December 19, 2014, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition
December 19, 2014 ePilot Training Tip: A matter of course
AOPA Internet Flight Planner 2.0 now in beta
The AOPA Internet Flight Planner (AIFP) 2.0, powered by Jeppesen, is now available in beta for all AOPA members to test. The beta period is open through early 2015.
Travers and Associates adds renter's insurance
Travers and Associates now offers renter's insurance for individuals and certificated flight instructors.
No barriers to the sky
A Wisconsin pilot with a congenital heart defect is able to solo thanks to the sport pilot regulations.
December 19, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter
December 19, 2014 Safety challenge kicks off; First look at Falcon 8X
Turbulence Causes Injuries Aboard American Flight
Four passengers and one crew member were treated for injuries after severe turbulence forced an American Airlines flight to divert while en route to Dallas from Seoul, South Korea, CNN reported this week. The flight landed in Narita, Japan and those injured were taken to local hospitals, CNN said.
NASA, SpaceX Delay Unmanned Launch
NASA and contractor SpaceX announced Thursday this week's launch of an unmanned supply capsule to the International Space Station will be postponed until January to conduct further testing. NASA said issues during a test of the Falcon rocket engines at Cape Canaveral this week will require investigation. A possible launch date on the morning of Jan. 6 is in the works, with a backup date on Jan. 7.
Dassault Unveils Falcon 8X
Dassault Aviation on Wednesday unveiled the Falcon 8X, touting the new model as its "ultra long range" flagship business jet. The 8X, announced in May, builds on the popular 7X long-range trijet and will offer a range of 6,450 nm and a cabin 3.5 feet longer than the 7X. It also has a more efficient wing and upgraded Pratt & Whitney Canada engines, competing with Gulfstream's new long-range G650ER, also introduced earlier this year.
New This Week
AVweb's search of aviation news around the world turned up new corporate appointments at Airbus Group, European certification for Embraer's Legacy 500, an award to Norwegian Air from Rockford, Illinois, and the National Aviation Hall of Fame 2015 inductees.
Researchers Find Expert Pilots See Differently
An experienced pilot will make a better decision about whether to attempt a marginal landing while showing only about half as much brain activity as less experienced pilots, according to a recent study completed by scientists at Stanford University. The research used a flight simulator set up like the cockpit of a single-engine airplane.