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| Training Tips |
| VAPOR LOCKS, FLOODS, AND OTHER NON-STARTERS |
You complete your preflight inspection, bring the engine to life, and taxi away, ready to fly. Or not. Sometimes turning the ignition key brings forth other results. A thorough pilot knows enough about the aircraft engine's design to solve start-up problems without running down the battery, damaging engine components, or having a fire break out.
Although cold-weather starting is known to be difficult, prone to flooding of carbureted engines from over-priming and resultant fires, starting on warm days or shortly after an engine has been shut down can also be tricky. See "Hot Starts: Getting the Ball Rolling on Those Steamy Summer Days" from the August 1996 AOPA Pilot magazine, as well as the discussion of cold weather start-up issues in the November 2002 AOPA Flight Training article "Frigid Flight Fundamentals."
Depending on an aircraft's age, the information you need may or may not be available when you need it. What will you do then? "The owner's handbook for my airplane doesn't list hot-start procedures, only normal and flooded starts. That's because the airplane was manufactured before the industry agreed in the mid-1970s on a standard for writing a pilot's operating handbook. The new standard calls for normal, cold, hot, flooded, and external power source starting procedures," explains Mark Twombly in "Continuing Ed," April 2001 AOPA Flight Training.
In the past, most pilots trained in aircraft equipped with carbureted engines, but this is changing-more of the training fleet now uses fuel-injection technology. Say goodbye to such engine-management concerns as flooded engines during start-ups or in-flight carburetor ice buildups as discussed in the August 23, 2002, "Training Tips." But understand how "vapor lock" could occur in a hot, fuel-injected powerplant, preventing you from restarting the engine. "One of the marks of a pilot who understands fuel-injection systems is his ability to quickly start a heat-soaked engine," notes Steven W. Ells in the "Airframe and Powerplant" column in the July 2000 AOPA Pilot.
Engine starting is an operation pilots tend to take for granted. Knowing what to do when faced with a non-start promotes safety, avoids damage, complies with practical test standards, and-best of all-gets you back in the air!
| Your Partner in Training |
|When checking out in a new aircraft, learn as much about the systems as you can, and always consult the manufacturer's checklist to ensure nothing is overlooked. Read more about preflight inspections and going beyond the checklist on AOPA Online. And don't forget, you also have members-only access to AOPA Pilot archives for additional tips and recommendations on preflighting an aircraft, such as those included in "A Prelude to Takeoff" from the May 2000 issue. |
As an AOPA Flight Training Member, you have access to all of the features within AOPA Online. Login information is available online.
| Flight Training News |
| AVIATION HERITAGE FESTIVAL TO FEATURE WWII SPEAKER, EXHIBITS |
Daniel Webster College's 2004 Aviation Heritage Festival seeks to build upon the general public's interest in aviation prompted by 2003's Centennial of Flight observances. The event, set for September 25 and 26 on the college's Nashua, New Hampshire, campus and adjacent Nashua Municipal Airport, will feature a static display of World War II aircraft, a school-age children's aviation art contest with airplane rides for the winners, and a guest appearance by Donald S. Lopez, deputy director of the National Air and Space Museum and a World War II pilot. The deadline for submitting art entries is September 1, and winners will be announced September 9. For more information, see the Web site.
FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WINS AVIONICS SCHOLARSHIP
Raymond Dotty of Daytona Beach, Florida, is the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship from Cincinnati Avionics, an affiliate of Sporty's Pilot Shop. Dotty plans to pursue an avionics line maintenance degree at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The Sportys/Cincinnati Avionics scholarship is administered through the Aircraft Electronics Educational Foundation. It is open to high school seniors and/or college students who plan to attend or are enrolled in an avionics or aircraft repair program at an accredited school. For more information on other avionics scholarships, see the Aircraft Electronics Association's Web site.
NORTH CAROLINA UNIVERSITY TO CONTINUE OPERATING AIRPORT
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will not be closing Horace Williams Airport in 2005, thanks to an amendment in the state's budget bill that requires the school to keep the airport open until a replacement facility can be found. The bill now awaits the governor's signature. AOPA has worked alongside local and regional pilots and AOPA Airport Support network volunteers for three years to save the facility, home to North Carolina's AHEC program, which flies University of North Carolina doctors and medical specialists to serve outlying communities throughout the state. The budget bill guarantees general aviation access to Horace Williams pending the opening of a new facility, and it requires the state to provide assistance to the university in locating a replacement airport.
| Inside AOPA |
| AOPA COUNTERS CALL FOR NEW YORK AIRSPACE RESTRICTIONS |
Close New York's Hudson River corridor to VFR traffic? That's a terrible idea, AOPA was quick to tell Sen. Charles Schumer. Earlier this month, Schumer said the temporary flight restriction (TFR) that will be imposed over New York City during the Republican National Convention should become permanent, creating an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) around New York similar to the one that now surrounds the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. AOPA President Phil Boyer told Schumer that the Baltimore-Washington ADIZ is an operational nightmare for controllers and pilots. Moreover, several of Schumer's congressional colleagues have said that the ADIZ has done nothing to enhance security in the D.C. area. For complete details, see the news story on AOPA Online.
GA SIMULATORS DON'T NEED AIRLINE-STYLE REGS, GROUPS SAY
Please don't fix what isn't broken. That's the message from AOPA and a group of general aviation simulator manufacturers and flight training experts to the FAA. The agency wants to write new regulations-a new Part 60-to govern all types of flight simulation devices, from the flight training devices (FTDs) found in small general aviation flight schools to the full-motion simulators used by the large airline training academies. "What the FAA wants to do, in essence, is 'type certificate' a flight training device, then make the users adopt quality management systems and record-keeping requirements equal to what the FAA requires for airline simulators," said Luis Gutierrez, AOPA director of regulation and certification policy. "In fact, they want more for an FTD bolted to the floor than a training aircraft out on the flight line." See AOPA Online.
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| Training Products |
| GARMIN DEBUTS TWO NEW HANDHELD GPS UNITS |
Garmin introduced two new handheld GPS devices this week at EAA AirVenture. The GPSMAP 96 and GPSMAP 96C include features designed to appeal not only to pilots of powered aircraft-such as a database of obstructions including radio towers and high-rise buildings-but also those who enjoy competitive hang-gliding and paragliding: The units include GPS-derived rate-of-ascent/descent indicators and glide-ratio and glide-to-target features. Both models have a basemap that depicts highways, major roads, lakes, rivers, railroads, and state/national borders, which means they can be used on the road or on the water as well. The GPSMAP 96, which has a four-level gray-scale display, will sell for $499; the 96C has a 256-color transflective TFT display and will sell for $699. Both units will be available later this month. See the Web site for more information.
| Final Exam |
| Question: It's been more than 10 years since I've flown, and now that the kids have finished college, I'm ready to jump in again. I know there have been a lot of changes in 10 years. Is there information on the Web that would help me get back up to speed? |
Answer: Congratulations on your decision! AOPA's publication, Getting Back into Flying, is a "one-stop shop" for an overview of the information you'll need to know. It has been divided into sections based on when you last piloted an airplane. Reading through the entire publication is a great way to get an overview of the major changes that have affected general aviation pilots over the past few decades, and you can focus on the sections covering the years since you sat in the left seat. Included are many links to other Web resources, such as AOPA's Real-Time Flight Planner (RTFP), a valuable flight-planning tool.
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 |
|Jump to the AOPA Online Gallery to see the featured airplane of the day, or search the hundreds of fabulous images in our archives and select your favorites today! For more details, see AOPA Online. |
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| ePilot Calendar |
| FLYING DESTINATIONS THIS WEEKEND: |
Oshkosh, Wisconsin. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 takes place July 27 through August 2 at Wittman Regional (OSH). The world's largest general aviation gathering, with more than 10,000 airplanes, 700 exhibitors, and 500 forums and workshops. For more, see the Web site.
Belleville, Michigan. Thunder Over Michigan 2004 takes place August 7 and 8 at Willow Run (YIP). Contact the Yankee Air Museum, 734/483-4030 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 Atlanta, August 7 and 8. Clinics are also scheduled in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Fort Worth, Texas, August 14 and 15. 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 Fort Worth, Texas, August 15. For more Pinch-Hitter courses, see AOPA Online.
ASF SAFETY SEMINARS
AOPA Air Safety Foundation Safety Seminars are scheduled in Detroit, August 2; Kent, Ohio, August 3; Columbus, Ohio, August 4; and Knightstown, Indiana, August 5. The topic is GPS: Beyond "Direct-To." For complete details on topics and schedules, see AOPA Online.