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April 15, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'April 15, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

ePilot Flight Training Edition

April 15, 2016 - VOL 16, ISSUE 16

Training Tips


Lessons from a master

When the Mooney M20J's engine failed about 400 feet agl after takeoff, the pilot took two immediate actions that helped him and his fellow pilot passenger to walk away from the accident uninjured. First, he didn't try the so-called "impossible turn" but landed straight ahead. Second, he maintained control of the aircraft as the two had decided prior to flying that day. Read more...  

Flight Training News


FAA restores sim time

Beginning May 12, pilots will again be able to count up to 20 hours in an approved aviation training device toward the instrument rating. Read more...  



Redbird is 'Winging It'

Simulator maker Redbird is traveling the country showing pilots the many ways they can learn and interact with flight training devices. Read more...  



Sporty's stays busy with new app, products

Sporty's Pilot Shop has introduced a number of new products and services, including a new iPad application that provides training videos in a unique way. Read more...  



Helicopter CFI test updated

The FAA no longer requires demonstrations of straight-in or 180-degree autorotations to touchdown on helicopter instructor practical tests. Read more...  


Digital publication

'CFI to CFI' at your service

Get firsthand tips on checkride preparation from a designated pilot examiner, learn why cell phone distractions and delayed decision making have no place in the cockpit, and get practical guidance on the new student pilot certification process from the AOPA Air Safety Institute's chief flight instructor. Read the institute's free newsletter brought to you by Lockheed Martin Flight Service...  


Photo contest

Unleash your inner photographer

Combine your love of flying and photography in AOPA's photo contest, sponsored by Faro Aviation. Submit your best photo in one of three categories—aircraft, places, or people—between April 12 and May 15. AOPA will choose the top three submissions in each category, and then the public will vote between May 27 and June 6 to pick the winner of each category. Each finalist will receive an AOPA T-shirt and hat, and the winner of each category will receive a Faro headset and AOPA backpack. Learn more...  


Teens compete in design challenge

Teams from 76 high schools are competing for a trip to Glasair Aviation in Arlington, Washington, to build an airplane in the fourth Aviation Design Challenge offered by Glasair and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. "Once again, we are excited and honored to be able to share our love of aviation with a group of motivated young people," Glasair Aviation President Nigel Mott said in a press release. "We are always impressed by the enthusiasm and willingness to learn of the students who spend the two weeks building a Sportsman." The winner will be announced May 12.


AOPA Live This Week

Photographer's best friend; Hair-raising slalom

The AirCam has earned a following among photo and video professionals who appreciate flying low, slow, and steady—and their work, in turn, helps sell the airplane. Also this week, Red Bull Air Race pilot Hannes Arch flies slalom through a set of wind turbines, and a father and daughter earn their seaplane ratings together. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, April 14...  

Plane Spotter

A Howard homecoming

If an aviation hall of fame is the perfect place for an immersion in aviation history, a ceremony to mark the opening of one in Texas delivered even greater rewards. Almost 500 people who attended the inaugural dinner of San Antonio's Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame enjoyed static displays including the only two flyable examples of the 17 Howard 500s built. The 35,000-pound-gross-weight twin taildragger with R-2800 radial engines and striking vertical tail surfaces dates to 1959. It was manufactured in San Antonio, and its name honors designer Durrell U. "Dee" Howard, one of the Hall of Fame's first inductees.

Training Products and Resources

Bose offers CFI rebate program

Bose is offering a special program for certificated flight instructors on the purchase of noise-canceling aviation headsets. CFIs can get a $125 rebate if they purchase an A20 headset with Bluetooth, or they can receive a $100 rebate on the purchase of an A20 headset without Bluetooth. Sign up at the Bose website.


Aircraft tiedown kit borrows from boats

Tie Boss brings an innovative approach to aircraft tiedown rope-tightening without using moving parts. Three ropes and metal hooks attach an aircraft to anchor points while cleats tighten and grip the ropes. The multipurpose kit can tether other items (including bird feeders and boats) and is available from Sporty's Pilot Shop for $49.95.

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

Pilot Protection Services

Use TurboMedical as a trial run for the FAA's MedXPress

Take advantage of AOPA's TurboMedical tool and do a "trial run" of the medical application before you complete the FAA's online MedXPress. TurboMedical will save all your responses so you can refer to the completed form when you are ready to submit your application via MedXPress. Read more...  


Member benefit

What should you do after an accident?

Every pilot should know what to do when an accident happens to ensure that no regulations have been violated and insurance matters are handled properly and expediently. Find out the first three things you must do immediately after an accident. Read more...  


Member benefit

The legalese of prebuys

When purchasing a turbine aircraft, you should insist on a prebuy inspection, a title search, and a fair purchase and sale agreement. Read more...  


Moving to Germany with a Piper Cub

Ever thought about throwing caution to the wind and moving to a foreign country for endless hours of pleasure flying over new scenery? Opinion Leaders blogger Garrett Fisher did just that, moving to Germany and shipping his Piper PA-11 so he could fly it around Europe for an aerial photography book. Follow along as Fisher shares monthly updates on his adventure...  

Instrument Tip

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Proceed on course

During instrument flying, aeronautical charts correspond to various segments of a flight from departure to arrival. Understanding how to use the charts is essential to flying IFR safely. Boost your skills with practical tips and solid guidance offered in the AOPA Air Safety Institute's IFR Insights: Charts online course. Take the course...

Final Exam


I am a private pilot without a current medical. Is it possible for me to log pilot-in-command flight time?


The short answer is yes. This question is specifically addressed in 14 CFR 61.51. Section (e)(i) allows a sport, recreational, private, commercial, or airline transport pilot to log pilot-in-command flight time when the individual is the sole manipulator of the controls in an aircraft in which the individual is rated or holds privileges. The important distinction is between logging pilot-in-command flight time and acting as pilot in command. Under the regulation just referenced, you don't need a current medical as long as another pilot on board the aircraft is acting as pilot in command. The acting pilot in command is required to hold a current medical. For more on this topic, including several real-world scenarios, read AOPA's subject report about logbooks and logging time.

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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, interactive 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 16-17 - San Diego, California

Apr 23-24 - Atlanta, Georgia

May 14-15 - Sacramento, California; Pensacola, Florida; and Kansas City, Missouri

May 21-22 - Hollywood, Florida; Albany, New York; and Conroe, Texas

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 18 - Portland, Oregon

Apr 19 - Towson, Maryland; Blaine, Minnesota; and Eugene, Oregon

Apr 20 - Rochester, Minnesota; Seattle, Washington; and Frederick, Maryland

Apr 25 - East Hartford, Connecticut

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

Apr 16 - Lansing, Michigan; Dallas, Texas; and San Diego, California

Apr 23 - Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Apr 27 - Logan, Utah

Apr 29 - Blaine, Minnesota

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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