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Bryant crash pilot error; AOPA Aircraft Guide debuts

AOPA ePilot
VOL 23, ISSUE 7 February 12, 2021
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Top Stories
NTSB faults pilot's decisions in Bryant crash
NTSB faults pilot's decisions in Bryant crash
The NTSB determined that terrain awareness technology would not have prevented the January 26, 2020, helicopter crash that killed nine people including basketball legend Kobe Bryant. (Photo courtesy of the NTSB.) Read more >
AOPA Aircraft Guide launches
The new AOPA Aircraft Guide lists nearly 90 aircraft that are currently in production, providing aviators with a valuable resource that will make buying an aircraft more rewarding and less of a hassle. Read more >
Bombardier ends Learjet's long run
Production of the Learjet—an iconic name and an iconic airplane—will end in the fourth quarter, Bombardier Inc. announced. Read more >
Textron's new CJ4 Gen2: Styled to the max
From the entry stair to the optional couch, Textron Aviation's upgrade of the Cessna Citation CJ4 is all about style. Read more >
AOPA Live This Week
NTSB rules on Bryant crash; Citation Longitude flight report
The 2020 helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others prompted a call to improve pilot training. Plus, flying Cessna's Citation Longitude. Watch AOPA Live This Week® >
Technique and Safety
Beyond Proficient: Catalina Island
Ever wondered what it takes to fly to Santa Catalina Island off the coast of California? This episode of the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Beyond Proficient series follows a student pilot's first flight to the Airport in the Sky.
Online resource
Clear the air
Review how to keep the sky safer for all who share it in the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Collision Avoidance Safety Spotlight. Learn more >
Sponsored by Aircraft Spruce
Aircraft Maintenance: Engine control cable failures
The loss of a primary engine control can be as catastrophic as the loss of a primary flight control. Read more >
Human factors
Dr. Penny Levin, a practicing clinical psychologist and CFI, takes a closer look at situational awareness and flight safety in an AOPA Air Safety Institute webinar on February 18 at 7 p.m. Eastern time. Register now >
Aviation groups oppose domestic coronavirus testing
Mandatory coronavirus testing for domestic air travel is unsupported by science, is unfeasible, and would have negative unintended consequences, AOPA and 22 other organizations told lawmakers and government officials. Read more >
FAA issues international notam regarding COVID-19
The FAA issued a notam February 9 for flights inbound to the United States from foreign countries that details the requirements for negative coronavirus test results to be shown before boarding the aircraft. Read more >
Alternative compliance for Piper wing spar AD explained
Owners of Piper PA–28 and PA–32 airplanes who had their aircraft inspected for wing spar cracking before an airworthiness directive made the inspections mandatory may still have some paperwork to do to show compliance with the AD. Read more >
Pilot Protection Services
Reflections and deflections
AOPA Pilot Information Center Medical Certification Director Gary Crump reflects on how gratitude can help offset life's difficulties. Read more >
Air Force testing XCub as low-level rescue aircraft
When the military launched a program to test technology for extracting personnel trapped in isolated or vulnerable positions, it called in air support from general aviation. Read more >
Psychology of personal minimums
Opinion Leaders blogger Jolie Lucas explores the psychology of personal minimums in the first installment of a multipart series about pilots and their safety nets. Read more >
Signs of hope in dismal avionics sales report
Avionics sales for general aviation and business aircraft in 2020 slumped to the lowest level in the nine-year history of an industry report, but the Aircraft Electronics Association noted signals of recovery. Read more >
CST Flight Services lists coronavirus testing facilities
Pilots who will be returning to the United States from the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico, or certain countries in Central America can get coronavirus testing site information from CST Flight Services. Read more >
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Member benefit
Will a bank lend to an LLC?
If two individuals form an LLC to purchase an aircraft and choose to finance a portion of the purchase, can the LLC be the borrower, or must each person arrange a loan? Read more >
News and Notes
Pilot who brought B–29 into World War II dies at 102
Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Thomas Robert "Bob" Vaucher, the Boeing B–29 pilot who led a massive flyover of Superfortresses over Tokyo Bay during Japan's World War II surrender, died February 7 at age 102. Read more >
Aviation career specialists note hiring trends
Aviation career specialists at and Future and Active Pilot Advisors weigh in on the current job market—it's better than you might think. Read more >
ERAU releases study on gender, racial bias
A new study released by researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University examined potential bias faced by aspiring female and minority commercial and student pilots in the United States. Read more >
2020 Stinson Trophy honors first Hispanic woman in space
An award created to honor two of the first 11 women certificated as airplane pilots is being bestowed on another pioneer: Dr. Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman in space. Read more >
World War II photos document Tuskegee Airmen in Europe
A photographer destined for renown documented the daily lives of Tuskegee Airmen preparing for missions during World War II. Read more >
NBAA cancels gatherings through June
The National Business Aviation Association has canceled its in-person events through June 30 because of the continuing coronavirus pandemic. Read more >
Triple Tree Aerodrome scrubs 2021 Joe Nall Week
Triple Tree Aerodrome leadership canceled the May 2021 Joe Nall Week fly-in for radio control aircraft aficionados because of rising coronavirus infection rates in South Carolina. Read more >
Career Opportunities
Aviation job board
Job of the week: CFI, Horizon Aviation
Horizon Aviation in Warwick, Rhode Island, is seeking those with a passion for teaching and a driving commitment to their students' success to join its team of professional aviation educators. Read the full description and apply today >
Question of the Week

I became a multiengine flight instructor through the military equivalency process. What must I do to instruct in single-engine aircraft?
You would have to take an airplane single-engine rating practical test (see FAR 61.191). To find out what is required on that checkride, see the first column of the Additional Rating/Task Table on page 21 in the Flight Instructor Practical Test Standards for Airplane. Read the full answer and join the discussion >

This discussion is from our online Pilot Information Center, where you can ask questions, contribute answers, earn badges, and join our growing pilot community online. Got a question for our technical services staff? Contact AOPA.
Education & Seminars
AOPA's in-person educational courses and seminars have been canceled or postponed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Stay sharp with our webinars, podcasts, and videos.
Upcoming AOPA webinars
Feb. 18, 12 p.m. EST AOPA Rusty Pilots - Webinar edition
Feb. 18, 7 p.m. EST Situational awareness: A human factors perspective
Feb. 24, 6 p.m. EST AOPA Rusty Pilots - Webinar edition (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
Mar. 6, 6 p.m. EST AOPA Rusty Pilots - Webinar edition
See the full webinar schedule in our online Pilot Information Center. (Log in to our online Pilot Information Center using your AOPA website username and password to view these events.) View our recently recorded webinars (registration required).
Latest AOPA Pilot Lounge videos
John Mohr, Piaggio Royal Gull
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George Antoniadis - PlaneSense
You Can Fly Champions
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For a full list of Pilot Lounge videos, see AOPA Online.
AOPA podcasts
'Ask the A&Ps': 'We just saved your engine'
'Hangar Talk': Alaska Pilot Katie Writer explores environment
'Hangar Talk' Flight Time series: Jamie Patterson-Simes
'Pilot Briefing': Week of Feb. 8, 2021
'There I was...': Dennis Martin
'Never Again': Pop quiz
'Pilot Protection Services Podcast': Predicting the future
To see all AOPA podcasts, visit AOPA Online.
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