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May 12, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'May 12, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

VOL 17, ISSUE 19 May 12, 2017
Training Tips
Sponsored by Aircraft Spruce
Easy errors
A flight instructor and a high-time pilot undergoing a flight review are taxiing from the ramp to the runway in a Cessna 172. Noticing that the fuel gauges indicate about half a full fuel load, the CFI points to them and says, "I thought you said we had full fuel." Find out how complacency can affect experienced pilots and students alike. Read more >
Flight Training News
Steelers' new quarterback is aerospace engineer
Instead of brushing up on his Xs and Os in the days leading up to the National Football League's April 27 to 29 draft, former University of Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs was assisting college aeronautics teammates during the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics competition. (Photo courtesy of AIAA.) Read more >
New venue for FlightSimCon
The fifth annual FlightSimCon, a gathering for aviation and flight simulation enthusiasts, will take place June 10 through 11 at the Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Read more >
Flight Instructor Hall of Fame celebrates 20 years
Aviation enthusiasts and members of the public are encouraged to nominate their favorite flight instructor to the Flight Instructor Hall of Fame's twentieth anniversary class of 2017. Read more >
Frasca to supply simulator to Ethiopia
Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Group's training division has ordered a diesel Cessna 172 simulator from Frasca International to modernize flight training for the airline. According to a May 8 news release, the diesel Frasca 172 Flight Navigation Procedures Trainer will be the first Frasca flight simulator installed in the African country.
'Ditching in the Dark'
When their engine failed at night over the Gulf of Mexico, the pilot and his two passengers were forced to ditch the aircraft in the dark waters below. How did they survive the night with only a crab buoy to hold on to? This AOPA Air Safety Institute Real Pilot Story re-creates what happened. Watch the video >
Make your AOPA scholarship application stand out
Deadlines for AOPA's two scholarship programs are quickly approaching, with applications for the High School Flight Training Scholarships closing May 19, and those for the AOPA Foundation Flight Training Scholarships ending May 31. Check out these five tips to make your application stand out among the rest. Read more >
AOPA Live This Week
The big catch; Spring cleaning time
Fly in to the fly-fishing nirvana of the Arctic with AOPA Senior Photographer Chris Rose. Also this week, find out how to bring the shine back to your aircraft's paint, and see what U.S. yacht racers are borrowing from aviation to gain an edge in the America's Cup. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, May 11 >
Training Products and Resources
Watch tips for passenger briefings
Planning to share the fun of flying with friends and family? Remember to brief them on safety and emergency procedures. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Critical Information: The Passenger Safety Briefing provides tips to facilitate the process. Watch the video >
New edition of 'Virtual Test Prep Series Images' released
A new edition of Aviation Supplies and Academics' Virtual Test Prep Series Images can add clarity and organization to classroom instruction. A comprehensive set of four CDs includes slideshows, animated graphics, and PowerPoint presentations. More than 4,500 slides from the private, instrument, commercial, CFI, and flight maneuvers virtual test prep courses help make learning fun and interesting. The CDs are available online from ASA for $79.95.
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
Scientists eye spinach in heart research
Spinach could be good for your heart in more ways than one. Dr. Jonathan Sackier explains the latest research in which spinach leaves are being studied to see if they could be used to make a heart replacement kit. Read more >
'AOPA Hangar' opens
From the comfort of your own home, on your phone or tablet, or even at the office, talk to other aviators through the AOPA Hangar. Pilots can gather in this free online community and talk about all things aviation, share stories and photos, explore and create aviation events, and find other pilots—by airport, flying interest, and more. Watch this tutorial to learn more >
Verbalize, verify, monitor
Airline pilots use a standard process—verbalize, verify, and monitor—when changing altitude, course, autopilot settings, and more. Airline pilot and Flight Training blogger Chip Wright encourages pilots who aspire to fly for the airlines to integrate the process into their everyday flying. Read more >
Plane Spotter
All-attitude Impala
A 1960s-era two-place, single-engine jet fighter with fuel tanks at the tips of its straight wings and tandem seats enclosed by a bubble canopy is well known to military pilots in several countries, as well as civilian pilots, for its many roles. The Aermacchi MB-326 Impala has served as a military and airline pilot trainer and combat aircraft. Its performance characteristics, reminiscent of a corporate jet's, make Impalas like this example from Flight Research of Mojave, California, ideally suited to serve as an "all-attitude" upset-recovery trainer for working pilots.
Final Exam

Can two student pilots fly together in a Cessna 152?
Two student pilots cannot fly together because 14 CFR 61.89(a) prohibits a student pilot from carrying a passenger.

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Career Opportunities
Aviation job board
Job of the week: Flight instructor
Summit Aviation in Bentonville, Arkansas, is seeking a professional flight instructor to join its team and aviation community. This position will be responsible for teaching and mentoring a very specific demographic of businessmen and women, future aircraft owners, entrepreneurs, and career-minded professional pilots. Instruction will take place in a diverse inventory of aircraft including high-performance, tailwheel, and multiengine aircraft with advanced avionics suites. 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 IT systems administrator, product marketing specialist, accounting clerk, legislative affairs vice president, customer service representative, airports and state advocacy vice president, flight training business support senior director, flight training technology 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
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
Jun 24-25 Ashburn, Virginia; and Bloomington, Minnesota
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 15 Eau Claire, Wisconsin
May 16 Madison, Wisconsin
May 17 Racine, Wisconsin
May 18 Green Bay, Wisconsin
Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
Rusty Pilots Seminars
May 13 Seneca, South Carolina; Frederick, Maryland; Van Wert, Ohio; Elkhart, Indiana; Abingdon, Virginia; Lakeland, Florida; 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
May 27 Lago Vista, Texas; and Aurora, Oregon
Jun 3 Red Lodge, Montana; Fort Worth, Texas; Englewood, Colorado; Truckee, California; Selkirk, New York; Akron, Ohio; Brainerd, Minnesota; Thermal, California; and Seattle, Washington
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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