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October 9, 2015, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training EditionOctober 9, 2015, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

ePilot Flight Training Edition

October 9, 2015 - VOL 15, ISSUE 41

Training Tips


Emphasizing positive control

Positive aircraft control tops a list of 16 areas of special emphasis that a designated pilot examiner must scrutinize during the private pilot checkride. It encompasses more than "positive exchange of the controls." Find out how a breakdown in positive aircraft control can lead to some serious mishaps. Read more...  

Flight Training News


Area forecasts to be discontinued in 2016

A government-industry working group that included the AOPA Foundation recommended that the area forecast (FA) be transitioned to more modern digital and graphical forecasts. Read more...  



High school aviation symposium set for November

AOPA is inviting high school administrators, guidance counselors, and aviation program directors to attend the first symposium of the AOPA Aviation Education Leadership Alliance. Read more...  



Delta funds high school Skyhawk

Delta Air Lines Foundation surprised West Michigan Aviation Academy with a donation that funded the purchase of a 1999 Cessna 172. Read more...  



Tips to help CFIs thrive

Great instructors are at the heart of a successful flight school. Learn how flight school operators run a successful business while creating an environment that helps instructors thrive. AOPA and the National Association of Flight Instructors will host a Flight School Business webinar Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time featuring AOPA Flight Training Excellence Award-winning flight school owners and NAFI Hall of Fame instructors. Register today...  

Tektober 2015


In-flight sim changes training

A helmet-mounted simulator worn during flight has pilots seeing things, like another aircraft flying in formation, a military tanker ready to offer aerial refueling, or even a runway to practice landings at 5,000 feet with no airport nearby. The system, which obviously requires a safety pilot, has potential applications for general aviation. Read more...  


Flight Training magazine

Lauding, and lamenting, technology

Technology breeds ambivalence. It can be life-changing, and a nuisance; make things cheaper, or become a money pit. For every idea that advances our way of life, there are dozens we must wade through to find it. How has technology changed the way you fly? Log in to read more...


AOPA Live This Week

Huerta celebrates compliance, lowers boom

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said aircraft operators should be trusted to cooperate, comply, and be partners in safety. When it comes to drones, however, the agency opted for a different approach—announcing a $1.9 million civil penalty against a photography company for drone operations in the New York Class B airspace. Also this week, Redbird Flight Simulations rises to a unique challenge, and take a look at what's in store for you in Tullahoma, Tennessee, at this year's final AOPA Fly-In. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Oct. 8...  

Plane Spotter

What's up? 'Doc'

Most plane spotters can tell you that a B-29 Superfortress named Fifi is the only flying example of the breed, thanks to the restorative work of the Commemorative Air Force. Unmistakable for its four huge radial engines and a glass-enclosed nose section, Boeing's heavy bomber first flew in 1942. A number of B-29s still appear in museum displays—and now a Superfortress named Doc, undergoing restoration in Wichita, Kansas, has for the first time in 70 years had all four engines running during a ground test. Doc could fly again soon.

Training Products and Resources

Safety Spotlight

Transition training 101

Do you know what to expect when jumping from a familiar airplane or avionics setup into something new? Explore the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Transitioning to Other Aircraft Safety Spotlight, which includes flash cards, quizzes, and the popular Transitioning to Other Airplanes online course. Learn more...  


Digital publication

Check out AOPA's free 'CFI to CFI' newsletter

The Air Safety Institute shares simple rules of thumb to help manage general aviation pilot and passenger expectations in "A 90-Percent Solution." Also, learn why airplane owners and instructors need to be vigilant during flight reviews, how to keep stalls at bay, and which flight service tools help us analyze each flight. Access free digital flight instructor newsletter articles and videos anywhere, anytime.

Member Benefits

Pilot Protection Services

FAA letter of investigation: How it starts and where it goes

The FAA issues a letter of investigation to a pilot early in its enforcement process. The first thought for most pilots is, "What should I do and where is this going?" Read more...  


Member benefit

Red Bull offers member discount to championship

Get your adrenaline rush from the speed, agility, and precision of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Oct. 17 and 18. Britain's Paul Bonhomme leads going into the finals, but Australian pilot Matt Hall isn't far behind. AOPA members can receive a 10-percent discount on tickets. Plus, show your AOPA membership card at the gate for access to a special AOPA member viewing area and an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour. Purchase your tickets today...  


A different AFD can save the day

Dig deeper into weather information in your area by reading an in-depth regional aviation forecast discussion to learn how weather conditions that can't simply be encoded into a terminal aerodrome forecast (TAF) might affect your flying. Hover Power blogger Matt Johnson explains. Read more...  

Final Exam


During your preflight you notice that the landing light bulb is burned out. Your mechanic is nowhere to be found on the field. Can you replace the bulb without a mechanic?


Yes. Remarkably, there are many maintenance tasks a private pilot can do that are deemed "preventive maintenance." FAR 43 Appendix A(c) gives a complete list of these items.

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

AOPA career opportunities

Join the AOPA team

Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? We're looking for an account executive; human resources coordinator; legal services plan specialist; payroll technician; database developer; aviation event planner; manager of aviation safety programs; ambassador—Texas; director of aviation security; director of media relations; and director of regulatory affairs.To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Oct 10-11 - Nashville, Tennessee; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Windsor Locks, Connecticut

Oct 17-18 - Wichita, Kansas; and Santa Clara, California

Oct 24-25 - Corpus Christi, Texas

Nov 7-8 - Atlanta Georgia; and San Diego, California

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

Oct 10 - Tullahoma, Tennessee

Oct 12 - Lakeland, Florida

Oct 13 - Concord, California; Madison, Wisconsin; and Fort Myers, Florida

Oct 14 - Fresno, California; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; West Lafayette, Indiana; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Oct 10 - Tullahoma, Tennessee; and Henderson, Nevada

Oct 11 - Middletown, Pennsylvania

Oct 13 - Fort Myers, Florida

Oct 15 - Culpeper, Virginia

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.

AOPA Featured Event


Oct 10 — Tullahoma, Tennessee. Tullahoma Regional Airport (KTHA). AOPA Fly-In.

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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