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October 30, 2015, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training EditionOctober 30, 2015, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

ePilot Flight Training Edition

October 30, 2015 - VOL 15, ISSUE 44

Training Tips


Voice in your head

When Flight Training magazine invited Facebook followers to share what they recalled flight instructors saying during flights, a wellspring of comments bubbled forth. Many concerned takeoffs and landings, as instructors exhorted trainees to use more rudder, or lower a wing into a crosswind, or guard the throttle on takeoff, then "hold it off" for a proper landing. "Staying ahead of the airplane" and "Always give yourself an out" also made the list. What has your CFI said that sticks in your head? Read more...  

Tektober 2015

AOPA Pilot magazine

Dogfight: Glass or steam?

If you plan to fly airliners, military or corporate jets, modern helicopters, or general aviation aircraft built in this millennium, a glass panel is almost certainly the way to go when learning to fly on instruments, argues AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Dave Hirschman. On the other side, airline pilot Chip Wright says pilots should learn to fly IFR using only the basics in a steam-gauge airplane. Read more...  

Flight Training News


Pilot sends patches to new fliers

Jim Johnson of Reidsville, North Carolina, sends free embroidered patches to new private pilots to celebrate their achievements. Read more...  



Redbird sells Proflight Academy

Redbird Flight Simulations' experiment with flight training takes a twist as new owner Tempus comes online. Read more...  


Real Pilot Story

'Cemetery Crash'

Ask Gordon Webster about a landing he won't forget, and he'll tell you about his unexpected encounter with tombstones in the "Garden of The Apostles." The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Real Pilot Story: Cemetery Crash shares what's at stake during a catastrophic engine failure. Watch and learn more...  


Daylight saving time ends Nov. 1

If you live in an area that observes daylight saving time, don't forget to return your clocks to standard time Nov. 1. Remember that the conversion to Zulu time will change, too. See the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s time conversion chart.  



Network with aviation educators

Learn what aviation high school educators are doing to encourage and equip teenagers for aviation-related careers by incorporating principles of flying into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. Educators from around the country will come together for AOPA's High School Aviation Initiative symposium Nov. 9 in Lakeland, Florida, to network and learn how to strengthen their programs. The registration deadline is Nov. 4. Learn more...  


Bring your stories to the November 'Flight Training' chat

What has been your most memorable flying experience of 2015? Did you land at your dream destination, pass your checkride, or take up your first passenger? Tell us at the next Flight Training Facebook chat at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Nov. 3. One chatter will receive a $50 Aircraft Spruce & Specialty gift card. Set an email reminder. Flight Training Facebook chats are underwritten by Aircraft Spruce & Specialty.



Able Flight accepting scholarship applications for 2016

Able Flight, the nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities learn to fly, is accepting scholarship applications for 2016. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Remote ATC, backstage at a Red Bull race

Air traffic control may become a telecommuting task in the not-too-distant future; remote towers equipped with cameras and communication gear are already online in some parts of the world. Watch a demonstration of how it might work at your local airport. Also this week, what happens behind the scenes when a Red Bull Air Race pilot clips one of those giant inflated pylons? A team swings into action with spare parts and a plan to make sure pilots (and the crowd) won't have long to wait. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Oct. 29...  

Plane Spotter

'A silver-winged monoplane'

If you keep up with aviation trends, you know that STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math, and that educators are discovering that nothing teaches and applies STEM concepts better than an aviation curriculum. Expanding interest in STEM education would seem to hold promise of a rollout of a student-designed-and-built aircraft—but not the first. In 1938, California's Pasadena Junior College (PJC) aviation class produced designer Max Harlow's PJC-2, a silver-winged monoplane equipped with conventional landing gear and powered by a Warner 165-horsepower SS-165 Super Scarab radial engine.

Training Products and Resources

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What's in your fuel tanks?

Fuel awareness is more than merely checking to see if the tanks are full. We also must properly manage that fuel. How do we calculate fuel burn, and when should we lean the mixture? Test your knowledge with this Fuel Awareness quiz from the AOPA Air Safety Institute. Take the quiz...

Member Benefits

Pilot Protection Services

Details matter to the FAA

Punctuation can matter in understanding how a regulation may apply to our flight activities. It also could make a difference in evaluating the merit of an FAA enforcement case. AOPA Counsel Attorney Kathy Yodice explains two cases in which something as small as a comma and a semicolon had a big impact. Read more...  


Member benefits

Buying business aircaft: Avoid these mistakes

Purchasing a business aircraft can be daunting and costly, especially if you overlook the basics and make one of these eight common mistakes. Read more...  


Member benefits

What does loss of medical disability insurance offer?

Traditional disability insurance typically will deny or cease further payment of benefits once a person's treating doctor or the insurance company's doctor says, "He's good to go." What is a professional pilot to do if his doctor releases him to return to work months before the FAA will even consider allowing him to fly? This is why loss of medical disability insurance is important. Read more...  

Final Exam


While in the pattern with your instructor at a towered airport, you are listening to radio chatter and hear the phrase "cleared for the option." What does this phrase mean?


According to Aeronautical Information Manual 4-3-22, "The 'Cleared for the Option' procedure will permit an instructor, flight examiner or pilot the option to make a touch−and−go, low approach, missed approach, stop−and−go, or full stop landing."

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 administrative assistant; account executive; aviation event planner; and director of aviation security. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

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

Jan 9-10 - Spokane, Washington; Charlotte, North Carolina; San Antonio, Texas; Santa Clara, California; and Ridgeland, Mississippi

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 2 - Jacksonville, Florida; Garden City, New York; and Van Nuys, California

Nov 3 - Ocala, Florida; Poughkeepsie, New York; Marietta, Georgia; and Ontario, California

Nov 4 - Orlando, Florida; Albany, New York; Birmingham, Alabama; and Long Beach, California

Nov 5 - Indialantic, Florida; Brockport, New York; Pensacola, Florida; and San Diego, California

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Nov 7 - Auburn, California

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

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

Jan 9 - Stevensville, Maryland; and Lawrenceville, Georgia

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


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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