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April 22, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'April 22, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

ePilot Flight Training Edition

April 22, 2016 - VOL 16, ISSUE 17

Training Tips


Nowhere to runup

As you taxi out for your checkride, an uneasy thought arises: "Where at this airport can I do an engine runup and pretakeoff checks?" If you study airport layouts and the options for runup areas in advance, this problem shouldn't arise. But, if you do find yourself in this situation, never skip the runup and just take off. Read more...  

Flight Training News

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What will the weather do?

Accurately interpreting frontal movements and associated weather patterns to formulate a clear, big-picture view of the weather in advance of a flight can be difficult. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Weather Wise: Air Masses and Fronts online course makes that process easier. Take the course...



Summer camps showcase aviation

Parents with science, technology, engineering, and math-minded children can choose from a variety of STEM-based summer camp options for budding aviators. Read more...  



Nominate a teacher for Crossfield Aerospace Education award

The National Aviation Hall of Fame is looking for outstanding aerospace educators for the thirtieth annual A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award. Read more...  


Three students awarded NATF scholarships

The National Air Transportation Foundation awarded academic and flight training scholarships to three college flight students pursuing aviation careers. The foundation announced April 13 that Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Matthew Bettmeng, Westminster College's Brett Bentley, and Kansas State University's Johnathon Hagen received financial boosts to help propel their aviation pursuits.


AOPA Live This Week

Flooding takes toll in Texas; Floatplane flying fun

AOPA Live This Week® host Tom Haines brings you the latest from AERO Friedrichshafen, one of Europe's largest general aviation gatherings. Also this week, see aerial images of the flooding that has devastated parts of Texas, and learn how to go beyond the seaplane rating with tips for real-world floatplane flying. As of AOPA ePilot Flight Training Edition production time, AOPA Live This Week producers were still finalizing the show. Watch the show later on April 22...  

Plane Spotter

An assembly of Avengers

Plane spotters in the vicinity of Peru, Illinois, were in for a treat on April 16 when a large number of the 16 World War II-era TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers still flying made their appearance for a spring airshow. Unmistakable in sight and sound, Grumman's low-wing taildragger with folding wings, a 1,900-horsepower Wright R-2600 radial engine, and a crew of three carried a 2,000-pound torpedo or other ordnance. After their military days were done, some of the big bombers found civilian use as firefighting aircraft.

Training Products and Resources

Waterproof, wireless camera streams video

The waterproof and wireless Flightcam 360 can stream up to eight hours of high-quality in-flight video from its pod-mounted swiveling eyeball camera. Interchangeable lenses and additional accessories can improve creative control while documenting flights. The video camera is available online from Aircraft Spruce & Specialty for $337.

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

Cardiac conditions and the FAA's CACI program explained

After the initial publication of the first conditions AMEs can issue (CACIs) a couple of years ago, progress slowed on getting new conditions into the pipeline. However, the FAA is moving forward with the program to remove certain conditions, including some cardiac issues, from the special issuance category. Read more...  


Upholding a higher standard

Pilots are fairly high-profile people and are often held to a higher standard than people in most other professions, according to Flight Training blogger Chip Wright. He cautions career pilots "not to engage in any act that brings disrepute, bad publicity, or embarrassment to the company." Read more...  

Instrument Tip

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Approach with a twist

It looks like a localizer approach, but an LDA approach has a twist at the end. Learn more when you tackle this unusual approach into Connecticut's Hartford-Brainard Airport. Do you have the skills to find the runway in instrument conditions? Take the AOPA Air Safety Institute's quiz...

Final Exam


Can a sport-pilot-only flight instructor give a flight review in a light sport aircraft to an airline transport pilot?


Yes, a sport-pilot-only flight instructor can conduct a flight review for an ATP in a light sport aircraft, according to 14 CFR 61.415(d)(4). The flight review can be conducted in a light sport aircraft, according to 14 CFR 61.56, which allows a pilot to accomplish a flight review in any aircraft for which he or she is rated.

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 marketing specialist, communications director, pilot community development coordinator, Great Lakes "You Can Fly" ambassador, donor relations director, AOPA Foundation communications director, marketing copywriter, and member services representative. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

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

Jun 4-5 - Tempe, Arizona; and Orlando, Florida

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 25 - East Hartford, Connecticut

Apr 26 - Waltham, Massachusetts

Apr 27 - Manchester, New Hampshire

Apr 28 - Moffett Field, California

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

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

Apr 27 - Logan, Utah

Apr 29 - Blaine, Minnesota

Apr 30 - Addison, Texas

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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