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ePilot: New King Air 260; Bizav forecast; Emergency over the Atlantic

Latest news from the business aviation industry, and fighting against the odds over the Atlantic.

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AOPA ePilot VOL 22, ISSUE 49 December 4, 2020
Top Stories King Air 260 debuts Article King Air 260 debuts The Beechcraft King Air 260 unveiled December 2 replaces the King Air 250 and features autothrottles, among other upgrades. (Photo courtesy of Textron Aviation.) Read more > COVID-19 downturn could be short-lived Article COVID-19 downturn could be short-lived Business aviation has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, but the industry is already improving, according to Honeywell Aerospace. (Image courtesy of Aerion Supersonic.) Read more > Apply for AOPA flight training scholarships You Can Fly Apply for AOPA flight training scholarships The AOPA You Can Fly program has a fresh round of scholarship funding lined up for high schoolers, teachers, student pilots, and certificated pilots seeking advanced ratings. Applications are due February 14. Read more > Virtual NBAA; Guillow's legacy; Chattanooga SeaRey AOPA Live This Week Virtual NBAA; Guillow’s legacy; Chattanooga SeaRey We bring you the latest from the business aviation world. Also, tour the Paul K. Guillow Inc. factory, where balsa kindles a love of aviation, and fly the Tennessee River Gorge in a SeaRey. Watch AOPA Live This Week® >
NBAA Article JETNET forecasts bizjet trends From the depths of the COVID-19 crisis in March, when optimism was down 43 percent, the fourth-quarter mood of 20,000 business aircraft owners surveyed surged into positive territory following news that coronavirus vaccinations are imminent, according to a JETNET iQ poll. Read more > Phenom 100EV gets avionics boost Article Phenom 100EV gets avionics boost Embraer Executive Jets’ Phenom 100EV has received several upgrades to its Garmin G3000 Prodigy Touch avionics suite. (Photo courtesy of Embraer.) Read more > Article Tamarack opens East Coast install center Tamarack Aerospace Group opened the Tamarack East Coast Transformation Center in South Carolina on December 3 to provide expert, factory-quality installation of Tamarack’s ATLAS Active Winglets in 10 days or less. Read more > Article Gogo launches Vision 360 Gogo, a worldwide provider of in-flight broadband connectivity, sold its commercial aviation business to Intelsat for $400 million, then announced a new service for business aviation. Read more >
Technique and Safety Pressure over the Atlantic Video Pressure over the Atlantic Ferry pilot Kerry McCauley was flying solo over the North Atlantic when he discovered a serious issue with his auxiliary fuel tank. Watch this new AOPA Air Safety Institute Real Pilot Story to learn how he found a solution and survived. IFR Fix Squawking 2020 The FAA appears to be cool to continuing coronavirus pandemic relief for pilots. Read more >
Just in case Online resource Just in case Look at ways to handle those critical “up here, wishing you were down there” situations as safely as possible in this AOPA Air Safety Institute Safety Spotlight. Learn more > Video Tempting fate Transitioning to a new-to-you airplane isn’t as simple as it may seem—even if the new airplane is commonly considered a step down. Learn from one pilot’s mistakes in a light sport aircraft in this AOPA Air Safety Institute video.
Advocacy Advocacy FAA, European regulators expand aviation safety agreement The FAA and the European Commission announced the expansion of their bilateral aviation safety agreement to allow mutual acceptance of some pilot certification and training rules, streamlining administrative processes and reducing training costs. Read more >
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Health Online resource Health conditions may affect medical certification Find answers to questions about how a medical condition might impact your flying privileges. Learn more >
Technology Bye shifts to Safran Article Bye shifts to Safran Bye Aerospace announced a course change in the development of its all-electric airplanes, turning to Safran Electrical and Power to propel certification prototypes and production aircraft. (Photo courtesy of Bye Aerospace.) Read more >
Gear iFlightPlanner integrates with iFly GPS Slideshow iFlightPlanner integrates with iFly GPS A new integration between iFlightPlanner and iFly GPS allows flight plans to be wirelessly synced on Android, Windows, and Apple mobile devices. Read more > SiriusXM Aviation, Garmin, and Lightspeed offer special deals If you are in the market for a Garmin GDL 51/52 aviation weather receiver, a Lightspeed Zulu 3 headset, a Sirius XM Tour radio, or a SiriusXM weather subscription, check out these deals before it’s too late. Learn more >
Financial Texas Aircraft pitches basic Colt Article Texas Aircraft pitches basic Colt Flight schools asked for an affordable light sport aircraft with Garmin in the panel and an all-metal airframe. Texas Aircraft Manufacturing responded. Read more > Member benefit Avoid last-minute mix-ups These four common mistakes can delay your aircraft purchase. Read more > Webinar How to buy an airplane Learn how to navigate the process of buying an airplane—from prepurchase inspections and title searches to financing and insurance—during an AOPA webinar on December 8 at 7 p.m. Eastern time. Register now >
News and Notes Mutual inspiration Article Mutual inspiration Central Florida Aerospace Academy’s annual celebration of student accomplishments in 2020 included the school resource officer, who was inspired by the students to achieve his longtime desire to become a pilot. Read more > A lesson in the sky You Can Fly A lesson in the sky Students utilizing AOPA’s High School Aviation STEM curriculum in Greenville, South Carolina, put their classroom experience to the test with a flight lesson November 24. (Photo courtesy of STEM Flights.) Read more >
Aviation holiday cards: Designing the magic Article Aviation holiday cards: Designing the magic Aviation-themed holiday cards are an AOPA tradition. Our graphic designer shares the inspiration and creative process behind the AOPA Pilot Gear holiday cards she designs. Read more > Podcast ‘I went to the church of lean of peak’ Ask the A&Ps podcast hosts Mike Busch, Paul New, and Colleen Sterling talk about why running lean of peak is so beneficial, and tackle questions on sticky valves, how to properly break in an engine, oil consumption, and more. Submit your questions for the next episode. Listen to the podcast > Airworthiness advisories AD affects certain Piper PA–34-220T airplanes
Career Opportunities Aviation job board Job of the week: Flight attendant, Air Wisconsin Airlines Operating as a regional airline in the United States, Air Wisconsin Airlines performs flying services as a partner with United Airlines. The sole flight attendant on each aircraft will perform a variety of services conducive to the safety and comfort of passengers. Read the full description and apply today >
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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 Dec. 8, 7 p.m. EST How to buy an airplane Dec. 10, 12 p.m. EST ‘Don’t Get Rusty’ series: Seven ways an instrument rating will make you a better pilot Jan. 14, 12 p.m. EST ‘Don’t Get Rusty’ series: Wait! Are we in balance? Jan. 19, 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). Latest AOPA Pilot Lounge videos John Mohr, Piaggio Royal Gull CST Flight Services COVID-19 travel guides Earthrounder, crash survivor, and public speaker Ryan Campbell George Antoniadis – PlaneSense You Can Fly Champions How a PPS panel attorney protects AOPA members   For a full list of Pilot Lounge videos, see AOPA Online. AOPA podcasts ‘Ask the A&Ps’: ‘I went to the church of lean of peak’ ‘Hangar Talk’: Aviation careers conversation highlights jobs ‘Hangar Talk’ Flight Time series: John Zimmerman ‘Pilot Briefing’: Week of Nov. 30, 2020 ‘There I was…’: Todd Clark ‘Never Again’: I knew I was rusty ‘Pilot Protection Services Podcast’: Predicting the future   To see all AOPA podcasts, visit AOPA Online.
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