AOPA Online Members Only -- AOPA ePilot Flight Training Edition --Vol. 2, Issue 45

November 8, 2002

Volume 2, Issue 45 • November 8, 2002
In this issue:
UAA announces collegiate aviation award winners
AOPA efforts lead to FAA OK of Internet weather
Election brings new supporters for GA

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Training Tips
CHECKING ON YOUR FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR
When you started your flight training, you and your flight instructor made a pact to turn you into a pilot. Is your instructor holding up his or her end of the agreement? You do not need extensive aviation experience to answer that question. Commitment reveals itself in professionalism, skill, preparedness, command of the subject, and the communication skills necessary to transfer that knowledge to you. If you feel that your instructor wants you to get your private pilot certificate, he probably does. Not sure you feel that way? Or, good feelings notwithstanding, are you concerned that the program doesn't seem to be moving forward?

Tools exist to help you decide whether it is time to have a talk, or make a change. First, review student/instructor dynamics in the FAA's Student Pilot Guide ( click here to download a copy). Then see if the recommendations in the May 2002 AOPA Flight Training article "Take the Worry Out of Flight Training" might help to address your needs.

You do not even have to truly like your flight instructor to be able to learn, provided you respect the CFI as a teacher and competent pilot. See how one contentious student/teacher relationship blossomed into a long friendship in the 1997 AOPA Pilot article titled "The Colonel." A different kind of problem–more in need of a remedy–is an instructor so bent on preserving an amiable cockpit that the constructive criticism needed to advance the learning process is never given, as described by AOPA columnist Rod Machado in the September 2002 AOPA Flight Training.

In the "Instructor Report" section of the August 2002 AOPA Flight Training, the complexities of the student/teacher relationship are viewed from the CFI's perspective. Does this point of view shed any new light on your concerns? If upon reflection you decide that it is time for change, consider a few guidelines for keeping your program on track as discussed in the September 6, 2002, edition of this newsletter.

The confines of an airplane cockpit, shared for long hours performing rigorous flight exercises, can create a challenging learning environment for both participants. (See "What My Students Taught Me" in the January 2000 AOPA Flight Training. In most cases your CFI matches your enthusiasm, shares your joy at every triumph, and refuses to rest until each new hurdle is overcome. If that's your experience, you have found a winner–and your goal will soon be in hand!
Your Partner in Training
"Oh no, I lost my logbook! What do I do?" A student pilot is required to carry his/her logbook on all solo cross-country flights. The proper endorsements must be in the logbook for each cross-country flight–as they should for all solo flights. If your endorsements are lost, then new endorsements should be obtained from an authorized instructor. The General Aviation Operation Inspectors Handbook (FAA Order 8700.1) provides guidance for reconstructing lost airman logbooks.

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Flight Training News
UAA ANNOUNCES COLLEGIATE AVIATION AWARD WINNERS
The University Aviation Association has announced its 2002 Collegiate Aviation Awards, which were presented during a recent banquet in Orlando. The recipients were Dr. Thomas Q. Carney and Dr. John P. Young of Purdue University, Dr. Royce Ann Martin of Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and Jeremy Brown of The New Piper Aircraft, Inc. Rudy Frasca, widely recognized for his contributions to flight simulation, was honored with the UAA President's Award for his dedicated commitment to UAA and the collegiate aviation community.

AIRLINE PILOTS STILL IN DEMAND, COMPANY REPORTS
More than 400 pilots met with representatives from 15 airlines during Air, Inc.'s recent Airline Pilot Career Seminar, Airline Forum, and Job Fair in Washington, D.C. Comair scheduled interviews at the fair while at least two other carriers conducted interviews on site, the company said. "Many pilots are unaware that there are still opportunities at every level–majors, nationals, regionals; passengers, cargo, and fractionals," said Kit Darby, Air Inc.'s president. The company's next career seminar will be held in Dallas on January 25, 2003. For more information visit the Web site.

THREE GRADS EARN CITATION TYPE RATINGS
Three recent graduates of college aviation programs have earned Cessna Citation V type ratings after training at CAE SimuFlite under scholarships awarded through the University Aviation Association. Type ratings are required by the FAA before a pilot can fly large aircraft or any jet-powered plane. Kevin Buettner of Grand Forks, North Dakota; Kevin Donahue of Phoenix; and Kevin Giefer of Salina, Kansas, trained at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport for two weeks.
Inside AOPA
AOPA EFFORTS LEAD TO FAA OK OF INTERNET WEATHER
Thanks in part to the efforts of AOPA, the FAA now formally recognizes the Internet as an official information source for aviation weather and notams. Until now, only information from a flight service station or DUATS was considered valid. The FAA has issued an Internet Communications Advisory Circular that explains how vendors may become a Qualified Internet Communication Provider (QICP) and disseminate information to pilots via the Internet. The agency will provide a public listing of all QICPs on a designated Web page. That means GA pilots will legally be able to use flight information from the approved aviation Web sites. See AOPA�Online.

ELECTION BRINGS NEW SUPPORTERS FOR GA
In analyzing Tuesday's 2002 midterm election results, AOPA Legislative Affairs reports that general aviation fared well. Of the candidates supported by the AOPA Political Action Committee, 90 percent were elected to serve in the 108th Congress, with a 93-percent success rate in the House and a 78-percent success rate in the Senate. Among AOPA members who will be returning to the Senate are Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.). AOPA members returning to the House include Robin Hayes (R-N.C.), Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), and Charlie Bass (R-N.H.), each of whom had a competitive race, as well as Vern Ehlers (R-Mich.). They are joined by five new AOPA members: Steve Pearce of New Mexico, John Kline of Minnesota, Michael Burgess of Texas, Chris Chocola from Indiana, and former South Dakota Gov. William Janklow. All were strongly supported by AOPA PAC.

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Training Products
SPORTY'S OFFERS NASA DVD ON AIRCRAFT ICING
"Icing for General Aviation Pilots" is the latest addition to the National Aeronautical and Space Administration's library on aircraft icing. Produced by NASA, the FAA, and the AOPA Air Safety Foundation, the 55-minute program shows how ice accretion can affect aircraft performance and lead to wing and/or a tail stall. The DVD is available from Sporty's Pilot Shop for only $5; order from the Web site or call 800/SPORTYS.
Final Exam
Question: How do I positively identify that I am receiving the correct VOR's signal when I'm flying?

Answer: According to Section 1-1-3 of the "Aeronautical Information Manual" ( http://www.aopa.org/members/files/aim/chapter_1.html ), "the only positive method of identifying a VOR is by its Morse Code identification or by the recorded automatic voice identification which is always indicated by use of the word ‘VOR' following the range's name." Keep in mind that during periods of maintenance, the VOR may transmit a T-E-S-T code (dash dot dot dot dot dash) or the code may be removed.

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Picture Perfect

Jump to the AOPA Online Gallery to see the featured airplane of the day. Click on the link for details on how to capture wallpaper for your work area. See AOPA Online.

What's New At AOPA Online
How's your airspace knowledge? Test yourself right now with the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's free, interactive online Airspace Safety Quiz, new this week on AOPA Online.
Weekend Weather
See the current weather on AOPA�Online, provided by Meteorlogix.
ePilot Calendar
WEEKEND FLYING DESTINATIONS
Fort Myers, Florida. A symposium, Earth Shine: The Shared Vision, The Shared Legacy of Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, takes place November 15 at Florida Gulf Coast University. For more information, call 239/334-2154, or visit the Web site.

Alabaster, Alabama. A Super Viking Fly-in takes place November 16 at Shelby County Airport (EET). Contact Hugh P. Harbin, 205/849-5589.

Tea, South Dakota. Fly-in/Drive-in Breakfast takes place November 16 at Lincoln County Airport (Y14). Sponsored by EAA Chapter 289. Contact Jim Glenn, 605/339-0242.

Wickenburg, Arizona. A Fly-in and Explore Wickenburg Event takes place November 17 at Wickenburg Municipal/Wellik Field (E25). Join fellow pilots for a one and a half-hour horseback ride through the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Reservations required. Contact Maria Langer, 928/684-5690, or visit the Web site.

For more airport details, see AOPA's Airport Directory Online . For more events, see Aviation Calendar of Events.

ASF FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR REFRESHER CLINICS
(All clinics start at 7:30 a.m.)
The next AOPA Air Safety Foundation Flight Instructor Refresher Clinics are scheduled in Anchorage, Alaska; Cincinnati; and Albuquerque, New Mexico, on November 16 and 17. A clinics is also scheduled in Baltimore, on November 23 and 24. For the Flight Instructor Refresher Clinic schedule, see AOPA Online.

ASF PINCH-HITTER GROUND-SCHOOL COURSES
(Pinch-Hitter courses start at 9:30 a.m.)
The next Pinch-Hitter� Ground School will take place in Baltimore, November 24. For more Pinch-Hitter courses, see AOPA Online.

ASF SAFETY SEMINARS
AOPA Air Safety Foundation Safety Seminars are scheduled in West Columbia, South Carolina, November 11; Hudson, North Carolina, November 12; RDU Airport, North Carolina, November 13; and Southport, North Carolina, November 14. The topic is Single Pilot IFR, check AOPA�Online for more information.

To make submissions to the calendar, visit AOPA Online. For comments on calendar items, e-mail calendar@aopa.org.

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