June 12, 2013
By Kathy Yodice
As students embark on the journey of learning how to fly, they quickly learn that it involves more than knowing how to manipulate the controls to make the aircraft fly and navigate the sky. Sooner or later, students come to understand that there is a myriad of rules and regulations that must be learned and memorized. From experience, I can tell you that those rules and regulations can be very complicated and some are subject to interpretation and robust debate. Don’t be discouraged. Your flight and ground instructors will help you, the books and articles that are available to you will help you, and there are many seminars, courses, and organizations that can help you refresh what you’ve learned and build upon it as you move through your flying career. As a member of AOPA’s Legal Services Plan within the Pilot Protection Services program, you can call legal counselors to get answers to questions that can guide you against engaging in conduct that you might have otherwise thought to be in compliance with the regulations.
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Even brief flight under actual conditions can expose how well your basic instrument flying is serving.
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