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July 21, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'July 21, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

VOL 17, ISSUE 29 July 21, 2017
Training Tips
Sponsored by Aircraft Spruce
Imagine the surprise
Turning downwind for the third circuit of the airport traffic pattern, the student pilot is anything but taken aback when the flight instructor idles the throttle and announces, "You just lost your engine." Read more >
Flight Training News
You Can Fly
Solo student calmly handles precautionary landing
Student pilot Lauryn Spinetta, a 2017 AOPA High School Flight Training Scholarship winner, was absorbed in takeoffs and landings when her emergency training took a realistic turn. Read more >
Sporty's founder awarded Scouting honor
Sporty's Pilot Shop founder Hal Shevers has quietly supported Cincinnati-area Boy Scouts of America for more than two decades. The Scouting community recently honored Shevers with the Silver Beaver Award for his "distinguished service to youth." Read more >
ASA releases '2018 FAR/AIM'
The hefty 2018 FAR/AIM Series publication, a reference manual for aviators and instructors, is on its way to pilots, flight schools, and aviation supply companies. Read more >
Redbird opens registration for annual Migration
Registration is open for the annual Redbird Migration Flight Training Conference, scheduled for Oct. 16 through 18 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. In addition to "forward thinking speakers, idea sharing, networking, useful breakout sessions, and a first hand look at Redbird's newest technologies," attendees will have front-row seats for the announcement of AOPA's Flight Training Experience Awards. Register today >
Women in Aviation International offers 103 scholarships
Men and women who are members of Women in Aviation International are eligible to apply for 103 scholarships totaling $569,965. Applications will be open until Nov. 13, and scholarships will be awarded at the Twenty-ninth Annual International Women in Aviation Conference March 22 through 24, 2018, in Reno, Nevada. In addition to scholarships for flight training or scholastic funding, members can apply for internships.
AOPA Live This Week
Latest on fight to save GA; Family makes wind their business
Legislation that would privatize air traffic control and kill general aviation may have stalled, but the fight in Washington, D.C., is not over. Also this week, meet the Nebraska family that produces windsocks, and a pair of British helicopter pilots stop by AOPA headquarters on their way around the world. As of publication deadline, AOPA Live This Week® producers were still finalizing the show. Watch AOPA Live This Week early July 21 >
Training Products and Resources
'Fly the plane!'
Responding to a simulated engine-out during training is one thing. Responding to a real engine-out is another. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Engine Out! From Trouble to Touchdown video reviews how to tackle an engine failure in a single-engine airplane. Learn what matters >
Phoenix survival multi-tool
A nifty fire starter/whistle/flashlight/knife tool from Survive Outdoors Longer is designed to fit in a pocket and be handy in an emergency. describes the Phoenix emergency tool as "the most innovative multi-purpose, fire-starting tool on the market," and it is available online for $25.
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
Fun fly-outs, excursions highlight AOPA Fly-Ins
Fly out to the Bahamas; tour the Textron and Piper factories; visit the National Weather Service and MacDill Air Force Base; sail off the coast of Rhode Island; and learn about water survival. These exclusive fly-outs and tours are all part of the 2017 AOPA Regional Fly-Ins. Read more >
Pilot Protection Services
Support compatible land development near your airport
Proper land use around an airport can sustain both the local city and the airport. Read more >
Get ready to use pounds, not gallons
Those who fly avgas-powered aircraft are used to stating, measuring, and ordering fuel in gallons, but the rules change when flying aircraft that burn Jet A. Flight Training blogger and airline pilot Chip Wright explains why Jet A is measured in pounds. Read more >
Plane Spotter
A bit of a stretch
Once a plane spotter has become adept at affixing identities to familiar aircraft, it's time to move on to nailing down the names of knock-offs, lookalikes, and close relatives. One such test might come to your airport if an airplane strongly suggesting a Beechcraft Mentor appears but betrays its otherness on a close inspection evidencing a bit of a stretch to the fuselage, and four seats rather than a T-34's two. These clues peg the stranger as a rare Fuji LM-1, a Mentor redesign built in Japan in the 1950s.
Final Exam

I am a student pilot and would like to make a solo cross-country flight tomorrow. My regular CFI who gave me the cross-country training and endorsement is on vacation this week. Can any instructor at the school sign me off for this flight?
Yes. According to 14 CFR 61.93(d), any authorized instructor can review your planning, weather, proficiency, and endorsements, and then endorse your logbook so that you may fly that solo cross-country tomorrow.

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Career Opportunities
Aviation Job Board
Job of the Week: Sky Safety CFI
Sky Safety, an FAA Part 141 flight school in San Antonio, Texas, is seeking a CFI and CFII for immediate hire. This position offers instructors the opportunity to progress in their careers while providing quality training alongside a goal-oriented team. 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, 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 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
Aug 19-20 Allentown, Pennsylvania
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 25-29 Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
Rusty Pilots Seminars
Jul 22 Apopka, Florida
Jul 26 Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Jul 29 Snohomish, Washington
Aug 5 Bethany, Oklahoma; Aransas Pass, Texas;and Dothan, Alabama
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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