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October 7, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'October 7, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

ePilot Flight Training Edition

October 7, 2016 - VOL 16, ISSUE 41

Training Tips

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Checklist challenge

With the destination airport near, the Cessna 182 pilot disengaged the autopilot—and immediately noticed that the aircraft had been flying "more and more out of trim" to compensate for an unbalanced fuel load. Pondering causes was cut short when the engine quit at 1,500 feet agl, forcing an off-airport landing in a plowed field. Read more...  

Flight Training News

You Can Fly

AOPA, Purdue to develop aviation curricula

AOPA and Purdue University have announced a partnership to develop aviation science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curricula for high schools across America. The program will be the first of its kind, offering students comprehensive four-year aviation study options that are aligned to rigorous math and science standards used in many states nationwide. Read more...  


You Can Fly

Raisbeck leads STEM learning

Students at Raisbeck Aviation High School near Seattle listened intently during a hands-on ground school class as they learned to compute speed and wind correction angle on manual E6B flight calculators. The school has been teaching STEM curricula for several years as other high schools have ramped up for what experts see as an explosion of opportunity for future aviators. Read more...  



Teen pilot flying high

Flying a rock star to and from a gig; earning an instrument flight instructor certificate; and qualifying in Australia to fly large, experimental drones before turning 19, Colorado teen Olivia Scout Lockhart has packed quite a lot into an aviation career that has only just begun. Read more...  



FAA scrambles to hire controllers

More than 35 years after President Ronald Reagan fired 11,000 air traffic controllers who had gone on strike in the midst of a bitter labor battle, the FAA still faces periodic waves of shortages. For the first time in seven years, however, the FAA is poised to catch up with recruiting efforts, at least in the near term: The agency is on track to hire 1,781 new air traffic controllers before the end of December. Read more...  



Squawk ident

Are you automatically cleared to enter Class B airspace while receiving flight following? In the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Ask ATC: Flight Following and Airspace video, air traffic controllers discuss things to consider when traversing different airspace areas. Watch the video...  


Women in Aviation scholarship deadline nears

Those who have a passion for aviation and aerospace have until Nov. 14 to apply for 75 scholarships from Women in Aviation International. "In the past 20 years, WAI has disbursed more than $10 million to its members to help them reach their goals and advance into the aviation and aerospace careers they have always dreamed about," according to the group's website. Search the scholarships available and apply online.


AOPA Live This Week

Record fly-in crowd; Red Bull at the Brickyard

Members and guests arrived in record numbers for the final AOPA Fly-In of 2016 in Prescott, Arizona, including one pilot who shook off 40 years of rust to get back in the air in just six hours with help from AOPA, and is now bringing a friend and fellow rusty pilot back into the fold as well. Also, a new Red Bull Air Race champion is crowned, and AOPA throws a party on the famous bricks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Oct. 6...  

Plane Spotter

The littler Lockheed

Plane spotting is the ultimate aeronautical spectator sport. But sometimes nailing the identification is part knowing your airframes, and an equal part having a head for history. Once you have pinned down a 1930s-era taildragger with two 450-horsepower radial engines and twin vertical tails as a member of Lockheed's lineup (not a Beech 18), the next step is to distinguish between the Model 10—the 10,500-pound, 12-place aircraft flown by Amelia Earhart—and the aircraft pictured here, a Model 12A Electra Junior, the 8,650-pound (loaded), eight-seat successor to the Electra.

Training Products and Resources


Ready for a spot landing?

Hone short-field landing techniques beyond currency requirements after reviewing the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Takeoffs and Landings: Short Field Landings video. Flight instructors discuss the point of aiming for a landing spot and touching down at the slowest airspeed. Watch the video...  


Portable space dryer fits in the palm of your hand

For a new solution to an old problem, check out H2Out's line of portable space dryers. The military- and NASA-inspired design utilizes a nontoxic silica gel desiccant placed inside small stainless steel canisters lined with perforations to allow the substance to do its job cleanly and without the fear of spillage. The reusable containers draw moisture from delicate electronics, and their dehumidifying power can be renewed by baking them in an oven. The 3-inch-tall SD103 can dehumidify a 1-by-1-by-5-foot area and is available online from Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. for $14.95.

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

Pilot Protection Services

Tips to understand maintenance logbook entries

Discrepancies in airworthiness can cause headaches for owners/operators and mechanics. AOPA Pilot Protection Services Panel attorney Jeffrey R. Ludwig details how to avoid future snafus by keeping proper records. Read more...  

Instrument Tip


Lines of revision

You contacted your instrument flight instructor after checking your logbook revealed that an endorsement was required to maintain your IFR currency. And some proficiency work can never hurt. Read more...  

Final Exam


I just passed my private pilot airplane checkride in a single-engine aircraft. I would like to add multiengine privileges to my certificate. Must I accomplish all the same training and testing steps again that I had to accomplish for my airplane single-engine land (ASEL) rating in a multi?


No, you don't necessarily have to log the same training and flight hours. In fact, you don't even need to take another written exam to add an additional aircraft class rating to your existing pilot certificate (see 14 CFR 61.63(c)). You would have to train to proficiency on the required areas of knowledge and operation specifically listed in 14 CFR 61.105 and 61.107(b)(2), then obtain an endorsement for the practical test from your instructor. At that point you should be familiar with, among other things, new concepts like VMC, VXSE, VYSE, and accelerate-stop distance, and have gained more exposure to aircraft systems and emergency procedures than you may have received during your single-engine training. Finally, you can schedule and pass your practical test in a multiengine airplane. For more information, see this AOPA subject report, and check out Chapter 12 of the Airplane Flying Handbook.

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 seeks Rusty Pilots seminar presenters

Flight instructors and advanced ground instructors who have a passion for teaching could help pilots get back in the air through AOPA's You Can Fly program. The association is seeking part-time Rusty Pilots seminar presenters who can travel about once a month in 2017. These independent contractors will host presentations to help certificated pilots satisfy the ground portion of their flight review as the first step in returning to active pilot status. Learn more...


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, flying clubs initiative senior manager, New York You Can Fly ambassador, aviation technical specialist, product marketing specialist, advertising-marketing coordinator, and UI/front-end developer. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Oct 8-9 - Santa Clara, California; and Nashville, Tennessee

Oct 15-16 - Columbia, South Carolina; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Wichita, Kansas

Nov 12-13 - San Diego, California

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

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

Oct 8 - Watkins, Colorado

Oct 10 - Herndon, Virginia; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Danville, Kentucky

Oct 11 - Frederick, Maryland

Oct 17 - Germantown, Tennessee; Mesa, Arizona; and Van Nuys, California

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

Oct 7 - Fort Myers, Florida

Oct 8 - Morrisville, North Carolina; Stevensville, Maryland; Pearland, Texas; Watkins, Colorado; and Grantsburg, Wisconsin

Oct 12 - Middleton, Wisconsin

Oct 15 - Carson City, Nevada; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Burnet, Texas; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Richmond, Virginia

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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