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December 4, 2015, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training EditionDecember 4, 2015, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

ePilot Flight Training Edition

December 4, 2015 - VOL 15, ISSUE 49

Training Tips


A deceptive calm

As the student pilot climbs to a higher altitude for air work, he is caught off guard by a strong jolt of turbulence. Winds aloft at this altitude were forecast to be about 30 knots; the turbulence, which is continuing, could indicate that the aircraft has entered a shear zone between the strong winds aloft and the light surface wind. Read more...  

Flight Training News


Celebrating excellence

Winners of the 2015 Flight Training Excellence Awards, presented by Flight Training magazine, shared aviation training success stories and accepted silver-winged trophies and plaques for their accomplishments during a ceremony at AOPA headquarters Dec. 2. Read more...  



New flying club benefits, resources

Free scheduling software is among a suite of new benefits and tools now available to flying clubs, AOPA announced Dec. 3. Read more...  



Pilots urged to test headsets

Pilots may be missing important sounds, including cockpit warnings, when wearing noise-canceling headsets, the FAA warns. Read more...  


Georgia school adds new course

An aviation elective is being offered at Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grove, Georgia, about 20 miles southeast of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Retired Navy Capt. Steve Seal, an FAA-qualified instructor with more than 5,000 hours, teaches students about the importance of aviation in culture and the world. "The atmosphere is positive, the staff is caring and simply great, and it is really a good place for students to thrive," Seal said.


Mentors needed to help restore Jodel D11

The young female students of the Alice Paul Institute in Camden, New Jersey—along with local Girl Scouts—are working together to recover the wing of a donated Jodel D11 aircraft, and they are searching for female aviators who would like to be mentors during the restoration process. The Camden Youth Aviation Program aims to show young people all aspects of aviation. "We hope to give them something to dream about and rise above the limits of their environment," said Ira Weissman, program coordinator. Weissman said the Jodel D11 will become a training aircraft once repaired.


National Flight Academy open house to showcase STEM programs

The National Flight Academy will host a free open house Dec. 5 to showcase how its programs inspire students to develop their science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills. The self-supporting academy, located adjacent to the National Naval Aviation Museum at Florida's Naval Air Station Pensacola, invites families to learn about its Ambition program, which provides immersive six-day aviation-themed learning experiences for students, primarily in grades 7 through 12, aboard the academy's simulated aircraft carrier Ambition. The open house will take place Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.



'Pilot Getaways' calendar supports memorial scholarship

Pilot Getaways is publishing a yearly calendar helping to celebrate late co-founder John Kounis's life with proceeds benefiting an AOPA flight training scholarship named in his honor. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Two-seat tango; honoring excellence

AOPA editors pitted a pair of freshly reimagined Cessna two-seaters head-to-head in a fly-off for the bantamweight trainer title. The Cessna 150 and 152 were lined up on the ramp, a coin was flipped, and the drag race began. Flight training excellence is all about the people who make it happen at schools, institutions, and airports across the country. AOPA invited the nation's best to Frederick, Maryland, to honor their achievements with the 2015 Flight Training Excellence Awards. The association also released a number of new resources for flying clubs, including free online scheduling software. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Dec. 3...  

Plane Spotter

Papa 51

Owner-built aircraft and World War II-era warbirds might seem to belong to unrelated aircraft families—until you spot an airplane with its beginnings in both worlds. Take the Thunder Mustang, a three-quarter-scale, 640-horsepower speed demon based on the North American Rockwell P-51D. It has even taken on its "ancestor" at the National Championship Air Races. With a 3,000-pound-gross-weight climb of 5,500 fpm, and a 75-percent-power cruise speed of 295 knots, the Thunder Mustang is "the fastest piston-powered kit plane ever built," claims the kit's manufacturer.

Training Products and Resources

Sporty's updates 'Flying with ForeFlight' course

Aviation apps change quickly, so it's a challenge to keep up with major program revisions without receiving specific training. Sporty's Pilot Shop has significantly updated its comprehensive Flying with ForeFlight video training program for version 7.0. "With so many pilots flying with ForeFlight and iPads, we must keep our training programs current to reflect the latest advances and versions of software. Technology moves fast," said Sporty's Vice President John Zimmerman in a Nov. 24 news release. Flying with ForeFlight is available online for $29.99.


Safety Spotlight

The right choices, every flight

According to the AOPA Air Safety Institute, "the best type of accident is one that's avoided." With that in mind, are you fully prepared to make the right choices for the best outcome the next time you fly? Sharpen your decision-making process with a little help from the Aeronautical Decision Making Safety Spotlight.  

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

DUI refresher: What a pilot needs to do

Dr. Warren Silberman, former manager of FAA Aerospace Medical Certification, offers advice on what to do if you are charged with a DUI offense. Read more...  



Get legal and tax tips for aircraft transactions

Learn the steps and procedures for buying and selling an aircraft in an AOPA Pilot Protection Services webinar Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The webinar will include legal and tax tips concerning the pre-purchase inspection of an aircraft, contract review and negotiation, title searches, the bill of sale, sales-and-use tax, and aircraft registration. Register today...  



Flight planning tools and tips: Delivering the future today

Lockheed Martin and AOPA will host a webinar Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time to explain the advanced flight planning capabilities available to pilots at Lockheed Martin staff will be on hand to answer questions during the webinar. Register...  


What is the probationary year at the airlines?

A common question among new airline hires concerns the probationary year. What exactly is probation, and how does it work? Flight Training blogger Chip Wright explains. Read more...  

Instrument Tip


'Not only false, but fatal'

With ice accreting, the aircraft no longer able to climb, and peaks of the Sierras nearby, all the pilot wanted was an escape. Read more...  


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Dabbling in ice is not wise

With a new instrument rating in his wallet and his family on board his Cessna 172, Heath Wells expected to comfortably complete a flight across central Pennsylvania. But Mother Nature had other plans that almost spoiled the day. Watch Real Pilot Story: Icing Encounter to learn what Wells found out the hard way...

Final Exam


If an in-flight emergency arises while you are receiving clearances from ATC, are you still required to comply with ATC instructions?


No. A pilot may deviate from ATC clearances in the event of an emergency. (Source: FAR 91.123.)

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Career Opportunities

AOPA career opportunities

Join the AOPA team

Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? AOPA is looking for a member services representative, legal services plan attorney, legal services plan administrative assistant, Southern regional manager, Western Pacific regional manager, major gift officer, and account executive.To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Dec 5-6 - Denver, Colorado; Orlando, Florida; and Northbrook, Illinois

Jan 9-10 - Spokane, Washington; Charlotte, North Carolina; San Antonio, Texas; Santa Clara, California; and Ridgeland, Mississippi

Jan 16-17 - Portland, Oregon; Bellevue, Washington; and Elkridge, Maryland

Jan 23-24 - Rockford, Tennessee; Long Beach, California; and Ypsilanti, Michigan

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

Jan 11 - Reno, Nevada; and The Woodlands, Texas

Jan 12 - Sacramento, California; and Houston, Texas

Jan 13 - Milpitas, California; and San Antonio, Texas

Jan 14 - Santa Rosa, California; and Austin, Texas

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Dec 5 - Scottsdale, Arizona; and Winter Haven, Florida

Dec 12 - Stow, Massachusetts

Dec 16 - Lancaster, California

Dec 17 - Addison, Texas

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. 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 does not endorse or assume responsibility for the events submitted and listed in the calendar.

ePilot Flight Training Editors:

Alyssa Miller
Jim Moore
David Tulis

Production Assistant:

Melissa Whitehouse


Mike Collins
Sarah Deener
Dave Hirschman
Tom Horne
Alton K. Marsh
Warren Morningstar
Dan Namowitz
Jill W. Tallman
Ian J. Twombly
Julie Summers Walker

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