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November 24, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'November 24, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

VOL 17, ISSUE 47 November 24, 2017
Training Tips
Sponsored by Aircraft Spruce
Taking on touch and goes
A student pilot heads out to the flight line, telling the folks in the terminal he is looking forward to a session of touch and goes. Sounds like fun, but would some variety make the session a better learning opportunity? Read more >
Flight Training News
Five colleges awarded Top Hawk Cessna 172s
Five Top Hawk Cessna 172 aircraft outfitted with Garmin G1000 NXi avionics, Bose A20 headsets, and other options are bound for college aviation programs to support the institutions' 2018 flight training and recruiting efforts. Which programs were selected? Read more >
You Can Fly
Sharing the joy of flight again
Bryant Paulsen's flight review was a bit out of date when he showed up at an AOPA Rusty Pilots seminar in Puyallup, Washington, last February to see about getting back into flying, but that didn't deter him. Read more >
AOPA Fly-In attendees help develop runway safety tips
In addition to having fun and connecting with fellow aviators, pilots who attended the AOPA Fly-In at Camarillo, California, had the opportunity to participate in a Runway Safety Roundup. The results of their input were released in October in a "Runway Safety Pilot Best Practices" document. Read more >
School bus transformed into rolling STEMPilot learning lab
A Waterbury, Connecticut, company transformed an aging school bus into a rolling high-tech science, technology, engineering, and mathematics lab that entertains and engages kindergarten through twelfth-grade students in Pasco County, Florida. Students are introduced to aviation skills and concepts through the use of flight simulators and hands-on learning "edustations" mounted inside the bus, wrote STEMPilot creator Jay LeBoff.
The Goldilocks approach
Is your approach to the runway too high, too low, too fast, too slow, or just right? The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Takeoffs and Landings: Stabilized Approach video shares how you can turn every approach into a smooth landing. Watch the video >
Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarships open to female pilots
A trust fund exceeding $5 million that is managed by The Ninety-Nines provides scholarships to female pilots and students advancing their aviation and aerospace education and training. Five separate scholarships under the Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarships umbrella are available, and more than 750 awards have been distributed since 1940.
AOPA Live This Week
Bonanza battles Centurion; Backcountry Quest
Side-by-side tests of power, speed, and short-field capability pit two of general aviation's six-seat, big-engine stalwarts against each other. Only one could emerge victorious from our fly-off. Also this week, the Quest Kodiak is a brawny backcountry beast that is right at home in Utah. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Nov. 23 >
Training Products and Resources
ASA updates student flight manual
The Student Pilot's Flight Manual, an Aviation Supplies and Academics textbook that has ushered countless students into aviation, was recently updated with an eleventh edition. The authoritative volume written by flight instructor William K. Kershner presents practical information to coach students through flight maneuvers, solo flights, cross-country requirements, and more. The manual is available online in a variety of formats from $15.52.
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
AOPA Foundation focus
AOPA Foundation to participate in Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday, the global day of giving that occurs during the week after Thanksgiving, provides renewed focus on charitable giving. The AOPA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AOPA, is a participating charity. Read more >
Pilot Protection Services
The right kind of fuel for your brain
Starving the brain of glucose can result in all kinds of bad things for a pilot trying to maintain safe flight. Dr. Kenneth Stahl offers tips to fuel your brain for flight. Read more >
Member benefit
Winter is coming
Aircraft owners who will park their aircraft in a hangar for winter or have their aircraft in the maintenance shop for months at a time should check into a different level of insurance coverage known as "ground not in motion." Read more >
Member benefit
Top finance questions answered
Two common questions pilots ask AOPA Aviation Finance Co. President Adam Meredith focus on securing financing for a new airplane purchase and learning what steps are required. Read more >
'Gotta get that rating'
Earning the instrument rating is one of the hardest things Opinion Leaders blogger Jolie Lucas says she has done: "Being a learner is hard. It is hard on the ego, your emotions, and your confidence." Find out how she overcame challenges to earn the rating. Read more >
Instrument Tip
Flash-based; login required
Turn, time, twist, throttle, talk
Are you ready to tackle the ILS or LOC/DME Runway 30R approach at Bakersfield, California? See how proficient you are at interpreting the chart with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's IFR Chart Challenge: ILS Approach course. Take the course >
Plane Spotter
The little cobra
A plane spotter who specializes in vintage military aircraft will tell you that the Bell P–39 Airacobra, which was in service when the United States entered World War II, was the first tricycle-geared single-engine fighter. Its unusual design placed its engine mid-fuselage, behind the pilot, and its main armament, a cannon that fired through the propeller hub, ahead of the pilot. The Airacobra served in numerous nations' armed forces, and notably was flown in combat in eastern Europe by the Soviet Union, whose pilots nicknamed it "kobrushka," or little cobra.
Final Exam

Where can I find the passing score for an FAA written knowledge test?
The FAA Airman Knowledge Test Guides, which are available on the FAA website, note that 70 percent is the passing score for tests.

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Career Opportunities
Aviation job board
Job of the week: Light jet and turboprop captain, Charles City Aeronautics
Charles City Aeronautics in Mason City, Iowa, is seeking a qualified light jet and turboprop captain for its rapidly expanding air charter operations. The position is full-time and will require travel approximately 150 days per year. Potential candidates must possess excellent communication and customer service skills and maintain a high degree of confidentiality. 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 medical certification specialist, aviation safety analysis manager, insurance account executive, High School Aviation Initiative coordinator, customer service representative, accounting clerk, administrative clerk, survey analyst/survey researcher, legislative affairs vice president, and airports and state advocacy vice president. Learn about AOPA career opportunities >
Education & Seminars
Flight Instructor Refresher Courses
Dec 2-3 Denver, Colorado; and Northbrook, Illinois
Dec 9-10 Lake Mary, Florida
Jan 6-7 Charlotte, North Carolina; and Santa Clara, California
Jan 13-14 Portland, Oregon; Costa Mesa, California; Alcoa, Tennessee; and Renton, Washington
For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online. Can't make it in person? Sign up for the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Online eFIRC.
Safety Seminars
Jan 10 Fairfax, Virginia
Jan 15 Reno, Nevada; and Houston, Texas
Jan 16 Sacramento, California; and Houston, Texas
Jan 17 Milpitas, California; and San Antonio, Texas
Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
Rusty Pilots Seminars
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
Dec 16 Oxford, Iowa; and Middleton, Wisconsin
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.
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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