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April 1, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'April 1, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

ePilot Flight Training Edition

April 1, 2016 - VOL 16, ISSUE 14

Training Tips


Rotate, and wait

One of the first insights a student pilot gains when mastering the takeoff is that rotation and liftoff are closely related—but not simultaneous—phases. A student who mistakes one for the other might over- or under-rotate. The pilot must learn to recognize the sight picture of the proper liftoff attitude. Read more...  

Flight Training News


Student pilot rules change April 1

AOPA is reminding student pilots and their flight instructors that significant changes in the process of applying for and issuing student pilot certificates take effect April 1. Read more...  


Safety Spotlight

Fly safe, set personal minimums in advance

With personal minimums and decision-making guidance written down, it's easier to fight the temptation to "mentally negotiate" yourself into a tight spot during the heat of the moment. Contract with yourself, your passengers, and your family to fly safely and within personal minimums. Download and print the VFR Pilot and IFR Pilot Personal Minimum Contracts from the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Aeronautical Decision Making Safety Spotlight...  



'Fly the plane!'

Responding to a simulated engine-out during training is one thing. Responding to a real engine-out is another, and when one happens you should be prepared to deal with it. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's new video, Engine Out: From Trouble to Touchdown, reviews how to tackle an engine-out dilemma in a single-engine airplane—whether under relatively benign or tricky circumstances. Learn what matters...  



ASA's new leader a familiar face

Aviation Supplies & Academics' new owner is a former bike shop salesman and longtime student pilot who began his aviation career in the company's warehouse. Read more...  



Network touts pilot training

LifeStyle Aviation says it is offering a "breath of choice" for flight school centers by marrying modern marketing methods and advanced technology to build pilot-friendly training environments. Read more...  



Delta State to host open house

Aviation-minded professionals considering an advanced college degree are invited to a Masters of Commercial Aviation open house at Mississippi's Delta State University April 15. Read more...  


American Flyers adds Cessna 172 G1000 sims

American Flyers ordered three Cessna 172 Frasca Mentor G1000 simulators for realistic flight training at multiple locations, Frasca announced March 23. The two aviation training companies have worked together for more than 50 years.


AOPA Live This Week

Flying with ADS-B; GA in remote reaches

FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker flies with AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines to see Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast traffic and weather information displayed inside the cockpit of a Bonanza, and explains why pilots should equip with the technology. Also learn how Christian missionary organization JAARS uses aviation to reach remote areas of the world, and find out which two fuels are moving into Phase 2 testing of the FAA's search for an unleaded avgas replacement. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, March 31...  

Plane Spotter

Cub's kin

How do you follow up a classic aircraft design, introducing new ideas while preserving traits that launched the original to stardom? Piper Aircraft, manufacturer of the J-3 Cub, had a way in 1939, when it introduced its J-4 Cub Coupe to pilots. To spot a J-4, look for a Cub-like creation with doors on either side of its wider cabin, and side-by-side seating, not the J-3's tandem arrangement. Production was brief—curtailed by war—but airport ramps and aviation museums both remain likely spotting sites for this popular little Piper.

Training Products and Resources

Pilot's Tool Kit keeps aviators flying

Whether you're a student, a renter, or an aircraft owner, the CruzTools roll-up Pilot's Tool Kit can come in handy. The 3.5-pound aviation-specific kit includes a variety of tools: wrenches, multi-bit screwdriver, mirror, spark plug socket, safety wire, and more. The Pilot's Tool Kit is available online for $84.95.

Note: Products listed have not been evaluated by ePilot editors unless otherwise noted. AOPA assumes no responsibility for products or services listed or for claims or actions by manufacturers or vendors.

Member Benefits

Member benefit

Money-saving tips for renting an airplane

Lower the cost of your flying by trying these eight money-saving tips for aircraft renters. Read more...  


Pilot Protection Services

Owner-assisted annual inspections: Are they allowed?

With limited exceptions, only a certified mechanic who has an inspection authorization can perform an annual inspection. Thus, unless the owner-pilot also has an IA, he or she is not permitted to assist with the inspection function of an annual. However, he or she can help with the preventive maintenance aspects involved. Read more...  

Instrument Tip


Searching for 'go'

To arrive at "go" for an instrument flight, a pilot must weigh many elements of weather information. Read more...  

Final Exam


What should I expect on my private pilot checkride?


The FAA details the requirements of the various checkrides, or practical tests, in what are called the practical test standards. The practical test standards for each certificate and rating are designed as the benchmark FAA inspectors and designated pilot examiners use when conducting practical tests. Flight instructors also are expected to use these standards when preparing applicants for the practical tests. Having the requirements in writing leaves no doubt as to the standards an applicant must meet to pass a checkride. The practical test standards are scheduled to be changed to the airman certification standards in June 2016, so be sure to use the most current version for the certificate or rating for which you are training. For more information, download the Private Pilot Practical Test Standards or the draft Private Pilot Airman Certification Standards.

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? AOPA is looking for a communications director, pilot community development coordinator, Great Lakes "You Can Fly" ambassador, donor relations director, AOPA Foundation communications director, aviation technical specialist, Flying Clubs Initiative senior manager, marketing copywriter, Web project manager, and member services representative. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Apr 2-3 - Denver, Colorado; Tampa, Florida; Needham, Massachusetts; and Dulles, Virginia

Apr 9-10 - Indianapolis, Indiana; and Salt Lake City, Utah

Apr 16-17 - San Diego, California

Apr 23-24 - Atlanta, Georgia

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

Apr 5 - Olathe, Kansas; and Lakeland, Florida

Apr 6 - Bellevue, Nebraska; and Lakeland, Florida

Apr 7-9 - Lakeland, Florida

Apr 11 - Hopkinsville, Kentucky; and Salt Lake City, Utah

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

Apr 2 - Henderson, Nevada; Hayden, Idaho; Vancouver, Washington; Appleton, Wisconsin; Findlay, Ohio; Colby, Kansas; Elyria, Ohio; and Columbus, Ohio

Apr 5 - Nashville, Tennessee

Apr 6 - Augusta, Maine

Apr 9 - Lakeland, Florida; Alexandria, Indiana; and Louisburg, North Carolina

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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