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| Training Tips |
| STUDENT PRACTICE AREAS |
Is there a designated practice area for flight training near your airport? It's important to know, especially if you are new in town. Whether you fly in busy airspace or over unpopulated wilderness, formal or informal agreements may set aside certain areas for flight training. Noise abatement may be one reason; minimizing conflicts with other air traffic might be another. Consider this description of procedures at Long Beach, California, by Julie K. Boatman in the March 2001 AOPA Flight Training feature "Training in the Fray: Learning to Fly at a Congested Airport": "The Long Beach practice area is over the ocean to avoid the crowded city and equally crowded airspace above it. Long Beach's Class D goes to 2,600 feet, and the Class B starts at 5,000 feet over the field. Over the ocean, you can go even higher during practice. Most maneuvers are begun around 3,500 feet to stay within gliding distance of the beach and to get above the haze for better in-flight visibility-important when you share the practice area with numerous other training aircraft."
During your practice, always observe the minimum safe altitude requirements set out in Part 91.119 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. Before you start your training routine, pick out an emergency landing site you know you can reach in a glide from low altitude in case the "real thing" happens while you are simulating it.
Collision avoidance should be your constant concern. Be especially vigilant if your practice area lies along transition routes to and from the airport. Download the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's Safety Advisor publication on collision avoidance methods. A clearing turn is a critical vigilance technique to perform before, then regularly during, your training sessions, as discussed in the May 21, 2004, Training Tips.
A student pilot bears full responsibility for practicing safely, even on an outing that never gets out of sight of the airport. If your local practice area happens to lie a bit farther away from the airport than that, the February 2004 AOPA Flight Training feature "Making Every Minute Count" describes how you can maximize the value of the time and money you spend commuting to the practice zone by getting in some airwork on the way.
Be a good neighbor by practicing maneuvers where local custom says you should.
| Your Partner in Training |
|Some of the most valuable flight time of your pilot training will be spent countering crosswinds. Crosswind landings get better only with practice. Your instructor will offer a variety of techniques to help you overcome wind to land safely and routinely. You'll also learn to crab the aircraft into the wind and slip into the wind to maintain your position over the runway. Search the AOPA Flight Training archives for articles on crosswind landings, and if you have specific questions, call our aviation specialists at 800/USA-AOPA, weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern time. |
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| Flight Training News |
| DOWLING COLLEGE TO OFFER ALL-GLASS COCKPIT TRAINING |
Airline-quality technology entered the flight-training realm November 9 through the Dowling College School of Aviation. Dowling is offering training in a New Piper Warrior III equipped with the Avidyne FlightMax Entegra glass-cockpit system. "It marks the first type of Piper with this technology going into a training facility," said Chuck Suma, president and CEO of The New Piper Aircraft, during a ceremony at Brookhaven Airport in New York where the school is located. Dan Schwinn, president of Avidyne, pointed out that students training with the all-glass cockpit might never fly with a conventional panel during their professional careers. The school expects another Warrior III in January, according to Matthew Carroll, the chief flight instructor.
TSA RULE REQUIREMENTS ADDED TO FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR CLINICS
The AOPA Air Safety Foundation's live and online Flight Instructor Refresher Clinics (FIRCs) are being updated to include information pertaining to alien flight training and citizenship validation. Current information about the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA's) interim final rule should be in place by the week of November 15. The rule, issued September 21 and already in effect, requires all flight schools and flight instructors to determine a student's citizenship status before training begins for a new certificate or rating. Flight schools that provide training to foreign nationals must first register with the TSA and then comply with a series of record-keeping requirements for foreign applicants. AOPA has been working with the TSA to minimize the rule's impact on pilots and the flight training community, noted David Wright, director of training for the AOPA Air Safety Foundation, which produces the FIRCs. "We will continue to update the information as it changes," he said. For the latest information on the rule, see AOPA Online.
COMM1 ANNOUNCES 2004 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
Randy J. Gordon and Mark William Puls have won $1,000 scholarships in COMM1's sixth annual scholarship program. The winners were announced at AOPA Expo 2004 in Long Beach, California. Gordon, 28, is an instrument- and multiengine-rated commercial pilot who is enrolled in graduate studies at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. He plans to use his scholarship to obtain ATP and CFI certificates within the next six months. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Gordon said his ultimate goal is to "inspire others to love the challenge of flight" by developing a program to mentor children in aviation, math, and science. Puls is a freshman at Utah Valley State College majoring in aviation science. He is a certificated private pilot (rotorcraft) who is working on instrument and commercial ratings. His goal is to be an instrument instructor by February 2005. He eventually would like to combine his interests in aviation and firefighting to become an air ambulance pilot. In addition to the $1,000 scholarships, Gordon and Puls received training programs from ePublishing Group, developer of the COMM1 interactive instructional software for IFR and VFR pilots.
SINCLAIR PROGRAM AIMS AT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, is reaching out to high school students by offering a private pilot ground school in its winter 2005 quarter curriculum. The course will be held on Saturday mornings and cover all material and ground instruction required to take the FAA knowledge test. Enrollment in the class entitles the students to take discovery flights with Delta Connection Academy, Sinclair's flight training provider. They can take a 45-minute flight in a Cessna 152 for $35, 172 ($50), or even a Piper Seminole ($100). For more information on this program, contact the Sinclair Engineering and Industrial Technologies counselors' office at 937/512-2282.
| Inside AOPA |
| AOPA DONATES $20,000 TO EMBRY-RIDDLE SCHOLARSHIP FUND |
AOPA President Phil Boyer on November 9 presented Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a check for $20,000 for the AOPA Career Pathways Scholarship fund. Each year, AOPA contributes a percentage of the AOPA membership dues from every Embry-Riddle alumni to the fund for students in the school's aeronautical science program. Some 4,800 Embry-Riddle graduates are AOPA members. Boyer presented the check during a Pilot Town Meeting in Daytona Beach, Florida, home of one of the university's two residential campuses. Boyer also gave some "right-seat" time in AOPA's CitationJet to four students selected for academic excellence and campus involvement, allowing each to log a takeoff or landing. See AOPA Online.
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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 |
| RECORD-KEEPING SOFTWARE DESIGNED FOR PILOT EXAMINERS |
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| Final Exam |
| Question: Is there a speed limit on how fast I can fly in Class D airspace? |
Answer: Yes, there is a speed limit of 200 knots. According to Part 91, Section 91.117(b), unless otherwise authorized or required by ATC, no person may operate an aircraft at or below 2,500 feet above the surface within 4 nautical miles of the primary airport of a Class C or Class D airspace area at an indicated airspeed of more than 200 kt (230 mph). For more information, the AOPA Air Safety Foundation has a great publication that you can download about operations at towered airports, and there are many helpful articles in the archives of AOPA Flight Training, such as this commentary by Amy Laboda in the January 2000 issue.
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 |
|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 |
|Samples of FAA knowledge test questions for the sport pilot and sport pilot instructor/examiner certificates are now available on AOPA Online. |
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| ePilot Calendar |
| FLYING DESTINATIONS THIS WEEKEND: |
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.
Houston, Texas. Wings and Wheels Saturday takes place November 20 at William P. Hobby (HOU). Features vintage aircraft and cars, lunch, and special attractions. Fly-in visitors are asked to R.S.V.P. Contact Drew Coats, 713/454-1940, or visit the Web site.
La Verne, California. A Thanksgiving Antique Aircraft/Classic Car Display takes place November 21 at Brackett Field (POC) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Classic, new, and homebuilt aircraft/antique car display. Free event. Contact Yvonne, 626/576-8692.
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 Clinics are scheduled in Anchorage, Alaska; Atlanta; and Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 20 and 21. Clinics are also scheduled in Denver; Orlando, Florida; and Lincoln, Nebraska, December 4 and 5. For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online. Can't make it in person? Sign up for the CFI Renewal Online.