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June 23, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'June 23, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

VOL 17, ISSUE 25 June 23, 2017
Training Tips
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A positive exchange
A flight instructor is introducing maneuvers to a student pilot in the practice area. Following a steep turn demonstration, the CFI turns the controls over to the student. "You have the airplane," the instructor announces. Using a reliable system for positive exchange of flight controls is one of the first elements of crew resource management students encounter in flight training. Read more >
Flight Training News
You Can Fly
AOPA names winners of high school flight training scholarships
AOPA has named 23 students to receive scholarships from the 2017 AOPA You Can Fly High School Flight Training Scholarship Program. Read more >
May the diploma be with you
When high school senior and student pilot Davis O'Connor learned that actor and pilot Harrison Ford was to appear at an Aero Club of New England event the same day as O'Connor's graduation ceremony, he opted to hear Ford speak and received the surprise of a lifetime. Read more >
Kent State holds aviation 'hackathon'
Kent State University looks to spark aviation innovation during a collegiate "hackathon," or computer codefest, Oct. 13 to 15. Organizers believe the social event will be the "first ever" collegiate aviation hackathon, and the door is open to students aged 18 and older from any college or university. Read more >
Learn from real-world mistakes
One of the AOPA Air Safety Institute's major roles is accident analysis to help others avoid unfortunate outcomes. In Weather Wise: Mistakes We Make, Air Safety Institute Statistician David Kenny talks about the kind of weather that is most dangerous for pilots, and whether technology has lowered the accident rate. Watch the video >
Civil Air Patrol announces new leader
The Civil Air Patrol announced that when its national commander, Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez, steps down Sept. 2 as planned, he will turn over leadership of the 57,000-member volunteer organization to Col. Mark Smith. Read more >
AOPA Live This Week
Cuba still an option, drones fly out of sight
While President Donald Trump has reversed much of the previous policy on Cuba travel and trade, the island remains an option for general aviation. Also this week, California firefighters have their eye on a potential future in which drones may be first to arrive on the scene, and the Air Race Classic gets underway with AOPA in the thick of the action. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, June 22 >
Training Products and Resources
See and avoid with flight following
Air traffic advisories are a welcome addition to visual scanning, but when controllers are busy, pilots may hesitate to request these advisories. Learn why you should not be afraid to key the mic in the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Ask ATC: Flight Following video. Watch the video >
Ultra-thin iPad panel mount introduced the UltraThin iPad Panel Mount to allow cockpit panel use of a regular-sized iPad without affecting the panel's integrity with a large cutout. The device is made from aircraft-grade aluminum and includes a 90-degree charging cable. The design allows pilots to easily pop the iPad out of its cradle for use elsewhere. The panel mount kit is available online for $199.
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
Understand the basics of drug testing
Pilots and mechanics have contacted AOPA's Pilot Protection Services plan attorneys for advice about submitting to the Department of Transportation/FAA drug testing program. Here are some basics about the testing and what to do if a test comes back positive. Read more >
Member benefit
Insurance options for jump pilots
If you are, or are considering, working as a jump pilot to fly skydivers, check into the skydiving operation's insurance coverage. AOPA Insurance Services Vice President and Director of Operations Jim Pinegar explains what to look for in the skydiving company's policy and how to ask to be added to the policy. Read more >
Plane Spotter
Rattling the Sabre
The North American F-86 Sabre made its mark on military aviation history with speed records, innovative design, and combat superiority over a 10-year production run concluding in December 1956. Although not as fast as the MiG-15, it outfought that enemy aircraft during the Korean War. The F-86 was the first American jet fighter designed with swept wings, and would become the namesake of a successor aircraft with similarly contoured wings and tail: the Sabreliner. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who walked on the moon, said his "favorite aircraft" was the F-86. (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain.)
Final Exam

Are there any established aircraft speed limits with which a pilot must comply?
Yes. Pilots must comply with speed limitations in certain airspace, based on indicated airspeed. Below 10,000 feet msl, the limit is 250 knots; within Class B airspace, the limit is 250 knots; within four nautical miles of the primary airport of a Class C or Class D airspace area, the limit is 200 knots; and underlying a Class B airspace area or in a VFR corridor through a Class B airspace area, the limit is 200 knots. (See 14 CFR 91.117.) Also, for pilots flying VFR near Washington, D.C., there is a 180-knot speed restriction within the 30-nautical-mile ring of the Special Flight Rules Area, as well as a 230-knot speed restriction within a 60-nm ring.

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Career Opportunities
Aviation job board
Job of the week: Certificated flight instructor, Mesquite Aviation
Mesquite Aviation, a competitive and busy mid-sized flight school in Mesquite, Texas, is seeking a full-time flight instructor. This position is perfect for the pilot who wants to build hours fast—current full-time instructors log an average of 100 hours per month. Weekend work is required. 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 an 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, 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 24-25 Ashburn, Virginia; and Bloomington, Minnesota
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
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 24 Manhattan, Kansas; Bartow, Florida; Mankato, Minnesota; Ankeny, Iowa; and Lacon, Illinois
Jun 25 Hillsboro, Oregon
Jul 1 Fort Meade, Maryland; and Broomfield, Colorado
Jul 8 El Monte, California
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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