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| Training Tips |
| TACKLING TOUCHDOWN TRAVAILS |
Having trouble landing? It's a rite of passage for pilots. The day is coming when you can bring her to earth like a pro. But today, this is still a struggle. It looks so easy, doesn't it? The airplane on final approach crosses the threshold in an easy glide, the nose rises a bit, and after a brief interval when the craft seems to hover just above the runway, it alights-main wheels first, then the nosewheel.
This may not be what you are experiencing. The timing of your roundout and flare is still off. The airplane touches down prematurely and skips, or hangs in the air beyond all reason, then flops onto the pavement. If only there were more time during that sensitive transition from glide to flare to get the feel of it!
"Did you know that your airplane has a built-in time machine designed just for students having landing difficulties?" asks columnist Rod Machado in his December 1999 AOPA Flight Training commentary "Fighting the Flare." Read his advice for tackling this challenge.
Another idea is to make sure you clearly understand the goals-misconceptions can mean hours of delayed learning. Ask for additional demonstration of the elements of landing. Quality demonstrations are discussed in "CFI to CFI: Show and Tell" in the April 2004 AOPA Flight Training.
Learning also requires analyzing what happened on earlier attempts. "Don't you just hate it when you think you have landed, then find yourself 10 feet up, wondering what happened? Well, you bounced. You bounced because: (a) you were too fast when you landed, and you basically skipped off the runway; (b) your descent rate was much too high because you didn't flare soon enough, fast enough, or both; or both (a) and (b)," explains Thomas A. Horne in his March 1997 AOPA Pilot article "Landing Proficiency," from the "Measure of Skill" series available at AOPA Online.
Confronting landings may be your first experience with a learning plateau. See ways to get the train moving again in the June 2003 AOPA Flight Training feature "Sophomore Slump." Also know that student pilots are not the only ones to have trouble, as the September 2002 confessional "No Flare for Landings" makes clear.
Fend off discouragement, and move on to a time when you can savor the results of your hard work. It'll be sooner than you think!
| Your Partner in Training |
|Acquiring the funds that are needed to start and finish flight training may be one of the more difficult tasks facing new pilots, but there are many options that can be explored. One of the most frequently asked questions that our Aviation Services staff receive each week is, "How can I find a loan or scholarship to pay for my training?" AOPA has developed a subject report on this topic that includes a list of aviation scholarships available. Do you have questions? Call our experienced pilots-available weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern toll-free at 800/872-2672. |
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| Flight Training News |
| FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED |
Douglas Stewart of North Egremont, Massachusetts, a Master CFI whose safety seminars on such regional topics as "Flying the Hudson River Corridor" have earned him accolades, has been named 2004 National CFI of the Year. Stewart is owner of Doug Stewart Flight Instruction at Kline Kill Airport in Ghent, New York. A CFI since 1991, he specializes in confidence-building instrument training programs and tailwheel transition checkouts. Stewart is a designated pilot examiner for the Albany Flight Standards District Office and owns a 1947 Piper Super Cruiser. The General Aviation Awards program is a cooperative effort between the FAA and industry sponsors. FAA Administrator Marion Blakey will present this year's national awards at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
MESABA WINGS AWAY WITH 17 PAN AM ACADEMY GRADS
Mesaba Airlines (Northwest Airlink) hired 17 graduates of the Pan Am International Flight Academy (PAIFA) Career Pilot training program, PAIFA announced March 18. Mesaba Chief Pilot Dan Larson said the ability to literally "jet into town, interview, and select 17 topnotch new hires within two days" is a testament to PAIFA's ability to produce exactly what the regional airline was looking for. Chuck Glass, vice president and executive director of PAIFA's career pilot division, said the regional airlines want first officer candidates who are experienced with glass cockpits and the advanced technology that they would encounter in jet aircraft, and PAIFA's training goal is to produce such students. PAIFA operates Career Pilot campuses in Phoenix, Arizona, and Fort Pierce, Florida. For more information, see the Web site.
'JET CONNECT' PARTNERSHIP OFFERS AIRLINE TRAINING
The Pilot Career Foundation, a nonprofit flight school association affiliated with Utah Valley State College's aviation program, has formed a partnership with Delta Connection Academy that will give students at member flight schools access to advanced airline-oriented training. The Jet Connect program allows students at PCF-member flight schools to obtain private, commercial, and instrument ratings from the flight schools and then move into airline training at Delta Connection Academy. Jet Connect graduates are guaranteed a job interview with one of five carriers. For more information, see the foundation's Web site.
| Inside AOPA |
| NORTHWEST CEO WILL MEET WITH AOPA PRESIDENT |
Northwest Airlines Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson has agreed to meet with AOPA President Phil Boyer on April 2 to clear the air following backlash from pilots who protested an editorial claiming airline passengers subsidize general aviation operations through fees and taxes on airline tickets. Anderson's editorial was published in a Northwest in-flight magazine. Boyer hopes to convince Anderson that GA and the airlines are "two sides of the same coin" and that the Northwest CEO should set the record straight. See the complete story at AOPA Online.
| Training Products |
| TRAINING BOOKS ILLUSTRATE FLYING CONCEPTS |
If a flight maneuver doesn't make sense even after the instructor explains it at length, perhaps a picture is needed. Flight Maneuvers Illustrator ($7.55) from Jeppesen is a spiral-bound 6-inch by 3.5-inch book that you can stow in a jacket pocket or flight bag. It contains depictions of both private and commercial maneuvers. Halden Books' Visualized Flight Maneuvers for Instructors and Students ($18.95) is especially for high-wing aircraft and includes 520 illustrations designed to lay out the elements of each maneuver. Order one or both online from AircraftSpruce.com.
| Final Exam |
| Question: I hold a private glider certificate and a third class medical/student pilot certificate for single-engine land aircraft. A CFI says that I must contact the FAA to surrender the student pilot certificate and rely solely on logbook endorsements for my single-engine land instruction. Is this true? |
Answer: Yes. Because you are already a certificated private pilot, you do not need the combined student/medical certificate. Once you obtain a recreational or higher pilot certificate, you are no longer considered a student pilot in the eyes of the FAA-technically you're a student only once in your flying career. Call the FAA in Oklahoma City (800/350-5286, select option #5) and ask that you be reissued the standalone third class medical certificate.
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 |
|AOPA's Airport Support Network is always looking for a few good pilots to support and protect general aviation. ASN volunteers are AOPA's "eyes and ears" at public airports across the United States, monitoring development, noise issues, and other crucial items. For a list of airports in need of ASN volunteers, or to nominate an ASN volunteer, see AOPA Online. |
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| ePilot Calendar |
| WEEKEND FLYING DESTINATIONS |
Glendale, Arizona. The Thirtieth Anniversary Thunderbird Balloon & Air Classic takes place March 26 through 28 at Glendale Municipal (GEU). See hot air balloons and military aircraft spanning 60 years. Airshow and family fun center with activities for kids. For more information, visit the Web site.
Saddle Brook, New Jersey. The Fifteenth Annual Student Pilot Forum takes place March 31 at the Holiday Inn. A panel of aviation experts from weather briefers to designated pilot examiners will answer questions. Sponsored by the North Jersey Chapter of The Ninety-Nines. Contact 973/872-6213, 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 Denver, Atlanta, and Indianapolis, April 3 and 4. Clinics are also scheduled in San Diego; Tampa, Florida; and Boston; April 17 and 18. 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 Atlanta, April 4; and Tampa, Florida, April 18. For more Pinch-Hitter courses, see AOPA Online.
ASF SAFETY SEMINARS
AOPA Air Safety Foundation Safety Seminars are scheduled in Burlingame, California, March 29; San Luis Obispo, California, March 30; El Monte, California, March 31; and Fresno, California, and Morristown, New Jersey, April 1. The topic is Maneuvering Flight-Hazardous to Your Health? For complete details, see AOPA Online.