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January 22, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'January 22, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

ePilot Flight Training Edition

January 22, 2016 - VOL 16, ISSUE 4

Training Tips


A system in transition

Aviation evolves, making it necessary for members of the community to stay informed about changes that alter how we fly. A number of changes are in the works, including new airman certification standards, a new process for getting a student pilot certificate, and a new graphical weather product. Are you ready for all of these changes? Read more...  

Flight Training News


Students propel Marion airport

A pair of Purdue University aviation students performing their internship duties helped Indiana's Marion Municipal Airport bring home the state's coveted 2015 "Airport of the Year" award. Read more...  



Student certificate rule detailed

With a new procedure for obtaining a student pilot certificate set to go into effect April 1, AOPA's Pilot Information Center offers a breakdown of what the new rule means for students and instructors. Get the details in this 19-minute podcast. Listen to the podcast...  


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The trouble with icing...

Airframe ice can accumulate quickly to the point where continued flight is impossible. How would you react if unexpected icing reared its head during a flight? Consider your answers carefully in this AOPA Air Safety Institute quiz. Take the quiz...


Flight Training magazine

Brush up on lost procedures

There's nothing quite like the realization that you may not be where you think you are on a cross-country flight. It doesn't happen all at once—more of a creeping sense of dread when the checkpoints you're scanning for outside don't match up to the ones on your sectional chart. Flight Training Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman offers tips for lost procedures to help you get back on course. Read more...  



Aircraft resale trade group awards scholarships

Six university students majoring in aviation business- and management-related fields have been named recipients of 2016 scholarships from an aircraft sales and brokerage trade association. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Light sport duo; Groups stand up for GA

AOPA brings you the latest in the light sport aircraft and drone markets from the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida. Go behind the scenes and see what it's like to fly the light sport Rans S-20 Raven and Rans S-19LS Venterra. Plus, 15 general aviation advocacy groups have banded together to oppose changes to FAA funding and the air traffic control system, and AOPA provides an update on what's next for third class medical reform. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Jan. 21...  

Plane Spotter

Planes of Pordenone

Whether a pilot is seeking a fixed-gear trainer, a retractable-gear sport aircraft, or an aerobatic airplane that can leave an admiring crowd applauding beneath its trail of smoke, the trek to find (or spot) the desired aircraft can be a global quest. A series of low-wing, bubble-canopied kit-built aircraft made to match each of those descriptions comes from Pordenone, in Italy's northeast. Alpi Aviation (think the Alps) produces the Pioneer family of two- and four-seat Rotax-engine-powered airplanes. The aerobatic Pioneer 330 derives from the 100-horsepower Pioneer 300 light sport aircraft.

Training Products and Resources

Digital publication

Acquire airspace knowledge in a flash

Are you allowed to fly through an active warning area without contacting air traffic control? How about a special flight rules area? Whether preparing for your checkride or a cross-country flight, review these airspace flashcards from the AOPA Air Safety Institute. The flashcards are optimized for mobile devices.


Rapid charger available for cockpit devices

Need a rapid charger with USB ports that can charge portable mapping devices in the airplane and car?'s DualMicro 28V DC charger has a pair of USB ports and works with an aircraft's 24-volt system. The difference between the DualMicro and other USB "cigarette lighter" chargers is the speed of charging. AOPA tried one in a Cessna 172, and it kept an iPad Mini charged while running multiple apps. The DualMicro 28V is available online for $29.99.

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

Tips for storing your airplane for the winter

Winter is in full swing, but there's still time to prepare your aircraft for winter storage to ensure that it's ready to go when the spring flying season starts. Your best guidance comes from your A&P, but here are some tasks to consider with the goal of keeping corrosion and other damage to a minimum. Read more...  


Pilot Protection Services

FAA determines 'congested' areas on case-by-case basis

The FAA doesn't define a congested area in its regulation about minimum safe altitudes; instead, the agency defines it on a case-by-case basis. In enforcement actions, the FAA has declared that a congested area includes a group of people on an airport ramp, sunbathers on a beach, a small subdivision covering less than a quarter mile, and traffic on an Interstate highway. Read more...  


Member benefit

Find the hidden costs before buying a turbine aircraft

No two airplanes are exactly alike, and neither are the costs to maintain them. For example, a low-priced Falcon 10 could cost more to operate per year than the purchase price. Read more...  


When the company airplane is your airplane

One of the perks of flying for a living is taking advantage of the free travel while working, writes Flight Training blogger and airline pilot Chip Wright. During his career, Wright has bid for trip assignments that let him visit family and friends. Read more...  

Final Exam


What speed provides the greatest gain in altitude over the shortest distance during a climb?


"The speed for Vx is that which will result in the greatest gain in altitude for a given distance over the ground. It is usually slightly less than Vy which provides the greatest gain in altitude per unit of time," according to page 5-8 of the Airplane Flying Handbook.

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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 a marketing copywriter; Web project manager; High School Aviation Initiative senior director; member services representative; Legal Services Plan attorney; and major gift officer. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

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

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

Feb 20-21 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Fort Worth, Texas; Fairfax, Virginia; Nashua, New Hampshire; and Sacramento, California

Feb 27-28 - Kenner, Louisiana; and Melbourne, 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

Jan 26 - Ontario, California

Jan 27 - Long Beach, California

Jan 28 - San Diego, California

Feb 2 - Northglenn, Colorado

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Jan 23 - Tulsa, Oklahoma; Carson City, Nevada; Houston, Texas; Sebring, Florida; and Brunswick, Maine

Jan 27 - Vacaville, California

Jan 30 - Orlando, Florida

Feb 6 - Roanoke, Virginia; Bartow, Florida; Carlsbad, California; 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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