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November 13, 2015, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training EditionNovember 13, 2015, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

ePilot Flight Training Edition

November 13, 2015 - VOL 15, ISSUE 46

Training Tips


'At your own risk'

When storms or floods disrupt air traffic control at a busy airport, the effects may endure long after the initial impact on operations. Under such circumstances, pilots calling for takeoff or landing clearances at affected airports may hear an unfamiliar form of the requested clearance as the controller adds a caveat stating that the flight operation "will be at your own risk." Why this phraseology? Read more...  

Flight Training News


Pay-per-use sims offered

One-G simulation will deliver and install an FAA-approved advanced aviation training device with no up-front cost. Read more...  



(Bull)fighter pilot

Retired matador Victor Huerta has had many accomplishments in his career, but his most recent is becoming a private pilot. Read more...  


Cirrus SR22 named primary trainer for Emirates

Cirrus Aircraft announced a partnership with Emirates Airline to train the air carrier's future pilots with 22 Cirrus SR22s. The aircraft will be based at Al Maktoum International-Dubai World Central Airport for training in the Emirates' National Cadet Pilot Programme. "Emirates is creating a dedicated flight training center that showcases the industry's most advanced approach to pilot training in a fully integrated facility," said David Moser, vice president of Cirrus Aircraft's fleet and special mission aircraft.



AOPA, FAA sort out confusion over ATP knowledge tests

AOPA is working with the FAA to end confusion over rules governing the airline transport pilot airplane knowledge test. Read more...  



Prevent an accidental power-on stall

We practice them during flight training. Yet, unintended stalls—including power-on stalls—are among the leading causes of fatal aviation accidents. This new video from the AOPA Air Safety Institute, Margins of Safety: Avoiding Power-On Stalls, will help you recognize how different training and real-world scenarios can be. See how a power-on stall can occur during a takeoff and go-around and learn about techniques you can use to prevent it from happening. Watch the video...  



AV8RS win scholarships

Four young people who are working toward goals in aviation have been named the 2015 scholarship recipients of the AOPA AV8RS Scholarship Program. Read more...  



Lockheed Martin funds Tuskegee University scholarships

Incoming Tuskegee University freshmen who have an eye on jump-starting their engineering careers can apply for a scholarship funded by Lockheed Martin that covers an intensive summer program of engineering-preparation courses. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Doolittle Tokyo Raider visits AOPA, aviation in schools

Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Dick Cole drew a crowd at the AOPA National Aviation Community Center for events commemorating the 1942 raid on Tokyo, during which Cole was Jimmy Doolittle's copilot. Also this week, AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines reports on his own turn at the controls of a North American B-25 Mitchell, and AOPA convenes a symposium on leveraging the power of aviation to teach science, technology, engineering, and math in classrooms. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Nov. 12...  

Plane Spotter

Glasair's backcountry cousin

A kit-built backcountry-bound airplane available with convertible landing gear and foldable high wings would seem to have little in common with fast, high-performance kitplanes. Not so of the two-place GlaStar, which emerged from the same venue as the speedy Glasair kits originally produced by Hamilton-Stoddard, and was first displayed as a 125-horsepower prototype at the 1994 EAA fly-in. Kits shipped to buyers the following year. Engine and design upgrades including a floatplane configuration soon followed. In 2012, Arlington, Washington-based Glasair kit-aircraft assets were acquired by China's Jilin Hanxing Group Co., Ltd.

Training Products and Resources


'Ask ATC: Assigned runway'

Can you request to depart or land on a runway other than the one assigned by ATC? Find out in this Ask ATC installment...  



ASA debuts AirClassics double headset bag

Gently cradle a pair of headsets with Aviation Supplies & Academics' new AirClassics Double Headset Bag. Quarter-inch padding surrounds headsets placed inside a durable polyester exterior. Hook-and-loop fasteners inside the bag suspend and securely nestle two headsets. Interior pockets and zippered exterior pockets are handy for storing batteries, writing tools, and accessories, while dual handhold loops make the headset bag easy to carry. The bag is available from ASA for $29.95.

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


AOPA announces Pro Pilot membership

AOPA Pro Pilot is a new level of membership designed to meet the exclusive needs of professional pilots. Read more...  


Pilot Protection Services

FAA to seek compliance action before enforcement action

The FAA recently made changes to its compliance philosophy that may have a positive impact on how the agency interacts with pilots. Read more...  


Member benefit

Turkey vultures make for an unlucky thirteenth flying lesson

A group of turkey vultures caused more than $5,000 in damage to a trainer during Glenn Carlson's thirteenth flying lesson. Thanks to his AOPA renter's insurance coverage, he was saved the $2,500 deductible he would otherwise have been responsible for paying. Read more...  


Member benefit

Don't get emotionally involved in buying an aircraft

You like the paint scheme and interior of a particular business aircraft that you are interested in purchasing. However, during the pre-buy inspection you discover quite a bit of deferred maintenance. You could be tempted just to deduct that cost from the purchase price, but you should be considering another aircraft. It's less painful to paint a well-maintained aircraft than to own one that needs constant repairs. Read more about the eight common mistakes people make when buying an aircraft...  


Tips to prepare for airline training

Is there anything you can do to make initial training at an air carrier any easier than drinking from a fire hose? Airline pilot Chip Wright reveals a few items you can study in advance. However, he writes, you can't escape the fire hose. Read more...  


What does a falling tree look like from the air?

Student pilot Jean Moule celebrated her seventieth birthday with a training flight over her property. While overhead, she received another birthday treat, this one from her husband: Moule watched as he cut down a fir tree that she had been asking to have removed. Read more...  

Final Exam


You received your student pilot certificate near your forty-first birthday. How long is the certificate valid?


The certificate is valid for two years. (Source: FAR 61.19.)

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

Career Opportunities

Aviation job board

Job of the week: Territory sales managers, Appareo Systems

Ready to push the boundaries? If so, Appareo Systems is looking for you. Appareo is expanding its sales team and is seeking several territory managers. Successful candidates must develop and maintain productive working relationships with customers; ensure customers are satisfied with products and services; and make recommendations to management regarding product development, pricing, and sales projections. Learn more about this exciting opportunity.


AOPA career opportunities

Join the AOPA team

Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? AOPA is looking for a major gift officer; legal services plan administrative assistant; AOPA Foundation administrative assistant; account executive; and aviation event planner.To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Nov 14-15 - Ashburn, Virginia; Austin, Texas; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Anchorage, Alaska

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

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

Nov 18 - Milan, Illinois

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Nov 14 - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Ashland, Virginia; New Orleans, Louisiana; and San Jose, California

Dec 3 - West Windsor, New Jersey

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

Dec 12 - Stow, Massachusetts

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


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Sarah Deener
Dave Hirschman
Tom Horne
Alton K. Marsh
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