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October 20, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'October 20, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

VOL 17, ISSUE 42 October 20, 2017
Training Tips
Sponsored by Aircraft Spruce
Squawking up a storm
The jet crew had shut down an engine and was running checklists for single-engine operations when air traffic control asked "if the cockpit is secure." Find out why pilots should be attentive to transponder settings before, during, and after flight. Read more >
Flight Training News
You Can Fly
AOPA announces 2017 Flight Training Experience Awards
AOPA has announced its 2017 Flight Training Experience Awards, bestowing top honors on an Alaska flight school and a Colorado flight instructor. Read more >
K-State offers aircraft certification classes
Kansas State Polytechnic has created a professional development program featuring four courses in aircraft certification. Read more >
Ameriflight expands UPS Airlines gateway
Ameriflight and UPS Airlines expect to finalize an agreement in the coming days to expand a pilot gateway program for qualified applicants and lead them into a UPS cockpit seat. Read more >
Collegiate association honors ASA's commitment to safety
The University Aviation Association presented safety awards to Aviation Supplies and Academics owner Mike Lorden, along with authors Gary Ullrich and Paul Snyder. Lorden worked at ASA for 32 years before he purchased the company in 2016. The W.W. Estridge Award recognized his "longstanding dedication and service to aviation education." Ullrich and Snyder received the John K. Lauber Award for their Practical Safety Management Systems manual.
A slight feeling something is wrong
Making an emergency landing is one thing; stepping out of the wreckage in a cemetery is another. In the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Real Pilot Story: Cemetery Crash, Gordon Webster shares what's at stake during an engine failure. Watch the video >
CAP to open winter encampment scholarships Nov. 1
Financial assistance applications will open Nov. 1 to help Civil Air Patrol cadets attend a week of winter encampments. The camps concentrate on leadership, physical fitness, character development, and aviation-themed educational experiences. Winter encampments are scheduled for Alaska, Florida, Kansas, Texas, and Utah during the December holiday break. The organization also offers summer encampment programs.
CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow awards five scholarships
The Commemorative Air Force Wings Over Houston Airshow awarded five scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to university students from Texas who are pursuing careers in aviation-related fields. The winners are Rodger Walter Garcia Advincula Jr., Gaetan Pinjou Newou, Walker Goodman, Glen Colby, and Ryan Stuart Carr. The Wings Over Huston Airshow featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and a dozen additional performers runs Oct. 21 and 22 at Ellington Airport.
AOPA Live This Week
Red Bull fun; Best in training honored
Experience high-speed, low-altitude flying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Yoshihide Muroya of Japan won the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Find out why Tampa, Florida, is the perfect location for a fly-in, and see who rises to the top with the 2017 AOPA Flight Training Experience Awards. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Oct. 19 >
Training Products and Resources
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Who turned off the lights?
When you're approaching an airport with pilot-controlled lighting, the runway lights activated by another pilot could turn off before you land unless you click the appropriate frequency to keep them on. How long will the lights stay illuminated after they are activated? The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Night Operations quiz has the answer. Take the quiz >
Dual TX sunglasses incorporate reader optics
Dual TX shatterproof wraparound sunglasses combine light weight, adjustability, strength, and style with a choice of three diopters to assist close-up reading in the cockpit. The sunglasses are available for $79.95 from Sporty's Pilot Shop.
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
Weight of waivers
Passenger liability waivers are one tool pilots should have in their risk-management strategy when flying with others, according to AOPA Legal Services Plan panel attorney Ryan Seib. Read more >
Member benefit
Lenders leery of leasebacks
Pilots who plan to buy an aircraft and put it on leaseback with a flight school or flying club might find it difficult to secure financing, explains AOPA Aviation Finance Co. President Adam Meredith. Read more >
Member benefit
Tips for buying commercial drone insurance
Drone insurance might be required by clients when an operator is flying an unmanned aircraft for commercial purposes. Find out what to look for in coverage. Read more >
Instrument Tip
Many circling approaches eyed for elimination
Circling approaches are a longstanding custom in instrument pilot training. Many of these approaches will be on the chopping block as the FAA transitions to its NextGen system. Read more >
Plane Spotter
If you build it: Durand Mark V
William Durand believed that when building an airplane you should pick your project based on what you want to own and fly, because the construction period is a fascinating but temporary time. The Omaha (Nebraska) University engineering professor's namesake design, the Durand Mark V, seats two in a negative-staggered all-metal biplane powered by a 150-horsepower Lycoming engine. In Durand's case, the construction period lasted seven years before his airplane first flew in June 1978. This Durand-built airplane, owned by Jim Swatosh of Richfield, Minnesota, was spotted at EAA AirVenture in July.
Final Exam

The local airport management office recently issued a notice about two suspicious individuals and encouraged pilots to contact authorities if any such persons were observed near the airport. Where can I find additional guidance about airport security?
All pilots and airport tenants should be vigilant and report any unusual or illegal activity. AOPA's Airport Watch program offers information and guidance for securing general aviation airports.

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Career Opportunities
Aviation job board
Job of the week: LeTourneau University assistant chief flight instructor
The College of Aviation and Aeronautical Science at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, is seeking an assistant chief flight instructor. This faculty position involves providing flight training that conforms to best practices including dual instruction, stage checks, participation in department meetings, supervision of flight instructors, and other responsibilities as assigned. 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 product marketing specialist, customer service representative, operations clerk, administrative clerk, survey analyst/survey researcher, marketing program coordinator, 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
Oct 21-22 Wichita, Kansas
Nov 4-5 Austin, Texas
Nov 11-12 Albuquerque, New Mexico; Anchorage, Alaska; and Atlanta, Georgia
Nov 18-19 Ashburn, Virginia; and San Diego, California
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
Oct 23 Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Van Nuys, California
Oct 24 Zionsville, Indiana; West Des Moines, Iowa; and Ontario, California
Oct 25 West Lafayette, Indiana; Bellevue, Nebraska; and Costa Mesa, California
Oct 26 San Diego, California; and Olathe, Kansas
Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
Rusty Pilots Seminars
Oct 21 Fremont, Ohio; West Palm Beach, Florida; and Burlington, Washington
Oct 27 Tampa, Florida
Oct 28 Tampa, Florida; Pacoima, California; and La Crosse, Wisconsin
Nov 4 Frederick, Maryland; Albert Lea, Minnesota; Richmond, Virginia; Punta Gorda, Florida; Midlothian, Texas; Fullerton, California; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Lakeland, Florida
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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