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July 1, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'July 1, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

ePilot Flight Training Edition

July 1, 2016 - VOL 16, ISSUE 27

Training Tips


Tailwind trouble

Inbound to a nontowered airport, you tune in the common traffic advisory frequency hoping to hear which runway local traffic is using. Someone advises that Runway 17 is in use. You enter the pattern, but you get an uneasy feeling as you turn from the base leg to final. Did you really turn base so close that the 5,000-foot runway's threshold now appears much nearer than expected? Could you have a tailwind? Read more...  

Flight Training News


ERAU dominates Air Race Classic

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University pilots Emmy Dillon and Abbie Pasmore took first place overall, and first place in the collegiate division of the 2016 Air Race Classic. The overall win was a first for their school. The Riddle Racers Gold team was among more than 50 teams of pilots, all of them women, who completed the 2,716-mile winding route between two Embry-Riddle campuses. Read more...  



Topping the clouds

How should you request and receive a clearance for "VFR on top," and what is expected from you and air traffic control? Watch this installment of Ask ATC...  



'A Different Point of View'

A California dream became a reality for a former actor, Hollywood movie set photographer, and career pilot who established a safe haven for teens struggling in life. A Different Point of View Founder Lynn Houston said her life was in shambles when she was their age, too. Read more...  



Get back into flying with Rusty Pilots 2.0

Remember the exciting adventures you've had exploring new areas in airplanes? AOPA's new Rusty Pilots 2.0 seminar will walk you through a fun cross-country trip with the family to satisfy the ground portion of the flight review, making getting back into the left seat fun and easy. Learn more about the program and the new Rusty Pilots Resource Guide during a webinar July 12 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Register today...  


AOPA Live This Week

Inside look at Boeing

Go inside the Boeing factory for an exclusive look at how the behemoth airliners are built—and learn how you can have this and other cool experiences during the AOPA Fly-In at Bremerton, Washington, in August. Also this week, we get "trapped" on the USS George Washington and honor those who are serving our country; pay tribute to a legendary aviation journalist and former AOPA employee; and host a group of Cub Scouts excited about aviation. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, June 30...  

Plane Spotter

The newest M-bird

From the PA-46 Malibu through the Matrix to the turboprops of the M-Class, Piper Aircraft has steadily expanded its top-line offerings of single-engine airplanes. Plane spotters can soon transfer their gaze from websites and forward-looking magazine reports to the ramp of the local airport in search of the newest member of the M-Class, the 600-shaft-horsepower M600 that debuted to fanfare in June. Piper added fuel capacity (in a new wing) and payload to the new release while improving on the predecessor M500's maximum cruising speed and range.

Training Products and Resources

Children's headsets now include audio input

Pilots can protect their child passengers' hearing and keep little ones informed and occupied with updated headsets from SoftComm. Red, black, or purple ear cups with audio jacks for music or games help make family flying vacations a breeze. These foldable, noise-reducing headsets include "no squeeze" plastic headbands and gold-plated connectors. The headsets are available through Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. for $88.75 to $129.95.

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

AOPA's medical experts offer advice

Check out some of the common questions AOPA's medical experts receive and learn how their advice could help you with your medical certification. Read more...  


Member benefit

Answers to your top five aviation insurance questions

How do you get the best value for your insurance dollar and find out whether you are still covered if your medical has expired? Are you covered when flying from the right seat or landing at backcountry airstrips? What are the most common reasons for insurance claim denials? AOPA Insurance Services provides answers to these most-asked questions. Read more...  


AOPA Aviation Finance

Pick the right one: Tips for financing an older jet

If you've got your eye on an older jet, but you know you will need bank financing—shop wisely. Read more...  


Accelerate the move to the majors

Most aspiring career pilots want to fly for the major airlines, but that job is hard to land. Once the requisite ratings are acquired, there is the matter of building overall time, jet time, and hopefully some turbojet pilot-in-command time. Are there any shortcuts or other options? According to Flight Training blogger Chip Wright, there might be. Read more...  

Instrument Tip

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Don't get trapped in weather

Take the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Weather Wise: VFR into IMC course to learn why it's best to stay on the ground when the weather is not on your side. Find out how you can avoid getting wedged between terrain and lowering ceilings, and get the weather facts that will guide your decisions when the lines are blurred. Take the course...

Final Exam


I've always wanted to pursue my dream of flying; however, I'm a little concerned about passing the airman medical examination because I'm currently taking hypertension medication. How can I find out if the medicine is allowed by the FAA?


The FAA currently allows most FDA-approved anti-hypertension agents. (Check out this list of most FAA-accepted medications as well as AOPA's subject report about hypertension.) Before visiting your aviation medical examiner, fill out AOPA's internet-based, interactive TurboMedical tool to guide you while you fill out the form. Then you can complete the FAA online medical application, MedXPress.

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 an aviation technical specialist, fundraising specialist, government affairs federal and state vice president, member services representative, Great Lakes regional manager, communications director, donor relations director, AOPA Foundation communications director, and marketing copywriter. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Jul 9-10 - Coraopolis, Pennsylvania; and Elizabeth, New Jersey

Jul 23-24 - Jacksonville, Florida; and Memphis, Tennessee

Aug 6-7 - Atlanta, Georgia; Fort Worth, Texas; and Long Beach, California

Aug 20-21 - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; and Reno, Nevada

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

Jul 9 - Alpine, Wyoming

Jul 27-30 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Sep 6 - Wichita, Kansas; Madison, Wisconsin; and Seattle, Washington

Sep 7 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Portland, Oregon

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

Jul 9 - Savannah, Georgia

Jul 16 - San Marcos, Texas; and West Mifflin, Pennsylvania

Jul 27 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Aug 13 - Fort Worth, Texas

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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