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January 29, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'January 29, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

ePilot Flight Training Edition

January 29, 2016 - VOL 16, ISSUE 5

Training Tips


The other right-of-way rule

Turning final, a student pilot is surprised to see the aircraft below taxi hastily onto the runway and accelerate for takeoff. The actions of the pilot on the ground were discourteous, against regulations, and even unsafe. Read more...  

Flight Training News


Learning large at Delta

Two aviation maintenance students from San Diego Miramar College's airframe and powerplant program are gaining valuable experience wrenching on the big iron after learning their trade in a challenging five-semester program. Read more...  


Flight Training magazine

Secrets to a stable approach

The four criteria for a stable approach—in landing configuration, on glideslope, with a normal descent rate, and on approach speed—might sound simple, but they aren't always easy to accomplish. With practice, however, your approaches and landings will become consistent. Read more...  


Facebook chat

Talk about landings in 'Flight Training' chat

What are the elements of a good landing? Bring your landing questions and issues to the next Flight Training chat at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Feb. 2. Flight Training Editor and CFI Ian Twombly will help you figure out how to improve your technique. One chatter will receive a $50 Aircraft Spruce & Specialty gift card. Set an email reminder now. Flight Training Facebook chats are underwritten by Aircraft Spruce & Specialty.


Learn & Earn Safety Challenge

Be in it to win it!

The AOPA Air Safety Institute's 2016 "Learn & Earn Safety Challenge" offers you a chance to sharpen your skills and win access to seven proficiency training programs—valued at more than $1,500—from Enter the challenge and read about the lucky fourth-quarter winner in 2015...  



Wipaire seeks interns, opens scholarship

Wipaire hired one of its interns on full time and is looking for up to four additional airframe and powerplant students hoping to get hands-on experience in the aircraft modification business's Gateway to Success A&P internship program. The company also is accepting applications for the Ben Wiplinger Memorial Seaplane Rating Scholarship. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Digging out, digging drones

A massive winter storm dumped snow by the foot in the Mid-Atlantic and at AOPA's home in Frederick, Maryland, leaving pilots and airport crews digging out for days. Learn an easy way to find out if airports along your route are closed, and get winter flying tips from the AOPA Air Safety Institute. Rain, gusty wind, and cold temperatures at the end of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Florida didn't douse all the fun. A new drone area attracted many, including visitors who arrived with parents in tow. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Jan. 28...  

Plane Spotter

Slotted to be a classic

The period immediately following World War II brought great expansion of general aviation as manufacturers produced models to meet demand for personal air transportation and recreation. Tube-and-fabric designs and tailwheel configurations still ruled for the two- and four-seat single-engine types being built. The Stinson 108, popular for its utility, "fluidity," and pilot-friendly handling, entered the marketplace during this period, following the 1939-era Stinson Voyager. Inspect a Stinson 108 on the ramp and notice its wings' leading-edge slots in line with the ailerons. They preserve aileron effectiveness during high-angle-of-attack flight.

Training Products and Resources

CheckMate offers flippable info cards

Students, pilots, and instructors can refer to CheckMate Aviation's multipage call-and-response aircraft checklist cards to ensure critical items have been addressed before, during, and after flight. The spiral-bound, easy-to-read cards are laminated and designed for a pocket or a cockpit pouch. CheckBooks can be flipped with one hand, leaving the other hand free. Emergency procedures, V speeds, VFR flight minimums, and important conversions also are included. CheckBooks are available online from $10 to $21, depending on aircraft make and model.



VFR flight plan—a smart choice

What is involved in filing a VFR flight plan, and how will it help you? Watch Ask ATC: VFR Flight Plans...  

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

Four deep breaths

Dr. Jonathan Sackier explains four conditions in which it can be difficult for you or your passengers to breathe in the aircraft. Read more...  


Airport operations

Airport operations are some of the riskier things we deal with as pilots, though we don't often equate them to the risk we face in the air. However, according to Flight Training blogger and airline pilot Chip Wright, we should. Read more...  

Final Exam


During your private pilot training, your instructor recommends that you land at a Class B airport to practice navigating taxiways at different types of airports. You thought you were well-versed on the airport diagram, but now you are having difficulty figuring out where you are on the diagram. What should you do?


You should request progressive taxi instructions. You can make this request if you are unfamiliar with the airport or are confused about the correct taxi routing. Progressive taxi instructions, which include step-by-step routing directions, also may be issued if the controller deems it necessary due to traffic or field conditions like construction or closed taxiways. (Source: Aeronautical Information Manual 4-3-18 Part 3.)

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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; and Legal Services Plan attorney.To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

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

Mar 5-6 - Ontario, 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

Feb 2 - Northglenn, Colorado

Feb 3 - Colorado Springs, Colorado

Feb 8 - Jacksonville, Florida

Feb 9 - Daytona Beach, Florida

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

Rusty Pilot Seminars

Jan 30 - Orlando, Florida

Feb 6 - Roanoke, Virginia; Bartow, Florida; Carlsbad, California; and Trenton, Maine

Feb 13 - Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Scottsdale, Arizona

Feb 20 - Vero Beach, Florida; and Chickasha, Oklahoma

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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