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October 23, 2015, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training EditionOctober 23, 2015, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

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ePilot Flight Training Edition

October 23, 2015 - VOL 15, ISSUE 43

Training Tips


Abort the takeoff?

What would make you discontinue a takeoff? Are you prepared to make that decision each time you advance the throttle to commence the takeoff run? Sometimes a decision to abort stems from a gut feeling that something just doesn't feel right, as a student pilot soloing a Cessna 172 learned. Read more...  

Flight Training News


GIFT Academy creates more pilots

For the fifth year in a row, the Girls in Flight Training (GIFT) Academy in Texas capped a busy week of flying with success stories—this year, one solo and two checkrides. Read more...  



Aviation symposium's registration deadline nears

The registration deadline for school administrators, guidance counselors, and aviation program directors to attend the first symposium of the AOPA Aviation Education Leadership Alliance is drawing near. Those planning to attend must register by Nov. 4. The symposium, which will take place Nov. 9 in Lakeland, Florida, is part of AOPA's larger effort to pair the joy and career opportunities of aviation with science, technology, engineering, and math programs in high schools. Register today...  



Redbird details Migration

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will deliver the keynote address at Redbird Flight Simulations' 2015 Migration for flight school educators and instructors in San Marcos, Texas. The event will be held Nov. 2 through 4 and will feature special breakout sessions for attendees. Read more...  



Drones to be registered

A task force will develop particulars for a drone registration requirement to be in place by mid-December. Officials said Oct. 19 that registration of all unmanned aircraft—and the education that goes with this new requirement—will have many benefits, and will not delay efforts to update regulations that will apply more broadly to small unmanned aircraft operations. Read more...  



What will the weather do?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Aviation Weather Center is an excellent source for getting a complete weather picture any time we go flying. Discover some of the many resources available at its revamped website,, with this three-minute video—the second in the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Weather Wise series focused on practical weather flying. Watch Weather Wise: The AWC Website...  

Tektober 2015

Flight Training magazine

Tablet revolution

Apple has sold about 250 million iPads since their introduction in 2010. By some estimates, half of all pilots fly with a tablet, making the devices more prevalent than panel-mounted GPS units. Military, airline, and general aviation pilots use them. Unlike many devices, iPads cross all sectors of aviation. It only makes sense that we start training with them. Read more...  



WAI scholarship deadline approaching

The deadline to apply for one or more of 98 scholarships offered by Women in Aviation, International is Nov. 16. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Drone registration, Bonhomme wins championship

The FAA will soon require drone buyers to register their aircraft, enabling the agency and law enforcement to track down operators who break rules. Paul Bonhomme became the first pilot to win three Red Bull Air Race World Championships despite his second-place finish in the season finale in Las Vegas. Also, AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Dave Hirschman explores the many ways to customize your Cirrus. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Oct. 22...  

Plane Spotter

In search of Sierra

The high-end, high-performance, single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza family aircraft are common sights on general aviation airport ramps, with enough variety within the lineage to make identifying one by model designation a pleasant challenge. A related spotting sport is to find a retractable-gear Beech single that does not belong to that distinguished airplane family. With patience, a spotter will eventually happen upon an example of the Beech Model 24 Sierra. The aircraft, which dates to the 1960s, features a fuel-injected 200-horsepower Lycoming engine and serves pilots as a complex trainer.

Training Products and Resources

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Flight Risk Evaluator helps with go/no-go decision

Ever faced a difficult go/no-go decision and needed a second opinion? The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Flight Risk Evaluator offers a systematic approach to risk management. Based on your certificate level, flight experience, and environment, the online tool provides objective feedback about the intended flight. Try it now...



Cool ideas for aviation-related Halloween costumes

Halloween is around the corner and stylish aviators, whether they are adults or children, should be looking for the perfect costume. Read more...  

Member Benefits

Pilot Protection Services

What to know about breast cancer and medical certification

Dr. Warren Silberman discusses breast cancer awareness as well as when a pilot can apply for a medical certificate after being treated for the disease. Read more...  



Stay fit to fly

Maintaining your health can help you keep your medical certificate and enjoy flying longer. AOPA's Pilot Protection Services experts will offer tips to help you stay healthy during a webinar Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Register today...  


Your CFI's voice in your head

Do you hear your flight instructor's voice in your head when you fly? It turns out most of us do. AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman collected some of the best CFI sayings from the Flight Training Facebook page. Check out the collection, and share your CFI's sayings as well.  

Final Exam


What are the proper altitudes for VFR flight below 18,000 feet msl?


According to FAR 91.159, when on a magnetic course of zero degrees through 179 degrees, fly at an odd thousand foot msl altitude plus 500 feet (3,500 or 5,500 feet msl, for example). On a magnetic course of 180 degrees through 359 degrees, fly at an even thousand foot msl altitude plus 500 feet (4,500 or 6,500 feet msl, for example). These rules apply when flying between 3,000 feet agl and 18,000 feet msl.

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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; and director of regulatory affairs.To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

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

Dec 5-6 - Denver, Colorado; Orlando, Florida; and Northbrook, Illinois

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 26 - Everett, Washington

Oct 27 - Seattle, Washington; and Charlotte, North Carolina

Oct 28 - Portland, Oregon; and Jamestown, North Carolina

Oct 29 - Eugene, Oregon; and Morrisville, North Carolina

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

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

Nov 7 - Auburn, California

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

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

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.

This issue of ePilot was created for: &fname; &lname; at &*TO;

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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