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July 17, 2015, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training EditionJuly 17, 2015, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

ePilot Flight Training Edition

July 17, 2015 - VOL 15, ISSUE 29

Training Tips


Readback correct?

After starting your engine, you request taxi clearance from ground control. The controller acknowledges your call sign—consisting of three numbers followed by two letters—and clears you to taxi to the runway. Should you respond with the aircraft's full call sign? Or is it acceptable to provide an abbreviated version, as you hear other pilots doing while they are flying? Read more...  

Flight Training News


152 pilot wins second quarter Learn & Earn

California pilot Nathan Parker said he likes AOPA's online courses and quizzes because they "keep my mind in aviation mode." Completing those educational activities had another benefit for Parker in July: a Stratus 2 Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast receiver, courtesy of Sporty's Pilot Shop. Read more...  


Flight Training magazine

Mine, all mine

Buying an airplane should be about as complicated as buying a car, but it can tangle you up in a ball unless you do some homework and have a strategy. Get tips for purchasing your dream machine. Read more...  



Visit AOPA at AirVenture

AOPA has nearly four dozen events planned at the association's front-row position on the flight line during EAA AirVenture, July 20 through 26. The AOPA campus is in a prime location for socializing, attending seminars, and viewing the daily airshow performances. Read more...  



CAP flight academy solos cadets

Civil Air Patrol cadet Josh Thompson, 16, could barely contain his pride and enthusiasm after soloing a Cessna 172 during a National Flight Academy camp in July at the Army National Guard's Fort Pickett in Blackstone, Virginia. Read more...  



FAA offers tips for pilots making a switch

Whether you're stepping up to something faster, making the switch to an experimental aircraft, or renting a familiar model airplane with different avionics, transitioning to an unfamiliar aircraft involves risk. The FAA offers tips for mitigating risk during that transition in an updated Advisory Circular 90-109A—"Transition to Unfamiliar Aircraft" released June 29. Read more...  



AOPA to host Flight School Business social

Flight school owners, managers, and chief instructors are invited to join the AOPA Flight Training Initiatives staff at the Flight School Business Social sponsored by Jeppesen at the AOPA Activity Tent at EAA AirVenture Thursday, July 23, at 5:30 p.m. The association will welcome representatives from industry leaders, including Jeppesen, King Schools, ASA, MzeroA, and Sportys, for a Q&A on ground school products that are proven to drive revenue. Find out more and register...


Training Resources

Members only

Buying or selling an aircraft? Start here

While many factors determine the value of an aircraft, an aircraft valuation tool from Vref Aircraft Value Reference can be used as a good starting point for determining the general retail value of an airplane. Find out more about this resource for AOPA members.  

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

AirVenture preview, anniversary of a two-seat classic

AOPA Live® takes a sneak peek at what's in store at EAA AirVenture 2015. Plus, Civil Air Patrol instructors can only sit back and watch as their cadets fly solo during a nine-day total-immersion summer flight camp. And take a ride in the Ercoupe, a fun, affordable airplane that has been around for 75 years. Watch AOPA Live This Week, July 16...  

Career Pilot

Frontier widening middle seats

Frontier Airlines is redesigning its seats to make the flight "less uncomfortable" for passengers in the middle, according to USA Today's Road Warrior Voices. The new seats are 19 inches wide, an inch wider than the aisle and window seats, but they also are less padded and don't recline.


'Network connectivity issue' caused United delays

About 3,500 flights were affected July 8 by a computer system problem that caused delays around the world, NBC News reported. United attributed the problem to a "network connectivity issue."

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

Plane Spotter

Taking a stand

Commuter airline passengers might consider it a pleasant surprise, if not a triumph of design, to board an aircraft that lets most of them stand up straight during ingress and egress. That luxury won't come as a surprise to any plane spotter riding along if the aircraft flying the route is a member of the Beechcraft 1900 series, a development of the King Air turboprop family. Only the model 1900D, recognizable on the ramp by its squarish cabin profile, winglets, and enlarged T-tail, permits such posture-preserving pleasures.

Training Products

'Pilot's Guide to Avionics': New units, ADS-B info

EAA AirVenture attendees may pick up a free copy of the Aircraft Electronics Association's 2015-2016 Pilot's Guide to Avionics at AEA's booth in Hangar B at the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, show. The latest edition of the annual publication features educational articles and information on new products for 2015, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast equipage, value-added refurbishments, and more. Pilots also may request a free copy online.



King Schools offers new TSA course

Flight instructors have a new way to comply with the TSA's annual security awareness training requirement with King Schools' new online course. Read more...  

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

Developing healthier eating habits

Developing healthier eating habits will keep you aloft—and alive—longer. Read more...  


Member benefits

Consider a flexible aviation loan for your next aircraft purchase

Traditional aircraft loans are secured by an aircraft, but a flexible aviation loan may be a better option for you. Before you make that decision, you need to know the differences. AOPA Aviation Finance explains the differences and why amortization matters.


The art of being an example

As a founder of two grassroots general aviation service groups, Opinion Leaders blogger Jolie Lucas can attest to the fact that being an example for GA is sometimes difficult. Yet she looks to others for inspiration and encouragement and maintains an optimistic outlook. Read more...  

Instrument Tip


What's the window?

A pilot planning a day trip to the coast in the FBO's new IFR-equipped aircraft has more than just weather to consider. Read more...  

Final Exam


A few military operations areas (MOAs) lie along your route for a planned cross-country flight. Are you authorized to fly through them unannounced?


Yes. Although VFR pilots are permitted to enter MOAs, use vigilance to look for military aircraft. You also may contact a flight service station or ATC within 100 miles of the MOA to determine if it is active and to obtain traffic advisories. (Source: Aeronautical Information Manual Chapter 3, Section 4.)

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 a graphic design intern; director of media relations; director of regulatory affairs; Northwest Mountain regional manager; AOPA National Aviation Community Center aviation event planner; marketing project coordinator; account executive, AOPA corporate partnerships; videographer, Air Safety Institute; and aviation technical specialist. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Jul 18-19 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jul 25-26 - St. Augustine, Florida

Aug 1-2 - Long Beach, California

Aug 8-9 - Atlanta, Georgia; and Allentown, Pennsylvania

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

Jul 20-25 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Jul 18 - New York, New York; and Broomfield, Colorado

Jul 22 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Jul 25 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Aug 1 - Bulverde, 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. 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

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.

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ePilot Flight Training Editors:

Sarah Deener
Alyssa Miller
Jim Moore
David Tulis

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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