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June 30, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'June 30, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

VOL 17, ISSUE 26 June 30, 2017
Training Tips
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How the locals fly
A pilot needs only a glance at a satellite photo of the ridge off the end of Runway 2 at the Sisters, Oregon, airport to know that a takeoff in that direction is anything but a routine departure. Read more >
Flight Training News
Flight Training magazine
Landing with flair
You've probably heard that a good landing starts with a good approach. But even a perfect approach can go from on-speed and on-glidepath to a bounce or a go-around in those last few seconds. A well-timed, graceful flare is your landing's finishing touch. Read more >
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Are complex aircraft complicated?
Flying a complex aircraft requires a certificated flight instructor's endorsement in your logbook stating that you are proficient. Some things you'll need to know include proper use of a constant-speed propeller and cowl flaps. Prime your transition with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Transitioning to Complex Aircraft quiz. Take the quiz >
WVU Tech, FlightSafety to launch joint degree program
The first class of the joint West Virginia University Institute of Technology and FlightSafety International Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management degree program will begin in August, the partner organizations announced. Business, management, aviation, and general education courses from WVU Tech, located in Beckley, will be available online, with professional flight training provided at the FlightSafety Academy in Vero Beach, Florida. Graduates will have the opportunity to work as FlightSafety Academy instructors.
College teams take off in Air Race Classic
When the forty-first annual all-female Air Race Classic launched from Maryland's Frederick Municipal Airport June 20, about a third of the 51 race aircraft were flown by college teams. Student team members demonstrated poise and confidence that belied their ages. Read more >
Nashville Flight Training enters deal with ERAU-W
Nashville Flight Training signed an agreement with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide to offer its Tennessee students a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics degree from the Daytona, Florida-based aviation institution. The partnership allows Nashville Flight Training students to follow a professional pilot career path as the aviation industry ramps up for an expected hiring frenzy. A June 19 news release said the partnership with Embry-Riddle's online institution would allow Nashville students to begin their careers with a smaller airline and "then move into the ranks of the major airlines."
AOPA Live This Week
Privatization battle heats up; A HUD for the rest of us
As the U.S. House bill to privatize air traffic control passes out of committee, AOPA is asking pilots everywhere to tell their representatives it's a bad idea. Also this week, get up close with Greg Koontz's flying farmer act, and see an affordable head-up display for general aviation. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, June 29 >
Training Products and Resources
Online resource
Feed your passion, fly to help others
Giving through flying is priceless. But where do you begin? The AOPA Air Safety Institute recently updated its Public Benefit Flying: Balancing Safety and Compassion online course and converted it to a tablet-friendly format. Explore medical transport, disaster relief, educational flights, and animal rescue. Take the course >
Author Mort Mason's Alaska bush tales
Mort Mason details decades of bush flying in What It's Really Like: Flying the Alaska Bush, recounting from his extensive personal experience how Alaska's weather and topography can complicate even a seemingly simple flight. Mason's ingenuity and field solutions could save bush pilots time and trouble. The book is available online from Sporty's Pilot Shop for $19.95.
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
Honesty is the best policy with your health
Lying to the aviation medical examiner is not a good idea but isn't uncommon. Even worse is lying to yourself about your health. Dr. Jonathan Sackier explains why honesty is the best policy. Read more >
AOPA Aviation Finance
Aircraft collateral
Aircraft lenders will use the aircraft as collateral to secure a loan in addition to taking cash flow into account, explains AOPA Aviation Finance Co. President Adam Meredith. Read more >
Plane Spotter
More than a sporting interest
Light sport aircraft were designed with pleasure flying in mind, but you can find a few of them flying in some seriously scientific scenarios as well. Slovenian pilot, climate researcher, and AOPA member Matevž Lenarcic flew an Aerospool WT9 Dynamic when sampling air quality over the Mediterranean for his GreenLight WorldFlight studies of black carbon pollution. The two-place aircraft manufactured in Slovakia is powered by a 100-horsepower Rotax 912iS engine, can be equipped with retractable or fixed landing gear, and cruises at 135 knots. (Photo courtesy of GreenLight.)
Final Exam

I am a private pilot working on my instrument rating. Can I fly in the clouds with another pilot who is instrument-rated and current, manipulate the controls, and log the actual instrument time, even though I do not have an instrument rating?
Yes. Any person can log actual instrument time, as an instrument rating is not required to do so, according to 14 CFR 61.51. It would be a good idea to add a note in the remarks section of your logbook as to how you acquired that time, but the regulation supports any person (not just a pilot) logging actual instrument time.

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Career Opportunities
Aviation job board
Job of the week: Turbine jump pilot
Desert Sand Aircraft Leasing has an immediate need for pilots to fly turbine skydiving aircraft in Georgia and Virginia. At the Virginia location, the successful candidate will operate a DHC-6 Twin Otter and a Cessna 208B with Texas Turbines Conversion. At the Georgia location, the successful candidate will operate a Cessna 208 with PT6-114A engine. Both operations are year-round. Work schedules are somewhat flexible but are between 5 and 6 days per week during the busy season. 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, administrative clerk, 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 1 Fort Meade, Maryland; and Broomfield, Colorado
Jul 8 Chesaning, Michigan; and El Monte, California
Jul 15 Perkasie, Pennsylvania; Vidalia, Georgia; and Lincoln, California
Jul 22 Apopka, Florida
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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