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Your FlightPath Has Arrived!

  FlightPath Issue 12.2020   Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Instagram Instagram YouTube YouTube   Image Courtesy of Anonymous AOPA Member. Aircraft flying past snow-covered mountain.   Photo of December's Pilot of the Month, Kobie Short excerpt of Kobie's story.   Kobie, AOPA Pilot of the Month, December 2020 READ ABOUT KOBIE: Click Here Submit your story: Click here   Image Courtesy of Anonymous AOPA Member. Aircraft flying past snow-covered mountain.   Holiday Traditions with AOPA   No matter who you celebrate with or how you celebrate, everyone is bound to have their own, special holiday traditions. So we asked our followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram what their favorite holiday traditions were and wanted to share with you! 
  “Playing holiday music on my grand piano” – Steve McNeilly.

“Making lefse with [my] grandparents” – @forever.e.melodie

“Making the short flight from Payson, AZ (KPAN) to get pies for the family” – @campmo1

“Christmas day boat ride!” – @mahashawnie

“Watching Christmas Vacation after getting the tree!!!” – @renee_ellie_

 
What Holiday Tradition will you Create This December?

No matter what new traditions you create or traditions you continue forward with, we hope you have a wonderful holiday season full of love, light, and laughter. Please enjoy our last, and most importantly, seasonal, issue of FlightPath.

We’ll see you in 2021!   Get Cozy with AOPA   Holiday Shopping Like a Pro

Become an expert-level holiday shopper with these 5 holiday shopping organization steps.   GET ORGANIZED Budgeting For The Holidays

The holiday season is here. It’s the season of giving but also the season of spending. Don’t miss these tips and tricks to save for holiday gifts.       FIND YOUR BUDGET   Learn with AOPA   172 Lands at Busy Class B

Landing at a busy Class Bravo isn’t something GA pilots do often. Watching this experienced pilot handle rapid-fire ATC and task saturation is an interesting and valuable lesson. 
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A series of fun presentations on flying topics to help keep you proficient. Hosted by the You Can Fly Flight Training Team.       GET FREE ACCESS   Pressure Over the Atlantic

Kerry McCauley was flying solo over the North Atlantic to Paris when he discovered an issue with his auxiliary fuel tank. Watch to learn how he found a solution and survived. 
    STEP IN THE COCKPIT Quiz: Winter Weather

Ride along on a cold weather IFR flight and consider what you would do when faced with icing conditions.    ARE YOU READY?     Protect with AOPA   FAA Medicine Summit

Recently, the FAA Office of Aerospace Medicine invited AOPA and other industry stakeholders to participate in an Aviation Medicine Summit via Zoom.   READ MORE Driving Under the Influence & Your Aviation Life: Part I Of II

Part I of this series will discuss some suggested practices if you’re stopped by the police for suspected driving under the influence, whether you’ve had anything to drink or not.     READ MORE   Own with AOPA   AOPA Webinar: How to Buy an Airplane

Let AOPA help you navigate the process of buying an airplane—from pre-buy inspections and title searches, to financing and insurance. Tune in Tue, Dec 8, 2020 at 7:00 PM ET. Registration is free.    REGISTER NOW   What Happens Once I’m Approved? 
There are still two steps remaining to securing a loan.    READ MORE Adam Answers 2020 Year in Review

Adam answers in December’s edition.   READ MORE   Hang Out with AOPA   Two hands holding a plush heart 50 Ways to Spread More Kindness in the World

The world would be a completely different place if we all practiced daily random acts of kindness.   READ MORE   Calling All Writers! 

We want you to write a blog for AOPA ‘s Pilot Gear blog, Between the Three-Nine!

If you have ever thought about writing, want to share your thoughts, or are just interested in trying it out, write a blog about your New Year’s resolutions and send it our way! The winner will have their blog featured on Between the Three-Nine in January 2021! 

When you are ready to submit your blog click here or send to the email in the blog prompt linked below.   GET THE BLOG PROMPT     Fly with AOPA   AOPA Flight Training Scholarships Available

Applications Now Open! Flight training scholarship awards are made possible through donations to the AOPA Foundation, these awards can help members reach their aviation goals. Apply today or tell someone you know who would benefit from financial assistance with flight training for a primary certificate or advanced training. 
 
The deadline for scholarship applications is Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).   REVIEW AVALIABLE SCHOLARSHIPS   December Pilot Passport Challenge

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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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Reminder: You’re Invited to Have a Seat at the Table

Bread & Roses Café is serving our homeless neighbors this holiday season.
  Have a Seat.   You’re invited to provide a meal for someone in need.   Ronald’s Road to Recovery Started with a Hot Meal at Bread and Roses Café   Ronald lost his job at the age of 60 and soon ended up homeless; his life soon spiraled out of control.   Frightened and hungry, Ronald found his way to Bread & Roses Café. While there, he couldn’t believe the dignity he received. “I was shown so much kindness there,” he remembers. Ronald started to look forward to his daily meal and the human connection he felt at the Café. Soon, Ronald worked with SJC staff to help him begin the journey to stabilize his life.   Through the Bread & Roses Café, Ronald got mental health support for his PTSD and depression. Today, Ronald lives in permanent housing and is ready to start the next chapter in his life–opening his own carpentry business. “I urge people to give to Bread & Roses Café,” Ronald says. “It helped me stabilize physically and mentally.” Donate   Hello Richard,   After the pandemic struck the LA homeless population, St. Joseph Center’s Bread and Roses Café experienced a significant increase in costs and a 63% increase in meals served daily. Because of the generous support from people like you, we now serve more than 37,000 nutritious meals to people coping with homelessness and hardship annually.   Today, we invite you to “Have A Seat” at the table and make a contribution that will help Bread and Roses Café continue serving hot, nourishing meals to our community this holiday season. The Café relies on private donations to operate–your support is valuable and critical for everything from buying food to keeping the lights on.   Two Ways YOU Can Help BREAD & ROSES CAFE Support Clients Like Ronald   1. Donate to our Bread & Roses Café.   2. Host a fundraiser in honor of St. Joseph Center. Click here to download fun ideas!   Follow, Share, and Tag Us @stjosephctr on social media posts with your friends and followers.   With a grateful heart, Happy Holidays from your friends at St. Joseph Center   DONATE STAY CONNECTED  
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FAA Administrators Remote ID nonsense, Mini over DC, Autel Enterprise, Local Drone Laws

  Weekly Drone News Update   Drone News: FAA Administrators Remote ID nonsense, Mini over DC, Autel Enterprise, Local Drone Laws This week in Drone News: FAA Administrator Dickson makes a Remote ID blooper. A discussion about your potentially expiring drone registration. A DJI Mavic Mini was seen flying over a DC March by the White House. Autel shows Evo II Enterprise models in China. And lastly, we are launching a cool tool to help drone pilots find local drone laws.

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Watch the Video       A new resource to check local drone laws  Many of you have been asking for a resource to check local drone laws. As you know, the FAA controls the airspace but oftentimes, state and local municipalities have additional drone restrictions. Current resources are often outdated so we decided to find a solution!

Introducing Pilot Institute’s Wiki Drone Laws. We created a resource for YOU, kept up-to-date by YOU. Take ownership of the rules in your state and help others stay safe flying in the National Airspace. Users now have the ability to update the rules as they are updated.   
Find rules in your state       New Free Course: DJI Mavic Mini Deep Dive  Most people don’t read manuals – and for good reason. They are usually dry, academic, and written in small font. We put together this free video course to show you the features of the Mavic Mini in a fun and engaging way. The DJI Mavic Mini has quickly grown to be loved by the drone community. It’s small, agile, and has a capable camera. It’s also significantly cheaper than larger drones.

We have put this course together so you can see what this drone can do. This is a sample of what you’ll learn: How to use all the intelligent flight modes Understand RTH to prevent losing your drone A complete look at the drone, controller, and app including settings most people don’t know about  
Enroll for Free       Have you joined our Study Group on Facebook? Students enrolled in our Part 107 course qualify to join our study group on Facebook. Join hundreds of other pilots who are also studying and engage with our graduates. 

If you’re a student, join the group today   Join the Group       Congratulations to our graduates Let’s brag about our graduates. A lot of our grads aced it last week. Congrats to the following people for making the best of the current situation, if you scored over 90, be sure to claim your free shirt! 🎉🎈🎊🍕   🏆 Dirk B. 92
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ePilot: First look at Flight Design’s F2; Inspiring new pilots

Top Stories Flight Design's NextGen: The F2 series Multimedia Flight Design’s NextGen: The F2 series Flight Design’s F2 looks a lot like its CT stablemates to the untrained eye, but it’s bigger all around and filled with technology. We fly the second two-seat prototype and learn about the four-seat version that’s in the works.
Read more, view photos, and watch a video > Aviation teachers, industry leaders compare notes You Can Fly Aviation teachers, industry leaders compare notes The sharing of ideas, information, and teaching tips during the sixth annual AOPA High School Aviation STEM Symposium presented as a Livestream by the U.S. Air Force flew by at a torrid pace.
Read more and watch a video > Pistons continue to prop up aircraft market Article Pistons continue to prop up the aircraft market While the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the aviation industry, piston aircraft sales bucked the trend with a third-quarter uptick.
Read more > Flight Design F2; Electric Audi; Virtual STEM AOPA Live This Week Flight Design F2; Electric Audi; Virtual STEM We flew Flight Design’s roomy new F2; took the Audi e-tron SUV for a test drive; and inspired another group of teachers to promote a passion for aviation through science, technology, engineering, and math lessons.
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Make sure this is on your pre-flight checklist!

AssuredPartners has services to keep you flying safe

  Assured Partners AOPA Insurance Partner Whether you’re flying your own airplane, renting from others, instructing, or running an aviation business, insurance is on the pre-flight checklist.  As AOPA’s strategic partner for aviation insurance, AssuredPartners Aerospace provides an unmatched depth of knowledge and resources all driven by the desire to set a new standard for service and responsiveness. Our experience has been honed over years of working closely with the nation’s best insurance carriers– and we understand the needs that make aviation insurance unique.

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make the best choice when it comes to your aviation insurance needs.  You will find our Blog full of valuable and timely articles that help explain everything from “BasicMed and how it relates to your aviation insurance” to “Upgrading to a larger, more complicated aircraft”.

We have also crafted two guidebooks that put complex aviation insurance lingo into simple to understand language.  We invite you to download a copy of our Owner or Renter Guidebook, get yours today!     If you’d like more resources, expert advice, or a quote on your aviation insurance, please visit www.ap-aerospace.com or call us at 800.622.2672. We look forward to serving your aviation insurance needs now and in the future. © 2020 AOPA  •  421 Aviation Way Frederick, MD 21701 US 800.872.2672  •  301.695.2375 Fax
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Your FlightPath Has Arrived!

Are you giving back for Veterans Day?

  FlightPath Issue 11.2020   Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Instagram Instagram YouTube YouTube   Image Courtesy of AOPA Member Andres. Image of aircraft with "U.S. Air Force" on the side and sunset in the background. Man in aircraft saluting towards camera.   Thank an Airport Employee Intro   Read Submission Button: Click Here to read more about Airport Employee Winner.   Image of text thanking all members who took the time to submit an airport employee that is important to them.   Learn with AOPA   AOPA is proud to support and thank those who have bravely served in The United States Armed Forces. We appreciate our veterans, their contributions to society, and the sacrifices they have made to protect our freedom. 

Our veterans are an important part of the AOPA community, and we are humbled by their service and engagement in the aviation community. Without you, AOPA and aviation would not be where it is today. We are forever grateful. 

We ask, in support of our veterans, that you take the day to recognize and thank those who have served and, if able, support one of the many organizations below through monetary donation, physical donation, or volunteering.  Wounded Warrior Project Veterans of Foreign Wars Vietnam Veterans of America Center for Women Veterans (CWV) U.S Department of Veterans Affairs At AOPA, we will be encouraging all employees to make donations to Charlotte Hall Veterans Home!   Would you like to have your image featured in FligthPath? Submit your image by clicking here.   Learn with AOPA   The State of Safety: New Joseph T. Nall Reports

The Air Safety Institute is excited to announce the release of the 29th and 30th Joseph T. Nall Reports. The reports feature mobile-friendly displays of near real-time accident data, including data as far back as 2008 and trends well into 2020.     READ IT HERE Get Ready for Winter Weather

Learn how to recognize and avoid dangerous precipitation and icing and find tips on exit strategies for unexpected and inadvertent icing encounters.   BE PREPARED   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 but most importantly, to get you to have fun!   CHECK THEM OUT HERE Prerecorded Don’t Get Rusty 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   Do You Lean for Taxi?

When does it help and when is it dangerous? See the poll results from over 16,000 pilots, read the helpful discussion, and get expert tips.   GET THE SCOOP   Protect with AOPA   Aviation and CBD: Do They Mix?
We hear and see a lot of advertisements touting the benefits of products containing CBD. But can pilots and others in the aviation industry use these products without jeopardizing their hard-earned positions requiring FAA certificates or employer mandated drug tests?     READ MORE BAMA Introduction

AOPA has recently started up an AOPA Board of Aviation Medical Advisors (BAMA) that will provide superb expertise in advancing solutions to address long overdue reforms to the FAA’s medical certification processes.   READ MORE   Own with AOPA   Ready to Buy But Can’t Find Your Airplane? 

You are pre-approved for a loan, all you need is the plane of your dreams. The only problem is there doesn’tseem to be any on the market, or at least at what you think is a reasonable price.   READ MORE I’m Looking to Upgrade. What Rate is Normal for Me? 

Adam answers in November’s edition.   READ MORE     Hang Out with AOPA   AOPA Holiday Cards Aviation Holiday Cards: Designing the Magic

Sending holiday cards is a tradition we all cherish. Each year, you’ll find there are endless options to choose from. But do you know how are these cards made?   FIND OUT   Make a Difference with AOPA   Image of two people looking at aircraft Help GA Prepare For 2021

We need your help preparing to address the challenges that general aviation will continue to face in the coming years. Let’s start this new year strong!   GIVE TODAY   Image of AOPA Legacy Foundation wall Your Legacy, On The Wall

Including the AOPA Foundation in your estate plans? Notify us by December 31 and we can add your name to the Legacy Wall at AOPA Headquarters in the spring.    NOTIFY US NOW   Partner with AOPA   People sitting by car with dog. AVIS logo in bottom left-hand corner. Celebrate your way

This season, AOPA members can save up to 30% off Avis’ PAY NOW rates when making a reservation with Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number A451362.    LEARN MORE     Fly with AOPA   November Pilot Passport Challenge

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ePilot: eVTOL future moves closer; Salute to veterans

A ride like George Jetson’s might be closer than you think. Plus, one veteran gets a special flight.

AOPA ePilot VOL 22, ISSUE 46 November 13, 2020
Top Stories Florida fosters flock of future flyers Article Florida fosters flock of future flyers Florida officials are eager to host a hub for electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft on the doorstep of one of the state’s busiest airports; elsewhere, aspiring flying cars hit the road, take flight, and approach approval. (Image courtesy of Lilium.) Read more > For love of a rare bird; Honoring veterans; Safe integration AOPA Live This Week For love of a rare bird; Honoring veterans; Safe integration We take you inside a lifelong fascination with a rare seaplane. Also, we thank veterans for their service, join one World War II pilot for a special flight, and detail North Dakota’s drone safety investment. Watch AOPA Live This Week® >
Technique and Safety Sporty's upgrades online training courses Article Sporty’s upgrades online training courses Sporty’s Pilot Shop recently upgraded its online pilot training courses to allow students to study however, wherever, and whenever they want. (Image courtesy of Sporty’s.) Read more > Drone safety: Real-world risks, rewards Webinar Drone safety: Real-world risks, rewards AOPA Air Safety Institute Senior Director Paul Deres, AOPA Drone Pilot Editor Jim Moore, and public safety pilot Steve Rhode will examine unmanned mishaps to highlight useful lessons on November 18 at noon Eastern time. Register here >
Webinar Invisible, odorless, deadly Learn how to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning when risk increases with the use of cabin heat in the winter during an AOPA Air Safety Institute webinar on November 19 at 7 p.m. Eastern time. Register here > Video Easy as a pirep Controllers cover the fine points of filing pireps in this installment of the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s Ask ATC series. In-flight icing Login required In-flight icing Structural icing is one of the greatest hazards of winter flying for light aircraft. This AOPA Air Safety Institute quiz will help you recognize and avoid icing conditions.
Advocacy Pilots weigh in on records database plan Advocacy Pilots weigh in on records database plan Pilots and flight departments surveyed about the proposed electronic Pilot Records Database expressed a range of concerns including undue burdens and lack of transparency. Read more > Drone integration advances Article Drone integration advances When the FAA recently announced the end of one drone integration effort and the beginning of another, one state stood out for offering a solution that would place no new burdens on pilots. Read more and watch a video >
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Health Pilot Protection Services Medical falsification and the FAA The FAA recently adopted a prompt settlement policy for legal enforcement actions against individuals alleged to have committed several types of violations related to medical certification. Read more >
Gear Time traveler Article Time traveler Watchmaker Jack Mason has teamed with AOPA to create a purpose-built luxury chronometer that’s ruggedly stylish. (Photo courtesy of Jack Mason.) Read more > Sporty's ornament celebrates Piper Cherokee Sporty’s ornament celebrates Piper Cherokee The 2020 Sporty’s Pilot Shop Crystal Christmas Ornament celebrates the line of single-engine Piper Cherokee aircraft that first appeared as a two-person model in 1960. The ornament is available online for $24.95. (Photo courtesy of Sporty’s.) The Bose difference Bose created content The Bose difference Bose aviation headsets are born out of a rigorous research and development process that has been refined over many decades to yield the best combination of noise cancellation, comfort, and clarity. Read more >
Travel 'Third Thursday' airport gathering 11 years strong Pilot magazine ‘Third Thursday’ airport gathering 11 years strong An unofficial dinnertime gathering—no agenda, no budget, no speeches—at Iowa’s Mason City Municipal Airport has attracted pilots for 11 years. Read more > Want more general aviation travel stories? Sign up for our free AOPA Travel Pilot biweekly newsletter.
Financial Article Avionics sales hit by coronavirus pandemic Sales of avionics for business and general aviation aircraft in the first three quarters of 2020 declined 27 percent from those in the same period in 2019 as the industry absorbed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more > Member benefit I’m looking to upgrade. What rate is normal for me? AOPA Aviation Finance Co. President Adam Meredith explains the factors that influence interest rates for aircraft purchases. Read more >
News and Notes STOL showdown to headline Sun 'n Fun holiday event Article STOL showdown to headline Sun ‘n Fun holiday event Up to 125 pilots flying five classes of aircraft will compete December 4 and 5 to achieve the best short takeoff and landing performances, with money and a national ranking up for grabs. Read more and watch a video > Breaking barriers: Meet Anthony Lawrence Article Breaking barriers: Meet Anthony Lawrence U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Anthony Lawrence always knew he wanted to fly. Earning his place among some of the world’s top pilots required persistence and consistency. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Anthony Lawrence.) Read more >
Article Spotlight on service Sport pilot, Airport Support Network volunteer, and U.S. Army veteran George Chase shares how his military service inspired him to learn to fly. He has given many introductory flights and helped revitalize his local airport. Read more > Becoming an airline pilot today ATP Flight School created content Becoming an airline pilot today ATP has placed graduates at airlines every year since 1984, helping pilots navigate industry challenges and capitalize on opportunities. Today, that experience is being put to work to define a clear path for the next generation of pilots. Read more > Podcast ‘Hangar Talk’: Polar circumnavigator Robert DeLaurentis Citizen of the World pilot Robert DeLaurentis reflects on what he learned, the people he met, and the science experiments he conducted during a polar circumnavigation in a Gulfstream Twin Commander 900. Listen to the podcast > Airworthiness advisories AD affects Austro Engine GmbH E4, E4P engines
Career Opportunities Aviation job board Job of the week: A&P mechanic, Haggan Aviation Haggan Aviation, located in Englewood, Colorado, is seeking experienced A&P mechanics. Since 1996, Haggan has been performing heavy and light inspection checks on small and midsize corporate aircraft, including but not limited to Lear and Hawker airframes. Read the full description and apply today >
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I am an instrument-rated private pilot, and I am considering pursuing additional certificates and ratings, and becoming a flight instructor. I have a first class medical with third class privileges. Would I need to get a new first or second class medical to work toward my goal?
  Answer No. The federal aviation regulations require a medical with third class privileges to act as pilot in command for your commercial and CFI practical tests and to act as a flight instructor and pilot in command. A medical certificate is not required for flight instructing unless the instructor is acting as PIC or a required crewmember. See FAR 61.23 for additional information. Join the discussion >

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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 Nov. 18, 12 p.m. EST Drone safety: Real-world risks, rewards Nov. 18, 7 p.m. EST AOPA Rusty Pilots – Webinar edition Nov. 19, 7 p.m. EST CO … It’s a gas Dec. 2, 7 p.m. EST AOPA Rusty Pilots – Webinar edition Dec. 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). Latest AOPA Pilot Lounge videos 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 ‘Bachelor’ star Peter Weber   For a full list of Pilot Lounge videos, see AOPA Online. AOPA podcasts ‘Ask the A&Ps’: ‘You’re not going to fall out of the sky because the camshaft wears’ ‘Hangar Talk’: Polar circumnavigator Robert DeLaurentis ‘Hangar Talk’ Flight Time series: John Zimmerman ‘Pilot Briefing’: Week of Nov. 9, 2020 ‘There I was…’: Todd Clark ‘Never Again’: Rental pilot reluctance ‘Pilot Protection Services Podcast’: Predicting the future   To see all AOPA podcasts, visit AOPA Online.
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Sony enters the drone market. Public-safety platform. Deliveries with your DJI drone?

  Weekly Drone News Update   Drone News: Sony enters the drone market. Public-safety platform. Deliveries with your DJI drone? This week in Drone News: Sony is planning to enter the drone market. Autel partners with DroneSense for an integrated public safety platform. A new model for Drone delivery from Zing. The results of a survey on what people think about drones.

You can watch the video by clicking on the image above or by visiting our channel.    Watch the Video       New Free Course: DJI Mavic Mini Deep Dive  Most people don’t read manuals – and for good reason. They are usually dry, academic, and written in small font. We put together this free video course to show you the features or the Mavic Mini in a fun and engaging way. The DJI Mavic Mini has quickly grown to be loved by the drone community. It’s small, agile, and has a capable camera. It’s also significantly cheaper than larger drones.

We have put this course together so you can see what this drone can do. This is sample of what you’ll learn: How to use all the intelligent flight modes Understand RTH to prevent losing your drone A complete look at the drone, controller, and app including settings most people don’t know about   Enroll for Free       Have you joined our Study Group on Facebook? Students enrolled in our Part 107 course qualify to join our study group on Facebook. Join hundreds of other pilots who are also studying and engage with our graduates. 

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