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AOPA Online Members Only -- AOPA ePilot Flight Training Edition --Vol. 4, Issue 29AOPA Online Members Only -- AOPA ePilot Flight Training Edition --Vol. 4, Issue 29

Volume 4, Issue 29 • July 16, 2004
In this issue:
June pilot hiring slows, but 2004 totals still strong
Ninety-Nines chapter awards scholarship
FAA denies prohibited airspace requests


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Training Tips
Who is in charge when you interact with air traffic control (ATC) while flying? You are, when it comes to safely conducting your flight. ATC is, when it comes to maintaining separation from other aircraft and issuing clearances. New pilots learn these basics of communication with ATC: Don't interrupt a preceding transmission, speak briefly, use standard phraseology. But there's more to it than proper broadcasting technique. Pilots and air traffic controllers should understand their roles and responsibilities, found in Chapter 5, Section 5 of the Aeronautical Information Manual. Review the list of pilot and controller responsibilities in such common procedures and phases of flight as safety alerts, radar vectors, and traffic advisories.

"The PIC [pilot in command] is always the final authority on safely conducting the flight, but it is our responsibility to separate the traffic," said Ron Heilmann, chief of the Timmerman Field (Milwaukee) control tower in an interview in the June 2003 AOPA Flight Training article "Great Expectations." Can those goals conflict? Yes-and not all new pilots are comfortable turning down an authoritative-sounding instruction from ATC. However, "Keep in mind that although the controller is managing the traffic flow, it is you, the pilot, who is controlling your own destiny. If a controller asks you to do something that you believe is unsafe or beyond your capabilities as a pilot, don't do it," advises Budd Davisson in the November 2002 AOPA Flight Training feature "Talk Show." One simple way is to say, "Unable," followed by a brief explanation, such as saying that an assigned heading might bring your flight near clouds. It also helps to inform ATC that you are a student pilot. See the October 10, 2003, "Training Tips."

Such times are when clarity and precise language truly count. For instance, the common word "roger" acknowledges receipt and understanding of a message, but is unclear as a response to a question requiring a yes or no answer. Review the Pilot/Controller Glossary . Terms that appear frequently in pilot/controller communications are shown in bold italics. Then go to the New Pilot's Guide to ATC Communications on AOPA Flight Training's new Web site to develop your fluency in this all-important aeronautical language.

Your Partner in Training
If two private pilots are on a cross-country flight sharing the responsibilities of the flight, can they both log the flight as PIC (pilot in command) cross-country? Further, if on this flight, one of the private pilots is wearing an IFR hood and logging simulated instrument time, can they both log the flight as PIC cross-country? These questions are common among the general pilot population but are valuable, especially to new pilots. Learn the answers and more about the logging of PIC time in the archives of AOPA Flight Training. You can begin with "PIC Time: Who can log what?" and "The PIC Question."

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. AOPA Flight Training Members have access to all of the features within AOPA Online. Login information is available online.

Flight Training News
The airlines hired 806 pilots in June, with monthly hiring totals slowing down as the total number dropped from 851 in April, according to figures compiled by Air, Inc. National carriers took on the most new hires with 359 pilots, followed by jet operators with 181 and non-jet operators with 114. Still, there's optimism in the hiring forecast, according to Air, Inc. The employers who responded to its survey had projected taking on a total of 4,300 pilots for all of 2004. As of June, the airlines topped that figure at 4,876-133 more than were hired in 2003. For more information, see the Web site.

The Spaceport Chapter of The Ninety-Nines, Inc. awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Kamara Walters, a student at Helicopter Adventures, Inc., in Titusville, Florida. The annual scholarship goes to a female pilot who is working on a rating to become a professional pilot. Walters already has her private and commercial certificates, and she is working on her instrument rating and helicopter flight instructor certificate with the hopes of eventually flying for law enforcement.

Inside AOPA
Eleven temporary flight restriction (TFR) areas over military installations in eight states will be converted into national security areas, or NSAs, in the coming months, the FAA has told AOPA. The less-restrictive classification means pilots must voluntarily avoid flying through the areas, and flight through a NSA can be temporarily restricted or prohibited via notam for reasons of national security. "Since these TFRs were thrown up shortly after September 11, AOPA has consistently advocated that they be eliminated as unnecessary and an operational hindrance to legitimate general aviation activities," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. NSAs are reasonable solutions that permit the government to protect the airspace when necessary, he said. For more details and a list of locations, see the full story on AOPA Online.

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Training Products
If you are getting ready to start your instrument training, or if you have your rating and would like a refresher, Sporty's wants you to take a look at its Instrument Rating Course-for free. Volume 1, Instrument Flying Fundamentals, features an IFR flight and includes the basics of instrument flying. If you are looking to increase your aviation knowledge bank, try Air Facts Sampler, another freebie that focuses on topics from each of Sporty's 27 "Air Facts" titles ranging from takeoffs and landings to GPS. Also available is Your First Few Hours for those who are thinking about learning to fly or are early in the flight training process. If you do not order anything but the free DVDs, you will need to pay $3.95 for shipping. Order online or call 800/SPORTYS.

Final Exam
Question: I saw an unusual airport symbol on a VFR chart the other day. It looked like an unfilled circle within a circle. It's different from the single unfilled circle that depicts airports with other than hard-surfaced runways. Can you tell me what it means?

Answer: Actually, the symbol does mean "other than hard-surfaced runways." The difference is that this symbol is used for a military airport whose runways are not hard-surfaced. Take a look at the National Aeronautical Charting Office's VFR Chart User's Guide , which you can download from AOPA Online.

Got a question for our technical services staff? E-mail to [email protected] or call the Pilot Assistance Hotline, 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 aviation 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
A low-time private pilot found out about the importance of text reports like METARs for planning a flight when he encountered cloud conditions not depicted on the satellite report he reviewed. Read more about how to decode textual weather reports at the Frequently Asked Weather Questions section on AOPA Online.

Weekend Weather
See the current weather on AOPA Online, provided by Meteorlogix.

ePilot Calendar
Casselton, North Dakota. Planes on the Plains 2004 takes place July 18 at Casselton Robert Miller Regional (5N8). It's the eighteenth annual fly-in of EAA Chapter 317. Boy Scout pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact Bob Miller, 701/347-5519, or visit the Web site.

La Grande, Oregon. The Celebration of Flight 2004 Fly-in takes place July 17 at La Grande/Union County (LGD). Events include a pancake breakfast, competition flying, scenic rides, safety seminar, PACE program, and other family fun events. Contact Katherine Bliss, 541/963-2070.

Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.
Lock Haven Airfest takes place July 24 at William T. Piper Memorial (LHV). Fly-in/drive-in breakfast, Staggerwing and Stearman rides, music, and free admission. Contact Dave Rodgers, 570/893-8889.

Lakeport, California. Lake County Airmen's Air Fair takes place July 24 at Lampson Field (1O2). Features all aircraft of interest, antiques, classics, experimentals, and special interest cars. Contact Glen Claypool, 707/277-9058.

To submit an event to the calendar or to search all events visit AOPA Online. For airport details, see AOPA's Airport Directory Online .

The next AOPA Air Safety Foundation Flight Instructor Refresher Clinics are scheduled in Portland, Maine; Newark, New Jersey; and Memphis, Tennessee, July 24 and 25. A clinic is also scheduled in Atlanta, August 7 and 8. For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online. Can't make it in person? Sign up for the CFI Renewal Online.

The next Pinch-Hitter® Ground School will take place in Memphis, Tennessee, July 25. For more Pinch-Hitter courses, see AOPA Online.

AOPA Air Safety Foundation Safety Seminars are scheduled in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 28 through 31. For complete details on topics and schedules, see AOPA Online.

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