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| Training Tips |
| IS YOUR TRAINER A 'MOD'? |
How would you know if your aircraft had been modified after its manufacture? What does that mean for flight planning and piloting technique? Aftermarket modifications have long been a thriving part of the general aviation industry. Some mods "require a subtle change in piloting technique. Others have more significant consequences, including specific changes in the checklist and procedures and a supplement added to the pilot's operating handbook (POH)," writes columnist Mark Twombly of his personal aircraft in "Continuing Ed: Know Your Modifications" in the September 2000 AOPA Flight Training.
Many modifications enhance the capabilities of older high-performance aircraft; a case in point is the planned transformation of the Piper Twin Comanche to be given away in AOPA's Win-a-Twin Sweepstakes, described by Thomas A. Horne in "Win-a-Twin Comanche: Remaking a Classic from the Ground Up" in the February 2004 AOPA Pilot. Single-engine airplanes are also often modified. For one popular step-up aircraft alone-the Cessna 182-some 577 supplemental type certificates (STCs) had been issued by the FAA for mods, and "the array of modifications is staggering in its scope," writes Steven W. Ells in "The Skylane Mod Market," in the December 2000 AOPA Pilot.
What about trainers? Writing about the Cessna 150/152 series in "The Last Affordable Airplane" in the August 2001 AOPA Pilot, Alton K. Marsh lists some of the common alterations to the basic airplanes: "Anticollision strobes, flap and aileron gap seals, a carburetor icing detector, a belly-mounted fuel drain, and conversions allowing aircraft to use auto gasoline. There are also improved replacements for such standard factory equipment as paper air filters, air vents, sun visors, oil screens, mixture controls, and engine starters." Trainers may be modified with more powerful engines (burning more fuel) or extra fuel capacity (reducing useful load). Remember that installed optional equipment such as wheel fairings-while not aftermarket modifications-change empty weight and published cruise speeds. Take that into account during flight planning. You may be quizzed on modifications during your flight test; see the August 9, 2002 "Training Tips."
Whether you fly the same trainer on every lesson, or take out various aircraft in the fleet, know the difference between Aircraft A and Aircraft B, and how to make best use of the special characteristics of each.
| Your Partner in Training |
|AOPA provides an online library containing the FAA Practical Test Standards for most certificates and ratings. The PTS provides the examiner guidance as to what is required on a checkride, and tells pilots and flight instructors what to expect. Included is an analysis of the changes to the PTS that were issued in August 2002. |
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. For login information, click here.
| Flight Training News |
| FAA TO INVESTIGATE MEIGS CLOSURE |
The FAA's Enforcement Division says it will investigate AOPA's claim that the city of Chicago violated federal law and aviation regulations when it shut down Meigs Field last year. AOPA filed a formal complaint after Mayor Richard M. Daley ordered the runway at Meigs bulldozed, claiming the city failed to provide adequate notice as required by the federal aviation regulations. The complaint will not result in the airport's reopening but could lead to the mayor and the city being punished for their actions. The informal investigation will culminate with a report in which the Enforcement Division will decide whether or not there is evidence to proceed. Meigs Field was a favorite destination of numerous general aviation pilots because of its scenic approach over Lake Michigan and convenient location near downtown Chicago.
ALASKA AIR SAFETY INITIATIVE USES KING SCHOOLS COURSE
An Alaska nonprofit organization whose goal is to make flying safer through education and system enhancements has launched a new safety initiative for general aviation that utilizes a King Schools home-study course. The Medallion Foundation Inc. ordered 400 copies of the Practical Risk Management for Pilots CD-ROM course and may purchase as many as 400 more this year. "The exceptional self-guided curriculum helps pilots develop an individual risk management program," said Jerry Dennis, the foundation's executive director. The safety initiative emphasizes human factors in flying, flight simulation, and seasonal safety. Learn more about the risk management course at the King Schools Web site.
SINCLAIR COMMUNITY COLLEGE, EMBRY-RIDDLE SIGN DEAL
Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, signed an agreement with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University that will make it easier for Sinclair students to transfer to ERAU to finish up a four-year aviation degree. Sinclair offers an aviation technology track; according to George Sehi, dean of engineering and industrial technologies, the courses are carefully reviewed and evaluated to ensure that their content and course objectives are equivalent to and can be transferred to ERAU's bachelor of science in professional aeronautics program. For more information, call Sinclair's engineering technology counselor's office at 937/512-2282 or the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, 937/257-6585.
| Inside AOPA |
| CAST YOUR VOTE FOR AOPA SWEEPSTAKES TWIN'S PAINT SCHEME |
The grand prize in AOPA's 2004 Win-A-Twin Sweepstakes is heading to the paint shop, and you can vote on the color scheme. Visit the Win-A-Twin Sweepstakes page and click on the "paint preferences" link to see the options submitted by Scheme Designers in Cresskill, New Jersey. Roll your mouse across the small images to see a larger-scale drawing, then click on "My Choice" for the one you like best. Your selection will help AOPA to decide which paint scheme to choose. After the 1965 Piper Twin Comanche receives its new coat, it travels to Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Florida, April 13 to 19, and then back to Frederick, Maryland, for the June 5 AOPA Fly-In and Open House.
| Training Products |
| SPORTY'S 'AERONAUTICAL INFORMATION MANUAL' |
Did you know that the FAA publishes its Aeronautical Information Manual twice a year? While other providers often give you the option of receiving change notices to their AIM publications, when you buy an AIM from Sporty's, the company sends you the most recent version, then sends you a fresh, new copy when it is updated. The cost is $26.95. For more information, call 800/SPORTYS (800/776-7897), or see the Web site.
| Final Exam |
| Question: I moved last year, filled out a change-of-address card, and sent it in. My pilot certificate still has my previous address; and I didn't receive a new certificate. Should I have received a new certificate? |
Answer: The FAA does not send a replacement certificate for a change of address unless you request one. To replace your certificate, you'll have to submit a signed, written request stating your name, date and place of birth, Social Security number and/or certificate number, and the reason for replacement. Or download a form to request a replacement. Mail to: FAA, Airmen Certification Branch, AFS-760, P.O. Box 25082, Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0082. Include a check or money order for $2 made payable to the FAA. If your current address is listed as a Post Office Box (POB), General Delivery, Rural Route, or Star Route, you must provide directions or a map for locating your residence.
Got a technical question for AOPA specialists? E-mail to [email protected] or call 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 |
|In today's hurry-up world, we've grown accustomed to operating on less than a good night's sleep. But fatigue can be a deadly companion in the cockpit. Read AOPA's comprehensive aviation subject report, Fatigue and the Pilot , to learn how fatigue affects flight training. It includes examples drawn from Charles Lindbergh's historic flight and the nine-day, nonstop around-the-world trek completed by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager. |
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| ePilot Calendar |
| WEEKEND FLYING DESTINATIONS |
Costa Mesa, California. The 2004 Aviation Maintenance Technicians and Safety Symposium takes place February 26 and 27 at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Join us for FAA and industry speakers, trade show and exhibits, and much more. Free to all aviation enthusiasts. Contact George Mahurin, 562/420-1755, ext. 136, or visit the Web site.
To submit an event to the calendar, or 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 Clinics are scheduled in Louisville, Kentucky, and Reston, Virginia, February 28 and 29. Clinics are also scheduled in Phoenix; Ontario, California; and Norfolk, Virginia, March 6 and 7. 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 Schools will take place in Louisville, Kentucky, and Reston, Virginia, February 29; and Phoenix, March 7. For more Pinch-Hitter courses, see AOPA Online.
ASF SAFETY SEMINARS
AOPA Air Safety Foundation Safety Seminars are scheduled in Las Vegas and Eugene, Oregon, February 23; Gresham, Oregon, February 24; Puyallup, Washington, February 25; and Seattle, February 26. The topic is Maneuvering Flight-Hazardous to Your Health? For complete details, see AOPA Online.