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|My ePilot Training Tips|
NUMBER TWO TO LAND
At some airports, it is impossible for the pilot of an aircraft waiting to depart to see the runway's far end. Not sure of the location of the aircraft that just landed? Request a position report before you take off. Give one after you land. Avoid tying up the frequency, as discussed by readers of the blog entry " Too much taxi talk" by Bruce Landsberg, executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation.
If it is obvious upon your arrival in the traffic pattern that spacing is tight, extend your downwind leg or reduce airspeed. Learn more in the June 17, 2005, " Training Tip: Light it up, slow it down." Remember that the aircraft you are following has the right of way. A too-close-on-final conflict between a Cessna 172 and a following Cessna Cardinal was detailed in " Pilot Counsel" in the October 2006 AOPA Pilot: "The pilot of the Cardinal flew a longer downwind leg to allow the 172 to exit the runway. Even so, the Cardinal was on final approach while the 172 was still landing. Because the 172 took longer than normal to exit, the possibility that the Cardinal would have to do a go-around was growing." What happened next—the Cardinal overflew the Cessna at low altitude—led to enforcement action and certificate suspensions. This is an incident worth studying; make special note of the applicable regulations and how their interpretation guided the case's resolution.
'MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATION FOR PILOTS'
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|My ePilot Final Exam|
Question: Can I use the flight instruction received overseas from a non-FAA certificated flight instructor toward a private pilot certificate in the United States?
Answer: Yes. According to Federal Aviation Regulation 61.41, a person may credit flight training toward the requirements of an FAA pilot certificate or rating if the training was received from a flight instructor certified by a contracting state of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the training is given outside of the United States.
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