Already a member? Please login below for an enhanced experience. Not a member? Join today

September 15, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'September 15, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

VOL 17, ISSUE 37 September 15, 2017
Training Tips
Sponsored by Aircraft Spruce
First rules
A student pilot who can deal with critical tasks first and others only when workload permits has demonstrated the safety consciousness solo privileges demand. Learn the critical tasks for multiple scenarios including go-arounds and stalls. Read more >
Flight Training News
Behind the Logbook: Communications
AOPA student pilots Brittany Krop and Emily Ramsay overcome their fears of talking on the radio and share what it's like to dive back into training after a two-month break. Watch the video >
Ask ATC video series—fresh content, new look
The AOPA Air Safety Institute's popular Ask ATC video series is getting a makeover. In Ask ATC: Bothering ATC, the first installment in the updated series, air traffic control specialist Sarah Patten debunks the notion that talking to flights squawking 1200 is an inconvenience for controllers. Watch the new video, produced in partnership with NATCA and the FAA >
Tips for flying disaster relief missions
In the wake of natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, general aviation serves as a key link in delivering much-needed relief supplies to areas that have become inaccessible by road. Patient Airlift Services recently released disaster relief best practices. Read more >
You Can Fly
Register now for AOPA High School Aviation STEM Symposium
The AOPA High School Aviation STEM Symposium, presented by American Airlines, is scheduled for Nov. 6 and 7 in Fort Worth, Texas. The symposium, geared toward high school educators and administrators, will include breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and tours of American Airlines and the Fort Worth Air Route Traffic Control Center. Register before Sept. 30 for a discount.
Norman sets new fly-in record
Near-perfect weather helped to draw more than 500 aircraft and 7,500 people to the University of Oklahoma Westheimer Airport in Norman Sept. 9 for AOPA's regional fly-in. The airport hosted its eleventh annual Aviation Festival in conjunction with the fly-in. Read more >
Latest 'FAA Safety Briefing' issue dedicated to CFIs
The September/October issue of FAA Safety Briefing offers a wealth of information geared specifically toward flight instructors. Features include "Getting the Gouge: Ten Things Instructors Need to Know About Using the ACS," tackling transition training, continued education and CFI renewal, switching from military to civilian flight instructing, and more. The publication is downloadable in many formats from the FAA's website.
AOPA Foundation focus
Passing along the passion
Ceci Stratford's Flight Training Scholarship granted to Genevieve Anonsen through the AOPA Foundation not only helped Anonsen earn her private pilot certificate, but spurred her on to a career in aviation. Plus, Anonsen and her benefactor have developed a friendship. Read more >
AOPA Live This Week
GA helps hurricane victims; Remembering Flight 93
Take a look back at the record-breaking AOPA Fly-In at Norman, Oklahoma, and reflect on the sixteenth anniversary of 9/11 during a visit to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania. Also this week, general aviation brings critical supplies and tools to hurricane-ravaged regions, first in Texas and now in Florida. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Sept. 14 >
Training Products and Resources
Avoid CFIT with a terrain avoidance plan
Have you been caught off guard flying too close for comfort near terrain or obstacles? The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Look Out! Avoiding Terrain and Obstructions video exposes potentially dangerous situations. Learn how heightened situational awareness and a terrain avoidance plan minimize risks. Watch the video >
Seat cushion boosts pilots in comfort
The 3.5-inch-thick RelaxFusion seat cushion from is built with memory foam and gel fusion to provide hours of comfort while reducing heat buildup. A wickable mesh cover and breathable inner liner allow washing. The seat cushion, which can be used in an aircraft, automobile, or office, is available online for $34.99.
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
'Stop bugging me'
Dr. Jonathan Sackier explains 10 infections transmitted by bugs to beware during the summer and fall months when spending time outdoors. Read more >
New regional first officer pay agreement emerges
Regional pilots who have left the industry for a while might be enticed to come back. Express Jet and Atlantic Southeast Airlines (both owned by Skywest) are hiring pilots with previous Part 121 experience and paying them based on previous years of service. Read more >
Plane Spotter
Power and grace
The red biplane is in a dive, upside down and trailing smoke—but not to worry. At the controls of the 1940 Boeing Stearman is aerobatic performer Vicky Benzing, who shares her "passion for everything airborne" by performing in either her "nimble and powerful" Extra 300S, in which she flies a series of high-energy maneuvers, or the Stearman, which renders "an aerial display of power and grace" in the barnstorming spirit. According to her website, Benzing regards her former military trainer and crop-dusting Stearman as "a timeless piece of history."
Final Exam

I just acquired a presolo student who has a student pilot certificate and owns his own airplane. Before our first flight today, he taxied to the fuel pump. Can he legally operate an aircraft in this way with no endorsements?
Such an operation is acceptable. Mechanics regularly taxi aircraft as well, with no specific endorsement or credentials—only some training, which the student probably received from his last instructor. In each of these examples, there is no intention of flight, so a pilot flight crewmember (and associated credentials) would not be required; it is not regulated otherwise.

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: Chief pilot, Infinity Flight Group
Infinity Flight Group in New Jersey is seeking a chief pilot who will be responsible for the day-to-day management of all certificated flight instructors. A key aspect of this position is to hire, train, and lead all CFIs. The chief pilot also will monitor student progress and maintain training records. 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 associate project manager, marketing program coordinator, legislative affairs vice president, airports and state advocacy vice president, flight training business support senior director, legal services plan attorney, and part-time administrative assistant. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online >
Education & Seminars
Flight Instructor Refresher Courses
Sep 16-17 Sandston, Virginia
Sep 23-24 Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Tempe, Arizona
Oct 7-8 Indianapolis, Indiana
Oct 14-15 Nashville, Tennessee; Santa Clara, California; and Windsor Locks, Connecticut
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
Sep 18 Madison, Wisconsin; and Salt Lake City, Utah
Sep 19 Racine, Wisconsin
Sep 20 Green Bay, Wisconsin
Sep 25 Reno, Nevada; Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey; and Northbrook, Illinois
Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
Rusty Pilots Seminars
Sep 16 Gilford, New Hampshire; Chamblee, Georgia; San Diego, California; Burnet, Texas; and Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Sep 23 Spring, Texas
Sep 30 Weslaco, Texas; Kissimmee, Florida; Millington, Tennessee; and San Juan, Puerto Rico
Oct 6 Groton, Connecticut
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.
© 2017 Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
421 Aviation Way Frederick, MD 21701
301/695-2375 Fax
Facebook Twitter Instagram Google+
ePilot Flight Training Editors:
Alyssa J. Cobb
Jim Moore
Dan Namowitz
David Tulis

Production Team:
Elizabeth Linares
Melissa Whitehouse
Mike Collins
Sarah Deener
Dave Hirschman
Tom Horne
Warren Morningstar
Jill W. Tallman
Ian J. Twombly
Julie Summers Walker
Advertise in ePilot:
Gary Brennan, 301/695-2052

Eastern and Central United States and International:
Jeff Rockwood, 301/695-2089

Western United States:
Tom Linton, 301/695-2055

AOPA Advertising website