Flight Training - March 2011 - 4
By Craig Fuller
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hen you’re a student pilot, visiting a new airport can be both exciting and fear inducing. But as you gain experience and become more comfortable with your skills, going to new airports can be one of the most fun things about flying.
May 26–Texas Aviation Conference, Austin, Texas. GA is a great way to get around this enormous state, and this event is great opportunity to meet pilots, GA users, and state transportation officials all in one place. July 8-9–Wing Nuts Flying Circus and Fly-In, Tarkio, Missouri. House of Representatives GA Caucus co-chairman, AOPA member, and avid pilot Rep. Sam Graves hosts this grassroots aviation event in the heart of America. July 12–Wichita Aero Club, Wichita, Kansas. This event midway through the year will be a good time to take stock of the first half of 2011 and discuss what the rest of the year promises politically and economically. July 25-31–EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This can’t-miss event is one I look forward to all year. The whole AOPA team will be on hand to celebrate the fun and diversity of general aviation. September 22-24–AOPA Aviation Summit, Hartford, Connecticut. This will be a wonderful venue, both at the Convention Hall and at the Hartford-Brainard Airport where AirportFest will occur. Please mark your calendars and join all of us at AOPA for our annual event. October 10-12–NBAA, Las Vegas, Nevada. There’s no better place to see everything that business aviation has to offer. And, of course, I’ll be hosting numerous AOPA Town Hall meetings throughout the year. I hope to see you there as we renew our excitement about aviation and “Rally GA!”
E-mail AOPA President Craig Fuller at craig@aopa. org.
There’s always someplace new to explore, new pilots to meet, and new hangar stories to hear. In fact, having the opportunity to visit new airports across the country and meet with the pilots who fly there is one of the best parts of my job as AOPA president. As I travel, I discover new perspectives, gain new insights, and hear new ideas from AOPA members who come out to the many events I participate in each year. I want to put all that energy to work for GA by meeting with as many people as possible—student pilots, flight instructors, certificated pilots, and even those who are just thinking about flying. It’s all part of our effort to “Rally GA” in 2011. Here are some of the events I will be participating in throughout 2011. We are always adding to the schedule, so this list will grow, but for now, I encourage you to “pencil in” some time to get connected by taking part in as many of these events as your schedule allows. February 24-26–International Women in Aviation Conference, Reno, Nevada. Meet fellow students, experienced instructors, professional pilots, military aviators, aviation mechanics, and pros from just about every part of the aviation spectrum. February 26–Northwest Aviation Conference, Puyallup, Washington. This is an enthusiastic audience of general aviation pilots, and a great place for me to elaborate on this year’s “Rally GA” theme. March 5-8–Heli-Expo, Orlando, Florida. If you fly helicopters, or just dream of giving it a try, there’s no better place to be. March 29-April 3—Sun ’n Fun, Lakeland, Florida. This is a show that brings all of general aviation together to enjoy, and the AOPA team will be there in force.
Flight Training - March 2011
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Flight Training - March 2011
Flight Training - March 2011
Air Safety Institute
Since You Asked
Legal Q & A
The Flight Training Experience: Making It Work
Where Do You Stand?
Is This Flightopia?
The 12-Step Lesson Plan
Who Will Fly?
Career Pilot News
Can a CFI Use Pizza in the Cockpit?
Flight Instructor Burnout
By the Numbers
Flight Training - March 2011 - Flight Training - March 2011
Flight Training - March 2011 - Cover2
Flight Training - March 2011 - Contents
Flight Training - March 2011 - 2
Flight Training - March 2011 - 3
Flight Training - March 2011 - President’s Perspective
Flight Training - March 2011 - 5
Flight Training - March 2011 - Right Seat
Flight Training - March 2011 - 7
Flight Training - March 2011 - Flight Forum
Flight Training - March 2011 - 9
Flight Training - March 2011 - Going Places?
Flight Training - March 2011 - 11
Flight Training - March 2011 - This Weekend
Flight Training - March 2011 - Tech Tip
Flight Training - March 2011 - Success Story
Flight Training - March 2011 - Air Safety Institute
Flight Training - March 2011 - Since You Asked
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Flight Training - March 2011 - Final Exam
Flight Training - March 2011 - Legal Q & A
Flight Training - March 2011 - Flying Carpet
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Flight Training - March 2011 - Insights
Flight Training - March 2011 - Checkride
Flight Training - March 2011 - The Flight Training Experience: Making It Work
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Flight Training - March 2011 - Where Do You Stand?
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Flight Training - March 2011 - Is This Flightopia?
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Flight Training - March 2011 - The 12-Step Lesson Plan
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Flight Training - March 2011 - Weather
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Flight Training - March 2011 - Flight Lesson
Flight Training - March 2011 - Who Will Fly?
Flight Training - March 2011 - Career Advisor
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Flight Training - March 2011 - Career Pilot News
Flight Training - March 2011 - Can a CFI Use Pizza in the Cockpit?
Flight Training - March 2011 - Flight Instructor Burnout
Flight Training - March 2011 - By the Numbers
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Flight Training - March 2011 - Advertiser Index
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Flight Training - March 2011 - Debrief
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