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September 9, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'September 9, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

ePilot Flight Training Edition

September 9, 2016 - VOL 16, ISSUE 37

Training Tips

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Trip check

It's misting with a 300-foot overcast ceiling when you arrive at the airport. With low clouds and zero wind, it's anybody's guess when the weather may improve, as it was advertised to do later in the morning. To pass the time, your flight instructor quizzes you about the planned cross-country flight and destination airport. Read more...  

Flight Training News


Half-blind pilot inspires

A motor vehicle crash that robbed Japanese-born Shinji Maeda of half his eyesight at age 18 nearly extinguished his dream of becoming a professional pilot. Now 37, Maeda was emotional about the accident as he recalled how he overcame the physical and mental trauma of a crushed optic nerve to become a commercial pilot and inspirational speaker. Read more...  



Flight review reunites pilots

James Koonce remembers the day in October 1966 when a student pilot celebrating his seventeenth birthday showed up at his Joplin, Missouri, fixed-base operation in a Cessna 150 for a private pilot checkride. Read more...  


Pan Am inks deal with Cessna

Pan Am International Flight Academy in Miami announced Aug. 31 that it signed a multi-year deal with Cessna Aircraft Co. to purchase aircraft including the Skyhawk exclusively from Cessna for primary flight training. Pan Am's international and career flight academies trace their roots to Pan American World Airways' ocean-crossing routes and Clipper flying boats popularized in the 1930s.


Bonanza Society offers paid internship

Collegiate and post-collegiate students who are seeking a professional aviation career path may apply for the American Bonanza Society's paid internship program based at the society's Wichita, Kansas, headquarters. The program, which runs from January through June 2017, provides "young aviation professionals unparalleled introduction and access to industry leaders, regulators and policy makers." The application deadline is Oct. 1. Visit the American Bonanza Society website for more information.



Prop predicament

Here's a reminder to always handle a propeller as though it will turn over unexpectedly, because it just might—like it did to Bruce Stanfield. In Real Pilot Story: Propping Accident, Stanfield explains what happened when a hot magneto and pilot complacency converged at the wrong time. Watch the video...  


Whirly-Girls scholarship deadline approaches

The Whirly-Girls, International Women Helicopter Pilots is offering three new scholarships: the Garmin GTN and G500/600 Course scholarship, the Night Flight Concepts Night Vision Goggle Initial Pilot Qualification scholarship, and the Robinson Helicopter R66 Safety Course scholarship. The group also offers 10 additional scholarships. Applications cost $50 and are due Oct. 1. For more information and to download the scholarship applications, visit the Whirly-Girls website.


AOPA Live This Week

Upgrade to electronic ignitions; Inside Duncan Aviation

Outdated fixed-timing magnetos should be a thing of the past, and AOPA Editor at Large Dave Hirschman shows how electronic ignitions can cut fuel burn, improve reliability, and reduce costs. Also this week, tour Duncan Aviation's maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility in Battle Creek, Michigan, the location of AOPA's Fly-In Sept. 16 and 17. And, find out how one-G Simulation is using simulators to enhance flight training. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Sept. 8...  

Plane Spotter

Ocean Sentry

With a large rear ramp built into its striking fuselage, the Ocean Sentry HC-144A, built by Airbus, can be adapted to various missions, and is particularly prized by the U.S. Coast Guard for its endurance of more than 10 hours and its capability for "locating objects in large search areas, and vectoring other military, government and first responders to these locations." The high-winged twin turboprop can be spotted cruising above the water or on display at an aviation gathering.

Training Products and Resources


You wouldn't fly blindfolded, would you?

That's precisely what you'd be doing by entering instrument meteorological conditions when flying VFR. You'll get the idea watching the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Flying Blind Pilot Safety Announcement. Watch the video...  


Inflatable water safety device fits on your wrist

A handy wrist-worn water safety device can help in an emergency or provide peace of mind while participating in active water sports. The Kingii emergency floatation device straps to your wrist like a watch, and a CO2 cartridge fills an inflatable orange bag that provides 13 pounds of buoyancy that "can help pull you to the surface, or keep you afloat until help arrives." The wristband includes a compass and a safety whistle. The reusable device is available from Sporty's Pilot Shop for $79.99.

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

Altitude mode: Transponder use on airport surfaces

The FAA and air traffic control want pilots to ensure that their aircraft transponder is on and in the altitude reporting mode while operating on movement areas at all airports. Read more...  


Instructor shortage affects aspiring pilots

Opinion Leaders blogger Ron Rapp notes that the air carrier pilot shortage has affected career pilots because competent flight instructors are quickly snapped up by the airlines. He explains that some of the best instruction occurs unofficially in the cockpit because every co-pilot is a captain in training. Read more...  

Final Exam


Can you tell me what the number on the approach end of a runway indicates? For example, my airport has the number 9 on one end and 27 on the other.


The runway number is determined by its magnetic orientation. The Aeronautical Information Manual states:

"Runway numbers and letters are determined from the approach direction. The runway number is the whole number nearest one-tenth the magnetic azimuth of the centerline of the runway, measured clockwise from the magnetic north. The letters, differentiate between left (L), right (R), or center (C), parallel runways, as applicable:
1. For two parallel runways 'L' 'R.'
2. For three parallel runways 'L' 'C' 'R.'"

Add a zero to the end of the runway number and you will know what magnetic direction you are heading when taking off or landing. For example, if you are landing on Runway 9 at your home airport, you would be heading east, or 90 degrees on the compass. Runway 27 has a magnetic heading of approximately 270 degrees, or roughly west. For more information on how runways are laid out, read this AOPA Online article.

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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, administrative coordinator, Central Southwest regional manager, account executive, annual giving manager, administrative assistant, donor relations director, development communications 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 member services representative. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Sep 10-11 - Elkridge, Maryland

Sep 17-18 - Phoenix, Arizona; and Sandston, Virginia

Sep 24-25 - Colorado Springs, Colorado

Oct 1-2 - Windsor Locks, Connecticut; and Hollywood, Florida

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

Sep 12 - East Hanover, New Jersey

Sep 13 - East Hartford, Connecticut

Sep 14 - Dedham, Massachusetts

Sep 15 - Manchester, New Hampshire

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

Sep 17 - Battle Creek, Michigan; Santa Paula, California; Roanoke, Virginia; Winter Haven, Florida; Medford, New Jersey; and Trenton, Maine

Sep 24 - Westminster, Maryland

Oct 1 - Prescott, Arizona; Wichita, Kansas; Camarillo, California; Renton, Washington; and Carlsbad, California

Oct 7 - Fort Myers, Florida

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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