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May 20, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'May 20, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

ePilot Flight Training Edition

May 20, 2016 - VOL 16, ISSUE 21

Training Tips


The 12.5-second gap

When another airplane is headed toward you, every second counts in the effort to avoid a collision. Do you know how long it takes to recognize the hazard, formulate a plan to alter your course, and put it into action? Read more...  

Flight Training News


Wisconsin students to build Glasair Sportsman

Students at Weyauwega-Fremont High School in Wisconsin erupted in applause and high-fives when they were announced as the winners of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge. The team, which consists of four students, a teacher, and a chaperone, will travel to Arlington, Washington, to help build a Glasair Sportsman. Read more...  



Proposed Part 61 changes would benefit GA

The FAA has published a notice of proposed rulemaking that would improve pilot certification and training. The changes, which primarily affect Part 61 of the federal aviation regulations, address requests made by AOPA. Part 61 governs the certification of pilots, flight instructors, and ground instructors. Read more...  



Purdue Aviation, Tecnam team

Purdue Aviation and Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam, manufacturer of the Tecnam line of certified and light sport aircraft, announced May 5 a partnership to support sales, maintenance, and flight training at Purdue Research Park Aerospace District in West Lafayette, Indiana. Read more...  



AIM introduces free online human factors safety course

The Aviation Institute of Maintenance is introducing a free online human factors course for pilots and aviation enthusiasts that it says will help increase safety awareness while mitigating aviation-related incidents and injury. Read more...  



Clear prop!

Although accidents and injuries from propellers are not widespread, they are serious. Most are easily avoidable. The propeller deserves respect on the ground and in the air. Learn about propeller maintenance and how to ensure passenger safety in this AOPA Air Safety Institute Safety Advisor. Download the PDF...


GAMA awards two scholarships

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association announced May 16 a pair of $2,000 scholarship awards that will help students pursue their aviation careers. Benjamin Harris of Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, New Hampshire, who is currently working on his private pilot certificate, received the Edward W. Stimpson award. Emma Fox, a private pilot and freshman at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, received an award named for National Intercollegiate Flying Association founder Dr. Harold S. Wood. Selections are based on academic and extracurricular accomplishments, and an essay describing applicants' aviation career goals.


AOPA Live This Week

Storm-tracking chopper; Navion rescued

In Tornado Alley, news helicopters track storms to help warn people in the path of destruction that it is time to find safe shelter. It's a life-saving mission that requires steady nerves and an expert approach. Also, David Wakefield spotted the vintage Navion in which his father learned to fly, crumbling into the pavement at Bermuda Dunes Airport. He decided to do something about that. And, watch America's Cup racing yachts slice through waves off New York with amazing speed that owes much to aviation technology. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, May 19...  

Plane Spotter

Classically new

Nothing brings the local plane spotters to the fixed-base operator's ramp-side window faster than the arrival of a classic aircraft, or a brand new model. Plenty of both can be spotted simultaneously with the appearance of a Waco YMF-5D from Waco Aircraft of Battle Creek, Michigan. With the classic lines of a 1920s conventional-gear biplane rounded off by a 300-horsepower Jacobs radial engine, this three-place, aerobatic-approved airplane that dates to 2009 but has its roots in the 1930s and continues in production can come equipped for NextGen-era IFR flying.

Training Products and Resources

Online resource

Take safety to go

If you want to share general aviation safety information at a local community event, just visit the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Safety To Go portal and download seminars and videos that you can present at your flying club, fly-in, fixed-base operator, or flight school. New products are added quarterly. Download your favorite products...  


ASA offers R22 helicopter flash cards

Aviation Supplies & Academics is introducing a set of 400 Robinson R22 helicopter flash cards in an app designed to quiz pilots on limitations, performance, weight and balance, the pilot's operating handbook, and more. The flash cards are available from the Apple App store, Google Play, and Amazon for $9.99.

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

FAA works to streamline medical certification

AOPA Director of Medical Certification Gary Crump shares what the FAA is working on to streamline the medical certification process. Read more...  


Member benefit

The path to ownership: Buying insurance

You're buying or have bought an airplane, and you need insurance for it. Before calling your insurance broker, follow these tips to gather some facts and figures about your new airplane. There are different types of coverage the broker will talk to you about. Read more...  


Member benefit

Learn to craft a mutually beneficial sales/purchase agreement

When buying an airplane, having a good sales/purchase agreement in place is as important as, or even more important than, securing appropriate financing. A sales/purchase agreement allows the buyer to move more quickly and confidently toward the purchase. Read more...  


Poor decision making can affect careers

Career pilots looking to move up in an air carrier's organization should maintain their professional ethics and their enthusiasm for the job, and avoid poor decisions that can lead to future roadblocks, according to Flight Training blogger Chip Wright. Read more...  

Final Exam


Can I fly while I am pregnant?


The short answer to that question is yes—there is no FAA restriction. Of course, you should always consult your doctor. Also, an aviation medical examiner should have no problem issuing you a medical certificate as long as there are no complications with the pregnancy. There have been very few studies done on the risks of flying to the fetus—but those that have been completed found that flying while pregnant has no higher risk of miscarriage than staying on the ground. For more information, read this AOPA Online article.

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 a financial analyst, Great Lakes regional manager, medical certification specialist, marketing specialist, communications director, pilot community development coordinator, 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

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

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

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 21 - Beaufort, North Carolina

Jun 3 - Garden City, New York

Jun 15 - Frederick, Maryland

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

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

May 28 - Ocala, Florida; and Conroe, Texas

Jun 1 - Northampton, Massachusetts

Jun 4 - Southbridge, Massachusetts

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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