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September 30, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'September 30, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

ePilot Flight Training Edition

September 30, 2016 - VOL 16, ISSUE 40

Training Tips

Sponsored by Aircraft Spruce

Distractions and stalls

A student pilot is flying the traffic pattern at the destination airport on a solo cross-country. Putting aside his chart and flight log, he reaches back for the checklist, which he had tossed on the rear seat. He continues clutching the yoke while lunging for the list—putting the airplane in a banked, nose-up attitude and eliciting a yelp from the stall horn. Read more...  

Flight Training News

AOPA Premier Partner sponsored content

Land a Skyhawk at Logan

Many pilots shy away from landing at a busy Class B airport, but watching a Cessna 172 land between Boeing jets at Boston's Logan International Airport is interesting whether or not you ever want to do it. Listen to the rapid-fire ATC communications and watch pilot Keith Smith slip into a smooth landing in this video from AOPA Premier Partner PilotWorkshops. Watch the video...  


Embry-Riddle posts free training videos

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has posted 46 high-definition videos on its VFR YouTube page "to improve flight training industry-wide" and "to serve as supplements to the training" provided by the school's flight instructors and professors, according to a Sept. 27 news release. The videos are part of an interactive multimedia course to help flight students prepare for lessons.



TRU expanding Florida training facility

TRU Simulation and Training is expanding its Lutz, Florida, ProFlight Pilot Training Center with a 30,000-square-foot addition to house four additional full-motion advanced flight simulators, classrooms, and training aids. Read more...  


Online resource

Ready to taxi?

Cockpit distractions, confusing airport layouts, and miscommunication can result in trouble when taxiing to and from the runway. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Safety Spotlight about runway safety offers help. Tackle the complexities of airport surface operations after reviewing videos, quizzes, flash cards, and the recently updated Runway Safety online course. Learn more...  


AOPA Live This Week

Remembering Arnold Palmer; Live from Prescott

The aviation community lost a great advocate and passionate pilot with the passing of Arnold Palmer. Although Palmer's achievements as a golf legend were widely known, his accomplishments in the cockpit are no less impressive. This week's show comes to you from Prescott, Arizona, home of the final AOPA Fly-In of 2016 on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, where we will bring you up to date on the latest developments in the battle over the future of California's Santa Monica Municipal Airport. Also this week, a grass runway with a rich history in Pennsylvania draws a collection of rare taildraggers and their pilots for a picnic. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Sept. 29...  

Plane Spotter

A different look in Hatz

A biplane lands at a grass strip fly-in. From the 145-horsepower Warner Scarab radial engine to a smooth rubber tailwheel, the airplane has the look and sound of something from aviation's early days. Actually, this two-place taildragger owned by McNeill Hodges of Hodges Field in Georgia is a much-modified Hatz CB-1, a homebuilt designed in the 1960s to resemble the1930s-vintage Waco F. "It's so nimble, just a sweetheart of an airplane," said Hodges, adding, "There are a lot of Hatzes out there, but they don't look anything like that."

Training Products and Resources

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Learn with the best

The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Flight Instructor Refresher Course is the most comprehensive FAA-approved CFI renewal program available—and it puts all of its revenue back into developing free safety initiatives. Not a CFI? No problem: You, too, can learn what an instructor needs to know. The two-day in-person course provides an opportunity to network with other flight instructors in your area, while the online course can be completed at your convenience at home. Learn more...  


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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

Pilot Protection Services

Flu season around the corner

Flu viruses can be detected year-round in the United States, but the bug is most common between December and March, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As flu season nears, find out what the CDC recommends regarding the flu shot. Read more...  


AOPA Aviation Finance

Pilot uses AOPA Aviation Finance for engine rebuild

Rebuilding an aircraft engine is expensive. JP Guilbault used AOPA Aviation Finance to refinance his Cessna 172S, secure a lower interest rate, and use the remaining principal to rebuild the aircraft's engine. Read more...  


Taxi briefings

Ground operations are among the most challenging in aviation, especially at larger, more complicated airports. Flight Training blogger Chip Wright shares three areas of emphasis you should know for the taxi briefing. Read more...  

Final Exam


What does the term "Mode C veil" mean?


"Mode C veil" refers to an area around a Class B airport in which at least a Mode C-capable transponder is required. According to 14 CFR 91.215(b)(2), the requirement for Mode C transponders applies to all aircraft "in all airspace within 30 nautical miles of an airport listed in Appendix D, section 1 of this part from the surface upward to 10,000 feet MSL." An exception found in 14 CFR 91.215(b)(3) includes, among others, any aircraft that "was not originally certificated with an engine-driven electrical system." For more information on Mode C, 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, Central Southwest regional manager, Great Lakes regional manager, account executive, annual giving manager, 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, and advertising-marketing coordinator. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

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

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

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 5 - West Lafayette, Indiana

Oct 6 - Zionsville, Indiana

Oct 8 - Watkins, Colorado

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

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

Rusty Pilots Seminars

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

Oct 7 - Fort Myers, Florida

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

Oct 12 - Middleton, Wisconsin

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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