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Trapped in ice; CAP delivers coronavirus vaccine

AOPA ePilot
VOL 23, ISSUE 3 January 15, 2021
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Top Stories
Trapped in ice
Trapped in ice
Learn from two icing-related accidents in this new AOPA Air Safety Institute Accident Case Study. The video examines the pilots' actions and underscores the importance of a good weather briefing. Watch the video >
AOPA Live This Week
CAP fights COVID-19; Brothers cross continent at 70 knots
Civil Air Patrol pilots talk about their vaccine delivery mission; AOPA Editor at Large Dave Hirschman and his brother Harry fly a Lockwood AirCam from Nevada to Maryland. Watch AOPA Live This Week® >
Technique and Safety
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Icy wings
Snow, frost, or ice creates drag on your aircraft. Learn more about dealing with wing contamination in this AOPA Air Safety Institute quiz.
Stop a takeoff
Learn how to choose an abort point if your takeoff roll isn't going as planned. Watch the AOPA Air Safety Institute video >
Proof of negative coronavirus test required to enter US by air
Air travelers, including general aviation passengers, arriving in the United States from foreign countries will need to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test starting January 26. Read more >
Powering the future of GA: A commonsense, balanced approach
A new report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine calls on the FAA and the aviation industry to continue to work toward reducing lead emissions from avgas-powered aircraft. Read more >
Transportation secretary, 5 top FAA officials resign
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and five top FAA officials resigned on January 11 in reaction to the recent assault on the Capitol. Read more >
FAA safety alert targets oil filter adapters
The FAA is alerting aircraft operators that improper installation or maintenance of oil filter adapters for Continental engines, first manufactured by F&M Enterprises and later produced by Stratus Tool Technologies of the Tempest Aero Group, has been linked to "multiple accidents." Read more >
Pilot Protection Services
Reporting requirements for alcohol-related incidents
Attorneys Patrick Brooke and Chris Redmann review the FAA reporting requirements for pilots after a DUI/DWI arrest or conviction. Read more >
CAP forensics leads to holiday-week rescues
The Civil Air Patrol used cellphone technology to help search-and-rescue teams find a 4-year-old girl lost in Oregon with her grandparents and a missing snowmobiler in Idaho. Read more >
Reflecting on 10 years of Cub ownership
Opinion Leaders blogger Garrett Fisher reflects on a decade of owning a Piper PA–11 Cub Special that his grandfather restored. A cost analysis suggests that flying more often helps keep expenses in check. Read more >
Sensenich's carbon fiber adjustable prop STCed for Super Cubs
Sensenich has received FAA supplemental type certificate approval for its carbon fiber adjustable prop that weighs 21 pounds to be installed on Piper PA–18-150 aircraft with Lycoming O-360 series engines. Plans are in the works for Super Cubs with the Lycoming O-320 engine. The prop and STC documentation cost $6,350.
Backcountry airfield gets a lift with barn raising
Watch an Amish-built barn being raised at Ryan Field in Montana, a popular West Glacier destination. The Recreational Aviation Foundation created this new space for events or simply taking a rest.
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Global FBO leader may change hands
Years of growth capped by recent news of a bid to acquire the company drove up Signature Aviation's share prices. Read more >
AOPA Foundation focus
AOPA, Ross Perot Jr. to provide high school scholarships
AOPA, noted business leader and aviation record-setter Ross Perot Jr., and a Texas high school have established a series of scholarships for students interested in becoming professional pilots or aviation technicians. Read more >
Online resource
One month left to apply for AOPA flight training scholarships
Members have until February 14 to apply for the AOPA High School Flight Training Scholarship, AOPA Teacher Flight Training Scholarship, AOPA Primary Flight Training Scholarship, and AOPA Advanced Rating Scholarship. Learn more >
Member benefit
5 ways to ensure a positive buying experience
Prevent unexpected turbulence during the buying process by determining your mission, the intended aircraft's support community, its true cost, whether it's best to buy new or used, and financing options. Read more >
News and Notes
Hoover awards ceremony to honor legends
AOPA will honor pioneers in aviation and aviation safety during the virtual, fifth annual AOPA R.A. "Bob" Hoover Trophy Award presentation on February 3. Read more >
Tuskegee Airmen quarter released
The U.S. Mint released the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site quarter, the final special-issue coin of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. Read more >
Career Opportunities
Aviation job board
Job of the week: CFI, Cardinal Wings Aviation
Cardinal Wings Aviation in Louisville, Kentucky, is seeking full-time flight instructors. Cardinal Wings Aviation is a busy Part 61 school, allowing instructors to build time quickly. Read the full description and apply today >
Question of the Week

I'm training for my instrument rating at a Part 141 flight school. I bought into a flying club thinking I could control costs by using the airplane for training, but the school said I have to use its airplane for training. Is that true?
That's correct. A Part 141 school must meet specific maintenance and aircraft requirements. Your best bet is to find an independent CFI or a Part 61 flight school if you really want to use your own aircraft. 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
Jan. 19, 12 p.m. EST AOPA Rusty Pilots - Webinar edition
Jan. 27, 7 p.m. EST AOPA Rusty Pilots - Webinar edition
Jan. 30, 6 p.m. EST AOPA Rusty Pilots - Webinar edition
Feb. 4, 12 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).
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For a full list of Pilot Lounge videos, see AOPA Online.
AOPA podcasts
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To see all AOPA podcasts, visit AOPA Online.
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