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March 9, 2018, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterMarch 9, 2018, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

VOL 20, ISSUE 10 March 9, 2018
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Top Stories
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Iceland calls
A taste of Nordic culture, aurora-watching, history dating to the tenth century, out-of-this-world scenery, volcanic geography, and English-proficient natives are luring millions to Iceland. We take you on a general aviation tour. Read more and watch the video >
AOPA Live This Week
Family fun; Final approach to classrooms
You might think that a fly-in camping trip with a toddler in the back seat would end in tears, but with the right approach, kids and airplanes get along just fine. Also this week, we invite high schools to fly our aviation-based science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum, and see why your new AOPA Sweepstakes Super Cub will be a smooth performer. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, March 8 >
Technique and Safety
Sponsored by Aircraft Spruce
Aircraft Maintenance: Home sweet homebuilt
A&P IA Jeff Simon transformed his dining and living rooms into a workshop to build a Titan T–51D Mustang, a three-quarters-scale replica of the famous P–51D Mustang. Follow his homebuilt journey to learn what you can do to better maintain your certified aircraft. Read more >
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Transition thrill
Planning to fly a different airplane or learn new avionics? Explore this AOPA Air Safety Institute online course for advice about transition training. Take the course >
Online resource
Airspace 101
Can a VFR flight cross a military operations area without a clearance? Review these AOPA Air Safety Institute flash cards for a quick airspace refresher. Learn more >
You've just made a forced landing. Now what? In Survive: Beyond the Forced Landing, the AOPA Air Safety Institute shares how to keep everyone safe until help arrives. Watch the video >
Senate addresses maintenance tech shortage
What is quickly becoming a critical shortage of aviation maintenance technicians has caught the attention of the U.S. Senate. Read more >
PA–28 fuel selector placard inspection deadline extended
The FAA has accepted AOPA's proposal to extend until April 9 the deadline for inspecting 17,957 Piper PA–28-series single-engine airplanes for the proper position of their fuel tank selector cover placards. Read more >
Groups urge Congress to back contract tower program
AOPA and eight other industry organizations urged members of Congress to allocate $172 million for the highly successful FAA Contract Tower Program. Read more >
Change set for FRZ flight plan filing
AOPA reminds members that 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.
Pilot Protection Services
Flu season
If you have avoided the flu so far, congratulations! Here are some tips that can help you make it through the rest of the flu season without coming down with this dangerous virus. Read more >
Progress made toward electric GA
While the pace of efforts to bring electric propulsion to general aviation has frustrated some, many key tasks are nearing completion. Read more >
FAA expands drone authorization program
Remote pilots certificated under Part 107 will gain faster access to controlled airspace around hundreds of airports beginning in April, the FAA announced March 6 during the agency's annual gathering of drone stakeholders. Read more >
Garmin avionics connect with users who fly with Garmin avionics can download flight plans wirelessly, the companies announced March 6, pointing to their "strategic relationship." Read more >
GDL 50 ADS-B receiver announced
Garmin has released the GDL 50, a portable device that receives Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast traffic and weather, GPS, and attitude information and displays it on select portable and mobile devices. A remote-mount version, the GDL 50R, is also available. Read more >
Fly to island time
Warm up and chill out at the same time on the beautiful islands of the Bahamas. Wiggle your toes in the sand and relax—you're on island time. Read more >
Member benefit
Movin' on up: On the way to a jet
So your skills, missions, or passenger/cargo requirements have outgrown piston singles and twins, but you're not quite ready for a jet. Enter the sleek, speedy, heavy-hauling turboprop market. Read more >
Member benefit
Minor vs. significant insurance claims
You can handle minor insurance claims for your aircraft with your smartphone, but if you have a significant claim, you'll need to call your broker or insurance carrier. Read more >
News and Notes
You Can Fly
AOPA offers free high school aviation curriculum
Schools are invited to use AOPA's free, innovative, aviation-based ninth-grade science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum to engage students and help build the future of aviation. Read more >
Super Cub Sweepstakes
Smooth ride
Lycoming's 160-horsepower, four-cylinder O-320 engine will power AOPA's Sweepstakes Super Cub, offering excellent performance on wheels, floats, or skis, and ensuring a smooth ride. Read more >
Young aviators to descend on Triple Tree
College student Cayla McLeod and commercial pilot Ryan Hunt are launching "the young people's Oshkosh" at the Triple Tree Aerodrome in South Carolina in June. Read more >
Effect of a cancer diagnosis can vary
When you get a cancer diagnosis, it will set you back on your heels. It doesn't necessarily mean an end to your flying—as with most things aviation, it depends. Read more >
'Hangar Talk': Quest Kodiak's Mark Brown
Quest Kodiak factory demo pilot Mark Brown talks about what many say is the best job in aviation; plus, catch up on the latest aviation news in this week's Hangar Talk podcast. Listen to the podcast >
Canada avgas producer reports progress against disruption
Imperial Oil, Canada's lone supplier of 100LL aviation fuel, said on March 7 it has made "significant progress" toward resolving a quality-control issue that has disrupted the country's avgas supply for much of 2018. Read more >
Standard time ends March 11
If you live in an area that observes daylight saving time, don't forget to move your clocks forward one hour March 11. Remember that the conversion to Coordinated Universal Time will change, too. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's time conversion chart can help you avoid confusion.
Career Opportunities
Aviation job board
Job of the week: Director of operations, Bentonville, Arkansas
OZ1 flying club is seeking a full-time director of operations to join its executive/management team, commencing duties during the club's creation process and continuing to oversee all daily operations. Responsibilities include ensuring the safe, efficient operation of all flying club aspects and maintaining an excellent standard of customer service. Requirements include a pilot certificate; an associate (or higher) degree in aviation, management, or a related field; and a strong knowledge of aircraft and airport operations including scheduling software. 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, Air Safety Institute assistant editor, Salesforce developer, marketing coordinator, business analyst, member services representative, Pilot Information Center intern, Flying Clubs Initiative intern, Air Safety Institute intern, information technology intern, and marketing intern. Learn about AOPA career opportunities >
Question of the Week

Another aircraft owner has asked me to relocate his 200-horsepower Piper Arrow for an annual inspection. I have a complex-airplane sign-off, but no endorsement for high-performance airplanes. Can I legally fly this aircraft?
Yes. A high-performance airplane endorsement is only required for airplanes with more than 200 hp (see 14 CFR 61.31(f)). Because this aircraft is rated at 200 hp, you can legally fly it without a high-performance airplane endorsement.

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Education & Seminars
Flight Instructor Refresher Courses
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
Apr 14-15 Indianapolis, Indiana; and Dedham, Massachusetts
Apr 21-22 Dulles, Virginia; Tampa, Florida; and Aurora, Colorado
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
Mar 12 Jacksonville, Florida; and Fresno, California
Mar 13 Melbourne, Florida; and Concord, California
Mar 14 Daytona Beach, Florida
Mar 15 Ocala, Florida
Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
Rusty Pilots Seminars
Mar 10 Tuskegee, Alabama; Chickasha, Oklahoma; and San Antonio, Texas
Mar 13 Fort Myers, Florida
Mar 17 Searcy, Arkansas
Mar 24 Lynchburg, Virginia; Rome, Georgia; Cheektowaga, New York; Huntingburg, Indiana; and Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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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