August 6, 2008
By AOPA ePublishing staff
Running a business, racing motorcycles, and taking care of a farm limit the amount of time Carrie Tate can focus on flight training. Sometimes, she has to go two to three weeks without flying.
“It puts me at a disadvantage,” said Tate. But the Mount Vernon, Ark., resident found a new way to stay up to speed during the off times—studying with the AOPA Air Safety Foundation’s online courses.
During AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., last week, Tate stopped by AOPA’s Big Yellow Tent and got a demo of the foundation’s Know Before You Go course.
Tate said that she typically understands how things work; however, she was having difficulty wrapping her mind around airspace. That is until she took the course.
“The graphics are fantastic,” she said. “It [the airspace] made sense immediately.”
Tate also likes the convenience of the courses.
“I’m a night owl, so I can do it at midnight.”
While Tate flies with her husband Kerry, also a pilot, in their Piper Warrior II, most of the flights are in clear conditions, so she hasn’t had to learn much about how the weather can affect aviation yet. She plans to study the foundation’s series of Weather Wise courses to augment that part of her training.
The AOPA Air Safety Foundation’s online courses are a great way to supplement your primary ground training. And because they’re free, you can take as many as you want, as often as you want, without having to add to the cost of your training.
Check out these and other courses during your flight training.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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