AOPA ANNOUNCES FLIGHT TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS
AOPA members can apply for primary and advanced scholarships
AOPA members are invited to apply for primary and advanced flight training scholarships, made possible through donations to the AOPA Foundation. Last year, 123 scholarships totaling more than $1 million were awarded.
The scholarship awards are broken down into four categories: AOPA High School Flight Training Scholarships, AOPA Teacher Flight Training Scholarships, AOPA Primary Flight Training Scholarships, and AOPA Advanced Rating Scholarships.
To receive priority consideration, scholarship applications must be received by Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). The final deadline for scholarship applications is Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).
For more information and to apply visit AOPA.org.
FAA RELEASES NEW ADVISORY CIRCULAR FOR ADS-B OPERATIONS
ADS-B rules and procedures explained
New ADS-B OUT equipment rules officially went into effect January 1 2020. To coincide with the new requirements, the FAA released advisory circular, AC 90-114B, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Operations to provide detailed information for pilots flying in ADS-B airspace.
The AC contains an overview of the ADS-B system and general operating procedures in compliance with the airspace and performance requirements of FAR 91.225 and 91.227. The appendices provide guidance on additional ADS-B Out and ADS-B In operations that may be authorized. While FAA does not require an authorization to conduct ADS-B Out operations, pilots should be familiar with ADS-B procedures.
The AC also explains the various forms of ADS-B equipment, and where each is required or can be used as a means of compliance. Guidance associated with the installation and approval of ADS-B Out equipment is contained in AC 20-165, Airworthiness Approval of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out Systems.
To access the new AC, visit, FAA.gov.
VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC – WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE?
From NASA’S CALLBACK
This mission was to transport a…client to ZZZ. Also onboard was a non-pilot friend. I had been studying the weather the night before and realized fog was predicted by using my ForeFlight App.
Before departure, I reviewed the weather again. The forecast had improved slightly, with Marginal Visual Flight Rules (MVFR) expected [later] at ZZZ. My hopes were that clouds would be at least broken by the time I reached the arrival area with ceilings at 2,500 [feet]. We departed expecting a 2 hour, 10 minute flight, thus arriving…as conditions were improving. I contacted ATC and initiated Flight Following after hand-off from [the departure airport].
Upon passing [an airport] I noted broken clouds ahead and mostly overcast to the east. I chose to fly slightly west to stay on the margin where clouds were broken.… I began a VFR descent to 2,500 feet MSL to get under the deck. Initially, the base of the clouds was 2,500 feet MSL, which I reported to ATC upon request.… ATC was monitoring and communicating throughout this event.… They asked why I had gone off my direct course to ZZZ, and I responded, “To get under the deck.”… They updated me on ZZZ weather and obtained a PIREP [from me] indicating that the airport (whose name I do not recall now) in the vicinity was indicating better weather than ZZZ. ZZZ was reporting a 1,500 [foot] ceiling and I believe 5 or 7 miles visibility prior to my descent.
Read the conclusion at SportysAcacdemy.com.
TOP 5 TAXIING MISTAKES
From Sporty’s Student Pilot News
By Doug Ranly
Learning to move the aircraft around on the ground can be just as difficult as learning steep turns. And it’s nothing to be ashamed of because it’s common and taxiing is not natural. It’s nothing like driving a car, and can be frustrating zigzagging down the taxiway or making turns too sharp or shallow until you’ve mastered the skill. Here are the top 5 mistakes I see routinely at our home airport. An awareness of the most common mistakes will have you mindful and vigilant on your next flight.
The number one violation we see at our airport is aircraft taxiing too fast. Student pilots normally don’t violate this one as they tend to be slow and methodical. It’s normally the pilot who requested a quick turn from the FBO after jamming on the brakes to make the mid-field turn off. Flying (and taxiing) should never be hurried. Most instructors teach that the proper speed for a taxi is nothing more than a brisk walk. Think about what distance it may take to roll to a stop if you were forced to pull the power and adjust your speed so this could be accomplished in a reasonable distance.
Read more at Sporty’s StudentPilotNews.com.
FAA MEDICALS AND BASIC MED AT SPORTY’S
Scheduling now for 2020
FAA Aviation Medical Examiner, Dr. John Held, offers aviation medical exams and basic med evaluations at Sporty’s Clermont County Airport on select Saturdays. The cost of the exam is $100 payable by cash or check (no credit cards accepted). An EKG (if required) is subject to an additional $35 fee.
Saturday, February 8
9am – 1pm
Saturday, March 14
9am – 1pm
Saturday, April 4
9am – 1pm
To schedule, please call Sporty’s at 513.735.9100 ext. 0.
For pilots pursuing Basic Med, the required online training is available through two approved sources – AOPA and Mayo Clinic.
CERTIFICATES, RATINGS AND SOLOS
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VIDEO TIP: TURNS-AROUND-A-POINT
Flying in circles over an open field won’t get you to your destination any faster, but it will teach you a lot about how the wind affects the airplane in flight. In our latest Video Tip of the Week, we walk through how to fly the Turns Around a Point maneuver, with in-cockpit video and 3D animations. Even if you’re already an experienced pilot, this maneuver is a great way to keep your stick and rudder skills sharp.
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