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Alliance brings 'STEM' education to deaf learners
The advancement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at dedicated schools for deaf students, and in mainstream programs for deaf and partially deaf learners is the goal of a joint project of Fly To Learn and the Deaf Pilots Association, the organizations announced in a news release.
Beta testing of curricula developed for the program will begin in three middle- or high-school age classrooms in schools for deaf students in 2013, with nationwide implementation to follow. Read More>>
Essential Aerodynamics: Stalls, Spins, and Safety
Eager to get a jump start on your ground school knowledge? Take the Essential Aerodynamics interactive online course from the AOPA Air Safety Institute. Get a handle on aerodynamics and learn need-to-know concepts like lift, drag, and thrust, and how they’re interconnected, without involving dry textbooks and dense equations. In this free course, you’ll learn key concepts through interactive learning and watch the variety of aerodynamic principles come to life. After creating a free account, you can enjoy the course at your own pace; your progress will be saved. Take the course now>>
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Aircraft of the Month
This business jet is recognized by its two jet engines mounted high on the rear fuselage, T-tail, and winglets. The Challenger 605, made by Bombardier in Quebec, is the newest bizjet in the company’s 600-series. It can carry 12 passengers and 3 crew members, and fly from New York City to London non-stop.
Ask a Pilot
What happens when an airplane stalls?
Answer: An airplane's stall is completely different than a car's stall. A stall in the airplane has absolutely nothing to do with the engine. A stall occurs when the smooth airflow over the airplane's wing is disrupted. This can happen when the nose of the aircraft is pointed too high. To correct, pilots simply lower the nose of the airplane and go back to straight-and-level flight. So no worries, the engine doesn't stop, and the airplane doesn't fall out of the sky! Student pilots practice stall recognition and stall recovery with their flight instructor throughout training so that they are comfortable with this maneuver and the aerodynamics behind it.
Do you have a question about flying? Ask a pilot! Call 800/872-2672 or send an e-mail.
In the Blogs
Here are some recent posts from our Let's Go Flying blogs.
Eleanor Flies: First flight with Dad
By Steve Tupper
There’s no shortage of reasons to learn to fly. One of the best is sharing flight with others. I’ve taken each of my kids to the airport since before they could walk. My son, Nicholas (callsign: “FOD”), has known how to operate a flap lever in a Cessna 172 since he was three. My daughter, Ella (callsign: “Deadly”) reached for the throttle with her right hand the first time I loaded her into the left seat of a C-172. I took FOD up in a Cessna Citation Mustang (a light business jet that seats six) on a demo flight at AirVenture Oshkosh three years ago when he was seven. And I took him up again in a TG-7A motorglider with my airshow team in August for some formation practice. But, up until now, I’ve never taken up Deadly, who's seven now. So I set out to do something about that. Read More >>
iPad & iPhone apps
By Blaine Transue
Benet Wilson requested that readers of her AOPA Blog post send her their favorite training & flight apps. After writing a response, and I hope I'm not stepping on any toes here, I thought this would make a good post in the Let's Go Flying Blog as well.
Since I am an avid geek when it comes to flying apps and during my training tested out a number of iPad and iPhone apps, here are the ones that I think are the best and most useful apps on the market for students and pilots alike. 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.
Help veterans and children of our military have a better holiday season by participating in the Toy Airlift at Chesterfield Airport in Richmond, VA. Solicit the help of those around you, even at your local airport, by collecting new and unwrapped toys. Fly the donations to the airport on December 8th from 8 am – 4 pm. Proceeds from lunch will go to the veteran’s hospital. Santa will join in on the festivities from 10 am – 2 pm. More information can be found on the website.
Third Annual Fly-In from Miami to Puerto Rico and Caribbean
If the wintry weather is bringing you down and you want to ring in the New Year surrounded by warmth and palm trees, join the group of pilots flying to the Caribbean from December 28-January 7. While there, you will visit Puerto Rico and other nearby islands, such as BVI, St. Maarten, and Anguilla. The folks at PR Sport Aviation Federation will also have events coordinated for you in the area. To learn more, contact Anthony Perea at 786-417-8570 or visit the Facebook page.
2012 Aviation Weather-A User and Provider Perspective
It’s a known fact that aviation and weather go hand-in-hand. But many pilots have a difficult time interpreting the data that they see, as well as how to apply it to all phases of flight, from pre-flight and ground operations to enroute and landing. Learn the ins and outs of operational aviation weather decision making in this course, which will give pilots a new perspective on how weather data is interpreted and relayed to pilots. The course takes place in Austin, Texas on January 6th. More information can be found on the website.
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!