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January 8, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'January 8, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

ePilot Flight Training Edition

January 8, 2016 - VOL 16, ISSUE 2

Training Tips


Flight training FAQs

What's the status of your flight training program as 2016 opens? Student pilots frequently ask themselves this question as a new year begins. Making a general assessment of your progress, and taking inventory of specific steps for completing the project, is the way to answer it. Read more...  

Flight Training News


AOPA updates brand

As part of AOPA's ongoing efforts to build the pilot community, the association is updating its brand, including a new logo and tag line—"Your freedom to fly." The evolution in AOPA's logo and the design of its materials represent a renewed focus on the fun of flying and on connecting with current and future pilots of all ages and interests. Read more...  



FAA releases new flight review guidance

The FAA has issued updated guidance for flight instructors conducting flight reviews and instrument proficiency checks, and AOPA is urging instructors to look closely at the changes. Read more...  


Flight Training feature

What's this? 13 things to spot on your trainer

Lots of antennas and objects stick out all over your training aircraft, and some may be a mystery to you. Truth be told, they just may be a mystery to experienced pilots, too. Here are some that are basic, and one that you can use to test your instructor. Read more...  


Safety seminar

Up here, wishing you were down there?

The AOPA Air Safety Institute's new seminar, "Emergency! Getting it Right when Things Go Wrong," offers expert advice on how to keep abnormal situations from becoming emergencies. Share your thoughts with fellow pilots and knowledgeable instructors, and learn about best practices for off-airport landings during this in-person safety seminar. Check the schedule for a fly-in or unique aviation location near you...  



'Weather Wise: Mistakes we make'

One of the AOPA Air Safety Institute's major roles is accident analysis—learning from real-world mistakes. In this fifth video in the popular Weather Wise series, AOPA Air Safety Institute statistician David Kenny talks about what types of weather are most dangerous for pilots and if the Internet, better forecasts, cockpit weather, etc. have lowered the accident rate. Watch the video...  


Korea approves Frasca training device

Korean Aerospace University's Frasca Cessna 172S flight training device is the first simulator to achieve South Korea's Dah approval, similar to the FAA's Level 6 designation, Frasca Marketing Manager Peggy Prichard said in a Jan. 4 news release. The flight training device has Garmin G1000 avionics, a G700 autopilot, a Frasca TruVision visual system, and a realistic Cessna cockpit layout. It was installed at the university's flight training center on Jeju Island and will be used for initial pilot training.


AOPA Live This Week

Fly the Super Chipmunk, Breitling's new watch takes off

Ride along with AOPA Editor at Large Dave Hirschman in a de Havilland DHC-1 Super Chipmunk and get the story behind this trainer, crop duster, aerobat, and award-winning aircraft. Also, AOPA's brand has a fresh look for 2016; a new film follows rusty pilots (including Ariel Tweto of Flying Wild Alaska fame) in Flying Again; and Breitling unveils a new watch designed with pilots in mind. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Jan. 7...  

Plane Spotter

Certifiably different

Composite materials are at the leading edge of modern aircraft design, but can you name the first FAA-certified all-composite airplane, and the decade in which its design emerged? The correct answer is the Windecker Eagle, a single-engine airplane named for the late designer Leo Windecker. Its emergence began in 1961, culminating in certification in 1969. A 285-horsepower engine and "slippery" design gave it a cruise speed of 180 knots. A Windecker Eagle returned to the skies in December; it will be shipped to China as a demonstrator and be returned to production in that country.

Training Products and Resources

Opaque IFR glasses handy for training

A pair of lightweight, inexpensive view-limiting glasses can help primary and instrument students concentrate solely on the instruments for situational awareness and navigation, while blocking distractions and the view outside the cockpit. Opaque frosting prevents peeking and simulates IFR conditions. The glasses are handy for instrument work during flight reviews, too. Adjustable frames with UV-protected polycarbonate lenses and a soft carrying bag complete the package for less than $20.

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

What is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) may have no symptoms, or very mild symptoms that include shortness of breath, fatigue, and palpitations in the chest; however, the condition also can have serious escalating symptoms. Read more...  


Holidays and deadheads

Deadheading, the practice of having airline crews ride in the cabin with passengers to get to their next assigned flight or return home, is a costly hassle, writes Flight Training blogger and airline pilot Chip Wright. Deadheads, and their consequences, are exacerbated during the holidays. Read more...  

Final Exam


During your training for your private pilot certificate, you and your instructor flew twice in one day. After the first flight, you took a break for lunch and then came back to fly the same aircraft. Do you have to preflight the aircraft again since you were the last one to fly it only an hour earlier?


All pilots must become familiar with all available information concerning each flight, according to 14 CFR 91.103. Determining something didn't happen to the aircraft during your previous flight or while it was parked would be impossible without an additional preflight.

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 copywriter; Web project manager; AOPA Aviation Finance account executive, analyst I, and loan processor; High School Aviation Initiative senior director; member services representative; Legal Services Plan attorney; major gift officer; and insurance account executive. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Jan 9-10 - Spokane, Washington; Charlotte, North Carolina; San Antonio, Texas; Santa Clara, California; and Ridgeland, Mississippi

Jan 16-17 - Portland, Oregon; Bellevue, Washington; and Elkridge, Maryland

Jan 23-24 - Rockford, Tennessee; Long Beach, California; and Ypsilanti, Michigan

Feb 6-7 - Las Vegas, Nevada; and Louisville, Kentucky

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 11 - Reno, Nevada; and The Woodlands, Texas

Jan 12 - Sacramento, California; and Houston, Texas

Jan 13 - Milpitas, California; and San Antonio, Texas

Jan 14 - Santa Rosa, California; and Austin, Texas

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Jan 9 - Stevensville, Maryland; and Lawrenceville, Georgia

Jan 16 - Lebanon, Tennessee

Jan 20 - Racine, Wisconsin

Jan 21 - Sebring, 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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