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January 5, 2018, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'January 5, 2018, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

VOL 18, ISSUE 1 January 5, 2018
Training Tips
Sponsored by Aircraft Spruce
Pitch perfect
It seems like everyone is out flying today, now that the one-two punch of back-to-back snowstorms has subsided and the airport crew has plowed the runway. What special considerations should you take into account during takeoff and landing? Read more >
Flight Training News
You Can Fly
You are flying
Rusty pilots are returning to the cockpit. Flying clubs are starting up and taking off. High schools are taking a new opportunity to bring aviation into their science and technology curricula, and a spotlight is shining on the best practices in the flight training industry. Read more >
Vulcanair V1.0 single earns FAA type certificate
Vulcanair CEO Remo De Feo made good on his promise to deliver a "rugged" FAA-certified trainer that could battle the venerable Cessna Skyhawk and Piper Archer—for about $100,000 less. On Dec. 20, the FAA awarded a utility category type certificate to the Italian four-seat single. Read more >
Former 'rusty pilot' calmly handles engine failure
There's no convenient time for engine failure—but a rusty pilot's first solo after returning to active flying is much less than ideal. Read more >
Legislation promotes aviation career paths for women
More than half the nation's workforce is female, but only 6 percent of pilots are women. Legislation introduced in the Senate seeks to improve on those numbers. Read more >
Safety seminar
Scan the sky
The AOPA Air Safety Institute's new winter seminar, Collision Course: Avoiding Airborne Traffic, debuts Jan. 10. The seminar explores reasons for midair collisions, identifies high-risk scenarios, and offers strategies for avoiding them. Find a seminar near you >
United Airlines summer internships
United Airlines' summer internships for students enrolled in accredited college aviation programs offer training and mentorships in a commercial air carrier environment. Internships are available at a variety of locations. The application deadline is Jan. 31.
Training Products and Resources
Online resource
Winter weather woes?
Don't let cold weather ground you. Tackle winter with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Icing and Cold Weather Ops safety spotlight. Learn more >
ArmorGlas protects phones, electronic devices notes that half of all smartphone users have experienced a scratched or shattered screen. The ArmorGlas Anti-Glare Screen Protector for cellphones and other electronic devices is designed to protect screens and allow glare-free viewing, perfect for aircraft cockpits. The screen protector is available online in a variety of sizes, starting at $24.99.
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
Member benefit
Movin' on up
How do you decide what aircraft you really need? Define the mission. Read more >
New drug tests
Pilots will be subjected to drug testing as new hires, and then randomly tested for the rest of their careers. Flight Training blogger and airline pilot Chip Wright explains. Read more >
Plane Spotter
Powered by Howard
There was glamour to owning one of the stylish airplanes manufactured by the Howard Aircraft Co. in the late 1930s. In 1939, Howard offered a larger, long-legged model that seated five occupants "with limousine-like capaciousness" and speed and range to rival period airliners. The Howard DGA–15 was available with several engines; the model DGA–15P was powered by a 450-horsepower Pratt & Whitney R-985 SB Wasp Jr. radial engine. World War II saw many civilian-owned Howards pressed into military service. Today, a lucky plane spotter might inspect a restored Howard up close.
Final Exam

I would like to rent my airplane to a friend who plans to fly it and pay me at an hourly rate. Does this mean the aircraft is "for hire" and therefore subject to the 100-hour inspection requirements under 14 CFR 91.409?
No. Renting your airplane for an hourly fee is not the same as using it for hire. For the flight to be for hire, you must personally fly and carry a person who has agreed to pay you. In this case, a current annual inspection is all that is needed.

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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 medical certification specialist, writer/editorial long-term temp, insurance account executive, High School Aviation Initiative manager, accounting clerk, legislative affairs vice president, aviation program operations coordinator, and Salesforce developer. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online >
Education & Seminars
Flight Instructor Refresher Courses
Jan 6-7 Charlotte, North Carolina; and Santa Clara, California
Jan 13-14 Portland, Oregon; Costa Mesa, California; Alcoa, Tennessee; and Renton, Washington
Jan 20-21 Jackson, Mississippi; Frederick, Maryland; and Romulus, Michigan
Jan 27-28 San Antonio, Texas
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
Jan 13 Stevensville, Maryland
Jan 20 Bartow, Florida; and Fort Worth, Texas
Jan 26 Sebring, Florida
Jan 27 Waco, Texas
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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