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Coming up,

a big helping hand from American Airlines.

Your RV-10 sweepstakes airplane

is in for paint.

Picking up the right landmarks.

AOPA Live this week begins,

in just a moment.

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This is AOPA Live this week,

with Tom Haines and Alyssa Cobb.

There's no better time than now

to start to learn to be a pilot

or an aviation mechanic

or any other great aerospace job.

Some are paying up to $60,000 a year

within the first year after graduating high school.

It's pretty amazing.

And as we've told you before,

Boeing says there'll be some

212,000 new professional pilots

needed in North America

in the next 20 years.

Not to mention some 200,000 aviation technicians.

Guess what?

Airlines are very concerned about that.

But one American Airlines

thinks that AOPA is part of the solution

and they're betting money on it.

AOPA Live's Warren Morningstar has more.

As I started traveling to

some of the schools that

were using the AOPA curriculum,

it was obvious that what they were doing,

had great impact on the students' lives.

Greenville technical charter high school

is making a big difference in students' lives.

The South Carolina school was an early adopter

of the AOPA you can fly aviation STEM curriculum.

This week, American Airlines gave the school

more than $8,000 for its aviation program.

We are happy to be awarding you and your school,

this check that you applied for.

We hope that it's a one small way

along with many other grants

that you've been receiving

to help kind of boost

this aviation program even more.

The first of some 16 grants

from American this year.

All going to schools using the free AOPA curriculum.

What we're going to do is

we're going to try to constrict

this area of the tubings.

And so as you know,

what happens in a venturi,

we're going to get airflow through the tube.

There will be a pressure change

as it goes through the constriction.

Doug Adomatis,

the kids call him. Mr A,

is the school science teacher

and the driving force behind

implementing the AOPA program.

If I can get them into my classroom,

I can make him a pilot.

And he does that with drones.

In researching for the grant,

I came across an article

and it was for professional flight schools

and there was a sentence in there

that caught my attention.

That the discovery flight

is probably the single most

powerful thing to attract students into a flight school.

But how many kids can afford

or even want to seek out a discovery flight?

With a drone, we can take the aircraft

to people, to our middle schools

to get them excited about flying,

in a safe situation

where their feet are still on the ground

but looking through the first person view goggles,

the FPV goggles,

they are seeing what it would be like

if they were in that aircraft.

I flew.

You flew?

I flew.

The American Airlines money,

will get Mr A another two drones setups

to use in recruiting for the charter school

and Florida's aviation based science class.

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Now Greenville is home

to some big technology firms

like BMW and Lockheed,

and the charter school is on the campus

of Greenville technical college.

So they have a two year A&P program.

And the cool thing about partnering with them

is that they can start that two year program

while they're still in high school.

So they can knock out

that first year as high schoolers,

then go finish it one year out of high school,

go to work for Lockheed,

build fighter jets,

and make $60,000 a year.

Good money.

But for Mr A,

it isn't just about the money.

I love people, I love kids.

I get the challenges that they're going through

and I want to help them through it

like I did.

In Greenville, South Carolina,

Warren Morningstar, AOPA Live.

This is the third year

for the American Airlines flight education grants.

From now on,

the grants are going only to schools

using the AOPA you can fly science, technology,

engineering, math or STEM curriculum.

Wow, what a time

to be a youth going into aerospace careers.

It really is.

Just a few years ago,

the starting salaries on these

were not very good for a lot of mechanics

and particularly for commuter airline pilots.

Now they come with signing bonuses

and it's amazing

what the opportunities are

for aviation aerospace right now.

Yeah, and being a little biased

in the aviation industry ourselves,

but what better career

can you go into than aviation.

Great people all in all

and wonderful opportunities,

particularly right now.

Man, it's wonderful.

That's right.

Well, speaking of getting young people into aviation,

one of the great forces behind

not only funding the AOPA foundation,

but many aviation's programs

is the James C. Ray foundation.

True to form, they are sponsoring

a matching grant for a program called STEM flights.

It's a program that pairs young people

with mentor pilots for an introduction to aviation.

They also provide STEM programming for youth.

The Ray foundation is helping them grow.

Find more information on the STEM flight's website.

Meanwhile, the feds

are worried about Chinese drone security.

Chinese-based DJI,

the largest drone manufacturer in the world.

The security concerns

caused the department of interior

to ground hundreds of drones.

DJI maintains its products are secure though.

The department uses drones

for important missions like forest firefighting

and because of the grounding,

several inter-agency drone training courses

were canceled.

AOPA has received many calls

from members in recent months

concerned about the hull

and liability insurance premium increases

they are seeing at renewal.

AOPA leaders have met with numerous underwriters

and insurance executives

to understand what is happening

in the insurance market.

We wanted answers as to what causes

10 to 100% increases or more in premiums.

Now Tom, you've been working on this story

and talking to insurance executives.

What's the deal?

Well, the change is a result

of the hardening of the insurance market

after more than a decade of flat

or in some cases, decreasing premiums

and we've all enjoyed that, right?

Well, the insurance industry

has sustained significant losses

in aviation and other markets in recent years.

Losses that have outpaced premiums

and that has caused some insurers

to exit certain markets

including aviation.

In order to be profitable of course,

those that remain have to increase premiums

in some cases, rather dramatically.

Particularly in the owner flown turbine market

and for older pilots.

My story on the AOPA website has some tips

on ways you can mitigate the increases.

So this has been brewing for a while

and because of the hurricanes, earthquakes

and forest fires and tsunamis around the world

and a couple of airline accidents

and that sort of thing

and some satellite based accidents

or failures for launches,

the insurance companies just taking a beating

in the last number of years.

They've been losing money

in the aviation aerospace segment in particular.

Some of them have exited as I said,

so therefore the rates, rates are going up.

Good news is, this is a temporary situation.

The folks I've talked to,

suggest that within the next two to three years

we'll probably see up to kind of level off next year,

still at higher premiums,

but kind of flat.

And then by 2023 or so,

we may start to see it decline once again

back into a softening market

instead of this hardening one.

Important thing is though,

for you to present yourself well to your broker.

Do more than the minimum training

that the FAA requires

so that you show

that you're a proactive pilot

when it comes to safety.

And if you're an older pilot,

you may need to consider

going down to a simpler airplane

if you're flying a complex airplane.

There's been a lot of issues around

gear up landings with older pilots,

the insurance companies say at least.

And so they're looking fondly

on pilots willing to step down

to a simpler airplane.

Or I guess if they want to keep their aircraft,

they could always

bring on another pilot to fly with them.

Good point.

Bring another pilot along with you

and that sometimes can help

and make the insurance company more comfortable.

It's good to know this is temporary.

We just need to buckle up

and ride it out for a year or two.

Yeah, good point.

Well there was a first for a new tilt rotor.

The CMV 22-B is a Navy flying machine

built by Bell and Boeing,

took to the sky for the first time this week.

It's the latest variant in the tilt rotor fleet.

The Navy will use the machine

to replace the C2A Greyhound

for taking people and supplies

from shore to aircraft carriers.

And now I did...a couple of ago,

we, Warren and I,

went out to an aircraft carrier.

We were on a C2A Greyhound,

and I got to tell you,

those things probably are ready for retirement.

This thing was leaking fuel

and hydraulic fluid

and all kinds of things inside the cabin.

So they're pretty old.

Good to see them being replaced finally.

And we're bound to see some innovative things

in the whirly bird segment of general aviation

because next week

is the helicopter association international convention.

We have a crew slated to be there

and we'll bring you the latest from the show

in Anaheim, California.

And we have the latest on

the AOPA RV-10 sweepstakes airplane.

Next time you see it,

you probably won't recognize it.

Lancaster Aero in Pennsylvania

is giving the airplane a new paint job

and it will be finished soon.

Keep an eye out for more about the sweepstakes paint

and the big scheme unveiling.

Coming up,

Patty Wagstaff talks about her landing accident.

And choosing the right landmarks

for visual checkpoints.

We'll be right back.

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Death, taxes and notices to airmen being hard to find.

At least one of those is about to change.

January 24, the sun will set

on the FAA's old pilot web NOTAM system.

Users of the FAA's website

will be directed to the more efficient

and user friendly NOTAM search webpage.

That is, those pilots who have

not yet already found the site

since it's already active.

The end of pilot web will occur

slightly sooner than the FAA announced last fall.

A few months after pilot web is gone,

the sun setting

of older sources of information will continue.

The FAA also announced

that as part of the notices

to airmen modernization effort

in which AOPA, by the way,

has played a key advisory role.

The final edition of the notices to airmen publication

or the NTAP,

will be published on May 21.

Publication will be discontinued,

effective June 18.

You check the NOTAMs before you fly

and you also plan out your flight.

As a CFI, I always tell students

that it's important to have visual checkpoints

as part of a VFR flight plan.

But picking the right ones is critical.

AOPA technical editor, Jill Tallman explains.

Even though GPS navigation is so prevalent,

we still need to learn navigation

by pilotage and dead reckoning.

A big part of that,

are landmarks to use as visual checkpoints.

Paul, think back three months ago

when you were planning your long cross country,

what kind of landmarks did you pick?

I was going from Frederick to Johnstown

to Cumberland to Frederick.

So I knew I'd have a couple of ridges I'd be passing

and I knew I'd have the Hagerstown airport abeam me,

so I chose that.

And then I started counting ridges

and I knew at that point hopefully

the wind farms near Johnstown

would come into view and they did.

So it sounds like it all worked out well for you?


Having the visual landmarks to use,

to be able to keep track of where I was going

in addition to the magenta line

and the ForeFlight and the flight following

and everything else I had.

The visual checkpoints are a really good tool to have.

They are.

The landmarks we think

will be easy to spot from 3000 feet

aren't always that great.

Paul and I are going to show you some good landmarks

and some not so good landmarks.

Be careful when picking a body of water as a landmark.

It should be distinctive.

Lake Marburg in Southern Pennsylvania

has a unique shape and two bridges that cross it

which can help distinguish it

from other lakes in the area.

The Susquehanna river is hard to miss

and clearly what you're looking for.

Frederick's Lake Linganore on the other hand,

is hard to find and not that distinct.

Here on the East coast,

train tracks can be hard to spot.

Sometimes they're overgrown

or hard to pick out

amongst the clutter of roads and buildings.

We lucked out on this flight

in that there were box cars

parked along the siding,

making it stand out.

Now out West you'll have better luck

because there's not as much rolling terrain

and trees around a lot of the train tracks.

In fact it goes back

to one of the early idioms of flight,

IFR, I follow railroads.

Airports make great landmarks.

Just so long as

you're not trying to spot a tiny private airstrip.

Here's Maryland's Carroll County Airport.

Pretty easy to see.

Now, tell me where in this orchard

is Baughers Airport.

It's on the sectional.

It has to be there somewhere.

How about some visuals

that are surprisingly easy to spot.

Like the cement plant,

that is a Frederick favorite.

It's about 14 nautical miles North of the airport

and clearly visible from pattern altitude.

Power plants are usually good markers too.

They're often situated on rivers.

Just remember not to fly too low over a power plant.

So be open to things you might not have considered.

And don't be surprised,

if something you thought would be a good landmark

doesn't work out.

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Well, well, you know,

picking a good landmark is really the key.

It is and it's amazing how things

that seem obvious on the chart

aren't always so obvious

when you're out there flying or flying around.

So yeah, good, good advice there.

It is.

And you know when you get the ones that are great,

there's no question where you are.

You know, once you see that,

you know exactly where you are on your chart,

and you can't beat that.

And it brings a lot of confidence

when you see the first one and get it right.

It's like, okay, we're on our way.


Well, no matter how well you plan your flight,

unexpected can happen.

The Air Safety Institute's.

There I Was Podcast is all about

unpredictable scenarios and how pilots survive them.

Latest episode, aerobatic star Patty Wagstaff

talks about lessons learned

after a runway excursion accident

in her V-Tail Bonanza.

All of a sudden

the plane sort of

veers right into the grass

and it hit a berm

and the plane started to go over and it did.

It just went straight over,

tail over nose

and ended up upside down on the grass.

You can find the There I Was Podcast

on your favorite podcast app

or the AOPA website.

That's it for our show this week.

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And let us know what you think.

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