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November 18, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'November 18, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

ePilot Flight Training Edition

November 18, 2016 - VOL 16, ISSUE 47

Training Tips

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Crossed up in the wind

There's no such thing as too much crosswind landing practice. So when the wind came up during a training flight with a post-solo student, the flight instructor scrapped the day's lesson plan to capitalize on the angular air currents. A nearby airport with its nice long Runway 12/30 offered a fine chance to practice. So the CFI and student visually acquired the destination...or so they thought. Read more...  

Flight Training News


New stabilized approach studied

On the heels of the NTSB's Nov. 14 release of its Most Wanted list of transportation safety improvements that included general aviation loss of control, the University of North Dakota, in partnership with the AOPA Air Safety Institute, announced that it is studying the use of a continuous turning approach or "circular pattern" as an alternative to the traditional rectangular traffic pattern. Read more...  



'Three Seconds, Three Choices'

Is it ever a good idea to relinquish pilot-in-command authority? The AOPA Air Safety Institute doesn't recommend it, and neither does pilot Tom Berge after a frightful flight when the airplane he was following disappeared into the fog. Berge's Real Pilot Story holds many lessons about what it means to be PIC. Watch the video...  



Beyond stick-and-rudder skills

Enjoying the freedom of flight is just as much about learning how to think as it is about learning how to fly. In "Mind Over Matter: Strengthening the Weakest Link," AOPA Air Safety Institute Senior Vice President George Perry discusses simple techniques that can increase pilot performance and reduce pilot error. Join the webinar Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. Eastern and explore time-tested ways pilots in the safest sectors of aviation are "trained to think" about safety to decrease decision-based human error. Register now...  


Flying Musicians opens internships

Juniors or seniors in college can apply for internships through the Flying Musicians Association. The music- and aviation-based nonprofit will provide students the opportunity to earn college credit while they "develop a personal network of contacts within the aviation and music industries." Positions include social media, website, and communications duties as well as technical and data-entry functions. Tennessee-based board member and Volunteer State College associate professor Leonard Assante said interns will gain practical experience, industry knowledge, and networking opportunities.


AOPA Foundation focus

Ceci Stratford Flight Training scholarships awarded

Two young women who are working toward their private pilot certificates have each been awarded a 2016 Ceci Stratford Flight Training Scholarship under the AOPA Foundation's Flight Training Scholarship program. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Inside the Spruce Goose; NTSB presses GA

As Hollywood offers a new take on Howard Hughes, AOPA takes you behind the scenes to see what keeps the Spruce Goose spruced up. Also this week, get some glider time over Florida and see what you can learn from this kind of flying, and find out why general aviation remains on the NTSB's Most Wanted list after years of steady improvement. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Nov. 17...  

Plane Spotter

When bathtubs flew

If a crowd is gathering at the terminal's picture window because someone said a C-3 has arrived, don't look past the rows of parked light airplanes for a large machine bristling with engines. It's that two-place single that resembles a not-so-gorgeous cross between an Aeronca Champ and, well, a bathtub that you should inspect. The 1930s-era 36-horsepower Aeronca C-3 gave rise to the numerous familiar Aeronca models. Note the lack of wing struts, the tiny landing gear, and the single control stick of this descendant of the single-place 1920s-vintage Aeronca C-2.

Training Products and Resources

Pilot magazine

Gear for the mission: GA pilot

From headsets to portable navigation equipment and video cameras to handheld radios, general aviation pilots love high-tech gadgets. Get gift ideas for pilots this holiday season from AOPA Pilot. Read more...  


Versatile winter flight jacket

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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 Aviation Finance

Five reasons to get a pre-approval for an aircraft loan

When you receive a pre-approval for an aircraft loan, lenders will provide a specific dollar limit they are willing to lend you based on your unique financial situation. With most pre-approved loans, you can lock in the rates for a specific period. For example, AOPA Aviation Finance lenders can lock in your rates for 30 to 60 days. Read more...  


Pilot Protection Services

Wrenching decision: Pilot prep for preventive maintenance

If you are interested in hands-on maintenance, be sure to become familiar with 14 CFR Part 43 because you will be held to the same standard as a certificated mechanic when performing preventive maintenance. Read more...  


Tailwind trouble

Pilots are always hoping for tailwinds on cross-country flights, "but they are very bad in three places: takeoff, landing, and base leg," cautions AOPA Air Safety Institute Senior Safety Advisor Bruce Landsberg. Learn more about the effects of tailwinds in the traffic pattern and low to the ground. Read more...  

Final Exam


I would love to fly over the Grand Canyon after earning my private pilot certificate. Where can I find out about the restrictions for flying in the area?


Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 50-2 is the controlling document for operations in this area. The FAA also issued a Grand Canyon VFR chart. Unfortunately, the chart, which was last updated in 2001, may be in conflict with the special flight rules area (see the National Park Service chart showing the covered area). If you are planning to fly into this area, you should use the rule to decide your authorized routings. AOPA is working to rectify this discrepancy.

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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 a government affairs federal and state vice president, Central Southwest regional manager, Great Lakes regional manager, account executive, annual giving manager, donor relations director, high school aviation initiative manager, New York You Can Fly ambassador, aviation technical specialist, UI/front-end developer, and marketing specialist. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Nov 19-20 - Anchorage, Alaska; Atlanta, Georgia; and Austin, Texas

Dec 3-4 - Denver, Colorado; and Orlando, Florida

Jan 7-8 - Charlotte, North Carolina; Rockford, Tennessee; Santa Clara, California; and Ypsilanti, Michigan

Jan 14-15 - Bellevue, Washington; Elkridge, Maryland; and Ridgeland, Mississippi

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

Jan 9 - Reno, Nevada

Jan 10 - Sacramento, California; and Houston, Texas

Jan 11 - Milpitas, California; and San Antonio, Texas

Jan 12 - Austin, Texas; and Santa Rosa, California

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

Nov 19 - Loveland, Colorado; Henderson, Nevada; and Murrieta, California

Dec 3 - Tyler, Texas; Scottsdale, Arizona; and Panama City Beach, Florida

Dec 8 - Bartow, Florida

Dec 10 - Dallas, Texas; Newnan, Georgia; Long Beach, California; and Smithfield, North Carolina

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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