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April 17, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'April 17, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

ePilot Flight Training Edition

April 17, 2015 - VOL 15, ISSUE 16

Training Tips


Axis control

Many think of pitch control simply as maintaining level flight with a constant power setting. But there is much more to it than that. Motion in one aircraft axis affects control in the other two. Configuration changes also disturb an aircraft's stabilized flight condition, requiring the pilot to correct—or better, prevent—unwanted aircraft reactions. Read more...  

Flight Training News


Three students, 'One Week Ready to Solo'

A former Navy corpsman, a Harley-Davidson custom builder, and a global advertising manager for General Motors have been tapped for a one-week adventure that could change their lives—learning how to fly through the One Week Ready to Solo project. Read more...  


Flight Training magazine

Technique: Turns around a point

Are you ready to show an examiner you've mastered turns around a point? Get tips on locating the right point, compensating for wind, and avoiding common errors in this maneuver, which is easy in concept but difficult in execution. Read more...  



Sharpen your skills

AOPA offers pilots attending the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo a full lineup of fun, informative seminars. Read more...  



Raisbeck, Embry-Riddle establish professorship, scholarship

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will offer a four-year, full-tuition scholarship for Raisbeck Aviation High School students and will soon have an endowed engineering professorship at its Prescott, Arizona, campus, Raisbeck Engineering announced April 6. Read more...  



Chinese companies order Cessna Skyhawks for training

Cessna Aircraft has secured orders from four companies in China for Skyhawk training aircraft, Cessna parent company Textron Aviation announced April 13. Read more...  



FAA lists instrument approaches to be cut

The FAA has identified 736 VOR and NDB instrument approach procedures it would eliminate during the establishment of the NextGen satellite-based air traffic system. Read more...  

Training Resources


Don't worry, call for help

When expectations and reality diverge in flight, you may need to change plans and ask for help from air traffic control. The Air Safety Institute's Say Intentions: When you need ATC's help Safety Advisor explains why and when it's best to key the mic and talk to ATC. Download the Safety Advisor to learn more...

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.


AOPA Live This Week

Piper's new M-class series; C4 takes flight

Piper Aircraft unveiled the new M-class series, introducing three new aircraft that climb straight to the top of the Piper lineup. Watch the first flight of the new Flight Design C4 four-seater, explore the options for bringing your aircraft into Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) compliance, and see how to expand your hangar without rebuilding it. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, April 16...  

Career Pilot

Virgin America adds San Francisco-Hawaii routes

Virgin America has begun selling nonstop tickets from San Francisco to Honolulu, Oahu, and Kahului, Maui, in Hawaii, the company announced. Service to Honolulu begins Nov. 2 and service to Kahului begins Dec. 3. The daily flights will be operated with new Airbus A320s, according to Virgin America.


Airbus official calls for training change

Airbus Group safety official Harry Nelson called for a shift in emphasis for airline training programs from regulatory requirements to practical experience and hand-flying at a recent international conference of pilot-union leaders in Madrid, according to The Wall Street Journal. Nelson said training tends to be too boring and predictable, and often is disconnected from actual flying experience, according to the report.


Parkland College offers associate's degree in aviation

After taking over the University of Illinois' Institute of Aviation in fall 2014, Parkland College said it "is reinvigorating the aviation curriculum and is seeking to rebuild the pipeline of new flight students by offering compelling options" for students to earn an Associate in Science degree in aviation. Parkland is leasing the university's fleet of aircraft and received a Piper Warrior flight training device from Frasca International in the fall, according to a media release.

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

Plane Spotter

From Russia, with lift

Plane spotting has evolved since the days when swooping in over town and landing in a field was the customary way to bring folks out to see an aircraft. Nowadays flight-tracking software and cellphones spread the word, but plane spotting remains a community attraction, as when spectators (and news media) headed to airports an ocean apart to see an Antonov AN-225 arrive. The six-engined heavy-lifter, heaviest of aircraft at 628,000 pounds, was only recently displaced as the longest. Its wingspan roughly equals the length of landing fields used by barnstormers of old.

Training Products

Headsets galore at Sun 'n Fun

Many pilots will flock to the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo April 21 through 26 with shopping lists in hand. For student pilots, one of the first significant purchases is often a headset. Ranging in price from less than $100 to more than $1,100, headsets protect your hearing, facilitate communication, and can even reduce noise fatigue. Passive noise reduction models provide a more affordable option, while active noise reduction—often referred to as "noise canceling"—makes your flight even quieter. Aircraft Spruce has a wide selection online; if you make it to Sun 'n Fun, you can judge for yourself how models measure up at manufacturers' and sellers' booths.


Learn engines, power, thrust

Aircraft Propulsion: Pistons, Turbines, Propellers & Thrust by David Robson introduces concepts related to aircraft propulsion, from principles of power and thrust to the details of four-stroke piston engines, radial engines, turbine engines, superchargers, turbochargers, and propellers. The book is available through ASA as a PDF e-book for $79.95.

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

Pilot Protection Services

A test that could save your life

Far too many people effectively die of ignorance from an almost completely avoidable disease. Learn about preventing colorectal cancer. Read more...  


Learn the local weather, wherever you are

One of the most important variables in the day-to-day life of a pilot is weather. Understanding what to expect based on local geography and terrain can help you with flight planning; blogger Chip Wright explains what he's learned about weather patterns in the places he's flown. Read more...  


How to destroy your engine in one minute

Opinion Leaders blogger Mike Busch details three cases in which piston engines were destroyed or severely damaged by detonation or pre-ignition in just a matter of minutes. And, he offers tips to help you avoid this costly situation. Read more...  


Fly the cloud: Controlling whiteout and brownout

Whether the rotor wash kicks up loose earth causing a brownout or snow causing a whiteout, the techniques used to mitigate potential obscuration conditions are alike, according to blogger Markus Lavenson. Lavenson shares two techniques that have worked well for him over the years. Read more...  

Instrument Tip


A last defense in CFIT scenario

As you prepare to level off from the descent in instrument conditions, a ground proximity warning goes off. What's the correct response? Read more...  


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Uplift your datalink knowledge

Are you looking for practical advice on safely using datalink weather in flight? Enter the Air Safety Institute's IFR Insights: Cockpit Weather online course tutorials and interactive scenarios that connect datalink science to our knowledge of onboard avionics. You'll see that datalink is not a crutch to make an unflyable situation flyable, but rather an excellent tool supplementing our big weather picture to avoid dangerous weather. Take the course...

Final Exam


Density altitude is an important factor in flying year round but becomes especially important during the warmer months. How can a pilot calculate density altitude?


Density altitude at the surface is calculated by first calculating pressure altitude, and then using a chart or flight computer to adjust the pressure altitude for the current temperature at the surface. (Source: Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge Chapter 10.)

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

Career Opportunities

Aviation job board

Job of the week: First officer, Enterprise Holdings Inc.

The Enterprise Holdings Inc. Corporate Aviation Department has an immediate opening for a first officer. Duties include assisting the captain to ensure safety of all flights, providing excellent customer service to passengers, assisting with preflight and in-flight duties, and other tasks as appropriate. This position is based at corporate headquarters in St. Louis. A relocation package will be provided. Apply for this exciting opportunity 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 senior director of government affairs (airport advocacy); director of government affairs (airspace/air traffic); aviation technical specialist; 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 executive. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

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

May 16-17 - Dania Beach, Florida; Houston, Texas; Pensacola, Florida; and Albany, New York

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 18 - Las Vegas, Nevada

Apr 21 - Frederick, Maryland

Apr 22 - Towson, Maryland

Apr 23 - Lakeland, Florida; and Milan, Illinois

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

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

May 3 - Anchorage, Alaska

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 winning photo, "Noah's first lesson," was submitted by Tom Laney.

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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