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Training Tip: When the checklist can wait!!!

Checklists are important, but not as important as flying the airplane.

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AOPA Flight Training VOL 21, ISSUE 49 December 3, 2021
Training Tips When the checklist can wait Sponsored by Aircraft Spruce When the checklist can wait Nothing is impressed more emphatically upon new student pilots than the importance of using checklists, but in some situations there’s no time for that. Read more >
Technique Article The heat is on As much of the continental United States enters prolonged periods of cold weather, it’s time to review how engine fires start. Read more >
Flight Training News CFI David Strassburg remembers what it's like to be a student You Can Fly CFI David Strassburg remembers what it’s like to be a student David Strassburg, the 2021 AOPA Flight Training Experience Award winner for best flight instructor in the Eastern region, has no illusions about being a super pilot. (Photo by David Strassburg.) Read more > 'There I was...': Red Bull tunnel flight Podcast ‘There I was…’: Red Bull tunnel flight In the latest episode of the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s There I was… podcast, hear Red Bull Air Race competitor Dario Costa talk about the painstaking preparation for his 44-second flight inside two Turkish highway tunnels. Listen to the podcast >
Apply for aviation scholarships this holiday season Article Apply for aviation scholarships this holiday season Take advantage of your upcoming holiday time off by applying for a variety of scholarships. Read more > Accident Analysis: Home for the holidays Premium content Accident Analysis: Home for the holidays For aircraft owners, holiday travel to visit friends or family seems like the perfect use for personal aircraft, but that requires flexibility on timing. Read more > Seaplane duel; Fully loaded Skylane panel AOPA Live This Week Seaplane duel; Fully loaded Skylane panel We film two classic flying boats going head-to-head for bragging rights and show you a Cessna Skylane that sports more Garmin glass than we’ve ever seen in a piston single. Watch AOPA Live This Week® >
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Career News 10,000th ATP CTP student graduates from ATP Flight School Article 10,000th ATP CTP student graduates from ATP Flight School ATP Flight School has surpassed a major milestone in its ATP JETS airline training program: more than 10,000 graduates through its airline transport pilot certification training program. (Photo courtesy of ATP.) Read more > Beechcraft Denali makes first flight Article Beechcraft Denali makes first flight Aspiring career pilots might one day fly the Beechcraft Denali single-engine turboprop. The Denali completed its maiden flight November 23 and is expected to be certified in 2023. (Photo courtesy of Textron Aviation Inc.) Read more >
Aviation job board Job of the week: Citation Mustang flight instructor, FlightSafety International FlightSafety International is seeking a full-time, permanent Citation Mustang ground/simulator instructor for its learning center at the Orlando International Airport in Florida. 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 development content manager, a contracts manager, a marketing specialist, and a UX/UI designer. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online >
Training Products and Resources Login required Safety quiz: Pireps The best way to find out about the actual weather is from someone who has already been there, which is why timely pilot weather reports are so helpful. Test your reporting skills with this AOPA Air Safety Institute quiz. Note: Products listed have not been evaluated by Flight Training editors unless otherwise noted. AOPA assumes no responsibility for products or services listed or for claims or actions by manufacturers or vendors.
Member Benefits Join the 'December 12 Days of Flying Challenge' Article Join the ‘December 12 Days of Flying Challenge’ If you’re using general aviation to travel this holiday season, use the AOPA app’s Pilot Passport feature to check in at airports along the way. Read more >
Pilot Protection Services Preventing heart disease A new book by a cardiovascular surgeon provides helpful information for pilots looking to prevent, combat, and reverse heart disease. Read more > Member Benefit Understanding your credit score Depending upon which bucket your credit score falls into, there are two ways it will affect your loan. Read more >
Photo of the Week Imports and upgrades Imports and upgrades Wondering what the future of light sport aviation could be? Look no further than the sharp-looking, speedy, and capable VL3 from JMB Aircraft. AOPA Senior Photographer Mike Fizer captured the European import on camera. Follow @flywithAOPA on Instagram to see more photos from AOPA members and staff.
Final Exam Question

Is flying through snow showers considered flight into known icing?
  Answer Aeronautical Information Manual Table 7-1-7 defines “Known or Observed or Detected Ice Accretion” as “actual ice observed visually to be on the aircraft by the flight crew or identified by on-board sensors.” Actual adhesion to the aircraft, rather than the existence of potential icing conditions, is the determining factor in this definition. This winter, take a few extra minutes to study the current and forecast weather, icing charts, alternatives, and pireps, and review your exit plans to make an informed go/no-go decision regarding icing. Join the discussion >

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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’: ‘That little cap doesn’t hold the wings on’ ‘Hangar Talk’: Aviation wellbeing coach Reyné O’Shaughnessy ‘Pilot Briefing’: Week of Nov. 29, 2021 ‘There I was…’: Dario Costa ‘Never Again’: Out of focus   To see all AOPA podcasts, visit AOPA Online.
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  FlightPath Issue 3.2021   Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Instagram Instagram YouTube YouTube     Aviator Showcase – Register Now! The AOPA Aviator Showcase is a single-day, consumer-focused event designed to connect pilots and aircraft owners to the general aviation industry. Join us for a high-quality, in-person buying experience with the industry’s leading experts. See us in Manassas, VA on August 27 and Fort Worth, TX on October 1 from 9am-4pm. Tickets are $20 each. Registration is open and required for attendance.

Manassas, VA: Registration sold out for those flying in; Tickets still available if you drive.   REGISTER NOW     Learn with AOPA   Trouble With The Flare?
  This simple technique will help with your landings.   LEARN MORE   AOPA Webinars to Keep You Sharp
  Register for one of these free wide-ranging webinars taught by flying topic experts. Each webinar is designed to keep you informed and safe and, most importantly, to get you to have fun! Wings credits and AOPA ASI or You Can Fly Webinar Badges available!   CHECK THEM OUT   iFlightPlanner for AOPA
  Join the AOPA team for a special Livestream event with the iFlightPlanner experts to share the new features included in this release! New features include new weather map overlays, navigation log enhancements, simplified airspace visualization, “Bring Your Own EFB” features, and more.   WATCH NOW   Prerecorded Don’t Get Rusty Pilot Webinars
  Watch a series of fun presentations on flying topics to help keep you proficient. Each webinar is hosted by the You Can Fly Flight Training Team.   WATCH NOW   Protect with AOPA   Beware the FAA’s “Hot Button” Policy Areas

The application of a rule by analogy is a good start in building an argument to solve a regulatory issue, but it is only a start, particularly with an agency with rule-making power such as the FAA.    LEARN MORE   BasicMedications

One of the most commonly asked questions we hear in the medical certification section is about medications that the FAA allows for use in operations that require a medical certificate.    LEARN MORE   Own with AOPA   How is the industry adapting to the market?                        What might be the lasting effects that COVID has had on the airplane market?  
    READ MORE   Make a Difference with AOPA   Man and woman in airplane cockpit examining a workbook. Donations Get More Pilots Flying
  You Can Fly’s Flying Clubs initiative makes general aviation more accessible, affordable, and attractive for everyone. Donate during the You Can Fly Challenge and your gift will be doubled!   DOUBLE MY GIFT TODAY   Partner with AOPA   Car driving on the highway Summer is Yours to Enjoy

Now is a perfect time to get back to building memories. Plan your next summer road trip with Avis and save up to 30% off base rates when you PAY NOW   RESERVE NOW     Fly with AOPA   AOPA Pilot Passport Challenge

Use the App’s Pilot Passport feature to earn Airport Amenity badges in August. Top 3 participants with the most $100 Airport Amenity badges will win a $50 Sirius XM gift card.   LEARN MORE   Podcasts with AOPA   AOPA Podcast Logo Images   LISTEN NOW   AOPA Live This Week

Tens of thousands of pilots have found a new way to get the week’s general aviation news. AOPA Live This Week, aviation’s most popular and complete weekly aviation videocast, wraps up the week’s news and features in a 15-minute video package. This free newsletter is your weekly link to AOPA Live This Week. Wherever you are and on whatever device you use from mobile to desktop to TV, lean back and enjoy this quick and complete new approach to general aviation news.   SIGN UP   Make Sure You're Getting the Most out of Your Membership. Click here to see what you're missing!   Is your member profile up to date? To ensure you are getting what you need from AOPA, review your contact information and membership selections, renew your membership, update your proxy voting status , customize your publications, and more!   © 2021 AOPA  •  421 Aviation Way Frederick, MD 21701 US 800.872.2672  •  301.695.2375 Fax
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Osh Specials from the GA Community!

  AOPA Aircaft Spruce FREE Shipping and Show Specials from Aircraft Spruce
Aircraft Spruce will be at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh from July 26 to August 1, 2021. Visit our booth Hangar A, Booths 1022-1029 to get great discounts and meet our customer-friendly Aircraft Spruce Team.  VISIT OUR SHOW PAGE. SHOP AIRCRAFT SPRUCE Aloft Don’t Take Off Without Us – Ensure Before Flight!

Visit us at AirVenture Booth #460. Get your FREE aviation insurance quote from one of our team members. Pickup your FREE Gift (while supplies last) just for stopping by.  SHOP assured partners   AOPA Finance Purchase or order a Husky during AirVenture and receive one of the following free: Tailwheel Flight Training for licensed Pilots, Extended Warranty, Leather Seats, Tundra Tires, VGs, Electronic Ignition, Cargo Pod (white, Installation additional), or Windshield Covers & Cowl Plugs. 
Click for details on our AirVenture SPECIAL. SHOP AVIAT   AOPA Credit Card Avemco Celebrates Our 60th Anniversary at Osh. We’re glad to see you back at AirVenture! Stop by Hangar A-1158 and get reacquainted. There will be special events each day and a free gift to celebrate Avemco’s 60th anniversary.  LEARN MORE   AOPA Pilot Gear How much fuel is in your tank? We build accurate and reliable digital fuel senders, allowing pilots to trust their fuel gauge and make informed decisions. Visit booth 3119 to learn about our show special.  SHOP cies, inc.   Epic Aircraft See you at AirVenture – Booth #235 on Celebration Way. LEARN MORE   BendixKing Get Database Deals at AirVenture Save up to $100 on select database subscriptions for the U.S. and Americas when you buy at the Garmin exhibit during AirVenture 2021. Bring your system ID, and we’ll add the subscriptions to your flyGarmin.com account, so you’re ready to update your devices when you get home.  SHOP GARMIN   Blackhawk Aerospace Autopilot Has Never Been Easier or More Affordable You’ve been looking at it. Now grab the AeroCruze 100 at the AirVenture price! Visit Booth 2029-2032 for an incredible deal on the autopilot system Cessna and Piper owners have been talking about! SHOP GULF COAST AVIONICS   Bose The Silent 7 – Worlds first 7-bladed Propeller for General Aviation is now supplemental certified on the Pilatus PC-12. learn more   Duber Watch Be Proficient. Be Safe. Be Challenged.
Take the 2021 Sim Challenge!
Benefits include: Improving your proficiency. Becoming a safe and confident pilot, earning wings credit, saving money on insurance, logging hours towards IPC and earning prizes. TAKE THE CHALLENGE   Faro Autopilot Has Never Been Easier or More Affordable You’ve been looking at it. Now grab the AeroCruze 100 at the AirVenture price! Visit Booth 2029-2032 for an incredible deal on the autopilot system Cessna and Piper owners have been talking about! SHOP PACIFIC COAST AVIATION   Garmin Safe Travels to 2021 AirVenture
Come join us for the Big Brand Challenge!

Once you hear the difference, the decision will be an easy one. Hangar A, Booth 1020. learn more   Guardian Avionics The Sky’s the Limit with Our Low Intro Offer Show special! Come apply for the NEW AOPA World Mastercard® at AirVenture, and find out how much you could save on your aviation purchases.  LEARN MORE   Gulf Coast Avionics Five Reasons to Get Pre-Approved for an Aircraft Loan Buying a new aircraft is exciting – and a lot of work. Here is why you really want to get pre-approved for a loan before you start shopping. Read More.  LEARN MORE   Pacific Coast Avionics Register Now – AOPA Aviator Showcase The Aviator Showcase is a single-day event designed to connect pilots to the general aviation industry. Join us for a high-quality, in-person buying experience with the industry’s leading experts. Register now.  register now   PS Engineering AOPA Pilot Gear – FREE SHIPPING
Get free ground shipping in the continental U.S. with code OSHFREESHIP. Members get up to 20% off when logging in at checkout. Shop Now.  SHOP AOPA PILOT GEAR © 2021 AOPA  •  421 Aviation Way Frederick, MD 21701 US 800.872.2672  •  301.695.2375 Fax
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You’re invited to the AOPA Campus at AirVenture!

Stop by the AOPA campus at AirVenture—we have lots in store for you

 
 
The fun, the friendships, and the flying all start at the AOPA campus and we invite you to come and be a part of it! Visit us at Booth #463, across from the Brown Arch on the flight line.
We’re keeping your safety in mind by encouraging you to follow EAA’s COVID-19 safety guidelines during your time at AirVenture.
 We’ve missed you! Visit our main tent and see Member Services: For the first time in over a year, you’ll be able to join or renew your membership in person. Get $10 off and your choice of Free Shirt or Hat! Choose PPS Basic or Plus and get both! Pilot Information Center: Whether you are looking for info about FAA regulations, flight planning, aircraft ownership, or anything that might affect your certificate, we can help answer your questions in person.Airport Support Network: Talk to our AOPA Airports and State Advocacy team to learn how you can help us protect your airport.Pilot Gear Store: Get your hands on the latest AOPA Pilot Gear and walk out in style!Air Safety Institute: Sit in on one of many ASI seminars at our Program Pavilion and learn how to be a safer pilot. Learn what AOPA’s You Can Fly program can do for you by talking to our You Can Fly staff. Attend the Rusty Pilots seminar to help you get back into the air. We have resources for prospective pilots to lapsed pilots! You Can Fly is fueled by the AOPA Foundation. Support general aviation by making a donation to the AOPA Foundation: Learn more about the programming funded by generous donors, recognition levels for giving–including the Hat in the Ring Society, and how you can help build a stronger, safer aviation community for current and future pilots.   Check out the rest of our campus, too! For the first time, see the AOPA Sweepstakes Tiger in person and get an up-close look at the new avionics and engine! Come see the Beechcraft Bonanza avionics display by Garmin. Stop by the Three-Nine Lounge courtyard for a chance to meet with some of your favorite aviation influencers and celebs!   Program Pavilion – Where Learning is Always Fun!  
  From 9:00 to 5:00 each day Monday-Saturday, the AOPA Programming Pavilion will be chock full of great content to help you become a better, safer, more informed pilot. Check out seminars presented by a wide range of industry leaders in technology, avionics, aircraft equipment, and pilot services. AOPA’s Air Safety Institute will present multiple seminars on several important skills and safety topics.    
Special AOPA Member Opportunity – Free Tour of Orbis Flying Eye Hospital
When: Thursday, July 29: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. 
As an AOPA member, you have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with the Orbis MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital in an exclusive AOPA-members-only tour on Thursday, July 29 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Orbis’s Flying Eye Hospital brings the latest technology, training, and teaching tools to local healthcare teams in low-income countries so they can reverse and prevent blindness in their communities. The plane boasts 3D technology and the latest live broadcast capabilities that enable Orbis to train healthcare professionals around the world. Take advantage of this opportunity to get an in-depth tour and learn about their important mission that makes the vision a reality. Free to AOPA members; just bring a copy of this email or your AOPA membership card for access.     
(Please note: as an active professional medical center, Orbis is requesting that attendees practice social distancing and wear a face mask while inside the Flying Eye Hospital. This applies to vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals per CDC recommendations for healthcare settings.)
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  FlightPath Issue 3.2021     Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Instagram Instagram YouTube YouTube     Aviator Showcase – Register Now! The AOPA Aviator Showcase is a single-day, consumer-focused event designed to connect pilots and aircraft owners to the general aviation industry. Join us for a high-quality, in-person buying experience with the industry’s leading experts. See us in Manassas, VA on August 27 and Fort Worth, TX on October 1 from 9am-4pm. Tickets are $20 each. Registration is open and required for attendance.

Registration is open and required for attendance.   REGISTER NOW     Learn with AOPA   Botched Go-Around 
  How did this proficient pilot botch a go-around—with tragic consequences? There’s a valuable lesson here on how a situation escalated out of control. Watch this accident analysis from PilotWorkshops.   LEARN MORE   AOPA Webinars to Keep You Sharp

Register for one of these free wide-ranging webinars taught by flying topic experts. Each webinar is designed to keep you informed and safe and, most importantly, to get you to have fun!    CHECK THEM OUT Prerecorded Don’t Get Rusty Pilot Webinars

Watch a series of fun presentations on flying topics to help keep you proficient. Each webinar is hosted by the You Can Fly Flight Training Team.   WATCH NOW   Avoiding prop strikes
  This AOPA Air Safety Institute video examines why prop strikes happen and provides practical tips to protect your propellers, engine, and firewall by ensuring your props are striking air—not the runway, objects, or people.    LEARN MORE   Protect with AOPA   Getting Back in the Cockpit After Heart Surgery

Patients who have these operations obviously appreciate that too. Although there are always exceptions, most patients can get back to pretty normal lives after their recovery. Our pals in the FAA don’t always see things the same way and, justifiably so, have some very strict rules and regulations on getting back in the cockpit after heart surgery.   LEARN MORE   Marriage, new house, new baby, new job?

These are all life-changing events that you anxiously plan for and happily welcome! With these exciting changes and new responsibilities – is your AOPA life insurance coverage still enough?
The recent partnership between AOPA and MetLife provided AOPA members with new lower rates and enhanced benefits on their life insurance plans. That makes this the perfect time to review and update your insurance coverage to make sure it’s keeping up with your changing responsibilities. Visit our improved enrollment site online- and make sure your coverage is keeping up!   LEARN MORE   Own with AOPA   How is the industry adapting to the market?                        What might be the lasting effects that COVID has had on the airplane market?  
    READ MORE     Hang Out with AOPA   Flight Training Experience Survey Closes July 15
  If you’ve had any type of flight training in the past year, tell us about it. We want to hear the good, the bad, and the awesome!   LEARN MORE   Free Ground Shipping at AOPA Pilot Gear!
Can’t make it to Osh? Now’s your chance to grab your favorite gear with FREE GROUND SHIPPING to continental U.S. with code OSHFREESHIP.                 SHOP NOW   Make a Difference with AOPA   Man and woman in airplane cockpit examining a workbook. Donations Get Youth Into Aviation
  You Can Fly’s High School initiative provides STEM-based curriculum to help students discover careers in aviation. Donate during the You Can Fly Challenge and your gift will be doubled!   DOUBLE MY GIFT TODAY   Partner with AOPA   Car driving on the highway Fly Out With ForeFlight and Win!

Flying has never been so rewarding! Follow along each month as ForeFlight and AOPA highlight a new region. Visit any of the partner locations to pick up ForeFlight swag and be entered for the chance to win prizes. Click here to learn more. #FFFLYOUT.   ENTER NOW     Fly with AOPA   AOPA Pilot Passport Challenge

Use the App’s Pilot Passport feature to check-in at as many of the original 13 colonies in July, which include Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia. Top participant with the most check-ins to the 13 colonies will win a 1-year PPS Plus Level Membership.    LEARN MORE   Podcasts with AOPA   AOPA Podcast Logo Images   LISTEN NOW   AOPA Live This Week

Tens of thousands of pilots have found a new way to get the week’s general aviation news. AOPA Live This Week, aviation’s most popular and complete weekly aviation videocast, wraps up the week’s news and features in a 15-minute video package. This free newsletter is your weekly link to AOPA Live This Week. Wherever you are and on whatever device you use from mobile to desktop to TV, lean back and enjoy this quick and complete new approach to general aviation news.   SIGN UP   Make Sure You're Getting the Most out of Your Membership. Click here to see what you're missing!   Is your member profile up to date? To ensure you are getting what you need from AOPA, review your contact information and membership selections, renew your membership, update your proxy voting status , customize your publications, and more!   © 2021 AOPA  •  421 Aviation Way Frederick, MD 21701 US 800.872.2672  •  301.695.2375 Fax
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  Apply now for the AOPA World Mastercard® and receive 0% Intro APR* for 12 monthly billing cycles after account opening on all purchases and balance transfers!*

Then, enjoy a low variable rate of 10.24 – 20.24% APR* for all purchases and balance transfers after your 12-month introductory-rate period.*   APPLY NOW Plus enjoy our valuable pilot benefits every day with: Cash Back1 Select AOPA Purchases2-5 Cash Back1 Select AOPA Partners3-6 Cash Back1 FBO’s & Flight Schools; Aviation & Auto Fuel4-5 Cash Back1 Every Other  Cash Back1 is applied as a statement credit. Quarterly bonus point cap of 2,500 points.     Disclosures:

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1. Rewards points can be redeemed for Cash Back or other redemption items provided through AOPA Pilot Rewards. A Cash Back redemption is applied as a statement credit. The statement credit will reduce your balance, but you are still required to make at least your minimum payment. A minimum of 2,500 points is needed to redeem for Cash Back. Values for non-cash back redemption items such as merchandise, gift cards, and travel may vary.

2. Advertising, Aviation Insurance, PAC Donations and AFI Donations are excluded. Visit www.commercebank.com/aopapilotrewards for complete details on exclusions and bonus point categories.

3. Participating AOPA partners include: Aero-Space Reports, Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co., Jeppesen®, Pilot Workshops, SiriusXM®, Sporty’s® Pilot Shop. The listed AOPA partners are in no way affiliated with Commerce Bank, nor are the listed merchants to be considered sponsors or co-sponsors of this program. Use of merchant names and/or logos is by the permission of each respective merchant and all trademarks are the property of their respective owners

4. Please note that merchants self-select the category in which transactions will be listed and some merchants may be owned by other companies, therefore transactions may not be counted in the category you might expect. Purchases made using Near Field Communication (NFC), virtual wallets, or similar technology may not be eligible for bonus points.

5. You will earn 4% Cash Back (1 regular point + 3 bonus points = 4%) for every $1 of Net Merchandise Purchases on select AOPA purchases, 3% Cash Back (1 regular point + 2 bonus points = 3%) for every $1 of Net Merchandise Purchases made at select AOPA partners, 2% Cash Back (1 regular point + 1 bonus points = 2%) for every $1 of Net Merchandise Purchases made at FBOs (fixed based operators), aviation and auto fuel, and flight schools, and 1% Cash Back (or 1 point) for every $1 of other Net Merchandise Purchases. For example, if you spend $100, you will earn 100 points which is equal to $1 in Cash Back rewards. A maximum of 2,500 bonus points will be awarded per calendar quarter, per rewards account. Please allow up to five business days after the transaction posts to your account for bonus points to be awarded.  © 2021 AOPA  •  421 Aviation Way Frederick, MD 21701 US 800.872.2672  •  301.695.2375 Fax
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ePilot special report: Avionics upgrades for every budget…

Increase the value and utility of your aircraft by upgrading the instrument panel.

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Aircraft ownership is an investment. One way to increase the value and utility of your aircraft is through upgrading its instrument panel. In Part 4, the final installment of AOPA ePilot‘s quarterly Aircraft Ownership series, we share ideas for upgrading your avionics on a tight budget, transforming your dated instrument panel to a glass cockpit, and pitfalls of buying used avionics. In addition, we bring you the latest news from the Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show. If you missed our previous installments, look back for advice on aircraft maintenance, buying and selling an aircraft, and boosting an aircraft’s performance.
AOPA ePilot Aircraft Ownership series Part 4: Avionics upgrades June 23, 2021
Top Stories Steam-to-digital swaps prove popular Article Steam-to-digital swaps prove popular The list of modern digital instruments available for certified aircraft in sizes similar (or identical) to the steam gauges they replace is growing, giving owners of older aircraft ever more capable, realistic upgrade options. (Photo courtesy of Garmin.) Read more > Out with the old, in with a glass cockpit AOPA Sweepstakes Grumman Tiger Out with the old, in with a glass cockpit We had a choice to make for the AOPA Sweepstakes Grumman Tiger avionics overhaul: retro glass, or big glass. We went big. Read more > Frugal or foolish: Pitfalls of buying used avionics Pilot magazine Frugal or foolish: Pitfalls of buying used avionics Knowing when to buy and when to pass is key to shopping the used avionics market. Here’s some advice from an avionics shop owner and aircraft owners with lots of experience buying used instruments. Read more >
AEA International Convention MyGoFlight HUD gets FAA approval Article MyGoFlight HUD gets FAA approval MyGoFlight announced June 22 that its SkyDisplay head-up display has earned FAA supplemental type certificate approval. Read more > Appareo announces new flight data recorder Article Appareo announces new flight data recorder Appareo’s new 4K Airborne Image Recording System can offload data via cellular networks. (Image courtesy of Appareo.) Read more > Article Gogo stepping up to 5G Gogo Business Aviation reports that its Avance L5 and L3 in-flight connectivity systems are installed on 2,000 business aircraft delivering 4G connectivity. The company will launch a 5G system in 2022. Read more > Shadin introduces new integration products Shadin Avionics is reaching far beyond its well-known aviation fuel flow meters and producing new avionics offerings that focus on updating obsolete instrument panels. The company’s Avionics Interface Systems (AIS) products are designed to simplify aircraft modernization and support future updates. Shadin also is launching a new website to help customers identify solutions for specific aircraft and assist in the configuration and installation of AIS units.
Webinars Video What’s new at Garmin? Garmin Regional Sales Manager Joe Stewart talks about Garmin avionics ranging from integrated flight decks to autopilots during this recorded presentation from the Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo. Watch the webinar > Video Aspen Evolution ProMax Learn about Aspen Avionics’ entry-level and high-end offerings in this recorded webinar from the Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo. Watch the webinar >
Featured Video Flying IFR with new Garmin avionics Video Flying IFR with new Garmin avionics A Beechcraft Bonanza’s 1980s instrument panel gets a modern makeover. AOPA Editor at Large Dave Hirschman puts it to the test to see if it eases pilot workload during a currency flight in instrument conditions. Watch the video >
This issue of ePilot was created for: Richard Pearson at richardpearson@roadrunner.com
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Tom Horne
Warren Morningstar
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FlightPath Issue 3.2021     Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Instagram YouTube     AOPA Live This Week – June 10, 2021 AOPA pushes back hard on a legal view that puts the flight training industry in jeopardy. Also, an 18-year-old pilot crosses the country in a Piper Cub, and visiting a unique aviation museum in Kentucky.   WATCH NOW     Learn with AOPA   How to Practice Landings
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Watch a series of fun presentations on flying topics to help keep you proficient. Each webinar is hosted by the You Can Fly Flight Training Team.   WATCH NOW   Aviator Showcase Registration Opens June 22                     
  The AOPA Aviator Showcase is a single-day, consumer-focused event designed to connect pilots and aircraft owners to the general aviation industry. Join us for a high-quality, in-person buying experience with the industry’s leading experts. See us in Manassas, VA on August 27 and Fort Worth, TX on October 1. Tickets are $20 each. Registration opens June 22, 2021 and is required for attendance.    LEARN MORE   Protect with AOPA   PIC: Know Before You Go

FAA recently published guidance to help pilots improve their preflight briefings in Advisory Circular (AC) 91-92.  The AC provides checklists and resources for self-briefing and states, “pilots who have preflight weather/risk assessment and risk mitigation skills are better prepared to make in-flight decisions as real-time weather information is consumed.”
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AOPA Foundation focus AOPA awards $1.1 million in scholarships…

AOPA gives aspiring pilots a boost, and an NTSB report paints a poor picture of two King Air pilots.

AOPA ePilot VOL 23, ISSUE 21 May 21, 2021
Top Stories AOPA awards $1.1 million in scholarships AOPA Foundation focus AOPA awards $1.1 million in scholarships The AOPA Foundation is helping transform lives and fulfill dreams through aviation. We recently awarded scholarships to 124 recipients ranging from aspiring pilots to pilots who seek to earn additional certificates and ratings. Read more > Final salute; Scholarships awarded; Virtual reality gets real AOPA Live This Week Final salute; Scholarships awarded; Virtual reality gets real Fellow pilots flew the missing man formation for our colleague Mike Collins. Also, the AOPA Foundation grants a record number of scholarships, and a Swiss company makes virtual reality helicopter training effective. Watch AOPA Live This Week® >
Technique and Safety Rudder misapplication cited in fatal King Air crash Article Rudder misapplication cited in fatal King Air crash The NTSB found that the pilot’s mistakes handling a loss of power in one engine during takeoff in a Beechcraft King Air 350 led to the June 30, 2019, crash and explosion that killed 10 people. (Image courtesy of the NTSB.) Read more > IFR Insights: Cockpit weather Login required IFR Insights: Cockpit weather Get practical advice on safely using datalink weather in flight with this AOPA Air Safety Institute course. Online resource Instrument procedures explained Find answers to your instrument flight questions all in one location in this AOPA Air Safety Institute Safety Center page, which hosts a variety of IFR resources. Learn more >
Login required Airspace review Whether you’re flying a short hop or a long cross-country, it’s important to understand the ins and outs of airspace. Put your airspace proficiency to the test with this AOPA Air Safety Institute quiz. Takeoff over max weight? AOPA Premier Partner created content Takeoff over max weight? Is an aircraft’s maximum gross weight a guideline from the manufacturer, or a number that should never be exceeded? See poll results from 19,000 pilots and read the discussion on the PilotWorkshops website. Pilot Protection Services Electronic self-briefing A recent FAA advisory circular provides guidance for performing preflight self-briefings. Read more >
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Advocacy Advocacy Aviation safety in focus as FCC expands 5G A coalition of aviation organizations has requested the Federal Communications Commission reconsider its policy of repurposing the C-band because of threats to radar-altimeter system operation and flight safety. Read more >
News from the Western Pacific region Advocacy Dillingham tenant evictions delayed as lease talks continue The long-feared June 30 eviction of general aviation from Kawaihapai Airfield, also known as Dillingham Airfield, on Oahu in Hawaii is on hold at least through December 31, but tenants still face an uncertain future. Read more > Rutan to be honored The Aero Club of Southern California will honor Richard “Dick” Rutan, known for flying Voyager nonstop, unrefueled around the world among other accomplishments, at the forty-second annual Howard Hughes Memorial Award presentation on June 17 at 5 p.m. Pacific time. The ceremony will include an interview with Rutan. To take part virtually, register now.
Technology Mapping the tallest volcano in North America Article Mapping the tallest volcano in North America Having the right aerial platform for the job makes all the difference in aviation, particularly when it comes to photographing and mapping Pico de Orizaba, the tallest volcano in North America. (Photo courtesy of Juan Plaza.) Read more >
Gear Online resource AOPA offers online Operating Cost Calculator Calculate the estimated annual and per-flight-hour operating costs for a variety of aircraft with the AOPA Operating Cost Calculator. Get your estimate today >
Travel Summer playground Slideshow Summer playground Hiking, camping, sightseeing, golfing, horseback riding, rock climbing, and kayaking are some of the activities available at Mammoth Lakes, California. (Photo by MeLinda Schnyder.) Read more > Want more general aviation travel stories? Sign up for our AOPA Travel Pilot biweekly newsletter.
Financial Signs of recovery in aircraft shipment report Article Signs of recovery in aircraft shipment report Increases in helicopter and piston and turboprop airplane deliveries in the first three months of 2021 were deemed encouraging signs that the industry is recovering from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more > Member benefit Benefits of an aircraft broker An aircraft broker’s market knowledge and insight can put you in a better position to buy an aircraft, writes AOPA Aviation Finance Co. President Adam Meredith. Read more > Understanding the implications of a broker of record letter AssuredPartners Aerospace created content Understanding the implications of a broker of record letter What is a BOR (broker of record) letter and what does it do for you and your insurance broker? Read more >
News and Notes Article NTSB Chairman Sumwalt to step down NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt plans to step down on June 30. The 14,000-hour pilot has been a member of the NTSB since 2006 and got his start in aviation after going to the scene of a fatal aircraft accident when he was 17. Read more >
'Spectacular' flight across North Pole Article ‘Spectacular’ flight across North Pole Beechcraft Bonanza V35 pilot Adrian Eichhorn credited his support team and favorable weather after completing a “spectacular flight” across the North Pole on May 11. (Photo by Adrian Eichhorn.) Read more >
The Warbird Adventures case Article The Warbird Adventures case AOPA General Counsel Justine Harrison shares her perspective on the recent court decision to allow an FAA emergency cease-and-desist order to stand against Warbird Adventures. Read more > Celebrating Aviation Maintenance Technician Day Article Celebrating Aviation Maintenance Technician Day On May 24, we celebrate Aviation Maintenance Technician Day on the birthday of Charles Taylor, the Wright brothers’ mechanic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock.) Read more > You Can Fly Growing Mohawk Flying Club adds third aircraft Mohawk Flying Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan, added a Cirrus SR20 to its fleet of a Cessna 172 and 182 to satisfy increasing demand for more flight time. Because of that, the club’s membership continues to grow. Read more >
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Career Opportunities Aviation job board Job of the week: AOPA digital media specialist The digital media specialist is instrumental to AOPA’s growing digital advertising revenue stream and in leveraging our primary online advertising servers that support multiple websites, video content, apps, electronic newsletters, products, and resources. 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 member services representative, a marketing specialist, and a customer service representative (legal services). To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online >
Question of the Week Question

I am a flight instructor. If I add an airplane single-engine sea rating to my commercial pilot certificate, is there a minimum number of hours I would need to log as pilot in command in single-engine seaplanes before teaching students? The 15 hours mentioned in FAR 61.183(j) appear to be for the “instructor rating sought,” not the privilege to teach.
  Answer The 15 hours is a prerequisite for a practical test for a CFI certificate or rating, which you don’t need since you already have an airplane single-engine instructor certificate. However, it’s wise to have a good bit of experience in a type of aircraft before instructing in it. Also, your insurance company may require it. 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 May 25, 7 p.m. EDT Airworthiness Records: A guide for owners and pilots, Part 3 May 26, 12 p.m. EDT AOPA Rusty Pilots – Webinar edition May 27, 7 p.m. EDT Airworthiness Records: A guide for owners and pilots, Part 4 Jun 1, 4 p.m. EDT 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 Theoretical astrophysicist, author, private pilot: Talking flying with Dr. @AstroKatie Mack Adrian Eichhorn and Shinji Maeda Simon Caldecott on his retirement from Piper   For a full list of Pilot Lounge videos, see AOPA Online. AOPA podcasts ‘Ask the A&Ps’: ‘Heavy detonation is normally a self-correcting event’ ‘Hangar Talk’: Smithsonian Aeronautics Curator Dorothy Cochrane ‘Pilot Briefing’: Week of May 17, 2021 ‘There I was…’: John ‘Pappy’ Mazza ‘Never Again’: What doesn’t kill us   To see all AOPA podcasts, visit AOPA Online.
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