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| Training Tips |
| REACHING FOR NEW RUNWAYS |
What airports have you visited on your cross-country training flights? What airports do you expect to visit? Of all the features you will notice when you start researching these fields, runways often make the biggest impression. You can find out about them in AOPA's Airport Directory Online or the FAA's airport/facility directories.
So much about runways can be new to your experience: varying lengths and widths, surfaces, markings-even the sheer number of runways at airports can differ from your home field. Visiting short or soft-surfaced runways may become your introduction to the specialized takeoff and landing techniques that are part of your private pilot training, as described by Budd Davisson in the October 2002 AOPA Flight Training feature "Field Work."
Suppose your home airport has a single runway labeled 14-32. An airport you plan to visit has two runways with those same reciprocal magnetic bearings. How are these parallel runways identified? One will bear a combination of 14L and 32R (the letters mean left and right), and the other will be designated 14R and 32L. There could even be a third runway with the letter C (center) after the numbers. A runway oriented to different bearings may intersect one or more of the parallel runways-and all this sometimes creates a complicated network of taxiways worth studying in advance.
If an airport's runways do intersect and there is a control tower at the airport, you may experience new procedures. For more on operations at towered airports, see the feature article in the November 1998 Flight Training, or download the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's Safety Advisor, Operations at Towered Airports .
Perhaps nontowered airports are new to your experience; what to do there is as mysterious to you as towered airports are to other trainees. Check the information sources provided in the July 3, 2002, "Training Tips" or download the Operations at Nontowered Airports Safety Advisor before heading out. Clearly, there is a lot more to using new runways than just knowing lengths, surfaces, and direction.
| Your Partner in Training |
|From a list of aviation medical examiners to pertinent medical Web sites, and from conditions such as arthritis to urolithiasis, you can go to AOPA Online for subject reports on medical certification and other health-related topics. You can also talk to our medical services experts toll-free at 800/872-2672 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern. |
AOPA Flight Training Members have access to all of the features within AOPA Online. Login information is available online.
| Flight Training News |
| NEW FLIGHT TRAINING WEB SITE OFFERS ANSWERS FOR STUDENTS |
As you move through each phase of flight training, questions inevitably arise about everything from airsickness to opening and closing VFR flight plans. The good news is that you're not alone in this endeavor to become a certificated pilot. AOPA delivers the information you need at every stage of training on its completely revamped Flight Training Web site. The new site is easier to use and navigate, with information divided into the five phases of flight training. See information especially for students.
SPORTY'S AWARDS AVIATION SCHOLARSHIPS
High school students Bradley A. Bormuth and Charles E. Watson each have $1,000 to further their flight training endeavors. Both were recipients of Sporty's Aviation Exploring Scholarships. Bormuth, of Morganton, North Carolina, is a student pilot who hopes to take his checkride in August when he turns 17. He plans to become an airline or corporate pilot. Watson, of Lebanon, Tennessee, plans to take his checkride this summer and be an instrument-rated pilot by the time he graduates. He would like to become an Air Force pilot.
ILLINOIS SCHOOL OFFERS EXPANDED AVIATION WEB SITE
Southern Illinois University Carbondale's aviation department has revamped its Web site to include several new features, such as databases for jobs, internships, and scholarships, and a public forum on aviation topics. The site also contains plenty of information on the department's flight, maintenance, and management programs. Check it out online.
| Inside AOPA |
| FREE RUNWAY SAFETY CARDS GIVE STUDENTS AN EDGE ON EXAM |
The new FAA requirements for runway safety education on checkrides and proficiency flights have prompted pilots in record numbers to take advantage of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's free runway safety flash cards. In the past year, about 8,500 pilots, CFIs, and designated pilot examiners have read or downloaded the cards. They are used for learning or reinforcing runway sign knowledge, which now must be demonstrated on all FAA private or commercial pilot checkrides, and is encouraged as a subject area on flight reviews. Get an edge by using them to prepare for your next checkride or flight review. The cards are available for online viewing or download as a PowerPoint show, or in PDF format for printing on paper or card stock with any home printer. See AOPA Online.
HOUSE COMMITTEE WANTS AIRPORT WATCH HOTLINE TO CONTINUE
AOPA's Airport Watch hotline (866/GA-SECURE) should continue to allow pilots to report suspicious activities at airports. The House Appropriations Committee recently approved continued funding for the hotline as part of the budget package for the Department of Homeland Security. AOPA partnered with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to create Airport Watch. AOPA created the program and funded materials such as brochures, airport signs, and training videos. TSA provided the toll-free hotline and helped distribute some of the program materials.
AOPA REAL-TIME FLIGHT PLANNER GETS BETTER
As a student pilot you learn to plan your flights the old-fashioned way with pencil and paper-a great method for learning the art of navigation. But once you earn your certificate, you will begin to fly farther away from your home airport where you'll encounter different kinds of airspace and those dreaded flight restrictions that can pop up out of nowhere. A free tool exclusive to AOPA members is AOPA's Real-Time Flight Planner, which can help you cross-check your flight planning during training. Powered by Jeppesen, the flight planner lets you fly more safely and efficiently by planning the most sensible routes. You can also get weather and airport data with just a few clicks. And thanks to input from AOPA members, the flight planner has just gotten better. Starting now, you can store five aircraft profiles instead of two; 10 routes instead of five; and 35 waypoints instead of 25. Download the software from AOPA Online.
AIRCRAFT RENTERS: ARE YOU COVERED?
An FBO's insurance policy almost never covers the pilot, and after an incident or accident the FBO is likely to want to reclaim its deductible-$5,000 or more-from the pilot. Don't fly unprotected. With new lower rates, a renter's insurance policy from the AOPA Insurance Agency is now more affordable. For as little as $95 per year, you can get protection for bodily injury and property damage liability. And for only $125 more, you can add $5,000 in coverage for aircraft damage liability. For more information or to purchase a policy, see the Web site or call 800/622-AOPA (2672).
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 |
| GUIDE OFFERS TIPS ON BUYING AND OWNING AIRPLANES |
Thinking about buying an airplane? Not sure where to begin? Buying and Owning Your Own Airplane, by James E. Ellis, may provide some helpful tips. The third edition of this manual includes analyses of popular airplanes (including models you might not have considered, like the Beech 77 Skipper and the Cessna 177 Cardinal); an examination of high-performance single-engine aircraft, including Cirrus, Diamond, and Lancair models; and a list of owner's associations specializing in the care of specific types of aircraft, which can be an invaluable resource when hunting down a part. The 252-page book sells for $29.99 and is available from Blackwell Publishing.
| Final Exam |
| Question: I'm a student pilot and will be going for my medical exam soon. I have some trouble with allergies and would like to know what the medical questions are and whether there will be any problem with the allergy medication I'm taking. Is there a way to find out this information before the exam? |
Answer: AOPA has exactly what you need! TurboMedical is an educational tool developed by AOPA's medical staff to be used in preparation for completing the actual FAA medical application when you report for an FAA physical examination. Using this interactive form allows you to do exactly what you've asked-answer the medical questions and discover if there are any trouble spots before you report for your medical exam. TurboMedical presents the items on Form 8500-8 one at a time. Your answer to each item is verified using specific criteria, and you will receive a response letting you know if there is a problem. When you answer question 17A, which asks you to list medications you are currently using, the response will tell you if the medication(s) is FAA-allowed or not.
Got a question for our technical services staff? E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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. |
| Weekend Weather |
|See the current weather on AOPA Online, provided by Meteorlogix. |
| ePilot Calendar |
| FLYING DESTINATIONS THIS WEEKEND: |
Detroit/Grosse Ile, Michigan. The 2004 Grosse Ile Extravaganza takes place June 19 and 20 at Grosse Ile Municipal (ONZ). Celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the airport with a spectacular airshow, featuring a B-2 stealth bomber and F-117A stealth fighter demo, Jim LeRoy aerobatics demonstration, and much more! Contact 519/659-3298, or visit the Web site.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Aerospace America International Airshow takes place June 18 through 20 at Will Rogers World (OKC). Great show featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, kids' program, sky market, fly-ins welcome; kids 12 and under free. Contact Lois Lawson or Don Schmidt, 405/685-8546, or visit the Web site.
Marysville, California. The Golden West EAA Regional Fly-in takes place June 18 through 20 at Yuba County (MYV). See jets, warbirds, vintage, homebuilts, ultralights, balloons, and rotorcraft-if it flies it comes to Golden West. Contact Tracy Peters, 530/741-6248, or visit the Web site.
Olympia, Washington. The Sixth Annual Olympic Airshow takes place June 18 through 20 at Olympia (OLM). Hosted by the Olympic Flight Museum, this event features seven decades of military aircraft, from vintage biplanes to jets. Aircraft performing include B-17, B-24, P-51, Yak 52, and Yak 1. Contact Teri Thorning, 360/705-3925, or visit the Web site.
Millington, Tennessee. The Memphis Belle Summer Swing takes place June 26 at Millington Municipal (NQA). This event will include warbirds, antique aircraft and cars, motorcycles, FAA seminars, a barbecue lunch, and airplane rides. All proceeds will go to the restoration of the Memphis Belle. Contact Jim Harris, 901/383-3104 or 662/893-3289, or visit the Web site.
Davenport, Iowa. The Quad City Airshow takes place June 26 and 27 at Davenport Airport (DVN). For more information, contact 563/322-7469, or visit the Web site.
Ramona, California. The Tenth Annual Ramona Airshow takes place June 26 and 27 at Ramona (RNM). Featured activities include hot air balloon launches, antique aircraft displays, a hot rod/dragster display, and military jet aerobatics. Contact Richard Selinger, 760/788-3366, 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 Pittsburgh, July 10 and 11. A clinic is also scheduled in Jacksonville, Florida, July 17 and 18. For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online. Can't make it in person? Sign up for the CFI Renewal Online.
ASF SAFETY SEMINARS
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.