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| Training Tips |
DO YOU REVIEW?
You've heard it said that learning to fly starts with a foundation of knowledge on which new blocks of learning are built. First learn basic flying skills, then apply them in various combinations. Flying the traffic pattern at the right speed, altitude, and configurations, for instance, combines numerous aircraft-control skills. And by maintaining the aircraft at the correct distance from the runway while flying the traffic pattern in the wind, you are applying skills learned during past practice of ground-reference maneuvers.
Suppose that last traffic pattern did not go so well-what went wrong? Chances are you were only off on one element. Was the wind stronger than you thought, so you drifted too close to the runway during the downwind leg, causing you to overshoot the turn from base to final? What's needed here isn't just more practice in the traffic pattern. Go back and work briefly on ground-reference maneuvers such as the rectangular course. Download Chapter 6 of the Airplane Flying Handbook.
Especially after you have soloed and can practice maneuvers alone, use what your growing experience teaches you about your piloting strengths and weaknesses to shape your training. Tell your instructor what you are seeing. "A good way to organize your study and preparation for each lesson is to build your own lesson plan for the next lesson's objective-or FAA task-and use this as a study guide before you meet with your instructor at the airport. You'll save time and money by being prepared for what's to come," Joel Stoller suggested in the May 2004 AOPA Flight Training article "Preflight Prep: Five Steps to Efficient Flight Training."
Stage checks, formal or informal, help keep previously learned skills fresh. Other methods of review include riding as an observer on another student's dual training flight, or going on an occasional outing with a pilot/mentor. All these methods are described in the November 15, 2002, Training Tips article titled "Measuring Your Pilot Skills."
Don't save the review for the end of training under the three hours of "test prep" you must log within 60 days preceding the date of your flight test. Dedicate some quality time to revisiting the basics, keeping your foundation of learning rock solid and your flying sharp.
| Your Partner in Training |
|Many people want to learn to fly but aren't sure if they can progress through the requirements of the private pilot certificate. If that's your situation, don't forget you have options. You can earn a recreational pilot certificate or a sport pilot certificate. Both require fewer hours of training than a private pilot certificate (which translates to fewer dollars spent), but they also pose limitations on the type of flying you can do and the aircraft you can fly. For more information, see the Pilot Information Center at AOPA Online. If you have questions, call AOPA's Pilot Information Center at 800/USA-AOPA weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern. |
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| Flight Training News |
| FLORIDA TECH TO BUILD NEW AVIATION EDUCATION CENTER |
The Florida Institute of Technology will be building a new aviation education center at Melbourne International Airport, funded by a $1.5 million gift from the Emil Buehler Trust of Paramus, New Jersey. The Emil Buehler Center for Aviation Education and Research will consist of a hangar and main building that will house a fixed-base operation as well as research centers in human factors and simulation. "We expect this facility to provide valuable training and research space for the college," said Michael Karim, dean of the College of Aeronautics. "The support of the Emil Buehler Trust will strengthen our ability to recruit the best and brightest students, and help to further raise the university's profile within the aviation community." Site preparation for the new center begins in the fall, with completion estimated for spring 2008.
EMBRY-RIDDLE TO TRAIN JETBLUE FLIGHT INSTRUCTORS
JetBlue Airways has selected Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to deliver initial and recurrent training courses to the airline's flight instructors. All current and new JetBlue flight instructors will undergo the introductory and advanced courses designed to boost teaching effectiveness for instructors who provide academic and simulator training to front-line pilots. Training will take place at JetBlue University's "College of Flight" in Orlando, Florida, and at Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach campus. In other ERAU news, the university has purchased 16 Cessna 172s equipped with Garmin G1000 glass cockpits as well as automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) systems. The ADS-B collision avoidance system lets flight instructors and students view real-time traffic information on a multifunction panel in the cockpit.
| Inside AOPA |
MANEUVERING FLIGHT DVD AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE
In the wake of the horrific Roseville, California, maneuvering flight crash last Sunday that has generated so much anti-GA publicity, the AOPA Air Safety Foundation is encouraging pilots to review the basics of low and slow flight. The foundation's full-length Maneuvering Flight: Hazardous To Your Health? DVD and a free companion Safety Advisor are both available to pilots nationwide. The DVD is sold for $19.95 through Sporty's Pilot Shop, and the Safety Advisor is available for free download from the Air Safety Foundation's Web site.
AOPA EXPO RETURNS TO NORTHEAST IN 2007
Northeast pilots, AOPA Expo is headed your way in 2007. The association has chosen Connecticut's capital, Hartford, to host AOPA Expo 2007, general aviation's premier convention and trade show. Expo will run October 4 through 6, 2007. AOPA President Phil Boyer cited two key reasons for the choice: The large concentration of pilots in the area for whom Hartford is easily accessible by car or light airplane, and what he termed the "ideal airport environment for the world's largest general aviation organization to host its annual convention." For more information, see AOPA Online.
HAVE YOU UPDATED YOUR AOPA MEMBER PROFILE?
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 |
WEATHER INFO, DIRECT TO YOUR CELL PHONE
eMETAR.com is a free weather service that sends METAR and TAF weather reports to an e-mail address or cellular phone. Pilots also can sign up for a "wake-up" service that is programmed to call a cell number at a preset time, or to send updated METARs when the report hits selected weather minimums. For more information, see the Web site.
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| Final Exam |
| Question: I'm a student pilot and currently rent airplanes from a fixed-base operator for my flight training. Should I have insurance to protect me while flying? |
Answer: While learning to fly in an airplane you do not own, you may need and/or want additional insurance above and beyond the coverage provided by the fixed-base operator (FBO). AOPA's Pilot's Guide to Aircraft Insurance describes the different types of insurance available to a pilot, including non-ownership aircraft insurance or renter's insurance. The FBO or flight school usually has insurance that covers damage to the aircraft; the owner of the aircraft, if other than the FBO, probably has aircraft damage and rental liability coverage. Neither policy may include coverage for you, anyone in the aircraft with you, or any potential property damage that you or the aircraft may cause while you are operating the aircraft. Also, if the FBO's policy has a subrogation clause, the insurance company might be able to come after you, the renter, for any payment it has made to the FBO on a claim. A renter's insurance policy can provide you with liability coverage as well as additional aircraft hull insurance to protect you in these situations. Be sure to check with the FBO or flight school where you rent to find out what kind of coverage is provided. To obtain additional information and a quote on renter's insurance, see the AOPA Insurance Agency Web site.
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 |
|Many pilots grab charts and instrument approach procedures for their departure, destination, and alternate airports, believing they needn't worry about the airports in between. During a possible fuel emergency, this pilot found himself scrambling to locate the approach procedure for an airport he hadn't thought he'd need. Find out the details in the latest installment of "Never Again Online." |
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| ePilot Calendar |
| FLYING DESTINATIONS THIS WEEKEND: |
Miami, Florida. Wings Over Miami Historic Warbird Aviation Week takes place February 15 through 19 at Tamiami Kendall Executive (TMB). Featuring B-17, B-25, F-86, PBY, and more. Don't miss the airshows Saturday and Sunday, featuring Dale Snodgrass, Fred Cabanas, Steve Oliver, Gary Ward, and more. Contact Denny Moore, 305/233-5197, or visit the Web site.
Puyallup, Washington. The 2006 Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show takes place February 25 and 26 at the Western Washington Fairgrounds. This exciting event attracts more than 12,000 attendees annually. Don't miss first-rate speakers, including AOPA President Phil Boyer, exhibits, seminars, and more! Register today. Call 866/WAA-SHOW, 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.
FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR REFRESHER CLINICS
The next AOPA Air Safety Foundation Flight Instructor Refresher Clinics are scheduled in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Las Vegas; Kent, Ohio; and Sterling, Virginia; February 25 and 26. Clinics are also scheduled in Phoenix, and Orlando, Florida, March 4 and 5. 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
AOPA Air Safety Foundation Safety Seminars are scheduled in Eugene, Oregon, February 21; Portland, Oregon, February 22; and Seattle, February 23. The topic is "Do the Right Thing-Decision Making for Pilots." Safety Seminars will also be held February 25 during the Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show in Puyallup, Washington. For more details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.