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Training Tip: Weighing the options

AOPA Flight Training
VOL 21, ISSUE 45 November 5, 2021
Training Tips
Weighing the options
Sponsored by Aircraft Spruce
Weighing the options
A new private pilot taking familiarization training to rent an FBO's high-performance Cessna 182S after having only flown lighter trainers is caught off guard when the flight instructor poses an unusual question. Read more >
Flight mastery
No pilot can expect to master everything, but digging deep into compelling aspects of aviation keeps your flying fresh and new—and helps your students, too. Read more >
Flight Training News
AOPA Foundation focus
AOPA flight training scholarship application window opens
The AOPA Foundation is accepting scholarship applications from high school students, teachers, primary flight training students, pilots seeking advanced training, and aspiring maintenance professionals through February 11. Learn more >
Check out upcoming scholarship opportunities
If you're searching for additional funds to progress in your flight training or aviation education, here are several scholarships that might interest you. Read more >
Backcountry flying season in review
Backcountry leaders will join the AOPA Air Safety Institute on November 18 at 8 p.m. Eastern to examine how the backcountry season unfolded and discuss lessons learned and suggestions to prepare for next year. Register here >
Premium content
Shake it off
If an air traffic controller or pilot snaps at you over the radio, follow the advice of Taylor Swift and "shake it off." Read more >
Daylight saving time ends November 7
If you live in an area that observes daylight saving time, don't forget to set your clocks back one hour on November 7. Remember that the conversion to Coordinated Universal Time will change as well. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's time conversion chart can help you avoid confusion.
AOPA Live This Week
LSA 2.0; Bonanza chase; Balloon medicals; Unleaded update
The VL3 from JMB Aircraft shows what light sport aircraft can become with updated rules. Also, a drone chases a Beechcraft Bonanza, balloon pilots weigh in on the proposed medical requirement, and when to expect unleaded fuel. Read more >
Career News
You Can Fly
AOPA's high school symposium set for November 16
Educators searching for ways to bring aviation into the classroom can find them at the virtual AOPA Foundation High School Aviation STEM Symposium on November 16. Read more >
Career Pilot
Airline pilot revisits days in air taxi world
If you can comfortably wear all the hats that corporate/charter pilots must, you're well on your way to a successful piloting career. Read more >
Aviation job board
Job of the week: AOPA medical certification specialist
AOPA is searching for a motivated individual to help make a difference in the aviation industry and pilots' lives as a medical certification specialist. 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 managing editor, a marketing specialist, a UX/UI designer, an aviation events specialist, an aviation events manager, an IT project manager, and a content producer. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online >
Training Products and Resources
Sporty's releases its 2022 training courses
Sporty's Pilot Shop has launched the 2022 version of its Pilot Training platform with more than 20 aviation courses. With this update, the training provider said it expanded its "TV app options, new audio training segments, and interactive flight instructor portal, and integration with AOPA Flight Training Advantage."
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I saw the sign
Interpreting airport signs and markings at a glance is one of the best ways to steer clear of a runway incursion. Taxi to the runway safely with this AOPA Air Safety Institute quiz.
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
Don't rush to give your side of the story
Pilots generally are not obligated to call the FAA or give a statement about an event. Any statement a pilot plans to make, whether required or not, should be coordinated in advance with aviation counsel. Read more >
Instrument Tip
The last procedure turn
Procedure turns are a vital element in instrument training for flying a full approach, not a vectored approach. And get this—they're fun to fly. Read more >
Photo of the Week
Bear on the rocks
Bear on the rocks
Mark Goldberg needed a better aircraft to tackle gravel strips in Mexico, and he found it in the Bearhawk Aircraft 4-Place. AOPA Senior Photographer Mike Fizer captured this picture of the Bearhawk out for a flight. Follow @flywithAOPA on Instagram to see more photos from AOPA members and staff.
Final Exam

Is time lost fighting a headwind gained back when riding a tailwind?
When planning a flight, your groundspeed (derived from your airspeed and wind) will determine how much time you will need to complete the flight. The time you lose fighting a headwind will not be gained back riding a tailwind. Check out this example as we run the numbers for a flight with a 50-knot wind. Join the discussion >

This discussion is from our online Pilot Information Center, where you can ask questions, contribute answers, earn badges, and join our growing pilot community online. (Log in to the online Pilot Information Center using your AOPA website username and password to see this discussion.) Did you know that student pilots who join AOPA are three times more likely to complete their flight training? Membership includes unlimited access to aviation information by phone (800-USA-AOPA, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time) or from AOPA Online. Have a question for our technical services staff? Contact AOPA.
Education & Seminars
Stay sharp with AOPA's webinars, podcasts, and videos.
Upcoming AOPA webinars
Nov 10, 12 p.m. EST AOPA Rusty Pilots - Webinar edition
Nov 11, 12 p.m. EST 'Don't Get Rusty' series: Over the top
Nov 18, 11 a.m. EST AOPA Rusty Pilots - Webinar edition
Nov 18, 8 p.m. EST AOPA Air Safety Institute presents: Back to the backcountry—2021 in review
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).
Latest AOPA Pilot Lounge videos
Pilot/adventurer Victor Vescovo
XPrize Foundation cofounder Gregg Maryniak
Hartzell President JJ Frigge talks about new products
For a full list of Pilot Lounge videos, see AOPA Online.
AOPA podcasts
'Ask the A&Ps': 'Only a CFI would ask a question like that'
'Hangar Talk': Autogyro pilot, serial adventurer James Ketchell
'Pilot Briefing': Week of Nov. 1, 2021
'There I was...': David Bradley
'Never Again': How I turned an airplane into a tractor
To see all AOPA podcasts, visit AOPA Online.
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