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May 6, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'May 6, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

ePilot Flight Training Edition

May 6, 2016 - VOL 16, ISSUE 19

Training Tips


What examiners want

Some answers are better than others when your examiner poses a question during the practical test. If the examiner asks you how to position the controls while taxiing in a crosswind, will you be prepared not only to demonstrate but also to explain why you position the controls that way? Read more...  

Flight Training News


Santa Monica school to close

Santa Monica's largest flight school will close its doors for good in one week following an agreement with the city government, which had served an eviction notice. Read more...  



Student creates own company

A Washington, D.C., student has created his own computerized refueling system to handle paperwork more efficiently, more safely, and less expensively, and FBOs are listening. Read more...  



Beaufort fly-in procedures

Are you coming to the AOPA Fly-In at Michael J. Smith Field in Beaufort, North Carolina, May 20 and 21? If you intend to fly to the event, watch this fly-in procedures video to plan your arrival. The video provides an eagle's-eye view of what to expect, whether arriving from the north, west, or south. You also should download the pilot information packet for in-depth details. Watch the video and plan your flight...  


Find out if Redbird pilot helps 'save a life'

Learn why stethoscopes don't work in a medevac environment as Redbird's Brittney Miculka joins Case Western Reserve University's medical helicopter training class for the third installment of the 10-part Winging It video series. Read more...  



ASA adds instrument online ground school

Instrument students now can turn to Aviation Supplies & Academics for an online ground school option. ASA announced May 2 the availability of its Instrument Pilot Online Ground School. Read more...  


Two aviation students going to France

Two mechanical engineering students are packing their bags for five-week summer internships at Daher's Tarbes, France, facility near the Pyrenees Mountains. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Kristin Sandager and Washington University's Dalton Nonweiler were awarded the 2016 EAA/Daher International Scholarships May 2.


AOPA Live This Week

'Fifi' up close; Special-use airspace tips

Almost 300 hours of work for every flight hour: That's what it takes to keep Fifi, the Commemorative Air Force's B-29 Superfortress, flying. AOPA traveled to Fifi's home base to see the care the warbird receives. Special-use airspace is intimidating to some pilots, but you don't have to let restricted areas and military operations areas keep you from flying to where you want to go. Also this week, updates on a couple of around-the-world flights. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, May 5...  

Plane Spotter

Sonex B models

Airshows, fly-ins, and major aviation gatherings are plane-spotting paradise, as the manufacturers who unveil their new ideas there know. Sonex Aircraft (tagline: "The Sport Aircraft Reality Check!") previewed the B models of its compact, canopied Sonex and Waiex two-place kit aircraft with more cockpit room and panel space, more fuel capacity, and more engine options recently at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Florida. Either model might be spottable in conventional- or tricycle-gear configuration. But if the tail is Y-shaped, yes, call it a Waiex (pronounced WHY-ex).

Training Products and Resources

Safety Spotlight

Fuel facts

Tapping the fuel gauges in an attempt to summon the last drops of fuel to keep the engine alive is not the best way to conclude a flight. Don't let it come to that—check out the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Fuel Management Safety Spotlight for fuel planning and fuel management suggestions.


Flight Outfitters offers new iPad Mini, Air kneeboards

Flight Outfitters embraces the tablet age with new kneeboards for the iPad Mini and iPad Air. Innovative pilot-friendly features include a sturdy, rotating mounting bracket; a fold-down side pocket that converts to a rigid note-taking platform; and a heavy-duty elastic strap. The $59.95 iPad Mini Kneeboard and the $69.96 iPad Air Kneeboard are available from several online retailers.

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

Photo contest

Pilots showcase GA in photos

Pilots and aviation enthusiasts have submitted more than 400 photos showcasing general aviation in the AOPA Photo Contest sponsored by Faro Aviation. Entries will remain open until May 15 so you can submit your best image. AOPA will choose the top three submissions in each category (aircraft, places, and people), and you can vote between May 27 and June 6 to pick the winners. Learn more about the prizes and submit your photo...  


Pilot Protection Services

Accident or incident?

Did your aircraft's wingtip hit the fence while you were parking? Did you have a gear-up landing or prop strike? Did you knock over a taxiway light while taxiing, or brush your aircraft against another on the ground? Did a passenger fall and break an arm while exiting the airplane? Find out which of these events must be reported. Read more...  

Instrument Tip


Crossing G airspace

It is the pilot in command's responsibility to know what kind of airspace the route will take them through. Direct routings enabled by GPS technology are becoming less the exception and more the rule. But does that capability come with a catch? Read more...  

Final Exam


What is meant by "cleared for the option" at towered airports?


This is a common procedure used for pilots performing multiple landings or practicing instrument approaches. When air traffic control authorizes the "cleared for the option" procedure, the aircraft is permitted to make a touch‐and‐go, low approach, missed approach, stop‐and‐go, or full-stop landing. As a training aid, it enables an instructor or examiner to observe the reaction of a student or applicant under changing conditions. If you would like to utilize the flexibility this procedure provides, make your request before passing the final approach fix on an instrument approach or while downwind in the pattern. This procedure is used only at locations with an operational control tower and is subject to ATC approval. For answers to other questions involving ATC, check out the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Ask ATC video series.

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 AOPA Air Safety Institute and AOPA Foundation executive assistant, marketing specialist, communications director, pilot community development coordinator, Great Lakes "You Can Fly" ambassador, donor relations director, AOPA Foundation communications director, marketing copywriter, and member services representative. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

May 14-15 - Sacramento, California; Pensacola, Florida; and Kansas City, Missouri

May 21-22 - Hollywood, Florida; Albany, New York; and Conroe, Texas

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

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

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

May 17 - Madison, Wisconsin

May 18 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

May 19 - Manitowoc, Wisconsin

May 21 - Beaufort, North Carolina

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

May 7 - Davenport, Iowa; Victoria, Texas; Willoughby, Ohio; and Greeley, Colorado

May 14 - Georgetown, Texas

May 18 - Carlsbad, California

May 21 - Cozad, Nebraska; Broomfield, Colorado; and Stevensville, Maryland

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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