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December 9, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'December 9, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

ePilot Flight Training Edition

December 9, 2016 - VOL 16, ISSUE 50

Training Tips

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Anatomy of an incursion

By the time the student pilot and instructor taxiing in the Cessna 172 had switched from ground control to the tower frequency for their takeoff clearance, takeoff instructions were already being issued by the tower controller. The student and instructor read back the clearance and began to taxi onto the runway, only to find that they had nearly triggered a mishap. Read more...  

Flight Training News


AOPA builds on Fly-In success

AOPA Fly-Ins for 2017 will give you more to experience—from camping and camaraderie to workshops and clinics offering opportunities to learn new skills, fly more affordably, or make the jump from aircraft renter to owner. AOPA has expanded the scope of each of the four 2017 Regional Fly-Ins, adding a second day to allow attendees to experience more hands-on aviation and participate in local fly-outs. Read more...  



Hangar Talk: You Can Fly

The declining number of pilots is general aviation's biggest threat. A smaller community means fewer airports, fewer airplanes, and higher prices—not to mention less influence in Washington, D.C. Learn how AOPA's You Can Fly program is working to reverse the decline in the pilot population. Listen to the podcast...  



Aaron Tippin's son solos three classics on 16th birthday

Tom Tippin probably isn't the first high schooler to skip school on his sixteenth birthday. But he had a good excuse. On Dec. 1, Tippin was prowling around the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport in Sparta, Tennessee, at 5 a.m., prepping three airplanes for his first powered solo flights. Read more...  


Safety seminar

What went wrong?

The AOPA Air Safety Institute's new safety seminar, Nontowered Case Studies: What Went Wrong?, offers attendees an opportunity to learn from others' mishaps at nontowered fields and avoid making the same mistakes. This free in-person seminar, brought to you by AOPA Insurance Services, underscores that flying at nontowered fields requires concentration, clear communication, and sharp eyes. You'll join expert seminar presenters and other pilots to play the role of accident investigator and work through evidence, eyewitness testimony, and other leads to figure out what went wrong, and why. Find dates and locations...  



Women's aviation institute announces scholarships

The Institute for Women of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW) announced that $14,000 in scholarships, trophies, and prizes will be part of the group's annual celebration of women and aviation. Women who take a discovery flight during the 2017 Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week March 6 through 12 and continue their flight training to "become the first to solo" will win iWOAW's First to Solo Challenge scholarship. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

More to love in 2017; Ultimate ready room

You asked for more, and AOPA will deliver: The 2017 AOPA Fly-Ins will have more to see and experience, and two full days to connect with friends old and new, sharpen your skills, and learn new tricks to make flying more fun and affordable. Also this week, an airline pilot returns to her general aviation roots, and a flying club draws members to the airport even when it's not time to fly with a ready room that you might want to duplicate at your own airport. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Dec. 8...  

Plane Spotter

Secret speedster

To say that the Cubcrafters XCub burst onto the scene suddenly last June from the manufacturer's Yakima, Washington, factory is to understate the result of the six-year project to develop and certify the 180-horsepower taildragger. Built for the backcountry and capable of the serious short-field performance you would expect of a two-place aircraft with "Cub" in its name, the 2,300-pound-maximum-gross-weight XCub breaks the bushplane mold for cruise speed. Designers accomplished the speed increase by using carbon fiber rather than metal components to make the tandem-seat CC19-180 lighter and stronger than a stock Super Cub.

Training Products and Resources

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Taxi takeaways

Could you use a runway safety refresher? Get inside the cockpit with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Runway Safety online course and navigate tricky situations including distractions, confusing taxiways, and miscommunications. Review real-world complexities of airport surface operations and learn what to expect from ATC. Take the course...


Pilots 'got a brand new bag' in time for holidays

James Brown may have felt good because of his song, Papa's got a brand new bag, but pilots can feel good about Flight Outfitters' new Bush Pilot Bag. It contains three exterior pockets for headsets, radios, and navigation devices plus a roomy interior pocket for weekend essentials. The tan duffel's padded side and interior pockets feature high-visibility orange lining to help locate packed items. The bag has a pass-through strap on the back to attach to rolling luggage. The multi-use bag is available online from Sporty's Pilot Shop for $139.95.

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

AOPA Foundation focus

Support GA and get a tax deduction

Help strengthen the AOPA Air Safety Institute's programs that reach nearly 200,000 pilots each year; help Rusty Pilots return to active flying status; bring aviation opportunities within reach of more Americans through flying clubs; and much more with your year-end, tax-deductible gift to the AOPA Foundation. There's no more powerful way to help protect general aviation for today's pilots and future generations. AOPA dues don't fund these efforts, so your support is crucial. Every dollar you contribute by Dec. 31 is 100 percent tax deductible for 2016. Donate today...  


Pilot Protection Services

Incorrect readbacks

What happens when you read back an air traffic control instruction or clearance incorrectly and ATC doesn't catch it? AOPA Pilot Protection Services panel attorney Dean Greenblatt details an FAA case against an airline transport pilot. Read more...  

Instrument Tip


He's making a list

An FAA specialist was conducting a random sampling of aircraft operating in the National Airspace System when he was struck by how many flight plans were active for Piper PA-46s. Read more...  

Final Exam


What can I do to improve my night vision?


To improve your night vision, allow about 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness. The U.S. Navy uses red goggles to help make this change. Also, set the cockpit lighting low and avoid using any bright lights. Try not to look directly at objects; instead, use off-center viewing because it allows better visual perception. Depth perception at night is reduced because of the lack of visual cues, so pay extra attention to your instruments, especially when you are low and approaching an airport. For more about night flying, including visual illusions, read AOPA's subject report.

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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 an account executive, donor relations director, New York You Can Fly ambassador, aviation technical specialist, and aviation financial analyst. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

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

Feb 11-12 - Fort Worth, Texas; Louisville, Kentucky; Nashua, New Hampshire; and Kenner, Louisiana

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 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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