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Fighting for fair insurance; Florida ditching times three

AOPA ePilot
VOL 23, ISSUE 47 November 19, 2021
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Top Stories
Older pilots report negative treatment from insurance companies
Older pilots report negative treatment from insurance companies
An AOPA survey revealed a disconnect between proficiency and insurance premiums. AOPA urged the insurance industry to stop equating age with risk considering evidence to the contrary. (Photo courtesy of Glen Young.) Read more >
Three airplanes ditched off Florida in one week
A Mooney pilot who ditched his airplane near Tampa, Florida, November 15 was rescued minutes later by a nearby Icon A5. That rescue capped a busy week of timely responses to swimming aviators. Read more >
AOPA Live This Week
High desert closeup; We fight for fair rates
Behind the scenes of a photo shoot that required a pickup truck, a harness, and an airplane. Also, our pilot survey exposes a problem with aviation insurance, and why Maine is a floatplane state. Watch AOPA Live This Week® >
Technique and Safety
'There I was...': Edge 540 fire
Henry Coffeen was practicing aerobatic maneuvers when he experienced a fire in the cockpit of his Zivko Edge 540. Hear his story in the latest episode of the AOPA Air Safety Institute's There I was... podcast.
Online resource
Aging gracefully, flying safely
Learn how your health may impact pilot performance with this AOPA Air Safety Institute Safety Spotlight.
Delayed reaction
In December 2011, a Socata TBM 700 crashed into an interstate near Morristown, New Jersey, after plunging nearly 18,000 feet in less than a minute. In this AOPA Air Safety Institute Accident Case Study, we piece together the events that led to the tragic accident. Watch the video >
AOPA Premier Partner created content
Ditching in water versus trees
Your engine fails and the only landing options are tall pine trees or a lake. What would you do? Get poll results, discussion, and tips from PilotWorkshops >
House votes to cap veterans' flight training benefits
Despite a plea from AOPA and other industry groups, the House passed a bill November 16 that caps flight training benefits for veterans. Read more >
Final rule eases single-engine ATP path
A new rule allows pilots who concurrently train for a Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet type rating and an airline transport pilot certificate to satisfy the practical test requirements for both in a single checkride. Read more >
Pilot Protection Services
Pushing past personal minimums
Adhering to personal minimums is something that we all do as pilots. If you choose to go beyond those designated minimums, here's what you might face. Read more >
ADS-B tools offline, FAA prepares workarounds
A set of online tools used to verify ADS-B performance, receive requests for non-equipped aircraft to operate in ADS-B airspace, and safeguard user privacy remained offline a week after the outage began. Read more >
Situational awareness beyond flight decks
A uAvionix third-generation dual-band ADS-B ground station receiver enhances interoperability to increase its utility. Read more >
5 tips to avoid air travel delays during the holidays
The holiday travel surge can lead to frustrating delays as the airspace gets overcrowded. AOPA shares five tips you can follow to help reduce delays and your stress level. Read more >
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Avionics market trends up
Avionics manufacturers reported a 5.4-percent increase in total sales through the first three quarters of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. Read more >
Member benefit
Asset-based loans are not common in the piston aircraft market
Banks rarely provide asset-based loans in the piston aircraft market because lenders can easily, and quickly, get financially upside down. Read more >
News and Notes
Baker awarded First Flight Society honorary membership
AOPA President Mark Baker has earned several accolades during his tenure leading the world's largest general aviation community, and now he can add honorary member of the First Flight Society to his résumé. Read more >
Sun 'n Fun leader Leenhouts to retire in 2022
Sun 'n Fun Fly-In Inc. President and CEO John "Lites" Leenhouts will retire after the Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo in April 2022. Read more >
You Can Fly
Virtual AOPA STEM symposium energizes hundreds of educators
More than 800 educators participated in the live, virtual AOPA Foundation High School Aviation STEM Symposium November 16, and recorded breakout sessions will be available to educators until the end of the year. Read more >
You Can Fly
In the Pattern fosters an excellent training experience
At In the Pattern, the 2021 winner of AOPA's Flight Training Experience Award for best flight school in the Central Southwest, students join a group of people who truly care about them. Read more >
Acme Aero breathes new life into North Carolina airport
The once private Little Mountain Airport is being revived as a fun destination for pilots. Its inaugural event featured a surprise wedding for the new owners. Read more >
Airworthiness advisories
Career Opportunities
Aviation job board
Job of the week: Training coordinator, Bombardier Aviation
Bombardier is seeking a training coordinator based in Wichita, Kansas, to be responsible for the design, administration, delivery, evaluation, and maintenance of training programs and services for assigned site(s) to ensure a fully qualified workforce as well as regulatory compliance. 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 managing editor, a contracts manager, a marketing specialist, a medical certification specialist, and a UX/UI designer. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online >
Question of the Week

What was the most difficult skill for you to learn during your training, and what did you (or others) do to finally make it click?
One pilot recalled difficulty with landings—one or two good landings interspersed with many questionable ones. After flying with another instructor, it worked, and from that flight forward the good landings far outpaced the bad ones. See what other pilots say was the most difficult for them, and share your story, too.

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. (Log in to the online Pilot Information Center using your AOPA website username and password to see this discussion.) Have a question for our technical services staff? Contact AOPA.
Education & Seminars
Stay sharp with AOPA's webinars, podcasts, and videos.
Upcoming AOPA webinars
Dec 7, 2 p.m. EST AOPA Rusty Pilots - Webinar edition
Dec 9, 12 p.m. EST 'Don't Get Rusty' series: Ask ATC—Part deux
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
Red Bull tunnel flight behind the scenes with Dario Costa
Bonanza chase drone video pilots Matt Guthmiller and NikoFilmz
Pilot/adventurer Victor Vescovo
For a full list of Pilot Lounge videos, see the AOPA Live® YouTube channel.
AOPA podcasts
'Ask the A&Ps': 'Only a CFI would ask a question like that'
'Hangar Talk': Earthrounding hopeful Zara Rutherford
'Pilot Briefing': Week of Nov. 15, 2021
'There I was...': Henry Coffeen
'Never Again': How I turned an airplane into a tractor
To see all AOPA podcasts, visit AOPA Online.
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