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April 27, 2018, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

VOL 18, ISSUE 17 April 27, 2018
Editor's note: During flight training, all of your focus is on learning to fly. But what will you do after the checkride? In this special issue, AOPA's editors, all pilots or flight instructors, share advice to help you break out of the pattern and enjoy your pilot certificate to the fullest.
Training Tips
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Flying with passengers
Becoming a great pilot is art built on skill. Earning a pilot certificate gives you many opportunities to discover this for yourself as you pursue a prized goal of flight training: the art of flying passengers. Read more >
Flight Training News
FAA drops complex aircraft requirement for some flight tests
The FAA has discontinued the requirement that applicants for a commercial pilot or flight instructor certificate with an airplane-single engine rating provide a complex airplane for their practical tests. Read more >
Expand your horizons, and your skills
Give your passion for flying a shot of adrenaline; improve your stick-and-rudder skills; boost your confidence; and have a blast learning to fly seaplanes, gliders, and taildraggers. Read more >
Tips for saving money while flying
Find out how you can fly more, even on a tight budget, by riding backseat on another student's lesson, being a safety pilot (once you earn your certificate), joining a flying club, entering a partnership, or buying an airplane and renting it out. Read more >
You Can Fly
Sticking with it
A pilot certificate represents more than a coveted privilege; it also is the fruit of a significant investment of money, time, and effort. You might be surprised how many of us set that aside, then return to aviation after a years-long absence. Read more >
Code of the courtesy car
Getting around on the ground is a challenging aspect of general aviation travel. Here are a few things to know about courtesy cars. Read more >
Buddy system
Surround yourself with a strong community of aviators, at your local airfield and online, to help maintain your motivation to fly. Read more >
Memorable flights with passengers
Planting a seed, curing airsickness, flying total strangers around a Caribbean island, or lifting the Iron Curtain with a lap around the pattern: These are the memories AOPA editors recounted about some of their flights with passengers. Read more >
Oreo was perfect passenger
A border collie pup and a private pilot who shared a couple of hours in a Mooney also gained a new lease on life and a new perspective on using aircraft to help others in need. Read more >
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Spring season's mood swings
Why should you update your altimeter setting regularly when crossing a frontal boundary? This AOPA Air Safety Institute quiz explains. Take the quiz >
AOPA scholarship deadline nears
Applications are due May 2 for AOPA's three scholarship programs that offer funds for high school students pursuing a primary pilot certificate, for aviation enthusiasts ages 16 and older pursing primary certification, and for certificated pilots seeking advanced ratings.
ATC scholarships for students, family members, employees
The Air Traffic Control Association makes a variety of scholarships available for aviation students, children of full-time ATC employees, and current employees pursuing aviation or advancing their careers. The application deadline is May 1.
AOPA Live This Week
Heart of Colombia; Skyhawk, JT-A put to test
Join a humanitarian mission that crosses Colombia's Andes mountains and touches down in a remote coastal town, bringing doctors and other volunteers who create a hospital on the spot. Also, AOPA editors pit the venerable Cessna Skyhawk against a Jet A-powered variant. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, April 26 >
Training Products and Resources
'Aerial adventures: 99 ways to fly'
The best thing you can do with your pilot certificate is use it. In the e-book Aerial adventures: 99 ways to fly, AOPA's editors share some of our favorite getaways, routes, and airborne challenges. Will you try all 99? Get the e-book >
'AOPA Travel Pilot' highlights GA destinations
AOPA Travel Pilot, a free biweekly newsletter, will give you the inspiration and tools you need to use your pilot certificate to embark on epic adventures, weekend getaways, or day trips, flying solo or with family and friends. Subscribe >
Online resource
'I'm ready to go!'
Flight instructor William Woodbury contemplates pilots' self-assessment skills in the latest issue of the AOPA Air Safety Institute's CFItoCFI newsletter. Sign up for the free quarterly publication. Read more >
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
Member benefit
AOPA Insurance Agency celebrates 25 years
After 25 years of service, the AOPA Insurance Agency keeps striving to live up to the legacy of Don Flowers, one of the most-respected names in the aviation insurance industry. His insurance agency eventually became the AOPA Insurance Agency. Read more >
Pilot Protection Services
What is a quiet title action?
If it's not possible to clear a "clouded" title by working with the person or entity who has a lien or encumbrance against an aircraft you are trying to sell, a quiet title action might be necessary. Read more >
Instrument Tip
Should you get an instrument rating?
There are so many reasons to get your instrument rating, it's hard to know where to begin. Read more >
Plane Spotter
Attitude for everyone
Let's face it, there are certain airplanes that are just as likely to be photographed steeply banked or even upside down as when flying—dare we say it?—normally. Zlin Aircraft, the Czech Republic manufacturer of the low-wing, single-engine Z 242L, selected photos of the airplane at all three angles to show on its website, to present the 200-horsepower, Lycoming-powered two-seater as an aircraft designed for civilian and military basic and advanced training, glider and banner towing, instrument training, "and above all for acrobatic flying and acrobatic training."
Final Exam

Are drone instructors subject to the same Transportation Security Administration security awareness training as manned-aircraft flight instructors?
No. There is no TSA regulatory support for such training. There also is no certification for drone instructors. Those who teach people to fly drones may call themselves instructors, but no FAA certification is required or available. The only certification currently available is the remote pilot certificate with a small unmanned aircraft systems rating, issued under 14 CFR Part 107.

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Career Opportunities
Aviation job board
Job of the week: Flight instructors, Treasure Coast Flight Training
Treasure Coast Flight Training, a Part 141 flight school located in Stuart, Florida, has immediate openings for certificated flight instructors, CFIIs, and MEIs. Perfect weather means year-round flying and fast time building. Enjoy a fun atmosphere and fly impeccably maintained aircraft. 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 High School Aviation Initiative manager, Salesforce developer, marketing coordinator, Web project manager, UI front-end developer, business analyst, and several interns. Learn about AOPA career opportunities >
Education & Seminars
Flight Instructor Refresher Courses
May 5-6 Hollywood, Florida; Albany, New York; and Conroe, Texas
May 19-20 Sacramento, California
Jun 2-3 Columbus, Ohio
Jun 9-10 Santa Clara, California; and Tempe, Arizona
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
May 1 Tampa, Florida; and Stevensville, Maryland
May 2 Frederick, Maryland; and Fort Myers, Florida
May 3 Hollywood, Florida
May 7 Garden City, New York; and Green Bay, Wisconsin
Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
Rusty Pilots Seminars
Apr 28 McKinney, Texas; Montgomery, New York; North Little Rock, Arkansas; Blaine, Minnesota; Roanoke, Virginia; and Statesboro, Georgia
May 5 Conroe, Texas; and Boise, Idaho
May 6 Anchorage, Alaska
May 12 Winter Haven, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; Zionsville, Indiana; McPherson, Kansas; Frederick, Maryland; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Lincoln, 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.
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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