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AOPA Online Members Only -- AOPA ePilot Flight Training Edition --Vol. 4, Issue 36AOPA Online Members Only -- AOPA ePilot Flight Training Edition --Vol. 4, Issue 36

Volume 4, Issue 36 • September 3, 2004
In this issue:
AMD offers redesigned Alarus for training market
New GPS info added to CFI online course
Anti-airport candidates get voted down in Florida

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Training Tips
Have you ever taxied out for takeoff, or entered the traffic pattern for landing, and been surprised at the sudden appearance of another aircraft you did not hear making position reports on the radio? Remember that at any nontowered airport-and even at some that are tower-controlled-aircraft without radios may be present. Some of the aircraft may be antiques or experimental aircraft; others are simply unequipped with radios.

In the see-and-avoid flight environment, a radio helps but is not required. Surprised? Then consider what this frequently heard term really means: "'When weather conditions permit, regardless of whether an operation is conducted under instrument flight rules or visual flight rules, vigilance shall be maintained by each person operating an aircraft so as to see and avoid other aircraft.' It is this rule that has every flight instructor harping on student pilots to 'keep your head on a swivel' and monitor unicom calls," wrote Kathy Yodice in "Legal Briefing," June 1999 AOPA Flight Training. Her discussion is worth a read!

If a no-radio aircraft is flying in the traffic pattern at a tower-controlled airport, the controllers will advise you of its position and intentions if necessary. If you find yourself flying a no-radio aircraft as a result of a communications failure, be sure you can comply with air traffic control light-gun signals (see Chapter 4 of the Aeronautical Information Manual to review the signals).

With your radio working normally, broadcast brief and clear transmissions. Don't be the kind of aviator that other pilots flying in the area wish had no radio, as described in the October 2000 AOPA Flight Training's "Flight Forum" item titled "Too Much Talk."

The air is to be shared! Doing so safely means using your eyes and ears.

Your Partner in Training
As a student pilot, you are closely supervised to ensure your safety. But once you receive your private pilot certificate, you may tend to grow more complacent or lose proficiency in some aircraft operations-and that's dangerous. Did you know pilots with private and commercial pilot certificates are the most likely to suffer fatal stall/spin accidents? Read the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's special report on stall/spin accidents and be sure to visit AOPA Online to learn about free ASF safety seminars in your area.

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
Aircraft Manufacturing and Development has redesigned its Alarus to continue to meet the demands of flight training. The two-place 2005 model features a more spacious cabin, larger main tires, 30 percent more braking power, an increase in weight and useful load, a tougher nose-gear system, and a new muffler system. And it comes equipped with the Garmin GNS 430. A notable standard feature is an FAA-certified inflatable aviation restraint system whose airbag pouch is attached to the lap harness; it inflates after a prolonged 9-G forward load is imposed on the aircraft. The aircraft's base price is $129,900. The first two Alarus 2005 models were sold in mid-August.

Two Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University faculty members were killed on August 28 in a midair over Prescott Valley in Arizona. Robert W. Sweginnis, chairman of the aviation science department at ERAU's Prescott campus, and Michael E. Corradi, chief flight instructor, apparently collided during an aerobatic practice flight. The men, flying American Champion Decathlons, were said to be practicing an aerobatic routine for an upcoming airshow when their aircraft wings touched, sending the airplanes out of control. The complete story is available on AOPA Online.

A new unit on teaching GPS debuted last week as part of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation-Jeppesen online Flight Instructor Refresher Clinic (FIRC). The online course allows CFIs to renew their FAA teaching certificates. The unit includes practical help for CFIs faced with the challenge of teaching about a variety of GPS units in flight school and student-owned aircraft. It provides detailed explanations of the legalities of using GPS units in both VFR and IFR flight and a special section on the potential and use of the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), now being implemented. WAAS augments GPS and promises near-ILS minimums on instrument approaches to many airports without the installation of expensive ground transmitters. The online course includes all paperwork required for renewals. The cost is $119. See the Web site for more information or to register.

The FAA, by adding a new feature to its Airmen Certification Web site, has made it easier for pilots flying on temporary certificates to request an extension. Simply establish an online account with the Airmen Certification Branch and request the extension. Within minutes, the FAA can send the permission via an e-mail or fax. Because of the high number of airmen certificates that the FAA is processing, the administration recommends that pilots first check its Interactive Airmen Inquiry Web site to see if their certificates have been entered into the database. Calling the Airmen Certification Branch (866/878-2498) should be a last resort.

Inside AOPA
Anti-airport hysteria didn't sell in Martin County, Florida. Voters on Tuesday rejected all three of the county commission candidates running on a platform of downsizing Witham Field in Stuart. And it was a resounding defeat for the anti-airport three; none received more than 30 percent of the vote in the primary election. AOPA had rushed to the defense of the airport after an anti-airport group of wealthy homeowners calling itself WAAM (Witham Airport Action Majority) polluted the community with a mishmash of misinformation and scare tactics designed to put their candidates on the county commission. AOPA countered with a series of newspaper ads, carefully laying out the facts about the airport and the benefits that it provides to the community. See AOPA Online.

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Training Products
A new entry in the weather data arena lets you receive weather reports in the form of text messages on a cell phone. WX2ME ("weather to me") will deliver METARs and TAFs in the United States and Canada. Here's how it works: You send a text message containing the letter M for METAR or T for TAF, plus the ICAO or IATA airport code; you receive the coded report in reply. If you don't know the airport code, you enter its name and WX2ME sends you a choice of airports if more than one matches your entry. The service includes unlimited access to METARs and TAFs for $5 a month or $55 a year. For more information or to sign up for a free trial, see the 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: Assume that you are planning to fly directly from point A to point B, and then return directly to point A. Further assume that you will have a 50-knot headwind as you fly one direction and a 50-kt tailwind in the other direction. Finally, assume that these winds-along with your airspeed-will remain constant over the trip. Will the total time required for your flight be less than, equal to, or greater than the time required for the same trip in no-wind conditions?

Answer: Although one might intuitively assume that the headwind and tailwind would cancel each other out, in fact the total time required for the trip will be greater than that for the same trip in no-wind conditions. This is because the headwind acts on the aircraft longer than the tailwind. For example, a 200-nm round trip in an aircraft flying 100 kt, in no-wind conditions, would take two hours. If the headwind/tailwind over the same trip were 50 kt, the total time required would be two hours and 40 minutes.

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
The winner of AOPA's 2004 Win-A-Twin Sweepstakes Twin Comanche will have up to six fuel tanks to top off instead of the usual two. But that's OK-because he or she also will receive a $5,000 Visa gift card to pay for the fuel, thanks to donations from two contributors to the project-Ed Grisham, owner and president of Carolina Air Center, and MBNA, sponsor of the AOPA FBO Rebate Credit Card. Read the latest status report to get all the details and find out where you can see the Win-A-Twin Comanche.

Weekend Weather
See the current weather on AOPA Online, provided by Meteorlogix.

ePilot Calendar
Galesburg, Illinois. The Thirty-third National Stearman Fly-in takes place September 6 through 12 at Galesburg Municipal (GBG). Aerobatics, formation flights, short-field takeoff and spot-landing contests, aircraft judging and awards, technical seminars, and more. Contact Betty B. Campbell, 309/343-6409, or visit the Web site.

Coeur D'Alene, Idaho. The Pacific Bonanza Society's Historic America Air Safari takes place September 5 through 19 starting at Coeur D'Alene Air Terminal (COE). Fly from Coeur D'Alene to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and back while visiting sites of historical significance along the way. Contact Stephen Walker, 425/883-1984, or visit the Web site.

Kansas City, Missouri.
The International Comanche Society Convention takes place September 14 through 19 at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown (MKC). See the AOPA Win-A-Twin 1965 Piper Twin Comanche, attend Comanche maintenance seminars, listen to guest speaker AOPA President Phil Boyer, and visit with Comanche parts vendors. Contact Darryll Norris, convention chairman, 785/594-2394, or visit the Web site.

Akron, Colorado. The National Radial Engine Exhibition takes place September 11 at Colorado Plains Regional (AKO). Static exhibition of radial engine powered aircraft from the 1920s through 1950s. All sizes of military and civil aviation represented. Fly-in visitors encouraged. Contact Randy Hayes, 970/345-2397.

El Monte, California. A Wings/FAA Seminar/Civil Aeromedical Institute (CAMI) Weekend takes place September 11 at Fast Aviation, El Monte (EMT) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Topics: high altitude sign-off, basic survival for GA pilots with Edwards AFB "Desert Survival," spatial disorientation simulator, and anti-terrorist training for GA. Free to attend. Contact Mark Galloway, 310/215-2150, 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 .

The next AOPA Air Safety Foundation Flight Instructor Refresher Clinics are scheduled in Phoenix; Sacramento, California; and Baltimore, September 11 and 12. Clinics are also scheduled in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Richmond, Virginia, September 18 and 19. For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online. Can't make it in person? Sign up for the CFI Renewal Online.

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