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| Training Tips |
Do you keep a journal of your flight training? Doing so could be a valuable addition to your studying routine. All student pilots keep logbook records of flight time counting toward training requirements, but that's different. An honest-to-goodness journal records your experiences and impressions while they are fresh in your mind, informally. Was there more turbulence than expected today? How well did you hold altitudes and courses? How were your radio communications, traffic patterns, and landings?
Recording solo flight details can preserve insights and give you goals for next time, whether you opt for a private journal, or one that you share with peers. The March 10, 2006, Training Tips article "Lessons Learned Solo" examined a student pilot's reflections on the challenges of a solo cross-country flight, as discussed in the AOPA Aviation Forums. For example, you might remind yourself, on your next cross-country, to climb out of uncomfortable springtime thermal turbulence sooner. Or to recheck weather before departing on the return leg. Or to close that VFR flight plan on time.
Dual training flights lend themselves to journal entries, too. "I started keeping a flight notebook a few weeks into my ground training seven years ago when I started lessons. It was a way to capture the nuggets instructors shared after a flight. The notebook became just as valuable as the textbook when studying for the written and flight tests... It's also a nice way to reflect on the flight," an AOPA member wrote in a July 2004 letter to the editor of AOPA Pilot magazine.
What started as a training aid became a labor of love. The letter writer continued, "After seven years of keeping the notebook, I can't imagine landing, parking, and jumping into my car! Flight is magical to me and I like savoring the experience. My notes reflect new challenges-like the first time I had to do a 360 in the pattern and when I've done something dumb like leaning the engine to off on my first solo cross-country!"
Start your flying journal now and treasure the record always.
| Flight Training News |
| COLORADO FLIGHT SCHOOL TO TRAIN AIR FORCE CADETS |
Doss Aviation of Colorado Springs, Colorado, won a 10-year multi-million-dollar contract with the Air Force through which it will provide flight training and screening of Air Force pilots. Doss will administer a 40-day, 25-hour flight-screening course for up to 1,700 cadets per year. The program includes ground school, flight operations, and maintenance, as well as cadet housing and dining, and will be operated out of a single facility in Pueblo. Cadets will train with a fleet of up to 45 Diamond DA20 C1s. Frank Hunter, president of Doss Aviation, said the DA-20 C1 combines excellent high-density-altitude performance with a proven track record at the Air Force Academy. For more information, see the Web site.
AOPA TAKES THE MEDIA FLYING
One of the biggest obstacles to helping the non-flying public understand general aviation is a reporter who shares the public's misconceptions. But AOPA is working to change that-one reporter at a time. Working with flight schools around the country, AOPA is arranging for reporters to take a discovery flight themselves. The flights take some of the mystery out of flying and give the reporters a hands-on understanding that they can use when covering GA stories. And the flights pay an extra dividend, because the reporters, in turn, are telling their readers what a thrill it is. Read stories by reporters across the country on AOPA Online.
AEROBATICS INSTRUCTOR RICH STOWELL NAMED TOP CFI
Rich Stowell of Ventura, California, a well-known flight instructor who specializes in spin, emergency maneuver, and aerobatic training, has been named the 2006 CFI of the Year. The annual General Aviation Awards Program recognizes a group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and safety for their contributions to aviation safety and education. Stowell's particular style of emergency upset training was the subject of an August 2001 feature article in AOPA Flight Training magazine. Gene Hudson of Mission Hills, California, was named aviation safety counselor of the year. He is chief flight instructor and president of Gene Hudson Flight Training at Van Nuys Airport. Joe Hawkins, assistant professor at Middle Tennessee State University, was selected as top aviation maintenance technician, and Terry Markovich, manager of avionics at Duncan Aviation in Teterboro, New Jersey, was named 2006 avionics technician.
SEATTLE FLIGHT SCHOOL ACQUIRES DIAMOND SIMULATOR
Galvin Flying Services Inc., based at Boeing Field in Seattle, has acquired a Diamond DA42 TwinStar flight-training device with an integrated Garmin G1000 avionics suite. The simulator was purchased from Frasca International and will be used in conjunction with the flight school's ground school program. Galvin's rental fleet features Cessna 172s, Diamond DA40 and DA42s, and Columbia 400s equipped with glass cockpit technology. For more information, see the Web site.
| Inside AOPA |
AOPA FILES FOIA REQUEST TO GET BACK ADIZ TRANSCRIPT
The FAA pulled the transcript of the Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) public meeting off its Web last week, claiming that it was ordered to do so by the Department of Defense and security officials. AOPA immediately filed a Freedom of Information Act request to get the information back in public view. AOPA President Phil Boyer called the FAA's action "ridiculous," noting that the public meetings were covered by the news media. "Nothing was said that wasn't already in the more than 21,000 written comments. Do they honestly think security information was disclosed during the public meetings?" he said. The FAA told AOPA on March 9 that the transcripts could be restored to public view as soon as the Transportation Security Administration had completed a security sensitive information review. See the complete story on AOPA Online.
'AOPA PILOT' SPECIAL REPORT: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, 172!
AOPA Pilot is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Cessna 172 with a special online section that features articles, photos, a 172 timeline, member experiences, and two exclusive Web videos about the 172. The first video captures footage of the first production Cessna 172, N5000A, still flying 50 years later. In the second, the Cessna pilots and engineers who developed and certified the famous airplane five decades ago share their experiences during a recent reunion in Wichita.
AIR SAFETY FOUNDATION OFFERS RUNWAY SAFETY RESOURCES
When air traffic control asks you to take down a phone number, chances are it's not a good thing. This means they want more information from the pilot, most likely for a report regarding a mistake you may have committed such as a runway incursion. To help you stay safe, the AOPA Air Safety Foundation has several resources available. A new Sporty's Safety Quiz: Runway Safety has been posted. Also, check out the Runway Safety online course, runway safety flash cards, and free airport diagrams to help you taxi safely.
ANNOUNCING THE 'AOPA PILOT' GA PHOTO CONTEST
Get those digital cameras clicking because AOPA Pilot is sponsoring its first-ever general aviation photography contest. Photos will be accepted in five categories: general aviation aircraft, airports, pilots, aerials, and altered images. Cash prizes will be awarded to winning entries selected by AOPA members and AOPA Pilot judges. Complete rules and entry-upload instructions are available on AOPA Online. Good luck!
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 |
BOSE HEADSET CORD, INTERCOM UPDATE AVAILABLE FROM SPORTY'S
If you have a Bose first-generation headset, a new cord/intercom upgrade is available from Sporty's. The update provides the benefits of Bose's latest technology, including longer battery life, a new auto shutoff feature, and a fully flexible microphone boom. The upgrade includes a new cord, ANR battery box, volume controls, and microphone boom. Prices range from $164 to $199.95, depending on the model. For more information, see the Web site or call 800/SPORTYS.
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 am a student pilot training for my private pilot certificate. Why is it that my friend, who is training for her instrument rating, can log pilot-in-command time when flying with her instructor, but I cannot? |
Answer: FAR 61.51 on pilot logbooks defines what entries are required in your logbook as well as what time can be logged under certain conditions. FAR 61.51(e) details specifically how a pilot can log pilot-in-command time. One way a private pilot, like your friend, can log PIC time is when she is the sole manipulator of the controls of an aircraft for which she is rated or has privileges. You, as the student pilot training for a pilot certificate, are not yet "rated" in the aircraft, but you may log PIC time during your solo flights, provided you have valid solo endorsements from your instructor. For additional information on logging time, read AOPA's subject report.
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 |
|What's new with the Win a Six in '06 sweepstakes airplane? Progress on the restoration of the Cherokee Six has taken a giant leap forward with the overhaul of its 260-hp Lycoming 0-540 engine. Read the updates and see a photo gallery of the restoration on AOPA Online. |
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| ePilot Calendar |
| UPCOMING FLYING DESTINATIONS: |
Lakeland, Florida. The Sun 'n Fun Fly-In takes place April 4 through 10 at Lakeland Linder Regional (LAL). A spring tradition featuring exhibitors, aircraft display, and a daily airshow, Sun 'n Fun offers something for everyone! Don't miss a Pilot Town Meeting with AOPA President Phil Boyer on Thursday, April 6, and AOPA Day on Friday, April 7-AOPA members get $5 off admission when you show your membership card. For more information, see 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 Covina, California; San Mateo, California; King of Prussia, Pennsylvania; and Virginia Beach, Virginia, March 25 and 26. Clinics are also scheduled in Boston, and Sterling, Virginia, April 1 and 2. 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 Birmingham, Alabama, and Medford, New Jersey, March 20; Atlanta, and Whitehall, Pennsylvania, March 21; New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, and Greenville, South Carolina, March 22; and Pittsburgh, Columbia, South Carolina, and Nashville, Tennessee, March 23. Topics vary-for more details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.