual Living Legends of Aviation awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 19. Read more >
AOPA Live This Week
Fired up over ATC; Fast Shark
Actor and pilot Harrison Ford brings star power to the fight against handing air traffic control to the airlines. Also this week, fly the Shark, a European design that is as sleek and sharp on the ramp as it is efficient and fast in the air. As of publication deadline, AOPA Live This Week® producers were still finalizing the show, which will be available Jan. 26. Watch AOPA Live This Week >
Technique and Safety
Know your airplane's 'fuel, fire, and flight controls'
In this episode of the AOPA Air Safety Institute's There I was... podcast, AOPA President Mark Baker shares some of the challenging situations he's experienced during 10,000 hours flown. Listen to his stories and advice >
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IFR rules illustrated
You need to be sharp and know what matters to fly safely in instrument conditions while staying legal. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's free IFR Insights: Regulations online course links the rules to real-world instrument flying. Take the course >
Online resource
Statistics in a snap
Keep track of general aviation accidents with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's new "Major Accident Causes" statistical graphs online. Explore what causes problems with decision making, takeoffs, approaches, landings, maintenance, fuel management, loss of control, collision avoidance, and weather. Learn more >
Sponsored by Aircraft Spruce
Aircraft Maintenance: Dynamic propeller balancing
Excessive vibration can affect many aircraft systems. Pilot and A&P Jeff Simon explains the ins and outs of dynamic propeller balancing to reduce vibration. Read more >
You Can Fly
AOPA's You Can Fly program receives $100,000 grant
AOPA's You Can Fly program has received a flight education grant from American Airlines that will have a "substantial impact" on the association's work to help students discover a passion for flight, and potentially a profession. Read more >
Flight restrictions announced for Super Bowl
The FAA has issued a flight advisory about airspace restrictions that will be in effect when the Philadelphia Eagles meet the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Read more >
Government reopens
Lawmakers agreed on Jan. 22 to end a three-day shutdown of the federal government and continue funding through Feb. 8. Read more >
FAA issues AD on Piper PA–28 fuel selector cover placards
The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive affecting numerous Piper PA–28 series single-engine aircraft, pertaining to the label on the fuel tank selector. Read more >
Register for AOPA webinar on FBO fees, FAA guidance
Join AOPA President Mark Baker; General Counsel Ken Mead; Senior Vice President of Media, Outreach, and Communications Tom Haines; Director of Regulatory Affairs Justin Barkowski; and AOPA consultant Jeff Hamiel Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. Eastern time for a discussion about the association's ongoing inquiry into egregious fixed-base operator fees and what recently issued FAA guidance means for airports and pilots. Register now >
Swimmers saved in 70 seconds
A beach lifeguard in Australia had a drone ready when two teens were spotted struggling in 10-foot surf far from shore. Read more >
Last day to claim ADS-B rebate nears
Aircraft owners who met the 2017 deadline to reserve one of the FAA's $500 rebates for equipping with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out have until Feb. 15 to claim that ADS-B Out rebate. Read more >
Jetpack maker approaches sales with caution
JetPack Aviation CEO and test pilot David Mayman remains one of a handful of humans allowed to fly an untethered jetpack, and he's not in a rush to ship one your way. Read more >
'We all started in the same place'
One after another, aviators honored at the Living Legends of Aviation awards ceremony recalled that they were mesmerized by aviation since their youth. Opinion Leaders blogger Jolie Lucas attended the star-studded fundraiser and was reminded that "the most important thing to remember is that we all started in the same GA place." Read more >
Hartzell offers new propeller for Cessna Cardinal 177B
Hartzell Propeller has received a supplemental type certificate for a replacement propeller that boosts the Cessna 177B Cardinal's performance over factory-standard propellers, the Piqua, Ohio-based company said. Read more >
Such fine sights to see
You might fly to Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport in central Arizona just for the enchiladas at E & O Kitchen or to attend the High Desert Fly-In. Stay a while, and see what wonders Winslow has to offer. Read more >
Member benefit
Covering medical claims
AOPA Insurance Services Director of Operations Jim Pinegar explains the medical limits in your aviation policy. Read more >
Pilot Protection Services
Forever hold your peace: The advantage of silence
Find out what role a pilot plays in legal proceedings following the reporting of an accident or an incident. Read more >
News and Notes
Pilots, what's on your playlist?
In the spirit of the sixtieth Grammy Awards in New York on Jan. 28, AOPA reached out to aviators for a second time to compile an aviation-themed playlist. How many of these songs do you have? Read more >
Florida autopsy notes drugs in Roy Halladay crash
Baseball great Roy Halladay had prescription drugs in his system when he died in the Nov. 7 crash of an Icon A5 in Florida, an autopsy showed. Read more >
Hangar Talk: Piper CEO Simon Caldecott
Find out from Piper Aircraft CEO Simon Caldecott whether the Vero Beach, Florida-based aircraft manufacturer has future plans for a Cub, and catch up on the latest aviation news in this week's Hangar Talk podcast. Listen to the podcast >
CORRECTION: In the Jan. 19 issue of AOPA ePilot, we incorrectly attributed the number of missions the late Thomas Ellis, a Tuskegee Airman, flew as part of the 332nd Fighter Group during World War II. The group flew 15,533 sorties. AOPA regrets the error.
Career Opportunities
Aviation job board
Job of the week: PIC, Austin, Texas, law firm
An Austin, Texas, law firm is seeking a full-time pilot in command. This position will have full responsibility for the company's Cirrus SR22T. Duties include flying, maintenance, logistics, and more. This is a salaried position with complete benefits. Potential candidates must hold a commercial pilot certificate, instrument rating, and certificated flight instructor certificate; have a clean record; and have taken the Cirrus Transition/CSIP course. 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

The winds aloft forecast data at 39,000 feet show 690055. What are the wind direction and speed?
The wind direction is 190 degrees; the speed is 100 knots.

When wind is forecast between 100 and 199 knots, the encoded direction report adds 50 (producing the 69 in 690055), and the encoded speed subtracts 100 (producing the 00 in 690055). To decode, take away the 50 for the direction, and add back the 100 to find the speed. Confusing? Review some examples from FAA Advisory Circular AC 00-45H, Aviation Weather Services until it makes sense.

Incidentally, the reported temperature is minus 55 degrees Celsius. Recall that temps are negative above 24,000 feet.

Got a question for our technical services staff? Contact AOPA.
Education & Seminars
Flight Instructor Refresher Courses
Jan 27-28 San Antonio, Texas
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
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 30 Addison, Texas
Jan 31 Fort Worth, Texas
Feb 7 Northglenn, Colorado
Feb 8 Colorado Springs, Colorado
Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
Rusty Pilots Seminars
Jan 26 Sebring, Florida
Jan 27 Waco, Texas
Feb 3 El Monte, California; Dallas, Texas; and Fort Myers, Florida
Feb 10 Knoxville, Tennessee; and Morrisville, North Carolina
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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