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| Training Tips |
| CURE CONFLICT WITH COMPROMISE |
The September 10, 2004, "Training Tips" discussed how to manage the effects of crosswinds or gusts on takeoff by delaying rotation until a higher-than-usual speed is reached. But what should you do when facing a takeoff or other flight situation that seems to demand using two conflicting techniques?
An example is taking off from a soft field in gusty conditions. A soft-field takeoff is performed employing an early rotation; a gusty-wind takeoff calls for delaying rotation until airspeed will guarantee positive control after liftoff in unsteady winds. Can you do both? How should you respond if a designated pilot examiner asks this question during a checkride? Here is a guideline: "In your answers, remember that controllability is the overriding concern," counsels Dave Wilkerson, who discusses numerous matters of technique in "Training Topics" in the May 2001 AOPA Flight Training.
Compromise is what's needed. You must lift the nosewheel out of soft turf to reduce drag and accelerate. But the need still exists to delay liftoff until airspeed assures controllability, making the method a hybrid. Build safety into your plan by identifying the point at which you will abort the takeoff if not satisfied with your training aircraft's performance. Remember field length. "If it's a soft, short field and you realize on takeoff that you aren't going to make it, you have to abort much earlier because the braking won't be there to stop you," reminds Budd Davisson in the October 2002 AOPA Flight Training feature "Field Work." Read his discussion of the objectives of short- and soft-field operations.
Your first visit to that soft runway on the windy side of town doesn't have to be the first time you use techniques needed there. Rehearse the methods at your home airport. In the June 2001 AOPA Flight Training column "Continuing Ed," Mark Twombly shows how and notes that many opportunities exist "to elevate normal flights into practice and training flights." Some of his examples: "Establish an imaginary displaced threshold that you must land beyond. Declare your flaps inoperative and make a no-flaps landing. Purposely make a high approach so you'll have to cross-control and slip down to the proper glidepath."
As a student you learn the individual piloting techniques one at a time. Applying them in combination is how you'll graduate from learning concepts to making them work in real flight situations.
| Your Partner in Training |
|The AOPA Medical Certification home page is the starting point for information about medical certification issues with your local examiner and regional federal air surgeons. Also available are medical subject reports, answers to common aviation medical concerns, searchable listings of AMEs and FAA-permitted medications, and a medical online status request form to assist with your medical certification. You can discuss your situation with one of our Medical Certification specialists by calling the Pilot Information Center. |
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 |
| PILOT PROSPECTS IN 2004 EXCEED 25,000, BE A PILOT SAYS |
More than 25,000 potential pilots have signed up for an introductory flight lesson this year, according to the latest figures from Be A Pilot. There were 20,889 registrants for the organization's Introductory Flight Certificate through July 26, and the results through August exceed 25,000, Be A Pilot reported. Those results indicate a 13-percent increase over the same period in 2003. The organization hopes to see its 250,000th pilot prospect in 2005. For more information or to download an Introductory Flight Certificate, see the Web site.
EMBRY-RIDDLE TOPS 'BEST COLLEGE' GUIDE
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach Campus ranked first place in the U.S. News & World Report 2005 "Best Colleges" guide for a specialty school in aerospace, aeronautical, and astronautical engineering. The university was compared with other institutions with the same specialty and whose highest degree is a bachelor's or master's. The United States Air Force Academy in Colorado ranked second, and Embry Riddle-Prescott, Arizona, campus and the United States Naval Academy in Maryland, tied for third. California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo rounded out the top five. The rankings are based on a peer survey of deans and senior faculty. AOPA President Phil Boyer hosted a Pilot Town Meeting at the Prescott campus last night. See AOPA Online for the complete story.
ROBINSON SCORES MARKET SHARE IN FIRST HALF OF 2004
Robinson Helicopter Company produced 79 percent of all piston and turbine helicopters sold in North America in the first half of 2004, the company announced. Robinson produced 343 of 433 helicopters, a 54-percent increase over the first half of 2003. Of those, 115 were R22s, a popular two-seat training helicopter, and 228 were R44s. Bell Helicopters produced 36, Schweizer 24, Sikorsky 16, MD eight, and Enstrom six. Robinson's total sales in 2003 were 422 helicopters, the most it has produced in its 30-year history, and company President Frank Robinson expects to break that record in 2004. For more information, see the Web site.
NEW ENGLAND NINETY-NINES SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
The Eastern New England (ENE) chapter of The Ninety-Nines has announced its 2005 scholarships for men and women studying or training for a career in aviation or seeking additional ratings. The ENE scholarships are: the Sara Hayden Honorary Scholarship (open to men and women), Karla Carroll Memorial Scholarship (open to men and women), and William Bridge Scholarship (open to women with at least a private pilot certificate). The New England section of The Ninety-Nines is also offering the Shirley Mahn Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships are worth $1,000 each. Applicants must either be a resident of one of the six New England states and be studying or training anywhere in the United States, or be a resident of any state and be studying or training in New England. For other criteria and an application, send a stamped, self-addressed business-size envelope to: Katharine Barr, 278 Elm Street, North Reading, MA 01864. Applications must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2005.
| Inside AOPA |
| AOPA FIGHTS TO HALT EXTREME AIR SECURITY BILL |
Imagine taking your first passenger for a ride when you earn your private pilot certificate. It's a great day for everybody-until the point where your passenger has to submit to an airline-style security screening before he or she can board your Piper Cherokee. And in this same scenario, every pilot of every aircraft has to remain in contact with the FAA regardless of the altitude of the flight. It's no nightmare, but rather the language included in a bill (H.R. 5035) sponsored by Rep. Anthony D. Weiner (D-N.Y.). The bill has a lot of opposition within the congressional committees that would have to consider it, but AOPA isn't taking any chances. The association has been lobbying hard to prevent it from moving forward. You can read the details on AOPA Online.
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| Training Products |
| WINGX POCKET PC SOFTWARE KEEPS AVIATION CALCULATIONS HANDY |
The makers of WingX Pocket PC software have attempted to cram as many useful functions into one program as can be imagined. For starters, there are standard E6-B functions, a Federal Aviation Regulations database, a route-planning function, and a database of more than 20,000 airports. You can sort aircraft makes and models that you fly into columns that you configure-for example, you can set them up for view by aircraft year or useful load. Graphic weight and balance information can be displayed, and there's a function that records and tracks expiration dates for medicals, recurrent training, flight reviews, and so on. The software runs on Pocket PC OS 2002 or newer or Mobile 2003 or newer and must be installed via a personal computer. It sells for $79 and may be ordered online from King Schools.
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: I was once told that when I land on a runway that has centerline lights, they are located on the north side of the painted centerline. Is that true? |
Answer: No. Advisory Circular 150-5340-4C states that the lights are located along the runway centerline at 50-foot intervals and offset a maximum of 2 feet to either the left or the right side of the runway marking. The lights should be to the opposite side of the centerline marking from the major taxiway turnoffs. Thus the side on which the lights are located has nothing to do with a cardinal direction but is determined in relation to the major taxiway turnoffs. Download the advisory circular from AOPA Online.
Got a question for our technical services staff? E-mail to email@example.com 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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| ePilot Calendar |
| FLYING DESTINATIONS THIS WEEKEND: |
Jeffersonville, Indiana. Kentucky Wings Weekend takes place September 17 through 19 at Clark County (JVY). Just across the river from Louisville, Kentucky, Clark County is the site of the annual event. More than two dozen safety seminars on a variety of subjects will be presented during the three-day event. Contact Bruce Edsten, 502/753-4246 or 502/753-4200.
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.
Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The Tulsa Regional Fly-in takes place September 17 and 18 at Bartlesville Municipal (BVO). Experience the excitement of colorful sport aviation airplanes at one of the 10 largest sport aviation fly-ins in the United States. The fly-in normally attracts approximately 500 aircraft for the two-day event. Public admission: donation. Contact Charles W. Harris, 918/622-8400, or visit the Web site.
Nashua, New Hampshire. The Daniel Webster College Aviation Heritage Festival takes place September 25 and 26 at Boire Field (ASH). Featuring speakers, panelists, and activities, this year's festival will feature many military and historic airplanes. Contact Annette Kurman, 603/577-6625, or visit the Web site.
Teterboro, New Jersey. Wings and Wheels Expo 2004 takes place September 25 and 26 at Teterboro (TEB). The expo will feature a B-17 (rides available), C-54, F-14, F-18, A-10, and many more. Aviation memorabilia, food, and antique autos and military vehicles also on display. Contact the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum, 201/288-6344, or visit the Web site.
Astoria, Oregon. The Astoria Airport/U.S. Coast Guard Air Fair and Open House takes place September 24 through 26 at Astoria Regional (AST). The main event is September 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Grand opening scheduled for noon. Aircraft displays, flight demonstrations, and military displays. Fly-in and camping Friday through Sunday. Tiedown fees only. Contact John Raichl, 503/325-8635 or 503/325-8720.
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 COURSES
The next AOPA Air Safety Foundation Flight Instructor Refresher Courses are scheduled in San Jose, California, and Indianapolis, October 2 and 3. Courses are also scheduled in San Bernardino, California, Windsor, Connecticut, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, October 9 and 10. 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 Upton, New York, and Eugene, Oregon, September 20; White Plains, New York, and Portland, Oregon, September 21; Frederick, Maryland, Poughkeepsie, New York, and Everett, Washington, September 22; and Morristown, New Jersey, and Seattle, September 23. Topics vary; for complete details on topics and schedules, see AOPA Online.