AOPA Live This Week – January 9, 2020

AOPA Live This Week – January 9, 2020

There’s suddenly a big player in the urban air taxi game. Cirrus has something new for the new year and you can’t wait any longer. ADS-B is the law. And checking out in your sweepstakes RV-10, AOPA Live This Week starts right after this. (upbeat music) This is AOPA Live This Week with Tom Haines and Alyssa Cobb. New year, new rules, and a new anchor. Welcome, Alyssa. Thank you, Tom. It’s great to be on here with you. You know, after 15 years of bringing our members the news every week through AOPA ePilot that comes out each Friday morning, it’s nice to also be able to share the news with you every week through AOPA Live. We’re glad to have you aboard. And we’ll tell you a little bit more about Alyssa at the end of today’s show. Well, if you don’t know this by now what hangar have you been hiding in? You now have to have ADS-B Out installed to fly in what they call Rule Airspace. Well, the ADS-B mandate went into effect on January 2nd, just after midnight local time. All the way from the Caribbean through the Pacific, all the way to Guam. And now that we’ve had it in place for about a week, we can say things are going pretty well. We’ve had quite a few calls, quite a few emails to AOPA, mostly explaining where the airspace is that requires ADS-B, and helping pilots who are not yet equipped get equipped. So what is Rule Airspace? Most simply, anyplace you need a transponder today, but of course it isn’t quite that simple. Sure you need ADS-B out to fly in Class C, B and A airspace but you also need it for some Class E airspace, too. And don’t forget, the Mode C Veil around most of the big airports, yep, you need it there, too, even if you’re outside of that Class Bravo. And here’s a gotcha, you cannot fly over Class C or B without ADS-B out. But hey, the friendly aviation agency has some tools to help you. The first one they call ADAPT. The ADS-B Deviation Authorization Pre-Flight Tool That’s a mouthful. Exactly. Now, this is the way to get permission to enter the Rule Airspace without ADS-B. But you can’t count on it as a way to avoid installing ADS-B out avionics. The ADAPT tool is designed for single-flight authorizations it’s not for routine, repetitive use. It’s to get you in and out on an infrequent basis. If you need constant ability to get into the airspace under your own terms your own timeline, then we would suggest you equip or you look at a long term option like a letter of agreement. AOPA is happy to work with pilots who are eligible and get a letter of agreement with the air traffic facility. We have a lot more information on our website and the folks in our Pilot Information Center can help you as well. And here’s one more thing. It’s an FAA interactive map to show you all of the airspace where ADS-B out is required. Now, Tom, you’ve been equipped for a while, right? I have. I was an early adopter. Back in 2013 I did a panel upgrade and went ahead and got ADS-B out at the time so I’ve got the Garmin 330 ES, extended squitter, so that’s my ADS-B out and that’s what means I can fly internationally because that’s accepted internationally as opposed to the UAT which is the alternative. I do have a GDL 88, also, which is my ADS-B in, and that’s what allows me to display traffic and weather in the cockpit. You, smartly, waited much longer until there were more alternatives and a lot cheaper solutions. Yes, I drug my heels for quite a while and I was looking for a cheaper alternative, FYS Cessna 170, so an older aircraft, I wanted something more affordable. Mike Collins installed the uAvionix Sky Beacon, the wingtip Sky Beacon, on the 170. And it’s really easy to operate, I keep my transponder in altitude mode so once I turn on the avionics and then turn on the nav light it takes about one minute for it to acquire and then I’m good to go. Yeah and that uAvionix is pretty neat, you can control the whole thing from an app. Exactly, yep. It can set it all up, it’s pretty cool, I hear. Well, hey, another new regulation for the new year or at least it could be within a couple of months. FAA just put out for public inspection and comment, a proposed rule that would require all drones, except the tiniest of toys, to send out a signal so that it can be immediately identified by other users, the FAA and law enforcement. Now, without that electronic ID drones will be limited to federally approved areas like traditional RC model aircraft fields. Now, the remote ID proposal wouldn’t become effective for about three years and by that time you’ll probably be ready to buy a new drone, anyhow. You can read and comment on the proposed rule on And you can read more on our website or in the January 7 issue of AOPA Drone Pilot. You can find that issue and subscribe to future issues on our website, just look under News and Videos and then AOPA Newsletters. It might look like a drone but you can ride in it and it will have a Hyundai logo. This week, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Uber and Hyundai announced a partnership to build this air taxi. Now, this could be a big deal, because it would bring automotive manufacturing scale to aviation. Then again, Toyota tried to build an aircraft once upon a time. In this partnership, Hyundai will build and deploy the vertical take off air taxis and Uber Elevate will provide airspace support services and customer apps. And a new mission for a new eVTOL design helping first responders. Jump Arrow is a new company developing a single-seat piloted aircraft that could cut emergency response time in half compared to ground response. The aircraft would fly up to 200 miles per hour and then land on the road near a patient in need. Jump Arrow is the brainchild of Carl Dietrich the former CEO of Terrafugia known for it’s roadable aircraft design. You wanna be able to help people and that’s exactly what we wanna do with Jump and we wanna– you know our tagline is “Empowering Superheroes” and that’s really what we’re trying to do. Those first responders, they really are the real life heroes of today and if we can help them do their job better then we’re doing something right. No vehicle concepts or prototypes yet, but Jump Aero is hiring designers and engineers. And they’re talking to first responders about what capabilities the aircraft will need. And with the new year new avionics from Garmin and not just on paper. The company just announced the GTN 650Xi and 750Xi navigators. The new units are designed as slide in replacements for the popular touchscreen 650 and 750. The new navigators are more responsive with new faster processors and new ultra-high definition displays. Garmin hints that there will be new capabilities in the future because of the increased computing power in these models. The GTN Xi navigators are available right now. Suggested retail price for the smaller 650Xi, $12,500. Well, if that’s a little too rich for your blood, we do give away an airplane, comes with avionics and everything. We do that every year or so. This time it’s a first though, our sweepstakes airplane is an experimental, amateur-built, Van’s RV-10. The RV-10 is an incredibly capable airplane and I recently took it for a spin with AOPA Pilot Editor at Large, Dave Hirschman. Introductions can be tricky and I really wanted this one to go well. Fuel pump on for about four seconds. Tom Haines, meet the AOPA Sweepstakes RV-10. RV-10 meet the guy who selected you for the transformation you’re now undergoing. (propeller whirring) So, just for the record, you have not ever flown this airplane before, correct? I have not flown this airplane before. I’ll be really interested in your impressions. Well, I gotta tell ya the mirror and the panel are beautiful. It looks great. Really a lot of information here. (muffled speaking) Ready for takeoff. Perfect, hold that attitude, up we go. Likes to climb, jeez. All right, so what do you think of the control harmony and the uh– Yeah, it’s great. I love the way it feels. The stick is very tight. Are these pushrod controls? They are. Yeah, it feels like it. Yeah, very harmonized. And a nice solid feel to it. Feel very connected to the airplane. Let’s try some slow flight. This big, thick wing just wants to hang on. Even with full back stick it just bobbled. It’s very docile. Very forgiving. So what were you seeing on cruise speed when you’ve been out flying around? Economy cruise is about 162 to 165 knots. Climb is up to 3,000. And we’ll engage the autopilot and set up a runway 5 approach at Frederick. And you said 70 on final? 70 on final and flown to 65 over the threshold. (upbeat music) All right, nothing to it. All right, what’d ya think? Yeah, what a great flying airplane. It really flies beautifully. And it feels like a really capable airplane, too. As far as maybe a traveling airplane. Good compromise on speed and room. It’s very comfortable. Yeah, obviously there’s so much information on the panel. Yeah, that’s really nice. Dave Hirschman, AOPA Live. And since we recorded this, the RV-10 has undergone further transformation. Airplane is at the paint shop and most of that yellow paint is gone. Hope you don’t miss that. We’ll unveil the new paint scheme in the next couple of months. It was fun to fly. It’s a really great handling airplane. It looked like it was a hand in the glove flying it. (laughs) Well, it’s that easy to fly and I gotta tell ya, that advanced flight systems cockpit is stunning. Just beautiful integration of all the systems all right there in front of you. Easy to manage but it’ll take somebody a little bit of transition time to kinda learn it all and figure it all out but it’ll be a good prize for somebody. Yeah, no I saw you eyeing the panel there at the end. Are you getting some ideas for you Bonanza? Always. Every time I’m in an airplane, I’m looking like, well how can I take care of this or maybe add this to the airplane. Always something to spend money on. Yep. No doubt about that. Hey, when we come back are we ready for some football TFRs? And Cirrus keeps upping the game. Please stay with us. (upbeat music) There are many important things to consider before purchasing an aircraft. Let the experts at Aero-Space Reports help guide you through the process. We combine expert knowledge with our longstanding commitment to personalized customer service to perfect your transaction. Learn more at Welcome back. The AFC and NFC championship games are next weekend. The winners will go head to head in Miami for the national title at the Superbowl LIV February 2nd. The event always has a significant impact on general aviation and it’s not too soon to start planning ahead. AOPA Live’s Paul Harrop has your playbook. The big game is a big deal for the National Airspace System. No matter who battles it out at the Super Bowl it’s going to take a lot of teamwork to keep traffic flowing safely. ATC is already making plays. Guidance on researching airspace restrictions, routings, reservation programs and airport information is now online. The starting line-up for airports with special fly-in procedures has been announced. They are Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Opa Locka, Fort Lauderdale Exec, Miami Exec, Boca, Palm Beach, Pompano, and North Perry. There are rules in place that you’re going to have to follow. Flight plans need to be filed at least six hours but not more than 22 hours ahead of time. Gate holds will be in effect. Listen to ATIS, controllers will give IFR aircraft an engine start time and– I see you over there, slick. You think you’ll depart VFR and pick it up en route. Now, there’s a big flag on that play. Not gonna happen. ATC will be too busy for air files and IFR pick-ups. So, what about non-sports ball related traffic? Well, training flights and student cross country flights are strongly discouraged within 60 nautical miles of Miami. Touch and go’s and practice approaches and other activities may be suspended due to the traffic volume. The details are still being worked out but the FAA plans to publish a TFR for the game day with a 10-mile inner core and a 30-mile outer ring. Knowing the procedures, checking the notices to airmen frequently and flying sharp will help the aviation team. Keep the ball moving, while leaving interceptions and fumbles on the field where they belong. Paul Harrop, AOPA Live. Well, last year’s Super Bowl had the largest volume of traffic Atlanta TRACON had seen in more than a decade. Parking reservations are coordinated by individual FBOs. All right, and don’t even think about flying a drone near the stadium, all right? Just leave the DJI in the hangar. Exactly. I, meanwhile, probably just go flying being a Steelers fan, pft, you know it doesn’t matter to me. (laughs) Hey, stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Mooney International has furloughed workers again. According to a Kerrville Daily Times report the company sent workers home on Monday. The company also reneged on a promised two weeks holiday pay. Report quotes the human resources specialist who doubles as a company spokesperson. The Chinese-owned company shut down briefly in November, you’ll recall, then called workers back, but then, this week, sent them home once again. But while Mooney is struggling in Kerrville, Texas Aircraft, over in Hondo, just delivered their first airplane. Texas Aircraft manufactures the Colt. It’s a new LSA design from Brazil. And as you may recall from our feature article in the August issue of AOPA Pilot, the two-seat Colt was designed to provide a new, modern airplane for the flight training market. First buyer, a father and son from Florida. And Texas Aircraft delivered the airplane in their favorite Florida Gators colors just for them. Now, on a more somber note, over in Wichita an explosion rocked workers at a Textron Aircraft plant during the holidays. It injured a dozen employees. Reports say it was caused by a burst nitrogen line in a building that houses the new SkyCourier. Textron says the development of the new airplane was not affected. The SkyCourier is a new utility twin turbo prop design. Cessna recently celebrated a milestone in the project with the mating of the wings to the fuselage. Cirrus on the other hand is flying high. They added some high tech new features to the G6 SR Series airplanes for 2020. The most notable upgrade is the integration of a new Cirrus app called Cirrus IQ. Through the Cirrus mobile app you’ll be able to wake up the airplane query it and receive a real time health status telling you your fuel level, your TKS level, if so equipped, your oxygen level if your plane’s got oxygen, your battery voltage, your oil temperature, and also the hours that are on your airplane. I can take care of things for my flight prior to even leaving for the airport. So, I know, my plane’s ready to go when I get there. For 2020 Cirrus is also offering new design collections, new colors, interior and avionics updates. And the option for a four-blade prop on the SR-22T. Always something new from them. 2019 was AOPA’s 80th anniversary, it was celebrated around the world, literally. Pilot Robert DeLaurentis is in the middle of a polar circumnavigation of the world in his Turbo Commander, Citizen of the World. AOPA’s logo is prominently displayed on the nose of that long-legged bird because Robert is such a fan of AOPA. Late last year, DeLaurentis took off from Ushuaia, Argentina for the 18-hour flight that took him over the South Pole. I was above the clouds, I could see maybe 30 percent of the time, the rest of the time it was fogged in but I was talking to the South Pole. And talking to their air traffic controller there. I asked him if I had permission to fly over. And he said, “Negative, Ghost Rider.” And I’m like, that’s from Top Gun, right? (laughs) And he started laughing and I said it can’t be from the new one because neither of us is gonna see that for a while, right? Cause he’s stuck at the South Pole, and I was flying over. The guys name was Cory and I started to tell him about the experiments that I was flying. He said how interesting that was and eventually some people gathered next to him and they were listening in and they said, hey we think this is really cool, what you’re doing, and we just want to let you know that we support you. And I responded, well I think it’s really cool that you guys are at the South Pole. What you’re doing is awesome and I appreciate it, too. So, we had a nice little exchange. Robert is resting in South Africa before picking up the rest of his round the world flight. The goal of the Citizen of the World is to promote STEM education and connect people around the world. You can read more on his websites. Well, they don’t go around the world but they do race across the U.S. And registration has just opened for this year’s Air Race Classic. The annual all-women cross-country air race will kick off this year on June 23rd in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The race covers over 2,600 miles. Each airplane is assigned a unique handicap and racers fly to beat their best time using weather and winds. Sign up to race or volunteer on the Air Race Classic website. Alyssa, have you ever flown in Air Race Classic? I have not flown in the Air Race Classic but it’s on my aviation bucket list. Okay, well, we should all have a big bucket list. Well, not yet a racer, my new co-anchor is a pretty experienced aviator, nonetheless. Warren Morningstar tell you a little more about our colleague. Reporter, editor, pilot, flight instructor, aircraft owner, new mom. Alyssa Cobb is one busy and talented person. So, Dan is writing that PSI story now. He may have it today, if not that’s the last thing to slide in, we can do that tomorrow morning. Alyssa is our online managing editor. She manages a five-member team that creates the daily news stories for our website and produces some six regular newsletters like AOPA ePilot and Flight Training. It’s a job she came to naturally. Oh, I went to Ohio University for journalism, but I always wanted to combine journalism and aviation. I thought it would be fun to fly my National Geographic crew down to the Amazon and do a documentary. That’s my dream. The Ohio journalism profs told her she couldn’t combine flying and journalism. Don’t tell Alyssa she can’t do something. It’s determination to make it work and then finding the right connections. That right connection was an internship at AOPA. And, 15 years later, she’s living her dream. A few years ago, when Paul started at AOPA and I flew him, we went to Dayton, Ohio for the Doolittle Raiders anniversary, when four of the five Raiders were still living at the time and it had all the B-25s come in. And it was his first flight lesson and it was bumpy as all get out going over there, but it was so much fun and at that moment I was like, you know what, I’ve achieved my dream. It might not be flying my crew down to the Amazon but I’m flying for business and we’re going to do a really cool story. Alyssa grew up on a West Virginia farm flying with her dad from a strip behind the house. And a big moment for her was the first time she landed on that short grass strip. Flying continues to be a family affair. She met her husband Jason when she called for a preheat. Jason came over and preheated the airplane and he was a lot chattier than any of the other guys to have given me a preheat (laughs) She bought the airplane from her dad. The tail number 624 juliet, alpha is my husband and I’s wedding date and initials. So, we got married on June 24. We went flying for the first time, it was our first date. I took him up in the 170 and we flew to a grass strip in Pennsylvania. The date of our wedding was June 24, 2017 and so I thought, well if it’s our tail number we’re neither one gonna have an excuse for forgetting our anniversary. For Alyssa, flying is a profession, a passion, and something that centers her. Your favorite thing about flying. The sense of calm and peace that I get. I can have a lot going on, on the ground and as soon as I walk out and see the airplane everything else goes away. It’s just me and the airplane and flying. Warren Morningstar, AOPA Live. So, you have literally grown up around aviation. I have, yep, from just about the time I could walk. (laughs) Flying with my dad, you know, flying’s always been a family affair for me and we would just take off behind the house. We wouldn’t always go to an airport. I guess you could say it was kind of back country flying. Right, yeah. But, now, sharing with my husband and hopefully soon my son. Right. Husband’s a flight instructor. Yes. Yeah, it’s an all flying family. Yup. Okay, well that’s a wrap for our first show of 2020. Welcome, Alyssa. We look forward to many more shows. Thanks so much to you for spending some of your time with us And stay in touch, our email is [email protected] And we’ll see you back here next Thursday. (upbeat music)

21 thoughts on “AOPA Live This Week – January 9, 2020

  1. Welcome Alyssa to the show! Great to see such a dedicated editor in another capacity. Looking forward to the new season.

  2. Welcome Alyssa to the #1 flying show, we will miss Malissa you have big shoes to fill. I hope Warren will still be around to sit in.

  3. Who was the genius that decided to call it "Rule" Airspace? Somewhere out there is a farmer with a grass strip, that heard about the new ADS-B requirements on a podcast, and thought they needed new equipment to fly in "Rural" Airspace. Lol Welcome Alyssa.

  4. FAA could work with a small chinese outfit to develop a bare minimum dirt cheap ADS-B out unit so everyone can have it. It could be a 5$ unit in series production and profitable for less than 100 so everyone should be able to afford it. There should be no exceptions, no airspace where it's not required. We cannot fly blind/invisible when tech is so cheap.
    More generally, FAA should facilitate a unified ID for all air vehicles, including drones, delivery drones, autonomous air taxis, even flying pigs should any arrive. It should also include computerized ATC which should have happened 40-50 years ago and it should not involve a lot of bureaucratic posturing. Get a few good men of computer science and radio protocol background, not old geezers who think they are important but actual can dos. It's a relatively simple technical matter and should be solved immediately.
    If aviation was in charge of cell phones we would still be using hand cranks. It's not good enough.

  5. 1/40 of viewers so far down-voted this video for reasons that are beyond me.
    Welcome to Alyssa and thanks to all AOPA staff for your advocacy and the valuable resources you provide.

  6. Alyssa! Great choice! And welcome to the show, Alyssa! Nice job – I can tell you'll do very well here. Congratulations! 👍🍻

  7. The executives at Hyundai clearly had a disagreement with the engineers over the definition of "enough propellers".

  8. Great choice to add Alyssa! What a pro. She compliments Tom really well and I think they are both better because of it. Looking forward to more outstanding reporting.

  9. A friend who is an ATC guy has spent several Antarctica summers controlling traffic there. I understand he is now doing it remotely from Charleston SC.

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