October 18, 2021
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Light-sport aircraft are a "sometimes overlooked segment of general aviation" that often feature digital, glass-panel avionics and exceptional short takeoff and landing capabilities, writes pilot Dan Pimentel. Additionally, these airplanes can be flown with a sport pilot certificate, making them an easier and more affordable way to enter the aviation field, Pimentel notes.
Full Story: Flying online (10/15) 
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Aviation Update
Demand for commercial aircraft is bringing global supply chain challenges to the aerospace sector. Cessna business jets, for example, are seeing significantly more flight time, driving demand for parts. "We're in a healthier position compared to what it could be, but we are starting to see some issues," said Ron Draper, president and CEO of Textron Aviation.
Full Story: WTVB-AM (Coldwater, Mich.)/Reuters (10/15) 
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The structure, design, materials and manufacturing processes make the Husky an extremely safe and robust airplane. When you take flight, you can do so with confidence in the performance, capability and dependability of this aircraft. AND on top to that, it's incredibly fun to fly. Learn More.
What kind of aviation events do you attend most?
Check out poll results in Wednesday's eBrief. The results from the poll questions in Aviation eBrief do not necessarily represent the views of pilots, aircraft owners or AOPA members, and therefore should not be used for research purposes.
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Airport Focus
Southern Illinois Airport in Murphysboro, Ill., has a variety of projects in the works, including a new hangar that will house an avionics and maintenance company and a terminal that will include a lounge, administrative offices and a brewery. The airport, which was named General Aviation Airport of the Year by the state's Department of Transportation, also has a new storage hangar and a water system to combat fires, with additional acreage available for development.
Full Story: The Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale, Ill.) (9/30) 
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Join ForeFlight and Jason Miller for a discussion on all things weather-related in ForeFlight including some of ForeFlight's most underutilized weather features, how to incorporate weather products into preflight planning, and how these features can significantly improve safety of flight for student pilots and experienced flyers alike.
Unither Bioelectronics, a unit of United Therapeutics, reached a milestone with its first delivery of a lung for organ transplant via drone. The flight completed last month between two hospitals in Toronto "over a high-density urban setting and highly congested traffic area" showcased the future of organ delivery by drone, according to the company.
Full Story: eVTOL (10/14) 
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Chemist Exposes Worst Meds For Pilots
Don't let prescription drugs or poor health keep you grounded. Chemist and pilot shows you which drugs cause weight gain, rob you of energy and decrease your reaction time. Get the report FREE.
Pilot Spotlight
Pilot Paul Steklenski founded Flying Fur Animal Rescue after adopting his dog, Tessa, and recognizing that transporting animals from one shelter to another could save them from being euthanized. "Transportation is sometimes the defining factor whether or not they live or die," said Steklenski, whose nonprofit has moved over 2,000 cats and dogs to safety.
Full Story: NewsNation (10/12) 
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Policy Watch
Urban Movement Labs, a nonprofit that was spun out from the Los Angeles mayor's office, is developing air taxi standards for the city. The nonprofit aims to help companies integrate urban air mobility within the existing transportation infrastructure and navigate regulations concerning noise, zoning and accessibility.
Full Story: TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (10/11) 
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New Garmin SiriusXM Aviation How-To Videos are Now Available!
These short videos show how to set up and use SiriusXM Aviation features on your Garmin display. Watch all of them to confidently make the best-informed decisions from takeoff to landing. Click here to watch.
Longtime AOPA partner Sporty's Pilot Shop will be covering the shipping for AOPA members on Oct. 20 in honor of AOPA Day. AOPA eMedia Assistant Editor Cayla McLeod shares her wish list.
Full Story: AOPA Online (10/13) 
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AOPA Member Benefits
The AOPA Air Safety Institute released the 31st edition of the Joseph T. Nall Report, sharing the most current snapshot of general aviation safety performance. And ASI's Early Analysis: N7022G makes a preliminary assessment of a recent accident, addressing notable portions of the tragic flight and highlighting areas the NTSB will likely investigate to determine a probable cause. Give Pilot Briefing five minutes and we'll catch you up on the aviation news you need to know for the week. Listen to the podcast.
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