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May 11, 2012, issue of 'AOPA' ePilot: Flight Training Edition'May 11, 2012, issue of 'AOPA' ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

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VOLUME 12, ISSUE 19 — May 11, 2012

A quick turn
Tougher stock coming to FAA charts
Plane Spotter: De Havilland Beaver
Final Exam: RAIM


Safety >>

Picture Perfect

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AOPA Live >>

Training Tips

A quick turn

Training TipThe wind is blowing smartly as you land at your cross-country destination, where you will take a break, refuel, and then depart for home. You encountered strong headwinds aloft, so now it will be helpful if the line crew would perform a quick turn.

Even for this short stay, tie down the trainer, chock the wheels, and install control-wheel or gust locks before you head inside for a snack, to close your outbound VFR flight plan, and to update weather.

Take time to review how you will activate the return flight plan. Will you contact a flight service station via a remote communications outlet (RCO)? Perhaps you’ll make radio contact on 122.1 MHz and listen on a voice-capable VOR. (Remember to turn up the volume on the nav frequency on which the FSS specialist will respond.)

It’s good practice to remain with the aircraft to supervise the refueling—everything from the type and quantity of fuel to the handling of the aircraft by the crew—but that’s not always possible if there’s a wait in store. So be sure to perform a proper preflight inspection on your return to the aircraft. Take a fuel sample, visually checking the fuel and oil levels, and check the security of fuel tank caps.

Don’t forget to remove that gust lock! Lapses have happened, and have sometimes attracted official attention.

If delays are inevitable, avoid letting any imagined pressure lead you into a state of “get-home-itis,” described in the May 4 Training Tip. Giving in by making a hasty getaway could cause you to skip a weather update or pass on refueling—bad ideas indeed.

Failing to perform thorough pre-takeoff checks doesn’t save much time, and it could cause you to miss a first alert to a mechanical problem.

A much better strategy for arranging economical use of your ground time is to contact the destination FBO when inbound, giving an estimate of your time of arrival and stating your service needs. If you are receiving radar flight following, continue monitoring your assigned frequency, or, if that’s not possible, request ATC’s permission to leave the frequency briefly.

A quick turn doesn’t mean a mad rush. Speeding you safely on your way is everyone’s goal. Tell people your needs, and they will deliver.

Flight Training News

Tougher, brighter stock coming to FAA charts

The FAA is upgrading the paper it uses to produce paper VFR charts. Starting May 31, you can expect to see FAA sectionals, terminal area charts, and world aeronautical charts printed on more durable, tear- and water-resistant stock. Read more >>

Girls With Wings accepting scholarship applications

Girls With Wings, a nonprofit organization aimed at getting girls interested in aviation, is accepting applications for two scholarships. The Private Pilot Scholarship will award $1,000 to a female who has soloed but not completed a private pilot course. The Dreams Take Flight Scholarship will award $500 to a female who plans a career in aviation and would benefit from experiencing introductory flight training. The deadline to apply is June 30. See the website for applications and essay requirements.

Able Flight picks six for training

Able Flight has chosen six scholarship recipients to be trained for a sport pilot certificate this year through a partnership with Purdue University. The six trainees will live in university housing and receive flight instruction from Purdue CFIs. The students will fly specially adapted aircraft provided by Hansen Air Group of Atlanta and Philly Sport Pilot of Wilmington, Del. This is the third year for the Able Flight-Purdue partnership, which seeks to provide flight instruction for people with disabilities. The program began in 2010 with two students.

St. Cloud State closing aviation program

St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn., has shuttered its aviation program, one of 32 slated for elimination in a cost-cutting initiative. The program will officially close in 2014 so as to permit the approximately 150 students currently enrolled to complete their training. St. Cloud’s program had been under consideration for closure since 2010.

ADM and Swiss cheese

Anticipate, recognize, act, and evaluate: These four concepts are key in good decision making and at the core of the Air Safety Institute’s online course Do the Right Thing: Decision Making for Pilots. Become a critical thinker and stave off accident hazards that line up in the form of fatigue, passenger pressure, stronger-than-anticipated headwinds, or miscommunication. What’s this got to do with Swiss cheese? Find out when you take the course.

Training Resources

After you preflight yourself and get the weather, do you just hop in the airplane and go? Of course not. Proper aircraft preflight is one of the most important things you do as a pilot. You’ll be amazed how quickly a bird can build a nest overnight and foul your plans. Bugs or other critters may find themselves a nice cozy spot in a pitot tube or under the cowling to spend the night. See how well you prepare with the Air Safety Institute’s Aircraft Preflight quiz.


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 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.


Challenge: Powerless flight

Cessna 210 Centurion Have you experienced flight in a glider? It is a less-expensive way to get into the air, and it doesn’t require a medical certificate. If you already have a pilot certificate, adding a glider rating is a fun way to sharpen your skills. AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman took to the skies for some soaring lessons and, like most powered pilots, was surprised at how quiet it is without that engine under the cowling. Working with veteran soaring instructors Tom and Doris Knauff, Hirschman came away with a new appreciation for this form of flight. See the video >>

Career Pilot

AOPA voices concerns about proposed ATP requirement

AOPA spoke out against proposed rules that would require airline first officers to hold airline transport pilot certificates. AOPA and other industry groups took issue with the proposal, which they maintain would force many would-be pilots to abandon aviation careers and exacerbate the shortages that threaten the future of general aviation and commercial air travel. Read more >>

Delta to purchase refinery complex

In an effort to reduce fuel costs, Delta Air Lines said April 30 that its wholly owned subsidiary, Monroe Energy LLC, has reached an agreement with Phillips 66 to acquire the Trainer refinery complex south of Philadelphia. The acquisition includes pipelines and transportation assets that will deliver jet fuel to Delta’s operations throughout the Northeast, including its hubs at LaGuardia and JFK. Production at the refinery, combined with multiyear agreements to exchange gasoline, diesel, and other refined products from the refinery for jet fuel, will provide 80 percent of Delta’s jet fuel needs in the United States.

Plane Spotter

de Havilland Beaver: Beefy hauler

Cessna 210 Centurion Whether your first glimpse of a de Havilland Beaver occurs at a seaplane base or tied down on the ramp, where it towers over most singles, you won’t turn away without taking a long look at the burly, radial-engine-powered taildragger. A hulking hauler built from the 1940s to the 1960s, the DHC-2 has the look of a major competitor, as befits its reaching the semis of AOPA’s Favorite Aircraft Challenge. A basic Beaver cruises at a little more than 100 knots, seats six, and can lift off in about 600 feet.

Training Products

Online flight instructor refresher clinic from King Schools

Flight instructors have another option when it’s time to renew a CFI certificate. King Schools has unveiled its new flight instructor refresher clinic, which claims to move away from the same topics that CFIs learned as private pilots and instead focuses on such issues as identifying and changing at-risk behaviors and conducting an effective flight review. The course incorporates a paperless online renewal process so that instructors can receive a temporary certificate by email. It is compatible with the iPad and all Windows and Mac Web browsers. The cost is $99 without CFI renewal processing or $124.95 with processing included. See the website or call 800/854-1001.


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.

Member Benefits

Five situations where your AME can make the call

Dr. Warren Silberman, former manager of the FAA’s aerospace medical certification division, explains the five conditions an aviation medical examiner doesn’t have to defer to the FAA prior to granting medical certification. Read more >>

What does an aircraft insurance policy do?

If you’re shopping for insurance and are wondering what the difference is between hull damage and liability, read on to learn much more.


Savor the moment

In this week’s Flight Training blog, Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman says there are things she will and will not say to a soloing student pilot. Also, professional pilot Chip Wright observes the transformation that takes place when a pilot assumes the responsibility of an FAA designee.

Stalls, spins, and misunderstandings

Steve Tupper explains why the nonflying public often becomes confused about the term “stall” when it comes to airplanes, and delves into the aerodynamics of airfoils and angle of attack, in the Let’s Go Flying blog.

AOPA Career Opportunities

Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? We’re looking for a vice president of information systems; human resources generalist; insurance services administrative coordinator; registration, housing, and meeting planner; vice president–Center to Advance the Pilot Community; aviation technical writer; vice president of strategy and philanthropic operations; program manager–products; project manager of online products; director of new market development; and associate editor–Web/ ePilot. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.


Picture Perfect

AOPA’s online photo gallery allows you to upload your own aviation photography as well as view, rate, and comment on others’ photos. Your favorite aviation images from AOPA Pilot are still available online through this new gallery. Take a look, and submit your own photos!

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Final Exam

Question: I’m new to GPS navigation, and I’m not sure I understand RAIM. Can you explain?


Answer: RAIM stands for receiver autonomous integrity monitoring. It is a form of integrity monitoring that your GPS receiver performs to ensure that the required satellite signals are available for a given phase of flight. The RAIM function can identify a satellite failure and issue a warning to the pilot. Many VFR GPS receivers and most handheld receivers do not have RAIM capability, which is one reason they are not approved for IFR use. Without RAIM capability, the pilot has no idea whether the GPS position is accurate. At least five satellites are required to detect a bad one. The GPS receiver should also tell you when its RAIM function is unavailable, at your present time and position as well as at any selected future time and position. You can get information on satellite outages through the notam system; however, the effect of an outage on your intended operation cannot be determined unless your GPS has a RAIM availability prediction program that allows excluding a satellite that is predicted to be out of service. For more on GPS operations, take the Air Safety Institute online courses GPS for VFR Operations and GPS for IFR Operations .

Got a question for our technical services staff? Email [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.

Instrument Tip

IFR Fix: And, what are we forgetting?

IFR Fix: And, what are we forgetting? The voice on the frequency was one of those big boomers that aviators imitate when sharing some pearl overheard on the radio. Glib airline pilots got a lot of the credit for the on-air entertainment around here in those days. Corporate drivers and general aviation pilots sometimes scored—but usually it was understood that the cleverest communicators were in the employ of a transportation enterprise based in a big city down South. This was a crew layover destination back then. Many of the exchanges that broke the late-night radio silence carried the weariness of a long day’s hauls. Read more >>

Flight Instructor Refresher Clinics

Air Safety Institute Safety Seminars

May 19 and 20

Sacramento, Calif.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Albany, N.Y.

June 2 and 3

Phoenix, Ariz.

Orlando, Fla.

Minneapolis, Minn.

June 9 and 10

San Jose, Calif.

Charlotte, N.C.

June 23 and 24

Columbus, Ohio

Ashburn, Va.



For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.

Can’t make it in person? Sign up for the CFI Refresher Online.

May 12

Morganton, N.C.



May 14

Charlotte, N.C.

Madison, Wis.

May 15

Timonium, Md.

Raleigh, N.C.

Milwaukee, Wis.

May 16

Wilmington, N.C.

Manitowoc, Wis.


Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.

AOPA ePilot Team

ePilot Flight Training Editor:
Jill W. Tallman

ePilot Editor:
Sarah Brown

Contributors: Alyssa Miller
Jim Moore
Warren Morningstar
Alton K. Marsh

Dave Hirschman
Tom Horne
Ian J. Twombly
Dan Namowitz

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Siobhan Byrne
Lezlie Ramsey
William Rockenbaugh
Mitch Mitchell

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