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AOPA Online Members Only -- AOPA ePilot Flight Training Edition -- Vol. 5, Issue 51AOPA Online Members Only -- AOPA ePilot Flight Training Edition -- Vol. 5, Issue 51

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Volume 5, Issue 51 • December 23, 2005
In this issue:
Kansas teen solos Stearman biplane
Student Pilot Network announces awards
FAA approves multi-focus lenses, intraocular contacts


Minnesota Life Insurance

Comm1 Radio Simulator


Scheyden Eyewear

King Schools

Garmin International


Seattle Avionics

Pilot Insurance Center

Diamond Aircraft

MBNA Credit Card Program

Sporty's Pilot Shop

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Training Tips

Recent Training Tips stories focused on climbing out on the proper departure track, leveling off, and proceeding on course ready to navigate and communicate. When flying a departure in busy terminal airspace, preparedness includes knowing who you should contact when the "handoff" from the tower comes. Have the right frequency ready. Set it in a second com radio or as the second frequency in a radio with primary and backup-frequency capability before you call the tower for takeoff.

Ground control and tower frequencies are easy to find on navigation charts and in directories. More elusive are frequencies to use after takeoff from a busy terminal airport when told to contact departure control, or when using radar services on arrival, although some are charted as boxed notes such as at boundaries of Class C airspace. See the May 3, 2002, Training Tips "Using Radar Services."

Consult the frequency listings printed on a panel of your sectional chart, or check the airport's communications frequencies in the Airport/Facility Directory. "An 'R' within a circle identifies the frequency for radar services. The listing begins with the name of the facility (e.g., Boston, Cleveland, Denver, or Philadelphia) followed by 'APP CON' (approach control), 'DEP CON' (departure control), or 'APP/DEP CON' (approach and departure control). Simply call the appropriate controller on the published frequency and ask for radar services," wrote Robert N. Rossier in the July 1999 AOPA Flight Training feature "All You Have to Do Is Ask: Radar Services for VFR Pilots." These should be noted on your flight log.

At some airports airspace is divided into sectors using different frequencies. Know which sector contains your route-but listen alertly for frequency assignments that differ from what you'd expect.

Reminder: Even in busy airspace with radar controllers working your flight, scan vigilantly for traffic. Radar does not pick up all traffic, such as low-level flights originating at outlying airports. Radar targets of aircraft without transponders may be reported as traffic "type and altitude unknown." Controller workload may limit service, as described in the March 1999 AOPA Pilot feature "Looking for the Traffic."

Every flight is a sequence of events. Knowing what comes next will keep those high-workload phases manageable and fun.

Your Partner in Training
More than once a day, air traffic controllers help a pilot by performing a "flight assist." Download the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's Say Intentions: When You Need ATC's Help Safety Advisor or take the online course to learn what air traffic control can and can't do to help pilots in distress. For the most effective use of all available services, you need to know how the system works. If you need more information, call our experienced pilots-available weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern-to answer your questions toll-free at 800/872-2672.

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Flight Training News
Many parents don't relish the idea of a brand-new driver taking the wheel of the family car. Thank goodness that isn't the case among pilot families. Sixteen-year-old Alex Clemens soloed his father's 1943 Boeing Stearman on December 14-his birthday-at Benton Airpark in Benton, Kansas. In preparation for the solo flight, Alex and his father, Dwayne Clemens, ferried the newly purchased Stearman from Charleston, South Carolina, to Benton, three weeks before the big day. The trip took two days and 15 hours in the open-cockpit biplane. Dwayne Clemens has instructed his son in a Piper J-3 Cub, Aviat Husky, the Stearman, and models of Beechcraft and Cessna aircraft.

Student Pilot Network (SPN), an aviation Web board, has announced the winners of its 2005 "Flight Dream" competition. Each individual receives a $250 cash award to help defray the cost of flight training. The recipients are Diana Dorste, who is training at Sky Blue Academy in Morristown, New Jersey; Rachel Thomas, who flies with Delta Connection Academy in Sanford, Florida; and Chenny Zhang, who is training at Trade Winds Aviation in San Jose, California. SPN is accepting entries for the 2006 competition. For more information, see the Web site.

The federal air surgeon has told AOPA that soon aviation medical examiners (AMEs) will be permitted to reissue third class medical certificates for pilots with cardiovascular conditions, including coronary artery disease, bypass surgery, angioplasty, and stent placement, under the AME Assisted Special Issuance (AASI) program. These conditions are among 15 new ones that will be added to the existing 20 that premiered with the AASI program in 2002. "This is another progressive step for the FAA and great news for AOPA members who have heart conditions and must go through the time-consuming, and often frustrating, special issuance process each year. Starting in early 2006, they can take the required medical documentation to their AME and have their medical reissued in the office," said Gary Crump, AOPA director of medical certification. "AASI was the FAA's response to an AOPA Board of Aviation Medical Advisors proposal dating back to 2001, and we will continue working to improve the program." See AOPA Online.

Dutchess Community College of Poughkeepsie, New York, added an aviation science curriculum for the 2005 semester. The program has been approved by both the State University of New York and the New York State Department of Education. Enrollees start with private pilot training in the first semester, move on to the instrument rating in the second semester, and complete a commercial certificate over the third and fourth semesters. The program was designed to allow students to transfer to a four-year college to complete a bachelor's degree. Dutchess Community College has articulation agreements with several four-year colleges. For more information, see the Web site.

The FAA has just approved the use of multi-focus contact lenses and multi-focus intraocular lenses for pilots. "You can fly with these lenses now, as long as your vision is normal," said Gary Crump, AOPA director of medical certification. "You just need an FAA eye evaluation form completed by your eye-care specialist, and give that to your AME at the time of your next medical certification exam." The form and more information are available on AOPA Online.

Inside AOPA

The AOPA Air Safety Foundation has created new airspace flash cards that cover everything from the different classes of airspace to special conservation areas. Each of the 20 cards provides a color depiction followed by descriptions with references to the regulations. Each card also contains a quiz. Download them today. The entire file is about 2 megabytes. Also, check out the supplemental discussion questions on AOPA Online.

AOPA presented retiring Federal Air Surgeon Jon Jordan with a Special Citation for his dedication to making the FAA Office of Aerospace Medicine a leader in civil aviation medical certification. Among other accomplishments, Jordan developed the AME Assisted Special Issuance, a program that allows aviation medical examiners to reissue special issuance medical certificates to pilots who have certain medical conditions that are considered serious enough to require a special issuance authorization but that can be renewed annually by an AME after initial review by the FAA. "Dr. Jordan has greatly improved the FAA's medical certification process with AASI, and he's taken other measures that will continue to advance the system in years to come," said Luis Gutierrez, AOPA director of regulatory and certification policy. "The next federal surgeon will have large shoes to fill, but AOPA will build a solid relationship with the person and work to continue streamlining the medical certification process."

The AOPA Air Safety Foundation calendar program is a way to help support its free aviation safety programs. Anyone wishing to receive the 2006 calendar may do so by becoming a donor with a gift of $10 or more. For more information, call 800/USA-AOPA, or visit the Web site.

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Training Products

Have you resolved to slim down for the new year? Zuluworks, makers of cockpit organizers, kneeboards, and bags, had a similar notion with its line of Zuluboards kneeboards-hence the introduction of the Mini-Z. It's 50 percent smaller than the full-sized Zuluworks kneeboards ( read a review from the August 2003 issue of AOPA Flight Training) and comes with a set of five Zulucards, the laminated cards that carry flight information and memory joggers. The Mini-Z is available in ballistic nylon or waxed canvas in a variety of colors. The base price is $34.95, which includes a set of five Zulucards and a flight pad. If you don't need Zulucards or a pad, there's also an Economy Mini-Z starting at $24.95. For more information or to order, 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: This past weekend I flew a cross-country flight and landed at an unfamiliar airport. As I taxied for departure, I noticed a sign describing noise abatement procedures. Am I required to comply with the procedures? Where do I find information on them prior to arriving at the airport?

Answer: Yes, if there is a local municipal ordinance for an airport's noise abatement policy, it can be legally enforced. As pilots, we should always abide by any noise abatement procedures. You can find the noise abatement policy for an airport listed in AOPA's Airport Directory Online. You can also find the noise policies and procedures listed on the back of Jeppesen instrument approach charts, and the Airport/Facility Directory lists them under "airport remarks." Towered airports with noise abatement procedures often use the ATIS broadcast to advise pilots when the procedures are in effect. For additional information on noise abatement procedures, see AOPA Online. To find out more on noise and airport planning, download AOPA's Guide to Airport Noise and Compatible Land Use .

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
Looking for some really fabulous aviation photography? All the air-to-air photos and beautifully detailed ground images used by AOPA Pilot magazine over the years are yours at the click of a mouse button. Download your favorite images to use for wallpaper, send an e-postcard, or order prints online. For more details, see AOPA Online.

What's New At AOPA Online
An erroneous presumption during preflight can ruin an otherwise perfect afternoon flight. Don't let this gotcha get you. Learn from this pilot's mistake in "Always Check the Oil," the latest installment of Never Again Online.

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

ePilot Calendar
Tampa, Florida. Pioneer Pilot's Day takes place January 1 at Peter O. Knight (TPF). This annual event honors all pioneer pilots who were first to accomplish an aerospace event. Contact Robert Bos, 813/784-4669.

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 Long Beach, California; Detroit; and Portland, Oregon, January 7 and 8. For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online. Can't make it in person? Sign up for the CFI Refresher Online.

AOPA Air Safety Foundation Safety Seminars are scheduled in Reno, Nevada, January 2; Sacramento, California, January 3; Santa Rosa, California, January 4; and San Jose, California, January 5. The Topic is "Do the Right Thing-Decision Making for Pilots." For more details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.

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