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Training Tip: Facts for first-time fuelers

AOPA Flight Training
VOL 21, ISSUE 37 September 10, 2021
Training Tips
Facts for first-time fuelers
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Facts for first-time fuelers
What could be more disappointing in flight than inadvertently running a fuel tank dry? Perhaps discovering next, with mountains below, that the other tank is empty too. Read more >
Road trip
The other Portland
The harbor visual approach to Runway 29 at Maine's Portland International Jetport is among the most memorable anywhere. Read more >
Flight Training News
Rekindle the spark
Whether you fly a Piper Cub or an Airbus, flying should always have an element of fun and enjoyment. Read more >
Drone safety
AOPA Web Editor Jim Moore, who has private pilot and remote pilot certificates, and North Carolina firefighter, pilot, and writer Steve Rhode will explain how they balance priorities to maintain safety amid conflicting instructions when it comes to drone flying and battery rules during an AOPA Air Safety Institute webinar on September 14 at 3 p.m. Eastern time. Register now >
Flight lesson
A cautionary tale
Wind shear nearly caused a landing mishap for one pilot who shares his story in hopes others will learn from his experience. Read more >
Pilot Protection Services
NORDO flights
Aircraft that cannot or do not communicate by radio are referred to as "NORDO." Read more >
AOPA Live This Week
All grounded; Unearthing artifacts; Turbo Seminole restored
AOPA leaders reflect on how they worked after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to restore our freedom to fly. Also, we probe for history with metal detectors, and we show you how a wrecked Turbo Seminole returned to the sky. Watch AOPA Live This Week® >
Career News
Respect: Military aviation
Superb training, friendships, and teamwork are all part of careers in military aviation. Read more >
Can you have too much CRM?
Airline pilot and Flight Training blogger Chip Wright explains the importance of crew resource management and threat and error management even when the captain and first officer are good friends. Read more >
Aviation job board
Job of the week: Chief flight instructor, Snohomish Flying Service
Snohomish Flying Service is seeking a fixed-wing chief flight instructor for an active Part 141 flight school in the Puget Sound region of Washington state. 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 an eMedia content producer, a government affairs manager, an eMedia assistant editor, a major gifts officer, and a loan processor. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online >
Training Products and Resources
What Went Wrong: Beaver vs Otter
On May 13, 2019, two air tour aircraft collided over the George Inlet northeast of Ketchikan, Alaska. Join the AOPA Air Safety Institute for a webinar on September 16 at 7 p.m. Eastern time to learn what went wrong. Register now >
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Member Benefits
AOPA Foundation focus
AOPA Foundation Legacy Challenge kicks off with generous gift
The AOPA Foundation Legacy Challenge, fueled by a $1 million pledge from an anonymous donor, allows participants to have a greater impact on the programs that the foundation funds: You Can Fly and the AOPA Air Safety Institute. Read more >
Fly into Stellar Aviation to see the Reno Air Races
Stellar Aviation at Reno/Tahoe International Airport in Nevada is welcoming pilots to the Stihl National Championship Air Races September 15 through 19. The FBO will help pilots with complimentary shuttles to their hotels, hotel and car rental reservations, parking discounts, and a discount on avgas and Jet A. Use discount code AOPA10.
Instrument Tip
Just popping in
Weather can change quickly, and sometimes you will need to get a pop-up IFR clearance en route to continue what started out as a VFR flight. Read more >
Photo of the Week
Remembering 9/11
Remembering 9/11
AOPA Media Content Producer David Tulis captured this photograph of the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, which is a stark reminder of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that included two airliners striking the Twin Towers, one striking the Pentagon, and another crashing in a Pennsylvania field as passengers on board fought the hijackers. The events 20 years ago significantly changed many aspects of life in the United States, including aviation. Take a look at more memorials throughout the United States that honor those who lost their lives because of the attacks. Follow @flywithAOPA on Instagram to see photos from AOPA members and staff.
Final Exam

Can two student pilots fly together on a flight?
No. FAR 61.89 prohibits a student pilot from carrying a passenger. Except when with an instructor, a student pilot only has solo privileges. If a student pilot flies with another pilot who holds any higher rating, the student pilot is considered that pilot's passenger. Read the full answer and 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
Sep 14, 3 p.m. EDT The no-win drone battery conundrum
Sep 16, 3 p.m. EDT AOPA Rusty Pilots - Webinar edition
Sep 16, 7 p.m. EDT AOPA Air Safety Institute Presents: What Went Wrong? Beaver vs. Otter
Sep 29, 12 p.m. EDT AOPA Rusty Pilots - Webinar edition
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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For a full list of Pilot Lounge videos, see AOPA Online.
AOPA podcasts
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'Hangar Talk': NFlightCam founder Patrick Carter
'Pilot Briefing': Week of Sep. 6, 2021
'There I was...': Brian Lloyd
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To see all AOPA podcasts, visit AOPA Online.
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