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| Training Tips |
| A DISQUALIFYING DEFICIENCY |
"Show me a 360-degree steep turn to the left," the flight instructor says.
You comply eagerly-it is your favorite maneuver. Rolling into the turn, you add just enough back-pressure to hold altitude while coordinating your control pressures to avoid overbanking (aileron) and keep the maneuver coordinated (rudder). As you near your original heading, you lead your rollout exactly as taught, decrease pitch to avoid climbing, and complete a perfect steep turn.
"That was unsatisfactory," the flight instructor says. "The turn was fine. But you failed to clear the area before starting the maneuver. On a flight test that would be disqualifying. In real life-dangerous."
This situation occurs frequently. Pilot trainees regularly hear the terms collision avoidance, see and avoid, and visual flight rules. But it usually takes a conscious effort-or a nagging fight instructor-to make vigilance a constant focus. That's one reason collision avoidance is one of 11 special emphasis areas on the private pilot flight test, as explained in the Practical Test Standards. Download the PTS from AOPA Online. "Throughout the applicant's training, the flight instructor is responsible for emphasizing the performance of effective visual scanning and collision avoidance procedures," the PTS states.
Show your examiner that you really mean it when you look around during maneuvers and in cruise flight. This includes keeping track of what's happening in your aircraft's blind spots before changing your flight path.
Those blind spots are...where? "In high-wing aircraft, the blind spots are above the wings. Conversely, in a low-wing aircraft, the blind spots are below the wings. Most aircraft have limited visibility directly above and below the fuselage," explains Christopher Parker in "Beyond See and Avoid," in the March 2002 AOPA Flight Training.
In the January 2002 AOPA Flight Training Instructor Report, Richard Hiner, retired vice president of training for the AOPA Air Safety Foundation, reminds pilots of another time when it is tempting to relax vigilance: when an air traffic controller is directing your movements, such as when taxiing onto the runway for takeoff. Don't give in.
So what makes a good clearing maneuver before beginning that steep turn? See David Montoya's "The Art of Airwork" in the January 2002 AOPA Flight Training for some ideas. And remember, "see and avoid" is more than a slogan-it's safe flying!
| Your Partner in Training |
|Eliminate the guesswork of the medical application process by completing TurboMedical, AOPA's interactive online medical application. You'll be guided through the FAA's airman medical certificate application and provided with information on what kinds of medical information the FAA form is really asking for. Save your answers for future reference and print out the form to save time at the FAA physical exam. And be sure to check out the revised Pilot's Guide to Medical Certification now available on AOPA Online. |
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 |
| TSA RELEASES NEW AIRPORT SECURITY GUIDELINES |
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Monday released guidelines for enhancing security at general aviation airports that are meant to provide uniform, federally backed guidance to give airport managers a consistent way to evaluate their security needs. The guidelines, which are not regulatory or mandatory, contain many of AOPA's suggestions, including the establishment of programs like AOPA's Airport Watch in which pilots look out for suspicious activities at their airports. TSA observed that GA airport managers have already undertaken voluntary security measures both before and after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. For more information, see AOPA Online.
NEWSPAPER COLUMN GIVES GA A THUMBS-UP
Not all media coverage of general aviation talks about little airplanes falling from the sky. Houston Chronicle columnist Doug Pike described the advantages of being a pilot in a May 12 article. Flight is the "ultimate personal freedom.... When you travel by private plane, you load whatever you want and leave whenever you want. Your primary concerns are weight and weather, and you know with absolutely certainty who will occupy the seat next to you," he wrote. For the outdoorsman, "the possibilities are boundless," he added. The article was made possible largely through the efforts of Be A Pilot, which works to promote general aviation and encourage people to learn to fly. Read the entire column.
FLIGHTSAFETY ADDS SIMULATORS TO ATLANTA CENTER
FlightSafety International has added Learjet and Beech King Air simulators to its Atlanta Learning Center to broaden the range of training options for customers, the company announced in April. The Learjet 35/35A simulator extends the range of Learjet simulators at Atlanta from the Model 35 through Models 31A, 45, and 60. A King Air 350 simulator now complements the center's simulator and training programs for the King Air 200. For more information on FlightSafety training programs, see the Web site.
| Inside AOPA |
| AOPA IS PART OF SEARCH FOR AVGAS REPLACEMENT |
What will fuel your training aircraft's engine in the future when oil companies eventually stop making 100-octane low lead (100LL) aviation fuel? Will replacement fuels be appropriate for the existing aviation fleet? The problem probably won't affect pilots for years, but in the meantime AOPA is supporting FAA and industry research into unleaded aviation fuel, and has also lobbied the FAA to continue looking into technologies for modifications of existing GA piston engines to support an environmentally friendly and economically viable fuel. For more on these efforts, see AOPA Online.
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 |
| SIGHT LEVEL PRODUCT PROVIDES WAY TO KEEP CLEAR OF CLOUDS |
Have you ever spotted another aircraft on your flight path or noticed some clouds ahead and wondered if they were at the same altitude as you? Sight Level can help-just aim the 4.75-inch-long tube at the object and level the bubble to tell if it is on, above, or below your course. Sporty's has brought back the Sight Level for $19.95. You can order online or call 800/SPORTYS.
| Final Exam |
| Question: I've been taking flying lessons for a couple of months and have recently experienced some motion sickness. I'm very discouraged by this and am wondering if there is a way to get over it. |
Answer: Here's some encouraging news: Some surveys indicate that more than 25 percent of airline pilots have experienced motion sickness. The symptoms most likely occur because of conflicting stimuli in the inner ear (the semicircular canals) where the balance mechanisms reside and the resulting visual cues that send information to the brain. You're not alone-during the early stages of flight training when student pilots are introduced to shallow banked turns, these strange new sensory inputs often trigger at least the milder symptoms of motion sickness. There are several steps that you can take to minimize the effects of motion sickness, both before and during the flight. And except in rare circumstances, most people can eventually overcome the annoying symptoms. Read more about motion sickness in "Let's Change the Subject," from the June 2004 AOPA Flight Training.
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 |
| Father's Day is only a month away-give your special dad the gift of a beautiful print from the AOPA Online Gallery! Choose from hundreds of stunning images and save money, too. For a limited time, AOPA members qualify for a 50-percent discount on 8-by-10-inch prints (regular price $34). Order by June 7 to guarantee delivery by Father's Day (June 20). Of course, you can still download your favorite images to use for wallpaper or send a personalized e-card. For more details, see AOPA Online. |
| What's New At AOPA Online |
|Have you always wanted to fly for a living? Is aviation calling you from your current profession? See the updated AOPA's Guide to Flying Careers for ideas about where to obtain training, plus articles about flying jobs that go beyond the airlines. |
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| ePilot Calendar |
| WEEKEND FLYING DESTINATIONS |
Columbia, California. The Twenty-eighth Annual Gathering of Luscombes takes place May 21 and 22 at Columbia (O22). Hosted by the Continental Luscombe Association. Contact Jim or Patti Sani, 559/888-2745, or visit the Web site.
Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Tenth Annual Twin Cities RV Fly-In takes place May 22 and 23 at Anoka County-Blaine (Janes Field) (ANE). Fly-in breakfast (both days), pig roast and hangar dance Saturday night and a wide array of aviation activities. For more information, visit the Web site.
Columbia, Missouri. A Salute to Veterans takes place May 29 and 30 at Columbia Regional (COU). P-38J Lightning Porky II to join other vintage and modern military aircraft and three parachute teams. Contact Ken Hines, 573/881-7469, or visit the Web site.
Marfa, Texas. Wings & Wheels in West Texas takes place May 28 through 30 at Marfa Municipal (MRF). Airplanes, gliders, classic cars, motorcycles, and vintage tractors gather at this annual fly-in event near the Davis Mountains of west Texas. Contact Burt Compton, 800/667-9464, 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 San Jose, California, and Minneapolis, June 5 and 6. A clinic is also scheduled in Columbus, Ohio, June 12 and 13. 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 for the AOPA Fly-In and Open House in Frederick, Maryland, June 5. For complete details on topics and schedules, see AOPA Online.