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Flight training to the extreme

Article | Apr 25, 2013

A training and research center just outside of Philadelphia specializes in pushing pilots to the limits of human physiology, and offers to civilians a range of experiences that are otherwise reserved for military aviators.

Tennessee law protects flight training

Article | Apr 18, 2013

Tennessee has protected flight schools from state education fees and other administrative burdens enacted in 2012 that could have driven aviation students out of state. Following an unsuccessful challenge of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s authority to impose fees and new regulations by one of the affected Part 141 flight schools, AOPA worked to negotiate an exemption protecting all aviation training, already regulated by the FAA, from the new state burdens.

Zulu finding success in retail flight training

Article | Apr 12, 2013

Last year an unlikely company opened an unlikely flight school. Headquartered in a retail strip mall location, Zulu Flight Training is owned and operated by Continental Motors, and based on the school’s initial results, it seems as though an engine manufacturer can effectively run a flight school.

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.

Poll probes students’ flight training experiences

Article | Apr 10, 2013

AOPA announced an online poll April 10 that will be the basis for its 2013 Flight Training Excellence Awards. “Our awards program, and this unique pilot poll, will give people a great opportunity to share feedback on their flight training experiences,” said Shannon Yeager, vice president of AOPA’s Center to Advance the Pilot Community.

CAE Academy buying 35 Piper trainers

Article | Apr 09, 2013

Jeff Roberts of CAE, left, talks with Piper’s Simon Caldecott. CAE Oxford Aviation Academy will add 35 Piper training aircraft to its fleet, CAE and Piper Aircraft, Inc.

Pilot Mall produces new panel for armchair aviation

Article | Apr 09, 2013

Pilot Mall President Neil Glazer plans to certify the Flight Training Cockpit—Advanced Panel as a basic aviation training device. Pilot Mall on April 9 rolled out its entry into the aviation training and flight simulation market: a simulator instrument panel that can be customized with a variety of Saitek computer-driven instruments and controls for in-home realism.

Earhart namesake creates aviation foundation

Article | Apr 02, 2013

Denver television reporter and private pilot Amelia Rose Earhart has announced plans to create the Fly with Amelia Foundation, a Colorado nonprofit organization that will provide aviation opportunities, free aviation-based educational curriculum to grades K-12, and scholarships to fund flight training for young women. The foundation will work in partnership with the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum to engage the community in flight-based educational activities and promote the future of general aviation through the re-creation and symbolic completion of Amelia Earhart’s 1937 flight around the world in 2014, said Earhart.

Custom content for the April 1, 2011, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Apr 01, 2013

The following stories from the April 8, 2011, edition of AOPA ePilot were provided to AOPA members who expressed an interest in the particular subject areas. Any AOPA member can receive information tailored to their areas of interest by updating their preferences online.

Mar. 29, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition' weekly newsletter

Article | Mar 29, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 13, ISSUE 13 — March 29, 2013 Agonic airports Tower’s closed, what now? Plane Spotter: CASA 212 Final Exam: All about VMC Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Training Tips Agonic airports A student pilot is planning a cross-country flight from Hannibal Regional Airport in Missouri to Iowa’s Washington Municipal Airport. Adding a wind correction angle to the true course as taught, the trainee determines the true heading, and then proceeds to check the compass card for deviation before determining the compass heading to be flown.

Weather Curiosity - Flight Preparations

Article | Mar 25, 2013

The Weather Briefing --> The Weather Briefing Check these elements for a good preflight decision BY JACK WILLIAMS (From Flight Training, February 2004.) Imagine that soon after earning your private pilot certificate you're taking a friend -- who knows nothing about aviation -- for an airplane ride. Both of you are belted into a Cessna 152 and you've just started going through the prestart checklist when your friend says, "I thought you have a pilot's license.

Weather Curiosity - Flight Preparations

Article | Mar 25, 2013

The Weather Briefing --> Weather on the Web The Internet is a valuable flight-planning tool BY JACK WILLIAMS (From Flight Training, January 2002.) Figure 1: Detailed North American surface analysis chart Figure 2: A simplified surface analysis chart Figure 3: A simplified weather depiction chart Figure 4: Part of a NWS weather depiction chart A few minutes of surfing the Web can usually give a pilot a pretty good idea about whether going flying today is a good idea. Looking at a few weather charts might make it obvious that the weather where you want to fly is so bad that it's not worth the trouble of obtaining a formal preflight weather briefing.

Weather Curiosity - Turbulence

Article | Mar 25, 2013

The Weather Never Sleeps Turbulence What Causes Bumps In The Air BY JACK WILLIAMS (From Flight Training, June 1997.) Anyone who's made more than a few flights has almost surely had at least one bumpy ride. To pilots and passengers, the bumps are the result of "turbulence." To an atmospheric scientist, turbulence is "a state of fluid flow in which the instantaneous velocities exhibit irregular and apparently random fluctuations." Those "irregular fluctuations" of the air create the bumps.

Stability

Article | Mar 25, 2013

The Weather Never Sleeps Stability How bubbles of air can upset the atmosphere BY JACK WILLIAMS (From Flight Training, November 1996.) Air stability is one of those theoretical-sounding subjects that pilots should learn for good, practical reasons. This knowledge helps you make sense of preflight weather forecasts and actual weather you encounter in flight.

Tenn. Senate passes flight training exemption from new fees

Article | Mar 22, 2013

Tennessee took a step forward in keeping flight training in the state affordable and accessible March 18 when the state Senate passed a bill that would exempt flight schools from new fees and other administrative burdens. When the Tennessee Higher Education Commission announced new regulations and fees affecting Part 141 flight schools in 2012, the additional cost to flight schools—which would be passed on to customers—was enough to make potential students think twice about staying in the state for training.

Custom content for the Mar. 22, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Mar 22, 2013

training tips An elegant arrival Pointers were offered in the March 15 Training Tip for your first solo experience flying to a busy airport, and what that might be like during “prime time,” or a period of peak activity. Whether you arrive at times when activity is slack or speedy can dictate many operational details, from the class of airspace in effect to the kinds of flight operations permitted (such as noise-abatement rules or any possible restriction on touch-and-go practice).

Mar. 22, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition' weekly newsletter

Article | Mar 22, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 13, ISSUE 12 — March 22, 2013 An elegant arrival ERAU offers ditching course Plane Spotter: ‘Bandit’ at 12 o’clock Final Exam: What is ‘Hold for Release?’ Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Training Tips An elegant arrival Pointers were offered in the March 15 Training Tip for your first solo experience flying to a busy airport, and what that might be like during “prime time,” or a period of peak activity. Whether you arrive at times when activity is slack or speedy can dictate many operational details, from the class of airspace in effect to the kinds of flight operations permitted (such as noise-abatement rules or any possible restriction on touch-and-go practice).

AOPA awards two student pilot scholarships at WAI conference

Article | Mar 21, 2013

Scholarship winner Melanie Rivera was present at the International Women in Aviation conference in Nashville, Tenn., to accept her award.AOPA and the AOPA Foundation awarded two scholarships each worth $3,000 to student pilots March 16 during the annual International Women in Aviation conference in Nashville, Tenn. Melanie Leigh Rivera and Angela “Bambi” Shorey were chosen out of 24 applicants to receive the scholarships that will be used toward future flight training.