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February 13, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'February 13, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

ePilot Flight Training Edition

February 13, 2015 - VOL 15, ISSUE 7

Training Tips


Leaning toward a decision

It is not uncommon to observe experienced pilots who regard leaning the fuel-air mixture as mainly a subject of academic interest. Many can discuss the subject adequately—but once in the aircraft, they place the mixture control in one of only two positions: full rich for startup and idle cutoff for shutdown. Learn the importance of leaning the fuel-air mixture, thoroughly read the pilot's operating handbook for your trainer to find clues about when and how to set it, and then put your new knowledge into practice. Read more...  

Flight Training News


Air Safety Institute rekindles spirit of fun, learning, flying

AOPA's Air Safety Institute is well known for its innovative brand of online and in-person aviation safety education, from award-winning safety courses and videos to quizzes, publications, and seminars. During 2015, it will bring the aviation community together with captivating aviation safety seminars at exciting new locations whenever the opportunity arises. Read more...  



New instrument training app released

Pilot Training Solutions' Instrument Rating Virtual Test Prep iPad app was released in the App Store Feb. 4, the fourth app the company has released in as many months. Read more...  



Rotax continues contest

Rotax BRP is again offering a new 912 iS Sport engine to the first flight school that gets one to 2,000 hours time between overhauls. Read more...  



Seaplane, helo FIRC electives debut

AOPA's popular electronic flight instructor refresher course (eFIRC) provides a customized way for flight instructors to fulfill their currency requirement by offering 13 pilot-selectable electives—including new seaplane and helicopter elements. Read more...  



Review private pilot test requirements

The FAA deleted questions on outdated topics and implemented other improvements to the private pilot airplane knowledge test on Feb. 9. The improvements are part of the ongoing collaboration of an industry-led group chaired by AOPA. Download the FAA's answers to frequently asked questions to find out more on why the changes were made and what the industry is doing to improve airman testing. New draft certification standards will bring all private pilot airplane requirements together in one convenient location; they can be downloaded here.


Students gather in Phoenix for aviation issues conference

More than 100 high school students, their families, and college students attended the 2015 Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace International Research Conference (A3IRCon) in Phoenix recently to learn about pressing issues facing aviation. Presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott, Arizona, campus, the conference covered issues including the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the National Airspace System, diversity in aviation, and commercial airline crash investigation.

Training Resources


How safe is flight training, really?

We've all heard that flight training is safer than most other aspects of general aviation, but is that actually true? Also, are different training activities characterized by their own distinct risk profiles? The Air Safety Institute's first comprehensive analysis of instructional accidents in a decade not only explores the differences between phases and types of training, but also between airplanes and helicopters. Download the report...

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

Fly the One Week Wonder, go inside the frozen zone

Find out where general aviation stands in the General Aviation Manufacturers Association's annual State of the Industry address. Ride along as AOPA flies the One Week Wonder that was built at EAA AirVenture 2014. And, AOPA Editor at Large Tom Horne takes you inside an icing research tunnel where a 5,000-horsepower fan ices up airfoils in the name of safety. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Feb. 12...  

Career Pilot

Airlines weather winter storms

Airlines demonstrated improvements in storm recovery during a recent winter storm in the Northeast, using new software to reschedule crews and canceling flights early to keep airplanes out of the path of the storm, according to The Wall Street Journal. Changes are driven by stiffer regulations and customer outrage about ground delays, according to the newspaper.

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

Plane Spotter

'T-craft' on skis

The plane spotters watching from the warmth of the terminal murmured approval as Roger Paradise taxied his ski-equipped 1946 Taylorcraft BC12-D to a stop on the polished snow of the ramp at Dewitt Field, Old Town Municipal Airport in Old Town, Maine, on Feb. 7. Paradise became a private pilot last year. Enthusiastically, he discussed becoming acquainted with the flight characteristics of his recently acquired two-place, side-by-side "T-Craft" powered by a Continental C85 engine turning a sturdy climb prop. The aircraft is fitted for floats—a capability that Paradise is keeping in mind for someday.

Training Products

'Flying IFR' available in softcover, e-book

Author Richard Collins' Flying IFR is a guide to real-world instrument flying, with details on the IFR system, equipment, and the risks and rewards of flying IFR. The fifth edition includes chapters on the relationship between systems such as autopilots and your flying; managing stress; and flight in and around ice and thunderstorms, and at night. It is available from ASA as a softcover for $19.95 or e-book, in either eBook ePub format for $14.95 or iBook format for $14.99.

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

Members only

Medical conditions that don't require special issuance, part 2

What kind of paperwork do you need to take to your aviation medical examiner if you have had a bone fracture, colonoscopy, pneumonia, osteoarthritis, or allergies? Find out from former FAA Aerospace Medical Certification manager Warren Silberman. Read more...  


The multiengine height-velocity diagram

You will typically find a height-velocity diagram for multiengine helicopters in the flight manual. Unlike that of singles, the H-V diagram for the multiengine helicopter is designed to ensure a safe landing with one engine inoperative, and not from an autorotation. Read more...  


Wings and wheels

We fly for pleasure, business, recreation, and charitable purposes. Wouldn't it be nice if after the wings are done flying we had some wheels to get us to a nice restaurant for lunch, or to our hotel or a nearby scenic attraction? Read more...  

Final Exam


Which squawk code should be used when an aircraft is in an emergency situation?


Section 6-2-2 of the Aeronautical Information Manual lists the emergency transponder code as 7700. Read more about emergencies in this Safety Advisor.

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

Career Opportunities

AOPA career opportunities

Join the AOPA team

Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? We're looking for an outreach and events coordinator; aviation event and meeting planner; vice president for major and leadership gifts; Sitecore developer; director of studies, research, and analysis; administrative assistant, Air Safety Institute; Air Safety Institute intern; associate editor—Web/ePilot; online marketing manager; .Net applications developer; and account manager II. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Feb 21-22 - Fort Worth, Texas; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; North Las Vegas, Nevada; and Melbourne, Florida

Mar 7-8 - Phoenix, Arizona; and Orlando, Florida

Mar 14-15 - Columbia, Maryland; and Burlingame, California

Mar 21-22 - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania; Ontario, California; and Virginia Beach, Virginia

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

Feb 16 - Jacksonville, Florida

Feb 17 - Daytona Beach, Florida

Feb 18 - Melbourne, Florida

Feb 19 - Ocala, Florida

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Feb 26 - Louisville, Kentucky; and Madison, Wisconsin

Feb 28 - Mobile, Alabama; Chandler, Arizona; and Burlington, Washington

Mar 5 - Dallas, Texas

Mar 19 - Buffalo, New York

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 Homecoming 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.

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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