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July 7, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'July 7, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

VOL 17, ISSUE 27 July 7, 2017
Training Tips
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Unusual aerial activity
A pilot studying airspace on a sectional chart before a cross-country flight notices an oddly shaped block of special-use airspace of considerable size, identified with the letter A followed by a number. What does this airspace depiction mean? Read more >
Flight Training News
You Can Fly
Teachers 'flight test' AOPA's high school aviation curriculum
The AOPA You Can Fly High School Initiative is working to create aviation-based science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum for high schools across the country. Read more >
Dive into a headwind or...?
If you get confused about positioning the flight controls while taxiing, the AOPA Air Safety Institute's new Safety Tip: Taxi Controls can help. Learn how consistently applying the proper control placement in crosswinds on the ground builds an excellent habit that will kick in when the winds kick up. Watch the video >
Purdue, Rolls-Royce team up for next-gen jet engine
Purdue University, Rolls-Royce, and the state of Indiana are pursuing a $24 million jointly funded program to advance turbine aerodynamics and heat-transfer technologies. (Photo courtesy of Purdue University.) Read more >
Flight Training magazine
Soft-field techniques build airmanship
Proper soft-field landing and takeoff techniques are essential elements of a checkride. Flight instructors say that mastering the objectives of positive directional control and coordinated flight inputs—at minimum airspeed—will pay dividends long afterward. Read more >
California aero club, Carrithers scholarships available
The Aero Club of Southern California and are offering scholarships to encourage young people to get involved in aviation education. Read more >
AOPA Live This Week
Museum opens rare aircraft to public, Hangar Swap buzzes
Go inside Virginia's Shannon Air Museum, home to 20 rare aircraft dating from World War I through the 1940s. Meet the brains behind Hangar Swap, an online parts marketplace that's similar to eBay. Also this week, get the latest on the fight against ATC privatization. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, July 6 >
Training Products and Resources
Online resource
Review runway safety in a flash
The AOPA Air Safety Institute's digital Runway Safety Flash Cards offer a quick refresher on the stripes, dashes, and lights that provide directions for moving on airport surfaces. Cards depicting pulsing lights embed animation to replicate what you'd see in real life. Download the cards >
'Oral Exam Guide' for instructors updated
Aviation Supplies and Academics has updated the Flight Instructor Oral Exam Guide for CFI applicants with new material covering the FAA's Aviation Instructor's Handbook. The seventh edition includes specifics on the fundamentals of instruction, steep spirals, 180-degree power-off approach flight maneuvers, scenario-based training, and more. The handbook is available online in a variety of formats from $9.95.
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
Checklists that don't match POH/AFM prompt legal, safety concerns
Do you fly using a checklist that you purchased commercially, downloaded from the internet, or developed yourself? In a recent Safety Alert for Operators, the FAA warned pilots about the risks of using checklists other than those contained in the manufacturer's pilot's operating handbook/airplane flight manual. Read more >
Buying a new fleet
United Airlines and Delta Air Lines announced new fleet orders during the recent Paris Airshow. Flight Training blogger Chip Wright shares an inside look at three considerations airlines face when purchasing new aircraft. Read more >
Instrument Tip
It all adds up
The ceiling and visibility are forecast to be adequate. Total wind and crosswind component are within recommended guidelines. The terrain isn't mountainous, but be aware of any obstructions. The runway is long and wide enough. However, you haven't flown this make and model of aircraft for a while. Should you still go? Read more >
Plane Spotter
'Hun' is for hundred
From setting supersonic speed records and performing in precision aerial demonstrations to serving as a deterrent to enemies through much of the Cold War, the North American F-100 Super Sabre is recognizable by its highly swept wings and tail and streamlined fuselage. Nicknamed the "Hun" (short for 100), the airplane became the first of the world's aircraft that could fly at supersonic speed in straight-and-level flight. Before you offer to pay for the fuel if an owner gives you a ride, keep in mind that the F-100F burns 1,000 gallons per hour.
Final Exam

I am a student pilot working on my private pilot certificate. I recently finished my three hours of night dual instruction. Do I need any solo night time in preparation for the checkride?
No. The three hours of night dual instruction is the only night requirement for the private pilot certificate.

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Career Opportunities
Aviation job board
Job of the week: Certificated flight instructor, Brandywine Flight School
Brandywine Flight School, located in the thriving West Chester suburb of Philadelphia, has a high demand for both part-time and full-time certificated flight instructors. The ideal candidate will be friendly and have an ability to model good flying behaviors and a passion to teach. Cessna, Piper, Diamond, and a few tailwheel aircraft are available for 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 research and analysis director, aviation technical specialist, operations clerk, copy editor, IT systems administrator, product marketing specialist, legislative affairs vice president, customer service representative, 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
Jul 15-16 Englewood, New Jersey; and Jacksonville, Florida
Jul 22-23 Memphis, Tennessee; and Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
Aug 5-6 Fort Worth, Texas; and Reno, Nevada
Aug 12-13 Atlanta, Georgia; and Costa Mesa, California
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
Jul 26-29 Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
Rusty Pilots Seminars
Jul 8 Chesaning, Michigan; and El Monte, California
Jul 15 Perkasie, Pennsylvania; Vidalia, Georgia; and Lincoln, California
Jul 22 Apopka, Florida
Jul 26 Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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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