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August 18, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'August 18, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

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VOL 17, ISSUE 33 August 18, 2017
Training Tips
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Sponsored by Aircraft Spruce
Trouble underfoot
The trainer seemed poised for a nice landing as it rounded out, beautifully positioned above the centerline, squarely within the runway's touchdown zone. It looked like a textbook landing was unfolding—until a harsh squeal emanated from the main landing gear, followed by a puff of tire-rubber smoke. What happened? Read more >
Flight Training News
Safety seminar
Fly safely after sundown
Night flight offers smooth air, better engine performance, and stunning views—but also trickier landings, invisible terrain, and limited emergency options. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's new Fly By Night in-person seminar reviews flying after dark from a risk-management perspective. Find dates and locations near you >
Article
Texas students get head start at Hallmark University
San Antonio high school students interested in pursuing aviation careers received a boost from Hallmark University as part of the school's new Aerospace College Head Start Institute. The free FAA-approved college-level program encourages youth to get a jump on aerospace careers. Read more >
Future-focused aerospace conference wraps up
The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals concluded a three-day future-focused aerospace conference Aug. 11 in Orlando, Florida. More than 1,500 professionals and 55 aerospace businesses with an eye on diversity participated in the event, which also included a career expo. Nine aerospace professionals, including Aprille Joy Ericsson, the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in engineering at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, were inducted into the organization's Hall of Fame.
'Engine Management 101' handbook available for free
Superior Air Parts announced Aug. 14 that its Engine Management 101 handbook released in July during EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is now available as a free flip-book download. Bill Ross, Superior's vice president of product support, introduced the book to mark the company's fiftieth anniversary. Topics include alternative fuels, engine baffling, cylinder compression testing, ways to extend engine life, and more. For a free copy, email [email protected].
AOPA Live
AOPA Live This Week
Inspiring kids at AOPA Fly-In; Flight honors WASP legacy
Bring kids to the AOPA Fly-In at Norman, Oklahoma, for some STEAM: special presentations and activities geared to inspire a love of learning science, technology, engineering, aviation, and math. Also this week, fly along with a Women Airforce Service Pilots veteran in a Vultee BT-13 Valiant restored to serve as a monument to the sacrifice of female pilots in World War II. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Aug. 17 >
Training Products and Resources
Online resource
What could go wrong?
Could you use help to make effective go/no-go decisions when the lines are blurry? Consult the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Do The Right Thing: Decision Making for Pilots Safety Advisor, now optimized for mobile devices, for guidance before you get into a jam. View the safety advisor >
Former fighter pilot shares survival tips
Pilots who have not experienced a real-life engine out can better prepare themselves for the emergency with tips from former U.S. Air Force pilot Nate Jaros, who now flies a 1969 V-tail Beechcraft Bonanza. Jaros's book, Engine Out Survival Tactics, uses advanced fighter pilot techniques to explain how to make critical decisions, manage energy, select a suitable touchdown site, and more. The book is available online as an eBook from $9.99 or in print for $19.97.
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
Are you required to call flight service for a briefing?
With the proliferation of electronic flight bags (EFBs), fewer pilots are calling flight service for a briefing. Are pilots required to call flight service to be compliant with 14 CFR 91.103? Find out what the FAA has decided. Read more >
Blogs
Picking a domicile
One of the never-ending challenges for airline pilots is finding a domicile, according to Flight Training blogger and airline pilot Chip Wright, who offers some suggestions. Read more >
Plane Spotter
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Long-winged loiterer
What two-decades-old jet-engine-powered composite aircraft can be flown with or without a pilot; can carry a 2,000-pound payload higher than 50,000 feet; and specializes in science, technology, and imaging missions? Meet Proteus, designed by the legendary Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites, and designated Scaled Composites Model 281. The one-of-a-kind creation and world altitude record holder that first flew in 1998 recently logged its 1,000th flight. On its maiden flight, the long-winged aircraft demonstrated another of its amazing capabilities by remaining quietly aloft for 17 hours. (Image courtesy of NASA.)
Final Exam
Question

My instructor calls me a career student pilot because I have been training for four years. I have heard other pilots at the school talk about a requirement for a flight review every 24 months. Am I required to complete a flight review?
Answer
No. According to 14 CFR 61.56(g), "a student pilot need not accomplish the flight review required by this section provided the student pilot is undergoing training for a certificate and has a current solo flight endorsement." Because you are regularly being evaluated by an instructor, you are exempt from the flight review requirement.

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
Aviation job board
Job of the week: CFI, Washington International Flight Academy
Washington International Flight Academy, a rapidly growing flight school located at Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is looking for an enthusiastic, professional FAA-certificated flight instructor who wants to build time and gain experience instructing. Read the full description and apply today >
AOPA career opportunities
Join the AOPA team
Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? AOPA is looking for a graphic designer, video producer, research and analysis director, operations clerk, copy editor, marketing project coordinator, legislative affairs vice president, airports and state advocacy vice president, flight training business support senior director, and legal services plan attorney. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online >
Education & Seminars
Flight Instructor Refresher Courses
Aug 19-20 Allentown, Pennsylvania
Sep 9-10 Elkridge, Maryland; and Sacramento, California
Sep 16-17 Sandston, Virginia
Sep 23-24 Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Tempe, Arizona
For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online. Can't make it in person? Sign up for the Air Safety Institute's Online eFIRC.
Safety Seminars
Sep 9 Norman, Oklahoma
Sep 11 Houston, Texas; Butler, Pennsylvania; Seattle, Washington; and Jacksonville, Florida
Sep 12 Daytona Beach, Florida; Wichita, Kansas; Houston, Texas; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Washington
Sep 13 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; San Antonio, Texas; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Portland, Oregon; and Melbourne, Florida
Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
Rusty Pilots Seminars
Aug 19 San Antonio, Texas; Marion, Iowa; Renton, Washington; and Plant City, Florida
Aug 26 Jacksonville, Florida; Albany, Oregon; Lawrenceville, Georgia; Muskegon, Michigan; and Allentown, Pennsylvania
Sep 8 Norman, Oklahoma
Sep 9 Millville, New Jersey; Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin; Boulder, Colorado; Blaine, Minnesota; Norman, Oklahoma; Nashville, Tennessee; Washington, Pennsylvania; and Downers Grove, Illinois
AOPA Rusty Pilots Seminars are sponsored by Sporty's. For a complete schedule, visit the AOPA Hangar. (Log in to the AOPA Hangar using your AOPA website username and password to view these events.)
Aviation Calendar
Want something to do this weekend? Planning an aviation getaway? See AOPA's enhanced calendar of events. You can filter events, add an event, or search all events in the calendar. (Log in to the AOPA Hangar using your AOPA website username and password to search the events or to add an event.) Before you take off on an adventure, make sure you check our current aviation weather provided by Jeppesen.
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.
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