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| Training Tips |
| VA = VOLCANIC ASH |
The October 8, 2004, "Training Tips" discussed how acts of nature such as the hurricanes that hit the Southeast in 2004 can affect airport operations far from the scene of the action. Now the Northwest weighs in with another example. Recent eruptive activity from Mount St. Helens reminds pilots, even those far from the State of Washington, to scrutinize weather reports, pilot reports, and notices to airmen for unusual conditions—and to understand the hazards they imply. As AOPA warned on its Web site, pilots in the Northwest should be wary of volcanic ash clouds, which not only can reduce visibility, but contain abrasive particles that could damage engines. "The best advice for pilots is to try to stay upwind of ash clouds and never try to fly through them. If you enter an ash cloud inadvertently, reverse course," said Kelvin Ampofo, manager of AOPA Aviation Services. "Don't try to fly through it or climb out of it. Volcanic ash clouds can be tens of thousands of feet high and extend hundreds or even thousands of miles from the volcano."
METARs (aviation routine meteorological reports) include obscurations caused by volcanic ash. The symbol to look for is "VA." (To review how to read METARs, see "Encoding METARs.") Volcanic eruptions will also generate a sigmet (significant meteorological information) when you receive a preflight weather briefing. Take any sigmet-related weather conditions seriously! "To warrant a sigmet, the weather must include severe icing; severe, extreme, or clear-air turbulence; volcanic eruptions; volcanic ash; sand storms; or dust storms. The latter weather might seem localized and easily avoided, but ash and dust can quickly fill vast areas," wrote Joel Hamm in the February 1998 Flight Training feature "Weather Warning Signs."
While en route in a vulnerable area, monitor weather broadcasts. Pilot reports containing information about volcanic activity are disseminated as urgent pireps, notes Jack Williams in his January 2003 AOPA Flight Training column "The Weather Never Sleeps: Pirep Plea." And here's an important tip from the Aeronautical Information Manual's section on "Flight Operations in Volcanic Ash": Volcanic ash clouds are not displayed on airborne or air traffic control's radar.
You may never have expected to see certain symbols appear in an aviation weather observation, but hurricanes and volcanoes can change things in a hurry. Stay informed, be ready!
| Your Partner in Training |
|Just thinking about taking your first lesson, but you already know that flying is your passion? Or perhaps you are ready to take your medical, and you now realize that flying is more than a hobby to you. Read AOPA's Guide to Flying Careers , which was written for people who envision themselves earning a living as a pilot, and learn about some of the possibilities that you may want to further explore. |
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. As an AOPA Flight Training Member, you have access to all of the features within AOPA Online and AOPA Flight Training Online. Login information is available online.
| Flight Training News |
| KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY ORDERS G1000-EQUIPPED SKYHAWKS |
Kansas State University's College of Technology and Aviation has ordered five new Cessna 172 Skyhawks equipped with Garmin G1000 glass cockpits. The five will join an existing fleet of 15 Skyhawks in Salina, Kansas. They are Cessna's first G1000 fleet order. KSU plans to debut the new 172s to other universities next April when it hosts the National Intercollegiate Flying Association's Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) and flying competition. "The new G1000 Skyhawks will be a state-of-the-art training platform and also a great marketing tool for prospective students," said Marlon Johnston, head of the aviation department at KSU. "We're looking forward to taking delivery of one of the most proven airframes ever manufactured, incorporating the most advanced avionics package available on the general aviation market."
STUDENT SPORT PILOT APPLICATION DATE CHANGES AGAIN
The FAA is going back to the original date, November 15, for accepting student sport pilot applications after it decided to use existing airman ratings forms rather than waiting for new sport pilots versions to be ready in January. Sport pilot applicants will be able to use current FAA Form 8710-1. See the article from AOPA Flight Training and AOPA's Online Interactive Form 8710. The FAA is expected to issue guidance on using Form 8710-1 for sport pilot applications prior to November 15. By that same date, the FAA intends to have finalized all of the policies and procedures required for designated pilot examiners and inspectors to issue student sport pilot certificates. For more information, see AOPA's Sport Pilot section.
'HELICOPTER AWARENESS DAY' SET FOR OCTOBER 24
The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association will promote rotary-wing aircraft from all walks of flight—military, media, civilian, law enforcement, and fire service—at an open house October 24 at Los Alamitos Army Air Field (Joint Forces Training Base) in Los Angeles. The open house, held in conjunction with Wings, Wheels, and Rotors Expo, will feature military and civilian aircraft on static display. See the event Web site or the PHPA Web site for more details.
| Inside AOPA |
| SEE ALL THAT GA HAS TO OFFER AT EXPO 2004 |
You can get up close and personal with general aviation aircraft—from two-seat trainers to light business jets—when you visit AOPA Expo 2004 in Long Beach, California, from October 21 through 23. More than 70 examples of GA's broad range will be on display at Long Beach/Daugherty Field as part of the Expo static display. Free shuttle bus service will be provided from the Long Beach Convention Center. For more on Expo, see AOPA Online. Also, from FAA regulations to temporary flight restrictions (TFRs), accidents to airworthiness, be sure to stop by the AOPA Legal Services Plan booth in the exhibit hall and speak to one of AOPA's panel attorneys about your pressing aviation issues. With more than 600 participating panel attorneys, the plan gives you legal assistance and advice on specific aviation issues. For more on the plan, see the Web site.
WANTED: CFI INPUT
Attention flight instructors: Do you plan to attend AOPA Expo 2004? If so, please consider participating in AOPA Flight Training's second annual CFI Roundtable. It will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, in Room 103C of the Long Beach Convention Center. E-mail for more information.
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| Training Products |
| 'INSTRUMENT FLYING' MANUAL PUBLISHED BY ASA |
For those embarking on an instrument training program, instrument instructors looking for a training text, or any pilot who wishes to enhance his or her safety, Aviation Supplies and Academics offers Instrument Flying, Volume 3 in ASA's The Pilot's Manual Series. The fifth edition of the book is structured as a step-by-step instrument course covering all aspects and knowledge needed to complete the rating. Each chapter includes review questions so that users can test themselves on the material presented. The softcover 640-page book includes numerous diagrams and illustrations (all airwork, for example, is depicted graphically as well as textually). It sells for $49.95. A syllabus for Part 61 and 141 programs is available for $12.95 to complement the textbook. For more information or to order, see the ASA Web site.
Note: Products listed have not been evaluated by ePilot editors unless otherwise noted. AOPA assumes no responsibility for products or services listed or for claims or actions by manufacturers or vendors.
| Final Exam |
| Question: After landing at an airport with a control tower, what should I do if I haven't received instruction from the tower upon rollout? |
Answer: The answer is found in the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) within Chapter 4, "Air Traffic Control," Paragraph 4-3-20, "Exiting the Runway After Landing." In the absence of ATC instructions, the pilot is expected to taxi clear of the landing runway by clearing the hold position marking associated with the landing runway even if that requires the aircraft to protrude into or cross another taxiway or ramp area. This does not authorize an aircraft to cross a subsequent taxiway/runway/ramp after clearing the landing runway. Stop the aircraft after clearing the runway if instructions have not been received from ATC. Immediately change to the ground control frequency when advised by the tower and obtain a taxi clearance.
Correction: The October 8, 2004, "Final Exam" contained erroneous material. Runway numbers correspond to a magnetic north reference. Local wind information given over the radio or telephone from ASOSs and AWOSs also is given in magnetic form. A corrected answer has been posted on AOPA Online. AOPA ePilot Flight Training Edition regrets the errors.
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 |
|Just because the weather's beautiful at your home airport doesn't mean things are so great at your destination. A Citabria pilot learned this lesson the hard way on a trek from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Read the details in the latest installment of Never Again Online. |
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| ePilot Calendar |
| FLYING DESTINATIONS THIS WEEKEND: |
Pompano Beach, Florida. Air Fair 2004 takes place October 16 and 17 at Pompano Beach Airpark (PMP). Join our family entertainment weekend featuring static displays of military and civilian aircraft and vehicles. Contact Robert Tash, 954/782-7287 or 954/803-5722, or visit the Web site.
Gordonville, Texas. The Cedar Mills Eighth Annual Safety Seminar and Splash-in takes place October 15 through 17 at Cedar Mills (3T0). Forums presented by the FAA, SPA, aviation instructors, and representatives of aviation equipment manufacturers and avionics industry. Seawings and Wings credits. Flying events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Contact Rich Worstell, 903/523-4899, or visit the Web site.
Andrews, North Carolina. The Celebration of Flight Airshow takes place October 23 at Andrews-Murphy (RHP) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Military and civilian aircraft displays, demonstrations, flybys, and aerobatic performances. Fly-ins welcome. Visit the Web site.
Tallulah, Louisiana. The Southern Heritage Airshow takes place October 23 at Vicksburg Tallulah Regional (TVR). Featuring the national award winning Aeroshell Aerobatic Team. Eight thrilling acts include warbirds, Pitts, Decathalons, and even an Ag-Cat crop duster performing aerobatics. Contact Randy Woods, 318/574-5841.
Long Beach, California. AOPA Expo 2004 takes place October 21 through 23 at the Long Beach Convention Center. AOPA Expo brings together everything for GA pilots in one location. Join us for exhibits, seminars, static display, and meeting your fellow pilots. We'll see you in Long Beach. Call 800/USA-AOPA, 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 Clinics are scheduled in Las Vegas, and Nashville, Tennessee, October 23 and 24. A clinic is also scheduled in Wichita, Kansas, October 30 and 31. 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 Jamestown, North Carolina, October 18; Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Dallas, North Carolina, October 19; Northglenn, Colorado, Sanford, Florida, and Flat Rock, North Carolina, October 20; and Jacksonville, Florida, October 21. Multiple seminars will also be offered during AOPA Expo in Long Beach, California, October 21 through 23. Topics vary. For complete details, see AOPA Online.