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April 10, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'April 10, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

ePilot Flight Training Edition

April 10, 2015 - VOL 15, ISSUE 15

Training Tips


Aware in the air

Instructors caution student pilots to check notices to airmen carefully during flight planning, and to check again during the final weather update before takeoff. Notams can be issued with little warning, and existing notams can be updated abruptly. However, not all notams are automatically provided in telephone or online briefings. Are you aware of the different reasons notams are issued and how to find the information? Read more...  

Flight Training News


NTSB safety alerts target GA

Transition training, mountain flying, and post-maintenance preflight inspections are among the topics of four National Transportation Safety Board Safety Alerts issued April 7. Read more...  



First 'Learn & Earn' winner named

California pilot Michael Campolo is the first-quarter recipient of a Stratus 2 Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast receiver, courtesy of Sporty's Pilot Shop. Campolo, who has been actively participating in the Air Safety Institute's "Learn & Earn Safety Challenge," discovered his completion of Accident Case Study: Time Lapse landed him the prize. Learn more and enter to win...  


Virtual flights, real communications

Clouds, rain, and the threat of thunderstorms curbed operations at Leesburg Executive Airport in Virginia April 3—but inside the terminal, the frequency was alive with activity. Pilots at Internet-connected Redbird simulators in the National Capital Area Flight Simulation Network were practicing their communications skills in a virtual environment using software from Mindstar Aviation. Read more...  



Commercial test prep, FAR/AIM apps released

New apps for iOS and Android help prepare pilots for the commercial pilot knowledge test and give users access to the federal aviation regulations and Aeronautical Information Manual. Read more...  


Fly like a fighter

Operation empty Sic-Sacs

After getting sick on his first five flights in a T-37 early in his training, an Air Force pilot made it his goal to create an experience in which none of his passengers would get sick, whether he was flying reporters or controllers in an F-15 or T-38 or friends in a Cessna 172. Could his method work for your passengers? Read more...  



Tianxiang Flight School to add 16 diesel DA40s

Xinjiang Tianxiang Flight School in Xinjiang Province in northwest China will nearly double its fleet of 16 Continental Diesel CD-135-powered Diamond DA40 trainer aircraft, Continental Motors Group announced March 27. Read more...  



ADS-B 101: Are you ready for Jan. 1, 2020?

One of the hot topics this airshow season will no doubt be the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out equipage mandate set for Jan. 1, 2020. Learn about some of the products available during educational seminars at the AOPA Campus at Sun 'n Fun. Read more...  

Training Resources

Real Pilot Story

Avoid a fowled-up flight

What would you do if an unexpected feathered guest entered the cockpit? In Real Pilot Story: Bird Strike, learn how the pilot managed the commotion his uninvited passenger caused, and take away tips and an understanding of how to prepare and protect against bird encounters. Watch the video...  

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AOPA Live This Week

Flying into IMAX; Airport refurb

Finally from Hollywood, a movie that celebrates aviation: A new IMAX film will soon be in a theater near you. A little shy about talking to air traffic control? A new virtual-reality program lets you fly with other aircraft and communicate with a controller, all without leaving the ground. Plus, there's one aircraft that stands above all others. We'll tell you what it is. And refurbishing an airport. Some of the problems are hard to believe. As of publication deadline, AOPA Live® producers were still finalizing the show, which will be available April 10. Watch AOPA Live This Week...  

Career Pilot

Pilot supply summit to discuss staffing, demand

The Ohio State University will host a national summit April 28 for aviation industry and academic leaders to discuss the implications of professional pilot staffing in the United States, the university announced. Regional Airline Association, a conference partner, estimates that 498,000 professional pilots will be needed over the next 20 years. Organizers of the National Pilot Supply Summit expect 100 or more attendees and plan to produce a report from the day's discussion "as a catalyst for a comprehensive study of sustainable staffing models and the implications of inaction."

For more aviation career news, see the Flight Training website.

Plane Spotter

Owner-built acrobat

An open-cockpit biplane with tandem seats and an aerobatic allure has stopped in for a visit. If the compact craft you have spotted is of steel-tube construction, with wood-structured, fabric-covered wings; owner-built; and powered by an engine up to 200 horsepower, it may be an example of the Acro Sport II. Among the designs produced by the late Paul Poberezny, founder of the Experimental Aircraft Association, this 1,520-pound-gross-weight airplane is the enlarged follow-on to Poberezny's single-seat Acro Sport I. Aerobatic training is one of its main missions.

Training Products

Kings offer free crosswind landings video

King Schools' new online video course, Crosswind Landings Made Easy, features John and Martha King demonstrating techniques for crosswind landings and explaining the aerodynamics of the maneuver. The free course runs on PCs, Macs, or mobile devices, and can be downloaded and viewed on the King Companion App on the iPad and iPhone.


Cables interface handheld GPS with sims

Pilots may connect a flight simulator to Garmin 696 and 796 handheld GPS units with Elite Simulation Solutions' new GPS interface cables, the company announced March 30. The cables deliver live georeferenced position reporting of the simulator's position to the handheld so that pilots can train in the simulator using the same in-cockpit resources that they use in their actual flying; they are compatible with Elite, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Lockheed Martin Prepar3D, and X-Plane. Elite also offers cables for a number of other Garmin units.

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


Corsair wins Showdown

The Vought F4U Corsair edged out the Piper J-3 Cub by 144 votes April 7 to be dubbed the 2015 champion of AOPA's Best Aircraft Showdown, brought to you by Aero-Space Reports. Read more...  


Applying flying skills to life, and vice versa

Many of the skills that you develop while learning to fly are transferable to other endeavors. Likewise, skill sets from other hobbies may be transferred to flying. How has your background prepared you for flight training—and how will becoming a pilot make you more prepared in day-to-day life? Read more...  


Just say no to traffic patterns

Do the reasons for flying a traffic pattern in an airplane hold up for helicopters? Read more...  

Final Exam


As you're preparing for a long solo cross-country flight, your CFI asks you how far away you can be from your altimeter setting source without updating your altimeter setting with a closer source. Is there such a requirement?


Yes. FAR 91.121 requires pilots operating below 18,000 feet mean sea level to use a current altimeter setting along their route of flight and within 100 nautical miles of the aircraft.

Got a question for our technical services staff? Contact AOPA.

Career Opportunities

Aviation job board

Job of the week: Vice president of marketing, ForeFlight

Are you a marketing guru with a passion for aviation? ForeFlight, a leading innovator in aviation technology, is currently seeking candidates for vice president of marketing. The successful candidate has a combination of traditional and digital marketing experience, a strong affinity for digital and mobile technology, and an innate ability to think "customer first." Apply today!


AOPA career opportunities

Join the AOPA team

Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? We're looking for part time, temporary digital product support; a director, pilot community development; vice president, information and technology; senior ambassador, You Can Fly; outreach and events coordinator; vice president for major and leadership gifts; Sitecore developer; director of studies, research, and analysis; and account manager II. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Apr 11-12 - Salt Lake City, Utah; Hebron, Kentucky; Atlanta, Georgia; and Indianapolis, Indiana

Apr 18-19 - Needham, Massachusetts; Denver, Colorado; and Ashburn, Virginia

Apr 25-26 - Tampa, Florida; and San Diego, California

May 2-3 - Sacramento, California; and Kansas City, Missouri

For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online. Can't make it in person? Sign up for the Air Safety Institute's Online eFIRC.

Air Safety Institute Safety Seminars

Apr 13 - Tampa, Florida; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Salt Lake City, Utah

Apr 14 - Fort Myers, Florida; Boise, Idaho; Marietta, Georgia; Des Moines, Iowa; and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Apr 15 - Bellevue, Nebraska; Birmingham, Alabama; Allentown, Pennsylvania; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Apr 16 - Olathe, Kansas; King of Prussia, Pennsylvania; and Pensacola, Florida

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Apr 11 - Savoy, Illinois; Boonville, Missouri; Carson City, Nevada; and Apopka, Florida

Apr 18 - West Lebanon, New Hampshire; and San Martin, California

Apr 25 - Lakeland, Florida; Quinton, Virginia; and Medford, New Jersey

May 2 - New Century, Kansas; Alexandria, Minnesota; and Southbridge, Massachusetts

For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.

Aviation Calendar

Want something to do this weekend? Planning an aviation getaway? See AOPA's enhanced calendar of events. Now you can filter events by date range, airport ID, state, or region. Before you take off on an adventure, make sure you check our current aviation weather provided by Jeppesen.

To include an event or to search all events in the calendar, visit AOPA Online. For airport details, including FBO fuel prices, see AOPA Airports.

AOPA Featured Events

May 16 — Salinas, California. Salinas Municipal Airport (KSNS). AOPA Fly-In.


Jun 6 — Frederick, Maryland. Frederick Municipal Airport (KFDK). AOPA Fly-In.


Aug 22 — Minneapolis, Minnesota. Anoka County-Blaine Airport (KANE). AOPA Fly-In.


Sep 26 — Colorado Springs, Colorado. Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (KCOS). AOPA Fly-In.


Oct 10 — Tullahoma, Tennessee. Tullahoma Regional Airport (KTHA). AOPA Fly-In.

Photo Contest

Who's your favorite co-pilot?

We want to find the best general aviation photos that show pilots sharing their passion for flying with their best flying friend. Submit a photo and vote for your favorite from the submissions. The photo with the most votes at 11:59 p.m. Eastern each Wednesday will win a prize from Sporty's and AOPA, and be featured in AOPA ePilot. An overall winner will be picked by Sporty's and AOPA on May 29 for a grand prize. This week's winner is Jeff Fisher, who submitted a photo of him and his favorite co-pilot, his son, flying over the cranberry bogs in Massachusetts.

ePilot Flight Training Editors:

Sarah Deener
Alyssa Miller
Jim Moore

Production Assistant:

Melissa Whitehouse


Jill W. Tallman
Warren Morningstar
Alton K. Marsh
Dave Hirschman
Tom Horne
Ian J. Twombly
Dan Namowitz

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