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October 21, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'October 21, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

ePilot Flight Training Edition

October 21, 2016 - VOL 16, ISSUE 43

Training Tips

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A lean explanation

The pilot was maneuvering his homebuilt airplane at 1,200 feet agl when the engine quit, forcing him down in a soybean field. The airplane rolled briefly, then nosed over in a fuel-exhaustion accident investigators attributed to "improper fuel planning." What happened? Read more...  

Flight Training News


Training in electric airplanes

A unique public-private collaboration is poised to prove electric airplanes can dramatically cut the cost of flight training, and venture beyond the traffic pattern. The players include two small towns in California's Central Valley, a flight school, a nonprofit energy consultant, a community college, and Slovenian aircraft maker Pipistrel, each with a role creating a network of electric airplane charging stations. Read more...  


American Flyers spreads wings to Arizona

American Flyers will open a new test preparation, flight training, and simulator instruction facility at Arizona's Scottsdale Airport Nov. 1, the company recently announced. Andrew Henley, the school's executive director, said an open house Nov. 12 will allow flight students to meet instructors, grab a free lunch, and tour the training center. The newest location joins six FAA-approved flight training centers including Santa Monica, California; Morristown, New Jersey; Pompano Beach, Florida; Houston; and two centers in suburban Dallas.



Ballooning: A hot ticket

Aviation enthusiasts considering their flying options might be interested to learn that hot air ballooning could be their ticket to the sky. At the world's largest lighter-than-air event in Albuquerque, New Mexico, experienced balloonist Colin Graham was peppered with questions from a curious crowd that gathered around the basket of his specially shaped Bud E. Beaver balloon. "What's it like to fly?" "Do you need a license?" "Why haven't you launched yet?" Read more...  



Winging It host tackles new challenge

Brittney Miculka, the host of Redbird Flight Simulations' popular Winging It video series, is confronting another test in addition to the challenges that she mastered in 2016 for a growing YouTube audience. Miculka will steer 200 flight instructors, educators, and flight school managers through the sixth annual Migration at Redbird headquarters in San Marcos, Texas, Oct. 24 to 26. Read more...  



Captain Jepp Challenge offers new safety resources

The first of three trips for two to EAA AirVenture 2017 and two of six MyGoFlight gift cards have been awarded in the Captain Jepp Challenge, but there are still opportunities for you to enter to win by completing aviation safety programs. Read more...  


Delta joins 'First Job' initiative

Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian said the air carrier is committed to hiring 100 young workers for their first job in an effort to target some of the millions of people who have completed school but not yet landed a job. Bastian said in a video released Oct. 11 that he remembered his first job on a highway crew that taught him the "importance of working hard" with the ideal to "keep pushing yourself" toward a career goal. The initiative is backed by the White House and includes a social media campaign with the hashtag #FirstJob.



Practical weather planning 101

What's your approach to preflight weather planning? Are you getting the right information at the right time? The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Weather Wise: Gathering Information video shares strategies to use the system that fits your needs. Know when to evaluate weather and make those critical decisions before flight. Watch the video...  


AOPA Live This Week

Racers' Edge; Robot-o-pilot

The Zivko Edge 540 V3 has proved to be the ultimate aerial hot rod in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, and we'll take you inside the factory where these specialized speedsters are made. Also this week, see a robotic co-pilot with a truly hands-on approach, and be a fly on the wall as a Texas flying club gets the word they've landed a free airplane. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Oct. 20...  

Plane Spotter

Protecting and serving

Whether airborne high above a conflict zone to protect friendly forces or penetrating severe weather to gather data, as it did recently during Hurricane Matthew, Northrop Grumman's Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system combines high-resolution sensors and other advanced technologies with high-altitude capability and up to 32 hours of endurance. Experienced pilots operate control stations on the ground when this V-tailed drone—with a 7,600-pound-thrust jet engine mounted on the rear fuselage and a maximum takeoff weight of 32,350 pounds—conducts its operations at a "loiter" velocity of 310 knots true airspeed.

Training Products and Resources

'Balloon Flying Handbook' details regulations, skills

The FAA's Balloon Flying Handbook introduces the pilot knowledge, airmanship, and skills required to safely fly balloons. The free online handbook is divided into chapters that focus on safety and regulations, design, theory, airspace, weather, maneuvers, and more. An appendix completes the package with handy checklists, logbook endorsements, pibal-velocity-versus-balloon-size calculations, and a glossary.

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

Member benefit

Renting an aircraft? Four things you need to know

Before renting an aircraft, there are some things you should consider to make sure you are protected while flying it. Read more...  


AOPA Aviation Finance

A registration gotcha

Ready to sell your large piston single or twin and make the move to a turboprop? Time to do some homework. There's a lot to learn when it comes to such transactions. If you're buying a turboprop with any engine rated at more than 550 shaft horsepower, or with eight or more seats, you'll have to put your new airplane on the international registry. Read more...  


Pilot Protection Services

Moving violation

Pilots and aircraft owners have a regulatory responsibility to notify the FAA when their mailing address changes, according to 14 CFR 61.60 and 14 CFR 47.45. Both regulations impose a 30-day notification limit. Find out what happens if you miss this window. Read more...  

Instrument Tip

Flash-based; login required

Which mode are you in?

The scenario: You're on an IFR cross-country flight from Bozeman, Montana, to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The challenge: Do you know how to interpret the RNAV (GPS) X approach to Runway 1 at your destination? Fly the approach and get tips on programming the GPS with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's IFR Chart Challenge: RNAV Approach free online course. Test your knowledge...

Final Exam


Can I log cross-country time in a single-engine airplane if my destination airport is only 23 nautical miles from my home airport?


The short answer to that question is yes, with comments. According to 14 CFR 61.1(b), if a flight is accomplished in an aircraft by an individual with a pilot certificate (including a student pilot certificate), includes a landing at a place other than the departure airport, and involves navigation, then it meets the basic logging requirements. However, most pilots log cross-country time to qualify for the next rating or for filling out insurance applications. For insurance needs, you should contact your carrier to see what is required. For the FAA requirements, the rules vary by certificate and type of aircraft. Consult the regulation for the specifics. For more information, see this AOPA subject report.

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 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

Nov 12-13 - San Diego, California

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

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 24 - Garden City, New York; Concord, California; and Tampa, Florida

Oct 25 - Poughkeepsie, New York; Fresno, California; and Fort Myers, Florida

Oct 26 - Albany, New York; Irvine, California; and Hollywood, Florida

Oct 27 - Milan, Illinois; and Brockport, New York

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

Oct 22 - Kissimmee, Florida; Palm Springs, California; and Shelby, North Carolina

Oct 29 - Burlington, Washington; San Diego, California; and Columbus, Ohio

Nov 5 - Austin, Texas; and Carlsbad, California

Nov 12 - Lakeland, Florida; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Lawrenceville, Georgia

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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