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June 3, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'June 3, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

ePilot Flight Training Edition

June 3, 2016 - VOL 16, ISSUE 23

Training Tips


'Do not overload the controller'

Here's a communications scenario any pilot might encounter upon departing an airport in radar-controlled airspace: You are flying an assigned heading; the vector is for traffic, but the 060-degree heading you received is not taking you in the desired direction of your westbound course. How do you proceed? Read more...  

Flight Training News


Airman standards to take effect

New airman certification standards are set to take effect June 15. The new standards, which affect those applying for a Private Pilot Airplane certificate or an Instrument Rating Airplane, are available on the FAA's airman testing website. Read more...  



Don't cap veterans' flight training

Aviation groups including AOPA are renewing their opposition to placing limits on flight training for veterans. Read more...  



Planning a trip around the world

Find out how Redbird pilot Brittney Miculka fared when she joined Colorado science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students planning and "flying" a real-time simulated global circumnavigation from Liberia to Florida during the fourth installment of the 10-part Winging It video series. Watch the video...  



Science grant introduces aviation to Alabama students

Tuskegee University will introduce aviation to Alabama middle school students and teachers, thanks to a $482,107 grant from the National Science Foundation. Read more...  


EAA AirVenture job fair expands to full week

The annual job fair at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is expanding from the traditional one-day event to a full week to better match job seekers with aviation industry employers. The aviation career website will assist candidates by pointing them to suitable openings, according to an EAA press release.


Online resource

Runway safety in a flash

Need a quick refresher on the markings and lights that provide directions for moving on airport surfaces? Use the AOPA Air Safety Institute's new digital runway safety flash cards. The cards include high-resolution illustrations of runway signs and markings. Those that depict pulsing lights include animation to replicate what you'd see in real life. Download the flash cards...  


AOPA Live This Week

Fly the Legacy 450; Go inside the Snowbirds' DC flyover

Find out how the Embraer Legacy 450's six-foot-high cabin, fly-by-wire technology, and 2,900-mile range stack up against other mid-light jet competitors. And if you fly long enough, you might one day face flying an aircraft you know nothing about—find out what to look for and how to stay safe in an unfamiliar airplane. Also this week, discover what it takes to become a Canadian Snowbird pilot and how the demonstration team prepared for its recent Washington, D.C., flyover. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, June 2...  

Plane Spotter

When porcupines flew

Plane spotters: Name a flying boat with four 1,065-horsepower radial engines that could stay in the air for 16 hours, served in military and civilian roles, was referred to by its World War II adversaries as a "flying porcupine," and has an example in the famed Fantasy of Flight aircraft collection in Florida. Another hint: The airplane was named for an English town. This litany of distinctions applies only to the Short Sunderland S.25, a 58,000-pound submarine fighter—and later, airliner—that earned its prickly nickname for its bristling armaments.

Training Products and Resources

ASA adds free multiengine syllabus

Multiengine students or pilots studying for a flight review can download Bob Gardner's third edition of The Complete Multi-Engine Pilot Syllabus from Aviation Supplies & Academics. The syllabus explains the aeronautical skills and knowledge that pilots need to add an airplane multiengine land class rating to their certificate. The free downloadable PDFs work hand in hand with The Complete Multi-Engine Pilot textbook.

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 Photo Contest

What's your favorite photo?

Voting for the top photos is underway in the AOPA Photo Contest sponsored by Faro Aviation. AOPA narrowed the field to the nine best—three each featuring an airplane, person, or place—and now is your chance to pick the best photo from each category. Make sure you place your vote before June 6. Vote today...  


Pilot Protection Services

How can you fly after your FAA aircraft registration has expired?

In 2010, the FAA revised the aircraft registration process to require re-registration of U.S. aircraft every three years. By now, most aircraft owners have developed their own systems or purchased an app to remind them of their aircraft registration expiration dates. But what happens if your registration expires—how can you get it back quickly? Read more...  


Member benefit

The do's and don'ts of pre-buy inspections

When it comes to having a pre-buy inspection, don't use the mechanic who currently maintains the airplane. Find out why...  


Member benefit

Plan to protect your aircraft during hurricane season

With hurricane season underway, AOPA members who live in or plan to travel to hurricane-prone areas should have a plan in place to relocate their aircraft in advance of a storm. AOPA Insurance Services offers tips to help you prepare a plan. Read more...  

Instrument Tip


Dueling databases

Inbound to Boeing Field beneath Seattle's Class B airspace, the flight instructor checked the GPS/nav/com's moving map and realized that the left-seat pilot had failed to descend below the 5,000-foot floor of the oncoming block of airspace. Find out what happened...  


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Fly the Y or Z approach?

Why are there two ILS approaches to the same runway at Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport? Hint: Read the approach plates carefully before answering this question. Both plates are included in the resources for the AOPA Air Safety Institute's IFR Quiz: A Tale of Two ILSs. Take the quiz...

Final Exam


I'm about to begin my cross-country flights for my private pilot certificate. Are there specific regulations regarding the fuel requirements for my flights?


Yes, there are fuel requirements, and in your case, because you are working on your private pilot certificate, you would be required to comply with 14 CFR 91.151, "Fuel requirements for flight in VFR conditions." This regulation states: "(a) No person may begin a flight in an airplane under VFR conditions unless (considering wind and forecast weather conditions) there is enough fuel to fly to the first point of intended landing and, assuming normal cruising speed—(1) During the day, to fly after that for at least 30 minutes; or (2) At night, to fly after that for at least 45 minutes." For more information on fuel and fuel management, see the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Fuel Awareness Safety Advisor.

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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 administration executive assistant, government affairs federal and state vice president, Aviation Insurance Services director, member services representative, financial analyst, Great Lakes regional manager, medical certification specialist, marketing specialist, communications director, Great Lakes "You Can Fly" ambassador, donor relations director, AOPA Foundation communications director, and marketing copywriter. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Jun 4-5 - Tempe, Arizona; and Orlando, Florida

Jun 11-12 - Bloomington, Minnesota; Ashburn, Virginia; and Charlotte, North Carolina

Jun 25-26 - Santa Clara, California; and Columbus, Ohio

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

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

Jun 3 - Garden City, New York

Jun 15 - Frederick, Maryland

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

Jun 4 - Southbridge, Massachusetts

Jun 5 - Albany, New York

Jun 11 - Lakeland, Florida; New Century, Kansas; Conroe, Texas; and Chatham, Massachusetts

Jun 18 - Hebron, Nebraska

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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