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Mourning warbird crewmembers; BasicMed limit lifted

AOPA ePilot
VOL 24, ISSUE 46 November 18, 2022
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Top Stories
Pilots, crew mourned following airshow midair
Pilots, crew mourned following airshow midair
The Commemorative Air Force grieved the loss of six of the group's members who died when a Bell P–63 Kingcobra and a Boeing B–17 Flying Fortress collided November 12 during an airshow in Dallas. Read more >
Early Analysis
Wings Over Dallas midair collision
AOPA Air Safety Institute Senior Vice President Richard McSpadden, the former commander and flight leader of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, applies his expertise to the facts we know about the airshow tragedy in Dallas. Watch the video >
Fly with AOPA
Airshow accident in Dallas; Gen Z pilots flip airplanes
Six Commemorative Air Force crewmembers are being mourned after a tragic airshow midair. Also, young pilots buy and sell airplanes—sharing each step of the fun—and we try out a folding bike. Watch Ep. 6 >
AOPA Events
You Can Fly
High school aviation STEM draws crowd
Hundreds of high school educators got their hands on sims, compared notes, and revved their engines for teaching AOPA's High School Aviation STEM Curriculum. Read more and view a slideshow >
Technique and Safety
Online resource
Collision avoidance
Thanksgiving is the year's most traveled day. Before flying this holiday, check out the AOPA Air Safety Institute's new Collision Avoidance Resource Center featuring valuable tips, videos, and podcasts.
Pilot Magazine
Disastrous course of action
Runway misidentification may explain why a Piper Malibu and a Cessna Skyhawk lined up for the same runway at North Las Vegas Airport with tragic results. Read more and watch a video >
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Weather Wise: VFR into IMC
This online course from the AOPA Air Safety Institute covers foundational weather information you need to avoid visual flight into instrument conditions and explores real-life situations that can shape your decision making. Take the course >
AOPA Premier Partner created content
Engine failure: The No. 1 rule
What's the No. 1 rule for surviving engine failure? Get the answer, and stories from pilots who walked away from their own off-airport landing, from PilotWorkshops >
BasicMed limitation lifted
The FAA will soon allow pilots who medically qualify under BasicMed to act as safety pilots. Read more >
DHC–3 Otter inspection mandate finalized
An emergency directive to immediately inspect aircraft control components on all de Havilland Canada DHC–3 Otter aircraft has been published as a final rule effective December 1. Regulators including the FAA acted after the NTSB reported preliminary findings from the investigation of a fatal accident in September.
Labor Department proposes redefining 'independent contractor'
The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed rulemaking that would affect the status of many independent contractors, making them employees with more protections under federal law. The change would likely affect flight schools and other aviation operations that utilize independent contractors. Comments are due November 28.
Pilot protection services
Can you hear me?
Among all the disciplines of medicine, and there are many specialties and subspecialties, aerospace medicine is one field that really does include a broad cross section of medicine and science. Read more >
New panel replacement option for older Cessna 172 models
Six Pack Aero, manufacturer of affordable custom stationary instrument panels for Cessnas, received a supplemental type certificate for the Legacy XL Stationary Panel. Read more >
Tips for flying with young children
Flying general aviation trips with young children—particularly children who aren't yet old enough to express themselves clearly—takes extra planning to keep them safe and comfortable. Read more >
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AOPA Aviation Finance
Movin' on up
How do you decide what aircraft you really need? This series aims to help answer that question. Read more >
News and Notes
Personal helicopter pioneer Frank Robinson remembered
Frank Robinson, the legendary designer and leader of Robinson Helicopter for nearly 40 years, died November 12 at his California home. He was 92. Read more >
First kitbuilt Bearhawk Model 5 flies
The first kitbuilt Bearhawk Aircraft Model 5 flew on November 7, the Austin, Texas, company announced. Read more >
Virginia aviation expo inspires youth
The Leesburg Aviation and Career Expo in Leesburg, Virginia, continued a tradition of helping people achieve their aviation dreams. Read more >
Career Opportunities
Aviation job board
Job of the week: Sheet metal mechanic, STS Technical Services
STS Technical Services is seeking a sheet metal worker to perform internal and external sheet metal repairs and modifications to all aircraft serviced at the facility. 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 data entry/travel products representative, a marketing administrative coordinator, and a vice president of membership and event marketing. Learn about AOPA career opportunities >
Question of the Week

Can an FAA Wings program phase satisfy the requirement for a flight review?
If the Wings certificate shows a completion date within the 24 calendar months preceding the flight you intend to make, your flight review square is filled. 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. (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 seminars, webinars, podcasts, and videos.
AOPA Rusty Pilots seminars
Dec 3 Frederick, Maryland; Houston, Texas; and Glendale, Arizona
For a complete schedule, visit our online Pilot Information Center. (Log in to our online Pilot Information Center using your AOPA website username and password to view these events.)
Upcoming AOPA webinars
Dec 8, 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.
Latest AOPA Pilot Lounge videos
Aviation101's Josh Flowers
Building the aviation community—Vermont Aviators Association
New Aerospace Center for Excellence leader Eric Crump
For a full list of Pilot Lounge videos, see the AOPA Pilot Video YouTube channel.
AOPA podcasts
'Ask the A&Ps': 'All engines deserve an engine monitor in their Christmas stocking'
'Hangar Talk': Aviation101 founder Josh Flowers
'Pilot Briefing': Week of Nov 14, 2022
'There I was...': Ken Urban
'Never Again': Along for the ride
To see all AOPA podcasts, visit AOPA Online.
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