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Training Tip: When the checklist can wait!!!

Checklists are important, but not as important as flying the airplane.

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AOPA Flight Training VOL 21, ISSUE 49 December 3, 2021
Training Tips When the checklist can wait Sponsored by Aircraft Spruce When the checklist can wait Nothing is impressed more emphatically upon new student pilots than the importance of using checklists, but in some situations there’s no time for that. Read more >
Technique Article The heat is on As much of the continental United States enters prolonged periods of cold weather, it’s time to review how engine fires start. Read more >
Flight Training News CFI David Strassburg remembers what it's like to be a student You Can Fly CFI David Strassburg remembers what it’s like to be a student David Strassburg, the 2021 AOPA Flight Training Experience Award winner for best flight instructor in the Eastern region, has no illusions about being a super pilot. (Photo by David Strassburg.) Read more > 'There I was...': Red Bull tunnel flight Podcast ‘There I was…’: Red Bull tunnel flight In the latest episode of the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s There I was… podcast, hear Red Bull Air Race competitor Dario Costa talk about the painstaking preparation for his 44-second flight inside two Turkish highway tunnels. Listen to the podcast >
Apply for aviation scholarships this holiday season Article Apply for aviation scholarships this holiday season Take advantage of your upcoming holiday time off by applying for a variety of scholarships. Read more > Accident Analysis: Home for the holidays Premium content Accident Analysis: Home for the holidays For aircraft owners, holiday travel to visit friends or family seems like the perfect use for personal aircraft, but that requires flexibility on timing. Read more > Seaplane duel; Fully loaded Skylane panel AOPA Live This Week Seaplane duel; Fully loaded Skylane panel We film two classic flying boats going head-to-head for bragging rights and show you a Cessna Skylane that sports more Garmin glass than we’ve ever seen in a piston single. Watch AOPA Live This Week® >
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Career News 10,000th ATP CTP student graduates from ATP Flight School Article 10,000th ATP CTP student graduates from ATP Flight School ATP Flight School has surpassed a major milestone in its ATP JETS airline training program: more than 10,000 graduates through its airline transport pilot certification training program. (Photo courtesy of ATP.) Read more > Beechcraft Denali makes first flight Article Beechcraft Denali makes first flight Aspiring career pilots might one day fly the Beechcraft Denali single-engine turboprop. The Denali completed its maiden flight November 23 and is expected to be certified in 2023. (Photo courtesy of Textron Aviation Inc.) Read more >
Aviation job board Job of the week: Citation Mustang flight instructor, FlightSafety International FlightSafety International is seeking a full-time, permanent Citation Mustang ground/simulator instructor for its learning center at the Orlando International Airport in Florida. 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 development content manager, a contracts manager, a marketing specialist, and a UX/UI designer. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online >
Training Products and Resources Login required Safety quiz: Pireps The best way to find out about the actual weather is from someone who has already been there, which is why timely pilot weather reports are so helpful. Test your reporting skills 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 Join the 'December 12 Days of Flying Challenge' Article Join the ‘December 12 Days of Flying Challenge’ If you’re using general aviation to travel this holiday season, use the AOPA app’s Pilot Passport feature to check in at airports along the way. Read more >
Pilot Protection Services Preventing heart disease A new book by a cardiovascular surgeon provides helpful information for pilots looking to prevent, combat, and reverse heart disease. Read more > Member Benefit Understanding your credit score Depending upon which bucket your credit score falls into, there are two ways it will affect your loan. Read more >
Photo of the Week Imports and upgrades Imports and upgrades Wondering what the future of light sport aviation could be? Look no further than the sharp-looking, speedy, and capable VL3 from JMB Aircraft. AOPA Senior Photographer Mike Fizer captured the European import on camera. Follow @flywithAOPA on Instagram to see more photos from AOPA members and staff.
Final Exam Question

Is flying through snow showers considered flight into known icing?
  Answer Aeronautical Information Manual Table 7-1-7 defines “Known or Observed or Detected Ice Accretion” as “actual ice observed visually to be on the aircraft by the flight crew or identified by on-board sensors.” Actual adhesion to the aircraft, rather than the existence of potential icing conditions, is the determining factor in this definition. This winter, take a few extra minutes to study the current and forecast weather, icing charts, alternatives, and pireps, and review your exit plans to make an informed go/no-go decision regarding icing. Join the discussion >

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Education & Seminars Stay sharp with AOPA’s webinars, podcasts, and videos. Upcoming AOPA webinars Dec 7, 2 p.m. EST AOPA Rusty Pilots – Webinar edition Dec 9, 12 p.m. EST ‘Don’t Get Rusty’ series: Ask ATC—Part deux   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 Red Bull tunnel flight behind the scenes with Dario Costa Bonanza chase drone video pilots Matt Guthmiller and NikoFilmz Pilot/adventurer Victor Vescovo   For a full list of Pilot Lounge videos, see the AOPA Live® YouTube channel. AOPA podcasts ‘Ask the A&Ps’: ‘That little cap doesn’t hold the wings on’ ‘Hangar Talk’: Aviation wellbeing coach Reyné O’Shaughnessy ‘Pilot Briefing’: Week of Nov. 29, 2021 ‘There I was…’: Dario Costa ‘Never Again’: Out of focus   To see all AOPA podcasts, visit AOPA Online.
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