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Namesake pursues Amelia Earhart's dream
A Denver TV news reporter with a distinctly aeronautical name is reaching for a future in aviation modeled on an ancestor’s historic past. KUSA-TV 9News reporter Amelia Rose Earhart says she “knew” after taking a first flight lesson in 2004 that she and her famous ancestor had more than a name in common. Now a private pilot training for an instrument rating, Earhart launched Dec. 26 on the first legs of a flight designed to re-create some of the milestones that led up to Amelia Mary Earhart’s 1937 attempt to encircle the globe.
Piloting a glass-cockpit Cirrus SR22, and accompanied by her instrument flight instructor, John Post, Earhart departed from Denver’s Centennial Airport for Oakland, Calif. From there the plan was to proceed—step by step—to Miami, Fla., where, after a similar flight in 1937, the legendary Earhart announced her grand plan to fly a twin-engine Lockheed Electra Model 10 airplane around the globe. Read More >>
Microsoft takes Flight with new sim
A few years ago the future of Microsoft's flight simulator franchise seemed all but over when the company axed the entire staff associated with the popular game. But things are looking up for flight sim fans. The company announced recently that the latest iteration, called Microsoft Flight, will be released this spring. Read More >>
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Aircraft of the Month
This four-seat helicopter produced by the Robinson Helicopter Company in Torrance, Calif. can be found at many helicopter flight schools. First built in the early 1990s, the R44 has proved to be very popular for use by training facilities, law enforcement, news stations, and for personal transport. By the end of 2010, more than 5,000 R44 helicopters had been delivered worldwide.
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How soon after passing the practical test, or check ride, for my pilot certificate may I exercise the privileges of that certificate?
Answer: You may do so immediately. After you pass the practical test, the pilot examiner will issue you a temporary airman certificate. This certificate allows you to exercise the privileges of your pilot certificate with the appropriate ratings and/or limitations. The temporary certificate is an interim one, subject to the approval of the FAA pending the issuance of your permanent certificate. You should receive your permanent certificate within 120 days through the mail.
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In the Blogs
Here are some recent posts from our Let's Go Flying blogs.
First breakfast flight
By Kristen Seaman
It was a cold morning at 8 am when my coworker, who is also a CFI, and I headed out to the Piper Archer we were going to fly to breakfast. Our destination was Kitty Hawk Restaurant in York, Pa. Our first step was to defrost the plane, which had developed a thin coating on every surface. The nozzle on our glycol tank was broken, so my coworker ended up pouring the glycol onto the wings and tail and we used cloths to spread it along the leading edges and as many surfaces as we could. Unglamorous as it sounds, I knew how important this was to do. Read more >>
A wonderful week at Oshkosh
By Arty Trost
One of the things I find consistently more difficult as I gain experience flying is maintaining the diligence I know is required to maintain safety. I believe in standard operating procedures. I practice them and I teach them. I’m a full time professional CFI, after all, so most of my flight time is in an instructional environment and yet I still find that my procedures continually need tweaking and improvement. I most often fly in the training environment, one in which we have the luxury of always choosing the safest option. There is no training mission that HAS to be flown, there are very few external time pressures, and we follow protocol every single time (as a matter of training as much as maintaining safe operating procedures). Read more >>
Aviation Calendar of Events
Airports all across the United States offer 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.
AOPA flight training scholarship applications due Feb. 10
If you’d like to be considered for a $5,000 flight training scholarship, be sure to submit your online application (and ask two people to complete the online recommendation form on your behalf) by the Feb. 10 deadline. You must be a dues paying member of AOPA to apply. The scholarships will be awarded to three student pilots pursuing a sport, recreational, or private pilot certificate. The scholarship winners will be announced at the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In and Expo, March 27 through April 1, 2012. Learn more >>
Southeast hot air balloon ground school
Palmetto Sun Balloons will host a hot air balloon ground school on Feb. 25 and 26 in Greenville, S.C. The class will cover all subjects required to pass the private and commercial written test for hot air balloons. The class fee is $200 and includes all materials. An additional $150 will be charged to take the required computer-based test. Discounted hotel rooms are available. Visit the website for more information.
The Gathering at the Hangar Hotel
The Cessna and Piper Flyer Associations will host this informational event in beautiful Fredericksburg, Texas, March 2 through 4. The event will be held at the newly constructed Hangar Hotel, designed to evoke the feeling of the romantic 1940s. There will be an exhibit hall with products and services for Cessna and Piper aircraft owners, along with some food, fun, and good conversation. Visit the website for more details.
Twenty-third Annual International Women in Aviation Conference
Join Women in Aviation March 8 through 10, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. This is the perfect conference to network, learn about the latest industry trends, hear top-notch speakers, find that perfect job, enjoy an extensive exhibit hall, and so much more. About 3,000 women and men from all segments of the aviation industry are expected to attend. Read more >>
Pilots love to take photos, and they love to share them with other pilots. Now you can upload your flying photos to our online gallery, “Air Mail.” Share your special aviation images, or view and rate more than 7,000 photos (and growing). Photos are put into rotation on the AOPA home page!