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June 9, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'June 9, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

VOL 17, ISSUE 23 June 9, 2017
Training Tips
Sponsored by Aircraft Spruce
'Contact the center'
Any student pilot who monitors air traffic control frequencies in flight or online for practice has followed along as aircraft are handed off from one ATC facility to another. A common example is hearing controllers instruct certain departing aircraft to contact "the center" when exiting the departure controller's airspace or when climbing to cruise altitude. Read more >
Flight Training News
Civil Air Patrol volunteers can fly under BasicMed soon
Volunteer pilots for the Civil Air Patrol are standing by for final clearance to fly under the BasicMed rule, according to Lt. Col. John W. Desmarais Sr., the organization's director of operations, who reached out to insurance carriers, the U.S. Air Force, and the FAA to confirm that pilots would be allowed to continue their missions under the regulation that went into effect May 1. Read more >
Talking tips and radio rules
Do you know what to say before keying the mic? The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Safety Tip: Four Ws of Communication will help jog your memory. Whether you're flying at a nontowered field or communicating with air traffic controllers, concise communication improves safety. Watch the video >
Online resource
Say 'No' to nodding off
Are you tired of being fatigued? A lack of sleep can cause fatigue, but there are other factors at play as well. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's updated Fighting Fatigue Safety Advisor explores the facts and how to combat sleep deprivation. Learn more >
Scaled Composites seeks new hires at EAA AirVenture
The innovators at California's Scaled Composites are bringing the excitement of private-sector space exploration to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where company representatives will speak to potential employees. Read more >
LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation awards scholarship
Layton Howerton of Minnesota is the 2017 recipient of the LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation aviation scholarship, the foundation announced June 7. Read more >
AOPA Live This Week
Baker reacts to privatization push; High schoolers take flight
AOPA President Mark Baker reacts to President Donald Trump's call to privatize the air traffic control system and fund it with user fees. Also this week, a 24-year-old aerial applicator makes a living in a Thrush, and high school students get a chance to fly the aircraft they built. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, June 8 >
Training Products and Resources
Witty 'Flight Instructor's Survival Guide' delights, teaches
A new title from Aviation Supplies and Academics not only delights readers with a flight instructor's humorous tales of survival, but adds time-proven teaching techniques. Author and certificated flight instructor Arlynn McMahon digs into decades of her own experience to share gems of wisdom and nuggets of knowledge. The Flight Instructor's Survival Guide is available online in a variety of formats starting at $14.95.
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
BasicMed can help pilots progress
BasicMed, the new alternative to medical certification that is a result of third class medical reform, offers pilots a chance to progress to something better, according to Dr. Jonathan Sackier. Read more >
AOPA Flight Planner provides visual briefings
The latest enhancements to the AOPA Flight Planner include integration with Leidos Flight Service and an interactive, easier-to-view visual route brief that highlights pertinent information. Read more >
The FAA requires airlines to meet certain criteria before a flight can be dispatched, and the captain and dispatcher must agree on other items such as fuel, weather, alternate airports, minimum equipment lists, and performance considerations. Flight Training blogger and airline pilot Chip Wright explains. Read more >
Instrument Tip
A little icing on approach
By the time the single-engine Grumman AA-5 had descended from 11,000 feet through 4,500 feet on approach to the San Angelo, Texas, airport, "light rime" icing reported in clouds below 7,000 feet had covered the windscreen except for two small spots where defrosters labored. Read more >
Plane Spotter
Cub Special
Coupes and Cruisers followed the Piper J-3 Cub into production in the late 1930s and 1940s, with new seating arrangements among the design variations. A pure Cub upgrade came along in 1947 with the PA-11 Cub Special—visually distinctive from its predecessor by an engine cowling that completely enclosed the cylinders, the heads of which protruded from the cowling of the original J-3. The aircraft's color also often departed from the classic Cub yellow. Soon, the PA-18 Super Cub would join the line as a strengthened PA-11, with more horsepower.
Final Exam

I am a low-time, newly certificated private pilot and airplane owner. My church asked if I could donate my airplane and time for a charity auction. The winner will be flown to a nearby airport with a great restaurant on the field to eat dinner. Can I make this charity flight?
Unfortunately, you cannot. According to 14 CFR 91.146, a charity flight must begin and end at the same airport; flying to another airport is not permitted. The regulation also includes a number of requirements, including one that the "pilot in command has at least 500 hours of flight time."

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Career Opportunities
Aviation job board
Job of the week: Flight instructor, Falcon Executive Aviation
Falcon Executive Aviation in Mesa, Arizona, is a Cessna Pilot Center providing training under 14 CFR Parts 141 and 61, as well as sightseeing flights in a variety of aircraft. Full-time CFI, CFII, and MEI positions are available. 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 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, project manager, UI/front-end developer, and legal services plan attorney. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online >
Education & Seminars
Flight Instructor Refresher Courses
Jun 10-11 Lake Mary, Florida; and Santa Clara, California
Jun 24-25 Ashburn, Virginia; and Bloomington, Minnesota
Jul 15-16 Englewood, New Jersey; and Jacksonville, Florida
Jul 22-23 Memphis, Tennessee; and Coraopolis, 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 26-29 Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
Rusty Pilots Seminars
Jun 10 Jacksonville, Florida; Toughkenamon, Pennsylvania; Basye, Virginia; Madison, Wisconsin; Meridianville, Alabama; Torrance, California; Rochester, New York; West Chicago, Illinois; and Henderson, Nevada
Jun 11 Farmingdale, New York
Jun 14 Carlsbad, California
Jun 17 Spokane, Washington; Moraine, Ohio; Northampton, Massachusetts; Manitowoc, Wisconsin; Forty Fort, Pennsylvania; Princeton, New Jersey; and Portage, Michigan
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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