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September 4, 2015, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training EditionSeptember 4, 2015, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

ePilot Flight Training Edition

September 4, 2015 - VOL 15, ISSUE 36

Training Tips


Controlling crosswind takeoffs

Crosswind landings get all the glory when student pilots, pilots, and instructors share ideas about training techniques. But crosswind takeoffs are no less demanding. Read more...  

Flight Training News


Saluting America's aviation team

When Danny Croy pulled back on the yoke from his perch in the left seat of a Cessna 172, his face revealed a confidence that often escaped the 19-year-old. Croy, who has autism, is not comfortable with significant changes in routine, but the short discovery flight from the Frederick, Maryland, airport left him beaming. An army of airport employees working behind the scenes keeps the airport running smoothly and helps make experiences like Croy's happen. See how many touch points it takes to pull off a successful flight...  



Think Global Flight spreads education message

California nonprofit Think Global Flight recently completed a "two-month around the world flight of adventure educating and inspiring" more than 20,000 students. Read more...  


WSU, Alaska Airlines promote STEM education

Washington State University and Alaska Airlines are joining forces to support high school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education through the Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow Competition. The program challenges students in grades 9 through 12 from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana to develop "enterprising solutions for renewable energy" in four subject areas. Winners determined by a panel of experts can receive up to $70,000 in prizes.


Air Safety Institute seminars pop up at airports and museums

Feed your flying passion this fall and attend the "Cross Country Challenge" Safety Seminar at an airport, aviation museum, or aviation-themed venue near you. It's easy to find your favorite location in the seminar schedule online. Symbols next to the location identify whether the seminar is held at an aviation-themed location, an airport, or both. Check it out...  



North Dakota teacher named Aerospace Educator of the Year

North Dakota teacher Mike McHugh has been named the 2015 A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Educator of the Year by the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Read more...  



King Schools adds choice to FIRC

King Schools has added a number of new electives to its flight instructor refresher course. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Flying Alaska, Oshkosh achievement

Flying in the wilderness of Alaska—actually being there—beats any reality show, as AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines reports from firsthand experience. A notice to airmen on Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast services in the Southeast has AOPA talking to senior military and government leaders; a paper airplane has been awarded an exemption for commercial drone operations; and a pilot checks off a bucket-list item by flying to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Sept. 3...  

Plane Spotter

Short-haul specialist

It has been 30 years since the European aircraft manufacturing partnership ATR introduced the ATR-42. Since that time, the regional airliner and its stretched relative, the ATR-72, have entered service widely as short-haul specialists. How widely? "Every 8 seconds, an ATR turboprop takes off or lands somewhere around the world," the company states on its website. The ATR-42-300 is powered by two turboprop engines each rated at 2,000 shaft horsepower. The other first-generation variant is designated ATR-42-320 and employs engines of 2,100 shp. About 400 aircraft are in airline service.

Training Products and Resources

Facebook chat

How's your weather knowledge?

How sharp are your weather chart-deciphering skills? How will autumn's trends affect your flying? Bring your questions to the September Flight Training chat at 3 p.m. Eastern time on Sept. 8. AOPA Editor at Large Tom Horne will answer your questions and talk about developments in weather technology. Two chatters will receive a $50 Aircraft Spruce & Specialty gift card. Set an email reminder for the Flight Training Facebook chat, underwritten by Aircraft Spruce & Specialty.


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Develop your personal minimums checklist

A safe and comfortable flight starts with reviewing your personal minimums checklist, and the Air Safety Institute's Do The Right Thing: Decision Making for Pilots online course provides guidance and recommendations for developing one. The course is a great resource with practical advice on how to anticipate and recognize problems and how to avoid circumstances that lead to tough choices. Learn more...

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Member Benefits

Pilot Protection Services

The stress test and the FAA: Part two

Dr. Warren Silberman discusses two more types of stress tests—the pharmacologic nuclear stress test and the stress echocardiogram—airmen might need to perform while applying for their medical certificate. Read more...  


Networking 101: A necessary class

"Meeting and staying in touch with the people who can help us personally and professionally—networking—is much like discussing the weather; everyone talks about it, but hardly anyone does anything about it," writes Opinion Leaders blogger Rob Mark, as he shares tips for networking successfully. Read more...  


Mining the message boards

The Airline Pilot Central and Professional Pilots Rumour Network forums can be good sources of information if you're looking into a career with the airlines. However, as Flight Training blogger Chip Wright points out, you have to know how to separate the good information from the bad. Here are some tips...  

Instrument Tip


A threshold question

When an accident claims an experienced pilot flying a familiar mission, other pilots ponder whether they would have been vulnerable to a similar outcome. Read more...  

Final Exam


While planning a cross-country flight, a pilot sees that his flight plan will take him through some Class B airspace, which extends to 7,000 feet msl. Because operating in this airspace exceeds his personal limits for single-pilot cockpit resource management, he decides to fly at 8,500 feet msl over the Class B airspace rather than through it. Does he need to have his aircraft's transponder on even though he is not going to penetrate the Class B airspace?


Yes, the pilot must have the aircraft's transponder on within the Mode C veil up to 10,000 feet msl. (Source: Aeronautical Information Manual 3-2-3.)

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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 a database developer; aviation event planner; manager of aviation safety programs; ambassador—Texas; director of aviation security; graphic design intern; 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

Sep 12-13 - Colorado, Springs, Colorado; Elkridge, Maryland; and Sandston, Virginia

Sep 19-20 - Phoenix, Arizona

Sep 26-27 - Sacramento, California

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

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

Sep 8 - Wichita, Kansas

Sep 9 - Fort Worth, Texas; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Sep 10 - Rogers, Arkansas; and Addison, Texas

Sep 16 - Salt Lake City, Utah

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Sep 5 - Hayden, Idaho; and Santa Ynez, California

Sep 8, 9 - Galesburg, Illinois

Sep 12 - Sparta, Tennessee; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Richmond, Virginia

Sep 15 - Chatham, 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. Now 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 Featured Events

Sep 26 — Colorado Springs, Colorado. Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (KCOS). AOPA Fly-In.


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


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

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