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March 9, 2018, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'March 9, 2018, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

VOL 18, ISSUE 10 March 9, 2018
Training Tips
Sponsored by Aircraft Spruce
Destination unknown
The sky was dark and the Piper PA–28-180 was low on fuel when the pilot attempted to contact air traffic control for permission to land at an airport that was under a temporary flight restriction, but still accessible with ATC's authorization—or was it? Read more >
Flight Training News
You Can Fly
AOPA offers free high school aviation curriculum
Schools are invited to use AOPA's free, innovative, aviation-based ninth-grade science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum to engage students and help build the future of aviation. Read more >
Young aviators to descend on Triple Tree
College student Cayla McLeod and commercial pilot Ryan Hunt are launching "the young people's Oshkosh" at the Triple Tree Aerodrome in South Carolina in June. Read more >
Rotorcraft pilot, mechanic shortages expected
Helicopter pilots and mechanics will be in demand over the next 18 years. A recent study predicts the industry will be short 7,649 pilots, with even more mechanics needed. Read more >
Flight Training magazine
A dedication to instilling students with the highest standards earned Rocky Mountain Flight Training Center's Zoan Harclerode the designation of 2017 Best Flight Instructor in the AOPA Flight Training Experience Awards. Read more >
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Transition thrill
Planning to fly a different airplane or learn new avionics? Before switching, explore this AOPA Air Safety Institute online course for advice about transition training. Take the course >
'Hangar Talk': Quest Kodiak's Mark Brown
Quest Kodiak factory demo pilot Mark Brown talks about what many say is the best job in aviation; plus, catch up on the latest aviation news in this week's Hangar Talk podcast. Listen to the podcast >
Standard time ends March 11
If you live in an area that observes daylight saving time, don't forget to move your clocks forward one hour March 11. Remember that the conversion to Coordinated Universal Time will change, too. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's time conversion chart can help you avoid confusion.
GAMA's Stimpson scholarship deadline approaching
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association awards a $2,000 scholarship in the name of founder and past president Edward W. Stimpson to a graduating high school senior who has been accepted and enrolled in a college aviation degree program. The application deadline is April 13.
AOPA Live This Week
Family fun; Final approach to classrooms
You might think that a fly-in camping trip with a toddler in the back seat would end in tears, but with the right approach, kids and airplanes get along just fine. Also this week, we invite high schools to fly our aviation-based science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum, and see why your new AOPA Sweepstakes Super Cub will be a smooth performer. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, March 8 >
Training Products and Resources
Online resource
Airspace 101
Can a VFR flight cross a military operations area without a clearance? Review these airspace flash cards from the AOPA Air Safety Institute for a quick refresher. Read more >
Lightweight wheel chocks
Aircraft owners and renters can prepare for the flying season by stowing a pair of lightweight wheel chocks in their aircraft. The reinforced yellow plastic chocks tuck tightly around most main wheels and are connected by a nylon rope. They are available online for $18.95 from Sporty's Pilot Shop.
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
Super Cub Sweepstakes
Smooth ride
Lycoming's O-320 160-horsepower, four-cylinder engine will power AOPA's Sweepstakes Super Cub, offering excellent performance on wheels, floats, or skis, and ensuring a smooth ride. Read more >
Member benefit
Minor vs. significant insurance claims
You can handle minor insurance claims for your aircraft with your smartphone, but if you have a significant claim, you'll need to call your broker or insurance carrier. Read more >
Member benefit
Movin' on up: On the way to a jet
So your skills, missions, or passenger/cargo requirements have outgrown piston singles and twins, but you're not quite ready for a jet. Enter the sleek, speedy, heavy-hauling turboprop market. Read more >
Pilot Protection Services
Flu season
If you have avoided the flu so far, congratulations! Here are some tips that can help you make it through the rest of the flu season without coming down with this dangerous virus. Read more >
Fly like a chameleon
Flight Training blogger and airline pilot Chip Wright writes that adapting to each captain's quirks is an essential skill for a first officer. Read more >
Plane Spotter
Piper's useful loader
It's accepted wisdom about the most commonly produced four-seat, fixed-gear, single-engine airplanes that you can fill the seats with four adults, or you can top off the fuel tanks, but you can't do both. Hang a more muscular engine from the mounts under the cowling, however, and that rule gives way. The low-winged, four-place Piper singles powered by six-cylinder 235-horsepower Lycoming engines date to 1964. You have spotted a PA–28-236 Piper Dakota variant, produced from 1979 to 1994, if the aircraft has a tapered outer wing section.
Final Exam

If I fly a 180-mile round trip at 90 knots airspeed and groundspeed with no wind, the flight time is two hours exactly. If I fly the same trip with a 30-knot tailwind out and headwind back, can I assume the flight time would still be two hours?
No. More time is spent fighting a headwind than benefiting from a tailwind. The same flight with 30 knots of wind would take two hours and 15 minutes. The tailwind leg at 120 knots would take 45 minutes, but the headwind leg at 60 knots would take an hour and 30 minutes. Check it out yourself. It is important to do calculations rather than make assumptions.

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Career Opportunities
Aviation job board
Job of the week: Director of operations, Bentonville, Arkansas
OZ1 flying club is seeking a full-time director of operations to join its executive/management team, commencing duties during the club's creation process and continuing to oversee all daily operations. Responsibilities include ensuring the safe, efficient operation of all flying club aspects and maintaining an excellent standard of customer service. Requirements include a pilot certificate; an associate (or higher) degree in aviation, management, or a related field; and a strong knowledge of aircraft and airport operations including scheduling software. 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, High School Aviation Initiative manager, aviation program operations coordinator, Air Safety Institute assistant editor, Salesforce developer, marketing coordinator, business analyst, member services representative, Pilot Information Center intern, Flying Clubs Initiative intern, Air Safety Institute intern, information technology intern, marketing intern, and business analytics intern. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online >
Education & Seminars
Flight Instructor Refresher Courses
Mar 10-11 King of Prussia, Pennsylvania; Ontario, California; and Santa Clara, California
Apr 7-8 Atlanta, Georgia; Salt Lake City, Utah; and San Diego, California
Apr 14-15 Indianapolis, Indiana; and Dedham, Massachusetts
Apr 21-22 Dulles, Virginia; Tampa, Florida; and Aurora, Colorado
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
Mar 12 Jacksonville, Florida; and Fresno, California
Mar 13 Melbourne, Florida; and Concord, California
Mar 14 Daytona Beach, Florida
Mar 15 Ocala, Florida
Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.
Rusty Pilots Seminars
Mar 10 Tuskegee, Alabama; Chickasha, Oklahoma; and San Antonio, Texas
Mar 13 Fort Myers, Florida
Mar 17 Searcy, Arkansas
Mar 24 Lynchburg, Virginia; Rome, Georgia; Cheektowaga, New York; Huntingburg, Indiana; and Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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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