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Training Tip: A merry good load

AOPA Flight Training
VOL 20, ISSUE 52 December 25, 2020
Training Tips
A merry good load
Sponsored by Aircraft Spruce
A merry good load
We can't all be Arctic aces like Santa Claus, but each year many pilots contemplate flying gift-delivery missions under tight time constraints. Read more >
Pilot magazine
New panel, new checklist
Aircraft modifications can necessitate a new checklist—but where to find one? Here are tips from a designated pilot examiner. Read more >
Coronavirus Impact
FAA approves second COVID-19 vaccine
The FAA approved the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, requiring a 48-hour wait period before "conducting safety-sensitive aviation duties" as it did for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Read more >
Flight Training News
What Am I?
Light the fires
Flying an aircraft is cool. Flying one with a jet engine? Even cooler. Here's a look inside a turbine engine. Read more >
Always learning
Not this time
AOPA Vice President of Publications Kollin Stagnito's Cessna 140 has a contentious relationship with carburetor icing. Read more >
Wings incentive launches
Complete a phase of the FAA Wings Pilot Proficiency program before December 31 for a chance at a sweet reward. Read more >
Colorado high school set for Alsim Diamond DA40 sim
Aspen Flight Academy in Colorado, a public high school that introduces students to flight training, is rolling out an Alsim DA40 flight training device that replicates a Diamond DA40. The simulator augments a pair of DA40 NG aircraft on the Aspen-Pitkin County/Sardy Field flight line.
ERAU adds 17 aircraft, more expected in 2021
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Arizona campus recently took delivery of 12 Cessna 172s and three Diamond DA42 twins, while the Daytona campus added one of each. Record-setting enrollment at the Arizona campus led the university to order 19 additional Skyhawks for 2021 delivery. Officials said in a news release the ERAU fleet is "about the size of a regional airline" and is replenished every seven years.
West Michigan Aviation Academy teacher earns pilot certificate
Shannon VanZegeren became the first West Michigan Aviation Academy faculty member to earn a private pilot certificate, and her instructor, Matt Slobe, was a class of 2016 graduate.
Sporty's awards $7,500 through Flight Crew Scholarships
The Sporty's Foundation has awarded $7,500 in flight training scholarships that will help three pilots achieve their aviation goals. Cory Gordon of Phoenix will pursue an instrument rating; Justin Miller of Las Cruces, New Mexico, will pursue an A&P certificate and an instrument rating; and Tiffany Meredith of Louisville, Kentucky, will pursue the private pilot certificate.
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Winter is here
From stubborn engines to slick runways and icy clouds, winter's arrival brings plenty of ways to get into trouble. Warm up your brain with this AOPA Air Safety Institute quiz!
'Hangar Talk': iFlightPlanner founder Andy Matthews
Get to know former PGA tour competitor Andy Matthews, the brawn and the brains behind iFlightPlanner for AOPA, and learn what the flight planning software can do for you. Listen to the podcast >
Career News
Experts to steer AOPA's proposals to improve DPE system
One of the goals of the six-member AOPA Designated Pilot Examiner Advisory Board will be to ensure transparency and fairness to designees and applicants throughout the examination process. Read more >
Delta joins effort to support increased workplace diversity
Delta Air Lines is a founding member of a coalition of 37 CEOs across a variety of industries creating 1 million jobs for Black Americans within the next 10 years. The OneTen initiative is a commitment to "recruit, hire, train, and advance" a more diverse workforce across the transportation, manufacturing, medical, retail, technology, and other industries.
Packing for more than just the trip
Commercial air travel is remarkably reliable, but sometimes unexpected delays happen. It's a good idea to pack an extra change of clothes and other essentials, writes airline pilot and Flight Training blogger Chip Wright. Read more >
Aviation job board
Job of the week: Aviation maintenance technician, Center for Aviation Services at Lewis LLC
The person in this position is primarily responsible for the maintenance, preventive maintenance, repair, or alteration of assigned aircraft, engine, propeller, or appliance as assigned. Read the full description and apply today >
Training Products and Resources
AOPA staffers share their favorite Pilot Gear Store finds
The AOPA Pilot Gear Store is stocked with items to help you show your aviation pride. Staff members share a few of their favorite items. Read more >
Traffic insight
In this episode of the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Ask ATC video series, air traffic control specialist Sarah Patten explains VFR and IFR traffic separation.
Note: Products listed have not been evaluated by Flight Training 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
What documents does the FAA need to see?
AOPA Pilot Information Center Medical Certification Director Gary Crump shares tips for identifying the correct medical documents to submit to the FAA. Read more >
Instrument Tip
Missed opportunity
You're on a vector to the ILS Runway 3 at Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport in central Virginia, briefing the approach, when you notice a box in the upper left corner of the plan view that mentions an alternate missed approach fix. Read more >
Photo of the Week
Christmas by air
Christmas by air
AOPA eMedia Associate Editor and Photographer David Tulis captured this photograph of helicopter pilots in the Pacific Northwest performing an aerial ballet to harvest Noble fir trees from Oregon's steep hillsides. Revisit how aviation helps touch the lives of thousands during the Christmas holiday and follow @FlyWithAOPA on Instagram to see more photos from AOPA staff and members.
Final Exam

Can I fly with glasses?
Yes, pilots can wear prescription glasses. Your vision must be corrected to at least the minimum standards required for the grade of medical certificate you are seeking to obtain. Join the discussion >

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Education & Seminars
AOPA's in-person educational courses and seminars have been canceled or postponed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Stay sharp with our webinars, podcasts, and videos.
Upcoming AOPA webinars
Jan. 14, 12 p.m. EST 'Don't Get Rusty' series: Wait! Are we in balance?
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See the full webinar schedule in our online Pilot Information Center. (Log in to our online Pilot Information Center using your AOPA website username and password to view these events.) View our recently recorded webinars (registration required).
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