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May 5, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'May 5, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

VOL 17, ISSUE 18 May 5, 2017
Training Tips
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'Things get fuzzy from there'
There are two ways to learn aviation weather. Find out which way is recommended and which is not. Read more >
Flight Training News
BasicMed goes live
May 1 has come. Go ahead and pinch yourself. Then get out there and fly, if you are one of the early movers who seized the initiative and have already completed the necessary steps under BasicMed rules to be pilot in command of an aircraft having a maximum certificated takeoff weight up to 6,000 pounds, and authorized to carry no more than six total occupants. Read more >
Spin champion offers advice on unusual attitudes
Californian Spencer Suderman set the world record for 98 inverted flat spins in his Sunbird S-1x biplane, so he knows a thing or two about unusual attitudes. AOPA asked Suderman how pilots could benefit from unusual attitude training to increase their confidence and ability to handle the unexpected. Read more >
Flight Training magazine
Cloud class
Pilots like to say, "You'll be a safer pilot with an instrument rating." And the instrument rating is the next logical step in your aviation journey, after earning your private pilot certificate. Read more >
Online resource
Manage flight risks
Could you use a second opinion with a difficult go/no-go decision? The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Flight Risk Evaluator helps manage flight risks based on your certificate level, flight experience, and environment. Enter your information to receive objective feedback about the safety of your flight. Try it now >
Deadlines fast approaching for scholarships from AOPA, others
May is a busy month for those interested in flight training. Teens should apply for AOPA High School Flight Training Scholarships by May 19, while students 16 and older should circle May 31 as the deadline for various AOPA Foundation Flight Training Scholarships. Other organizations also are offering financial awards, and the American Bonanza Society is making a paid fall internship available. Read more >
William T. Piper Scholarship awarded
Lorena Molina, a senior at Vero Beach High School in Florida, has won Piper Aircraft's William T. Piper Scholarship for $1,000 per year for up to four years. The scholarship is open to graduating seniors at Vero Beach, Sebastian River, and Indian River high schools in Florida. Piper is headquartered in Vero Beach.
AOPA Live This Week
Hands-on in Camarillo; Baker reflects on flying life
The 2017 AOPA Fly-Ins, which kicked off in Camarillo, California, offer more hands-on experiences than ever. Also this week, AOPA President Mark Baker reflects on how flying and fellow pilots influenced his life. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, May 4 >
Training Products and Resources
Wipe off bugs with Sporty's windshield care kit
Be prepared for bug season with a windshield care kit from Sporty's Pilot Shop, complete with a can of cleaner, a can of polish, and 25 scratch-free window wipes. The kit is available online 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
BasicMed flight limitations detailed
Eligible pilots who fly under BasicMed should make sure they understand the flight limitations associated with this alternative to medical certification. Read more >
AOPA Aviation Finance
Leasebacks to air charters are risky
The prospect of bringing in revenue with an inactive aircraft is tempting—especially when the pitch is delivered by a savvy Part 135 operator with charter customers at the ready. But aircraft owners should know that they shoulder the greatest risks when they make their airplanes available for charter, and rewards aren't guaranteed. Read more >
Confounding airports
According to Flight Training blogger and airline pilot Chip Wright, "the true sign of professionalism is to ask for [progressive taxi] when you're flying with paying passengers in the back." Read more >
Instrument Tip
What were they thinking?
News flash: We may have an answer to the intriguing, if not burning, question aired April 3 after a reader asked why standard IFR holding patterns require right turns. Read more >
Online resource
Practice IFR procedures
It's sometimes helpful to practice flying while on the ground. Test your skills on an instrument approach to Westminster, Maryland. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's IFR Chart Challenge: VOR Approach course asks you to make decisions along the way. Take the course >
Plane Spotter
Looking for Outbound traffic
If you spotted the newly introduced Rans S-21 Outbound kitbuilt, two-place airplane at EAA AirVenture in 2016, keep track of the 180-horsepower, high-wing, 130-knot aircraft's development on the Rans Aircraft website. The aircraft resembles the S-20 Raven but has shorter wings. Customers can choose between a tailwheel and a castering nosewheel. According to S-21 news updates posted by kit maker Rans Designs, some parts produced on 3-D printers have been flight tested and will be included in kits—but not yet a "full fuselage or wing."
Final Exam

I am instrument current in single-engine airplanes and am planning to fly IFR next week in a multiengine airplane. What additional time or approaches do I need to be instrument current in multiengine airplanes?
You are already qualified to make that flight. Instrument currency is specific to aircraft categories, not aircraft classes. As long as you maintain instrument currency in airplanes, you can legally fly IFR in any single- or multiengine airplane for which you are rated.

Did you know that student pilots who join AOPA are three times more likely to complete their flight training? Membership includes unlimited access to aviation information by phone (800/USA-AOPA, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time) or from AOPA Online. Got a question for our technical services staff? Contact AOPA.
Career Opportunities
Aviation job board
Job of the week: Aviation course developer
King Schools provides academic training for pilot qualifications at all levels from new pilots to corporate jet pilots and airline captains. The successful applicant will be responsible for creating and maintaining course content and production scripts on required aviation training topics. The scripts will be used to create King Schools' aviation-related instructional videos and other course materials. 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 accounting clerk, legislative affairs vice president, temporary UAS program coordinator, safety program coordinator, customer service representative, airports and state advocacy vice president, flight training business support senior director, flight training technology senior director, aviation insurance sales 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
May 6-7 Albany, New York; Hollywood, Florida; and Pensacola, Florida
May 20-21 Conroe, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; and Sacramento, California
Jun 3-4 Charlotte, North Carolina; Columbus, Ohio; and Tempe, Arizona
Jun 10-11 Lake Mary, Florida; and Santa Clara, 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
May 8 Garden City, New York
May 9 Poughkeepsie, New York; and Norton Shores, Michigan
May 10 Albany, New York; and Lansing, Michigan
May 11 Moffett Field, California; and Brockport, New York
Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
Rusty Pilots Seminars
May 6 Cincinnati, Ohio; Tampa, Florida; West Palm Beach, Florida; Appleton, Wisconsin; Renton, Washington; Cleveland, Ohio; West Chicago, Illinois; and Gypsum, Colorado
May 7 Anchorage, Alaska
May 13 Seneca, South Carolina; Frederick, Maryland; Van Wert, Ohio; Elkhart, Indiana; Lakeland, Florida; Abingdon, Virginia; Joplin, Missouri; McKinney, Texas; South Portland, Maine; and Simsbury, Connecticut
May 20 Salisbury, Maryland; Zionsville, Indiana; Whitehouse Station, New Jersey; Bethany, Oklahoma; Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin; Marion, Illinois; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Mason, Michigan; and New Orleans, Louisiana
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, include 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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