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September 22, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'September 22, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

VOL 17, ISSUE 38 September 22, 2017
Training Tips
Sponsored by Aircraft Spruce
'A high degree of public interest'
Pilots are familiar with checking notams for temporary flight restrictions imposed for presidential or VIP travel and sporting events, but pilots also need to be aware of TFRs over hazard/disaster areas that can pop up and change without advance notice. Read more >
Flight Training News
Behind the scenes: Relocating ERAU's fleet in advance of Irma
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Daytona Beach, Florida, campus released a video Sept. 18 detailing the departure of 62 of its airplanes on Sept. 9, ahead of Hurricane Irma. In the wee hours, flight instructors preflight in the rain and prepare to launch for two Alabama airports away from Irma’s predicted path. Watch the video >
Flight Training magazine
Keep cool
Nervousness is a natural part of the flight training experience, particularly when it comes to your first solo flight. However, there are many techniques to minimize the nervousness that any sensible student pilot feels the first time he or she goes up alone. Read more >
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Step on the high wing?
If a wing drops at the onset of a stall, the airplane's nose will attempt to yaw in the direction of the low wing. Do you know how to recover? Review aerodynamic principles involved in maneuvering flight with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Aerodynamics quiz. Test and polish your knowledge >
Redbird Migration to bring in aviation powerhouses
An airshow legend, general aviation advocacy group chiefs, an NTSB member, a leading EFB app developer, and other aviation industry heavy hitters will keynote Redbird Flight Simulations' seventh annual Migration Flight Training Conference for aviation professionals Oct. 16 through 18 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. AOPA President Mark Baker will announce the winners of the AOPA Flight Training Experience Awards. Register for the event >
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Tips for writing scholarship essays
Ceci Stratford, who funds scholarships through the AOPA Foundation and is a member of California's San Fernando Valley Ninety-Nines, offers 10 tips for how to write successful scholarship essays. Read more >
AOPA Live This Week
Dunk to survive; Garmin's 360 action cam
Survival Systems USA has put thousands of air crews through immersion training to prepare them to escape a sinking aircraft after ditching. Also this week, get the latest on the battle to save air traffic control from ruinous change by Congress, and watch 360-degree views of flight with Garmin's VIRB 360 action camera. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Sept. 21 >
Training Products and Resources
Ready to roll
Are you prepared to stop on the runway if the takeoff roll isn't going as planned? Consider these tips and techniques from the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Takeoffs and Landings: Determining an Abort Point video before you shove the throttle full open. Watch the video >
Flat flashlight stays put
The Panther Vision PV-600 Flat Flashlight from Sporty's Pilot Shop is a handy item on a dark night because the LED-driven device won't roll away during a preflight, and it stows easily. A pistol grip makes for sure handling. Four AA batteries power the shockproof and waterproof light. The flashlight is available online for $59.95.
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
Attorney offers advice for handling maintenance disputes
When a mechanic and an aircraft owner dispute the scope, quality, or cost of the maintenance performed, the disagreement can be resolved one of two ways, explains AOPA Legal Services Plan panel attorney Jerry Eichenberger. Read more >
Member benefit
Time to review your life insurance needs
Just like your aircraft requires an annual inspection, you should periodically review your life insurance needs to make sure you're adequately prepared for the future. Read more >
Instrument Tip
Pilot magazine
The case against instrument takeoffs
During instrument training, pilots learn the instrument takeoff. Under the watchful eye of an instructor, the instrument student must track the runway's heading, monitor acceleration, and take off without outside visual references. While a good practice exercise, AOPA Editor at Large Tom Horne explains why the procedure should never be used when the weather is zero-zero. Read more >
Plane Spotter
Performance by Pelegrin
Plane spotters with eyes peeled for the next thing in fuel-efficient, speedy flight might look to Latvia, where a seven-year-old company, Pelegrin Ltd., is developing the Tarragon. The tandem two-place, low-wing, composite airplane features multiple engine options from 100 to 130 horsepower to drive a three-blade, constant-speed propeller. Inspired by the Millennium Master from Italy that was seen in flight by two Pelegrin principals in 2009, the design's potential brought the company into existence in 2010. A Tarragon was displayed near the arched entryway to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in July.
Final Exam

I noticed that the general aviation community was heavily involved in hurricane disaster relief. How can I get involved?
General aviation is a major asset in disaster relief, but you should not attempt to fly disaster relief missions on your own. Work with a disaster relief organization to ensure that your services are being used most effectively. See "Tips for flying disaster relief missions" on AOPA Online for more information.

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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 survey analyst/survey researcher, marketing program coordinator, legislative affairs vice president, airports and state advocacy vice president, 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 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
Oct 21-22 Wichita, Kansas
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
Sep 25 Reno, Nevada; Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey; and Northbrook, Illinois
Sep 26 Sacramento, California; Hartford, Connecticut; and Lisle, Illinois
Sep 27 Milpitas, California; Waltham, Massachusetts; and East Peoria, Illinois
Sep 28 Santa Rosa, California; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Rockford, Illinois
Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
Rusty Pilots Seminars
Sep 23 Spring, Texas
Sep 30 Weslaco, Texas; Kissimmee, Florida; Millington, Tennessee; and San Juan, Puerto Rico
Oct 6 Groton, Connecticut
Oct 7 Groton, Connecticut; Russellville, Alabama; Toughkenamon, Pennsylvania; Greensboro, North Carolina; Stevensville, Maryland; South Saint Paul, Minnesota; Griffin, Georgia; and Watkins, Colorado
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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