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October 16, 2015, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training EditionOctober 16, 2015, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

ePilot Flight Training Edition

October 16, 2015 - VOL 15, ISSUE 42

Training Tips


Overhauling 'see and avoid'

With the proliferation of drones flying in all classes of airspace, general aviation pilots face a new collision-avoidance challenge as soon as they become airborne. "See and avoid" is more essential and more demanding of a pilot's attention because unmanned aircraft may appear where you'd least expect them—and where they may not belong. Read more...  

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'IFR Insights' course debuts

IFR training teaches pilots to focus on flying the airplane within precise parameters, but it often overlooks practical tips that could reduce workload. Become a better IFR pilot with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's new IFR Insights: A practical approach online course, and learn techniques and procedures that seasoned pilots, instructors, and air traffic controllers use. Take the course...


Warriors head to FlightSafety Academy

By the end of 2015, FlightSafety Academy will have 20 new Piper Warriors on the line, Piper Aircraft announced Oct. 9. "Our students will benefit from the training they receive using these well-equipped, efficient and reliable aircraft," FlightSafety Academy Manager Nancy Ritter said in a news release. According to Piper, the aircraft are equipped with the Garmin G500, GTN 650, and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast. Five of the aircraft were delivered earlier in October during a ceremony at Piper's Florida factory. FlightSafety Academy is an arm of FlightSafety International.


K-State to open enclosed drone facility

Kansas State University's Salina campus will open a 300-foot-long by 200-foot-wide by 50-foot-tall unmanned aircraft systems pavilion on Oct. 21 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The UAS Pavilion "will enable both staff members and students to conduct flight training and research within steps of their lab space," according to a K-State article. The university's UAS program launched in 2009, and the new facility will allow UAS operations on site; previously UAS operations were not allowed at the campus because it is close to the Salina Regional Airport.



Tips to create a successful flight school

Learn best practices (and pitfalls to avoid) to create a successful environment for instructors and flight school operators during a Flight School Business webinar hosted by AOPA and the National Association of Flight Instructors. The webinar, scheduled for Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, will feature AOPA Flight Training Excellence Award-winning flight school owners and NAFI Hall of Fame instructors. Register today...  

Tektober 2015

Flight Training feature

Angle of attack: Know the margin of your safety

Unlike airspeed, angle of attack indicators give pilots a direct measure of lift—and that allows them to fly at the optimum wing angle despite varying aircraft weights, density altitudes, and flap and landing gear configurations. Learn more in this Flight Training feature...  


AOPA Premier Partner sponsored content

Can you do this with your iPad?

Not everyone can afford a glass panel in their aircraft, but the iPad revolution means anyone can have a moving map and backup attitude indicator for less money than a new TV. Having that backup is one thing, but using it to replace the installed equipment is something else. Watch this short video by AOPA Premier Partner PilotWorkshops, take the one-question quiz, and see the expert analysis. Watch the video...  



Scholarships honor memory of two Sonex staffers

The Jeremy T. Monnett and Mike Clark memorial scholarships will each award $600 annually to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, area high school seniors who are pursuing a degree in aviation. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Tullahoma triumph, drones behaving badly

Rain didn't wash out the fun in Tullahoma, Tennessee, where more than 2,500 gathered for the final AOPA Fly-In of 2015. AOPA talks to one man who has attended every AOPA Fly-In since the association launched the events in 2014. Los Angeles police aviators can attest that drones are a serious problem, with sightings being logged daily at altitudes of 800 feet or more. Also this week, ride along as AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne puts the new Cessna Citation Latitude through its paces. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Oct. 15...  

Plane Spotter

'Simply Y-X'

Why did experimental kitplane maker Sonex produce a lean aerobatic aircraft made striking in appearance by a tailwheel configuration and a Y (not a V) tail? "Because it just looks cool," Sonex says on the Web page for its Waiex model. The light sport Waiex mostly performs like the original two-seat, conventional-tailed Sonex. Sharp-eyed plane spotters will note that, unlike a V-tail airplane, the Waiex has a small, straight rudder aligned with the rear fuselage. When pointing this out, be sure to pronounce the aircraft's name correctly by simply saying "Y-X."

Training Products and Resources

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Anatomy of an engine

Why are there two magnetos? Is it okay to lean the engine below 3,000 feet? Should we worry when the carb heat drop is 300 rpm or more during runup? Get answers and some practical advice on treating your aircraft engine with the respect it deserves with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Engine Operations Safety Advisor. Download the Safety Advisor...

Member Benefits


Talk to Red Bull pilots after championship race

After watching 14 Red Bull Air Race pilots fly through pylons at speeds up to 230 knots at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, celebrate the end of the action-packed season with them during a special AOPA-member tour. Read more...  



AOPA's medical experts offer tips to keep you fit to fly

Learn how to maintain good health and enjoy the continuing privileges of a current airman medical certificate during a webinar with AOPA Pilot Protection Services experts Dr. Warren Silberman, former manager of FAA Aerospace Medical Certification; Dr. Jonathan Sackier, a surgeon and aircraft owner; and Gary Crump, AOPA's director of medical certification services. The webinar will be Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Register today...  


Member benefit

Financing is not just for aircraft purchases

Aircraft upgrades can cost thousands of dollars, but AOPA Aviation Finance can help by securing loans for members for engine overhauls, avionics upgrades, paint, and interior. Read more...  


Career progression

Career progression is a huge point of discussion among pilots. But what is it, and what exactly does it mean? It depends on the carrier, explains professional pilot and Flight Training blogger Chip Wright. Read more...  


Perseverance pays off for teacher, students

A California teacher who tried for three years to launch an aviation program at Canyon High School in Anaheim is reaping the benefits of his success. The school has a four-year program and purchased six simulators thanks to two separate grants. Opinion Leaders blogger Jolie Lucas takes you inside the program. Read more...  

Instrument Tip

Pilot Protection Services

FAA clarifies rules for logging instrument approaches

The FAA recently clarified what constitutes a "loggable" instrument approach. Find out what conditions must be met to log approaches for currency requirements. Read more...  



Cones of silence

As NextGen approaches are coming online, legacy navaids are signing off—sometimes more quickly than the FAA's system keeps up with the changes. It would be a rude shock to plan an IFR flight in an aircraft with a /U equipment suffix when a more updated navigation capability is required in weather at the destination. Read more...  

Final Exam


You are planning a VFR flight through Class E airspace and notice that terminal aerodrome forecasts (TAFs) indicate there will be different cloud layers along your route. You will be flying below 10,000 feet msl. What minimum distance from the clouds must you maintain?


You are required to keep a distance of at least 500 feet below, 1,000 feet above, and 2,000 feet horizontally from clouds. (Source: FAR 91.155.)

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

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Job of the week: Marketing automation specialist, Cirrus Aircraft

Cirrus Aircraft is seeking a marketing automation specialist. The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker who has strong analytical skills, is organized, and is focused on results. Applicants must have a strong understanding of marketing processes including campaign execution, QA testing, and conversion measurement. The ideal candidate will have three or more years of CRM and marketing automation experience. Read the full job description...


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

Oct 24-25 - Corpus Christi, Texas

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

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

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 19 - Northbrook, Illinois

Oct 20 - Lisle, Illinois; and Greenville, South Carolina

Oct 21 - Columbus, Georgia; East Peoria, Illinois; and Frederick, Maryland

Oct 22 - Huntsville, Alabama; Rockford, Illinois; and Salisbury, Maryland

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Oct 17 - Waukegan, Illinois; and Carlsbad, California

Oct 24 - Santa Paula, California; Swanton, Vermont; and Burlington, Washington

Nov 7 - Auburn, California

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

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 17 — Frederick, Maryland. Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK). AOPA Movie Night at the AOPA National Aviation Community Center.

ePilot Flight Training Editors:

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Jim Moore
David Tulis

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Sarah Deener
Dave Hirschman
Tom Horne
Alton K. Marsh
Warren Morningstar
Dan Namowitz
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Ian J. Twombly
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