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March 11, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'March 11, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

ePilot Flight Training Edition

March 11, 2016 - VOL 16, ISSUE 11

Training Tips


Preventing misfueling

Someone is walking around an aircraft, performing a preflight inspection. You can tell at a glance that it is a pilot preparing to fly because of two things the individual is carrying around: a checklist and a fuel sampling device. Fuel examination is one of the most important elements of a preflight inspection, and it demands careful attention. Read more...  

Flight Training News


High school students spool up

A donated Boeing 727 has begun its new mission teaching science, technology, engineering, and math to students at Central Florida Aerospace Academy. Read more...  



Students land at ExpressJet

Even before they parade across a stage wearing caps and gowns, seven graduating aerospace students from Florida's Polk State College have already landed an aviation job. Read more...  



Diamonds add sparkle to fleet

Australian International Aviation College added eight Diamond Aircraft airplanes to its fleet of training aircraft, including six DA40 single-engine airplanes and a pair of DA42-VI Jet A-powered twins. Read more...  


Standard time ends March 13

If you live in an area that observes daylight saving time, don't forget to move your clocks forward an hour March 13. Remember that the conversion to Zulu time will change, too. See the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's time conversion chart.


AOPA Live This Week

Fly Diamond's new twin; Cirrus lands under 'chute, on camera

Diamond Aircraft's DA62 twin diesel is cleared for delivery, with FAA certification now in place. Find out what this new twin can do, and why it has people talking as AOPA puts it to a flight test. A Cirrus pilot acted quickly and pulled the parachute after losing the engine at low altitude over Long Island, and cameras captured the happy ending. Also this week, inspiring the next generation of aviators can start with a world record attempt for paper airplanes. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, March 10...  

Plane Spotter

Extreme STOL

Ask the makers of the Just Aircraft SuperStol light sport/experimental airplane how much runway it requires, and you are likely to be informed that a runway wasn't what they had in mind when designing the extreme short-takeoff-and-landing-capable aircraft. That assertion is confirmed by examining features that include tundra tires, big shock absorbers on the A-frame landing gear, mechanical flaps that extend 40 degrees, and leading-edge wing slats that deploy automatically at lower airspeeds. Videos of the aircraft in action have been viewed more than a million times.

Training Products and Resources


Fuel folly

Reducing energy consumption may be a laudable goal, but skimping on fuel is not the best way to achieve it. Taking a cue from televised public service announcements, the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Hybrid Power Pilot Safety Announcement is meant to raise awareness of proper fuel planning. Watch the video...  


Safety Spotlight

Appreciating the rules of motion

Angle of attack is a fundamental aerodynamic principle, but do we understand how it applies? Find out how to be safe during critical phases of flight with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Aerodynamics Safety Spotlight. Fortify your knowledge...  


Updated classic: 'Complete Private Pilot'

The updated twelfth edition of The Complete Private Pilot by Bob Gardner covers all the details for aspiring pilots, whether they are concentrating on a private, sport, or recreational certificate. Aeronautical knowledge, checklists, tips, and personal experience are combined into a product available in a variety of formats from ASA (and other retailers) from $19.95.

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


AOPA works to grow the pilot community, you can help

You can help AOPA in its efforts to grow the pilot population by inviting pilots and aviation enthusiasts to join the organization's worldwide community. Read more...  


Member benefit

Top 5 factors that affect your aircraft financing loan terms

When financing an aircraft, the aircraft itself determines some of the conditions of the financing. Here are the top five factors that an aircraft financing company examines. Read more...  


Pilot Protection Services

A foreign matter: International ops and FAA enforcement

Cross-border operations require careful preflight planning and preparation. Numerous considerations range from customs requirements and landing permits to equipment mandates and insurance liability minimums. What happens if you break an aviation regulation in a foreign country? Read more...  


Looking for lights

In the second of three installments, Flight Training blogger Chip Wright describes how he prepared for a missed approach and a go-around when weather minimums and crew duty times threatened his Newark, New Jersey, arrival. Read more...  

Final Exam


What is wake turbulence, and why should I avoid it?


Wake turbulence is the air disturbance that is generated behind an aircraft in the form of counter-rotating vortices trailing from the wing tips. The most intense wake turbulence is produced by an aircraft that is heavy, clean (gear and flaps retracted), and slow. This configuration occurs on every departure, but is more pronounced for a large aircraft that is heavily loaded. Some wingtip vortices can attain rotational speeds in excess of 300 feet per second. One of the greatest dangers of encountering wake turbulence is induced roll, which can exceed the roll authority of the aircraft. For more information on wake turbulence see Aeronautical Information Manual 7-3-1 or read this article on the AOPA website.

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 an aviation technical specialist, social media evangelist, Flying Clubs Initiative manager, marketing copywriter, Web project manager, and member services representative. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Mar 12-13 - Phoenix, Arizona; Burlingame, California; King of Prussia, Pennsylvania; and Virginia Beach, Virginia

Mar 19-20 - Orlando, Florida; and Elkridge, Maryland

Apr 2-3 - Denver, Colorado; Tampa, Florida; Needham, Massachusetts; and Dulles, Virginia

Apr 9-10 - Indianapolis, Indiana; and Salt Lake City, Utah

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

Mar 14 - Northbrook, Illinois; Fletcher, North Carolina; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Mar 15 - Lisle, Illinois; Jamestown, North Carolina; and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Mar 16 - East Peoria, Illinois; Morrisville, North Carolina; and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Mar 17 - Rockford, Illinois; and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

Mar 11 - Nashville, Tennessee

Mar 12 - Reading, Pennsylvania; El Cajon, California; and Bulverde, Texas

Mar 19 - Belleville, Michigan; West Lafayette, Indiana; and North Las Vegas, Nevada

Mar 23 - Riverside, California; La Porte, Indiana; and Middleton, Wisconsin

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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