Let's Go Flying October Newsletter
VOLume 1, ISSUE 4 • October 28, 2008
Live the Dream
A Western Adventure
Gone flying? Tell us about your flight and submit photos and video of the experience!
Let's Go Flying at AOPA's Expo
Flying Clubs: A Resource for Aspiring Pilots
Aircraft VS Minivan
Aircraft of the Month
Ask a Pilot
Question: How long does a flying lesson last?
Answer: While most lessons are based on a one-hour flight, they may take two hours from start to finish because you do more than just fly. There are pre- and post-flight discussions with your certificated flight instructor (CFI) to talk about what you're going to do, how you did, what you did well, what needs work, and what you'll do during your next lesson.
Do you have a question about flying? Ask a pilot! Call 877-58-PILOT, or send an e-mail.
Learn the Lingo
As with any passion, there’s a special “insider’s language.” We’ve pulled together some key terms to get you in the loop.
Knot (nautical mile per hour): The most common measure of aircraft speed. 100 knots is equivalent to 115 statute miles per hour (for MPH, multiply knots by 1.15).
Transponder: A special onboard radio transmitter that sends a radar signal. Air traffic control uses the signal to identify and tag the flight on their computerized video display radar screen.
Squawk: In aviation, “squawk” can be used as a noun or a verb. As a noun, it refers to the radio transmission of the radar transponder onboard an aircraft. Air traffic control may use “squawk” as a verb to instruct a pilot to set one of 4,096 possible codes so his or her aircraft can be identified on controller radar.
Have you heard or seen a term at the airport that you didn’t understand? Send us the word, and we can explain it to you—it might even appear in a future Let’s Go Flying eNewsletter!
Experience the camaraderie among pilots, listen to exciting flying stories, and go up for a flight at an airport near you! Airports all across the United States offer different weekend activities, from pancake breakfasts and barbecues to car and air shows. Find out what’s going on in your area! You can search by city, state, or geographic region.
Featured Events: American Flyers will host Let's Go Flying Airport Day BBQs in Addison, TX and Pompano Beach, FL on Saturday, November 8, at noon. There will be free food and flight simulator training. A $149 introductory flight lesson rebate will be provided to each qualifying attendee. Read more about featured events>>
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