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| Training Tips |
| GAS ON THE GRASS |
One of the first things you learned about being a pilot was always to perform a thorough preflight inspection of your aircraft. This included using a fuel sampler to drain some avgas from each tank and examine it for contamination; proper grade, as indicated by the color of the sample; and the possible presence of water in the tank. But after that, what did you do with the fuel sample?
For many years pilots simply dumped their fuel samples on the ramp or the grass at the airport-see Mark Twombly's "Sumping and Dumping" in the February 2003 AOPA Pilot-and moved on to the next step in their preparations to fly. But times are changing, and how! Some estimates placed the amount of aircraft fuel-much of it leaded-dumped on ramps in a year in the millions of gallons. Environmental enforcement agencies have taken notice, and in some cases, clamped down hard.
This new awareness has led to the development of products that allow fuel to be separated from contaminants and returned to the tank, as described in the May 2003 AOPA Flight Training . At many airports pilots will also notice a new feature-fuel disposal containers placed at strategic locations in hopes pilots will take the extra few steps and seconds required to keep yet another fuel sample out of their community's ground water. As Dale Smith noted in "Think Tank", the August 2003 AOPA Flight Training article on fueling procedures, "It's a little extra work, but it could save you from paying a big fine to the [Environmental Protection Agency]."
As always, good citizenry involves sacrifice. Don't let this minor inconvenience deter you from a comprehensive inspection of your fuel system. Also remember, as Robert Rossier points out in his 1997 Flight Training feature "Fuel Check", that taking the all-important fuel samples from each tank is only one part of a careful attempt to detect problems associated with the fuel supply. It may seem like a mere drop in the bucket, but practicing proper fuel disposal is an excellent way for pilots to befriend the environment and set an example for others as to how individuals can make a difference every day.
| Your Partner in Training |
|Sometimes it's the basics in aviation that seem routine and automatic, but if not understood or used properly they can add one more link to the poor judgment chain. Learn some basic professional navigation techniques from Joel Stoller, a Douglas DC-9 captain for Midwest Airlines and a part-time flight instructor who has more than 16,000 flying hours, including more than 600 hours of dual instruction. |
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 the members-only section of AOPA Online. For login information, click here.
| Flight Training News |
| OPERATIONS EASED AROUND ADIZ; SCHOOLS BENEFIT |
The FAA and other agencies have reinstated and made permanent procedures aimed at easing operations at airports near the fringe of the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). The measures establish ingress-egress procedures to two busy airports on Maryland's Eastern Shore and egress-only procedures for another dozen airports. AOPA still believes that the ADIZ has outlived its usefulness and hopes it will be rescinded, said AOPA President Phil Boyer. Until that happens, the new procedures should streamline operations for pilots, students, and CFIs flying and training on the edges of the ADIZ. See the complete news story at AOPA Online.
SPORTY'S ACADEMY AWARDS VORBECK SCHOLARSHIPS
Stacy Biernacki and Eric Francis, second-year students at the University of Cincinnati, are the 2003-2004 recipients of $5,000 grants through the Joseph (Joe) F. Vorbeck Memorial Scholarship. The Vorbeck scholarship is given annually to two outstanding second-year aviation students in the university's Aviation Technology: Professional Pilot Training Program. Sporty's Academy in Batavia, Ohio, created the scholarship in memory of Joe Vorbeck, an aviation educator who joined with Hal Shevers in the 1960s to pioneer three-day ground schools; Vorbeck and Shevers launched Sporty's Academy in 1987.
DOWLING COLLEGE HIRES CFIs, PUMPS UP AIRCRAFT FLEET
Dowling College School of Aviation has hired six new flight instructors to meet the demand of soaring enrollment and added two 2003 Piper Warriors to its fleet of aircraft. The school is located in Oakdale, New York, at the college's Brookhaven Center, adjacent to Brookhaven Airport. Its fleet now consists of seven Warriors, an Arrow, and a twin-engine Seminole. All are equipped with Garmin GTX 330 traffic alert systems.
| Inside AOPA |
| SECURITY AT GA AIRPORTS HAS IMPROVED, CONGRESSMAN SAYS |
Despite news reports to the contrary, security at general aviation airports has improved dramatically since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, according to Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich). Ehlers, a member of the House Aviation subcommittee, pilot, and AOPA member, wrote to CBS News in response to a recent Eye on America report that characterized security at GA airports as lax. The general aviation community has worked closely with federal officials at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to improve security at general aviation facilities, Ehlers said. See the complete story at AOPA Online.
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| Training Products |
| FIRST SOLO PACKS BUNDLE STUDENT FUNDAMENTALS |
The list of supplies for a new student pilot can appear endless. AvShop has packaged most of the essentials into bundles and claims you will save up to 25 percent over the cost of buying these items separately. First Solo DVD Pack comes with the ASA Virtual Test Prep FAA knowledge test training course and sells for $389; First Solo Pack, for those who will take an in-person ground school course, comes with Gleim's Private Pilot Written Exam Test Prep and sells for $319. Both bundles include an AvShop Design A400 ANR headset; a FAR/AIM; the FAA Private Pilot Practical Test Standards; a metal E6-B and plotter; a Jeppesen logbook; a certificate for a personalized First Solo plaque to commemorate the big day; and a flight bag to carry it all. Check it out online.
| 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 |
|What's involved in revitalizing a 1965 Piper Twin Comanche to become the grand prize in the 2004 AOPA Win-A-Twin Sweepstakes? See what's been accomplished so far or read a complete description of the work to be done and the vendors that will be joining forces on AOPA's first-ever twin-engine sweepstakes airplane. |
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| ePilot Calendar |
| WEEKEND FLYING DESTINATIONS |
Punta Gorda, Florida. The Florida Aviation Expo and Trade Show takes place February 6 through 8 at Charlotte County (PGD). Check out all the latest aviation products, seminar programs by major manufacturers, new aircraft, flight demonstrations, antiques, classics, homebuilts, gyrocopters, military jets, and much more. Contact Jim Kantor, 941/637-8585, ext. 103, or visit the Web site.
Lansing, Michigan. The Great Lakes Aviation Conference takes place February 6 through 8 at the Lansing Center. A must-attend event for any pilot, mechanic, or FBO manager. More than 100 exhibitors, a big variety of seminars, and a presentation by AOPA President Phil Boyer. Contact Todd Smith, 248/348-6942, 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 Sacramento, California, and Nashua, New Hampshire, February 14 and 15. Clinics are also scheduled in Las Vegas, and Oklahoma City, February 21 and 22. 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 Sacramento, California, February 15; and Las Vegas, February 22. For more Pinch-Hitter courses, see AOPA Online.
ASF SAFETY SEMINARS
AOPA Air Safety Foundation Safety Seminars are scheduled in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Tallahassee, Florida, February 9; Rogers, Arkansas, and Jacksonville, Florida, February 10; Ocala, Florida, and Oklahoma City, February 11; and Orlando, Florida, and Wichita, Kansas, February 12. The topic is Maneuvering Flight-Hazardous to Your Health? For complete details, see AOPA Online.