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| Training Tips |
| TRAINING TIME OR SLACK TIME? |
How efficiently are you using your flying time? Most student pilots must stick to a budget and look for ways to get more for their money. (See AOPA's Guide to Reducing the Cost of Flying. )
While opportunities described in the guide include discounted rental rates and scheduling strategies, you can also examine your current flying routine. How much "slack time" is built into your training? Although all time spent at the controls is valuable, costly intervals spent cruising to and from practice areas with your instructor, or between the airports you use for traffic pattern work, or at the end of a dual cross-country flight can be used creatively to help meet aeronautical-experience requirements.
Once you have been introduced to flight by reference to instruments, for example (see the February 8, 2002, Training Tips), you will need to log three hours of practice before being eligible to take your private pilot flight test. Under the Federal Aviation Regulations, this time must include "straight and level flight, constant airspeed climbs and descents, turns to a heading, recovery from unusual flight attitudes, radio communications, and the use of navigation systems/facilities and radar services appropriate to instrument flight." Night flying (see the February 1, 2002, Training Tips) is another flight-test prerequisite. If you can, set up a dual instructional session that begins in daylight and graduates into night flight-another realistic flight scenario. On any flight, day or night, use cruise legs to practice holding headings and altitudes within strict limits. Try a variety of cruise airspeeds. Sharpen your coordinated-flight skills (see the October 11, 2002, Training Tips). Tune in navaids to back up your pilotage.
Keep careful, properly endorsed logbook records. "You'll also need to show the examiner your logbook to prove that you accomplished the required flight training and you received and logged training within the preceding 60 days," wrote Kathy Yodice in her "Legal Briefing" column in the September 2003 AOPA Flight Training.
Challenge your instructor to keep an eye out for ways to maximize the value of your training dollar. You do the same! Getting the slack out of your slack-time flying will build your skills and ensure maximum performance for your flying funds.
| Your Partner in Training |
|Are you beginning to embark on longer cross-country odysseys? While it's important to obtain a complete briefing and check the weather before flying in the traffic pattern, the atmosphere and its influence on your flight become even more significant once you venture outside your home airspace. Expand your aeronautical horizons and go to AOPA Flight Training Online for a complete weather picture. |
Do you have a question? Call our experienced pilots-available weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern toll-free at 800/872-2672. As an AOPA Flight Training Member, you have access to all of the features within AOPA Online and AOPA Flight Training Online. Login information is available online.
| Flight Training News |
| AIRPORT WATCH CONCEPT HELPS NAB 'BAD GUYS' |
Here's proof that GA airports really are small communities and that the "residents" know when something is amiss. On Wednesday, this led to the nabbing of some suspicious characters at St. Louis Downtown Airport. It all started when a man telephoned an FBO not far from the Gateway Arch and asked about chartering a helicopter. About an hour later, two men walked into the FBO, pulled out cash to pay for the flight, and presented driver's licenses from two different states as ID. Office staff noticed their car was registered in a third state and called the FBI and local police. FBO workers stalled the two suspects until the authorities arrived. After a little time behind bars, the two "terrorists" confessed that they were NBC employees from New York. Their assignment: A story on how "easy" it is to get information and directions to a helicopter and then hijack it. St. Louis was their first attempt; the network reportedly planned similar tries to penetrate security at airports around the country. "This incident demonstrates the validity of the Airport Watch concept," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "Vigilant pilots and airport workers make the best security force because they know who does and doesn't belong at the airport. They can easily spot the things that just don't seem right." For more, see AOPA Online.
EMBRY-RIDDLE SELECTS ALL-GLASS FLEET FOR AIRLINE PROGRAM
The Commercial Airline Training Program (CAPT) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will be operating Diamond airplanes exclusively, according to Diamond Aircraft. Embry-Riddle has ordered 10 DA40FP Diamond Stars and three DA42 Twin Stars, all to be equipped with Garmin G1000 glass cockpits. The new aircraft join a fleet of 10 DA40s already in use at CAPT, a fast-track airline-specific training program for those who wish to fly for the regional airlines. "CAPT cadets will find that using the Twin Star's advanced all-glass avionics and FADEC [full authority digital engine controls] quickly and thoroughly prepare them for the Boeing MD-90 EFD jetliner, which uses similar systems," said Paul Woessner, executive director of the CAPT program. For more information on CAPT, see the Web site.
HOW SAFE IS LEARNING TO FLY?
Student pilots-and their instructors-are actually less likely to have a fatal accident than already-certificated pilots, according to a new study by the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. Flight Instruction Safety: An In-Depth Look at Instructional Accidents also identifies the four phases of instructional flight most likely to result in accidents. Download the report from ASF's Web site.
SPORTY'S ACADEMY HOSTS YOUNG CAMPERS
Nearly a dozen youths aged 11 to 13 got a hands-on dose of aviation as they completed a summer camp hosted by Sporty's Academy at Clermont County Airport in Batavia, Ohio. The campers attended two days of ground school as well as a presentation by Jon Potts, Sporty's chief pilot, about career opportunities in aviation. Campers also toured the U.S. Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. They came home with logbooks, training posters, aeronautical charts and plotters, and other educational materials. Summer 2004 is drawing to a close, but if you would like information about aviation camps to be held in 2005, contact Eric Radtke, vice president of Sporty's Academy, at 513/735-9100, extension 352.
| Inside AOPA |
| CONGRESS TO FAA: NO USER FEES FOR FSS |
Can you imagine paying a user fee each time you call flight service for a weather briefing? AOPA's efforts to ensure something like that won't happen have led to a congressional directive to the FAA that pilots continue to get the best possible flight briefing and en route information services without user fees. The language was included in next fiscal year's FAA funding bill. Meanwhile, the FAA is conducting a study to determine what flight service station functions might be performed by commercial services. In an August 2004 editorial in AOPA Pilot, AOPA President Phil Boyer assured members that "we continue to represent GA pilots' interests in moving toward a more modern service that, whether performed by the FAA or another major company, continues to be government funded with no fees for use." See the news story on AOPA Online.
AOPA RELAUNCHES ASF RUNWAY SAFETY PROGRAM
Sometimes you fall prey to your own success. Because of the unprecedented demand generated by last week's announcement about the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's new Runway Safety program, the launch had to be aborted--we were unable to deliver the program in its complete form. The technical problems have been resolved and we invite you to try this exciting, interactive program. Developed in conjunction with the FAA as part of its effort to reduce runway incursions, the course is highly entertaining and informative; it is rich with startling real-world examples, challenging and fun quizzes, and many exciting,new features. Check it out. Successful completion of the program earns you credit in the FAA Wings proficiency program.
HAVE YOU UPDATED YOUR AOPA MEMBER PROFILE?
To make the most of your membership and allow us to serve you better, please visit AOPA Online and update your personal member profile.
| Training Products |
| NEW BOOK OFFERS INSIGHTS, ANSWERS ABOUT LEARNING TO FLY |
You Can Fly!, a new book by Greg Brown, an AOPA Flight Training contributing editor, and Laurel Hilde Lippert, offers a springboard for encouraging prospective pilots to fly and answers many questions that most students and new pilots have along the journey. It discusses prerequisites for learning to fly, gives some tools for pursuing your goal, and includes an intelligent discussion of the risks inherent in flying. Answers to the most commonly asked aviation questions are found throughout, with more in an appendix at the end. The full-color, soft-cover book includes photography by Tom Lippert. It sells for $19.95 and may be ordered online from Aviation Supplies and Academics.
Note: Products listed have not been evaluated by ePilot editors. AOPA assumes no responsibility for products or services listed or for claims or actions by manufacturers or vendors.
| Final Exam |
| Question: How often does an airport beacon flash in any given direction? |
Answer: The airport beacon is designed to rotate at 6 rpm. Thus it would make one full revolution every 10 seconds, and since it has two lights-one green and one white-you will see a flash of light every five seconds. For more information, see page 1, paragraph 1 of Advisory Circular 150-5340-21, Airport Miscellaneous Lighting Visual Aids, which can be downloaded from AOPA Online.
Got a question for our technical services staff? E-mail to [email protected] or call the Pilot Information Center, 800/872-2672. Don't forget the online archive of "Final Exam" questions and answers, searchable by keyword or topic.
| Picture Perfect |
|The AOPA Online Gallery allows you to download your favorite images to use for wallpaper, send a personalized e-card, and order high-quality prints to be shipped directly to your doorstep. Search the hundreds of fabulous images in our archives and select your favorites today! For more details, see AOPA Online. |
| What's New At AOPA Online |
|Heat, humidity, and a heavy load are never a good combination for aircraft performance. In the latest edition of "Never Again Online," a flight instructor recounts a hazy evening trip in which he ignored the lessons he was careful to impress upon his primary students. |
| Weekend Weather |
|See the current weather on AOPA Online, provided by Meteorlogix. |
| ePilot Calendar |
| FLYING DESTINATIONS THIS WEEKEND: |
Mayville, New York. An Ultralight and Sport Airplane Fly-in takes place August 14 at Dart Airport and Aviation Museum (D79). Fun, flying, refreshments, and free admission to the aviation museum. Rain date is August 15. Contact Bob or Greg Dart, 716/753-2160.
Alliance, Ohio. The Sixth Annual Ohio Aeronca Aviators Fly-in takes place August 13 through 15 at Barber (2D1). Breakfast served Saturday and Sunday from 7 to 11 a.m. by EAA Chapter 82. Primitive camping on field, local lodging available. All are welcome. Contact Brian Matz, 216/337-5643, or visit the Web site.
McCall, Idaho. The Eighteenth Annual Northwest Mountain McCall Family Fly-in takes place August 13 through 15 at McCall Municipal (MYL). Seminars, tours, static displays, flybys, and the FAA Wings and PACE programs are just some of the planned attractions. Contact Frank Lester, 208/334-8775, or visit the Web site.
Rochester, New Hampshire. Skyhaven Airshow 2004 takes place August 21 and 22 at Skyhaven (DAW). Aerobatic displays, vendors, music, static displays, motorcycles, food, and seminars. Contact Paul Arsenault, 603/332-0005, or visit the Web site.
Houston, Texas. Wings and Wheels Saturday takes place August 21 at William P. Hobby (HOU). Hosted by the 1940 Air Terminal Museum. Features vintage aircraft, vintage cars, lunch, and special attractions. Fly-in visitors are asked to R.S.V.P. Contact Drew Coats, 713/454-1940, or visit the Web site.
McMinnville, Oregon. The Forty-fifth Annual Northwest Antique Airplane Club Fly-in takes place Aug 20 through 22 at McMinnville Municipal (MMV). The largest antique fly-in in the Northwest with more than 700 antiques, classics, warbirds, and experimentals on display. Contact J.F. Vallee, 360/281-9079, or visit the Web site.
To submit an event to the calendar or to search all events visit AOPA Online. For airport details, see AOPA's Airport Directory Online .
ASF FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR REFRESHER CLINICS
The next AOPA Air Safety Foundation Flight Instructor Refresher Clinic is scheduled in Reno, Nevada, August 21 and 22. A clinic is also scheduled in Long Beach, California, August 28 and 29. For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online. Can't make it in person? Sign up for the CFI Renewal Online.
ASF PINCH-HITTER GROUND-SCHOOL COURSES
The next Pinch-Hitter® Ground School will take place in Baltimore, September 12. For more Pinch-Hitter courses, see AOPA Online.