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| Training Tips |
| RIGHT TRAFFIC |
Inbound from the southwest for practice landings at a tower-controlled airport, you spot the field from seven miles out. The wind is southerly, with arrivals and departures taking place on Runway 15. The controller calls your registration number and says, "Enter right base for Runway 15, cleared for the option." (Option clearances are the subject of "Aviation Speak" in the June 2001 AOPA Flight Training.)
Did that controller say to enter a right base? You think about this, and it becomes apparent that your track of 060 degrees will put you neatly on the pattern leg requested. All you'll have to do is turn final and make your first landing. You may still feel discomfort at flying a right-hand pattern, especially if your training base is a nontowered airport that uses the standard left-hand traffic patterns prescribed by the Federal Aviation Regulations. After you turn final the controller hails you again and says, "On the go, make right closed traffic." In other words, your first full traffic pattern will also be flown with right turns. This could be requested for noise abatement over populated areas, conflicting traffic, or other flow-related concerns. Listen carefully to your clearances, and be prepared to execute patterns different from those you fly at the home field. One word can make a world of difference. "I realized that I had missed the single word right when told 'right traffic,'" lamented a new pilot in "Learning Experiences," March 2003 AOPA Flight Training. Read this pilot's story and avoid the trap.
Most of the clearances you receive at a tower-controlled airport will expedite, not complicate, your comings and goings, with air traffic control responsible for aircraft separation. That's a reason practice sessions like the one described above provide so much learning. To see what can be achieved, read the August 2003 AOPA Flight Training feature "An Hour in the Pattern."
Tower-controlled airports don't have a monopoly on right traffic. Nontowered airports may have runways designated for right-hand patterns, indicated by the letters "RP" appearing next to the airport symbol on aeronautical charts (see the Aeronautical Chart User's Guide ). For details, look up the airport in AOPA's Airport Directory Online. An example is this entry for Arkansas's North Little Rock Municipal.
Although it isn't appropriate everywhere, there is a right time and a right place for right traffic.
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| Flight Training News |
| HERE COMES THE ALL-GLASS GENERATION |
Starting sometime in 2005, aviation students at Ohio University will be among the first in the nation to go from primary through flight-instructor training in a glass cockpit. The Ohio University Department of Aviation has placed an order for a fleet of new Piper Warrior III aircraft equipped with the Avidyne FlightMax Entegra glass-panel system. The seven airplanes should be arriving in the spring or summer of 2005 and will become the core of the training fleet in the school's FAR Part 141 flight program.
DANIEL WEBSTER COLLEGE PRESIDENT TO RETIRE
Daniel Webster College President Hannah McCarthy has announced that she will retire in June 2005 after 25 years. Under her leadership, the college acquired its own instructors and aircraft, and its two-year aviation program obtained national accreditation in 2001. A search committee has begun looking for a successor. If you are interested in learning more about the position, see the college's presidential search Web page or contact search consultants Lucy Leske and Jean Dowdall at 508/228-6700 or e-mail [email protected]. Daniel Webster, located in Nashua, New Hampshire, currently has 350 enrollees in the aviation program; employs 50 fulltime CFIs; and operates a fleet of 32 aircraft, including Piper Arrows and Seminoles.
SCHOOLS ORDER REGIONAL JET FTDs
Arizona State University and Seneca College have placed orders for Canadair Regional Jet flight-training devices (FTDs) from Frasca International of Urbana, Illinois. Both devices come with a textured visual system with a 220-degree visual display. Arizona State, located in Mesa, Arizona, also ordered a Model 142 twin-engine FTD, while Seneca College in Toronto, Canada, ordered a Level 6 Cessna 172 FTD. For more information about Frasca FTDs, visit the Web site .
SPORTY'S SWEEPSTAKES WINNER SOLOS
Two months after taking delivery of a brand-new Cessna Skyhawk that he won in the 2004 Sporty's Sweepstakes, student pilot A.C. Douglass has soloed. With his wife and instructor watching from the ground at Tallahassee Regional Airport, Douglass completed three takeoffs and landings on October 27 in what he described as an "uneventful" flight. "Even though he was not in the plane, I could hear Scott [O'Brien, Douglass' CFI] giving me instructions as I flew the pattern," Douglass said.
| Inside AOPA |
| AOPA TO HELP TSA REVISE CITIZENSHIP VERIFICATION RULE |
The head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has made good on a promise to AOPA members. TSA chief Rear Adm. David Stone on Wednesday sat down with AOPA President Phil Boyer and senior members of AOPA's government and technical affairs staff. The purpose of the meeting: Get AOPA and TSA working together to ensure that security concerns can be met without imposing onerous or ineffective regulations on general aviation. "It makes no sense for TSA, with all of its security knowledge, and AOPA, with all of its knowledge of GA, to not work together," Boyer said at the meeting. "That's obviously the best, most effective way for us to achieve our common objectives of a safe country, and a healthy and growing GA community." Stone committed to the meeting two weeks ago in responding to a barrage of questions from some of the 1,200 AOPA members who attended his presentation at AOPA Expo in Long Beach, California. Many of the questions centered on the so-called alien flight training/citizenship verification rule that imposes a whole range of requirements on pilots seeking training and on their flight instructors. See AOPA Online for the complete story and links to more information about what the rule means to you.
WHAT DOES THE ELECTION MEAN FOR GA?
President Bush's return to the oval office is likely to be accompanied by many familiar faces who already know AOPA and understand the value of general aviation. But the legislative branch may be the one to watch. "Who controls the executive branch is important, of course, but over the long term, it is Congress that sets the course for aviation through legislation and control of the purse strings," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "AOPA's true political power comes from its more than 400,000 members-people who are more likely to vote and participate in the political process than the general population. And the politicians know that." AOPA also has the largest staff of lobbyists of any GA organization. The AOPA Political Action Committee supported 105 candidates for Congress who have demonstrated their understanding of and support for general aviation. The AOPA PAC provided nearly $600,000 in political contributions this election cycle. As a result, 95 percent of AOPA-supported candidates were elected. See AOPA Online.
KEY POLICIES LIKELY TO REMAIN IN SECOND TERM
With the reelection of President Bush, there will likely be continuity in the aviation policies under which AOPA has worked for the past four years. The FAA's aggressive action to enforce federal grant obligations and preserve airports will likely continue under a second Bush administration, though FAA Administrator Marion Blakey could be tapped for a promotion, putting the FAA under the direction of a new leader. A number of cabinet-level officials, including Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, have indicated that they may step down, opening the way for new appointees in these key positions. The head of the Transportation Security Administration likely won't change. Rear Adm. David Stone is a political appointee who serves at the pleasure of the President.
GA GAINS INFLUENCE ON CAPITOL HILL
General aviation should continue to receive strong support on Capitol Hill following Tuesday's election. Eighteen AOPA members will be serving in Congress during the next session, and 95 percent of the candidates who received support from the AOPA Political Action Committee were elected. In the Senate, Alaska's Ted Stevens, who was not up for reelection, takes over chairmanship of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee from Arizona's John McCain. That's good news for AOPA since McCain and AOPA President Phil Boyer never saw eye-to-eye on the user fee issue. The committee sets policy and the budget for the FAA. Stevens is a strong and forceful friend to general aviation, representing a state where GA directly touches almost every resident. Two senators who have been helpful to GA will sit on the transportation subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Subcommittee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and ranking member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) both won reelection on Tuesday. Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), an AOPA member who was not up for reelection, retains his position as majority leader of the Senate. Sen. Tom Daschle, the Senate minority leader and a pilot, lost a close race in South Dakota. But the state's new senator, John Thune, has historically been a friend to GA. On the House side, the leadership of the committees important to GA will remain essentially unchanged.
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| Training Products |
| FREE REFERENCE CARD AIDS IN JUDGING AIRCRAFT SIZE, DISTANCE |
One of the first things you learn during flight training is to watch for traffic. But when ATC advises you of traffic at "3 o'clock, two miles," do you already have an idea of what you will see? The FAA has developed a 3-by-5-inch card that you can print to use as a reference when judging the size of an aircraft at various distances. The card illustrates what a Cessna 172 and an Airbus 320 would look like if you spotted them at two miles, one mile, or one-half mile. Keep in mind that an aircraft's appearance will differ because of many factors, including visibility. The card is free to download and print. For more information, visit the Web site.
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| Final Exam |
| Question: Does a flight instructor have to be present for a person using a flight-training device to log instrument time in satisfying recent instrument experience requirements? |
Answer: Yes. According to FAR 61.51(g)(4), "A flight simulator or approved flight-training device may be used by a person to log instrument time, provided an authorized instructor is present during the simulated flight." More information on flight training devices is available at AOPA Online.
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.
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| What's New At AOPA Online |
| AIR SAFETY FOUNDATION 'SAFETY HOT SPOT' FOCUSES ON NIGHT VFR |
As most of the country readjusts to standard time, pilots will spend more time flying in the dark, which means they'll need to exercise even greater caution. That's why the AOPA Air Safety Foundation chose night VFR operations as the subject of its first Safety Hot Spot, a collection of articles and planning tools to help you fly safely at night. For example, there's a wealth of information on VFR and IFR FAA charts that can help VFR pilots to maintain a safe altitude over ground obscured by darkness, according to Kevin Murphy, vice president of safety education for ASF. Find more tips on AOPA Online.
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| ePilot Calendar |
| FLYING DESTINATIONS THIS WEEKEND: |
Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Women Take Flight, Past and Present, takes place November 7 at Bradley International (BDL). The New England Air Museum and the New England Ninety-Nines will host an all-day event honoring women in aviation at the Air Museum. Open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., general admission. Contact Caroline D'Otreppe, New England Air Museum, 860/623-3305, or visit the Web site.
Camden, South Carolina. The Celebrate Freedom Festival 2004 takes place November 6 and 7 at Woodward Field (CDN). The air and ground show honors America's veterans and features vintage military aircraft. The Thunderbirds will perform November 6. Contact Anna Amick, 803/772-2945, or visit the Web site.
Peachtree City, Georgia. A Flight With Eagles: 365th Fighter Group Hell Hawks Symposium takes place November 13 at the Historical Airpower Facility at Peachtree City-Falcon Field (FFC). A panel discussion featuring World War II fighter pilots who flew the P-47 Thunderbolt against Nazi Germany. Contact Chris Madrid, 678/364-1110, or visit the Web site.
Rusk, Texas. The Texas Pilots Association Fly-in to ride the Texas State Railroad takes place November 13 at Cherokee County (JSO). With vivid fall colors along the historic steam rail route, this promises to be a relaxing and visually pleasing ride through the east Texas countryside after a short flight into the heart of the Piney Woods. Contact Captain Sky, 800/442-8951, 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 San Diego, November 13 and 14. Clinics are also scheduled in Anchorage, Alaska; Atlanta; and Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 20 and 21. For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online. Can't make it in person? Sign up for the CFI Renewal Online.