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February 20, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'February 20, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

ePilot Flight Training Edition

February 20, 2015 - VOL 15, ISSUE 8

Training Tips


Lean mixture, hot engine?

Whether you are leaning for a long taxi or while airborne, proper technique will save wear and tear on your engine. Learn how leaning protects your engine on the ground, and how exhaust gas temperature and cylinder head temperature gauges can help you understand what your leaning is doing to the engine in the air. Read more...  

Flight Training News

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Get ready to taxi

How do you cope with cockpit distractions, confusing taxiways, and miscommunications when operating at airports? The Air Safety Institute's new Runway Safety online course puts you in real-world scenarios that depict the complexities of airport surface operations. Building off 14 years of educating pilots on runway safety through its original online course, the Air Safety Institute takes a fresh look at the subject that will challenge pilots of all skill levels. Test your knowledge right from your desktop or tablet...  



Connecting aviators worldwide

When we're up in the sky or spending time at our favorite airports, we keep our cameras handy so that we safely can grab that perfect shot and share the moment with others. Now it's even easier to share those photos and videos with the pilot community. AOPA has partnered with Share Aviation, a social network by pilots, for pilots. Read more...  


EAA seeks AirVenture volunteers

The Experimental Aircraft Association has created a new Collegiate Volunteer Program for its annual fly-in convention, EAA AirVenture, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 20 through 26. Through the program, college students may join the more than 5,000 volunteers who help at the event each year in areas including aviation-related activities, customer service, and event operations. Volunteers may be eligible for special recognition and benefits; details of the collegiate program are available online.


Grant to fund airflow control research

A Florida State University researcher has received a $15,000 grant to lead a team in research related to airflow control, the university announced. Under the National Science Foundation's Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program, Lou Cattafesta, co-director of the Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion, will lead a team of FSU and Ohio State University researchers working with aerospace companies and government agencies on issues affecting the efficiency and cost of aircraft.

Training Resources

Pilot Safety Announcement

Fuel for thought

Tapping the fuel indicator will not feed the engine—a healthy fuel reserve will. Yet there are pilots who find themselves and their airplanes coming up short of their intended destination. What if the airlines handled fuel management the way some general aviation pilots do? Sit back, relax, and watch this Pilot Safety Announcement...  

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AOPA Live This Week

Social network for pilots, inside a CJ type rating

The founders of a social network for pilots talk about what the Share Aviation community is all about; AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines gets a Cessna CJ type rating without ever flying a real airplane; and AOPA explains the ins and outs of a proposed rule for small unmanned aircraft. Plus, take a look at the range of aircraft in the light sport category and their prices. AOPA Live This Week®, Feb. 19...  

Career Pilot

Boeing weighs options to replace 757s

The Boeing Co. is considering whether—and how—to replace its 757 mid-sized jet, according to The Wall Street Journal. The aircraft were delivered from 1982 to 2005, and those still in the fleet are getting old, the newspaper noted; as Boeing loses market share to Airbus for next-generation single-aisle jets, it is working on an updated version of the 737 and polling customers to study its options for a larger, longer-range jet. Some industry executives think an updated version of the 757 may be the most realistic option, according to the report.

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

Plane Spotter

Factory-built Fox

If the three-bladed propeller and two transparent gull-wing doors don't reveal the identity of the light sport aircraft that has just taxied in as the sun sets, come back tomorrow and check it out inside its T-hangar. If the airplane is sitting inside with its tube-and-fabric wings folded, you can log a sighting of a 100-horsepower Rotax-powered Kitfox Super Sport special light sport aircraft. Built by Homedale, Idaho-based Kitfox (rather than in this owner's hangar, or elsewhere) the 1,320-pound-gross-weight, two-place airplane can be ordered with tricycle landing gear, or a tailwheel.

Training Products


ASA releases 7 checkride apps for Android

Aviation Supplies & Academics Inc. on Feb. 12 announced seven new apps for Android designed to help pilots prepare for the oral portion of practical tests. Read more...  


'Learn to Fly Course' adds weather, cross-country videos

An update to Sporty's Learn to Fly Course adds close to four hours of videos and animations as well as improved features, Sporty's announced Feb. 12. New weather videos incorporate the latest products and technology from the Aviation Weather Center and Lockheed Martin Flight Service, and real-world cross-country scenarios deal with GPS and iPad electronic flight bag applications in addition to pilotage and dead reckoning. The updated course, which also includes improvements to its knowledge test prep application, is available now as an online course or app for $199.99.

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

FAA offers interpretation of solo endorsements

How long is a solo endorsement valid? The regulations can be confusing, even misleading, but a recent FAA interpretation provides some clarification by distinguishing between student pilots and already-certificated pilots seeking additional certificates or ratings. Read more...  


Member benefits

What airplane is right for you?

It's easy to be awestruck at the latest models and upgraded glass panels, shiny paint jobs, and plush interiors, but before you buy an airplane, ask yourself what is important to you. Buy what you need first, not necessarily what you want. Read more...  



Vote for the favorite cover in 'Pilot' history

After nearly a year of voting for their favorite AOPA Pilot magazine covers, from the first issue in 1958 to the December 2014 cover, AOPA members have narrowed them down to the top five. Will it be a Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer on floats, Citabria 7GCBC floatplane, Ford Tri-Motor, Douglas DC-3, or Grumman Widgeon? Place your vote to select the favorite Pilot cover in history. The winner will be announced in next week's AOPA ePilot, and will appear in AOPA Pilot magazine. Place your vote to select the favorite Pilot cover in history.  


The first officer, the teacher

When will an airline captain find himself looking to the first officer for training and advice? A junior first officer explains how he's assisted captains who are new to the fleet type. Read more...  

Instrument Tip


Alternate realities

For a pilot who flies IFR infrequently, should weather requiring an alternate raise a caution flag about the go/no-go decision? Read more...  

Final Exam


Which VHF frequency can a pilot use to communicate with most air traffic control and flight service facilities in the event of an emergency situation?


Section 6-3-1 of the Aeronautical Information Manual designates 121.5 MHz as the "emergency" frequency.

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

Career Opportunities

Aviation job board

Job of the week: Director of aviation operations

The director of operations at this Massachusetts company will oversee all aviation operations, including directly interfacing between the company, operations, maintenance, sales, and customer service. The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating flight department activities with customers and other departments. Apply for this exciting opportunity now.


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 21 - Puyallup, Washington

Feb 22 - Puyallup, Washington

Feb 24 - Lakeland, Florida

Mar 2 - Bedford, Massachusetts; and Greenville, South Carolina

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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