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April 29, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'April 29, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

ePilot Flight Training Edition

April 29, 2016 - VOL 16, ISSUE 18

Training Tips


DPE scenario 2.0

A designated examiner from Eastsound, Washington, has observed pilots faltering when explaining operational considerations in areas where charting has changed or airspace is tricky to identify. Read more...  

Flight Training News

Flight Training feature

Fly the wild side

A pilot's logbook records many memorable flights, some of them unforgettable. The first solo, the first checkride, and perhaps the first passenger will be among these. And a first aerobatic flight is almost certain to make the list. Read more...  



What's it like to try out for a flight team?

Find out if Redbird pilot Brittney Miculka has "the right stuff" to join the Ohio State University flight team during the second installment of her 10-part Winging It video series. Watch the video...  



Massachusetts flight school, FBO closes

After operating Mansfield Municipal Airport for 25 years and providing flight training, King Aviation-Mansfield in Massachusetts closed its doors April 1. Read more...  


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To turn or not to turn

David Keller had just installed a panel-mounted camera in his Mooney when the unthinkable happened—the airplane's engine quit right after takeoff. Experience the entire event through the camera's lens, including the glide back to the airport, in the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Real Pilot Story: The Impossible Turn...



Florida couple enables 100 students to attend STEM camp

A philanthropic Florida couple's $100,000 donation will enable 100 students to attend summer camp aboard the National Flight Academy's virtual aircraft carrier Ambition. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Flying 'on the step'; A 172 for you?

A lot of pilots claim they can get a bit of extra speed at cruise by flying "on the step." Is there really something for free in aerodynamics? AOPA Live® puts flying on the step to the test. Also this week, he's the youngest guy and the only American flying in Red Bull's Challenger Cup series: Check out this profile of Kevin Coleman. And if you're an AOPA member, there could be a Cessna 172 in your future. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, April 28...  

Plane Spotter

A snappy solo

Just as every new pilot starts as a student who one day solos for the first time, a similar rite of passage awaits aerobatic performers in training. Aerobatic trainees who learn to snap, spin, and roll in a two-seat trainer like the canopied, low-wing Mudry Cap 10 move on to fly more advanced aircraft, often in the same family—except now, there will be fewer, not more, seats on board. For some, the single-seat Mudry Cap 20 becomes that next step up the aerobatic-aircraft ladder.

Training Products and Resources


Make taxiing less taxing

In this installment of the AOPA Air Safety Institute's popular Ask ATC video series, learn why air traffic controllers suggest you stop and ask for progressive taxi instructions when you're not sure where you're supposed to go on the airport. Watch Ask ATC: Progressive Taxi...  


ASA offers 'Complete Private Pilot Syllabus'

The fifth edition of The Complete Private Pilot Syllabus helps take aspiring pilots from start to finish with an integrated flight and ground curriculum that dovetails with the twelfth edition of The Complete Private Pilot textbook by Bob Gardner. The syllabus is available as a free PDF download or as a printed softcover book for $12.95 from Aviation Supplies & Academics.

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

Five tips to benefit your health

Don't procrastinate—start taking these five actions that could have wonderful consequences for your health. Read more...  


Member benefit

Healthy habits for traveling pilots

Planning a trip? Practice these healthy habits when you're on the road or in the air. Read more...  


Member benefit

AOPA member's dream of aircraft ownership comes true

AOPA member Mike Youngwirth recently decided to purchase his own aircraft and turned to AOPA Aviation Finance for help. After purchasing a Cessna 182, Youngwirth said he would "100-percent recommend AOPA Finance to a pilot friend." Read more...  


AOPA Aviation Lifestyles

Brimstone Fire Protection offers AOPA discount

AOPA members get a 5-percent discount at Brimstone Fire Protection for bags made of FAA-certified material that are tough, yet pliable enough to fold and fit within the small confines of your aircraft. For details or to watch videos, which include detonation footage, visit the Brimstone Fire Protection website. Use AOPA promo code AOPAMEM5OFF during checkout. Learn more...  


Grin and bear it

Flight Training blogger Chip Wright says "over the years I've flown with a few people I just didn't like." He offers advice on how to gracefully survive personality conflicts in the cockpit. Read more...  


First float flight leads to private pilot

Flight Training Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman explains how an introductory floatplane flight for a South Carolina-based pilot led to his private pilot certificate. Read more...  

Final Exam


I will soon be moving to a different state and need to find a new flight school to finish my private pilot training. Does AOPA have any resources that can assist me in choosing a new flight school?


AOPA can help you in your search for a new flight school. You can search for a flight school on the website. Also, read this article to help you evaluate different schools to determine which one is the best fit for you.

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 an AOPA Air Safety Institute and AOPA Foundation executive assistant, 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

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

Jun 11-12 - Bloomington, Minnesota; Ashburn, Virginia; and Charlotte, North Carolina

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 30 - South Saint Paul, Minnesota

May 2 - Garden City, New York; and Hampton, Virginia

May 3 - Lakeland, Florida; Poughkeepsie, New York; and Danville, Virginia

May 4 - Fort Myers, Florida; Albany, New York; and Blacksburg, Virginia

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

Apr 29 - Blaine, Minnesota

Apr 30 - Addison, Texas

May 1 - Anchorage, Alaska

May 7 - Davenport, Iowa; Victoria, Texas; Willoughby, Ohio; and Greeley, Colorado

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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