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August 26, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'August 26, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

ePilot Flight Training Edition

August 26, 2016 - VOL 16, ISSUE 35

Training Tips

Sponsored by Aircraft Spruce

The buzz about flight plans

It was a great training flight and your exhilarating first time heading out for some local practice on an unsupervised solo. Now as you tie down the aircraft, the urge is strong to share every thrilling detail with the fuel truck driver, who is a fellow student pilot. But is there something you are forgetting to take care of first? Read more...  

Flight Training News


Bremerton Fly-In 'awesome'

A record number of aviation enthusiasts turned out for AOPA's second fly-in of 2016, filling Bremerton National Airport's ramps, runways, and parking lots with airplanes and automobiles for two days of sun-filled seminars, exhibits, and special events. The airport, its staff, and volunteers showcased the warm local hospitality and stellar Pacific Northwest beauty of Bremerton, Washington, across Puget Sound from Seattle. Read more...  



Delta offers ATP training options

Delta Air Lines has rolled out a new airline transport pilot certification training program (ATP CTP) "to meet a need in the marketplace," according to a news release on the carrier's website. Read more...  


You Can Fly

High school, AeroVenture team to offer college credit

Students at Southbridge High School in Massachusetts can earn two college credits through Exploring the Fundamentals of Aviation Science at AeroVenture Institute at Southbridge Municipal Airport. High school students who enroll in the course will study aerodynamics, engineering and aircraft maintenance, aircraft systems and instruments, weather, communication, navigation, career opportunities, and more. They also will take an introductory flight. AeroVenture Institute is the 2015 AOPA Flight Training Excellence Awards Best Flight School.



What's your fuel situation?

In the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Ask ATC: Minimum Fuel vs. Fuel Emergency, air traffic controllers explain that words matter when the fuel gauge points to empty. What should you say, and when should you say it? Watch the video for their advice...  


OBAP awards $125,000 in aviation scholarships

The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals announced Aug. 19 that scholarships totaling $125,000 were awarded to 24 recipients, including Bernard Alexis, who received $28,000 to pursue an American Airlines 737 type rating. Funds also were awarded to assist career pilots with training for major air carrier roles and for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) training.


AOPA Live This Week

Northwest success; Enter the drone pilot

A record-setting turnout and gorgeous weather made the AOPA Fly-In at Washington's Bremerton National Airport on Puget Sound one big aviation party, with a perfect mix of aircraft and fun. A Virginia airport with a long history has a new lease on life and is helping create the next generation of pilots thanks to Liberty University. Also this week, the FAA clears the way for remote pilots to earn their certificates to fly small unmanned aircraft. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Aug. 25...  

Plane Spotter

One for the books

When AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne landed a TBM 900 single-engine turboprop at Maine’s Bangor International Airport on March 16, 2014, it was the first chance for local plane spotters—or any stateside spotters—to add Daher-Socata's new airplane to their spotting logs. And that's not a whimsical reference to a metaphorical manifest of observed aircraft. Because of its location and size, the former U.S. Air Force base serves many unusual aircraft, attracting plane spotters who can jot down sightings in a Plane Spotter's Log offered by the airport's aviation-buff-friendly management.

Training Products and Resources

FAA exam resources for drone pilots

Aviation Supplies & Academics aims to help drone pilots pass the FAA knowledge test by providing a way for them to become familiar with aeronautical and airspace regulations for commercial operations. A new suite of study materials includes test prep books, sample test questions, explanations, and references for additional study. Course materials are available in a variety of formats including softcover or e-book format for $19.95 or bundled with online prepware for $39.95.

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

Party with Red Bull, AOPA at Indy's Yard of Bricks

The high-speed, low-altitude thrill of the Red Bull Air Races is coming to Indianapolis Oct. 1 and 2, and spectators have the chance to expand the full-throttle experience with a party at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Yard of Bricks. Alternative rock band Edisun will perform live while attendees enjoy food and drinks. General admission to the party is $30, but AOPA members can get a $10 discount by purchasing tickets using promo code AOPA16. Learn more and purchase tickets to the race and party...  


AOPA Aviation Finance

Aircraft type affects interest rates

The type of aircraft you choose to finance impacts the interest rate due to the risk factors. AOPA Aviation Finance President Adam Meredith describes the different risk factors and how they may affect the loan. Read more...  


Pilot Protection Services

FAA's 'request' for medical records is more like a demand

The FAA has broad authority when it comes to medical certification matters. They have the authority to request medical records and information to aid them in determining a person's eligibility for medical certification under 14 CFR Part 67. Read more...  


Don't be early—or late

Airlines make a huge deal about on-time performance for their arrivals and departures. Do you know which is more important and why? Flight Training blogger Chip Wright explains. Read more...  


Flying frost control

Hover Power blogger Maria Langer previously offered insight into the professional helicopter pilot duties of cherry drying. This week, she explains the ins and outs of flying frost control over citrus trees and crops in southern and central California and Florida. Read more...  

Instrument Tip

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A challenging instrument approach

Most ILS approaches are straightforward, but sometimes onboard equipment doesn't work as advertised. Take the AOPA Air Safety Institute's IFR Chart Challenge: ILS Approach course to see how well you do with the various scenarios. Practice your skills now...

Final Exam


I've read what the Aeronautical Information Manual and the federal aviation regulations say about restricted airspace; however, I'm still in doubt as to whether I can fly under visual flight rules through restricted airspace that is inactive without a specific clearance. Can you help me?


Yes, you can fly VFR through restricted airspace without a clearance as long as the controlling or using agency has determined that the restricted area is not active and is "cold," as some pilots like to refer to it. Before flying through the airspace, you must contact the appropriate controlling or using agency to confirm the restricted area is inactive. Restricted airspace can contain some perilous surprises like aerial gunnery or guided missiles, so it is wise to know what is going on before penetrating the airspace. For more on special-use airspace, take the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Know Before You Go online course, and review the airspace flash cards.

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 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 flying clubs initiative senior manager, product marketing specialist, account executive, advertising-marketing coordinator, member services representative, Central Southwest regional manager, administrative coordinator, New York You Can Fly ambassador, aviation technical specialist, development specialist, government affairs federal and state vice president, communications director, donor relations director, and development communications director. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Sep 10-11 - Elkridge, Maryland

Sep 17-18 - Phoenix, Arizona; and Sandston, Virginia

Sep 24-25 - Colorado Springs, Colorado

Oct 1-2 - Windsor Locks, Connecticut; and Hollywood, 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

Sep 6 - Wichita, Kansas; Madison, Wisconsin; and Seattle, Washington

Sep 7 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Portland, Oregon

Sep 8 - Eugene, Oregon; Manitowoc, Wisconsin; and Bentonville, Arkansas

Sep 12 - East Hanover, New Jersey

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

Aug 27 - Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Naples, Florida

Aug 31 - Racine, Wisconsin

Sep 8 - Newnan, Georgia

Sep 17 - Battle Creek, Michigan; Santa Paula, California; Roanoke, Virginia; Winter Haven, Florida; and Trenton, Maine

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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