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Apr. 19, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition' weekly newsletter

Article | Apr 19, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 13, ISSUE 16 — April 19, 2013 Takeoff power or ‘Take off power!’? Cirrus: Get a plane, get a pilot Plane Spotter: Pilatus PC-6 Final Exam: Night currency Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Training Tips Takeoff power or ‘Take off power!’? It’s a great day for some solo takeoffs and landings. Traffic is light, and so are the winds as you preflight your trainer, a Piper Cherokee Warrior II, pausing briefly to admire the airport’s crown jewel, a classic Cessna 195 taildragger, as it also heads out for an early morning flight.

Kings to offer online helicopter FIRC

Article | Apr 11, 2013

Noting that helicopter flight instructors frequently have to “make do” with training materials designed for fixed-wing CFIs, King Schools co-chairman John King announced that his company is providing the first ever dedicated helicopter flight instructor refresher course online. Like other versions of the King FIRC, the helicopter course will focus on scenario-based training and risk management, showing the CFIs how to teach risk management to their students.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2013

MEMBERSHIP FlyQ Web The smartest thing in online flight planning now available Online flight planning just got a facelift and upgrade, courtesy of AOPA. The new online flight planner, FlyQ Web, is the latest addition to the AOPA FlyQ suite of digital flight-planning tools.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience My commercial certificate solo XC On August 19, 2002, I had taken a flight from Van Nuys, CA (KVNY) to Hayward, CA (KHWD) to Monterey, CA (KMRY). This flight was to be completed with a mix of VFR and IFR flying.

: Crosswind Conundrum

Article | Mar 25, 2013

: Crosswind Conundrum Mentoring Tips Crosswind Conundrum Demonstrating a flare for the cross-controlled touchdown It may be a bit sadistic, but one of my favorite spectator sports involves driving to the local airport on a windy day, parking near the runway, and watching inexperienced pilots enter into combat with a blustery crosswind. It is like watching a slapstick comedy.

ABC story on ‘small plane crashes’ flat wrong, AOPA says

Article | Mar 21, 2013

The March 18 ABC World News and Nightline story, “Many small plane crashes preventable,” turned a spin awareness flight with aerobatic pilot and 2006 National CFI of the Year Rich Stowell into a sensational, inaccurate segment on general aviation safety.

Custom content for the Mar. 15, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Mar 15, 2013

training tips Ready for prime time? Your flight instructor has told you that you are “ready for prime time.” You heard the CFI say that once before, on the day of your first solo. What does it mean now as you work through the solo cross-country phase of training?   It means there’s no reason to limit your destinations to outlying airports where your comfort level is already pretty high.

Mar. 15, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition' weekly newsletter

Article | Mar 15, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 13, ISSUE 11 — March 15, 2013 Ready for prime time? Halt sequestration cuts targeting GA Plane Spotter: KC-135 Stratotanker Final Exam: Airport beacon Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Training Tips Ready for prime time? Your flight instructor has told you that you are “ready for prime time.” You heard the CFI say that once before, on the day of your first solo. What does it mean now as you work through the solo cross-country phase of training?   It means there’s no reason to limit your destinations to outlying airports where your comfort level is already pretty high.

2013 General Aviation Award recipients named

Article | Mar 13, 2013

This year's 2013 National General Aviation Award winners include a three-time Master CFI; two aviation professionals from Alaska, and another from Hawaii.

Mar. 1, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Mar 01, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 9 — March 1, 2013 Fuller to step down IFR Fix: Your way, or the hard way? FCC floats new 121.5 MHz ELT ban plan Quiz Me: CFI medical certificate Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured Fuller to step down as AOPA president and CEO AOPA President Craig Fuller has notified the Board of Trustees of his intent to step down from his position and from the board.

'AOPA Live This Week' adds pilot personality Rod Machado

News release | Feb 04, 2013

AOPA Live This Week announced Feb. 1 that it will feature a new video series entitled "License to Learn," hosted by renowned flight instructor and professional speaker Rod Machado.

'Think twice; no shortcuts'

Article | Jan 24, 2013

The recent solo of a student marked a happy milestone for CFI Matt Cole, who sustained serious burns in an aircraft accident in 2001, defied some experts' expectations about his prospects, and returned to aviation.

Don't let the ground loop get you

Article | Jan 17, 2013

The sense of being powerless in an aircraft is terrifying. Pilots are trained to control the airplane and correct dangerous situations that arise. But in this developed, low-speed ground loop demonstration, I'm powerless. Applying full right rudder during the uncontrolled left turn yields no results. Brakes are no help.

Former Cessna chair, Tuskegee CFI to join hall of fame

Article | Dec 19, 2012

A former Cessna chairman who used money from air racing prizes to meet payroll during the Depression is among the inductees to the National Aviation Hall of Fame, the board of trustees announced Dec. 17.