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November 10, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'November 10, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

VOL 17, ISSUE 45 November 10, 2017
Training Tips
Sponsored by Aircraft Spruce
Aces of clubs
A fun feature of flying clubs is that there's no barrier to student pilots becoming fully involved members from day one. Students can be among a flying club's most active members, volunteering to schedule meetings, selecting topics for group discussions, and contacting guest speakers for presentations. Sound like a job for you? Read more >
Flight Training News
You Can Fly
AOPA engages, informs high school educators
Educators "plant the seeds" that will allow students to blossom into aviators or pursue aviation-related careers, said David Tatum, director of pilot recruiting for American Airlines, as he welcomed 255 attendees to the third annual AOPA High School Aviation STEM Symposium in Fort Worth, Texas, Nov. 6 and 7. Read more >
Behind the Logbook: Acro 101
AOPA student pilot Emily Ramsay shakes things up with her flight training by taking an introductory aerobatic ride. Follow along in this latest episode of Behind the Logbook, supported by Sporty's Pilot Shop, as Ramsay loops and rolls, and builds her confidence in the air. Watch the video >
Sean Tucker details prolonged emergency
In the third episode of the AOPA Air Safety Institute's There I was... podcast, renowned aerobatic pilot and airshow performer Sean D. Tucker recalls a life-threatening ordeal in 2006 in which he had to bail out of his airplane. Listen to the podcast >
FlightSafety named a partner in Envoy Pilot Cadet Program
FlightSafety International and Envoy Air have expanded their long-term partnership to give students seeking a professional-pilot career track access to FlightSafety Academy's ab initio training program and opportunities to fly for FlightSafety, Envoy Air, and American Airlines.
Toronto college to add Baron G58 flight training device
Toronto's Seneca College School of Aviation will add a Frasca Baron G58 Level 5 flight training device to its lineup of eight Frasca simulators in the fall of 2018. The school uses simulators extensively—131 hours of scheduled flight sim training plus 24-hour access to the sims for additional training—and currently has CRJ, Cessna 172, and King Air/Baron convertible FTDs. The Baron G58 simulator will have Garmin G1000NXi avionics.
WAI scholarship deadline approaches
Those who were members of Women in Aviation International as of Nov. 1 have until Nov. 13 to submit their applications for $634,000 worth of scholarships. The organization will give away 111 scholarships, which will be awarded during the group's twenty-ninth annual conference in Reno, Nevada, March 22 to 24, 2018. Application details are available on the WAI website.
AOPA Live This Week
NextGen education; Trip of a lifetime
AOPA gathered experts and educators in Fort Worth, Texas, for two days of sharing best practices for using aviation to inspire high school students. Also this week, we join the nation in honoring veterans like Gen. Chuck Boyd, who endured horrendous torment as a prisoner of war, and fly along on the trip of a lifetime with a pack of Husky taildraggers. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Nov. 9 >
Training Products and Resources
Let ATC in on your flight
You've filed a VFR flight plan. Do you also need VFR flight following? In the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Ask ATC: Flight Following vs. Flight Plan video, air traffic controllers explain the difference between the two VFR services. Learn why it makes sense to request flight following in addition to filing a flight plan. Watch the video >
New FAA chart user's guide available
Find out how the FAA determines and charts maximum elevation figures, water features, sporting event venues (for temporary flight restrictions), cold weather operations, navaids, and more. The Aeronautical Chart User's Guide was updated Oct. 12 and is available for viewing on the web or as a free PDF download.
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
Mitigate the risk of blood clots
One concern for pilots and passengers alike when traveling by general aviation or the airlines is the risk of blood clots. Dr. Kenneth Stahl offers tips to help prevent blood clots. Read more >
Member benefit
Tips for buying out an aircraft partner
Buying out an aircraft partner—whether a divorcing spouse, a retiring partner in a business venture, or a friend who is moving out of state—can be tricky. AOPA Aviation Finance can help. Read more >
Member benefit
Top 5 reasons an insurance claim might be denied
Aircraft owners can secure some extra protection with their carrier by ensuring that the insurance application is filled out truthfully and that the limitations set within the policy are followed. Learn why a claim might be denied. Read more >
Stay sharp
Pilots can become reliant on cockpit automation. Airline pilot and Flight Training blogger Chip Wright encourages aviators "to keep up the practice of hand flying," and to stay "proficient without a flight director to guide you along." Read more >
Instrument Tip
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Cleared for the approach
Whether you have or are training for an instrument rating, you must interpret the aeronautical charts correctly—especially to fly safely in instrument meteorological conditions. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's IFR Insights: Charts course can boost your instrument flying skills. Take the course >
Plane Spotter
In all seriousness
"Sirius" is the name of the brightest star in the sky, and a word irresistibly linked in wordplay with its obvious homonym, the word "serious." A 2014 AOPA article about the two-place, high-winged, single-engine Sirius airplane manufactured by TL Ultralight in the Czech Republic focused on a different play on words, observing that the light sport aircraft is a heavy hauler when loaded with baggage in a capacious compartment behind the seats. The carbon-fiber Sirius TL-3000 is powered by a 100-horsepower Rotax engine, and is seriously outfitted with a "whole-plane ballistic parachute."
Final Exam

I fly a Piper Cub around my local airport for fun on Sunday afternoons; I never fly any cross-country flights. The airplane's compass is now inoperative. Can I just placard it as such and continue flying?
No. The compass is a required instrument for day VFR flight, according to 14 CFR 91.205. It must be in operable condition, and it may not be placarded (see 14 CFR 91.213). The compass must be repaired or replaced before further flight.

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Career Opportunities
AOPA career opportunities
Join the AOPA team
Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? AOPA is looking for a digital marketing coordinator, account executive, High School Aviation Initiative coordinator, customer service representative, operations clerk, administrative clerk, survey analyst/survey researcher, legislative affairs vice president, airports and state advocacy vice president, and part-time administrative assistant. Learn about AOPA career opportunities >
Education & Seminars
Flight Instructor Refresher Courses
Nov 11-12 Albuquerque, New Mexico; Anchorage, Alaska; and Atlanta, Georgia
Nov 18-19 Ashburn, Virginia; and San Diego, California
Dec 2-3 Denver, Colorado; and Northbrook, Illinois
Dec 9-10 Lake Mary, Florida
For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online. Can't make it in person? Sign up for the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Online eFIRC.
Rusty Pilots Seminars
Nov 11 Costa Mesa, California; Berwyn, Illinois; Lawton, Oklahoma; and Batavia, Ohio
Nov 18 Cheyenne, Wyoming
Dec 2 Winter Haven, Florida; Jackson, California; Independence, Oregon; and Panama City, Florida
Dec 9 Murrieta, California; Scottsdale, Arizona; West Chicago, Illinois; Mineola, Texas; New Cumberland, Pennsylvania; and San Diego, California
AOPA Rusty Pilots Seminars are sponsored by Sporty's. 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.
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