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AOPA ePilot Flight Training Edition Volume 9, Issue 14 — April 3, 2009  

In This Issue:
ERAU unveils high-altitude training chamber Miami school gets Part 141 Certification
Grasp spring's fickle weather with new quiz

  FT News  |   Inside AOPA  |   TRAINING PRODUCTS   |   FINAL EXAM   


Test follow-ups

The sit-down tests you take on the ground during flight training are only one step of a two-step examination procedure. First you take the pre-solo written test or the FAA knowledge test for the certificate you seek. Then you follow up on the result. An example is the requirement, discussed in the April 25, 2008, “ Training Tip,” that your pre-solo knowledge test be “corrected to 100 percent” before the process of taking it is considered complete. A similar process is in place for the FAA knowledge test. Preparing for both with that concept in mind will give structure to your studying and pull up your test score.


In the case of the knowledge test, however, your test score reports only the general subject areas about which you gave any incorrect answers. An answer must be both “correct and complete” as described in last week’s “ Training Tip.” That means that you and your instructor should review Advisory Circular AC 60-25G, “Reference Materials and Subject Matter Knowledge Codes for Airman Knowledge Testing,” and look up the appropriate subject matter to review.


The codes applicable to airman knowledge testing are found in Appendices 1 and 2 of the AC. Let’s say “J13” appears on your test report. Then the subject area to review is "airport operations." The appropriate reference material, given above the list of codes starting with “J01,” is the Aeronautical Information Manual.


Keep in mind that the designated examiner reviewing your knowledge test score before your flight test will also follow up. Take the code "A01," the very first code listed in the AC. It’s the code for “general definitions.” “If this code appears on your FAA knowledge test report, it refers to a list of essential terms found in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 1, better known to you as Part 1 of the federal aviation regulations (FARs). The appearance of that little segment of the aviator's language hints at a deeper problem,” examiner Dave Wilkerson wrote in the January 2007 AOPA Flight Training article “ A01 Knowledge.” Read his discussion to find out what the “deeper problem” was—and how to avoid it on your own knowledge test.


It's almost time for your cross-country solo, so in preparation you'll be planning and flying cross-countries with your flight instructor. The use of aeronautical charts is key at this point in your training. The Aeronautical Chart User's Guide is a useful learning aid. Other helpful tools designed specifically to enhance your flight-planning experience are available in the Virtual Flight Bag at AOPA Flight Training Online.


Did you know that student pilots who join AOPA are three times more likely to complete their flight training? Membership includes unlimited access to aviation information by phone (800/USA-AOPA, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time) or from AOPA Flight Training Online or AOPA Online. If you're not already a member, join today and get the pilot's edge. Login information is available online.


Sallie Mae slashes flight training loan business

Responding to what it calls “difficult market conditions,” Sallie Mae announced via letter to select flight schools recently that it is significantly reducing the amount of flight training loans it generates. Although the reduction is thought to be significant and widespread, the company wouldn’t comment on how many schools will be cut from the loan program. “Due to difficult market conditions, we have found it necessary to focus our resources only on those schools that generate sufficient volume of approved loans to justify the expense of maintaining this manually intensive program,” said a spokeswoman. The effective date of the termination is May 8. Applications submitted up to that point are being processed, according to the letter. Students are encouraged to speak with their flight school manager for additional details on whether financing will be available through Sallie Mae. Read more >>

Embry-Riddle unveils high-altitude training chamber

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Daytona Beach, Fla., this week cut the ribbon on its newest training tool—a normobaric lab that students will use to recognize symptoms of oxygen loss at high altitudes. Up to 500 flight students per year will train in the chamber, which will be used in a flight physiology course to teach the causes and symptoms of hypoxia. ERAU said it plans to offer hypoxia training to flight schools and corporate aviation operators as well.


Miami school gets Part 141 certification

A flight school in Miami, Fla., 424 Aviation, recently earned certification under Part 141 of the federal aviation regulations. The school, located at Kendall-Tamiami Airport, offers training for sport through airline transport pilot certificates, according to President Brian K. Garhammer. 424 Aviation also offers specialized training on international procedures to enable pilots to fly to the Bahamas, as well as a five-day instrument competency program. The school’s fleet includes a Cessna 172 and 182, with a 162 SkyCatcher set to come online in 2010, Garhammer said.

Illinois facility opens second location in Missouri

Illinois-based Langa Air has opened a second location at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, Mo. The new facility, an existing office and hangar, “is perfectly set up for flight training,” said Langa Air President Scott Langa. Langa Air offers all levels of aviation training and aircraft rental, and will begin conducting general aircraft maintenance in April at the St. Louis Regional Airport facility in East Alton, Ill.

Kentucky school purchases light sport aircraft

Light Sport America (LSA) of Punta Gorda, Fla., will deliver 21 light sport aircraft to ATU Schools of Campbellsville, Ky., under an agreement announced March 24. LSA will deliver 21 Storm Rally and Storm Century aircraft. The two-place trainers are designed and built in Italy by Storm Aircraft. The agreement also calls for ATU to become an LSA dealership for Kentucky and parts of Indiana. LSA is the U.S. distributor of Storm aircraft in North America.

Inside AOPA

‘Nall Report’ reveals highs, lows in GA safety record

The number of accidents increased in 2007, which is worrisome, but the number of fatalities declined—as did the rate of fatal accidents, which fell more than would be anticipated by a declining number of flight hours, indicating a real reduction, according to the nineteenth annual AOPA Air Safety Foundation Joseph T. Nall Report released March 27. “While any fatality is one too many, the declines indicate that industry-wide efforts to improve safety are bearing fruit,” said Bruce Landsberg, president of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. “But the increase in the overall number of accidents indicates that there is still work to be done to improve safety. The Nall Report helps us determine where to focus our efforts.” Read more >>

Grasp spring's fickle weather with new Safety Quiz

Lions and lambs. Winds and showers that bring sun-drenched flowers. When euphemisms are used to describe spring weather, one thing is constant: change. No other season has such wide meteorological mood swings, and these fickle weather patterns can turn a perfectly good flight into a wet, windy mess. Test your knowledge of spring weather with the latest AOPA Air Safety Foundation Safety Quiz. With interactive exercises and challenges, the quiz will get you ready for anything Mother Nature throws your way this season.


ASA adds helicopter student study kit

Aircraft Supplies and Academics (ASA) has added a helicopter kit to its line of student pilot study kits. The kit includes Principles of Helicopter Flight by Wal Wagtendonk; the Federal Aviation Regulations/Aeronautical Information Manual; the Rotorcraft Flying Handbook, Principles of Helicopter Flight syllabus; Private Oral Exam Guide by Michael Hayes; Helicopter Oral Exam Guide by Ryan Dale; the Practical Test Standards for Private Pilot Rotorcraft; Private Pilot Test Prep; an E-6B flight computer, a plotter, a logbook; and a briefcase to carry them all. The kit sells for $149.95 and will ship after April 20. To order, go online or call 800-ASA2FLY.


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.


Question: I have taken and passed the private pilot knowledge test. Unfortunately, I have lost the sheet of paper proving that I successfully completed the test. Do I have to retake the exam?


Answer: Thankfully, you do not need to retake the exam. As long as you completed the test within the previous 24 months, you can request a replacement of your score sheet from the FAA using this form. You will need to print the form and mail it to the FAA along with a check or money order for $1.


Got a question for our technical services staff? E-mail [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

Pilots love to take photos, and they love to share them with other pilots. Now you can upload your flying photos to our brand-new online gallery, "Air Mail." Share your special aviation images, or view and rate more than 1,000 photos and counting. Highly rated photos will get put into rotation on the AOPA home page!


Want something to do this weekend? Wanting to plan an aviation getaway? See your personalized online calendar of events . We've enhanced our calendar so that with one click you can see all of the events listed in the regions you selected when personalizing ePilot . Now you can browse events listed two weeks to a few months out to make your planning easier. You can also bookmark the personalized calender page to check it as often as you want. Before you take off on an adventure, make sure you check our current aviation weather provided by Jeppesen.

To submit an event or to search all events in the calendar, visit AOPA Online. For airport details, including FBO fuel prices, see AOPA's Airport Directory Online.

Flight Instructor Refresher Clinics

The next AOPA Air Safety Foundation Flight Instructor Refresher Clinics are scheduled in Denver, Colo., Indianapolis, Ind., and Cincinnati, Ohio, April 18 and 19; San Diego, Calif., Tampa, Fla., and, Boston, Mass., April 25 and 26; Pensacola, Fla., and Houston,Texas, May 2 and 3; Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Albany, N.Y., May 16 and 17. 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 Blacksburg, Va., April 13; Clayton, Mo., and Danville, Va., April 14; Warrensburg, Mo., and Richmond, Va., April 15; Springfield, Mo., and Hampton, Va., April 16; Concord, Calif., April 20; Fresno, Calif., April 21; Palmdale, Calif., April 22. Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.

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