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January 19, 2018, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'January 19, 2018, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

VOL 18, ISSUE 3 January 19, 2018
Training Tips
Sponsored by Aircraft Spruce
That's your cue
When an air traffic controller wants to be certain that a pilot has received an important transmission, the controller may append the word "acknowledge" to the instructions being issued. Similarly, instructors and examiners will want students to acknowledge "cues of the impending stall and then recover promptly after a full stall has occurred" to ensure students understand the signs warning of a stall. Read more >
Flight Training News
PilotWorkshops explains nontowered airport communications
Inbound to a nontowered airport, you have just made your initial position announcement 10 miles out when you hear another pilot report taxiing out for takeoff on Runway 24 for "closed traffic." What does this mean? Read more >
Flight Training magazine
Flying tailwheel airplanes keeps you on your toes
Learning to fly tailwheel airplanes can develop potentially life-saving skills, improve spatial awareness, and foster an understanding of the actual purpose—and proper use—of rudder pedals. Read more >
Embry-Riddle's online learning center recognized
U.S. News & World Report acknowledged Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Worldwide Campus as one of the top programs for military veterans seeking an online bachelor's degree. Nearly half of the 23,000 students taking classes online and at the distance learning center's 125 campuses are active military members, are in the reserves, or are veterans.
ATC has your back
There are plenty of good reasons to request VFR flight following services, even if your onboard equipment displays traffic. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's new Ask ATC: Is ADS-B Enough? video explains. Watch the video >
Online resource
Count the ways
Designated pilot examiner Jason Blair looks at checkride "tricks" applicants and their instructors play in the latest issue of the AOPA Air Safety Institute's CFItoCFI digital newsletter. Also, check out the institute's "Find One, Bring One" campaign, and an instructor's musings on flight review follies. Enter the newsletter >
Flying Musicians solo scholarships deadline approaches
The Flying Musicians Association awards solo scholarships to aviation-minded high school junior or senior musicians who are nominated by their music director and pursuing flight training. Students are sponsored through their first solo and also receive mentorship, encouragement, and other resources. The application deadline is Jan. 31.
AOPA Live This Week
NASA's need for speed; film your flights like a pro
Recently released footage shows what happens when NASA scientists get their hands on the fastest airplane in history. Also this week, check out an aircraft mount that keeps cameras steady plus software that makes editing easy, and take a peek at the Pietenpol Air Camper, a vintage design for homebuilders on a budget. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Jan. 18 >
Training Products and Resources
Free ASA reader app available for iOS
Aviators can take their library with them after downloading the free iOS reader app from Aviation Supplies and Academics. The app allows users to read eBooks from ASA as well as other published material and is preloaded with the You Can Fly! eBook for new pilots.
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
Is the aircraft you fly owned by an LLC or corporation?
If you fly an aircraft that is owned by a business entity such as an LLC or corporation, be aware that an issue with the "legal status" of the entity could raise compliance concerns with registration and airworthiness requirements, and possibly affect coverage of the aircraft's insurance policy. Read more >
Instrument Tip
A flight for dinner
When a pilot flying a rented Piper Arrow with an inaccurate VOR installed took two friends on a flight for dinner, the decision to fly home under low ceilings and marginal conditions resulted in an encounter with night instrument meteorological conditions. Read more >
Plane Spotter
Trending turboprop
Plane spotters tracking Daher's single-engine turboprops since the TBM 700's 1991 arrival got a new spotting assignment in 2016, when the TBM 930 appeared. Differentiating the airplane from a TBM 900—the 2014 version and the fastest TBM—required a sharp eye, because the 2016 model 930, with its updated systems, appeared almost identical, prompting AOPA Pilot magazine to query plane spotters, "How do you tell the difference between a TBM 900 and a TBM 930?" The answer: "The 930's fuselage accent stripe is curved; the 900's is straight."
Final Exam

I recently flew my Cessna 180 with an instructor, who endorsed my logbook for a flight review. Is the signoff valid if he did not have a 14 CFR 61.31 tailwheel endorsement, as long as the flight took place within the 24 calendar months since my previous flight review?
Yes. The tailwheel endorsement is required for acting as pilot in command in tailwheel airplanes, not necessarily for instructing. If the instructor was not serving as PIC, then both the training and flight review endorsement you received are valid.

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Career Opportunities
Aviation job board
Job of the week: CFI, Phoenix East Aviation
Phoenix East Aviation, a flight school with locations in Daytona and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is seeking full-time flight instructors. This position is responsible for performing duties authorized by the federal aviation regulations in accordance with approved syllabi. Potential candidates must hold at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Additional requirements include FAA certificates for certificated flight instructor and CFII (MEI preferred) and 400 hours of flight instruction. 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 facilities technician, 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 20-21 Jackson, Mississippi; Frederick, Maryland; and Romulus, Michigan
Jan 27-28 San Antonio, Texas
Feb 10-11 Louisville, Kentucky; Orlando, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Fairfax, Virginia
Feb 17-18 Sacramento, California; and Nashua, New Hampshire
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 22 Van Nuys, California; and Mesa, Arizona
Jan 23 Ontario, California; and Tucson, Arizona
Jan 24 Costa Mesa, California
Jan 25 Houston, Texas; San Diego, California; and Albuquerque, New Mexico
Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
Rusty Pilots Seminars
Jan 20 Bartow, Florida; and Fort Worth, Texas
Jan 26 Sebring, Florida
Jan 27 Waco, Texas
Feb 3 El Monte, California; Dallas, Texas; and Fort Myers, 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.
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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