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December 2, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'December 2, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

ePilot Flight Training Edition

December 2, 2016 - VOL 16, ISSUE 49

Training Tips

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An ace instructor

Two student pilots who carpooled to the airport are getting ready for their respective lessons. As one student gathers his gear, he is surprised to see the other changing from office footwear into a pair of sneakers. Turns out, the footwear was a recommendation from the student's instructor. A high-quality flight instructor will go beyond the curriculum to provide practical advice to students. Read more...  

Flight Training News


ForeFlight for simulators

An Atlanta company that makes flight simulation software and components has released a free application that allows ForeFlight Mobile to link with simulators powered by Microsoft Flight Simulator X or Lockheed Martin Prepar3D. Read more...  



PistonFly takes off

A business born in a dorm room at Western Michigan University College of Aviation has begun to take off. A group of college-aged flying enthusiasts merged their individual talents into a cohesive unit and founded PistonFly, which has three divisions—aerial filming, aircraft marketing, and web design. Read more...  



Cessna selects 2017 Top Hawk schools

Cessna Aircraft Co. has selected five new schools to take part in the Top Hawk program, which supplies each university with a custom-branded Cessna Skyhawk and internship opportunities for students. Read more...  



'See, Sense, Separate'

In addition to "see and avoid" there are other tools to help pilots look for conflicting traffic. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Collision Avoidance: See, Sense, Separate video recommends ways to make your aircraft more visible and to improve your listening and scanning techniques. The video also explores ATC assistance and limitations—even at towered fields—in a nonradar environment. Watch the video...  


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GPS for VFR 101

While GPS units require model-specific knowledge and practice, it also helps to have an elementary understanding of how the Global Positioning System works. Get GPS basics with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's GPS for VFR Operations introduction course. Safety tips and advice will help you avoid common mistakes. Take the course...


AOPA Live This Week

Gooey Duck; Flying bug bites actor

The classic lines belong to the beloved Grumman Widgeon, but composite parts make the Gweduck (pronounced gooey-duck and named after a clam) a thoroughly modern aircraft. Christopher Meloni is best known for his role in Law and Order, and got a late start as a pilot. His passion for flight took him from a Saratoga to an Eclipse. Also this week, learn about an effort to bring an autopilot with modern safety capabilities made for experimental aircraft to certificated aircraft. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Dec. 1...  

Plane Spotter

General aviation gyrocraft

A plane spotter spies an unusual-looking aircraft 1,000 feet above the approach end of the runway. It descends vertically to about 300 feet, then completes a landing using about 500 feet of runway. The aircraft is a gyrocopter, an aircraft that gets its thrust from an engine-driven "pusher propeller," and lift from an overhead rotor that begins to spin when the aircraft starts moving forward. Also known as autogyros, gyrocopters make up a tiny fraction of general aviation in the United States, but are more plentiful in Europe, like this ArrowCopter from Austria.

Training Products and Resources

'Checklist for Success' assists career pilots

Aspiring career pilots can head into their professional interviews with confidence after gleaning a multitude of tips from author Cheryl Cage's Checklist for Success: A Pilot's Guide to the Successful Airline Interview. The 136-page sixth edition guidebook steers pilots in the right direction and makes interviewing a snap. Advance preparation means fewer surprises as pilots are counseled with proven techniques. The book is available from Aviation Supplies & Academics in a variety of formats starting at $24.95.


Cessna 140 is Sporty's 2016 holiday ornament

The 2016 Sporty's Pilot Shop Christmas ornament depicts a classic Cessna 140 flying low over hills and valleys. The Sporty's holiday tradition has delighted aviation enthusiasts since 1985. The etched crystal ornament is available online for $24.95.

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

High blood pressure? AME could still issue your medical

If your doctor suggests medications to control your high blood pressure, start taking them sooner rather than later, recommends AOPA Director of the Pilot Information Center Medical Certification Section Gary Crump. You don't need to worry about losing your medical certificate. In many cases the aviation medical examiner can go ahead and issue a medical certificate to you during the physical exam. Read more...  


Declaring an emergency 'no big deal'

Declaring an emergency is "really and truly no big deal" for the average general aviation pilot, and should be properly used as a tool to maximize pilot resources when needed, according to Flight Training blogger Chip Wright. Read more...  

Final Exam


A friend is taking an initial remote pilot course and seems to be confused about recurrent training requirements. Where can you find these requirements?


You can find the requirements for remote pilot recurrent training in 14 CFR 107.65. There are two ways to meet the requirement depending on the pilot qualifications: A remote-only pilot must take a written test every 24 months. A person who holds a pilot certificate issued under 14 CFR Part 61, other than a student pilot, can complete a flight review as defined in 14 CFR 61.56. The areas of knowledge specified in 14 CFR 107.74(a) and (b) are covered in an online course on the FAA Safety Team website.

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 Great Lakes regional manager, account executive, donor relations director, New York You Can Fly ambassador, aviation technical specialist, UI/front-end developer, and aviation financial analyst. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Dec 3-4 - Denver, Colorado; and Orlando, Florida

Jan 7-8 - Charlotte, North Carolina; Rockford, Tennessee; Santa Clara, California; and Ypsilanti, Michigan

Jan 14-15 - Bellevue, Washington; Elkridge, Maryland; and Ridgeland, Mississippi

Jan 20-21 - San Antonio, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and Long Beach, California

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

Jan 9 - Reno, Nevada

Jan 10 - Sacramento, California; and Houston, Texas

Jan 11 - Milpitas, California; and San Antonio, Texas

Jan 12 - Austin, Texas; and Santa Rosa, California

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

Dec 3 - Tyler, Texas; Scottsdale, Arizona; Panama City Beach, Florida; and Pembroke Pines, Florida

Dec 8 - Bartow, Florida

Dec 10 - Dallas, Texas; Newnan, Georgia; Long Beach, California; and Smithfield, North Carolina

Dec 17 - Fort Myers, Florida

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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